Thursday update

Jerred Price, president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, posted some news to Nextdoor last night: The yellow-and-black “We Have Soul” sign proposed for Mud Island has been denied by the Design Review Board. Many commenters thought the sign was ugly and out-of-touch with the character of our city. WREG has more info.

Friday lunches return to the Majestic Grille this week. They’ll have fish & chips, New England clam chowder, seafood flatbread, all your favorites.

With Mother’s Day coming up Sunday, I want to mention that you can pick up uniquely Memphis items at Feelin’ Memphis, the gift shop at 509 S. Main. What will you find there? Let me take a look through the shop’s most recent photo album. Paintings… books… inspiring wall hangings… honey… clothing… handbags… home decorations… glasses…. cocktail kits…. plants… home furnishings. Local gifts from great local folks.

Jane Roberts from the DM with another outstanding piece: Up to 66% of locals have COVID antibodies. Counting those who have developed antibodies from having had COVID and those who had the vaccine, we are approaching herd immunity.

The Grizzlies rolled past the Minnesota T’wolves last night in a high-scoring game, 139-135. That puts Memphis back in 8th place in the NBA’s Western Conference with a slim 0.5-game lead over the Golden State Warriors with 7 games remaining in the regular NBA season. Got next: Tonight at Detroit, 7 PM.

Arnold Perl, a longtime promoter of the city of Memphis, has died at 81. Perl was instrumental in getting FedExForum built as part of the Grizzlies’ agreement to move from Vancouver.

Cupcake Cutie owner Robert Clayton was interviewed about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund’s help in getting restaurant and bar doors back open. The SBA has said it will prioritize applications for businesses owned by veterans, minorities, and women.

Live at the Tracks returns to Central Station Hotel tonight. Kennard Farmer will provide the live music 6:30-9:30.

YOGA! If you’re looking for a workout for the mind and body, with beer, don’t forget that there’s an all-levels yoga class at Grind City Brewing every Thursday at 5:30. $16 or you can use your existing Downtown Yoga or ENVISION Memphis class package to pay. $2 off your first beer for yogis.

Loflin Yard will have a Mother’s Day brunch with mimosa specials this Sunday.

Memphis Chess Club will have a Mother’s Day chess party Sunday 11 AM to 2 PM. The special includes a 12″ pizza from their cafe and their entry-level Learn the Rules class. You can bring the entire family, although they encourage children to be at least 7 and accompanied by an adult.

From Fox Chattanooga: The hunt for Memphis river monsters

I was asked yesterday a couple of times, if the mandatory mask mandate is allowed to expire, will I continue to mask up in public? My answer is this:

  • I’d keep a mask in my back pocket
  • Anytime I entered a business that continued to require or request masks of its own accord, I would be happy to put mine on, and their mask policy would not factor into my decision to patronize the business;
  • Anytime a person approached me for conversation, and I got the sense (spoken or otherwise) that he or she would be more comfortable if I were masked, I will happily put mine on;
  • Anytime I find myself in an extremely crowded space, I will consider putting my mask on;
  • If I find myself around a lot of children, who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated yet, I will consider putting my mask on (although not being around children sounds like a better solution);
  • Otherwise, no, my default value would be, I will not wear a mask, even when indoors.

That’s it for today. We’ll see if Dr. Randolph shows up to the noon COVID task force press conference with any news about next week’s health directive. Back tomorrow with more.