Monday update

Before we get on with the news, I have a Pandora ’80s station rant. The worst song ever, “Tainted Love/Baby Where Did Our Love Go” by Soft Cell, plays way too much. The problem is that “Tainted Love” is considered one song, “Baby Where Did Our Love Go” another song, and “Tainted Love/Baby Where Did Our Love Go” a third song. So that crap is popping up on ’80s Pandora every half hour, it seems like. Ugh.

Matt Barnes has been suspended by the NBA for two games, according to Yahoo! Sports. Shortly after he was traded to the Grizzlies, he got in an altercation with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher at Fisher’s house. Barnes did not appeal, so the suspension will be for the next two games.

There will be a paranormal investigation class on Saturday, January 9. Learn how to become a ghost hunter and get information about the tools of the trade in this two-hour class. $20, ages 18 and up.

Anyone know what’s going on with Sunday brunch at Texas de Brazil? A couple of people who went yesterday told me they were charging full dinner price and the salad bar did not have some of the usual Sunday brunch items – in particular the au gratin potatoes, which are the best thing about brunch there.

Looking to get some exercise tonight while having fun and hanging out with some cool people at the same time? The Salty Dogs running group depart from Bardog Tavern at 7 tonight. They will run around AutoZone Park and up the Main Street Mall on a 3-mile course. The course ends at Bardog, where they will go downstairs and enjoy food and drink specials post-run. There is no cost and no need to register in advance. All you have to do is show up!

If you want to get some exercise outside of Downtown tonight, check out arcade/video game bar/sports bar the Rec Room out on Broad Avenue tonight at 6:30. It’s the final Bendy Brewski Yoga class of 2015. $15 for an all-levels yoga class followed by some of the best beer in the city. This is a great activity for those who like yoga and tend to play games.

There was a 2.6 magnitude earthquake at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park this morning. Not enough to do any damage or be felt, but it is a reminder that our city sits on a major fault line and one of these days “the big one” is coming.

The river is rising and will go past flood stage on New Year’s Day. However, that is still 14 feet below the flood of 2011 that moved BBQ Fest to Tiger Lane.

Speaking of BBQ Fest, VIPit tickets are now on sale for $495/$595 with parking. If you’re not on a team, this is a good way to get the full BBQ Fest experience and the cost is about the same as the average team membership. You get admission for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of BBQ Fest, with guides who know a lot about BBQ to help you get the most out of the festival. You’ll be invited to up to 6 teams for competition BBQ sampling and lots of cooking tips. You’ll also get a goodie bag and tips from an official festival judge, as well as access to light snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine in a VIP area.

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From @RazorbackFB on Twitter: All loaded up and ready to go to Memphis. Welcome, Razorbacks! If Hog fans have any questions about Memphis, shoot me an email at and I will do my best to answer them. Kansas State fans, your questions are welcome too!

The pajama party at the Blind Bear was a huge success. There’s a photo of me floating around Facebook with two hotties in sexy nightgowns. I’m not sure I have their permission to post it on here though, so for now I will refrain.

I’ll lead off at Bardog for Melissa Monday at happy hour tonight (won’t be running with the Salty Dogs though), then over to the Blind Bear to watch football. Time to eat and get back to my Monday at work.