Happy Hour In The Heptarchy: The Return of Bobbie’s and Hockey

by J.R.

It’s five past 5 across Conference III (leave work early, Colorado — you have our permission), time to hit bricks and get that freakin’ weekend started, am I right?

Of course I am.

It’s been a tough week for some of you so loosen your belt, pop a top, grab a spoon and stop being such a sourpuss. III Communication’s got good news for everybody.

The Particulars

What We’re Eating & Drinking: West Nashville institution, Bobbie’s Dairy Dip, has reopened for business for the spring. Indeed, it’s been open for more than 30 hours now and I’ve yet to consume my first cheeseburger slathered with jalapeno-flecked guacamole and topped with pepper jack cheese, nor my first Screamin’ Jay Hawkins milkshake — a fudgy, cayenne-y delight. Don’t care that it’s 35 degrees out. Must bundle up, sit on the pink picnic tables and eat gallons of soft serve.

Reasons To Celebrate

Chicago: Who among us hasn’t said “I want to go to Soldier Field to watch a hockey game”? Especially since it’s gonna be dumping snow up there?

Your Weekend Jam: “Informer” by Snow


Colorado: Amtrak returns, you lucky so-and-sos.

Your Weekend Jam: “City of New Orleans” by Arlo Guthrie (there’s no songs about the California Zephyr)


Dallas: You crazy galoots keep winning and your most famous family, even while fictional, has managed to erect a New York City gas station.

Your Weekend Jam: “The Ultimate Sin” by Ozzy Osbourne


Minnesota: Well, you can’t curl worth a crap, so good thing the Wild are making the playoffs. Your fishermen are good too, but run afoul of the no-fun-niks from Ontario. We all know it takes a Conference III man to haul in the big ones, even in Flortheast country.

Your Weekend Jam: “Darts of Pleasure” by Franz Ferdinand


Nashville: Pekka back? Pekka back (soon?)!

Your Weekend Jam: “Every 1’s a Winner” by Hot Chocolate


St. Louis: You’re getting Sunday mail (at least of Amazon deliveries), which seems weird since I thought the USPS was considering going to five days per week. Whatever.

Your Weekend Jam: “Please Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes


Winnipeg: This dude is trying to figure out how to live forever. Maybe then he’ll get to see the Jets in the playoffs. Ok, see ya later.

Your Weekend Jam: “Who Wants To Live Forever?” by Queen