Monday update

Yesterday we followed up an outstanding Halloween party at Stop 345 with D-RANKS with B-RAD at the Blind Bear. The bar was full by noon. Katie Mac from the Moody Ques officially met Katie (not Mac) from PorkOsaurus. Katie (not Mac) was showing photos of Bruce/Caitlyn from the Sinners for Saints party Saturday night. “He should have won,” Katie (not Mac) said, passing her phone around so people could view the photo.

“Yeah, I talked to him for a bit,” said my BBQ team vice-president Clay. “I agree, he should have won.”

Then I piped in, “Well, I was the judge and I think he should have won.” The thing is, I assumed one of the hosts went to all three rooms and announced that the costume contest was about to begin. Apparently that didn’t happen, because after the contest was over, Bruce/Caitlyn came up to me and asked, “When is the contest going to start?” Also, I didn’t realize until after the contest that he was Mr./Ms. Jenner specifically, and I didn’t realized he had shaved one of his legs in addition to half his beard. If the contestants had been brought up on stage, I would have known those things. The Sinners for Saints party was fabulous otherwise, but that contest needs to be a lot better organized next year.

You learn all kinds of random things from bartenders: B-RAD cautioned against eating pickled green beans, one after another, right of out the jar, as many bartenders who make Bloody Marys do. Good as they are, things that are pickled increase your blood pressure.

It was a day filled with fun, food, friends, and football. I am so lucky to have such a great place only three blocks from my front door. I got there at 11 and left at 7:25. One of my friends commented how I used to bar-hop on Sundays. The Bear has gotten so good that I don’t feel the need to go anywhere else.

Anyway, on to the news… Bill Maher has been announced for a January 23 date at the Orpheum. Tickets will be on sale a week from Friday at 10 PM via Ticketmaster and the Orpheum box office.

Hungry Memphis has a post on lunch at South Main Sushi and Grill including a PDF of the take-out menu. Sushi prices look reasonable and they have some nice Express Lunch options.

Downtown Dining Week and the Indie Memphis Film Festival will present Dinner and a Movie Monday and Tuesday, November 9 and 10.

Former president Jimmy Carter is in town with Habitat for Humanity to help build a home. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are also here. Read the story.

Beale Street Tourism Development Authority is seeking a qualified management company to manage the entertainment district 24/7. Read the RFP here.

A Yahoo! Sports writer projects Memphis in the college football playoffs, projecting #1 Clemson vs. #4 Memphis in the Orange Bowl. The writer says Memphis deserves inclusion over Baylor because of Baylor’s horrible off-season schedule and lack of a quality win. Memphis’ win over Ole Miss looks better and better each time Ole Miss wins. I’m put in the unusual position of having to root for Ole Miss, a team I can’t stand, to help Memphis. I won’t root for them Saturday against my Hogs though.

If you’re a fan of Goldcrest 51 beer, it will be available at Lafayette’s Music Room beginning Saturday.

Way more news than I have time to post in a lunchtime break, so check back about 5:30 for an after-work post. I will hit Melissa Monday at Bardog after I get the post up, where I will most likely see a special guest from Indonesia. After that I’ll walk over to the Blind Bear to watch Monday Night Football and the Grizzlies. These 9:30 road games kill me, but I will try to stay up and watch all of it.