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Pictures of the Week

It was a great week last week and I have the bank statements to prove it!

IMG_1491What this really means is that you should double up on Gold Bond

IMG_1476Friends of ours were in town on Saturday so we met up and had a drink. It was so great seeing them.

IMG_1468Anyone need some Corn? The Farmers Market at Union Square is legit!

IMG_1469We tore it up at the end of Restaurant Week.

IMG_1471Then we tore our livers up!

IMG_1466You can’t tell because of the shadow but “The Water Line” on my pants was up to my knee. The Friday Rain was a bitch!

Have a good weekend folks!

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From Isla Manhattan to Isla Mujeres & Back

So about 3 years ago we were vacationing with RJ and Mallory down in Mexico. We booked a Whale Shark excursion which we absolutely loved. After our swim with the Fishes the charter boat takes you to the shallow waters of North Beach at Isla Mujeres for lunch and a beer. North Beach is pretty cool so later in the week we took the ferry over to Isla and rented a golf cart for the day and hung out. There was something about the island that reminded us about San Pedro Belize so 2 years we stayed a couple days on the island prior to a week at one of the larger resorts where we kicked it with Papa New Guinea Mike and his family. On that trip we sought out more of the island and again enjoyed ourselves.

Last year, well one couple had a child which drove the other couple to move to New York so there wasn’t a Trumpet’s/RJ & Mallory yearly trip but we planned extra hard for this year. A duplex house was rented with a pool and 6 couples headed down to Isla Mujeres for a weeklong jam fest. One of the houseguests probably said it best with a post she did on her Face Crack Page. I will paraphrase it here;

Isla Mujeres is a hidden gem. The waters were clear, and peaceful (except when traveling in a small boat to swim with the whale sharks- I’ll discuss that shortly). I feel like the majority of the island was post card worthy. I mean, where else can you go and eat impeccable dishes for a portion of the price paid stateside?
E. and I went with a fun group, most of which we didn’t know. Each day was a new adventure. We would typically hop in the infinity pool and then go out for the day. Some of us would go shopping, while others went to explore.
I would recommend some time at North Beach. Sunday’s are the best if you want to witness a first-hand fiesta… Or a singer in 6 inch platforms breaking it down for hours in an itty bitty bikini. That lady had some mad skills, or at least from what I remember. The drinks were cheap and delicious!

I read her note while I was in a cab heading across town and I thought to myself “She gets it” She went on one trip with us and she nailed it on the head. Not many people can travel to an island that primarily has locally run restaurants, English isn’t the predominate language and you don’t flush the toilet paper. I get back to the office from vacation and had a couple people ask me what we did. When I told them that we hung out and didn’t do much some got it and some looked at me like we did nothing but stay drunk and not apply sunscreen. Yeah we did that too!

It was a great trip, we got to hang with our friends for a week. We ate tons of great food that wasn’t that expensive. Drank just a couple beers each day (stop laughing AB, EB, SN, SG, KC, JL, LA, RA, RJ & Mallory) and maybe had a vodka drink…or two.

IMG_2012“CBT just give them your damn Drivers License. It isn’t like you drive up there in New York anyway!”

IMG_2014No we aren’t already burnt, the umbrella was red and cast a weird color on us. Well we were drinking pretty heavily on Sunday.

IMG_2015Me and Mallory

IMG_2023The Cuban Band on Sunday-Funday at Playa Norte! You cannot beat this at all! KLC Man if you want the pic of ‘the bathing suit the lead singer wore just email me. It was impressive!

IMG_2035This was the “after” picture from being at North Beach. Funny thing is that we only rented one cart!!!

IMG_2042Had dinner here one night, the Crab in the Garlic Sauce is to die for! Die For I tell you!

IMG_2044There was a line 3 deep to get breakfast from this lady. I had no idea what I was ordering but told her that I wanted 4 of them. They were beef tacos that was killer and only cost 2 bucks.

