The More You Know… (regarding the time change)

I really didn’t want to do a second post today so my rant about WMC Action News 5 could stay up top, but after surfing social media I just can’t resist.

  1. Daylight Savings Time did not begin today. It ended. We are in Standard Time now, and will be until the second Sunday in March.
  2. There is no “extra hour.” We will have as much sunlight today as we did yesterday, minus a couple of minutes because today is closer to the winter solstice than yesterday.
  3. The sun sets approximately an hour earlier today than it did yesterday. Not an hour later. According to my WeatherBug app the sun will set at 5:01.
  4. The sun rose approximately an hour earlier today than it did yesterday. According to my WeatherBug app, the sun rose at 6:24 this morning.

One more note: If you work an 8-to-5 you might want to go out to the car and check to make sure your headlights are working. You’re going to need them on the drive home tomorrow. :(

WMC Action News 5, I am disappointed in your reporting.

WMC Action News 5 recently did a report that the Mid-South Jewelry and Accessories Fair plans to move out of the Cook Convention Center after many years there. The fair, featuring many items not normally found at Memphis-area stores, will relocate to the Landers Center in Southaven.

Several reasons why were given. For one thing, construction is planned for the Cook Convention Center the next few years, and dust and equipment could inconvenience the fair’s attendees. Secondly, improvements have been made to the Landers Center recently, not surprising since Landers is no doubt flush with cash thanks to its new tenant the Memphis Hustle. I’m fairly sure the Landers Center’s marketing team has been coming a-calling to a lot of conventions held at the Cook, knowing the Cook’s plans for renovations. A third reason is the perception of crime in the area around the Cook.

However, Action News 5 made only one of those reasons the headline for its story.

Downtown crime helps push jewelry fair out of Memphis.

To me, that looks like a sweeps month ratings grab for WMC’s TV audience and clickbait for its online audience. Three reasons were given, but only one was put in the spotlight – the one that makes my neighborhood look bad.

Folks, I have lived down here since February 2002. In all my years being a Downtowner, I have NEVER been the victim of a crime. I probably walk around Downtown about as much as any resident in the area, and I have never had a problem. Statistically the 38103 zip code is among the safest in the city.

We have a Downtown safety patrol that works the area from Front to BB King, from Exchange to GE Patterson, operating on bikes and Segways. You can call them at 901-281-9146 and report any suspicious activity you see. I have called them before and they are responsive and courteous.

If there was a crime problem Downtown, you would be reading about it here. I answer to no one but myself for this blog’s content and am not afraid to go negative when I feel it’s justified. However, I also love my Downtown neighborhood and want people to come down here and experience all that it has to offer. When someone paints an unfair picture of my neighborhood, I will defend it. And I feel an unfair picture was painted by that headline.

WMC, the community puts a lot of trust in you. You’re better than this.

Saturday update: Watch the Memphis Hustle on Facebook Live

Memphis Grizzlies G-League affiliate the Memphis Hustle have announced their promotional activities for tonight’s 7 PM game and tomorrow’s 5 PM game, both at the Landers Center. Although there will be no TV coverage, all Hustle games will be broadcast on Facebook Live, with commentary by Jon Roser (ROSER!!!) and Eli Savoie. Follow Memphis Hustle on Facebook for broadcast games.

As for the promotions, attendees of both the Saturday and Sunday games will get Hustle pom-poms as they enter the arena, and on Saturday, the pom-poms will be passed out by the Grizz Girls. Behind the south basket there will be a Kid Zone with balloon artists, inflatables and face painters. Behind the north basket there will be the Budweiser Backcourt Lounge with yard games and DJ J-Mack.

For Saturday’s game, Local 24’s Chelsea Chandler will sing the National Anthem. The Grizzline and Blue Bunch will be there, with the Beale Street Flippers performing at halftime.

Sunday will be Country Music Night at the Hustle, leading up to next week’s Country Music Awards. There will be live entertainment by country artists. The Grizzlies Grannies and Grandpas will also perform. Ben McLemore of the Grizzlies, on assignment to the Hustle, will make his debut.

