2009 GLEE CLUB Memphis Meet-Up

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/18 08:06:31 (permalink)
Aww, there's no shame to putting up your best work.  I really like the sweet tea picture so I'd like to see more examples.  Nice writeup too!
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/18 08:31:20 (permalink)
I am still amazed, mystified, perplexed, astonished and bitter that Cozy Corner did not have pork barbecue on the day of our visit.  Seriously, how does that happen?
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/18 11:15:15 (permalink)
TTM, the photos are awesome. Trudy N keeps reminding me to retake photos and my skills seemed to have improved.
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/18 13:57:43 (permalink)
WOW!

I'm totally in awe.


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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/18 15:25:47 (permalink)
So.......

We can add another young server to TTM's harem,

and I Quote "Thank You!" "Cassie Come Back & See Me!"

and the dots on the exclamation point were hearts.
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/24 01:00:47 (permalink)
Heading into the home stretch - such that some of these days kind of blend together, so I may have to rely on the Mayor's better memory to correct me if I'm wrong.

Monday, February 16 (Presidents' Day)

This is one of the portions of my trip that was truly up in the air.  I tried to make plans to get together with a friend of mine in Evansville, but to this point, we still hadn't connected.  I also had some personal errands to run, and I wanted to catch up with DoubleDeadGuy, who I hadn't seen since last fall in Nashville.

After a nice, vacation-y slow start to the morning, the Mayor and I made our way to a late breakfast.  After going through some bizarre "Who's on First" ritual, I figured out that Al had made his mind up to take me to a nice restaurant in New Albany.  Or, maybe that should be A Nice Restaurant in New Albany?



One of my favorite restaurants here in Hooterville and my favorite luncheonette back home are both frequented by local contractors, so I figured this place had some potential.  I could see the appeal in this place to the blue collar world - hearty breakfasts at most reasonable prices.  I had my heart set on some good pancakes, and these were fine, fluffy specemins.



However, I really do think I screwed up, as the Mayor's French toast looked like a real winner.  As good as the cakes were, I was jealous - and will keep this in mind for next time.



One of my errands that was becoming essential was the need to secure a haircut.  On my way, I did determine that while Al took me to A Nice Restaurant, he didn't take me to the (Our) Best Restaurant.



I guess that's where he takes out-of-town guests that he actually likes!

My haircut was an adventure of its own.  I ended up going to the local barber college for a quick cut.  It was quite the scene.  I was immediately seated and a young woman covered in tattoos and piercings began to cut away....slowly....really slowly.....I mean realllly slowly.  She must have been going to town on my noggin for over half-an-hour and seemingly making little progress.  I asked how long she had been taking classes there - and she cheerfully told me that this was the start of her second week!  Oh yay!  Not long after, a waifish 17 year-old (it came up in conversation) ambled over to help.  She must have been in the advanced class.  45 minutes into this little project, I was on my way out the door with one awful haircut....and an offer from the 17 year-old to move in with me down here in Florida.  Yep...no kidding.  The legend of The Travelin' Man grows - as does my ability to rescue small-town girls from their dull lives and move them to the big city.  Who knew I was so exciting?

Dinner on Monday was hardly photo-worthy.  Heck, it was barely discussion-worthy, except to warn folks away.  I wanted to play some poker at the local riverboat casino - so, Al suggested that it would be convenient to hit the buffet at the casino.  It was convenient - but, it was nothing I would ever recommend.  And, our waiter seemed a little eager to enter into the "server photo" legend, despite our lack of camera.  I think he was about ready to go and secure one from someone else.  He kind of scared me.

Should be able to wrap this up soon.  Tuesday lunch in Louisville, dinner in Evansville, and then Wednesday lunch in Shelbyville should wrap up this trip report soon.
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/25 14:08:29 (permalink)

Well Gosh, I hope you let the little Miss down gently, [ assuming you DID say no..] seeing as how she now has a supply of your hair snippins, I'd be leary of finding TTM Voodoo dolls for sale on E-Bay!!  " />
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/25 14:23:17 (permalink)
TTM,
  I am glad we neglected to photo-record the Casino Buffet. While the 'Boat' is only a couple of miles from home, we hadn't been there in years. Our visit with you reminds me of "WHY" we hadn't stopped there!!

 Having always been a non-smoker, but not really an "anti-smoker nazi" I had forgotten how bad the stale smoke can destroy a meal...even when the meal (buffet) is bad to start with. That Casino area reeked terribly. Jan and I were pleased to allow you to merge with the cigar-smokers and find our way home !

