Apartment for Rent Cooper Young


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I have received word that an apartment in the Cooper Young area is for rent. The apartment is near Christian Brothers University and the Cooper Young area. These apartments are leased VERY QUICKLY. I doubt the apartment will be on the market for more than 1 week. The apartment will be available April 1st. Rent is $750 per month. You can email me with any questions; kilmistr AT hot mail DOT com. (just run the email address all together and insert the various @’s and .’s.) Or you can comment on the post with a question and I will send a response to your email address. Now for the details: It is an upstairs apartment. 2 bedrooms / 2 baths Good sized living room and dining room Small kitchen Small sun room Covered parking Shared laundry room Hardwood floors Many windows, plenty of light You have to provide your own a.c. unit (‘s). No central air or heat. One large a.c. unit is good for the living room and dining room. Small a.c. units are good for the bedrooms. Heat is radiated heat NO PETS! Neighbors are quiet. Again, these apartments do not last long at all. They go very quickly because of the location (very near Christian Brothers and the Cooper Young area.)

bedroom apartment

One of two bedrooms pictured above.

Living room leading into dining room (photo below). cooper young apartment for rent dining room cooper young for rent

Dining room photo above. Second bedroom photo below. Each have a full bath that leads off from the bedrooms. apartment for rent cooper young

Living room leading to dining room (photo below). apartment1

Again, comment on the post with your email address or send me an email for more information. This apartment will NOT last long on the market. Send me an email with questions.

Hueys, Vanilla Coke, Girl Scout Cookies, Fat Jack Beer, Save the Mid South Coliseum


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Sunday Memphis. Get out… in the rain.

Wait. Back up. What about Saturday? We stopped in at Huey’s for a burger. I love the music at Huey’s as much as I enjoy the burgers. I mean really, where can you hear Cash or The Ramones in the same place? Soul, punk and rock, all wrapped up in a burger joint.

Hueys Texas Toast Burger

Love me the Huey Texas Toast burger.

Outside of Huey’s the Girl Scouts were selling cookies. Got me.

Girl Scout Cookies

Last night I tried out Fat Jack beer by Sam Adams.

Fat Jack Sam Adams

I am not a huge Sam Adams fan, but since the beer is labeled “double pumpkin”, I thought I would give the beer a go. The beer is better than I expected. Fat Jack is heavy on the pumpkin for sure. The best pumpkin beer? No. The worst? No. The beer was okay. Give Fat Jack a try.

This morning we stopped in at Coffee Town. I ordered up some coffee, a bagel, and a vanilla Coke.

Vanilla Coke

It has been one million years since I have had a vanilla Coke. Oink. Coffee, vanilla Coke, coffee, vanilla Coke. Perfect.

As I was reading the paper from the Commercial Appeal, I read the article regarding the Fair Grounds and the Coliseum.

Save The Midsouth Coliseum

I also read the article in the latest edition of the Memphis Flyer about saving the coliseum. My take? Several.

Robert Lipscomb Memphis Director of Housing and Community Development, is quoted in the Commercial Appeal article. “What I see is a gathering place for families and kids – Memphis’ Central Park.” Hey Mr. Lipscomb, guess what. Memphis already has that, two parks by the way, Overton Park and Shelby Farms Park.

Overton Park in the Fall

Looking at a map, Overton Park is 1.2 miles away from the fairgrounds. You want to invest city money heavily to create a family a park when one large, great park is right around the corner? Someone get this guy a map.

Also in the article, the Mid South Coliseum is described as a”beloved icon”. Really? Have you looked inside the coliseum lately? Just because the building is old, this does not translate into “beloved icon”. I worked in show business for 15 years, in city, county and private buildings, both large and small. I have worked thousands of events.


What I can state for a fact is that private buildings are much better taken care of than city, or county buildings. The reason? The city or county does not need to take care of buildings. If the building breaks down, so what? The city or county will just build another one at tax payers expense. Just look at the Agricenter International as an example.

Agricenter International

Trash bags used to “fix the leaks” in the roof at the Agricenter.

Save the Mid South Coliseum

You want to save the Mid South Coliseum?