Drink shitty beer and win tickets to see the Titans! Tomorrow, Sunday, November 5 at Max’s Sports Bar, purchase any Miller/Coors product and you will receive a raffle ticket. The winner of the raffle gets a set of tickets to the November 12 Titans game and a VIP tailgate party.

From High Ground News: Students at Downtown school Grizzlies Prep are getting ahead because of quality educational programming and a strong network of adult mentors. Grizzlies Foundation programs at Grizz Prep include the TEAM Mentor Program, GrizzFit Kids Bootcamp, CodeCrew, Lunch Buddies, and the Memphis Grizzlies Scholars Program. The program has been expanded this year to serve 5th graders as well as 6th-8th graders.

Off to Bardog for a meeting with BBQ team president John D. After that I’ll head over to Blind Bear for D-RANKS with B-RAD. Happy Saturday everyone. Back tomorrow with more news.

Friday update: Tree lighting and lots more

The annual holiday tree lighting will happen at the corner of Main and Peabody Place on Saturday, November 18 (my birthday!) from 5 to 7 PM. There will be appearances by Fabled Santa, hot cocoa and S’mores, carols by Soulsville Charter Schools, holiday arts & crafts, and a station where kids can write and mail letters to Santa. Holiday ornaments and magic light wands will be for sale, with the light wand sales benefiting St. Jude.

The Memphis Tigers beat Lemoyne-Owne 101-78 last night. The Tigers logo looks pretty snazzy on the new FedExForum video board.

Hoops for Troops gear has arrived in the Grizzlies Store.

India Fest is tomorrow at the Agricenter. Normally I don’t recommend events in Cordova but this one is worth it. Indian cuisine, Bollywood dance shows, clothing, jewelry, and vendors. $5 adults, kids 5-12 $1, kids under 5 free. Supports the Mid-South Food Bank.

Lansky 126 at the Peabody Hotel now has Happy Socks featuring Yellow Submarine. Perfect gift if you have a Beatles fan in your life.

New Memphis is looking to hire an Outreach Leader.

Don’t forget that Ghost River has a lot going on tomorrow to celebrate its taproom’s one-year anniversary.

That’s just weeks before the Royal Rumble, the second most important WWE pay-per-view of the year. The Memphis RAW show should help clarify what can be expected from the red brand at the Rumble.

Great article and great recommendations from Southern Living: Memphis gets its groove back

The Trumpster is off to Asia for a 12-day trip. His daughter Kremlin Barbie flew out a day earlier for the annual World Assembly of Women. Wonder if Mueller will release any more indictments while Mr. Tangerine Man is busy on the other side of the world?

Plans for tonight: With the Tigers having a football game vs. Tulsa, nationally televised on ESPN2, I have my sights set on Max’s Sports Bar after work! Been a while since I watched a Tigers game there. It’s Fireball Friday with $3 shots until 7, and maybe I’ll try something from Max’s new hot dog menu. If I do, I’ll be sure to get a picture. It’s nice to be able to post photos of your dinner on Facebook without crazy people “liking” them and commenting on them. That’s the benefit of a well-curated friends list. :mrgreen: Anyway, I’m outta here for now, back tomorrow with more news.

Stumbling Santa 2017 and Friday news

The 13th annual Stumbling Santa pub crawl has been announced for Saturday, December 2, beginning at 7 PM at the Downtown Flying Saucer. Dress up as Santa, Mrs. Claus, a reindeer, or whatever and stumble with other Santas to bars around Downtown. And I mean, a LOT of Santas… last year there were over 1200 and it was so big that had to close off Peabody Place and put up a canopy for all the participants (wonder what they will do now that Peabody Place has tables and bike lanes and stuff?) There is no cost to attend this event, but they ask that you bring a new toy as a donation to Porter-Leath. They need to raise 6000 toys to make sure all Memphis-area families are covered. Don’t have a Santa suit? You have a month to get one!

For those new to Downtown Memphis, by the way, the first Saturday of December is a BIG day down here. It starts off with the St. Jude Marathon in the morning. Then there’s a Tigers men’s basketball home game at 4. The bars will fill up with people wanting to watch the SEC championship game, which will almost certainly be Alabama vs. Georgia. Then at 7 the Santas stumble. There’s so much to celebrate that weekend that I’m taking Monday the 4th and Tuesday the 5th off!

