It has been an insane week for me thus far, but I decided to take a break from my office duties to allow my faithful readers to indulge in some randomness. I could probably write longer entries on the majority of what will be included in this post, but I honestly do not have time to do so right now. So enjoy this ADHD blog post!
1. Meet Molly. On Wednesday, Susan and I drove to Hayden, AL to rescue the newest member of our family, Molly. She was at a pet rescue there and had previously been rescued from a kill shelter. When she was rescued from the kill shelter, her hair was matted to the point that it had to be cut off by scissors because the shears would not work. Susan and I cannot fathom anyone ever surrendering a dog to a kill shelter, but especially not a dog as comfortable around people and playful as Molly. She took to us immediately and once we got home, Beau and her acted like they had been brother and sister for years. We are not 100% of her breed or age, but we know that she is at least part doodle, which is great for me and my terrible allergies, and estimate that she is between one and two years old. She was found in the same area in which we got Beau, so I feel that there is a high probability that they both came from the same breeder and that her original owner came upon some hard luck that led to the less than ideal situation for Molly. Susan and I are happy that we found out about her and were capable of rescuing her.
2. Thanks to a Facebook post, I have discovered a new way to eat an apple. So yesterday I saw a post on Facebook about how we have been eating apples wrong for years. Today, I happened to have an apple in my lunch, so I thought that I would try this fancy new way of enjoying my apple. And to my surprise, the new way worked! I feel like Charlie Kelly discovering fruit for the first time in the “The Gang Hits the Road” episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. You can read the whole article here.
3. The Atlanta Braves are moving to Cobb County. On Monday, the Braves dropped a bombshell on their fans by announcing the intention to move the Atlanta Braves from their current downtown ballpark, Turner Field, to the suburbs in Cobb County. The new stadium would still have an Atlanta address, but the local fans have been freaking out a little bit. My take is that this is great for the team because the construction of Turner Field was done with very little imagination or planning, and the place is just OK. Theoretically, the new stadium will provide a new revenue stream for the team (which hopefully will be applied directly to the roster) and should help with the gameday experience. Traffic is terrible everywhere in Atlanta, but currently, the Braves do not have a real interstate exit for Turner Field that can be accessed before and after games. Also, there is one bar or restaurant within walking distance of the stadium and crime kinda sucks there too. For a Braves fan from Tennessee, I say “Bring on Cobb County!”
4. Advice for travelers to Memphis. I have come across a couple of articles today about food in Memphis. I have eaten at the majority if the places mentioned in both, and I can vouch for most of the content in both of these articles. My one exception is that locals go to Charlies Vergos’ Rendezvous for dry rubbed ribs. This is false. Locals do not eat at Rendezvous. It is a tourist trap these days. You can find better ribs at Blues City Cafe and Central BBQ. You can read the articles for yourself here and here. Also, Susan, maybe we should try Restaurant Iris for the first time for my birthday next month…
5. I saw Thor: The Dark World this week. It was better than the first Thor movie, but not as good as The Avenger’s or Iron Man. They did a fantastic job of establishing the characters and it is a fun movie.
6. Maybe Lionel Hollins was a great coach. After the first eight games of the season, most people here in Memphis have given up all hope on the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are 3-5 and not playing good defense, which was a staple of their success over the past few seasons. But, it is November and there is a new coach, so I will wait a little while longer before passing judgment. Also, I think fans need to start a petition to stop The Commercial Appeal from abbreviating the name to Griz. It is Grizz. Griz looks stupid and is not how the team shortens their name on social media. The Commercial Appeal argues that the mascot’s name is Grizz, and when you are referring to the team, the spelling should be different. It should not.
7. My running is back to normal. After a horrendous run on Sunday, I have been able to hit the reset button and had a couple of good runs this week.
8. One more race?! Unbelievably, I only have one race left this year. My goal for the year was to run in at least one race per month in 2013, and I have blown that goal out of the water thus far with 27 races so far. The St. Jude Half Marathon on December 7 is my last scheduled race for the year. This definitely feels a little weird.