Save the coliseum Memphis

Do you realize what you are asking? First, the entire building would have to be taken down to the studs and completely rebuilt. Sound in the Coliseum? Sound is notoriously bad in this type of building. You have to add box seats. What about that “non-compete clause” with FedEx Forum? “The big snag there is the non-compete clause in FedEx Forum’s  contract with the city of Memphis. The clause says an “important element of the success of the Arena Complex is to limit direct competition” from the Coliseum or the Pyramid. It mandates any show with more than 5,000 seats is the sole property of the Forum.” Good luck selling shows with less than 5000 seats. The “non-compete clause” is a HUGE issue when it comes to the event industry.

How many years has the Coliseum Coalition members worked in city, county or private buildings? How many years have they worked live shows? My guess? Zero. But they would lead you to believe they have the answers. Marvin Stockwell, Mike McCarthy and Jordan Danelz, please enlighten us with your YEARS of expertise. You want to save the coliseum because there were wrasslin’ matches in the building? Are you kidding me? Marvin Stiockwell; “I mean [Jerry] Lawler fought Andy Kaufman there.” Wow. Wrasslin. 

“A city report puts the price tag at about $32.8 million to bring the Coliseum back to working order.” To quote the story:

“But McCarthy doesn’t trust the figure.”… the Coliseum can be saved for probably $9 million or $10 million as well,” McCarthy said. “That’s not just pulling a figure out of the air.”

Yes it is. Again, the coliseum would require a total and complete interior rebuild. $9 to $10 would get you very little when it comes to construction. “Back in 2009, O.T. Marshall Architects said it would cost about $29.5 million to fix the Coliseum. They looked at everything from drywall and kitchen equipment to plumbing and sprinklers. A year later, O.T. Marshall revised the figure to about $32.8 million.” $9 million is not in the ballpark of $29 million.  

“While the Coliseum is a unique building, there is physically no way a 1960s multi-functional facility could be redesigned to provide this type (a dedicated performing arts building) of venue.”

Don’t tear the building down. From the article “but it is true they don’t have a clear idea of what the Coliseum should be or even could be.” So… just keep the building and do nothing with it? 

The “Save the Mid South Coliseum” leaders are just like “politicians” at best. They have opinions, but have no concrete facts or experience in event venues. They do not understand the industry or the economics. But that is okay. Many working in the event industry (my best guess 75%) do not either. If the “Save the Mid South Coliseum” leaders want to impress me, how about all three put their own money (say $30,000 each) into letting a building just sit empty while they figure out what the building could be.

Jim Strickland and Steve Basar are against the project. The city wants to build a an amateur sports complex? And the cost? Try $233 MILLION DOLLAR$ (using a mix of public and private money). I will bite. Which PRIVATE company or investor wants to contribute to this project? Name ONE. Oh that is correct, NONE. Private investors refuse to bet money on the fairground, why should the city? To quote Mr. Lipscomb, “Sometimes you have to lead”. Maybe Mr. Lipscomb should “take the lead” and contribute $20,000 of his own personal money to this fairy tale.

To wrap this post up, Mr. Lipscomb is wrong, very wrong. And “Save the Mid South Coliseum” leaders have no expertise in the industry, but want to save the coliseum for… something… like wrasslin’.

Done with rant. See YOU back here for more bikes, beers and wrasslin.


Sick, Charity Event, Bicycling Magazine, Germantown Greenway Trail, USPS Scanner, Catherine The Great Coffee, Midnight Classic Bicycle Tour, Angel Heart


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The sick post; day 28.

Yes, I have been ill at least 28 days. 28 DAYS! My best (worst?) record for feeling bad. I can write off the entire month of February. Bicycle rides? My general health ruled those out. Four doctor visits as well. Yes, FOUR. “You’re sick.” Good thing I am paying all of that money for health insurance to be told “you’re sick”. Yeah, I kinda of figured that one out doc, with symptoms of fever, sore throat, aches and pains, ect. “Just monitor the situation”. Okay, doc. I should have been a doctor. “You’re sick! Now pay me.”

Last night we went to a charity fundraiser at the Botanical Gardens. Food and drinks were available. Memphis Made beer made an appearance as well. Free beer? No. Not for me. I had a bit of food and a SPRITE, but again, my body wasn’t up to the party. After an hour, my back said “no more”, and we left. To make matters worse (better?), I slept for 12.5 hours last night. This flu / cold / illness is sapping my energy. Must get better.

