Thursday, November 02, 2006

Thursday Thirteen, No. 10

Thirteen Things about SADIE'S hometown

  1. Memphis is in West Tennessee. Waaaay over in the bottom lefthand corner, next to Arkansas and Mississippi.
  2. Memphis is not hotter than the fires of hell in the summer. But it's close.
  3. Memphis is on the banks of the Mississippi River.
  4. Not all Memphians are huge Elvis fans. Many of us have not even been to Graceland, just as residents of many towns do not pay the outrageous prices to take in the local tourist attractions.
  5. Memphis has an NBA team (the Grizzlies), a AAA Minor League Baseball team (the Redbirds), a minor league Hockey team (the Riverkings), and an arena football team (the Xplorers). The Grizzlies play at the FedExForum
  6. and the Redbirds play at AutoZone park
    The Pyramid arena downtown is no longer used, and sits empty. But still cool looking.
  7. Memphis has the best Barbeque ANYWHERE. Please don't argue. It's just the truth. It's pork, it's tasty, and you can't get it anyplace else.
  8. Memphis has the world's largest artesian well water system. Our tap water tastes really good. I can not tell the difference between bottled water and Memphis tap water.
  9. Memphis has been the home of Kathy Bates, Johnny Cash, Shannen Doherty, Aretha Franklin, Ginnifer Goodwin, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chris Parnell, Cybill Shepherd, Justin Timberlake, Morgan Freeman...
  10. The University of Memphis has a live Tiger mascot, named Tom II (TOM = Tigers Of Memphis). He comes to every home football game and most basketball games. He travels with a police escort. He's cool. And quite handsome, see?
  11. Memphis is home to Harold Ford, Jr., currently running for Senate in one of the most heated and publicized races of this election. Probably for that reason, tonight, NBC Nightly News will be broadcasting LIVE from Memphis.
  12. Memphis is home to Fed Ex, AutoZone, and International Paper. Memphis was home to the first self-service grocery store (Piggly Wiggly) and the first Holiday Inn.
  13. At the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, people still gather twice a day to watch the famous Peabody Ducks march from the elevator to the fountain and back again.
  14. Memphis is home to the National Civil Rights Museum, built in and around the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

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slackermommy said...

I've been to Memphis once to see Graceland of course!

Carmen said...

i visited memphis when i lived in nashville. my mom loved graceland! I was excited to see the mississippi. :)

andria said...

We went to Memphis this summer. We didn't see anything but our friends neighborhood and a BBQ restaurant. I will have to say it was some of the best BBQ I have ever eaten, much different than Texas.

My mom and I went to Graceland ten years ago or so and had a blast. That's all I know of Memphis.

Karla said...

I'm sure we'll be in Memphis for a visit soon (we just moved to Nashville in the spring)

I didn't know most of these things...


Jenny Ryan said...

I've been to Nasvhille and LOVE Chattanooga, but never to Memphis before. Sounds like a great place to visit!

Cindy said...

Wow, Sadie! I've already heard great things about Memphis, but your TT makes me want to go there. The Chamber of Commerce should put you on the payroll. :)

My TT is up too.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Love the Peabody Ducks! I stayed at the one in Orlando several times for business and always got a kick out of those ducks going in and out of the elevator. Memphis sounds like a place I'd like to visit. Thanks for sharing!

Brony said...

I'd love to come out for a visit.

Happy TT!

Caylynn said...

Thanks for sharing all those tidbits about Memphis. Sounds like a cool place to visit.

Happy T13. :)

K T Cat said...

I like the tiger particularly.


carrie said...

never been there - sounds cool.

i know you said not to argue, but i hope one day you'll try houston barbeque....

Neila said...

Very interesting! I had no idea Memphis had a basketball team.

Is International Paper the direct competitor of Dunder Mifflin? ;-)

(If you don't watch The Office, please ignore that last reference.)

Southern Girl said...

This TT rocks! And to #4, I wave my hand wildly. Have no desire to ever see Graceland.

A hearty AMEN to #s 5 and 6. :)

Mya Pinyan said...

All I have to say is "That's it? You gotta be shittin me!"


Very nice list, and you didn't even mention Memphis in May, Garibaldi's BBQ Pizza, Chocolate Butter Pie, or that a famous ER doc once went to school there.

T said...

Wow! I had no idea! Somewhere else to put on my "To Visit" list. Cool.

Emma said...

Very interesting facts. Cool read.

ali said...

have never been to memphis. my brother and sister in law live in Nashville, though!

Geggie said...

I love the Peabody and BBQ at the Rendevouz.