Cold Bicycle Ride, Greenline Construction, Shelby Farms Buffalo, Memphis Local Beers

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Two for Tuesday Midtown.

If I have the date correct, it is the middle of May. It was also 35 degrees this morning. Brrr… It is the middle of April! When will summer arrive? THREE layers of clothing to get to work? A balaclava and chemical toe warmers? I am DONE with winter.

balaclava

I remarked about construction going on along the Greenline in an earlier post.

Memphis Greenline

Now those bases have been poured. Again my guess is a bench. I hope I am correct.

Memphis Greenline

There is construction going on along the Greenline at 40 and 240. The construction company has taken down the fence and placed temporary fencing along the path. I have no photo’s yet, but hope to get some tomorrow.

I also saw the buffalo at Shelby Farms.

Shelby Farms buffalo

You don’t see that every day on your commute.

Beer.

gordon biersch wheat beer

There is so much beer things going on in Memphis, it is very difficult to keep up. This new beer, that new beer, this beer dinner, that festival. I admit it. I can’t keep up. Just try as many beers as you can Memphis.

Short post today. I am beat. See YOU back here for more bikes, beers and the Memphis Greenline.

Local Memphis Beer, Overton Square Crawfish Festival 2014, Overton Square Parking Garage Bicycle Rack, Lost Pizza Company Memphis, Bicycle Gate Overton Square, Midnight Classic Bicycle Ride 2014

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The weekend continues Memphis.

Last night, after the Overton Square Crawfish Festival, we went BACK to Overton Square. I was shocked. The booths were taken down and most of the trash was cleaned up. You would have never known a crawfish festival occurred here hours earlier. Great job cleaning up!

Oh yes, some additional photos from the Overton Square Crawfish Festival yesterday.

Classic Car

Now THAT is a car. Not my car, but definitely something to look at.

Overton Square Crawfish

The Overton Square Crawfish Festival 2014 had some of the best crawfish so far this year. Spicy and delicious. Just the way I like the mudbugs.

Overton Square Parking Garage Bicyle Rack

I only noticed this yesterday. The Overton Square Parking Garage has a bicycle rack. This one is located in the north-west side of the garage (across from the courtyard stage). If there are others, I have yet to see them. A nice addition I must say.

We were back in Overton Square for a birthday party, but had arrived early. So we decided to walk around a bit. If you look closely, you see things you have never noticed before. Here are a few examples.

Overton Square Courtyard

The photo above was taken in the courtyard of Overton Square across from the parking garage. A bit of a sci-fi look to the tower.

Overton Square High Voltage

High Voltage, my newest album. (Okay I am 40 years late on that title for an album) This photo was taken next to the security office at Overton Square. I really like the color.

Overton Square keys

The “key” photo was taken in the hallway leading to the courtyard in Overton Square. Your guess is as good as mine.

Sunday we decided to try out the new Lost Pizza Company on the corner of Humes and Poplar. The space inside is large.

Lost Pizza Company inside

I counted three flat screen televisions to watch sports on. There is even a small bar inside the joint. They serve local beer as well.

Lost Pizza Company Memphis Beer

You had me at “Hometown Brews”. If you look around some, they also serve bottled beers as well as draft.

Lost Pizza Company Memphis Beer Menu

We decided on ordering a small personal pizza and baked pasta.

Lost Pizza Company baked pasta

The baked spaghetti was not so good. The dish had very little flavor at all. This was a small portion of cheese on top of spaghetti noodles. For nearly $10 I would expect more.

Lost Pizza Company pizza

The pineapple pizza I ordered was good. The crust was thick. I can’t complain about the pizza.

Next stop? Studio on the Square for the newest Captain America film. I liked the movie. Lots of mindless action. Much better than “Noah”.

Events and more events coming your way soon.

The Bike Gate at Overton Square is set to be officially opened next weekend April 19th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bicycle Arch Memphis

Come celebrate and roll through the park.

Overton Park Bicycle Gate 2

Overton Park Bicycle Gate

I also received a notice that the Midnight Classic Bicycle Ride is coming up as well.

Midnight Classic Bicycle Ride 2014

Save the date; August 23rd. I’m in.

beer midnight classic bike tour 2013

midnight classic bike tour 2013 pictures

My prediction? Biggest turnout ever in 2014.