I received the new Bicycling Magazine in the post today.

Bicycle Magazine April 2015

Excellent. I have yet to dive into the issue yet, but cannot wait to do so. If you enjoy some bicycling, this magazine is for you.

Speaking of bicycles, the Germantown Greenway Trail is about to get 2 miles longer. Wow. Although I need to start riding this trail (for some reason I have yet to do so), I will definitely put this trail on my to do list.

And speaking of the “post”, my mailman left his scanner on my mail box.

Post Office Scanner

Weird. Very weird. I’m not sure if the saturday mailman is the same as the weekday mailman (I think he is a different guy to tell you the truth), but I called the local post office to let them know the scanner was left at my address. “Really?” Yes really. The clerk who answered the phone sounded as though she couldn’t believe how dumb the carrier acted. I’ve encountered the weekend carrier in the past. When I spoke to him, asking about a package he was attempting to leave for me, he acted as though I were some kind of criminal mastermind. “Let me see some identification.” Yes, I hang out all day, waiting for your little truck to tell you the package you are holding is really mine. I understand asking for I.D., but he didn’t ask for identification, he demanded to see my license. Again, the weekend carrier is a weirdo. BUT, I threw him a freebie and notified the post office of his lost scanner. I wonder how much I saved him, if he had to pay for that scanner out-of-pocket.

This morning, after 12.5 hours of sleep, I stopped in at Coffee Town for a) coffee b) waffles.

Nothing but love.

Nothing but love.

I will state this is this first time I have noticed this coffee cup.

Catherine The Great Coffee

I wonder if they have a “Peter the Great” coffee cup? (By the way, Catherine was not her name. It was Sophie. And… she wasn’t even Russian. Ooops)

More bicycles. The Midnight Classic Bike Ride has posted the date for the 2015 ride. The date to save is August 29th 2015 at Tiger Lane.

Midnight classic bike ride 2014 3

midnight classic bike tour 2013 pictures

Yes, I enjoy the location at Tiger Lane. This starting point is close to home, and just a few minutes away by bicycle. If you are expecting “beer-apalooza” at the bike ride, as some of us have enjoyed in years past, “beerfest” is not happening.

beer midnight classic bike tour 2013

Now you get a beer or two at most, and that’s it. I’m not advising you to bring your own cooler, but if you are looking for beer at Tiger Lane, you will be disappointed. Well maybe not, if you buy VIP ticket$. My thoughts? If you have not taken part in the Midnight Classic Bicycle Tour, do it. The freedom to dominate the streets of Memphis for a while is awesome, totally awesome. Give me one day of the year when I get to ride in the streets and motorists are not a worry. Plus you are surrounded by some great people. Me? I ride slow for the most part, enjoying the evening. Some complain that the event is crowded. True. Make sure your bike is in decent condition, ride carefully, and wear a helmet.

Lastly. The film “Angel Heart“. I watch very little television. I haven’t watched this film in decades. Good movie. Robert De Niro is fantastic for the part he played. Creep-y. Mickey Rourke looks very young. The story and plot are very good. Now I want to read the book “Falling Angel” by William Hjortsberg.


Is the book better than the movie? Maybe. I will find out. I have a couple of other books lined up ahead of “Angel”. Another book for the “to do” list.

Done. I hoping to beat this cold, and then get back on the bicycle. See YOU back here for more books, movies, bikes and beers. Cheers.


Still Sick, Crosstown Brewing Company, New Location Best Memphis Burger Festival, Joe’s Growlers


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And I am back…. into the land of the living. For how long? I have no idea. 3 weeks ago, I had tonsillitis. Last week, the flu. I was feeling better last Thursday and went to work. Then Friday evening, I started to feel sick again. Saturday, I was in bad shape, so I stopped into a shopping center clinic to get MORE medicine. I can’t shake this sickness! I was given more meds to combat whatever I have. Today? I feel much better. Just to make sure everything is okay, I am going to an E.N.T. office to check me out next week. After all of this sickness, I want to be over this biological disaster.

