Memphasis > The Ghost of Claude Rains

June 20th, 2013

SHOCKED, SHOCKED. You know who Claude Rains was, don’t you? Played Captain Renault in the 1942 classic Casablanca? Sure you do. You remember what the corrupt Captain said when he closed the casino – where he gambled every night – in Rick’s Café Américain, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in ...

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Memphasis > The Costco Connection

June 13th, 2013

MEMPHIS IN COSTCO. Have you ever noticed that what appears to be of a reasonable size in Costco grows in volume and dimension with every mile between Costco and home? Sure, you need a little lime in your gin and tonic, but there are 50 of them in that green net bag you just dragged into the kitchen and squeezed onto the counter next to those 27 avocados. That lobster dip ...

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Memphasis > The Architect’s Eye

June 6th, 2013

SEE THE DIFFERENCE IT MAKES. It’s not about money. Especially brand-new money. You can spend a ton of money on a building or a house and it can still be as ugly as original sin or as overdone as Donald Trump’s hair. I sometimes drive by a house out east covered in random-sized pieces of orangey-pink stone better suited for a patio, held together by wide alleys ...

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Memphasis > Round Of A Lifetime

May 30th, 2013

WHAT THESE GUYS DO ISN’T PROFESSIONAL. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE. I told this story last year and, like describing an exceptional shot much less a whole round of golf, it’s worth telling again. After all, this was a round of a whole lifetime, and lifetimes last a whole lot longer because of it. I played in a recent scramble – where four golfers hit every ...

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Memphasis > 23 Groans

May 23rd, 2013

ONCE A PUN A TIME. If it’s held up by this column, I’m about to be robbed of my reputation. Forgive the pun. Every one of us is occasionally confronted, even assaulted, by puns. Every one of us has at least one friend who lives by them. My golf buddy, Scoop, has one a hole. My late father-in-law, Doc, was a master of the pun – none too painful to be ...

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