Ranting

Memphasis > Driving While Stupid

January 23rd, 2014

DRIVING US CRAZY. I write about things Memphis, and there’s nothing more Memphis than the idiots on our roads. Our driving is like our unpredictable, even dangerous creativity, our shtick of doing old things in new ways and scaring people to death while we’re at it. My father-in-law once backed his car a quarter mile down the interstate shoulder ...

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Memphasis > Give Me My Money, The Sequel

January 16th, 2014

A BILLION IS, LIKE, A LOT. Sometimes numbers are so huge – so much larger than life, if you will – they are beyond our comprehension. For instance, the tonsillectomy that went so horribly wrong recently and left one child brain dead can engage the national media and captivate the country for weeks – while we pay no attention at all to the millions ...

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Memphasis > Give Me My Money

January 9th, 2014

IT’S MINE, AND I WANT IT BACK. I thought I heard the captain say Pay me my money down Tomorrow is our sailing day Pay me my money down That’s from the old work song, “Pay Me My Money Down,” later sung by Pete Seeger and more lately by Bruce Springsteen. I’d like for Bill, Ron, Mark, Brian, all the boys and Beth in Nashville to gather round and ...

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Memphasis > Horseback Rides with Weddings

January 2nd, 2014

BRIDAL PATHS As I did last year, I begin this year revisiting markers on the journey. When I was little, I was sure you went to cool weddings by horseback. After all, Roy and Dale were married, and they sang “Happy Trails To You” from the back of a horse every week. Mom and Dad were married, and they spent the first year of their marriage in Arizona riding ...

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Memphasis > New Years and Old Ones

December 26th, 2013

NEW YEAR REMINDER OF OLD FRIENDS The cutest girl on Tennessee’s campus sent me a message, and that sent me back to Houston for her wedding a lifetime ago, and just about the wildest weekend I’ve ever spent. Extant. Calvin picked me after work at my summer job. We drove to his parents’ house, parked his p.o.s. Volkswagen in the driveway, stole his ...

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