Last night I went on a date with somebody I met on the internet. I cannot believe I just typed that sentence. It was the first time I’d ever done such a thing. Keeping safety on the forefront of my agenda– I asked him to meet my dad [because who would rape and/or kill a young lady after shaking hands with her father?!] and I kept my coworkers in the loop– so I wouldn’t be the subject of a Lifetime movie. With proper ‘security measures’ in place it was time to date.
The duo collectively known as Brewmaster
C and I met at the Mulligan’s by my house to have a drink. He works in the IT department for FedEx. I should have brought my laptop for a crash course on the disaster that is Windows 8. Oh and speaking of computers, he’s a Cocktails With Hemingway reader! Lucky for him he gets a rave review. Among other things we bonded over our mutual appreciation for Neil Patrick Harris and laser tag. So we took it one step further and decided to go to Laser Quest! We even have the score printout to prove we dominated with our lasers. Well okay, he dominated. I just followed him and and took sniper shots whenever possible from my elevated perch.
I loved the fact that he was spontaneous and fun. Life’s too short– I don’t do boring. C definitely struck me as the type who works hard and plays hard, something I find very appealing. Both of us had a good time and agreed a second date was in the works. At first I was reluctant to schedule another outing so soon but I decided to throw caution to the wind. If I enjoyed myself, why not? He knows I’m not wanting anything serious or exclusive right now [and won't consider it until 10/12/13] so we’ll see what happens.
Let’s talk about my clothes. My favorite neighbor could barely suppress her shock and disbelief as to my attire. “You wore a tee shirt?!” she said incredulously. So what if C looks like he just waltzed off the cover of GQ? The black Volcom shirt I’m wearing is one of my favorites…and it was quite comfortable paired with shorts and Chacos. Thanks for lending me your footwear, Sarah. Comfort reigns supreme in my fashion world. I’m perpetually under dressed in my down time. Teetering around in heels or worrying about sitting properly in a skirt detract from my quality of life. Playing dress up is reserved for work and special occasions. Don’t judge me.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,
- What memories I have at Neil’s….
A Memphis legacy burned to the ground early yesterday morning. Neil’s, a delightful bar in Midtown, fell victim to a fire whose cause is still being investigated. My heart breaks for the loss– even though I know it will be rebuilt. Some of my fondest memories take place at Neil’s. No matter how many times I drove by the patio the “Free Beer Tomorrow” sign always made me chuckle. I’ve been a semi-regular patron for 8 years now and wouldn’t trade the times I’ve had in that fine establishment for the world. Whether it was my first post-partum night on the town, the benefit for JB, or watching Jimmy Hudson play there….it’s one hell of a place. As much as I’ll miss the original I am excited to visit the new Neil’s the next time I return to my hometown.
[[ I did not feel like going through all 42959305934853905943 of my photos on MySpace so I found one that was easily accessible-- this is Lisa, a homeless woman I met on Madison, and me outside of Neil's. You probably can't tell but I've had a crazy fun night. And yes, that is a shirt dress I'm wearing. It's almost totally transparent. This was taken during the summer of 2008. ;) ]]
Memphis residents [or anyone following the situation]: how do you feel about the changes in the school system? Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools will merge in 2013. The current SCS districts were deemed unconstitutional and the City of Memphis must continue to fund MCS through the interim. I think we need to level the playing field in our public schools but that should not come at the expense of those insitutions already producing top-notch students and programs. However, there are so many factors that make a school ‘bad’ or ‘good’ and I think it is overly simplistic to think that a merger can magically fix all of these issues and get to the root of these problems.
Will and Adam are watching Transformers. Really?! Try as I might to avoid it, I keep hearing snippets of dialogue. Perhaps today I’ll launch my film career. James says I have talent as an actress so it starts now. I’ll jump through that television, blow up the transformers, have a slow-motion [pregnant] running scene, and we’ll never discuss these movies again. Problem solved.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,