It’s less than two weeks before Christmas and here you are, lounging about with a cocktail, reading ideas about what to do this weekend.
Take a hint from all the ads in the newspaper and start shopping.
Start off with a visit to the Columbus Cottonmouths Friday night at the Columbus Civic Center, which is easily found next to the baseball stadium off Victory Drive. You can buy yourself a beer to satisfy immediate needs and hockey trinkets for the kids, which they’ll no doubt slobber over come Christmas morning. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, head down to the Bi-City Parade in Phenix City at 10 a.m. It crosses over the Dillingham Bridge into C-town and then back into Alabamastan via the 13th Street Bridge. Use this awesome knowledge to gain a good front row seat and then to exit quickly before traffic gets hellish so you can make your way to World Market at 2546 Enterprise Drive in Opelika, Ala.
Christmas decorations, décor and wine are all in abundance at the earth’s market.
Sunday, you’ve got to start wrapping all the junk you’ve bought over the past few days. You’ve likely forgotten the wrapping paper, bows and bright paper packages tied up with string, so slink over to Target at 1591 Bradley Park Drive.
Be sure to get there before noon and beat the Laundry Day rush.
My mourning jacket
Join me in taking a moment of silence: This is the weekend the Chippendales dancers were scheduled to appear at the now-defunct Aqua Nightclub.
The cancellation broke my heart, but I've faced the harsh realization that there's more to life than a strategically placed bow tie and choruses of "It's Raining Men." These weekend standouts make it even easier to move on:
Friday, the local rockers from Classic Addict take the stage at SoHo Bar & Grill, 5751 Milgen Road. Once a regular at former all-ages hot spot The Core, these guys have graduated to 21-and-older hot spots. Fortunately, you can still catch their mom rocking out in the audience. Show starts at 10 p.m., cover is $5.
Saturday, hit up The Roadhouse, 1047 Broadway. There's a one-time appearance by DJ Mystic, who just finished touring in Florida. Don't worry -- you'll still be able to request "Sweet Home Alabama." Doors open at 8 p.m. No cover.
Finally, end the weekend with Sunday's Schryl Carden Breast Cancer Benefit at Del Ranch Bar and Grill, 4920 Lee Road 430 in Smiths, Ala. There's a bunch of live music, and all proceeds benefit breast cancer research. Consider it your one good deed of the season. Action starts at 1 p.m.