Friday update

Now and then people tell me, “You know, Paul, there’s no better place to get out and mingle, to go out and meet the opposite sex, than the Peabody rooftop parties. But they only run April through August. What are we supposed to do during the long off-season?” Never fear, I have a suggestion for you. Every Friday night starting at 6 PM, Area 51 at 8025 Highway 51 has Millington Mix & Mingle where you can get out and socialize. It’s for locals so you’ll have to lie and say you’re from Millington (unless, of course, you are from Millington), but that’s a small price to pay to see and be seen at a top Mermphis metro hotspot.

Next Friday at CBU there’s going to be a workshop on Blockchain, the technology behind digital currency. It’s $60 for one afternoon and it’s on the campus of CBU. Learn what Blockchain is what when to use it, and write a program against the second largest Blockchain currency, Ethereum.

Feel the beat of The Music of the Knights tonight at the Halloran Centre. This will be a celebration of three of Great Britain’s knighted musicians: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John, and Sir Paul McCartney.

The first thing I did after getting out of bed this morning was turn the air conditioner on. Because that’s what you do on November 30, right? Now I have to plan my day, where I face a dilemma. The lunch bunch wants to do 25 cent martini lunch at Felicia Suzanne’s today at 1. It probably wouldn’t be appropriate to wear shorts to Felicia’s lunch, given that tomorrow is the first day of meteorological winter. So I have to decide which I value more, wearing shorts or 25 cent martinis.

Funny thing is, two days from now the parking lot of Midtown Krogers will probably be jammed with people stocking up on milk and bread to get through the dusting of sleet that has a 20% chance to move through the city between 6:37 and 6:42 AM.

The Daily Memphian’s Jennifer Biggs visited Pontotoc Lounge this week for Bar Talk, where she chatted with owner Daniel Masters and mixologist Cady Smith. They made her a seasonal drink called the Eden.

Rizzo’s teased on Facebook yesterday that a gift card sale is coming soon. There will be a line all the way down South Main for that one.

Here’s a Peabody menu with an item you wouldn’t expect:

These days, duck is not allowed on the menu of any Peabody restaurant, because ducks are considered friends, not dinner there.

The Center for Southern Folklore is having a holiday extravaganza tomorrow with three vendors set up.

Looks like it’s a no-go on a division of FedEx moving their HQ into the former Gibson Guitar space.

My favorite stats site FiveThirtyEight has an article about what’s surprising and what’s not surprising about this NBA season so far. Not surprising: The Grizzlies re-embrace their grit ‘n grind roots and emerge once again as a playoff team.

The Trump Org considered giving Putin the penthouse had the Moscow Trump Tower actually happened.

Okay, time to go figure out this martinis vs. shorts thing. Back tomorrow with more news.