In the news…

There may be a new brewery in town. Location? Near Crosstown. I have heard talk rumors of another brewery “brewed up” in Memphis, but I didn’t think much of the rumor. Guess I was wrong. Crosstown Brewing is the name. See the Facebook page here. Although if you ask me, that area of town is covered by High Cotton (This would place the breweries two miles apart). And to be fair, High Cotton is very, very good at what they do. My idea? Put a brew pub downtown near the Harahan Bridge. PERFECT place to catch runners, tourists, and cyclists coming and going. I would also suggest that Ghost River put in a brew pub NEAR the bridge location. And if they can’t do it, someone else needs to. Then again, if Crosstown picks up foot traffic, then Crosstown Brewing may have chosen a great location.

The big beer companies really do need to fear these small breweries. The jig is up InBev. People now know what good beer tastes like. And these local breweries are taking a bite out of big beer profit. Just sayin’.

From the Memphis Business Journal:

“The American Brewers Association reported that 502 breweries opened between July 1, 2013 and June 30 of 2014, a rate of almost 10 per week.”

If YOU are thinking of getting your foot in the brewing door, you better have some serious cash to back yourself up. The number I have heard is $500,000 just for a starter brewery. Want a tap room for your customers? Try an additional $100,000.

Paul Ryburn reported that this years Best Memphis Burger event will happen at Tiger Lane. Yes!

I don’t think parking is going to be an issue at Burger Fest this coming fall.”


Just FYI, I live less than 1 mile from Tiger Lane. I guess I will have to walk to the event, or ride my bicycle. The event takes place Saturday October 3rd. Never been to Best Memphis Burger Festival? I will show you what you are missing.

Best Memphis Burger BIG Burger

best memphis burger festival

Best Memphis Burger Trophy

The event has food, drinks and music. Good event. Please attend.

Speaking of drinks… My wife went by Joe’s in Midtown to pick up some wine and also found me some half growlers of beer.

Joe's Growlers Memphis

What’s inside the bottles? Wiseacre Coffee (which I LOVE), and Stone IPA. Now if I can just get over this cold so I can drink some beers.

Done. Now if I can just get past this cold. See YOU on the flip side. Cheers.

Memphis Ice Storm 2015, Peddler Apartment Memphis, Kingsman Movie, Memphis Pizza Cafe Parking, Bicycle Card


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Are you prepared for the Memphis Ice storm 2015 snowmageddon “Tito”? We stocked up on supplies.

But first…. We checked out the film “Kingsman“. Good movie. Go see it.


THEN… we prepared for the ice storm. We ordered some food from Memphis Pizza Cafe. Did you know you can park BEHIND Memphis Pizza Cafe for takeout.

Memphis Pizza Cafe Parking

Just put your hazard lights on, and go get your food.

So we picked up two salads and a calzone.

Memphis Pizza Cafe Salad

Memphis Pizza Cafe Calzone

Good as always.

We also picked up some beers…. just in case.

Pumpkin Beer

My favorite phrase when the power went out at the entertainment office years ago… “Break out the emergency beer!” You must be prepared.

Because the weather will be bad tomorrow, I have downloaded a couple of games. Quake. No, I never played the game when it came out.

I also downloaded a retro game titled Sanctuary. Very retro, but a cool game. Definitely a different kind of game. Check out the free demo.

I noticed an apartment for rent near the Chick-fil-A in Midtown. What attracted me to the apartment was the name; Peddler Apartments. Here is the interesting part. Each unit comes with a bicycle. “Peddle to the Square and Everywhere!”

Peddler Appartments Memphis

Peddler Apartment Memphis Facebook

Peddler Apartments Ad

You can see the ad for the apartment above. Two bedrooms, one bath. Hardwood floors. And a bicycle.

My wife purchased a valentine’s day card for me.

Bicycle Card

Check out the bicycle! Very cool card if I say so myself.

Alright. Get hunkered down for the ice storm Memphis. See you on the other side.

Christmas Beer, Belly Acres Memphis, Man Loves Cats


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Thirsty Thursday Memphis.


Since my doctors appointment went so well, I though I would celebrate with a beer and burger. It’s Christmas in February.

