Ranting

Memphasis > Scruffy

July 29th, 2010

We’re not looking our best.Remember your momma’s advice, “If you don’t care what you look like, no one else will.” Well, we don’t seem to care very much what we look like and we haven’t for some time. George Clooney looks good with three days of stubble and Halle Berry is stop-my-heart gorgeous without makeup, but a city that doesn’t shave its ...

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Memphasis > Slice Of Memphis

July 22nd, 2010

For Pete’s sake, it’s Sam’s.Turning basic things into things Memphis is part of our story-telling alchemy. Some mixture of food, drink and funky has to be involved in the telling, and the telling should take a while. Sometimes the stage itself may be the story.For instance, Italian food is basic, but Pete & Sam’s is basic to Memphis.It’s early evening in Rome and ...

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Memphasis > Down With Crime

July 15th, 2010

Not reporting progress is a crime.True or false:In 2006, the mayors of Memphis and Shelby County got together – that in itself is newsworthy – with law enforcement, government at every level, civic and business leaders, university faculty, and community resources to produce an ambitious strategic initiative to reduce crime.True. If I’m lying, I’m dying, and too many of us ...

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Memphasis > Sign Of The Times

July 8th, 2010

If you want to know where this city came from, follow the signs.Evidently, Manny Young was the original Memphis party animal.If you haven’t heard of him, then I guess you’re going to tell me you’ve never heard of his neighbor, Paddy Meagher, either. Guess that’s why we weren’t invited to the biggest party Memphis had ever seen. Well, that and the fact that it took ...

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Memphasis > Spinning East

July 1st, 2010

The view from Downtown is central to Memphis.Memo to Phil Trenary: Land Pinnacle’s headquarters in Commerce Square.The view of the river is spectacular, and a daily reminder not only of things eternal, but also of why this city is here, and why our location is vital to national and international commerce. And things like, you know, airline hubs and connections.The former NBC lobby is ...

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