Thursday update

WHOA… the MBJ is reporting that Dollar General has leased 113 S. Main for a new Dollar General concept that is a cross between a Dollar General store and a convenience store. That is the old Yao’s location and NOT what I was expecting to go in there. I hope they stay open late. Once this stupid 10 PM bar/restaurant closing time mandated by the health department gets phased out, there are going to be a lot of people stumbling down Main in search of a microwave chili dog late into the night.

The Silly Goose reopened yesterday and I was there! Well, for two hours I was there.

Perjorie T. Roll enjoyed a shot of house-made cinnamon whiskey

On Jessica’s recommendation I got a wood-fired pizza I’d had many times, but in a new way. The Capone comes with sausage, bell peppers, red onions, garlic, oregano, chili flakes, ricotta, parmesan, olives, and marinara. Jessica suggested I sub out white sauce for the marinara. That was a fantastic call!

Very, very cool: The Memphis Flyer has a look at The Multiverse, a 2000 SF art installation in a warehouse near Downtown by multimedia artist Christopher Reyes.

Activists returned to the streets of Downtown last night to protest the lack of justice for the death of 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor in Louisville. The organizer of last night’s march says there will be more.

Got a couple of pieces of news from the Memphis Public Libraries system. They are going to make another attempt at the in-person Rainbow Fish story time and arts & crafts event Sunday, September 27 from 4:00 to 4:30 PM at River Garden Park, 51 N. Riverside. Seating at least 6 feet apart will be designated by twine and stakes. The story will be announced over the PA so everyone can hear without the storyteller raising their voice. Each participant will have an individual craft bag to build their own Rainbow Fish. Masks are requested, and parents are asked to remain on site with their kids during this event.

Volunteers are needed Saturday at Tom Lee Park to help people complete 2020 Census materials and voter registration forms during an End of Summer Bash. Shifts are noon to 3 and 3 to 6. Volunteers will also rent skates and oversee games.

WREG interviewed Max of Max’s Sports Bar about the new “Share the Tab” grant that is available to limited-service restaurants closed by the health department for 77 days. He said he is looking forward to reopening his business, which is good news for those worried the sports bar might have been a permanent victim of the pandemic.

Hi-Tone will reopen soon. How is a live music venue supposed to have a 2-hour window for dining?

A Green Book Motorist Guide exhibit will debut at the National Civil Rights Museum October 3 and will be on display through early January.

There will be a Drive-Thru Voter Information Drive on Beale Street Alley next to FedExForum Saturday 11 to 2. Staff from the county election commission will be there to answer all your voting questions. Free growl towels, T-shirts, scratch-offs, Rendezvous BBQ, and Pepsi products while supplies last.

Some of you have noticed I’ve been going out a lot less this month. I want to make it abundantly clear that I am not upset with Bardog, Silly Goose, Blind Bear, Slider Inn or any other of my regular spots. I am cutting back the amount I go out for two reasons:

  1. I am at a critical point in my writing career. I’ve committed to publishing five to seven times a week, but I do not yet have a “recipe” for coming up with new articles. I do not yet have a system in place for writing, editing, and publishing. I absolutely have got to get that figured out before I resume my normal daily routine.
  2. It’s just isn’t as much fun to be out these days, because of the health department regulations – and because I’m required to order food, it’s more expensive to have less fun. If the regulations are relaxed in a few weeks, I’ll go out more.

I think I mentioned that I recently paid $197 for a course on writing – not so much instruction on the writing, but networking with writers and publishers to get myself on the fast track to being a known name. Since I bought that course I have stayed home 9 evenings. The bar tabs I didn’t run up those 9 nights paid for the course.

I do plan to bring my laptop out to my favorite places and do some writing over a few beers, once regulations are eased.

If there’s anything interesting in the COVID-19 task force press conference at noon, I’ll be back with an afternoon post. Otherwise, back tomorrow.