Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Reporting from Memphis

Rolled into Memphis at about 6:30 last night. We got a room at the Doubletree just a block from Beale St. through Priceline for only $63. Only what they don't tell you when you book through Priceline--or maybe they do, it's just in a 4-point font--is that you also have to pay $20 to park at the damn place. That's five beers, or three cute blouses at Ross. Just saying.

The good news is, the room is very nice...

... once you get past the musty old building odor. But it does have a lovely view of the Greyhound station.

Beale Street reminds us of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, except it's not as long and instead of zydeco music, it's all blues.

As much as I love zydeco and the blues, neither Bourbon St. nor Beale St. is really my scene--too frenetic and touristy. I'd rather go somewhere out of the way, like a Mississippi juke joint maybe.

Tomorrow we check out Graceland and then it's on to Nashville. I'm looking forward to visiting my favorite bar there, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. It'll be interesting to see if it's as fun as I remember.

It's old here. And the weather is overcast and dreary. I hate to say it, but I miss the sunny West already. It's very pretty, very pretty... as you can see in this short video with my crazy sister.

Yep, I figured out how to record and upload videos. Consider yourself warned.


Julie D said...

Nice to see you making progress east!

Don't forget, if you have to swing up through Columbus Ohio....I'll show you a good time! :)

PS: Hi Lori!!!!

JeannetteLS said...

Man, it's good to back online here and checking out what all my favorite wackos are up to. Looking forward to insane little video clips. Yup.

Thanks again for your book and your words through a rough time. And woman, you make me LAUGH. Gotta read more though.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Graceland is a blast! Wait til you see the furnishings :-)

LOVE the video!
Safe travels,

Mandy said...

That video is hilarious! I sooo wish I had a sister! I loved hearing your voice even though it wasn't what I expected. Albanians don't sound like "New Yorkers" I guess and I suppose you've been away for awhile now too. I love the west coast and the mountains! I hope to travel out west again in the coming years! Thanks for sharing your road ventures with us.

Unknown said...

Linda, you are truly talented and gifted (but I'm not so sure if Albany can absorb you into its' rather conservative fabric). And yes, Asheville is only about 2 hours from Charlotte, but I am ridiculously tied up with a tax matter, and I don't think I'll see breathing room until next week. But all is not lost for I am hoping to get up to Albany near the end of June, and perhaps we can get together then. So for now continued Happy Motoring! Jeff

Donna B. said...

You both are crazier than loons...LOVED THE VIDEO! Stay laughin' and safe...

Unknown said...

You both are having way too much fun!! I would just love, love, love to do this! Keep the videos coming.