Thursday update #2: An introduction for new readers and lots of news

Hello everyone! I have picked up a significant number of new readers this week, due to my Friday night post about the fallen horse, so I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Paul and I have lived in the Downtown core, near the intersection of Main and Madison, for 15 years. For most of those years I have been writing about the places I go, the people I know, events I attend, and upcoming events that I think my readers would want to know about. I am an independent blogger, not funded by any company and not making any income from this. I do it because Downtown Memphis is my passion.

It’s good to be able to walk to amenities like the Redbirds and the Orpheum and the Grizzlies and nice restaurants, but that is not the number-one thing I love about Downtown. First and foremost are the people. Never in my life before I moved down here, did I have a large group of friends who hang out with each other, laugh with each other, and support each other. My mom passed away in January, my last close living relative – and while I miss her, I take comfort in knowing that I will always have a family in my Downtown friends.

As for the horse, I did not witness his fall, or the attempts to get him back on his feet. I walked by about two and a half hours after the fall, and at that time the horse was lying in the road, not moving. I assumed he was dead and posted as such. When I found out the horse was not dead at the time I walked home, I changed the post’s title to be accurate. He was later euthanized at the recommendation of a vet. There were bystanders, including some of my neighbors, who witnessed attempts to stand the horse back up and were badly shaken by what they saw. If you witnessed the attempt to revive the horse and were troubled by it, my suggestion is that you call or email your City Council representative.

The Grizzlies will hold their training camp at FedExForum Tuesday-Friday, September 26-29. Preceding the camp will be Media Day Monday, September 25, and following the camp there will be a practice open to the public on Saturday, September 30 at the Landers Center in Southaven, home of the Grizzlies’ G-League affiliate the Memphis Hustle. Fans who attend the open practice will receive a voucher for a ticket to a Grizzlies preseason game and a Hustle regular season game.

3000 seasonal jobs are up for grabs at an eCommerce company called Radial at 5461 Davidson Road. Given that I’m posting this at lunchtime on the 7th, you probably won’t have time to get to today’s job fair, but there will be another one on Saturday, September 16.

The Classic Concert, part of the Southern Heritage Classic celebration, happens tonight at the Orpheum at 8. It features Jeffrey Osborne, Stephanie Mills and Jammin Jay Lamont.

The Redbirds used home runs to get a playoff Game 1 victory last night. Game 2 is tonight at AutoZone Park. Get tickets here, including a special ticket that gets you an all-you-can eat buffet of wings, hot dogs, sides, and a Coca-Cola product or bottled water. First 5000 fans in the gate get a free new-logo hat. First pitch is 7:05.

Black Diamonds Blue City is the featured film in the 15 Film Series at Clayborn Temple tonight at 7 PM. The Negro Leagues formed as a response to Major League Baseball denying opportunity to African-Americans for more than 50 years. They were an important institution that brought communities together in the South and particularly in Memphis. The film tells the story of the Memphis Red Sox and the Negro Leagues.

Analysts are saying the Saturday 2:30 PM game pitting 23 TCU vs. Arkansas could be the sleeper game of the week. Although not ranked, the Razorbacks’ home field advantage and history of beating up on Big 12 teams make them a slight favorite. I see a trip to Max’s Sports Bar in my future for this game. For my new readers, it is a little sports bar at 115 G.E. Patterson at the far eastern end of the Arcade building. Every seat in the house has a good view of several TVs and Max tapes the schedules so you can know what game will be on what TV so you can grab a good seat for your game of interest. It is nonsmoking inside but there is a large smoker-friendly patio with even more TVs outside.

Part of my reason for wanting to go to Max’s is that 30 minutes after Arkansas kicks off, the laughingstock of college football, the Tennessee Vols, kick off. I want to be there to ask Vol fans, “Are you REALLY going to root for that stupid trash can?” Let’s see what the trash can has been up to lately:

Absolutely loving this plan by the Trumpster for a 3-month debt ceiling increase. Yes I actually said something nice about Trump. Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, here’s a song lyric just for you: “Bow down before the one you serve. You’re going to get what you deserve.”

That’s it for now. Time to finish out the workday then I will be off to the Silly Goose for happy hour. Back tomorrow with more news.