Ranting

Memphasis > Ghosts Of Christmas Past, Revisited

December 22nd, 2011

CHRISTMAS TIME It was my first time to England, first time overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Soho and the rocking HQ for the whole British invasion. It was time to discover pubs, and Scotch eggs, bubble & squeak and spotted dick. Time to discover that bitter, served warm, is twice as strong as our brew, that a British pint holds 20 oz.

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Memphasis > Wrap This

December 15th, 2011

AW, YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE. REALLY. Last week, I suggested we all look around for very merry Memphis things to give family and friends this year. I would be remiss if I didn’t also recognize a few of those folks who’ve been giving it to us, good and proper, all year long. A couple of reindeer from Collierville thought we were so special that they pushed and ...

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Memphasis > This Year, Give A City

December 8th, 2011

GIVE MEMPHIS TO SOMEBODY YOU LOVE. Put a polar bear and a panda under the tree. But walk them first. You really don’t want all that on the living room rug. Do this yourself, don’t ask Santa. Polar bears make reindeer skittish. Give a Memphis Zoo membership, truly one of the world’s great zoos and a great deal. But a little advice – take a ...

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Memphasis > St. Louis Blues

December 1st, 2011

HEY, ST. LOUIS, YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME? If you don’t think we’re in a fight, you probably don’t realize you’re bleeding. The first blow came more than 20 years ago – a big, upriver uppercut after a series of negative articles in The Commercial Appeal on St. Jude. The hospital hollered, another big river town heard them, and we were one feint ...

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Memphasis > Thanks, Guys

November 24th, 2011

SHARED IDIOCY. SHARED LIVES. I look around the table, many tables over many years, and I’m thankful for those I still see. Thankful that the same old guys can still bring each other to tears, laughing so hard at the same old stories from a lifetime ago that they still brighten the lifetime lived since. Thankful for the women I see, seen even then, ...

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