IMG_2048View of our Casa from the roof deck.

IMG_2055Another Gem of a joint that we ate at.

IMG_2116This was last night’s meal. Killer and we sat on the street to boot.

IMG_2129Last Sunrise of the Trip. We will be back!

Needless to say, a good time was had by all and the only causality was a monogramed hat!

The Best and Worst Shows I have seen

Wow! Some of you readers are still kinda salty that I had such a killer Friday last week. This is a perfect time to tell you about a discussion I had a couple weeks back. Back in March right after we went to see Billy Joel in MSG I was talking to some work peeps about how great the show was and so on. We then were talking about great and not so great performances that we have seen in our lifetime. My friend started telling me how one of his buddies was dying to see either Bette Midler or Barbara Streisand. They paid a king’s ransom and got tickets to see the show. Apparently the performer wasn’t really into it that night and “phoned it in”. Let’s just say my friends buddy was pissed and to this day hates that performer with all the bile in his belly.

I can say that with my past life experiences I got to see both the front and back of stage shows. I won’t name any names but I have seen Diva’s and some people that I keep waiting to come across the teleprompter saying they have been found dead from an Overdose. I will list a couple here in a few later but last Friday when we were waiting for The Avett Brothers to come on stage we had a similar discussion. One of my work cohorts said that they already knew that the Avett Brothers will kill it tonight. I looked at this person with the (Southerner didn’t comprehend what the Northerner said) puzzled look and they tell me “Dude this is Madison Square Garden. It is the Mecca of venues. You either bring your A-Game or you stay the F at home!” It makes sense is you think about it. Which do you think that a performer is going to get more fired up for; the 1PM time slot at the Washington County Fair or opening act at Madison Square Garden?

Anyway not to rub further salt in the wound but The Avett Brothers came on stage and completely shredded that stage! Not to further rub it in to my friends in Memphis but living up here really doesn’t suck. First of all you have everybody and their brother trying to get a date in MSG (they have an event 365 days a year) or if they can’t swing that they go to a smaller venue that still is killer. When we saw Squeeze they both admitted that they were pumped to play in New York. Anyway without further ado here is a short list of best and worst performances I have seen in my lifetime;

Worst Shows CBT has seen

  1. Diana Ross @ Live At The Garden – phoned it in and didn’t give a feck)
  2. Hank Williams Jr @ The Mid-South Coliseum – Dude was so shitfaced he could barely stand (don’t judge)
  3. Little Richard  @Beale Street Music Fest – If you have to have a teleprompter to remind you where you are and you still screw that up….retire dude.
  4. Sheryl Crow @ Beale Street Music Fest – I won’t say that she was drunk but even the kids who passed out on the grass said she sucked.
  5. Eric Clapton @ Mud Island Amphitheater (I am going to take some shit for this one) The man is a legend but if he is just going to come out and sing his songs and not say one word that wasn’t a lyric…..I got the CD too Mr. Clapton, I could have just listened to that instead.

Greatest Shows CBT has seen (in no particular order)

