Ranting

Memphasis > Democracy and Goats

June 28th, 2012

EVERYBODY SWIMS IN THIS POOL. A lot has been said about our jury system. Thomas Jefferson offered, “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” Meantime, another great writer I miss, Dave Berry, opined, “We have to admit we know of no better system, ...

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Memphasis > Eggs and Elmo

June 21st, 2012

PERFECT REMINDERS. I’m reminded. He stared at the target, and on this particular night it seemed larger than ever. He got his signal – same as before – bring the heat. As soon as he let it go, he knew that’s the best I got. Nobody’s touching it. That could have been about our own Matt Cain, the San Francisco ace out of Houston High, who ...

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Memphasis > Jud Strunk Made Me Cry

June 14th, 2012

A DAISY A DAY. “He remembers the first time he met her, He remembers the first thing she said, He remembers the first time he held her, And the night that she came to his bed.” Jud Strunk made me cry. Although that’s a great name for a bully, Jud and I never faced off behind the gym, never stepped across a line drawn in playground dust. But lines ...

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Memphasis > High Notes

June 7th, 2012

THE MEMPHIS SOUND HAS A NEW GIG. Memphis has had plenty of superstars, but the beat behind them and underneath and around them, the bass they stood on, the lead they followed, the brass that announced them and made them royalty – that beat was a superstar all by itself. And, just recently, that beat lost a few beats. Andrew Love is missing, and he took a sax ...

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Memphasis > 59 For Danny

May 31st, 2012

WHAT THESE GUYS DO ISN’T PROFESSIONAL.IT’S IMPOSSIBLE. The other day, I played in a golf scramble – a format where four players hit every shot, pick the best, and turn in one score at the end. And we had two mulligans each (do-overs) and a toss (a throw yourself out of trouble when you’ve just hit a shot so nauseating you want to toss). We played ...

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