Even though summer break has passed, it couldn’t feel more like summer outside. With school back in session I am ready for a crisp morning. Who am I kidding? It is mid-August and we still have to get through September before I can daydream of crisp morning air and a warm cup of coffee with a little something extra in it, if you know what I mean. At least the first weekend back provided Boozie with lots of gossip to share with you!

Downtown torpedoes
This past Friday night, downtown Mobile hosted its annual Battle of Mobile Bay water balloon flight. Each year this event gets bigger and bigger. Boozie doesn’t have the exact count on the number of balloons but it was a boatload. Everyone said, “Damn the water balloons, full speed ahead!” The water balloons were all gone in the blink of an eye … well, three minutes but still that’s pretty quick when there were that many balloons. Boozie is thinking she needs to attend next year, it’s always good to stay young at heart.

Hoppin’ weekend at The Wharf
This past weekend the spies were busy as bees with all the activities at The Wharf. Friday night my spies were at the Train concert. They said it was great, but they think the threat of rain scared some people away. But the weather actually held off, and it was a perfect night. My spy said the clouds even cleared enough so that you could see the stars (the ones not onstage).

I was also told they threw T-shirts into the audience all night. At one point Patrick started taking off the shirt he’d had the whole band sign, and some concertgoers got excited — only to realize he had another shirt underneath. Sadly, Train’s biggest fan, Lagniappe co-publisher Rob Holbert was not able to catch the signed shirt.

The party didn’t stop there. Saturday was the Top of the Hops beer festival. This year it was inside due to the rain, which gave some people mixed feelings. The girls said it was great because there was no issue this year with long bathroom lines. Others said it was better outside because there was more space. Guess you can’t please everyone.

Another one of my spies reported that though the bathroom lines were shorter, one stall had three girls in it. Hmmmmm. She said one was on the toilet, one was standing and the other was sitting on … the floor. Yuck! If Boozie had to guess, I would say there were tears and beers involved. Anywho, Boozie heard everyone had fun. I can’t wait to see pretzel necklaces again in a few weeks for the downtown Mobile beer fest!

Our Royal Scam spies said actor Lucas Black (think the “Fast and Furious” movies, “NCIS: New Orleans” and “Friday Night Lights”) came in with his family to the Royal Street eatery last Friday night. We were told he was a “super nice guy” and he still has a “super thick Alabama accent.” Well, don’t we all? Anyway, he dined on the Fresh Catch, which that evening happened to be speckled trout with a chipotle cream sauce. The very thin actor, who is originally from Decatur, must have been watching what he’s eating for a role or something. We’re told he took the sauce on the side, ate the veggies but left the orzo. I guess he must be low-carbing it. Another one of the many reasons Boozie could never be an actress, this girl needs carbs!

While I am on the topic of celebrity spotting, this next one takes us over to P-Cola. Ron White was in town doing a show at the Pensacola Saenger. While in town Ron decided to do as the locals and have a bushwacker. He was not very excited to try it because he wanted a real cocktail, but he was a good sport and did it anyways. Boozie believes it was not love at first sip but that’s OK because there are plenty of people who love them. Maybe Ron needed to head over to Nappie winner for best bushwacker Pirates Cove to give theirs a try!

Well, kids, that’s all I’ve got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ beer chuggin’ lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!