If youve ever partied on Sixth and Main during Fat Tuesday, you know that Mardi Gras is alive and well in Downtown Boise.
No, Main Street aint Bourbon Street. But the bars do attract revelers who crave beer, blaring music and the traditional exchange of shiny trinkets for flesh flashing.
Yet Fat Tuesday in Boise has always been missing something.
Fortunately, Ted Challenger who owns Main Street Bistro, China Blue and Dirty Little Roddys knows just what that is.
Consequently, a lucky lady will win a perky new set of surgically enhanced breasts as a door prize at his bars Feb. 12.
Boise desperately needs more silicone and saline, right?
Were just trying to put some fun back into Mardi Gras, Challenger explains. ... Its basically a gift certificate to any surgeon of your choice for $3,000 for a breast augmentation.
Three grand? Is that all it costs? I envision a woman in Tijuana getting old gym socks stuffed up her chest.
Theres some doctors in Boise that will do them for $3,000, and theres some doctors in Utah where they cost $6,000, Challenger says.
Either way, the door-prize winner chooses the plastic surgeon: That way, Im not held liable if they get a bad boob job, Challenger explains.
Dude has thought of everything.
The three-bar promotion is being called customer appreciation time. Cover is $5. All beers, cocktails and shots will be just $3.
The partys racy flier view it on my blog, Words & Deeds, aka the ghetto at IdahoStatesman.com features a frontal photo of a woman who paid $3,500 for her breast implants, Challenger adds.
They look fine to me, he says.
(Me likey Broke Girls, too, sadly.)
Besides, all those red-faced, sweaty frat boys holding up iPhones arent picky. Theyll squeal That works! even if a woman hops onto a bar and shows off the not-so-goods.
Body-part philanthropy is not virgin territory for Challengers bars. He donated a $4,500 breast augmentation as a special event several years ago, he says.
It made for good publicity.
And it was fun, he adds. And the girls sure do appreciate them.
Talk about serendipity! The winner of those inaugural ta-tas wound up being the daughter of Challengers real-estate license instructor, he says. When he met his teacher, the guy went, Oh yeah, you bought my daughter boobs, Challenger recalls.
Im like, Excuse me? Challenger adds, laughing.
Welcome to life as a multiple-bar owner at Sixth and Main streets.
Welcome to Mardi Gras Downtown Boise-style.
Weve got beads. Its gonna be fun, Challenger says. Come let your hair down.
Proof Eyewear, the Eagle company being featured on ABCs Shark Tank, will appear at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 instead of Feb. 15. The air date has been moved.
Thinking about summer concerts? Of course you are ... not. Nevertheless, the first Idaho Botanical Garden show at Outlaw Field was announced this week, and it promises to be fun.
Yes, fun. the band that spells its name with a lowercase f and a period. The one up for all the Grammy Awards for hit songs such as We are Young and Some Nights.
The concert is Aug. 28 with opener Tegan and Sara. Tickets go on sale for $35 on Feb. 15.
Has it really been nearly eight years since British buzz band Arctic Monkeys exploded onto the scene? It has. Theyll finally make it to Boise when they gig May 26 at the Knitting Factory. Tickets go on sale for $25 on Feb. 8.
Idaho State Polices Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau cracked down on infused and barrel-aged liquors last week, confiscating booze from Red Feather Lounge and other restaurants Downtown.
The reason? Idiotic legal language penned a zillion years ago supposedly designed to protect us from purchasing and ingesting liquor that isnt what it seems.
When will Idaho find a politician willing to lead us out of the alcohol-law dark ages? Its ridiculous.
Im not too worried about The Postal Service not delivering on Saturdays. I just wish theyd play a concert in Boise any day of the week.
The nearest the recently reunited indietronic duo plans to come to us is Reno, Nev., on April 9 (unless you count their appearance as part of the Sasquatch Music Festival in George., Wash., May 24-27.)
Update: After the print version of this column went to press, I got wind of a possible Boise show from The Postal Service. It now sounds very likely this package will be delivered to us. Stay tuned.
Michael Deeds column runs Friday in Scene and Sunday in Life. He co-hosts The Other Studio at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River and appears Thursdays on Channel 6 News.