Ranting

Memphasis > The One-Hour Vacation

May 8th, 2014

DON’T KILL AN HOUR, LIVE ONE. The other day, I showed up for a 10:30 meeting in South Main. As often happens when Siri helps you with your calendar, coupled with chronic CRS, the meeting was actually at 11:30. So I took a walk. I strolled by new sidewalks going down and new colorful retail going up in old spaces and places, and past the new green grass of the ...

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Memphasis > The Heartbreak Hotel

May 1st, 2014

HEARTBREAK HOTEL. ON THE EDGE OF THINGS. “They’re calling this area The Edge and it’s about to explode,” Ben said. We were looking up at The Heartbreak Hotel, a stack of bricks where traveling salesman a century ago would rest their sample cases for the night, rising three tired stories above the all-but-forgotten intersection of Monroe and ...

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Memphasis > Going South

April 24th, 2014

JACKSON. FULL CIRCLE. Fifteen years ago, I sat across a table from a guy named Tommy Ramey in a place called Nick’s in Jackson, Mississippi. Tommy said he wanted to buy my ad agency and took a swallow of some very good Cab. I took a swallow of mine and told him what that would take. We both took another swallow, he said that sounded about right, and we shook hands.

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Memphasis > Hands Up, You’re In Tennessee

April 17th, 2014

ARMED AND DANGEROUS. I got an email last week from a White Station classmate. “Aren’t you the guy who once wore a western style .22 pistol in a holster into the drug store at Poplar and Perkins? Man, were you ever ahead of your time.” Yes, Michael, I did. It was a gorgeous nine-shot .22 long-barrel revolver in a hand-tooled, well-worn black ...

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Memphasis > Feed The Imagination

April 10th, 2014

SHOPPING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. The courtyard you’re in was once stacked with wooden cases, the food trucks you see were once mule-drawn wagons waiting to load those cases, the locally-brewed beer you’re sipping the reincarnation of what filled them, the live music you hear covering the century-old echoes of the South’s once busiest brewery – the ...

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