Thursday update

I’m going to lead off this post with a couple of good reasons to head to South Main this weekend. Bring cash and cards to do a little shopping, because the Memphis Farmers Market is back! Their announcement:

We are excited to announce that we are opening the Memphis Farmers Market. 2020 Season will kick off on Saturday, May 16th, rain or shine! Thank you for your continued support and patience during this challenging time. Everyone on the MFM Team has worked diligently behind the scenes to provide our customers, vendors, volunteers and staff with a safe shopping environment. Please read through the market rules and guidelines.
While a lot has changed over the last few months, our mission to the Memphis community has not changed: to offer healthy and fresh food options while supporting small businesses.

And of course, anytime a public place re-opens, there have to be eleventy million billion restrictions. Here are the Market’s:

After you’re done shopping at MFM, walk a couple of blocks down the street to The Vault. Memphis in May canceled its BBQ festival, but The Vault didn’t cancel theirs:

So #memphisinmay BBQ may be postponed until the fall, but ours isn’t! We are making the best out of this situation by creating our own BBQ Fest. All the pork you can stand: sliders, tacos and more. Come feast on whole hog and satisfy your BBQ craving. And don’t worry, we will have scattered seating both in and outside to ensure there is proper social distancing. Extra sanitation stations will be on hand, too, where we can enjoy but remain safe. Come early because once it’s gone, it’s gone! 🐷

Saturday, May 16 ONLY
11 am – 8 pm (while it lasts, so come early)
Wristbands- 1 for $15, 2 for $25
*Alcohol is NOT included in wristband price.

This is one of these events where I would advise getting there early. The people who get there first will get the tastiest parts of the hog.

Many people have reported vivid and disturbing dreams during the pandemic. I am most definitely among them. I like to journal my dreams and analyze their meaning, and try to figure out what their components represent in real life. So, just for fun, let’s analyze a dream I had last night.

I was driving down the streets of Little Rock, on the way to see my mom. I decided to stop at the convenience store nearest her house (at the corner of Pine Valley and McKinley, for those familiar with my hometown). A store that size would normally have one or two handicapped parking spaces, but at this store, all the spaces in front – five or six – were handicapped only. I had to park way in the back of the lot and walk a long way to the store. When I made my purchase and came back out, I discovered that the car had been stolen.


  • I couldn’t park in front of the store. What does this represent in real life?
  • What did the car represent?
  • (Super bonus question) What is the occupation of the person who stole the car?

The Daily Memphian is back with another outstanding and thorough analysis of whether we are close to Memphis/Shelby County moving into Phase 2 of the Back to Business plan, and the various factors that play into that decision. Since the virus has a 14-day incubation period and we’re only in day 11 of Phase 1, it is still too early to draw conclusions about the effect re-opening had.

Bear Balls, the breaded mozzarella balls that are a popular appetizer at the Blind Bear, have returned to the menu.

Legendary Club Paradise, which in the 1960s hosted some of the all-time blues and soul greats, is getting a makeover. Also, a body shop on the southern part of B.B. King Blvd. is looking for exterior improvements to more closely match recent development that has sprung up nearby.

The Rusty Pieces are back online tonight at 7 with their fourth Thursday night live stream. Jessi announced that they’ll do Prince songs and she’ll sing “Lost on You” for the first time publicly. Their Venmo is @therustypieces, Cashapp is $therustypieces, and PayPal is if you want to show them a little love.

If you can’t make it to the Memphis Farmers Market, Other Foods Kitchen is offering a Memphis Pantry Box offering a number of the locally sourced foods found there. It contains

  • J. Brooks Premium Roasters coffee
  • Tea by My Cup of Tea
  • Jar of honey by Wolf River Honey
  • Tennessee whiskey mini Bundt cake by Mama Pug’s Cakes
  • Country sourdough mini loaf by Lulu’s Bakery (a new Downtown tenant, at Puck Food Hall)
  • Caramel gourmet popcorn by Wolf River Popcorn
  • Bagels by Dave’s Bagels
  • Handmade granola by Amanda Krog
  • Strawberry jam by Comeback Coffee
  • Candied walnuts by Sue’s Walnuts
  • Protein bar squares by Boxer Chef Snacks

This is a question I have been asked from time to time, where to get a gift box that is a taste of Memphis but isn’t BBQ. The box has a list price of $72 but currently it is discounted to $49. Delivery is free and it arrives 3-6 days after purchase.

As your number-one source of news and information about The Edge District, I have yummy news from one of the district’s restaurants, Sabor Caribe:

⚠️Are you planning a special celebration?🥳 We are here to help, from the most casual event at home, to a wonderful office party, or corporate event. Our catering services is now offering  a new and delicious option “The Cuban Sandwich Party”, perfect to share with everyone, (tray size 18ct.) at one affordable price. Contact 901.425.5889 and our team will be glad to take your order now!🤩Don’t forget we’re offering FREE delivery! 🛵.
. ⏰ We are open from Monday to Saturday from 11:30AM to 9PM😉

Former governor Bill Haslam and his wife want to hire 1000 college students to tutor children, hoping to fight the learning loss they endured during the pandemic. I tutored math during the summers as a college student. It allowed me to set my own schedule rather than have a corporation set it for me, and it was the first clue I had that I would be successful as a teacher. Definitely a path I would suggest following for any college student who has an interest.

I watch the city county government/health department officials’ press conference at noon every day to keep up  with where we are in the fight against COVID-19. Yesterday the presenters were Dr. Bruce Randolph, Shelby County Health Official, and Lee Harris, Shelby County Mayor. They reported the latest statistics, took questions from the media, and then were offered the chance to make a closing statement.

Mayor Harris declined, but Dr. Randolph came back up to the podium. He told the public that if there was one thing they could do to make a difference in the fight against COVID-19, it would be to wear a face mask any time you go out among others.

So there we have it. A real medical expert advising to wear a mask.

Not a Twitter “medical expert” ranting, “It AMAZES me that some people are so SELFISH that they won’t even put a PIECE OF CLOTH over their face to avoid KILLING someone!”

Not a Facebook “medical expert” ranting, “People who don’t wear masks obviously DON’T CARE about their own lives OR the lives of others!!!”

I would encourage my readers to follow the advice of the real expert.

I would also encourage the fake experts to shut up.

Back tomorrow.