We will look for your final entry- shortly- (meaning by Tax-Deadline day) !!

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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/25 14:26:01 (permalink)
TTM-
Your photos here are so good, it inspired me to go out and get a new camera.  Of course, the trick is to learn how to use it.  The photos you contributed here are glorious!!!!
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/25 15:05:41 (permalink)
Dawn, you crack me up.  Steve, you must come across as a man of great charm, or great paternal warmth, one or the other, and neither is bad.
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/25 15:16:12 (permalink)
Nancy,
 Playing "roll-up and Un-roll" at the table with a C-note might have something to do with his projected subliminal image.

I will say the young lady at Huber's Family Farm Restaurant, and Dear Cassie, from Doe's in Paducah,KY both seemed genuinely interested in an adventure filled future when they talked with TTM.

PS (Janet assures me it was the C-note that got their minds working his direction!)
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/26 18:02:51 (permalink)
buffetbuster

I am still amazed, mystified, perplexed, astonished and bitter that Cozy Corner did not have pork barbecue on the day of our visit.  Seriously, how does that happen?


I had a thought that day.  They knew everyone was coming and pork is the cheap eat on the menu.   
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/26 18:05:11 (permalink)
 Very funny!!!  Ranks up there with the counter mate who is selling candy bars.  Love your pictures.
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/26 21:31:55 (permalink)
Approximately five weeks have passed since the 2009 Glee Club meet n' eat, and just this morning I remembered that I promised to post some kind of trip report. Assuming folks are still interested, I'm going to belatedly keep my promise and tell you a little about my four-day weekend in Greenville MS and Memphis last month. No photos, I'm afraid; picture-taking's not really my thing. Day one was Friday Feb.13th: I got on the road about 4:00 am CST and headed down I-57 towards southern Illinois. The first meal of the day was a so-so breakfast at a truck stop in Monee IL ( limited options along the interstate. ) By late morning, I was crossing the Mississippi River into Missouri, where I-57 merges into I-55 just outside of Sikeston MO. It was in Sikeston that I had the first of my two truly bad "roadfood" meals of this trip; I made the mistake of stopping for lunch at Lambert's Cafe, the "home of the throwed roll". When the Sterns wrote about Lambert's in A Taste of America back in 1988, the place was apparently a better-than-average small town cafe. Not anymore. Now it's a barn-sized tourist trap with tacky decor and mediocre/overpriced food. Oh well. Live and learn, huh? More to come....
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/27 15:29:12 (permalink)
Leaving Sikeston, I took I-55 to Memphis and then on down to Greenville MS, home of the famed Doe's Eat Place ( the original ), to share a steak dinner with several of my fellow roadfooders. There I met up with Mayor Al, Buffetbuster, ChiTownDiner and several others, and also had one of the great meals of my life. Wanderingjew and I split a two and a half-pound porterhouse that, along with Doe's hand-cut fries, was simply spectacular. Definitely the best slab of meat I've ever tasted. From there it was up to Clarksdale MS, where a motel room was waiting for me. The next morning ( Sat. the 14th ) started with breakfast with my fellow Glee Clubbers at the Blue and White Restaurant in Tunica MS. I've had better country ham and biscuits in North Carolina, but this was still a mighty tasty meal. After breakfast, we all hopped in our cars and headed up to Memphis to meet up at the Cozy Corner for lunch. More later.... 
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/27 20:12:24 (permalink)
You all have to help me...I hate country ham.  What am I missing?
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/27 20:40:17 (permalink)
Susan, I think country ham may be an acquired taste. I took my first bite back in the '70s, and  was rather turned off by the intense saltiness. After giving it a few more tries, though, I found that it was starting to grow on me. Now I can't get enough of the stuff.
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/27 20:45:56 (permalink)
My mother always soaked slices of country cured ham in whole milk 12-24 hours and then fried them slowly in her heavy old cast iron frying pan in some of the fat from the ham that had been rendered down .
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/27 21:11:56 (permalink)
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Susan, I think country ham may be an acquired taste. I took my first bite back in the '70s, and  was rather turned off by the intense saltiness. After giving it a few more tries, though, I found that it was starting to grow on me. Now I can't get enough of the stuff.


