Midtown was transformed into the City of Lights, a former local newsman gets props for his locks while ours get snubbed, and we’re getting thirsty at the Hank. Just another cray cray week in the Azalea City. You gotta love this place. So dive on in to all the latest happenings and swim around in them. Toweling yourself off afterwards is optional.

A Night in Paris? Oui! Oui!
This year’s Casino Night fundraiser for St. Mary’s Catholic School was once again a big hit this past Saturday. Themed as “A Night in Paris,” the evening was low on berets but heavy on good times as a group of local media and political folks dealt cards to help raise money. 

WPMI’s lovely Kelly Jones made a big splash sitting at the blackjack table, and former City Councilman Reggie Copeland proved he still has enough clout to sling the cards. WALA’s Jason Smith was also dealing, although he somehow managed to get cleaned out by a very savvy gambler at one point.

A lot of the buzz this year centered around items up for bid in the silent auction. Many a fifth grade girl’s parents faced some serious pressure to make a bid on a guitar signed by country/pop phenom Taylor Swift. There was also a guitar signed by local-boy-made-good Jimmy Buffett, as well as a framed poster of teen heartthrobs One Direction. 

The reserve on the guitars was $1,800 apiece, which may have been a little too rich for some of the allowance savings Boozie heard a few little girls had offered up to their parents in order to bid on the Taylor Swift guitar. At the end of the night though, Boozie hears there was still a “Blank Space” next to the bids for Taylor’s axe. Sorry Taylor fans, I couldn’t resist.

The One Direction poster was going at $650, which just makes the Boozester wonder what a similar poster of New Kids on the Block might have gone for back in the day. Sigh … they were pretty dreamy. A younger Boozie would definitely have enjoyed a night or two in Paris with some members of NKOTB, well actually just one — bad boy Donnie, he had “the right stuff.”

Former anchor has luxurious mane
Former WPMI “news ham” Scott Walker, who gained international fame as one of the infamous “Crichton Leprechaun” anchors, has been recognized by the website getgoodhead.com as the runner-up for Local Newsman with the “Best Hair for Louisiana.” He now works as the evening anchor at WDSU in New Orleans.

In response to being considered for this list, Walker told the website, “I’m honored to be considered. Paul Mitchell shampoo and American Crew styling paste are the keys to this coif that has been known to move only slightly during … actually never.”

The judges made their decision based on thickness, volume and styling, ruling out all candidates with receding hairlines.

Our local TV folks were robbed! Two newsmen from Birmingham grabbed the top honors for Alabama. Come on, judges. Certainly WKRG’s J.B. Biunno’s volume and styling alone should have put him in the running, not to mention the sterling locks of Peter “the Silver Fox” Albrecht. And nothing says anchorman hair more than WPMI’s Greg Peterson’s mane. WTH?

“Write” of Way
A spy sent me a shot of a car he saw traveling in WeMo earlier this week. The vehicle was covered entirely in chalkboard paint, both green and black. It had a sticker on it that read “got chalk?” and a personalized tag reading “BLKBORD.” There was also a notice assuring people it was indeed OK to write on the vehicle.

My spy said it appeared just to be a vehicle of a private individual, not a business. We’re not really sure what this is all about, but I wonder just how many phallic images have been drawn on it so far?

OK, there’s a bumper sticker for everything.

OK, there’s a bumper sticker for everything.

In other “car art” news, the same spy spotted a maroon TrailBlazer with a sticker that read “Honk if you have to Poop!” The spy thought certainly this was a handmade sticker, as who would manufacture these, right? But nope, they are for sale on Amazon. The inventor is probably a millionaire. What is wrong with people?

Thirsty Thursday at the Hank
Join the Lagniappe gang tonight (Thursday, May 7) at Hank Aaron Stadium to see the Mobile BayBears take on the Jacksonville Suns at 6:35 p.m. All of their tasty suds will be priced just right for thirsty folks to knock back a few, and we’ll have some cool Lagniappe swag to wrap or pour your frosty beverages in. “Dizzy” Dale Liesch from the Lagna-doodle team will also throw out the first pitch. No guarantee it will make it over the plate, or even to the plate, so please come heckle him.

Well kids, that’s all I’ve got this time. With Hangout Music Fest and Widespread coming up, there is a whole lot of floppiness on the horizon. So just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous or just some plain ol’ One Direction lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!