I love air conditioning (Wed update)

What a great night’s sleep! They put Freon in my air conditioner yesterday and it made a huge difference. So nice to have icy cold air blowing through the apartment all night. If you’re wondering “Why does he have his air on in February?” it’s because I live in an upper floor of a high-rise with south-facing windows. If it’s sunny out and even 55 outside, the inside of my place starts to heat up.

The annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show is this weekend at the Cook Convention Center. The ginners are awesome – kind, generous, great to talk to. If you get a chance to welcome them to Memphis, please do!

THIS SUCKS. Chris Reyes and his family are fighting eviction from the condo he bought 25 years ago on an upper floor of 1 S. Main. The Madison Hotel wants to take over the building. This is not a one little guy vs. vast corporate empire story. The thing is, Chris has been an integral part of promoting Downtown and promoting Memphis and creativity in Memphis for his entire time here. If not for people like him laying the groundwork, bigger projects like the Madison might not have happened. And now they are trying to remove him from his home. Do the right thing, Madison owners.

Random Twitter education:

No kidding: Elvis Presley is running for Congress in East Arkansas.

Entrepreneurs, freelancers, and business owners: A local author has a new book out that you might want to read. Online Success: 7 Steps to Building a Powerful Internet Presence by Beth Gramling Sanders will teach you how to use all the different tools – social media, email marketing, your blog, and more – to build a relationship with your readers and turn them into customers.

I had lunch at LYFE Kitchen at the Chisca yesterday. Wanting to branch out and try something new, I got the turkey meatloaf.

The flavor was there for sure, but the sauce on top of the meatloaf was a bit salty. Then again, I appreciated that they put in more effort than just squeezing a bottle of Hunt’s ketchup on the meatloaf as many places would have done. Those mashed potatoes on the left are actually not potatoes at all, but rather cauliflower. The bacon complemented the green beans well, and it’s nice to see bacon on a LYFE Kitchen plate – I understand the healthy eating concept, but we are in the South.

When the trolleys come back (why is “Someday Never Comes” by Creedence Clearwater Revival stuck in my head all of the sudden) we will be able to ride them for free the first two weeks.

Saw this as a promoted post on Facebook yesterday and it seems like a really good deal: A condo in the Claridge, 1100 SF, 16th floor, for under $120,000. Sounds like a great value investment. Prices in that area are likely to appreciate as the rebirth of Main Street makes its way farther north.

Whoa. Been a while since I’ve seen Memphis in the HIGH risk zone on one of these maps. Everyone be careful if you have to get out and drive tonight.

There will be a workout on Old Dominick’s roof tonight (not sure what will happen if it rains). HIT workout by Lauren Phelps followed by yoga with Amy of Sumits Yoga, and then it will be time to cool down with a cocktail.

Drinks with Dems happens tonight at the Brass Door at 6. Those who lean leftward are welcome to attend and talk about midterm elections, the orange shitgibbon in the White House, and whatever else is on your mind.

The Redbirds are hiring a public address announcer and a mascot. You could be the next Rockey!

Agave Maria is back March 12 and they will be hiring this week.

That’ll wrap it up for this post. I have a second interview tomorrow with the company with which I interviewed Monday, so it’s possible I won’t do a blog post tomorrow. Then again the interview is not until 2, so a morning post is possible. Back tomorrow or Friday with more news.

Bad restaurant experience + Tuesday news

When I was 8 years old, I badly wanted an Arkansas Travelers pennant. They were the Little Rock Double-A farm club of the St. Louis Cardinals and my mom and I had season tickets. Finally, one Friday payday she caved and gave me the money to run down to the souvenir stand at the game. She asked if I wanted her to accompany me, but I was 8. I was a big boy.

I got down there, and the lady who worked the souvenir stand – who I had bought from many times – had a friend in the booth. And despite me standing there holding my money, and the lady clearly seeing I wanted to buy something, she chose to ignore me and continue her conversation with her friend. The conversation continued on for 5, 10 minutes, as many kids – probably a line of 20 – piled up around the booth. All of us waving our money, all of use eager to make our transactions and get back to the game upstairs. Finally the conversation ended and I got my pennant.

“What took you so long?” my mom asked, having become concerned for me.

I told her what had happened. “I guess we didn’t matter since we’re just kids.” My mom disagreed and went to the front office and complained.