  1. Michael Franti @Beale Street Music Fest – I know right? He came on stage and played his heart out and bared his soul. Seriously because of that experience I am now a fan.
  2. Billy Joel @MSG – The official House Band of Madison Square Garden. He gets it and he loves it!
  3. Billy Joel & Elton John @ The Pyramid – I hear they aren’t the best of friends but they sure do fake it and put on a great show.
  4. Rod Stewart @ The Pyramid & @ The Mid-South Coliseum – He loves to tour and play.
  5. Earth Wind & Fire @ Beale Street Music Fest – I have said it before, I attended a religious experience on the banks of the river that Sunday.
  6. Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band 1986 @ Mud Island Amphitheater (The Rain Show) *back story* The band came out and was able to get 2 songs in before the heavens opened up and rained for 45 minutes. Maybe 750 fans stayed and Jimmy came out and sang acoustic because if he tried to amp up he “Would Shock the Shit out of himself” and played all the great songs.
  7. Jason D. Williams @ Center for The Southern Folklore Street Festival – If you have a chance to see him get it on stage by all means do it!
  8. Blues Boy King @ Opening Night at BB Kings Memphis – Got a special invite to sit in on sound check and even at his age the man loves to play.
  9. Seal @ Live at The Garden – I admit it, I wasn’t really looking forward to this show when the lineup came out but he changed my opinion. High Energy and he loves to play.
  10. Harry Connick Jr. @ Live at the Garden – Harry is and always be the consummate performer. This was the epic “I am playing my ass off and all I get is a chicken wing?” show where table guests put platters of food on the stage for him.
  11. KC & The Sunshine Band (Sound Check the Day Prior) @ Sunset Symphony – Pretty much this is a closed set but because I was a child slave labor worker for MIM I got to attend. The Band interacted with the Memphis Symphony and performed the band’s songs. KC had a riot and loved it. This is where we have the infamous “Where is Robert Ross (stage manager)? Robert Ross I want bongos for ‘Shake Shake’. Do you hear me Robert Ross? I want fucking Bongo’s!” Oh this was on a hot mic that probably could be heard in Mud Island. As we all stood with our mouths open I believe it was BK who said “KC don’t fucking play does he?” The show on Saturday was ok but I think the sound check was better.

10400999_23522759927_8854_nJason D. Williams getting it on stage! This concert series showcases the local musical acts and is a free festival, if you have ever attended the old King Biscuit Blues festival down in Helena, it reminds me of it. As old Charlie Musslewite used to say “Son if you don’t have the blues after you spend an afternoon at festival then you ain’t got no soul!”

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He absolutely destroys Piano’s!

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Consummate Showman! Sure he is crazier than squirrel poop but you got to love a professional.

 

28440_390775564927_286971_nPuddle of Mud at BSMF – You ever heard 6K people scream “Fuck You”?

28814_400029399927_1580650_nEver wonder what a wall of speakers looked like?

28440_390775599927_2947718_nHarms and I at Earth Wind and Fire’s Sunday Service. Top 5 Moment!

28814_400029524927_7158628_nI am not saying that KC is a Diva but ‘she’ does expect the best from his stage performers.

28814_400029689927_6501356_nI won’t go into great detail but the River and MIM will change you.

So what’s your favorite show?

 

Carbunkle Trumpet’s Trip Report – Change on the Island

“Oh it has been 3 years since your last visit; a lot has changed on the island.”

“Wait till you see the change on the island.”

“Get ready to see a bunch of changes on the island.”

“The island has changed, it isn’t the same.”

“They have ruined that island, it isn’t the same!”

Boy, some of you guys really know how to make one wonder what the hell they are getting into when they are heading back down below the 18th latitude. I hate to disappoint those of you who have tuned in to read me eviscerate the island but not much has changed in my humble opinion;

  • Marlon Brando still makes the best ‘Stress Captain’ cocktail and is always a delight to sit and talk to and also to catch up on the town’s gossip.
  • Jet Holland is still less than 5 feet tall and is peddling his ‘Best Rum Punch’ and Hot Dog at Belize International.
  • Pedro still speaks his mind whether you want to hear his opinion or not. In his defense when he gave me grief for not staying with him I reminded him that I was loyal to Mrs. Celi much like I was loyal to him and his pizza joint on the back end of the island. He appreciated my candor!
  • The Shrimp Sticks at Blue Water Grill still is the Bee’s knees!
  • After drinking 20 Belikin Beer one will get fur on their tongue.
  • Celi’s Deli still makes the best Chicken Tostada’s and the Best Black Bean Soup!
  • Alberto still to this day calls me “Buddy” and Elvi’s serves the best and very lethal Dirty Banana frozen drink.
  • Complete strangers say “Good Morning” to you as you walk by them.
  • Tia Chocolate is still my favorite little brown woman and makes me feel tall!