Done. See YOU back here for more crawfish, beer, pizza and bikes. Cheers.

Overton Square Crawfish Festival 2014, Crawfish Prices 2014 Overton Square, Memphis Threat, Parking for Overton Square Crawfish Festival

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Overton Square Crawfish Festival 2014 has arrived.

Here are some things you need to know:

Parking. The Overton Square parking garage appears to be nearly full.

Overton Square parking garage full

The cost for parking today for the festival is $5 (if you can get into the garage).

Overton Square parking garage event parking

Parking along Court, north of Madison is full up to Cox street.

 

Once you do get parked, walk down Madison.

Overton Square Crawfish Festival 2014

Go get yourself some crawfish and have a seat.

Overtin Square crawfish prices

The Overton Square Crawfish are $20. The price for gumbo, red beans and rice, hot dogs, ect are listed above.

After you eat, check out the vendors. One of my favorites is Memphis Threat.

Memphis Threat

Memphis Threat has numerous shirts to sell. I purchased a new one last night at the Broad Street Art Walk.

Memphis Threat 'tallica

I have been wanting this shirt for some time. For those of you playing at home, this is Memphis Threat shirt number three that I own.

Make sure to check out the Bill Murray portrait that someone is selling. Easily my favorite. I must look into purchasing a Bill Murray portrait.

bill murray you're awesome

(By the way, the above photo is NOT the portrait.)

Also, there is a SECOND stage behind Overton Square near the parking garage that will feature live music as well.

Overton Square Courtyard stage

Okay, in the words of Jim Morrison….

Jim Morrison Art

“Come on baby light my fire….”

More to come today or tomorrow. Remember, MEmphis begins with ME… and you. Live Loud Memphis!

 

Shelby Farms Construction, Broad Avenue Art Walk, Overton Square Crawfish Festival

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Thirsty Thursday Memphis. Get some.

MORE changes at Shelby Farms. The new path near The Mayors Lake has been paved. It appears they started working on the path yesterday, and the path was completed TODAY.

Shelby Farms path

The path leading to the left was the old one (fenced in). The one to the right is the new path, closer to the lake. Very doubtful TDOT, Shelby County or the City of Memphis could have done a better or faster job. Shelby Farms, you are doing outstanding work.

The Broad Avenue Art Walk is tomorrow from 5-10. Event information:

“The Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk is going to be the biggest yet! 

All the studios, galleries, and businesses will be open, and there will be plenty of art, music and dance performances. 

Don’t forget to check out what’s happen at our beloved loading dock (Water Tower Pavilion). We’re in the middle of a face lift, so please excuse our mess.

Performances at the Water Tower Pavilion:
School of Rock
Musicians of the Memphis Symphony
The Poodle Brandy
and more.

Art Walk Activities:

Muddy’s Bake Shop – Pop-Up Shop

West Memorials – Featuring Artists Paul Vinsonhaler and Maggie Russell

Memphis Martial Arts Center – Demos of various different styles of martial arts (6 – 7:30PM)

Hollywood Feed – Dog and Slaw Hot Dogs, One Smart Pet Food, One Smart Pet Food (a Memphis based pet food merchant), Heart of Eden Soap Company and The Street Dog Foundation

My Heavenly Creations – Spring into Spring with our new Spring Collection “Grandma’s Garden”

Nabers Interiors – Photography Art Show

Five in One Social Club – New merchandise from local artists

Jack Magoo’s – Midtown Violets

Wiseacre – New Hours! Open till 10PM on Friday’s

Archicast – watch Dan demold casts!

Memphis Bombshells – hosting Front Porch Art artists works and we will have an exclusive Memphis Type History Story Booth (for people to tell their stories about various landmarks for their blog and upcoming book)

The Cove – happy hour 5-8 $3 drinks & $10 bottles of wine. Whiskey Republic is playing at 9 PM.

Broadway Pizza – Cooper Jewelry and Soy Soap

Found Vintage + Gifts Marketplace – Grand Opening! Retail marketplace featuring vintage finds and unique gifts and accessories

Water Tower Pavilion – Food trucks, entertainment, artist market and more! “

Remember, Wiseacre is open until 10:00 p.m. this Friday. (In the past they have been closing the joint at 8:00 p.m.) I have been to the art walk for the last few years.

easter Island metal rocket

Every year I spend a good amount of time there and spend money on many cool items. Eat, drink and check out many great things on Broad.

