Holy azaleas, Batman! They are exploding all over the city! Someone call the Commissioner!
And they are gorgeous but they also come with pollen. Lots and lots of pollen. I am not sure if the azaleas are to blame for said yellow devil dust, but since they showed up at the same time as it, I am blaming them. I mean, I still love them, but I think I’m going to have to start snorting Zyrtec if this powder coating doesn’t end soon.
Who knows — maybe being all hopped up on allergy meds will help me gather the scoop for all you crazy, gossip-loving fiends. It certainly couldn’t hurt, right? But before I start my new drug habit, I need to dish out all of last week’s gossip for you.
So let’s get to it before I sneeze all over the page.
Mardi Gras leftovers
We went to press on Lundi Gras morning, so I have one more dispatch from Mardi Gras 2019.
The weather was pretty terrible for the Infant Mystics and Order of Doves on Monday night and the crowd attendance was low as they rolled through the streets of downtown Mobile. But those brave souls who did brave the cold were richly rewarded. One spy said a person who was standing near Moe’s Bar B Que had a large cardboard box full of some sort of throws hurled at them by one of the mysterious Mystics. Can you say jackpot? And ouch?
At the IM ball at the Civic Center, my spies said the decor was spectacular. Their theme this year was “Turn the Page,” highlighting classic works of literature. The stage set was Gatsby-inspired and featured live models, including one “princess” sitting on a moon and another soaking in a gin bathtub that actually had running water! My spies said a knight and his lady were even spotted in the tub together with the model. Rub-a-dub-dub indeed!
On Fat Tuesday, Mother Nature finally cooperated and brought us one of the most beautiful days of the Carnival season. The Knights of Revelry parade was a hit as they presented “oxymorons,” a really cool theme featuring things that are contradictory or opposite, like “Jumbo Shrimp” and “Living Dead.”
One KOR member really pleased the crowd as he threw out packages of Conecuh sausage. This has become such an annual thing that one woman on Royal Street came with a sign begging for the tasty pork throw. And our spies said she was successful. I never thought I would say “pork throw.” I also hear rotisserie chickens and chicken legs were thrown this year. I am advocating for filet mignon next year. Perfect size for throwing!
The city was a wreck (not to mention its citizens) by the time the Order of Myths rolled to close out Mardi Gras 2019. But the Public Works department and Downtown Mobile Alliance workers did an excellent job, as always, getting things whipped back into shape in short order.
Until next year, y’all! Fat Tuesday is on Feb. 25! The countdown is on.
As we have been reporting, Casey Affleck, Jason Segel and Dakota Johnson have been in Fairhope filming the movie “The Friend.” The actors have been spotted in several eateries and art galleries from Mobile to Fairhope. The latest sighting was of Miss Johnson at Sunset Pointe at Fly Creek Marina in Fairhope. Johnson took photos with the staff and even signed their wall of fame, writing, “I love it here so much! Thank you!” She even added two hearts. That’s true love, y’all!
We love having all of you guys here too!
Filters gone Wild
One of our all-time favorite local TV newsmen, Steve Alexander, a beloved fixture on the local scene who worked at WKRG for years and now works at FOX 10, accidentally provided some pretty fun footage on Facebook Live last week.
He was out covering a news story and he had a little trouble with the Facebook Live filters popping up on his face (which I totally understand because that has happened to me unintentionally, too). But it generated some pretty amazing shots of him as he was reporting. He immediately realized what was going on but as he struggled to try and turn them off, the filters kept changing from things like a top hat and sunglasses to a gold workout headband to googly eyes. He got the video down very quickly, but not before some folks captured screen shots of it. Because that is the world we live in.
But I, for one, vote we do all of these videos with filters on INTENTIONALLY from here on out! It makes otherwise depressing news more fun! We love you, Steve!
Well kids, that’s all I got! Just remember, whether rain or shine dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ Conecuh sausage lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!
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