The riverfront trails are going to be rebranded as RiverLine, the MBJ reports. Yellow spheres will be placed every 1/8 mile along the 4.75 mile trail connecting the Harahan Bridge river crossing to the Wolf River Greenway.

I will say it once again, University of Memphis president Dr. M. David Rudd is a cool guy.

Dr. Rudd is not going to win any ugly sweater contests with his recent discount purchase, though. To do that he’d have to put on a Tennessee Vols sweater.

Do the Hustle! The final roster for the Grizzlies’ G-league team the Memphis Hustle has been revealed, and former Memphis Tigers teammates Austin Nichols and Trahson Burrell both made it. Also, keep an eye on Dusty Hannahs this season – he was a lot of fun to watch when he played for the Arkansas Razorbacks. I Love Memphis contributor Austin Crowder has a guide to the Hustle that is an excellent read for those unfamiliar with the team. Agreed, the Hustle will be to the Grizzlies as the Redbirds are to the Cardinals, and I also agree that the Hustle will be a way to transition college basketball fans into fans of professional basketball.

Preview of the Brass Door’s new menu. They’ll be back open soon.

Off to work. Probably back at lunchtime with a second Friday post.

Thursday update

The first annual Christmas Onesie party at Tin Roof is set for Friday, December 8. This will be on the Green Room side and free to attend, with Glow Co. performing. $5 Jameson shots and $3 domestics until 11 PM that night. Don’t own a onesie? You have plenty of time to go find one! You can even wear matching onesies to the party with your BFF like my friends Rahul and Tony do!

LUNCHBOXeats is now accepting Thanksgiving orders through November 16 to be picked up Tuesday or Wednesday of Thanksgiving week (Thursday for an additional fee). You can get a full dinner that serves 6 to 8. They have a deluxe package for $170 and a traditional package for $125. You can also order entrees, sides, desserts and beverages on an individual basis. Sides feed 6-8 and in some cases the size can be increased or decreased.

A company in Japan is giving nonsmokers an extra 6 paid days off a year to compensate them for time not spent on smoke breaks. This is an excellent idea.

The Majestic Grille’s famous chili is back on Wednesdays.

The Memphis Tigers host the LeMoyne-Owen Magicians in a pre-season game tonight at FedExForum at 7.

Interesting article: Author and former FBI agent Joe Navarro describes how investigators might have convinced George Papadopoulos to flip.

Short post today. I’ve been dealing with getting a headlight replaced this morning so I haven’t been paying much attention. Back tomorrow with more.

Wednesday update

Save the date: On Saturday, November 11, Memphis Made Brewing Co. celebrates its fourth birthday with a big party called MALTED at its taproom from 1 to 10 PM.

First 50 people get a MALTED glass. They’ll have a bunch of fall and malty beer releases including Rye Felicia! and Orange Drewlius. Live music by Harlan T. Bobo at 3, James & The Ultrasounds at 4:30, and River CityTanlines at 6. Goner DJs Andrew McCalla and Zac Ives will be spinning. Food trucks Yippie Trippie & the Porkstars and MEMPopS will be on site.

Explore Bike Share is looking for a permanent headquarters. They want the HQ to have at least 6000 square feet and be in one of the communities they will serve starting next year: Binghampton, Orange Mound, Midtown, Downtown, Uptown, or South Memphis. Ideally they’d like the location to be central to the entire territory served.

The Commercial Appeal’s Recipe Finder this week has a recipe for banana cream pie from McEwen’s.

The Mid-South Jewelry and Accessories Fair will be at the Cook Convention Center tomorrow through Sunday. 350 booths are expected.

Remember 2009, when stores referred to their sales as a “stimulus,” a play on words on government economic stimulus packages that were passed around that time? Well, the word of 2017 is “leaks.”

Bonus points if the goods being sold were made in Russia.

Memphis’ first bike counter, counting the number of bike rides on the street per day, has been installed on Florida Street north of Virginia Avenue in Downtown’s South End neighborhood.