Last night I walked into a restaurant about 7:30 PM. I pulled up an empty chair at the bar, laid my jacket on the back of it, and proceeded to sit. The bartender was behind the bar at the time. We made eye contact. Clearly I intended to be her customer. She did not hand me a menu; she did not ask my drink order; she did not ask if she could start me off with an appetizer. Instead, she walked out from behind the bar and went to a table, where she remained for the next 5 minutes.

Not a big deal, I reasoned. Bartenders often double as servers on slow Monday nights when it’s winter and the Grizzlies are away. She’ll get to me when she can.

After a few minutes, the guy to my left asked how I was doing. “Well, I’d be better if I had a bartender,” I replied. I turned around and looked at the table the bartender was at. It was not a difficult table full of indecisive guests, taking some time to order, as I had guessed was the case. No, the bartender was chit-chatting with one of her co-workers, knowing full well I was waiting at the bar and had not been helped.

I got up out of my seat, put my jacket on and started walking. The bartender and her manager then both made eye contact with me. “Don’t even bother,” I said as I made my way to the door. I will not visit that restaurant again.

Footnote: I had nachos at Huey’s Downtown for my dinner. I was asked what I wanted to order within seconds of sitting down. When I left, I thanked the bartender for great service last night and dozens of other nights over the past 10 years. I left him a 50% tip.

It’s not OK to ignore your customers – kids or adults – to conduct your personal business. Those of you who have a similar experience, vote with your feet and your wallet.

The Orpheum has announced its 2018-19 Broadway season. Love Never Dies, sequel to Phantom of the Opera, will start things off. Next up will be School of Rock, Les Miserables, and Waitress. Following that will be On Your Feet!, Fiddler on the Roof, Anastasia, and Hamilton.

DNA president Will Norris will speak tonight about the DNA’s vision for 2018 at the monthly Downtown Neighborhood Association meeting. It will be held at the Brass Door. Light snacks compliments of the Brass Door, with happy hour prices on beer and wine. Social at 6, program at 6:30.

YOGA! Downtown Yoga is starting a new program at the 409 South Main food hall the first Thursday of every month.

Cosmic Hate Destroyers will play The Dirty Crow Inn deck Saturday at 9.

Sunrise Memphis on Jefferson is hiring both front of house and back of house. Apply at the restaurant.

USA TODAY has an excellent article about John Shuster, skip of the USA men’s curling team that recently won the USA’s first-ever Olympic gold in that sport.

Redbirds mini-membership packs are now on sale with guaranteed giveaways.

That’s it for now. My interview yesterday seemed to go very well. I have HVAC repair people coming so I am going to give myself the day off. Back tomorrow with more news.

Quick update for those needing BBQ Fest T-shirts

As most of you are aware by now, Sache is closing its doors April 1. That means they won’t be around to print team T-shirts for BBQ Fest this year, and I know many teams used their services. For those now having to look elsewhere, I would like to recommend my friend Josh Cottrell who operates his printing business at Winfield’s, the clothing store at Main and Madison across from Walgreens. He has printed shirts for my team the Moody Ques for several years now, and he does an excellent job at a quite reasonable price per shirt. Go by Winfield’s and ask for him, or if you prefer shoot me an email at paul@paulryburn.com and I will get you in touch.

Keeping it short today because I have a job interview this afternoon. Looking at their website now and this one looks like a great fit given past experience. Wish me luck!

Saturday update

Last night I ended up at the Blind Bear. At one point I looked at my phone. “12:08,” I thought. “Time to pay my tab and get home and get a good night’s rest.”

Then I looked at the TV. “Gold medal match in men’s curling starts in 22 minutes.” Argh! So much for getting a good night’s sleep. Like many, I have become addicted to curling the past two weeks. So much strategy. It’s a thinking person’s sport.

After 5 ends (ends are kind of like innings in baseball) I was so tired I couldn’t take it anymore. I paid up and walked home and went to bed. I wish I hadn’t. The Americans pulled off a miracle 5-stone score in the 8th end en route to winning the gold via a 10-7 upset of Sweden. What a win for the USA. This is nearly on the level of the 1980 Miracle on Ice for the U.S. hockey team.

