Both Sides of the Coin

Miley!

Miley!

Tomorrow: Robbing Utility Workers – huh?

I wanted to skip my nightly run. After all, I’ve been out every day since Saturday. Well, I changed clothes and was out on the street before I could stop myself. Anyway, by the time I get around to Linden and Mulberry, I start noticing an awful lot of pre-teen girls heading in the general direction of the FedEx Forum. You don’t see a lot of suburban mom types shepherding kids through downtown at dusk. One of the young ladies was carrying a sign. Once I saw it, I realized what was going on. I had forgotten that Miley Cyrus was rocking the “X” tonight.

I’ve seen her on TV a couple of times, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard her sing. However, since she’s held onto her popularity as long as she has, I’m sure she has real talent. Hopefully, as time passes, she’ll be able to grow as an artist as her audience grows as their interests change.

On the other hand, even though I also pass by Spindini’s on my fitness-motivated nightly excursions, I kinda doubt I’ll be passing by during the “Kittens & Cougars” event on the 31st (I’ll be in Oxford for the SEC Cross-Country Championships). I found out about the K&C deal while reading Paul Ryburn‘s blog today. I try to keep up with what he’s doing, since he won the Memphis Flyer’s poll for best blog (gives me something to aim for).

Grrrrr!

Grrrrr!

Turns out that Spindini’s also won something in the Flyer’s poll — “Best Cougar Bar.”  That makes it about the best place to have a cougar-related costume party. I’ve been in the place enough over the last couple of years to have spotted a cougar or two in the joint. I’m not sure what I think of the term. It almost seems derogatory, but it the women it’s applied to don’t mind, I guess there’s nothing wrong with the name. I certainly don’t have a problem with the practice. Old guys have been scamming younger women forever — so if it’s good for the gander, etc…

Anyway, nice to know that there’s stuff for women of all ages to do in downtown Memphis. Always nice to see you ladies — have a good time while you’re down here!

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And Now for Something Completely Different…

Funny Guys

Funny Guys

If you’ve got IFC on your cable or satellite, you might be watching the 6-part documentary, “Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyers’ Cut).” It recaps the BBC series, the films and the albums of the British comedy troupe. Several years before the show was on TV over here, the albums were getting played on FM stations in the early 70s. My older brother picked up one of albums and played it… a lot. For visual comedy, it really came across as incredibly funny. I can even remember the first time American television tried to showcase Python.

ABC took a couple of episodes and played them in a late night slot, trying to squeeze in commercials. Always a bad idea to add commercials to a program originally shot without them. It was very funny, but I knew, still in my teens, that the show would never find a place on network television. That’s one of the good things about public TV – no commercials.

Still Funny

Still Funny

Hard to pick a favorite bit or character. Spanish Inquisition, Argument Bureau, the Fish-Slapping Dance, Bicycle Repairman. I like to think that I like Michael Palin the best, seems like a really nice guy. But, when it comes down to it, maybe Eric Idle or John Cleese. I was fascinated by Graham Chapman. Trained as a doctor, alcoholic, gay. None of those things are funny, but if you listen to the rest of the group now, the alcoholism made it a little difficult to get things done.

Don’t know if anyone is showing the series now, outside of the episodes airing on IFC. If you come across any original episodes, sit down and watch; it’s still silly good fun.