For those of you saying “Ok, smartass, we get it!” let me qualify something. Change is inevitable; if you don’t change then you will either become obsolete or you go out of business.  I work for a company that raises an eyebrow if the comment “We have always done it that way” is said because there is always room for improvement. Just imagine what would have happened if a US Gringo who married an Island girl didn’t say 39 years ago “I am going to fly people from the mainland to the island.” Where would San Pedro or Belize be if Tropic Air wasn’t born back in 1979?  Yes I am talking about John Grief but come on guys, isn’t the road north to Las Terazzas much better than potholes and puddles?  Was the traffic so horrible on the island that it drove me crazy? You are talking to a fucking New Yorker!! At least they aren’t honking their horns like they do here in Gotham. Sadly we can’t keep an island from growing just like we can’t keep a puppy or newborn from growing up.

I will admit that there are some things that I wasn’t crazy about but am I going to create Facebook pages and stage boycotts? Hell no, I am only on the island tops 2 weeks a year and unless I have skin in this game it isn’t my place to bitch. Do I plan on changing hotel accommodations on the island because I saw a couple billboards advertising a different resort….Nope. Do I think that there are WAY too many taxi’s on the island? Um have you visited New York City lately? There are more Ubers, Yellow Taxis, Black Sedans and other private for hire cars here than you can swing a dead cat at. I guess what I am getting to is that change, whether you like it or not, is a good thing. We won’t know if that change is going to help or hurt things on the island but if it brings more money to my friends who live in Belize then I say why not!

IMG_0849Now that we have 3 airports to do our bidding, I think we shall see this airport a couple more times in a year.

IMG_0843Here is our Guber (Golf Cart Uber) in Caye Caulker

IMG_0832They still put the bishop hat on the Belikin’s

IMG_0811Marlon Brando August still serving them up!

IMG_0797I know a certain person is looking down on us saying “God both of these two are short!”

IMG_0748Belize Construction Site

IMG_0745One of these days we are going to bring that woman up to New York! Love us some Tia Chocolate!

I know I am out of sorts but I had to post some of these pics from Dead Elvis week prior to the Candle Light Vigil as some are too good not to pass up.  For those of you who have never seen Stumbling Elvis or the Elvis Tribute Artist contest, I encourage you to attend as it is really good. Thanks to @38103girl for hooking us up with the tickets, Thank Thankyou Verrryyy Much!

 Pretty much sums it up ya know?
 “I hope this suit don’t tear up baby!”
 “I am caught in a trap”
 Note to any future ETA who are thinking of competing, I have never seen Young Elvis or GI Elvis win, it is always Jumpsuit Aloha Elvis who wins.
 See what I mean….
 I know this pic is out of sorts but I wanted to share with the class that Monkey Head Maddy is getting ready for Duck Season being the first ever Tiny Toy Poodle retriever.
 Yo King!
 I think there is something wrong with Bone’s lip.
 Why yes PR did dye his hair for Stumbling Elvis, gotta love the devotion to the King!
 Yes I know I am not wearing a jump suit but they don’t make short fat suits ok?
 Even Melzie had to get in the Stumbling Elvis Love!
 I think my Elvis Bobble head got some compliments
 Me and Michelle
 Foster Grant Elvis?
 You have to love this city and the fact that people do crazy shit stuff like this!
 Thank you Very Much! Elvis has left the building!
My Buddy Ebbe dropped in during Dead Elvis Week and will be back in Mid September with 30+ Danes looking for some music and ribs!
To The King!