Bellyacres Jalapeño

We stopped in at Belly Acres at Overton Square for dinner. The burger was topped with fresh jalapenos. HOT! And the burger was good.

I also fought the parking meter at the Overton Square garage. The directions to the meter state to push the credit card all the way in, then “pull card out slowly”. After 6 failed attempts, I figured the device out.              Pull out quickly. Not slowly. Pull out quickly. It makes a difference.

Overton Square Parking Garage

And lastly, truth is stranger than fiction. My wife found this article in the Memphis Flyer.

Posing with cats

You can’t make this stuff up. And it’s not April 1st yet.

Time to have a drink. See YOU back here for more burgers, parking meters and naked cats. Cheers!

Flipboard on the Web, Living Loud In Memphis Flipboard, Manything, Memphis Magazine Fiction Contest, Elvis Fiction


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Two for Tuesday Memphis. Am I still sick? Yes I am. But I am doing better. I am holding off a bicycle ride until the end of the week, to give my body some time to recuperate.

FINALLY. Flipboard is on the internet. FINALLY. I could do live on Flipboard 24/7. Really. Love the Flipboard. (If you want to check me out, search for Living Loud In Memphis or just click on the link) I also have two other magazines; “Bicycle Memphis” and “Memphis Beer / Alcohol” “Hey, I made the cover!” Kidding…. Maybe.

So a few notes about Flipboard. In the past, the articles you found in magazines could only be viewed on a phone or tablet. Not a COMPUTER. Which made NO SENSE TO ME. Uhhh… If I can see the media on a phone or tablet, why not a desktop or laptop? I went to the ends of the earth to put Flipboard on my laptop. I downloaded the program Bluestacks (an emulator), then I downloaded the Flipboard app, THEN hacked the app into Bluestacks. (because you can’t just ADD the Flipboard app into Bluestacks. No. That would be easy) I had to view youtube video’s in RUSSIAN and GERMAN in order to figure out a work around for the repeated error message while loading the app. Dude. You REALLY like Flipboard. Yes. Yes I do. So now, it is simple. I just go to Flipboard.com.

Although I like the web format of Flipboard, the feel of the page is a bit LARGE and klunky. (Wait. Is that even a word?) But, I am happy about the move to a webpage. This should make work a happier place. Now, if Flipboard could just update automatically….

Something else I found while using Flipboard today was Manything. Home security using an old cell phone? I’m in. A low monthly cost (just a few bucks) and alerts in real-time sounds excellent to me. I will give Manything a go. Now to find that old cell phone….

I FINALLY finished the short story work of fiction for the Memphis Magazine 2015 Fiction contest. Clocking in at nearly 4500 words, the story was a beast to wrestle. I believe my pacing in the story was much better than last years pace. This years story flowed much more evenly as well. The story took hours to write. Usually I would sit and type for three hours at a time. Then there was the editing. And the re-editing. Then I had my wife edit the story. Spell check. Grammar check. Writers should make way more money. Really. After reading over the story, my wife gave the manuscript a score of 7.5 out of 10. Not bad.

If you need a short fictional story about Elvis, a friend typed up a short story about the King.

Elvis Superman 2

Read the story here. I do wonder why the city of Memphis does not have an Elvis fiction contest. I just read over my friends Elvis story this evening. Although he posted the story a while ago, I wanted to keep his story from bleeding over into my short work of fiction. No worries. Both works are completely different.

Elvis Skull

Done. Beat. See YOU back here for more tech, short stories and Flipboard. Cheers.

vampire elvis

The Sick Post


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This week… I’m down with the sickness.

I felt the cough coming on a few days ago. Everyone at work had already experienced the cough, except me. I didn’t feel well Wednesday night and I was feeling about 70% okay when my cough went downhill fast. I ended up coughing my lungs out most of the night.

This is not working. I went by Krogers on Poplar and checked in to see the nurse. An hour later I had a prescription and a diagnosis. I had tonsillitis. My tonsils were ginormous (at least that is what the nurse told me). “My, what big tonsils you have.”

The last couple of days have been nothing but cough syrup, cough drops, medicine and general discomfort. Fun.

All of the above basically means no bike rides for the next few days.

