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Living on the Main Street Mall is nice in terms of convenience. I can walk to my favorite restaurants and bars, to sporting events, to live shows. However, sometimes there’s a price to pay for that convenience.
I have a sciatic nerve injury that first happened when I was in my 20s. I’d like to say it was a sports injury, but it first happened when I sat in the wrong way in my desk chair at the University of Memphis grading papers. About every 2 years it flares back up. This was the flare-up week for 2013-14. If you’ve had this injury you know it’s no fun. Pain in your lower back, shooting down your leg. I can control it somewhat with ibuprofen but the hard part is getting out of bed and to the medicine cabinet.
So this morning I contacted the office, saying I was going to take half a sick day in the morning and try to get some additional sleep to make the pain go away.
Well, that didn’t happen. Not 30 minutes after I sent the email, the sounds of buzzsaws and jackhammers fired up. There are holes all over the Main Street Mall with orange barrels around them. The drilling and hammering continued all morning and my four hours of sick leave amounted to maybe 10 minutes additional sleep. Paul Morris who runs DMC said that they are replacing the drainage system to keep standing water off the Main Street Mall. They are also getting rid of unsightly wooden boards that have been covering the old drainage system.
Back doesn’t feel any better but if there’s a silver lining to this morning it’s that I got crawfish etoufee from Court House Deli for lunch.
The Grizzlies take on the San Antonio Spurs tonight at 7 at FedExForum. Channel 5 reports that Marc Gasol has said he will play tonight after getting results from an MRI.
From the CA: Pat Halloran will step down as the head of the Orpheum in 2015.
Speaking of the Orpheum, tickets are now on sale for Sarah McLachlan’s April 1 concert.
Three sports rumors for today (remember, these are just rumors):
- The Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in Tayshaun Prince.
- Radio host Chris Vernon is reporting that the Liberty Bowl has informed the SEC of its order of interest in teams: Tennessee first, then Arkansas, then LSU. Possible opponents from the Big 12 would include Texas or West Virginia. I would love to see Arkansas-Texas, having grown up around that Southwest Conference rivalry. Please don’t send the Vols here!
- (Really take this one with a grain of salt) The Big 12 needs to expand to include two more teams so it can split into divisions and have a conference championship. Cincinnati is a natural fit for an 11th team. The 12th team is up for speculation – and some are saying it could be Memphis.
There will be a tribute to the life and music of Bukka White tonight at the Center for Southern Folklore at 7:30. Blues singer Zeke Johnson will host, joined by the Louisiana Mojo Queen Ms. Zeno on vocals and Paulette Regan on washboard and vocals.
That’s it for now. Back is still hurting but I’m going to try to make it to the Prohibition Repeal events tonight. I hope this rain is outta here by then.