Saturday update

Greetings, fellow citizens of Shelby County…

COVID-19 has made its way to the Memphis Tigers football team, which is suspending operations temporarily. Today is an open date for the Tigers, their game against Big Ten opponent Purdue having been canceled. Next week’s conference game against Houston is in serious doubt because of the incubation period of the disease.

I don’t see how college football is going to happen this season without a bubble, and I don’t see how you put college kids in such a bubble… nevertheless, let’s have a quick look at what games are might be on today.

  • Of local interest: Arkansas State vs. Kansas State, 11 AM, FOX.
  • Duke vs. #19 Notre Dame, 1:30 PM. NBC.
  • Georgia Tech vs. Florida State, 2:30 PM, ABC.
  • Damn, you know we’re hurting for football when UTSA vs. Texas State makes it onto ESPN2. 2:30 PM.
  • #1 Clemson vs. Wake Forest is probably the game of the week. 6 PM, ABC.

Potential big news: The capital management firm that owns Downtown Walgreens is asking the Downtown Memphis Commission for a grant to make improvements. That Walgreens is a cornerstone of the neighborhood and we must do whatever it takes to keep it here. Hey DMC, here’s an idea… give them what they ask for, but in exchange, they have to stay open until 10 PM weekdays. Sound fair?

Gang, I want to emphasize once again what a fantastic resource Quora is. You can ask any question, tag it with appropriate topics, and get answers from top experts.

So, for example, a couple of weeks ago I asked about updating my LinkedIn profile to reflect a career changed from web developer to professional writer. Within days I got answers from career coaches, recruiters, and LinkedIn experts.

This week I asked if people who have a particular personality order gravitate toward a certain career. Three hours later, I had an answer with a counselor who specializes in that personality disorder.

Why do people take the time to answer these questions? Because they establish themselves in their fields by doing so. Writers I follow on Medium jump over to Quora and answer questions, and that has led to their being asked to write articles for top magazines such as Inc. and Forbes. That’s the caliber of people who will answer you, for free.

Some parts of Downtown suffered through a second power outage in two days yesterday.

Brunch starts at Ben-Yay’s today from 10 to 2. 51 S. Main St. Click or tap menus to see in a larger size:

Looks like the building next door to McEwen’s is getting a new roof:

The National Civil Rights Museum will host a webinar next Wednesday, September 16, 3-4 PM on understanding white privilege. Free to participate, but you must register in advance.

Paid poll worker jobs are available for Election Day on November 3.

In closing, I just want to remind citizens of Shelby County to wear your masks and your face coverings… maintain your six feet of distance and your hand hygiene. Back tomorrow with more news.