There’s a Winter Festival of Lights Gala tonight in the upper ballroom of 409 South Main. Food from area restaurants, live music, a DJ, dancing, and cocktails. Proceeds will benefit an effort to turn 333 Adams at Danny Thomas into a facility for homeless women. It will be a live/work facility with the women being able to work in the on-site coffeehouse inside the building.

Soup Sunday is tomorrow at FedExForum, benefiting Youth Villages. Sorry for being a broken record but I am going to say this one last time. Doors open at 11 and you want to be standing outside at 10:55. When they let you in, don’t get in line behind everyone else at the first soup serving station past the door. Seek out the restaurants whose soups you want to try the most before the place gets busy. The most popular restaurants will run out of soup after about an hour to 75 minutes.

Which restaurants to seek out? Well, I admit I am partial to this place for more reasons than soup, but Bardog Tavern is a multi-time winner of the People’s Choice vote for best soup.

I was down at South Main Trolley Night yesterday and noticed that Sache, set to close April 1, has everything on sale. There were racks of $1 shirts and $3 shirts and there were 50% off signs all over the store. They posted to Facebook that they are liquidating everything – furniture, screen printing equipment, salon equipment, office equipment, hangers, clothing racks, shirts, even their T-shirt machine.

There’s a game that teaches people how to spread misinformation, how to spread fake news. Hmmm I can think of one person who would be a Grand Champion at this game.

Check out the City of Memphis’ new mobile-friendly website.

IHOP is giving away free short stacks this Tuesday 7 AM to 7 PM.

Here’s the official document spelling out the plea deal for Rick Gates, who was Paul Manafort’s right-hand man. Remember, Gates was hit with 32 new charges earlier this week. Yet, the government is willing to pursue only two of them if Gates cooperates. That tells us he has some good stuff that Mueller can use to reel in the big fish. I also read yesterday that three indictments are on their way to London. Betcha one of them is for Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, currently hiding out in the Ecuadorean embassy there.

That’ll do it for now! Time to go out in the rain.

Friday update

Yesterday was National Margarita Day. I celebrated with some excellent margaritas at two of my favorite spots.

First up was Bardog, where I enjoyed catching up with two of my neighbors from my apartment building.

With rain in the forecast, my troll was grateful that an umbrella came with Bardog’s margarita.

After that I stopped by Silly Goose for their version of the Mexican cocktail.

Tonight is South Main Trolley Night, with restaurants and shops open until 9 PM or later so you can mingle with your neighbors. SMA members, there will be a table set up at the 409 South Main food hall and The Civil Pour will have drink specials for you and Megan Carolan will be performing. There will also be live music at South Main Sounds, The Vault, Earnestine & Hazel’s, The Dirty Crow Inn, and The Arcade.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is releasing three new high-gravity beers, to be sold in 4-packs in locations around Shelby County. They are named The Kickdown, Slumber Party and Mr. Anderson and have ABVs of 9 to 9.2 percent.

Make sure you read the Memphis Flyer’s cover story this week. It’s an important one! It’s about cheese dip.

The CA has a First Bites look at Maciel’s new location on Highland. If you haven’t been yet, put it high up on your to-do list.

Enivronmental Court Judge Potter plans to retire soon. Thank you for your many years of service to our city, Judge. Memphis is a better place because of your efforts.

A new cocktail club called Tailor’s Union is coming by April at 115 Union. With 117 Prime steakhouse opening next door and Belle Tavern going strong in the back, business is soon to be booming on that block of Union.

The Flyer’s Meghan Stuthard has a great article about Memphis Sounds Lounge, on Third in the Econo Lodge building until recently. It has found a new home on Mud Island.

If you haven’t been to Carolina Watershed yet, this StyleBlueprint article will give you an idea what to expect.

LeBron comes to town as the Grizzlies host the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 7.

The performances of Guess Who Showed Up at Dinner tonight and tomorrow at the Orpheum have been canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

Rick Gates, Paul Manafort’s right-hand man, is expected to plead guilty to a number of charges including tax fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy against the United States today. Observers are comparing the way Mueller is running his investigation to the way he rolled up the Gambino crime family (that’s the one that was headed by John Gotti) and I would have to agree, that’s exactly what he’s doing. He’s putting pressure on Manafort until Manafort finally flips and spills everything he knows about Trump’s ties to Russia.