Get more information about the art walk here and here. (Choose 901).

Then get ready for the Overton Square Crawfish Festival. Noon – 6:00 p.m. Music, food and art on Saturday. I’m there.

overton square crawfish 2013

It looks like I will have a busy weekend. Mudbugs!

Done. See YOU back here for more beer, mudbugs and festivals. Cheers.

 

 

Shelby Farms Construction, Bansky Art, High Ground Digital Magazine, Book Cycle of Lies

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Waffle Wednesday Memphis. Get some.

My morning? Cold. I started my bicycle ride a few minutes earlier than usual. Construction is moving along at Shelby Farms. I noticed several work vehicles parked along the jogging / pedestrian paths. I was able to maneuver around the construction vehicles. It appears there will be work done soon around the Mayors Lake. Since part of the old trail is now fenced off, a new trail has to be created.

shelby farms fence

From here, you turn left, near the lake, instead of heading straight. Other than that, no major problems biking to work.

The ride home was much warmer. No big jackets to wear. Nice. And the temperature is supposed to be even warmer tomorrow. I can’t wait.

After my ride I found the artwork we had ordered had finally arrived.

BEAR

And now THAT is on the wall.

High Ground Digital Magazine has posted a good article about the emerging Memphis craft beer scene. I really like this magazine. Read more here at High Ground News.

I am still reading the book “Cycle of Lies” by Juliet Macur. This book about Lance Armstrong. I am half way through the book. The title of the book says it all.

Done. (And tired) Some days at work just take it out of you. Today was one of those days. See YOU back here for more bears, bikes, and Shelby Farms. Cheers.

 

 

Huey’s, Movie Noah, Tamp and Tap, Flying Fish, Overton Square Crawfish Festival, Broad Avenue Art Walk

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Weekend Midtown. Get out! And stay dry.

Saturday evening we decided to have a late lunch at Huey’s.

hueys texas toast burger

Same burger; Texas Toast with extra jalapeños. “I go for the music!” Always great music playing at Huey’s.

After a nice late lunch, early dinner (“linner”) we headed to Overton Square to see the film “Noah”. Not what I expected. Noah comes off as a psychopath. I found the movie to be deeply disturbing, not for any religious aspect, mostly because of the doom and gloom and Noah contemplating killing his family and his son portrayed as wanting to kill Noah. I felt as though the director took all of the bad, depressing parts of the bible and used them all in the film. I am one that likes disturbing movies, but not this one at all.

This morning we decided to head downtown to look for a gift for a friend. I was trying to get some coffee at Cafe Keough on S. Main. Walked up to the front door…. and they are closed on Sunday. This is the second time I attempted to go here.

Instead we headed over to Tamp and Tap for coffee.

Tamp and Tap Memphis

This time I tried the “pourover”. Like I said last week, the process of making the coffee reminds me of a chemistry experiment. I did have to wait a bit for my coffee to get to me. I also ordered some raspberry covered biscotti. When my drink arrived at the table I noticed something in my spoon. It was a coffee bean. I dipped the biscotti, chewed on the bean and sampled the coffee. I have to state this was the trifecta of greatness. Combined, the flavors were amazing.

Tamp and Tap Grind Unwind

Me? I prefer to “grind”.

The next stop was The Flying Fish for lunch. Mubugs are on the menu. I ordered up a pound of the crawfish. The mudbugs were good.

flying fish crawfish

Nice.

I have an early morning meeting, so I have to leave for work early. Laundry is done and my commuter bag is packed with clean clothes. Yeah this is what my bicycle will look like tomorrow.

bicycle rack

Monday is National Beer Day. Celebrate Memphis!

Beer Growler Memphis

Remember, this Friday is the Broad Ave. Art Walk,

Broad Ave Arts District

and then Saturday is the Overton Square Crawfish festival.

overton square crawfish 2013

Lots to do this next weekend. See YOU back here for more bikes, mudbugs and coffee. Cheers.

 

Grahamwood PTO Charity Auction Memphis

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My wife and I attended the Grahamwood Charity Auction last week. Let me first state I do not have a child attending the school. I don’t even know where the school is located. I went to the event because the money went to charity. Fine. I paid for my wife and I at the entrance; $35. Still good.