CBT’s take on pictures of plates

Imagine that you are siting at the bar at South of Beale having a couple of drinks when a co-worker of your wife orders a burger from Slick. The burger arrives after an appropriate time and is presented in front of said co-worker to which she thanks aforementioned bartender. Before she places the garnishment on the burger this person digs into their purse and pulls out a camera….. Oh NO I am thinking, she isn’t, she can’t be………”Damnit she is a plate picture taker! Oh the shame, I had high regards for her until this!!!!!” I have a couple friends on FB and twitter who are also guilty of this and I don’t know I guess it just bugs me. I guess that I need to ‘splain’ myself on why I have such a negative slant on this.
Back before I was the porta pottie pumper outer, rubber sex toy employee and male gigolo, I was the General Manager of a swank restaurant in the Victorian Village area of downtown (seriously I was). The joint was closed on Sunday and Monday evenings as we were not as busy as some of the owner’s other establishments but that was cool with me as in 5 days you roughly work 60+ hours a week that people don’t normally know. The owner asked me if I would go open the restaurant on a Monday for a friend of hers who was a food stylist so he could take some pictures for a client he was working for. I figured that this would take a couple hours so I said sure why not thinking that he may even feed me too!
Well on that day the dude showed up and he had more gear and equipment than the musical Chicago that was just here a couple weeks ago and I am now thinking this is going to take longer than a couple hours. I let him into the kitchen and head up to the office to get a jump on inventory or some other responsibility and leave ‘dude’ to his photography. Now about 2 hours has elapsed and yes the hunger Gods are calling so I head down to check on his progress and snag a bite to eat as I heard him banging pots around. I get down there and it is like a NYC model shoot but here is the kicker, the food isn’t actually food it is props made to look like food. Yep what is supposed to be milk on that Oreo is actually dried Elmer’s glue. French fries in a wax paper cone you think – Pencils with hair spray on them. Grilled Chicken you think – some type of a wax object that has spray painted ‘grill marks’ on it. Oh I failed to mention that I was hung the hell over and now starving! I ask ‘dude’ how long this was going to be and he informs me that he has taken 10% of the pictures and “if I were not bothering him he could continue making art.” Needless to say I tell Pepe the photographer that this ain’t NYC and I would appreciate it if he hurries the hell up.
After a quick trip to the BBQ joint around the corner for a smoked sausage sammie, I head back up to the office and make a foam call to the owner. Naturally the owner had no idea that this was going to take so long and also confirmed that this was a friend of a friend of a friend who needed the favor so naturally this was a freebie. I told the owner that I would give him 2 more hours as I didn’t understand why he needed a commercial kitchen when he could have done that shit in his own kitchen and she agreed. I go down to inform ‘dude’ of this new agreement as he is doing horrible things to a chicken wing and needless to say he ain’t happy. He gets on his phone and starts ranting and raving to someone and he hands the phone to me. Whomever this person is they too are not happy and I inform him that with the mess that ‘dude’ has made, the fact that we ain’t making a damn dime off of this that he needs to get to work and quit burning daylight.

Anyway short end to a long story ‘dude’ finally got his crap pics done, offered to let me have the ‘food’ that he took pics of it as payment and gave me 2 gallons of Ranch dressing. I told him thanks and promptly threw that crap in the trash. Sorry but some of the best meals that I have eaten may have not been picture perfect and thanks to that jackass I still get the red arse when I see a picture of a plate.

Again, my argument is that it may look pretty but it could taste like crap.
BTW – The burger at SOB is da bomb!

That’s right you plate taker geek you get your picture taken by a non food pic taker!

Stole this from RS’s 4th of July pics
How she can eat like that and weigh a 98 pounds amazes me, she must have a tapeworm.

This was either RS or BC’s pics but this begs the question “It look pretty but how did it taste?”
I now return you to your normal regularly scheduled program.
TTK!

Flat CBT takes on the island!

Yes it is another Belize post but this one is going to be unique in that CBT went to Belize in a different form other than his 5 foot 6 inch chiseled specimen of a body. Back in January I was emailing the world famous TacoGirl and made mention that we were bummed that we could not attend Boogie2010 this year as a lot of our friends were making the trip and it was going to be a hot time on the island. I believe my comment was “If I could put a stamp on my Arse and mail myself down there I would!” and her reply was “We need a Flat Carbunkle Trumpet!”.