It isn't the saltiness so much, but there is a chemically taste to it, to me.  Ah well.  Tastes.  I could eat a block of bleu cheese.  Not everyone likes that either.  BTW, it was nice to meet you in Memphis.  I am glad you had a good time. 
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/27 21:14:10 (permalink)
Saturday's lunch at the Cozy Corner in Memphis was quite enjoyable. We were joined by some roadfooders ( TheTravelinMan, Sundancer and a couple of others ) who couldn't make it down to Greenville the night before. Really good barbequed cornish hen and ribs; the sauce was rather different from what you usually find here in the Chicago area, but tasty nonetheless. After lunch, everyone went off to do his/her own thing for a few hours before our dinner meet-up at Leonard's BBQ. I headed over to Graceland to take the grand tour; I'm not a big Elvis fan but the tour was definitely worth the money - the mansion is something to behold. Around 6:00pm, we all gathered at Leonard's for dinner ( more Q! ), and while it was a good meal, it wasn't as special as I had anticipated. Oh well. The exchanging of door prizes was a lot of fun; my contribution ( a statuette of the Superdawg mascots ) seemed to be popular with the assembled masses. After dinner, it was back to my motel room across the river in West Memphis Arkansas to catch up on needed sleep. More later... 
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/27 21:19:01 (permalink)
Thanks, Susan. It was nice meeting you and your family too.
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/27 21:42:14 (permalink)
Bob, I think you're being deliberately cruel by posting about porterhouse steaks, country ham, and barbecue on a Lenten Friday...
 
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/27 23:10:56 (permalink)
I'm sorry, Brad. I had no idea ( I'm oblivious, you know. )
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/28 17:01:27 (permalink)
Day 3 ( Sun. the 15th ) started out with eight roadfooders, myself included, meeting up for breakfast at the Arcade, Memphis' oldest restaurant. Unfortunately, several of our group from the previous evening had to get an early start heading home and couldn't join us. The food at the Arcade was quite tasty ( still more country ham for me! ), and we all had a good time there. After breakfast, it was time for us to say our goodbyes and start our long journeys home. I spent the next few hours just killing time until I was ready for lunch. It was then that I made my second mistake of the trip; I chose to have lunch at Dyer's Hamburgers on Beale Street. This place is known for its deep-fried burgers and has recieved positive reviews on roadfood.com and other places, but, having eaten there, I sure can't figure out why. Nice 1950s decor, but really lousy food. The supposedly "deep-fried" burger turned out to be a paper-thin pale gray pattie with no hint of crustiness ( or flavor ), and the french fries were burnt, shriveled little things. Another major disappointment, just like Lambert's, but Sunday night's dinner would be even worse. More to come....
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/29 16:35:48 (permalink)
After the lunchtime debacle at Dyer's, I left Memphis and headed northeast on US 79 towards Kentucky, my destination being the Ohio River town of Owensboro, where I had a room waiting for me. I was still in Tennessee when dinnertime came, and while passing through a small town whose name escapes me, I saw a nice-looking drive-in called KN Root Beer that was similar to a Sonic. I love drive-ins, so I decided to have dinner there. The fact that my car was the only one on the lot should have told me something, but I went ahead and ordered a burger, fries and root beer. Yet another big mistake. Even though I was the only customer there, it took over twenty minutes for the kitchen to prepare a very simple meal, and when it did finally arrive it was almost inedible. Mediocre root beer too. I then knew why I was the only customer there. Moments after leaving KN, I passed a Sonic that was quite busy; once again, live n' learn. On to KY; I arrived in Owensboro just in time for the 10:00 PM news. More later....   
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/29 18:24:10 (permalink)
How can a place called KN Root Beer have mediocre root beer?  No wonder know one was there. 

Keep going nocarolina!  I am enjoying this very much.
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/29 20:19:34 (permalink)
Thanks, BB. Hardly anyone has posted comments on my trip report, so I was starting to think that no one was interested in our Glee Club gathering anymore ( it has been a while. ) Whether anyone's reading it or not, I'll keep plugging away and give y'all Day #4 ( the big finale! ) in the next day or two. 
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/29 20:24:54 (permalink)
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Since I know what is coming up (and with who) and that I am just a month away from visiting there myself, I am reading with keen interest.  You are doing a terrific job!
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/29 20:43:08 (permalink)
Visiting where?
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Re:2009 Presidents' Day Weekend Meet-Up Discussion 2009/03/29 20:47:38 (permalink)
N C

We're reading of your exploits...Keep those posts coming. Sorry to hear of the lack of 'good finds' that Sunday.
 
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