Wednesday update

If you’ve walked or driven down Monroe Avenue the past couple of days, you may have noticed a new addition to the neighborhood.

Every year Aldo goes out and buys a hearse and parks it outside of Bardog Tavern for the month of October. All month long, you can buy raffle tickets at Bardog for a chance to win the hearse. The drawing is always held at 11:59 PM on Halloween night. This year’s hearse appears to be a Cadillac Fleetwood in the 1991-1996 model year range.

There will be a free spin class in Health Sciences Park next Friday from 12:15 to 12:45 PM. It will be led by instructors from Spincult, the new spin gym in The Edge.

Dancing with the Stars: Live! goes on tour once again this winter and will make a stop at the Orpheum February 9, 2019 at 8 PM. Dancers will be from Season 27 of the show and will include Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, Sasha Farber, Alan Bersten, Jenna Johnson, and Brandon Armstrong.

High Ground News has an article on Bird scooters and the shared mobility ordinance. Dead or poorly parked Bird scooters create accessibility problems for those with limited mobility. I personally witnessed an example of this and wish I had taken a picture. If you want to get to the front door of the 100 Peabody Place office building, you have to go up two steps. However, over on the left side of the building, the curvature of the Main Street Mall creates a natural ramp of sorts, directly to the top step. It’s perfect for people in wheelchairs, as well as those for whom hip or knee issues make stairs difficult to navigate. However, the other day, someone had left a Bird parked right in front of that natural ramp.

While we’re on the subject of the Birds, yesterday about 2 I was walking down the Main Street Mall, coming up on the intersection at Union. A northbound trolley was stopped at the trolley stop there, picking up passengers. Right as the trolley started to accelerate, a guy on a Bird – one of the visitors here for the AutoZone sales conference this week – was zooming down Main and at the last minute decided to make a hard left eastbound on Union. He went right in front of the trolley and missed it by maybe three or four feet. Yikes.

A reminder that when I consider upcoming events to include in this blog, I ask myself three questions:

  • Will the event make Memphis a better, more interesting place?
  • Are the organizers of the event good people?
  • Do the organizers associate themselves with good people?

Had to disqualify an event I saw listed on Facebook this morning because of the third bullet point. Too bad because I could have done a lot to raise awareness and get people to go.

I didn’t get to see the Grizzlies’ first pre-season game last night, but this morning I did some reading on Grizzly Bear Blues to find out how it went. The most important piece of news was, Jaren Jackson Jr. looked like he belonged on an NBA floor, going 6-for-6 to put in 15 points. Yes, he got schooled by James Harden and Chris Paul at times, but ain’t no shame in that.

That’s it for now! Back tomorrow with more news.