The charity auction was a “silent” auction. You look over the items, then place a bid. I wanted one thing. A fossilized piece of wood. That is all I wanted to win. I stayed at the event the entire evening. And guess what? I won the item. It was mine! Or so I thought. We left that evening and figured we could call or email the charity to discover how I could pay for and pick up my item. (There were over 300 items and I doubted the organization could figure out who won what in just a few moments at the end of the auction.)

Here is a photo of the item that I won.

fossilized wood

Notice how the photo lacks any detail. I will get to that.

On Monday, my wife called the person in charge of the auction. There was a problem. The fossilized piece of wood was nowhere to be found. It weighs 30 pounds! Someone stole the fossil? From a charity? This was no small item. They were looking everywhere for the item. I was told that those transporting the item would be emailed, asking if anyone knew what had happened to the fossil. (Here is a hint. People do not read email. I get more than 30 emails daily, all of it junk email. I work in a small office. Contacting people by email doesn’t work, especially since people do not pay attention to email messages. You HAVE to CALL people on the phone.) Anyway I was told that my name and number would be saved on her phone just in case the fossil was later discovered. Fine.

I didn’t hear anything Tuesday. I didn’t hear anything Wednesday. I placed a message on the charity auctions Facebook account. “Still waiting to hear back about my fossilized wood that I won in the auction.” No reply. Thursday I sent a text message to the person who said she had saved my name and number on her phone in case the auction item was found. “Hello. (I introduced myself again.) Have you called all of the parties involved about the auction item I won at the event? It has been a few days without an update from you.” (This was a suggestion to call people to look for the item.) No reply to my text.

Friday morning, I called the same person and left a message. No reply.

I did receive a message on Facebook Friday afternoon though, asking if I had contacted those who were in charge of the auction. “I sent a text message yesterday. No reply. I called and left a message today. No reply. Maybe you can inform them I would like to chat with someone when they have the time.”

I finally received a phone call Friday afternoon. They have yet to find the fossilized wood item that I had won in the auction. She said she texted me yesterday with that information. (She didn’t.) The person I was speaking to couldn’t get my name correct. (Remember, she “saved” my name and number in her phone on Monday. Remember, I included my name in the text message that I sent Thursday.) She went on to state that my registration paperwork (with my name on it) was placed in a prominent place so they could contact me if the item was later found.

So what would I have done to correct this problem? How about finding another fossilized rock and let me purchase that? The charity wins and I win. Refusing to answer Facebook messages, text messages and phone calls is bad for any charity. At least make it appear as though you care for a customer, instead of “I sent some emails”.

Maybe my auction item will be found in the future. The way auctions are supposed to work: you bid on an item, you win the item, you pay for and pick up the item. In this case it didn’t work and I am very disappointed. I do not remember much about the fossil, but I will remember the poor customer service.

 

Central BBQ, Wiseacre Tiny Bomb, Memphis Greenline, Maze Runner Book, Cycle of Lies Book, Bikes Beers BBQ Memphis

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Finally Friday Memphis. ‘Bout time.

Yesterday after work, my wife and I went to Central BBQ for some BBQ nachos.

Central BBQ Nachos

Love me the BBQ nachos from Central BBQ. Plus I added a Wiseacre Tiny Bomb to dinner.

Wiseacre Tiny Bomb

Perfect food and beer pairing in Memphis.

I took the bicycle to work today. While on my ride I noticed wooden borders set up in several places along the Greenline.

Memphis Greenline

There was one place near the Graham intersection. Another one was placed near the bicycle mural. The last structure was set at the end of the Greenline at the top of Shelby Farms. What are they? My guess is a pad for park benches. I really hope so. There are few places to sit and rest on the Greenline. This would be an excellent addition.

I finished the book Maze Runner.

Good read. And a good mystery as well.

My next book on the reading list is “Cycle of Lies” by Juliet Macur.

I downloaded the book from the library. Too easy.

I have no idea what I will be doing tomorrow other than riding my bicycle ’round town. And maybe that is a good thing.

See YOU back here for more bikes, beers and bbq.

bikes beer bbq memphis 1

Cheers.