All right. Time to study SQL for an interview I have next week, and then I’ll get out and about.

Big Wednesday update: Music Fest lineup, possible grocery store, Brass Door news and lots more

It’s that day of the year, when half of your friends are going, “I can’t wait for Music Fest! This is the best lineup ever!” and the other half are all like, “Man, the lineup this year sucks. There’s almost no one I care about seeing.” View the 2018 Memphis in May Beale Street Music Fest lineup and decide for yourself which side you are on.

There’s speculation that the former Spaghetti Warehouse on Huling may be turned into a grocery store. The building is the right size for a mid-sized grocery store (Sprouts was mentioned as a possibility) and there is ample parking. Sounds good but I don’t know if Sprouts is exactly what I would want going in there… it would draw business away from the Memphis Farmers Market on Saturdays.

The Brass Door will host a special appearance by NYFD Emerald Society Piper Jim Lee Thursday night from 7:30 to 8:30. Jim is a former pipe major and decorated NYFD hero who entertains crowds around the world.

In other Brass Door news, they are stepping up their game at their 3-6 PM happy hour on the weekdays. Garlic shrimp, sausage roll, corned beef slider, pretzel twists with dips, and chips are only $4 each during this time.

There’s also cheap bar eats on the south side of Downtown.

Monday night I finally got around to trying one of the hot dogs on the new menu at Max’s Sports Bar. I got the Chicago Style dog with an all-beef frank topped with mustard, relish, a pickle spear, tomatoes, onions, sport peppers, and celery salt. It was very good. Most of the hot dogs on Max’s menu are in the $4 price range.

My troll thought the sport peppers and pickle were what really made this a great meal. She tends to like foods that match her hair. In fact, I’m drinking a Mountain Dew Throwback as I type this and she is asking if she can have some.

Hoppy Hour is coming to Bardog March 1.

Pint of Laguintas IPA and Jameson Caskmates IPA edition for $10 5 to 7 that night. By the way, I have to mention what an excellent job Bardog does curating a fine list of local and regional beers (and the Cadillac of beers, PBR) on tap.

Meme I saw on Facebook the other day:

Yup. Guess I won’t be putting any beers on that person’s tab anytime soon.

I Love Memphis has a fantastic interview with Shamichael Hallman and the plan to turn the Cossitt Library into a community hub that benefits all of Memphis’ citizens. Definitely worth five minutes of your time to read.

The Redbirds are looking to hire a visiting team clubhouse manager. The position is part-time and seasonal.


The first wave of ServiceMaster employees has moved into their new Downtown home.

And Sunrise Memphis had a welcome for them:

That’ll do it for now. Today could turn out to be exciting for me. I have been approached about doing some pro bono digital marketing work to help promote a great nonprofit down here that I have believed in since the day I moved Downtown. Hopefully today I will find out more about what I can do with them. Outta here, back tomorrow with more news.

Monday update

There will be a dinner and cabaret show this Saturday, February 24 at Cafe Keough, presented by Kitty Wompas’ Cathouse. It’s $25, with doors opening at 6:30, dinner at 7, band at 8, and show at 9. Performers will include Le Tumulte Noir, Goldie Dee, Hoop Rebel, and Kitty Wompas. The show is sponsored by the Memphis Flyer.

The Beale Street Caravan radio show and podcast has uploaded its latest episode: Music from the International Blues Challenge 2018 finals.

News on Gray Canary’s grand opening:

Daaaaang. WWE announced today that Jeff Jarrett, who cut his teeth in a wrestling ring here in Memphis, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. If you’re familiar with pro wrestling history, you know that is like hell freezing over. Jarrett held up the then-WWF for a $150,000 payday in 1999, refusing to drop the Intercontinental title before leaving for WCW if he didn’t get the money. In 2001, after buying WCW, Vince McMahon publicly fired Jarrett on two national cable networks. The following year, Jarrett and his father started the company that has most successfully competed with WWE this century. Strange that Vince McMahon did an about-face and put Jarrett in this year’s HOF class.

My troll is not alone. The folks at the Majestic told me they have a troll too, and it has yellow hair.

That’s it for now. Back tomorrow I hope.