Now if you are scratching your head and wondering if CBT is already on the sauce the answer is no as kids across the country will do a school project named Flat_Stanley so off I went to get out the paints and construction paper.

Mailed Flat Stanley in plenty of time and Taco and I decided that Flat CBT would make ‘guest’ appearances while the drunks Message Boarders were out looting and pillaging. This past week has been fun checking in Taco’s site and between that and the drunken text messages and even a foam call from the Captain it was the next best thing to being there! Love you guys and now please allow me to do some ‘retorting’!

Flat CBT has arrived at the Crazy Canucks! I must admit that the post office official looked at me like I were smoking crack when she read the Customs declaration on what was in the envelope. (Green form lower left of envelope)
Also good to see my horseshoe throwing Buddy Ali too!

Here is CBT and the Tacos! Love you guys and thanks for allowing me to crash at the Taco Shack!

Here is TQ and TP chilling at the new airport lounge.
Oh btw TQ the next time you are making a trip to Belize we are going to require you to come to Memphis so we can personally wake you in time to make your flight.

“Um hello US Customs be on the lookout for these people, they are up to no good and their livers are a threat to national security!”

Here you see Nova giving CBT a proctology exam.
Thanks for having your nails trimmed for me there kiddo!
Also why is Spurs kissing on Bill that’s my job!
Damnit AZ we are going to have to plan and schedule better so we can hang out longer!
Oh and Isle, I promise I had nothing to do with the bad weather on your departure day BwaaaaaHaaaaa!

Thanks Paul for the Belikin, I think I am going to need it for the next couple of pictures.
Oh and the glitter and stars on the pink speedo were added by Taco btw! I would never wear something that tacky.

KLC Man that is the wrong finger for “Your number one!”
Is Sussie telling Spurs “Hey look a Chicken?”

Pirate Steve had never met Taco Girl and when they pulled me out for some pics, he goes over to her and says “Hey we talked to him last night on the foam!”
ThatsWhatIamtalkingabout!!!!!!
Cindy honey it looks like I was just doing that thing that you made mention on your FB status update the other day.
Sniff, Sniff I remember when they were building the wall

Here is Jammer and Isle abusing CBT.
I bet that there wasn’t any older french ladies around for you to make fun of this year were there?
FOCUS!
Susie giving me shout out and then Cindy hands me over to….

Farmer Ted I can only imagine what you are doing to Flat CBT right now. I fear that he may need years of therapy and a good cleaning.

Ken and Mel saved me from some type of horrible Canadian doing. Love the pictures of the island and can you see if Ken can have a good time, he never smiles!

Guess Spurs needed some more bacon on her pizza!

Street Meat and my favorite Taco Vendor too!

Even the Mexican came down for some fun!

All I am saying is that ‘someone’ better have a huge campaign war chest or I am getting out the scanner and someone is going to have a Gary Hart/John Edwards/Bill Clinton moment. Just sayin….
Oh and BCB good to see you out and about!

I often wondered what would happen to you in Federal “Pound you in the arse” Prison…

I feel so cheap and embarrassed, my tiara doesn’t match my pearls….
Thanks Taco’s and I hope everyone had a good time on that ‘shitty little island’ Please check out Taco’s Blog as she can help you with taking a virtual vacation.
LYLTU#1
TTK!

Flat CBT takes on the island!

Yes it is another Belize post but this one is going to be unique in that CBT went to Belize in a different form other than his 5 foot 6 inch chiseled specimen of a body. Back in January I was emailing the world famous TacoGirl and made mention that we were bummed that we could not attend Boogie2010 this year as a lot of our friends were making the trip and it was going to be a hot time on the island. I believe my comment was “If I could put a stamp on my Arse and mail myself down there I would!” and her reply was “We need a Flat Carbunkle Trumpet!”.

