Tuesday update

Last night at the Blind Bear, I had something of a milestone happen. A guy came up to me and said, “Excuse me, are you Paul Ryburn?”

I told him I was.

He said, “I know you from online…”

(I expected him to say he knew me from my blog)

“… from Medium.”

(That’s one of the websites on which I write professionally)

He wasn’t even a local. He was visiting from Phoenix. Very cool to be recognized in person from writing on a site that is not at all local.

Attention all Blind Bear regulars: The photographer will be there from 8 to 10 Saturday night to take Prohibition-style “mugshots” of you to put on the Bear’s back dining room wall. Most of the existing photos are 7 or more years old, so it’s time for an update.

Want to nominate an organization, business, or person for the Memphis Flyer’s Best of Memphis 2021 awards? You have until Wednesday at 5 PM to do so. Nomination form

Bedrock Eats & Sweets at Main and Vance is changing its hours effective Monday. New hours will be

  • Monday-Friday 7 AM-3 PM
  • Saturday- Sunday 9 AM-2 PM

They’re also going to roll out a new menu soon, and they’ll have a vegan section available.

The Daily Memphian’s Steven Johnson makes an important point about Penny interviewing with the Orlando Magic: If Penny doesn’t take the job and remains Memphis’ head coach, his competitors on the recruiting trail are going to use this against him. They’re going to tell high-school kids, “Do you really want to play for Memphis when Penny is likely to run off to the NBA in a year or two?”

CBS Sports analyst and 92.9 ESPN radio host Gary Parrish gave his thoughts to Local 24: “This is a very real thing.” Tune into GP on 92.9 FM between 4 and 6. His radio show is the only thing I miss about afternoon commutes.

Good news: New medical research shows that those who received the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines may be immune to COVID for years. I know some of you plan on getting vaccinated when the mobile unit comes to Cordelia’s Market on July 10. You’ll have your choice of the Pfizer or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Sounds like the Pfizer needs to be your pick, even with the additional hassle of following up with a second shot in 4 weeks. Come join me on Team Pfizer!

The media got a tour of the repaired I-40 bridge this week. Reopening is not far away, but first, the bridge has to be inspected to make sure the work was done right.

The Redbirds are back in town tonight, hosting the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. First pitch is 7:10 and it’s Nacho Average Tuesday – every ticket to the game includes a free order of Ballpark Nachos.

Since I mentioned narcissism yesterday, I’ll share a Quora answer that I read over the weekend: It’s the best description I’ve ever read of what it’s like to be married to a White Knight narcissist. A White Knight narcissist is legitimately helpful and does perform a lot of good service for his friends, his community, and (at the start of the relationship) his significant other. However, if he feels he does not receive enough attention and admiration (known as narcissistic supply) for his good deeds, he turns nasty. After an initial love-bombing period, he turns mentally and emotionally abusive to his partner.

For those of you who watched Melrose Place in the 1990s: Remember Keith who dated Alison right before she and her roommate Billy coupled up? Keith was a classic White Knight narcissist.

My plan for today is to write until about 2:30 then hit the Silly Goose and the Green Beetle – a trip out I have earned, having written 2 professional articles, been accepted to the creator program of another website, and loaded up my “Ideas” document for the first time since early May. Back tomorrow with more news.