Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Highballs and Hardballs

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Highballs and Hardballs Around here, it's not unusual to see folks cocktailing at noon. Heck, it's not even unusual to see it well before noon. And by three in the afternoon, my friend, you're simply late to the game. Guess some Yankees just can't handle the hard-drinkin' ways of us Memphians.

Pretty soft, for those working on a show called Hardball, if you ask us. From the show's official blog, "Hardblogger," regarding Chris Matthews' time here for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference:

Drinkin and politickin' (Mark Murray, NBC News Political Reporter): Who says drinkin’ and politickin’ don’t mix—especially here in the South? It’s exactly 3:00 p.m. Memphis time and the bar here in the lobby of The Peabody is packed with people sipping cosmopolitans, wine, beers, and mixed drinks. Which brings us to this question: Are the speeches so far that tedious?

Ah, Mark, not to worry. There are things much stranger than hard drinking at 3 p.m. From the show's producer comes this entertaining little nugget: It's hard out here for a duck: Duck Watch: Day Two (Shelby Poduch, Hardball Producer) It was a big Friday night in Memphis, and after a day full of SRLC happenings, the parties have started and one burning question still looms: What's going on with the ducks? Turns out they were spending Friday night the same way as many of the conference goers: just chilling out. My search took me to the roof of the historic hotel, to a place known as "The Royal Duck Palace." No, seriously, "The Royal Duck Palace."

All work and no play makes for boring ducks, and no one likes a boring duck, so when they’re not busy marching or making appearances in the lobby fountain, the five ducks hang out here at the Palace. (Note to self: remind MTV’s "Cribs" producers to stop by and check it out.) We’re talking wading pool with spouting duck fountain, green grassy romping area, an actual Duck Palace (think very large dollhouse,) not to mention a giant mural painted behind the Palace. Unlike the unsavory characters Memphis natives Three 6 Mafia rap about, it’s not hard out here for a duck.

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