Now if you are scratching your head and wondering if CBT is already on the sauce the answer is no as kids across the country will do a school project named Flat_Stanley so off I went to get out the paints and construction paper.

Mailed Flat Stanley in plenty of time and Taco and I decided that Flat CBT would make ‘guest’ appearances while the drunks Message Boarders were out looting and pillaging. This past week has been fun checking in Taco’s site and between that and the drunken text messages and even a foam call from the Captain it was the next best thing to being there! Love you guys and now please allow me to do some ‘retorting’!

Flat CBT has arrived at the Crazy Canucks! I must admit that the post office official looked at me like I were smoking crack when she read the Customs declaration on what was in the envelope. (Green form lower left of envelope)
Also good to see my horseshoe throwing Buddy Ali too!

Here is CBT and the Tacos! Love you guys and thanks for allowing me to crash at the Taco Shack!

Here is TQ and TP chilling at the new airport lounge.
Oh btw TQ the next time you are making a trip to Belize we are going to require you to come to Memphis so we can personally wake you in time to make your flight.

“Um hello US Customs be on the lookout for these people, they are up to no good and their livers are a threat to national security!”

Here you see Nova giving CBT a proctology exam.
Thanks for having your nails trimmed for me there kiddo!
Also why is Spurs kissing on Bill that’s my job!
Damnit AZ we are going to have to plan and schedule better so we can hang out longer!
Oh and Isle, I promise I had nothing to do with the bad weather on your departure day BwaaaaaHaaaaa!

Thanks Paul for the Belikin, I think I am going to need it for the next couple of pictures.
Oh and the glitter and stars on the pink speedo were added by Taco btw! I would never wear something that tacky.

KLC Man that is the wrong finger for “Your number one!”
Is Sussie telling Spurs “Hey look a Chicken?”

Pirate Steve had never met Taco Girl and when they pulled me out for some pics, he goes over to her and says “Hey we talked to him last night on the foam!”
ThatsWhatIamtalkingabout!!!!!!
Cindy honey it looks like I was just doing that thing that you made mention on your FB status update the other day.
Sniff, Sniff I remember when they were building the wall

Here is Jammer and Isle abusing CBT.
I bet that there wasn’t any older french ladies around for you to make fun of this year were there?
FOCUS!
Susie giving me shout out and then Cindy hands me over to….

Farmer Ted I can only imagine what you are doing to Flat CBT right now. I fear that he may need years of therapy and a good cleaning.

Ken and Mel saved me from some type of horrible Canadian doing. Love the pictures of the island and can you see if Ken can have a good time, he never smiles!

Guess Spurs needed some more bacon on her pizza!

Street Meat and my favorite Taco Vendor too!

Even the Mexican came down for some fun!

All I am saying is that ‘someone’ better have a huge campaign war chest or I am getting out the scanner and someone is going to have a Gary Hart/John Edwards/Bill Clinton moment. Just sayin….
Oh and BCB good to see you out and about!

I often wondered what would happen to you in Federal “Pound you in the arse” Prison…

I feel so cheap and embarrassed, my tiara doesn’t match my pearls….
Thanks Taco’s and I hope everyone had a good time on that ‘shitty little island’ Please check out Taco’s Blog as she can help you with taking a virtual vacation.
LYLTU#1
TTK!

Am I the only one?

