Now that someone has won Downtown Boise's notorious Fat Tuesday door prize, prepare yourself for the possibility of a Craigslist ad."Free breast implants. Will trade."
What else is a single guy supposed to do?
When Andy Thompson of Boise realized he was holding the winning ticket, the gravity of the situation at Dirty Little Roddy's bar took a moment to hit.
"I looked at it twice, and I'm like, 'You gotta be kidding me,' " Thompson, 37, remembers. "... I didn't go Downtown thinking I was going to get some boobs.
"Not in that sense, anyway, right?"
Huh-huh. Right, Beavis.
Considering the attention my Scene column Feb. 8 attracted, I'm a boob for not following up sooner on this zany Mardi Gras story.
A quick recap: To help celebrate the beads and flesh-flashing tradition Feb. 12, three Boise bars gave away what amounted to a $3,000 gift certificate toward a breast augmentation.
News website The Huffington Post picked up the story. Last time I checked, it had spread as far as Canadian media. (Swell publicity for Boise, right?)
Fat Tuesday came and went. I assumed some happy gal won the surgery. End of story.
The salient point I missed about this saline scenario is the very definition of "door prize." Every person - not just women - who walked through the doors of Roddy's, China Blue or Main Street Bistro was entered into the drawing.
Thompson finds humor in his good fortune, even if he hasn't quite figured out how to, um, handle the prize.
He could sell the augmentation. He could give it to his ex-wife. (Nah.) He could donate it to charity - or how about to a breast cancer survivor?
Thompson is leaning toward gifting the implants to a married, platonic friend, he says.
But he's in no hurry to make a decision.
"I'm gonna sit on 'em," he quips. "I've always wanted to sit on boobs."
(Sorry, man, even I don't get that joke.)
Whatever the case, it has made his life more interesting for the past several days - just like it did on Fat Tuesday, which never quite lives up to the drooling male hype. Downtown Boise certainly provides spectacle during Mardi Gras, but it ain't exactly Bourbon Street.
"One guy said, 'I was hoping to see some boobs tonight,' " Thompson remembers.
"I got my own pair."
YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE
Boise is on a roll of concerts selling out in advance. Here's a rundown of events that have zero tickets remaining:
- Alabama Shakes, March 1, Knitting Factory
- Tiesto, March 8, Revolution Center, Garden City
- Kip Moore, April 3, Knitting Factory
- The Postal Service, May 28, Knitting Factory
- Fun., Aug. 28, Idaho Botanical Garden
If you want to stay on top of concerts - so you don't get shut out when it comes to tickets - hit my "Words & Deeds" blog on Thursdays. I post a round-up of the shows that go on sale each weekend.
BOISE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS ON FACEBOOK
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'BOB AND TOM' COMEDIAN IN BOISE
Comedian Costaki Economopoulos is a familiar name if you listen to the syndicated "Bob & Tom Show" on 96.9 FM The Eagle.
He'll make a one-night stop at Liquid Laughs, 405 S. 8th St., Boise, on Wednesday, Feb. 27. It's an 8 p.m. show and costs $10. Call 941-2459 or hit liquidlaughs.com.
TONIGHT IN 'THE OTHER STUDIO'
Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard tore it up Feb. 16 on "Saturday Night Live." I'll talk to her about performing on "SNL," her influences and the Shakes' success. Plus, co-host Tim Johnstone and I will spin music from Charles Bradley, Phoenix, Mad Season and Leftover Salmon.
"The Other Studio" airs from 9 to 10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.
COMING IN SCENE MARCH 1
- Soulful rock newcomers Alabama Shakes soak up success.
- Contemporary dance company Pilobolus makes its Idaho debut at the Morrison Center.
- An update on 10 Barrel Brewing Company's pub coming to Downtown Boise. (It's opening sooner than you might think.)
Michael Deeds' column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @IDS_Deeds