 

 

Margaritas, Memphis Greenline, Shelby Farms Buffalo, Fence At Shelby Farms, Large Wristbands, Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album, This Vehicle Runs On Beer, Henbit Weed

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Waffle Wednesday Memphis. I was going to post yesterday, but I had margarita’s instead.

margarita cafe ole

THAT took care of THAT.

Tuesday afternoon I was riding home along the Greenline. A guy was following close behind. “I will lose him!” I pounded the pedals. “Make like the wind!” I put some distance between us for about a mile and a half. By the time we arrived at the next intersection, I coasted and he passed me up. I waited for the next incline and pounded my pedals again. I passed him up, but he caught me at the light at Highland. I know, stupid to race others, but every now and then I can’t resist.

Wednesday was a beautiful morning for a bike ride. Shorts and t-shirt as well. Awesome. Loving the warmer weather.

Many updates to do today. First up, the buffalo have moved at Shelby Farms.

buffalo have moved shelby farms

They are a bit higher and to the west of the previous spot.

Shelby Farms buffalo

Other changes so far? There is a fence near the Mayor’s Lake, cutting off the previous paved path.

shelby farms fence

You can still walk/bike/jog there, but the path is now much closer to the smaller lake. AND the path is unpaved. Instead of heading straight, then left, you turn left, then turn right to get to the top of the hill at Shelby Farms.

When I arrived home today, I found a couple of packages in the post. First up, wrist bands. BIG wrist bands. These should be smelling pretty bad in the next couple of months.

large wristbands

Can’t get more metal than these. I doubt I can wear them on a daily basis, I have others I wear as well while riding.

british flag wristband

bicycle chain bracelet

Speaking of “very metal”, the other package I received in the mail contained this:

DIO TRIBUTE

The Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album. Good stuff. My favorites? Neon Knights / Anthrax, Last in Line / Tenacious D (well except for the flute solo), Mob Rules / Adrenaline Mob, Straight Thought The Heart / Halestorm (except for the part before the guitar solo, “Release the hounds!” uh.. no), Starstruck / Motörhead, Egypt / Doro, & Ronnie Rising Medley / Metallica. Good stuff. One of the few albums that have come out lately that I really like.

I also received some stickers in the mail for my bicycle.

this vehicle runs on beer

 

wiseacre tiny bomb

Yes it does run on beer.

Lastly, I discovered the name of the purple weed that has invaded Memphis.

PURPLE FIELDS 3

The purple weed is named “Henbit”. I am not a botanist (but I play one on t.v.) so I do not know much about the plant.

Done! See YOU back here for more Ronnie James Dio, wristbands, and Shelby Farms. Cheers.

 

Shelby Farms, Purple Fields, Buffalo Moved Shelby Farms, Southern Hotwing Festival, National Beer Day 2014, Maze Runner Book, Dio Tribute Album

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Manic Monday Memphis.

Although the temperature was 50 degrees outside, my ride to work was fine. I was just waiting for the temperature to warm up for the ride home.

Have you noticed those purple weeds/flowers that are everywhere now in Memphis? At Shelby Farms the fields were alive with a view of purple.

Purple Fields

purple fields 2

PURPLE FIELDS 3

And… Shelby Farms has moved the buffalo slightly more to the north to their new pasture.

Shelby Farms buffalo

Remember the wing festival downtown?

wingsfestivalad 2011

The Southern Wing Festival is nearly upon us. Mark your calendars; 4/26/2014 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Take some cash with you and donate to your favorite booth. The last few years I was “winged out” within the first couple of hours.

Wingnuts BBQ

Wingnutz always has the best booth in my opinion. You can find more information about the event here.

To cool down those wings, may I suggest “National Beer Day”, Monday April 7th. I didn’t believe there was a “national beer day” until I looked it up. It’s real people. Celebrate like true Americans.

cash saver memphis craft beer

I’ve been reading a book titled “Maze Runner“. The reviews are very good for the book and I really enjoy it.

The book is probably geared more for teens, but it is still a good read.

The new Ronnie James Dio tribute album comes out tomorrow; “This is your life”.

I will probably purchase it for the Metallica Medley “Ronnie Rising” alone. The songs are excellent and I cannot wait to order the album.

Done. See YOU back here for more beers, Metallica and books. Cheers.

 

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