If you want to get creeped out from past radio shows, check out CBS Radio Mystery Theater. You can download some of the shows via iTunes. I used to listen to the show in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Think “Twilight Zone” on the radio. One of my favorite episodes was “The Ninth Volume“. I couldn’t remember the name of the show, but I scanned the show catalog and discovered the show again. Excellent.

Done. See you back here for more cough syrup, cough drops and medication.

Memphis Beer Bicycle, Riding into a Hurricane


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Since I forgot to press the “Publish” button a few days ago, it appears you get a couple of posts today.

I found an article in the Memphis Flyer Issue #1353. The “Party on Wheels” (page 8). Memphis. now. has. a. party. bicycle. (No, not mine) Happy Birthday to ME! Funny, I was watching “The Booze Traveler” t.v. series recently and a beer bike was featured on the show in the city of Amsterdam. If you do not know what a “beer bike” is, picture a bar on wheels, with bicycle pedals at each seat, and patrons keep the bar on the move by pedaling. F.Y.I. there is a designated driver at the wheel. As of now, the bar on a bike in Memphis is B.Y.O.B. To book the beer bike tour, call River City Pedalers at 901-825-7519. Sign. Me. Up. Check the beer bike out at Facebook; www.facebook.com/rivercitypedalers. (By the way, if anyone wants to pay my admission for my “birthday beer bike ride” in October, I’m all in.)

Next. Thursday morning the temperature was nearly 55 degrees when I started my bike ride to work. Perfect! I listened to classic rock and made my way to Shelby Farms and a bit further. No worries. When I arrived at work I discovered the IT tech fix for the software problem the day before didn’t take. So round number two begins. (Hitting my head against the desk, over and over) Finally, the fix was “fixed”. We will see how long the fix lasts.

Leaving work, I was horrified at the wind speed. The wind wasn’t just bad, the wind was savage. Hurricane force winds. Really. Worse still, the wind was blowing in my face. For 3 miles I fought against the wind while riding my bicycle. Not. the. best. idea. After Shelby Farms, I had to make it up Gardner Road to the Greenline.

Greenline Gardner Rd Shelby Farms 2

Again, more fun. When I finally reached the Greenline I was beat. And I only needed 8.5 miles more to ride. At least the tree line along the Greenline blocked some of the wind. By the time I parked the bicycle at home, it was nearly 7:00 p.m. My bike ride took 20 minutes longer than usual. A local guy that rides a great deal cancelled his evening ride due to the wind. Some are smarter than others.

Done. No work tomorrow. Plans? Coffee and bikes. See YOU back here for more bikes, beers and hurricanes. Cheers.


Central BBQ, Memphis Coffee, Shelby Farms, Memphis Sunset


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Two for Tuesday Memphis.

Since the temperature this morning was 50 degrees, I found the bike ride to Coffee Town an easy one. Hey look, I’m NOT wearing 4 layers of clothing for the bike ride! Imagine that. Yes, winter is winding down. My prediction? 6 weeks of cold weather. After 6 weeks, we should be at the halfway point in March. Which means warmer weather, which means nice bike rides. Just sayin’.

When I arrived at Coffee Town, the waitress told me I was late. “Ummm… no. Today I work late, and I go to work late, so I can get to Coffee Town late. Keep up people!”. Or something like that.

After coffee, and the news, I called my order in. Central BBQ to go. Easiest way to skip the line? Call your order in. One phone and two miles later, I had my sandwich in hand. Oink.

central bbq

I was riding at Shelby Farms the other day and I have always noticed this sign at the gate.

Shelby Farms Weapons

I THOUGHT the jail time was for the offense of being in the park after dark. It is not.

Park closes at sunset shelby farms

Ohhh….. Not that I would be in the park after dark. Ever. Just sayin’. And for the folks who carry a concealed firearm in the park… You may want to check out my post a while back about that. Charlton Heston or

Charlton Heston Stamp 2

a stamp bearing his likeness may come back to haunt me. “I’ll give you my bicycle air pump when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.”

I did see this sunset though. Strafing the sky.

Shelby Farms Sunset

Do motorists ever notice sunsets? Just asking.

Done. See YOU back here for more bbq, bikes and Charlton Heston. Cheers.

(It helps if I press the “PUBLISH” button, since I wrote this post up 3 days ago :)


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