Ranting

Memphasis > Bend and Lift

January 19th, 2012

BUILDING NEW BOXES. “Listen here, college boy. Bend your knees when you pick that up, or you won’t make a week.”” That sound advice came from Charles, across a huge stack of corrugated boards that would soon hold refrigerators, on my first day at Mead Container. Way over on Manassas, north of Chelsea, way far away from my ...

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Memphasis > For Bob

January 12th, 2012

FOUND, NOT LOST“There’s a hole up here,” she said, and then held up a mirror so I could see a perfectly round, barren wasteland about two inches wide in what used to be an uninterrupted forest of dark brown hair. But, then, it used be all dark brown, too. “What should I do about it?” I asked. “Stay away from people taller than you,” ...

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Memphasis > Personal Hook

January 5th, 2012

CAUGHT FOR LIFE. At five o’clock on a Sunday morning in 1969 the phone in the frat house rang. When a phone rings at that time on that day in a frat house, it’s a wrong number, bad news, or somebody calling for bail money. This call was for me. “Dan?” said the voice. “This is Andy Holt.” Andy Holt. A voice equal parts molasses and ...

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Memphasis > A New View

December 29th, 2011

NEW YEAR INDEED. As 2012 dawns, we’ll be able to see a number of things in a positive, new light – if only we’ll allow ourselves to look at it that way. A Downtown icon that almost became a parking lot is now writing a new song, and praise will be offered in brand-new ways for architect Francis Gassner’s seminal and long-neglected C&I Bank ...

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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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