Lots of Sunday news: My dream chair, Belle Tavern charcuterie, learn about being on a nonprofit board, more

The Brass Door is giving away a BEAUTIFUL chair at its St. Patrick’s Day party next month.

Me sitting in a PBR chair, wearing my PBR hoodie, drinking a PBR. Best photo ever.

But wait, there’s more. The seat is a pull-out cooler.

Be sure to come to Brass Door on March 17 for a chance to win. Downtown’s Irish public house will be the place to party on St. Patrick’s Day.

Leadership Memphis is having a seminar on March 22, open to the public, on serving on a nonprofit board of directors. Brian J. Stephens, CEO of Caissa Public Strategy, will lay out the ABCs, expectations, and commitments associated with being on a nonprofit board. I served on the board of young professionals’ organization MPACT Memphis 2004-2005 and I can tell you, it is a very rewarding way to give back to the community and help shape the future of an organization you care about. It looks great on a resume and LinkedIn as well.

In recent weeks I have been hearing that Belle Tavern has an amazing butcher board/charcuterie/meat & cheese plate. I haven’t been hungry enough to swing by myself and give it a try, but this weekend they tweeted a photo.

Holy damn. That’s one of the best looking butcher boards I’ve ever seen. I need to get by there and try this. Although, I’ll probably need to fast for a day to be hungry enough to tackle it.

Wild Bill’s, the legendary juke joint on Vollintine in North Memphis, is back open Friday and Saturday nights. Doors open at 8, music at 9, and the place stays open until 3.

Seeing the writing on the wall that South Main is about to kick into overdrive in 2018, the Arcade is expanding. Front room will remain the same but they will enlarge the back room.

Tamp & Tap has added sandwiches, salads, and pastas from Passione Foods to their grab & go. Franco from Tap & Tap tried Passione’s creations at Miss Cordelia’s and immediately knew he had to start carrying them. He got in touch with the owner and within a day they had an agreement. The food flew off the shelves Friday but they will re-stock tomorrow.

The Blind Bear has added Pig Tail Porter, a brew made by Diamond Bear from my home town of Little Rock (North Little Rock, if you insist on being technical) to their tap selection. By the way, for my friends who are into craft beer, Little Rock is an easy weekend trip with a number of great breweries.

Proud Voter and the Tennessee Equality project have a website where you can register to vote, sign up for election reminders, and check to make sure your registration is valid.

Already getting “thanks for the Maciel’s recommendation” messages from readers who live in the University of Memphis area. True, authentic Mexican that is a must-try.

Moody Ques teammates – got a few things to share. Going to get an email out in the next day or two, but since many of you read this blog I’ll put it here as well:

First of all, we handed in our 2018 BBQ Fest application on Friday. In doing so, we had to write a check that almost completely drained our bank account. We really need people to pay their dues so we have money to pay vendors and other expenses that will be coming our way in March and April. You can pay on the team website or email moodyques@gmail.com to arrange payment by check or cash.

Secondly, at the last planning meeting we talked about forming a sponsorship committee. If you would be interested in being a part of it, email moodyques@gmail.com. The more the merrier when it comes to pursuing sponsors, and this is an excellent way to step into a leadership role.

Thirdly, I have had potential members hesitate to pay and join for 2018 because they are concerned they won’t be able to get their invited guests into the booth. Member/guest experience at the door is a first impression and therefore I see it as a public relations matter. I’ve talked with our vice-president about it and it is going to be an agenda item at our next meeting.

We also had one of Downtown’s premier bartenders approach us about working our bar. Not sure we can make that work from a financial standpoint, but the fact that she reached out and let us know that the Moody Ques are her preferred team is quite a compliment.

Excellent quote about sports figures using their fame as a platform to express their political views:

That’ll do it for this post. Back tomorrow or Tuesday with more news. Shaping up to be a full week of skills tests and interviews.

Vermicelli Bowl @ Oshi Asian Kitchen

I rewarded myself after a fruitful week job hunting, including an interview at a company multiple people have told me is a wonderful place to work, with dinner at Oshi Asian Kitchen yesterday. Having had sushi the past few times there, I decided to explore the main menu.

The Vermicelli Bowl, I suppose, could be called a cousin to their pho and ramen dishes. It has a base of vermicelli topped with shredded carrots, purple cabbage, chicken, beef, shrimp, miniature spring rolls, and an egg. It comes with a side of fish sauce. “Should I pour the fish sauce over the bowl?” I asked, not familiar with this dish.

