Month: August 2012

Carbunkle Trumpet takes his show to Mexico

Monumental – mon·u·men·tal/ˌmänyəˈmentl/
1. Great in importance, extent, or size.
2. (Of a work of art) Great in ambition and scope 
Who would have thought that you would be getting an English lesson on Carbunkle’s blog today? The reason that I chose this word to start the blog you ask, it was because to bring 40 people together for a destination wedding is pretty amazing….or monumental if you ask me!  Yep, ole AJ, Airport Johnny, Jonathan or known in some circles as the spotted rhino picked him a helluva good girl and they became husband and boss.  Before we go crazy, let’s backtrack a tad shall we?
First of all, apologies to all my Belizean readers as this is going to come as a shock but we really liked the Yucatan Peninsula area of Mexico and Cozumel. I mean I don’t know what those Mayan’s were thinking when they dug the channel up at Bacalar Chico, it really is as beautiful as Belize and the creature comforts were a bonus too.  Now for those of you who think that Mexico is all about the gang/drug wars, we didn’t get shot at, we didn’t fear for our lives and if you can believe this, the media really has blown this out of proportion. Now granted we were staying at an all-inclusive resort in Cozumel but of my trips outside of the free booze and food zone were nothing like the media has portrayed it to be. Thankfully I didn’t get stir crazy by being at the same place (my ADD can get the best of me) and the food was very good and had a lot of variety.
Now back to the reason for the trip, so AJ and Val (orie) decided to get hitched down in Mexico and like I said before, to have a handful of friends is doing pretty good but to have 40, wow that is impressive!  The different groups represented were from Texas (Val’s home state), Philly/NYC (AJ’s stomping grounds) and us Beef Jerky toting peeps from Crime-Free Memphis. All got along great and I am happy to report that of all the drunken antics, none were from Memphis or Philly but from Texas! The staff at the Cozumel Palace was great and was able to clean the flood from the overflowing Jacuzzi.  The wedding was just like we like them; quick, to the point, and even had a translator too! AJ to seal the deal on good weather celebrated an old Mayan ritual of burying 2 knives crossed in the sand so that we would not have any rain on the day of the wedding but little did he also know it is also for fertility and lots of kids. We can’t wait for him to trade in the pathfinder for a minivan in 9 to 10 months!  
As I get back into wearing shoes, not day drinking and not enjoying eating my weight in Guacamole I would like to wish the happy couple all the best and am glad that I now have some new best friends – in Texas and in Philly/NYC. 
Ok enough onto the pictures. 
EDITORS NOTE – Out of respect for the bride and for the volleyball spiking photographer I will not post any pictures of the bride and groom from the nuptials or the reception. Pepé you are safe too!
 When in Rome Mexico….
 Don’t worry Justin, this picture is the one that is going up on the wall
 Mrs CBT checking out the illegal and the LSU fan
Oh yeah you are so money!
 Poor Danielle has no idea what she is in for
Cozumel Palace from the dock
 He really needs to learn how to relax ya know?
 Service at the hotel was horrible, we never got a decent meal….
So that is how she got over here from Mexico….jk Love you Adri!
 It takes a village to make the groom look this good!

 The Bride to be and Adri
Got Dayem it CBT will you knock it off with the pics?
Danielle and Pepé ….wait am I missing something? #Fail
Get used to the glasses there Jim Lee, it gets better when you turn 40!
Insert your best Stliffer’s Mom & Finch Joke here

They say you are what you eat..Funny but neither of us recall eating sexy beasts

Mexico’s version of Fireball!

Here is Danielle and Pepé again….do I see a common thread here? #failagain
She is cute, holds down a good job and can make her own clothes too. Pepé you break up with her and we have decided to keep her over you.
Mother of the Bride, I love her!

Day after the wedding and I am celebrating day 5 of not having to take the little Mexican white pill/cork

Someone didn’t have the same luck as I did. Oh btw there AJ, nice ring there!

Rick James Shrine (he left for Memphis that morning)
Sorry AJ but Val said to pick this up for you today!

Yep we are all sober… a New Orleans Judge!

A minor ankle sprain by Mrs Katz but she is still all smiles (she must have already taken painkillers booze)

Sunset over the Pool of the Cozumel Palace on SundayFunday
I love this woman and not because she flooded her room

Remember when I said that she sprained her ankle, guess who got First Class Service back to the states?
No One Likes a quitter!
Mr and Mrs Lott’s first dance
Oh and congrats to Pepé and Justin, your pictures will not make the blog but will be shrined on the walls of Bar 595. By the way, I know that Kenjie will disagree with me on this but there are 51 other weeks in a year that we have fun in Crime-Free Memphis other than BBQ fest so come on down, we will leave the light on for you!