The other day I tweeted that Willie Mitchell had passed away after a long illness and I get a response “who is that” and I ask myself why am I the only person who knows about the storied Music history of Memphis? Now I am not talking about Elvis (who would have been 75 today) but the others who have either called Memphis home and moved on or still reside in Memphis.
I guess I was lucky growing up here in that when I was in grade school I used to recall either a big white Rolls Royce or Gold Lincoln Continental pulling up to the all girls school as we were dropping off my sister and the excitement. Mind you this was in the late 1970’s but the person who was getting dropped off….Isaac Hayes’ daughter and he had just came out with ‘Shaft” years earlier.
Fast forward to High School as I was on the basketball team (Stop snickering) as a student trainer the year we won the State Championship. We go over to one of our teammates grandfather’s house off of Mendenhall in East Memphis to have a pool party. In the pool house I wasn’t so much interested in the beer but rather looking at all of these gold records and proclamations that were on the wall. The player on the team Archie Mitchell, the grandfather – Willie Mitchell.
So off I go to College, I date this girl who’s sister is a restaurant manager in Memphis and she invites us to her club’s grand opening. We get VIP invitations to this club on Beale Street and get to ‘sit in’ on the sound check, meet the namesake of the club and get to break bread with him by eating some fried chicken. The name of the club and the artist…..Blues Boy King.
I have to admit it wasn’t till I was in college and soon afterward that I become to appreciate the music history and sadly it wasn’t fellow Memphians who taught me, it was the tourists who come to Memphis in droves….
Memphis has a great music history and has a lot of musicians come through to practice their trade and or record here, I hope someone else pays attention before they are all gone.

The Reverend and Poppa

Yep he is one bad Mutha

Bar Kays – Another Memphis institution

Reverend Al Green

Elvis Costello (always in and out of town)

Crosby Stills and Nash
Hard to see her but that big white spot on the stage is Aretha Franklin

Had to do it – Hey Danny!

He may be a spaz but he is a Memphian and got his start at the Peabody Hotel during an ice storm. Oh that is Jason D. Williams

Joyce Cobb

Don McMinn

Ok I have to put a pic of the Hampster burial yard. And a picture of the Belizean Queen!

Mr Kate Hudson still comes to record here

That is Archie in the white shirt

20 years and we still look good!
Rest in Peace Willie, thanks for making and producing some great music here.
TTK!

CBT where the hell have you been?

Yeah I know that I have become that guy who has a blog but doesn’t write anything but in my defense I have been kinda busy. After turkey day, we took a cruise, spent the holidays with friends and Santa brought me some new underwear so I have neglected my 3 readers but now I am back! We did a cruise on the Norwegian Pearl and yes we were in the death cabin and thankfully I am still here to report on it. Our stops were Samana, DR, St. Thomas, Tortola and NCL’s private island but as I told someone we could have circled Key West I didn’t care!

Miami Port I knew we were in for something when they delivered a generator that we would later find out was to charge all of the rascals or hovarounds!
You can sing along if you want to “The Love Boat, soon will be making another…”

You don’t have to tell me twice!

Cool shot of Miami and the Carnival Destiny (that Momma and I got married on 13 years ago)

Momma aka Gilligan and Weed playing poolside blackjack!

Pretty much sums it up for me!

WTF happened here why is that wine glass broken?

Matty is throwing Maria under the “She spilled it Bus!”

Is that a little bar off in the distance?

Hey Smales my dingy is bigger than you boat!

Well if you have to do something, you might as well enjoy a sunset!

Got to meet up with Doty in St. Thomas!

Smells like Chicken!

I hate Megan’s Bay!

Sucks doesn’t it?

I mean why the hell are we here, let’s get back on the ship!

Atop the mountain and “Hey look I can see our boat!”

Hmm, I have an idea!

Jan, Gail, Spurs, Dita, Bill, Becky, AJ Bee and Ruthie this one is for you – “Hey Look a Chicken!”

Momma hated the trip as you can see!

And don’t think that we didn’t try to steal one of those suckers, hell we bet “someone” that she needed to ride “reverse cowboy” on one with Pappy at the wheel!

Chocolate Cowboy wasn’t any fun!

Nice Speedo!

Yep we were in the Death Cabin!

Why do I always have pictures taken with bar staff? Strange….
A good time was had by all!
TTK!