Ghost River is offering $1 off pints to customers who come to the taproom in Memphis Tigers gear to watch the Tigers vs. Tulsa football game.

SEC rumor: A buyout settlement has been reached for failed Tennessee football coach Butch Jones, and Jones’ agent Jimmy Sexton has been floating his name for four weeks looking for a landing spot. What football program in their right mind would want Butch Jones? A bottom-feeding Conference USA program, maybe?

Free Doritos Locos Tacos at Taco Bell 2-6 today as a result of its Steal a Base, Steal a Taco ad campaign during the World Series.

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

It’s Mueller Time! + Monday news

Usually on this blog, I have a policy of putting anything political at the end of posts, so that readers who don’t care about political stuff can skip it without missing any Downtown news. I’m amending that policy – anytime an indictment is handed down or there are other developments of similar or greater magnitude, I’m not waiting until the end. Keep reading, because I do have a lot of news today. But first…


Late last week, President Trump announced the release of many of the JFK files. As soon as he did that, I knew something big was about to go down. The release of the files was a classic Trump strategy to divert the attention of the media. This morning former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, along with his longtime assistant Rick Gates, was taken into custody. The indictment was unsealed (read it here), revealing at least 12 charges related to activity in the period 2006-2016, including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, failure to report foreign bank accounts, failure to register as foreign agents, and giving false and misleading statements when they did register.

Of course, Manafort and Gates are innocent until proven guilty, but an investigator at Muller’s level would not convene a grand jury without firm belief that guilt beyond a reasonable doubt could be proved.

Also today, it was revealed that former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos has plead guilty to lying to the FBI in an investigation into Trump campaign/Russia ties back in January. Although Manafort is the bigger fish, Papadopoulos may turn out to be more relevant going farther, because his indictment involves collusion with Russia.

On to the news… There are several job openings at the Memphis Airport, including a newly-posted Customer Relations Program Manager position.

The South Main Association will have its November meeting on Tuesday, November 14, on the ground floor of the new ServiceMaster headquarters. Farmers Market vendor The Grecian Gourmet, soon to open a restaurant on South Main, will provide appetizers. This will also be SMA board member election night. 6:00 social, 6:30 presentation. Free for SMA members, $10 for non-members.

YOGA! Your Inner Yogi at 10 N. Second will offer a Teacher Training program February 10-May 27 of next year. No matter what style of yoga you practice, this teacher training will provide you with the skills to introduce others to your passion. The course also looks at the philosophy behind the poses and is therefore good for anyone who wants to delve deeper into their practice, whether or not they choose to become a teacher.

Mayor Strickland invites the public to follow the MPD Training Academy on Facebook for an insider’s look at what happens there.

An #EmptyNeyland movement has started among Tennessee fans who are fed up with their incredibly embarrassing and mediocre football program. They are threatening to boycott the Vols’ home game on Saturday, the homecoming game against Southern Miss, if current head coach Butch Jones is not fired. Sounds like a great idea to me. How far the mighty Vols have fallen since winning the Life Championship last year.

Just got a call from a 901-875-xxxx number. As always, I never answer calls from numbers not in my contacts. Instead, I Google the number. Gotta be a Memphis number, right? Nope… Jammu and Kashmir, India. These scammers are getting more and more sophisticated.

The 5-1 Western Conference leaders the Memphis Grizzlies host Charlotte tonight at FedExForum at 7 PM.

I’m going to hit happy hour at the Silly Goose after work, where Brittani will ask me “Where are my ribs?” Because, you see, if you’re a member of a BBQ team you can magically produce 16-hour slow-smoked ribs at any time, even if it’s October and BBQ Fest is in May. Go Grizzlies, and go Hustle, because they have their lone preseason game tonight. Back tomorrow with more news.

Quick post

Yesterday was Halloween party Saturday and I dressed up as my little troll figurine who stands on the bar next to my phone and my PBR. I had a green troll wig, green makeup for my nose, and my “Parental Advisory: I’m a Troll” shirt.