Yep I am behind – Crawfish Festival 2012

No you are not imagining things this is the second blog entry in a week and no I am not un-employed and have nothing to do, Daddy got a new computer! Yep I was able merge the pictures from the computer desktop that was moving slower than molasses in January due to a lot of porn malware on it and got it onto an external hard drive. Now I have all pics that I have taken on my cameras and am able to organize them a lot better. Ok enough about that, bring us back to date CBT.
This year for Benjie’s Crawfish team we traditionally held our only meeting at Casa De CBT to prep the food for the masses and tell all kinds of lies stories that kept us up till the wee hours in the morning. Our resident Chef and only Coon Arse, Wayne, kept us on task and I am happy to report we kicked the ever loving shit out of Kalb’s team this year and that is always a good thing. All in all the day was a good one even though they moved us from Wagner place and put us down on Riverside which was nice and also kinda boring. We didn’t get to see the traditional shoe shows that we normally do but it was a lot cooler down there than on the bluff.  Hard to believe that this festival has grown to one of the larger one day festivals and the money goes to a good cause. Anyway onto the pics.
Wayne stirring the Roux and Taking a load off at the same time.
No there were no lies being told that night!
Red Shorts are the signal to Festival Season!
The team next to us was a little heavy on planning. Didn’t know that one would need 3 bottles of Propane to cook some gumbo. Better safe than sorry, I guess
Hey guys, Lit Equipment called and they need thier equipment back!
Damnit Carbunkle Trumpet I have told you to lay off the beer until after we get the Gumbo on the stove. Now go get a cup of coffee and sober up!
Good to be the king, get to hang out with Hot looking Gingers!
Anybody who is going to dress up in a Jumpsuit in this weather deserves to have a picture taken
Wait when did we bring a skillet to Gumbo Festival?
Oh That’s right Baby, we came in the top 5!
Ok, I promise to do better and look for my post for Wine Race very soon.

Downtown Sports Bar turns into a Wine and Spa Joint!

So a couple of weeks ago as I was sipping my Vodka and Soda Diet Coke at my favorite South Main Sports bar (I know that Rocky doesn’t do internet so I am safe not mentioning the Tavern) and we were discussing world peace the upcoming nuptials of the owner of the bar to his high school sweetheart. The name of the bar is named after him and we said that it would be funny if we changed the bar into the name of his soon to be bride. Well naturally as all good things happen while sitting in a bar, a plan was made and it was amazing how many people rolled out for the meeting and then for the transformation. The happy couple was married in Mexico and our plan was to change Max’s into Cayley’s Sports bar on Sunday night but those plans got changed once we found out that Cayley would be starting back to school on Monday and wouldn’t get a chance to see our handiwork. We then enlisted the other owner into inviting them to have drinks then have dinner at one of the restaurants across from the bar and have a “Drop in for a beer” where we could showcase our hard work.
Naturally the newlyweds were running late but I assured my accomplice who was inviting them for a beer that we were good and that I realized that it was ploy for him to make all of us sit in his bar and order more drinks as we were waiting. Needless to say “Operation Cayley’s Sports Bar” was a huge success and many thanks to all of those who helped decorate, plan and coordinate the undertaking. While we were there waiting on them a New Orleans Saints fan came in and even got excited about the new menu as we replaced the old standbys with girly food samplings such as Water Cress sandwiches and Baked Brie with fruit.
Congrats to Max and Cayley from your Downtown family!
 Mikey at the Planning Meeting
 Some of the Accomplices
 More of them
 Don’t worry Billy, he won’t know that it you.
 Taps Before
 Way to go Michelle, you let the Damn Bar run out of PBR!
 Table Tops Before
 The Menu before
 Texting with the owner who is helping keep the happy couple out of the bar
 It’s Showtime!
 Big thanks to Darin McDonald of McDonald Outdoor Sign for the signage!
 Looks like a Pepto Bismol Bar
 Ferns? The only thing growing here is the mold in the beer drains
 Signing the Card
 Jean the sewing machine. Also notice that the TV’s have been turned from sports to either Lifetime or the O network.
 No I did not hang that sign, I put Nikki on my shoulders and we did it as a team!
 She is going to pee herself when she sees this!
 Sorry TA, you have been replaced with Taylor Swift
 New Tap Covers
 The only time that Michelle let us behind the bar to change the Taps. Oh Jean can I have a Kettle and Soda while you are there?
 New Menu’s
 More pink here than at a Breast Cancer Run
 Waiting for the Newlyweds
 Up to no good!
 Had to give Michelle some props for working 16 days consecutive while Max was on his honeymoon. And she did not kill anyone either!
 The Bride gets her own beer
 Sorry Max but it is now half of her bar too
 She loved it!
 How in the hell did you????
 She likes it!
 I will be glad when that stuff is gone
The Team that did the job! Thanks guys and gials!