“The fish sauce is spicy,” they advised me. “Pouring it in the bowl might make the bowl too spicy to eat. We recommend you dip your food in the fish sauce.” Having made the mistake of putting too many jalapenos in my pho on a previous visit, torching my tongue in the process, I decided it was best to heed the advice. They brought me both a fork and chopsticks and I used chopsticks to dip the meats in the fish sauce.

Very filling and there was no shortage of meat in the bowl. The mini spring rolls and the fish sauce were nice complements. A delicious dinner and one that I would recommend next time you come to Oshi.

I talked to sushi chef Minh a bit, and he told me there will be karaoke tonight at Oshi from 8 to 11. Also, he said he was thinking about doing an all you can eat sushi night on Monday. Call the restaurant to confirm this, but he told me he was thinking $25 for the basic rolls or $30 for the deluxe rolls.

Couple of good live music gigs on the south side tonight: Chris Hill plays The Vault, and Eric Hughes plays Dirty Crow Inn. If you’re more into the classical stuff, MSO will be at the Cannon Center performing Tchaikovsky’s Fifth.

In case you missed the news: Special Counsel Muller’s team handed down 13 indictments against Russian trolls who used social media to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and three Russian businesses as well. Sources I follow on Twitter indicate that this is an opening shot and a lot more dominoes are going to start falling rapidly. Also, Paul Manafort’s right-hand man Rick Gates has flipped and is singing to Mueller like a canary, which has resulted in a new charge of bank fraud against Manafort.

That’s it for now. Blog posts may be sparse in the next week as my job hunting efforts kick into overdrive.

Friday update

Crawfish Sunday has been announced by Max’s Sports Bar for this Sunday. Doors open at 11:30 AM, crawfish ready by noon. You get one pound for $12 or two for $20. They come cooked perfectly spiced with all the trimmings – corn, taters, and sausage. I haven’t been to every crawfish boil in town but I can vouch that the crawfish here are very far above average.

Expect to see more of me at Max’s Sports Bar the next two weeks. Great place to watch the Olympics and the time is especially opportune for some conversations with people who hang out down there.

Nice to see the Flying Saucer’s best Beerknurd, Gary Smith, getting some love on Twitter as he completed his 34th time around the Ring of Honor.

The Memphis Flyer has an excellent story about B.J. Tamayo, the lady behind the food at Alcenia’s. If you’re in the mood for some soul food, this place on North Main in the Pinch District is hard to beat. One note, though: Your lunch may run a little over an hour (it did the times I have been there) so bear that in mind if your work is strict about how long you take for lunch.

I recently found an excellent app called OurCalling that lists resources for the homeless nationwide. I searched for Memphis and there were a huge number of search results returned. If you get approached by the homeless asking for help, as many of us Downtowners do, might want to get this app on your phone.

A new cocktail bar called Tailors’ Union is coming to 115 Union. That is next door to where the 117 Prime steakhouse is going in.

The folks at New Wing Order contacted me recently to let me know they will be starting up a food truck and it will be out on the streets by this fall. Here’s the tentative menu.

The Memphis Farmers Market has announced new hours for its 2018 season: 8 AM to 1 PM, so it will be starting an hour later than in previous years.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association will meet Tuesday, February 27 at the Brass Door. Speaker is TBA. Social at 6, meeting at 6:30. Come check out this newly-reopened Irish public house if you have not done so already.

Many of my readers are probably too young to remember George Burns, but for those who do, Say Goodnight, Gracie is coming to the Halloran Centre tomorrow and Sunday. George Burns was part of a comedy/dance team, the straight man to his wife Grace Allen. After Allen died, Burns embarked on a solo career, gaining a reputation as a comedian who was really, really old (he lived to be 100).

Sorry I had to be away from the blog for a couple of days, but I was busy studying C# and T-SQL and prepping for technical interviews (and buying dress shirts that fit and remembering how to tie a necktie). My blog posts may be a little irregular for the week to come as well, because I have more on the horizon. Got “homework” from an interview I had this morning and I have two more recruiters wanting to talk to me about open positions.

For right now, though, I am at the point of information overload. I am calling it a week and heading to Bardog for the afternoon.