Joie de Vivre


For her birthday, Beverly and I took her mother to Graceland, home of her #1 favorite celebrity, Elvis Presley.

The next few posts will be about more specific parts of the trip, and this post is just an overview.

We left the house at 4:45 AM for BWI, on about 4 hours of sleep, having gotten in late from the Pixies show. We arrived in Memphis, which was already sweltering, and rented a car. We then headed to Beale Street to kill some time.

Here’s a funny thing: on father’s day, we were walking back from brunch when I found this boot. And not 20′ away, I found the boot return. Get it??? Hilarious.

While we didn’t plan this, the order in which we visited places on this trip really enhanced our experience. We started a Beale Street, and since we don’t drink/party, we avoided what a local called “the shit show” of the evening tourist crowd. We wandered into the Peabody hotel, and visited Lansky Bros., where Elvis had many clothes made. We discovered one of the most charming bookstores I’ve ever encountered. We then went to Sun Records, and to the Civil Rights Museum. We watched the latest Elvis film, and then we went to Graceland.

We learned a great deal about Memphis, the struggles of the civil rights movement, and of course, Elvis.

Okay, onward, dear reader.

Joie de Vivre

The Pixies + Modest Mouse

We finally got to see the Pixies. Fortunately, we had pavilion seats at Merriweather, as it poured! The Pixies came out, and hammered through song after song, and did not utter a single word during the entire performance. I am amazed at how great Black’s voice is.

Modest Mouse sounded really good, too.

I drove out to Columbia twice in one day – I went in the afternoon for a colleague’s memorial service for his wife’s sudden passing. I rushed home and we went right back for this show.

We arrived home at a quarter past midnight, went to sleep, and woke at 4:30 to head to Memphis for a whirlwind weekend!


Playing Possum

I made this for Chloë’s birthday.


Taylor is the Swiftest

I made this for one of my wife’s colleagues, who kindly brought me Altoids.


Electric Cow Head

Joie de Vivre

A fine start to June

I had a lovely weekend with my beautiful wife. On Friday, we had dinner at Zen West, and discovered their quiet, jazzy 25+ back room, which was wonderful. I had no idea it was there.

A oriole bird painted on Zen West's exterior wall
A Raven bird painted on Zen West's exterior wall

We took a long walk to the farmer’s market on Saturday, and had breakfast at Pete’s.

Last week was tough at work, even with the 4 day week. I think the memorial day tree slaying set the tone, so it’s been nice to hang out at home. I picked up my work from the Art of Accumulation show, and I have some new projects in the works. I’m excited and grateful to be inspired and have work to do (both the tough day job kind, and the joyful life’s work kind).

We had dinner at Cypriana, and discovered their hidden “back room” rooftop dining area.

Trader Joe’s has canned calamari, which is nice when sautéed with garlic and pepper flakes.

This is post 1100!