I started off at Bardog and then went over to the Blind Bear. Late afternoon I started to get hungry, and I realized I hadn’t had a steak at the Majestic Grille in a while. I got the Gorgonzola-encrusted 8 oz. filet, medium rare, with garlic mashed potatoes and a side of sauteed mushrooms. Steaks at the Majestic are really, really good.

The only thing I’m a bit mad at myself about is, I paid full price for my dinner! Every December, the Majestic has a half-price gift card sale. You can pay $25 and get a $50 gift card, and you can get as many as you want. There are some restrictions – you can’t purchase alcohol with them, and you can’t use them until the new year. Still, though, the gift card sale is one of the best deals going Downtown. Right around the time of last year’s gift card sale, I paid cash for a car, nearly emptying my bank account. So I didn’t buy any gift cards. Not repeating that mistake this year! I’ve got a friend who is working from home that day so he can go to the gift card sale, which is always on a Wednesday. I’m going to give him $125 which will get turned into $250 of Majestic dining. That’ll get me some steak days in 2018!

The Hail Mary that was a metaphor for the University of Tennessee athletic program, its coach, and its fans:

My prediction is that Butch “He Means Well, But…” Jones will survive one more week, then after the Vols lose to Southern Miss it’ll be time to pull the plug.

John Paul Keith plays Loflin Yard’s Front Porch Series today at 3.

Tonight is the annual Kooky Canuck Halloween party. This is one of the best Halloween parties Downtown. 10 PM start time.

Off to Sunday brunch at the Blind Bear. Back tomorrow with more news.

Saturday update

Got a few more Halloween parties to tell you about, and of course don’t forget that the biggest party of them all, Sinners for Saints, is tonight.

Twerk or Treat happens at Earnestine & Hazel’s today. Blues Express and Evan Farris will play E&H, and Blake and Brandy and DJ Decepticon will play 5 Spot. $10 cover after 10 PM.

Oshi Asian Kitchen will have a Halloween party tonight starting at 9. Free to get in. $4 wells, $2.50 drafts, and $6 large sake.

Alice in Daisyland: Halloween with The Crystal Method happens at the New Daisy toinght. DJ Tree, Scotty B, and Defcon Engaged will also perform.

YOGA! And bicycles! On Sunday, November 12, Revolutions Bicycle CoOp, Downtown Yoga and the Silly Goose are teaming up for Bicycles and Yoga. Meet at Downtown Yoga at 2 PM that day with your bike, helmet, and yoga mat. There will be a ride over the Harahan Bridge and around Downtown at an easy pace that allows for chatting. The ride will end at the Silly Goose where Amy from Downtown Yoga will lead a free 30-minute all-levels yoga class. After the class, participants are invited to stay at the Goose for drinks. This event is weather-dependent.

Well, Deyonta Davis and Ivan Rabb weren’t with the Memphis Hustle for long. The Grizzlies recalled them. They were just down there for the day yesterday to participate in the Hustle training camp scrimmage.

High Cotton put a post on Instagram yesterday asking that customers not bring in outside food or beverages anymore, in hopes that people will order from the place next door instead. Well, I guess my days of heating up a Banquet salisbury steak dinner in the microwave and then walking to The Edge are over. It paired so well with the Scottish Ale too.

Learn about the witches of South Main at The Broom Closet in this week’s Memphis Flyer cover story.

Well, well, well! Interesting news coming out of Washington: The grand jury has approved the first charges in Special Counsel Mueller’s probe of the Trump/Russia campaign. Those charged could be taken into custody as early as Monday. Flynn? Manafort? Carter Page? I don’t think they’ve gotten to Trump or the junior Trumps yet. By the way, the reason the Trumpster ordered the release of the JFK files is because he knew this was coming and wanted to distract the media, not because he has any interest in justice.

It’s a rare day when I don’t know my plans for the day. Normally Bardog is my 11 AM stop but it gets super busy on race days. I will walk down there and if I see 10 people hovering outside waiting for them to unlock the door, I will continue south to Blind Bear for D-RANKS with B-RAD. If I don’t, Bardog it is. Probably holding off on RiverArtsFest until tomorrow because I will have my Halloween costume on today and it’s one that would cause a lot of kids to want their picture taken with me. Back tomorrow with more news.