Tonight we are saying goodbye to our friend Zac. No, he's not dead. He's moving for his job to Nashville. Yes that's right, he's leaving beautiful crime-free Memphis for Nashvegas. Blech.
We are going to miss his crazy ass. Big Spreadhead. Always has a smile and a kind thing to say. He's one of those guys who always makes you smile. An all around good guy. I met him through the Phoenix Club and we've been good friends for the last 2-3 years. We've been to a couple of Panic shows together and seen a few great bands at Newby's and the Daisy in our time. I even ran into him at Bonnaroo 2003. We were staying in different areas of the place and happened to run into each other in the middle of the night on the road. 50,000+ folks and I run into this joker on the road at night. We were both blitzed out of our minds and hardly recognized each other at first. It was weird. Funny as hell though.
A few of us are taking him to El Porton for dinner then meeting up with more folks at Newby's. I don't plan on being out that late. I'll take my camera but I know that the damn batteries are almost gone. Oh well. I needed an excuse to get a charger anyway. If I get any decent pics, I'll post them. Hopefully it won't be too crowded, but hey we are getting there before 9.
Anywho if you know Zac, stop by and say goodbye. He is leaving Saturday, and this is the only time we can really get everyone together to say bye. I think he'll be back for the Mardi Gras party next month.
A'ight I'm outta here. Remember kids, drink your alcohol. Caffeine is bad for you.
Songs on the Playlist (not many songs on work computer):
Led Zeppelin - Dancing Days
INXS - Mystify
Jimi Hendrix - Angel
The Rolling Stones - It's All Over Now
INXS - What You Need
When I first moved home from college, I lived at home with the 'rents and a sister who was still in high school. That was fine...for three months. Then opportunity came knocking and I decided to move out and in with David (there, are you happy? you made the blog again). I lived there near Southwind from December until April. I moved to Midtown and have been in three apartments in Midtown ever since. Sorry but I really don't want to move back to G'town. To explain how this relates to the commute discussion earlier, here are the daily travel times (in rush hour) from my residence to work (same job the whole time):
G'town: 45-50 minutes (during construction along Nonconnah and along I-240)
Southwind: 40-45 minuts (ditto)
First Midtown Apartment: 15-20 minutes
Second Midtown Apt: ditto (just down the street actually)
Current Midtown Apt: 12-15 minutes with hardly any traffic at all
Ok, I know the construction is gone on Nonconnah and I-240 near Mt Moriah, Perkins, Getwell, etc. I actually had to go to East Memphis the other day for an errand just after work. What happened? I was to Poplar & Ridgeway in like 20 minutes. Much faster than it used to be. I was impressed, but still. I love my folks, but I have been in Midtown too long and my independent spirit just won't let me move home. EVEN IF I will say a shitload of money (which would be nice). Plus my social life and friend base are in the midtown/downtown/east memphis area. That's another factor that keeps me here. Plus who wants to drive home from the bar into G'town anyway? And where am I gonna keep all the junk I've accumulated?
Oh too many questions going through my head. I've got too much to think about. And I've been running all this through my head for the last hour and half. I think I'm going to bed.
Just so you won't think this post is a complete waste and a rent, here is a great pic I took of our fireplace at the duckhouse. It is the best fire place that I have ever seen. It is a thousand times better than the one mom and dad have at home. It is probably 2 feet wide by 3 feet tall by 2 feet deep. In the coldest part of winter, I can build a fire in it that will make you step outside into the chill with a tshirt on. It was built in the 50s we think. Great old house in the country. It is a beautiful picture. I hope you enjoy it.
Songs on the Playlist:
Tenacious D - Tribute to the Best Song in the World
Phish - Weekapaug Groove
Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused
The Grateful Dead - Casey Jones
Hank Williams - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Club 152 (where they have metal detector wands apparently now)
Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas – (7:00 – 10:30)
Samo’ 2 Step w/ Lil’ Guyland Leday-(6:30-10:30)
Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble – (10:00 –1:00)
Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble – (7:00 – 9:00)
Dennis Stroughmatt and Creole Stomp-(10:00-12:00)
Delta Highway - (8:30 – 12:30)
Roy Carrier (9:30 – 1:00)
Cedryl Ballou - (9:30 – 1:30)
Thomas “The Big Hat Man” Fields & his Foot Stompin’ Zydeco Band – (8:00-12:00)
Dora & The Zydeco Badboyz (7:30 – 11:30)
King's Palace Cafe
T. Broussard & the Zydeco Hot Steppers- (9:00-1:00)
Rum Boogie Cafe
Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express- (9:00-1:00)
Blues City Cafe
Corey & Zydeco Embrace- (10:00 –2:00)
Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp – (6:00 – 9:00)
That's the line up. When I went two years ago, we stayed at Rum Boogie the whole time or ran to the bar right next to it. Course I was so into the whole vibe that I didn't pay attention to what the bar is. And the last time I was on Beale I went to either Silky's or Pat O's. So I don't know where I'm going. I don't know any of these bands by name, but who needs to? I don't know who all is going with us, but I'm sure it'll be a nice group. Mike the Cordova recluse might actually come out with us. If so, I'll have to take a pic of that.
Until later kiddies
Songs on the Playlist:
The Who - Shakin' All Over (live at leeds version)
The Rolling Stones - Dead Flowers
Led Zeppelin - Your Time Is Gonna Come
The Rolling Stones - Mother's Little Helper
Bob Dylan - Idiot Wind
I just picked up the tickets for the Phoenix Club's Mardi Gras party. Here are the details (email me for tickets):
Annual Phoenix Club Mardi Gras Party and Casino Night
Saturday, March 11, 2006
8pm until 1am
The University Club of Memphis
Featuring Casino Games, Live Entertainment, Silent Auction, High Roller Poker Tournament, Libations (Beer, Wine, & Cash Bar), and General Chicanery
All Benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis
Entertainmnet brought to you by Big Sam's Funky Nation.
$70 Per Couple in Advance, $90 at the Door
$50 For a Single in Advance, $70 at the Door
High Roller Room Poker Tournament: $100 Entry Fee
***Buisness Casual or Festive Attire
Here are a few pics from last year::
As you can tell it was a blast. It is supposed to be better this year. I have 15 tickets now and we are on pace to sell out all the tickets before the party. I'll get more pics this year. That is if I can find the battery charger anytime soon. It's been lost for almost a month. I hate losing stuff. Drives me crazy.
Adios folks. Remember to drink alcohol and not coffee.
Quote of the Post: Molly Ringwald in Not Another Teen Movie "I believe masturbation is healthy."
Songs On The Playlist:
Jimmy Buffett - Overkill
Bob Marley - I Shot The Sheriff
Jack Johnson - It's All Understood
Jimmy Buffett - School Boy Heart
Jimmy Buffett - Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants
Bob Marley - Jamming
Jimmy Buffett - Only Time Will Tell
Jimmy Buffett - Ragtop Day
Jimmy Buffett - Fins
Jack Johnson - If I Could
Jimmy Buffett - Lovely Cruise
Jimmy Buffett - Who's The Blonde Stranger?
Jack Johnson - Gone
(By the way, I have no idea why it all of a sudden it went to double space. Sorry.)