The Nappie voting craziness is finally over. I swear, we have never seen it like it was this year.  Almost ONE MILLION votes! And so, now that our poor team of exhausted counters have retired back to the Isle of Calculation for another year, that can only mean one thing: It’s almost time for the 2015 Nappie Awards. Woot! Woot! But before we can get to that craziness, we have to take care of last week’s biz-nass! So grab your briefcase and get to work!

Nic Cage spotting

Nic Cage, filming a movie in town, has found some BBQ  love in the 08.

Nic Cage, filming a movie in town, has found some BBQ love in the 08.


We LOVE a good Nic Cage spotting. When not fighting off sharks in the waters off Orange Beach (for the movie, guys … we hope), he apparently has had a craving for some good ol’ Southern barbecue, as he was recently seen at The Brick Pit. No word on whether he’s a rib man or more of a pulled-pork kind of fella. But my spies said he looked “crazy” for the ‘cue.

Uber kerfuffle brings out the big hitters
Well, sure, we knew the Downtown Mobile Alliance, Mobile Chamber and Mobile Convention and Business Bureau would voice their support for Uber as the Mobile City Council considered whether or not to let the ride-hailing service continue in the Azalea City, but who knew former Mobilian Jake Peavy, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants and Cy Young Award Winner, would be so uber-concerned about the issue?

Turns out ace pitcher Jake Peavy is a big Uber fan and took to the web to support the service coming here.

Turns out ace pitcher Jake Peavy is a big Uber fan and took to the web to support the service coming here.


Apparently he was (or maybe someone asked him to be), as he put on Facebook, “I’m a huge fan of Uber and use it when I travel, so I was very happy to hear the direction my hometown is headed! #uber#mobile.”

We hope his message is a home run with the council, or wait, I guess I need a pitching reference — we hope he doesn’t strike out with them. OK, I know that was corny but sometimes you just have to swing for the fences. OK, OK, I’m done.

Downtown loses another
Last week we reported the loss of downtown regular Kevin Painter and now we sadly have to report the loss of yet another familiar face and kind soul. Chuck McNeil, who was seen around LoDa quite often, passed away last week. Close friends shared memories of his many colorful sayings and sweet gestures all over Facebook.
 
A memorial get-together was held July 15 by his closest friends at one of his favorite spots, Café 615. I’m sure many good stories were shared. Our condolences to all of his family and friends.

Well, my dear souls, that’s all I have this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or some plain ol’ Uber lovin’, I will be there.  Ciao!