Be Your Own Superhero Mane

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Be Your Own Superhero Mane

           I always wanted super powers. I’m pretty sure we all did at some point. Who doesn’t want super strength, the ability to fly, X-ray vision, or to be able to shoot cool things out our eyes? If you’ve never pretended to be a superhero, you might need a redo of childhood. Superheros are awesome, but they also cripple us. They make us dependent on them for our safety and lives. Where would we be without Superman? 

           We lust after their abilities and wish for them so we can change our own realities. What if I told you that everyone already has super powers? Would you believe me? You can totally change your entire life by changing your thinking. Sounds crazy right? I know, but it’s the truth. It starts in the thoughts and things tend to manifest in the physical. You can literally make yourself sick by thinking you’re sick!  

          While you can’t think you can fly and go jump off a building to test your abilities, you can get a pilot’s license and go fly a plane yourself. Being more positive and kind will in turn bring both back to you. Not every day but for the most part. So try something new today and think positive. Be nice to that coworker you don’t care for. Help a person in need. See how your super powers can work for you. 

Life is For Living, 

Michael B.  

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Brunching at Aldo’s

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           Aldo’s Pizza on Main is petty much always in play for my Sunday Funday brunching adventures. They have this amazing cheesecake that I absolutely have to get every Sunday. It’s literally become a thing for me. I decided to go for something other than the cheesecake on this adventure and was pleasantly surprised. 

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          Now Aldo’s doesn’t technically have a brunch menu, but they have a couple items that can be brunchy....Hold up. Is that even a word? Whatever. I went with the shrimp and polenta. What’s polenta? I had the same question as well. The best way I can describe it is polenta and grits are pretty much the same thing expect polenta is made with yellow corn. Polenta is a bit creamier to me than the rougher grits. Trust me, it’s very good. It comes with either a vodka or poblano sauce. I’m fancy so I get both! Pair it with a mimosa or a their house made Limoncello and you’re brunch goes to another level! 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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Road Trippin’!!!

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Road Trippin’!!!

          It’s been so long since I’ve been on a road trip! There’s nothing like packing up the car with friends and snacks and hitting the road. I was recently headed to South Carolina to do a shoot for a hotel, so I decided to make the road trip a part of the whole experience. I recruited the super, crazy dope Kim Thomas to tag along and we hit the road. Our plan was to hit the Smoky Mountains and explore a bit before arriving at our destination. Things didn’t go exactly to plan, but we have a great time either way!

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           First stop on the trip was Nashville. I know I have my little beef with the state capital, but I will at least say the city is very clean. I think eating off the ground isn't frowned upon at all in Nashville. The streets are literally that clean. Seriously, Memphis take some notes. Nashville also has an amazing skyline that’s even more impressive at night. Take more notes Memphis. Ok that’s about all the nice things I have to say about Nashville. That took a lot out of me. 

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           While in Nashville, I had to try some of this Nashville hot chicken that I’ve heard so much about. Hattie B’s recently opened a restaurant in Memphis that is ok but not great. I heard Prince’s chicken was way better, so we decided to give the a try. I will have a full review coming soon, but just know it was better than Hattie B’s. 

          We spent way longer in Nashville than we should have. I swore it was only an hour but we actually spent 3 whole hours there! We were totally off schedule for our Smoky Mountains plans. I really wanted the opportunity, so I might have gone a tad over the speed limit. Just a tad. Lol. We cruised into Knoxville and started to see those mountains we came for.  I was once told the Smokies weren’t mountains, but just big hills. Well when you’re from Memphis and you don’t have any mountains, big hills count! I really wanted to fly the drone but it’s illegal in national parks. I normally would do it anyways, but I didn’t want any issues in East Tennessee. 

           The plan was to go up a mountain and get a dope portrait. Well, things went from exciting to scary really quick. We go up a road and it goes from two lanes to 1 then just a narrow path. Keep in mind there are houses scattered all along this road. We went so far up that we both got scared because we were literally on the edge of the mountain with very little room for the car. We got out and took the pics we could. 

            We had to wrap up early because we both kept hearing some very strange noises in the trees. We are both city folk and any noise outside of dogs barking, ambulances and planes flying will spook the hell out of us. We jumped in the car and got off that mountain as fast as possible! 

            We arrived at the hotel late that night. I was so happy to finally arrive! What was supposed to be an 8 hour drive turned into 11 and a half! Needless to say, we were both beyond tired. But not too tired to take some bomb pics! Check out that lobby!!! 

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          This wraps up the first leg of the road trip. Stay tuned for more updates and the actual hotel stay itself.  

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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The Return to Crosstown

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The Return to Crosstown

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           After a lengthy hiatus, Maddy the Great and I returned to Crosstown! We were greeted by many well wishers and there was a ceremony in our honor welcoming us back. You totally had to be there. Ok, no one knew who the heck we were, but we walked in there like we owned the place! You gotta stunt on them every now and then so they remember who they are dealing with. 

             So why the hiatus? Well, Crosstown lost its flavor. I remember being one of the first to shoot in Crosstown and it was awesome, but then everybody started shooting in Crosstown. I mean everybody! Everyone’s work looked exactly the same and I’m no fan of being similar to other photogs. Every kid with a basic Canon or Nikon with a kit lens was doing $35 photoshoots there. I hate to be the old man, but it just really sucked. So we bounced to find other places to shoot.   

          What brought us back? Well those same kids with their T5s and D3300s have lost that same passion as well. It was also a pretty day out and Maddy loves the central atrium. I pretty much have no say so. If she wants to go, then we are going. So we brought the a7iii and one lens; the trusty Samyang 35mm f1.4. Here’s what we got! 

            I’m not sure if we will be coming back as regularly as we did before, but we really enjoyed it. Brought back lots of memories. I definitely remember what brought so many photographers to the building; that amazing natural light!! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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$25 For A Medium Pizza!!

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$25 For A Medium Pizza!!

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            See that pizza up there? Yeah, that one. Looks delicious, right? Would you pay $25 for a medium pizza? Yeah me neither, but I somehow managed to. How? Well, here we go. 

            I took the day off from work to hang with Maddy the Great. We went to see Hotel Translyvania 3 and decided to grab a bite to eat. I always look for local establishments first and decided on Broadway Pizza. I’ve had Broadway pizza years ago, so I was kinda excited to have it again. I ordered a half cheese half, Broadway Special along with 2 sodas. We finished and received our bill.  $32.23  

             There had to be some mistake. This couldn’t have been my bill. I had a medium pizza and 2 sodas! I look over the receipt and see the horrible news. This pizza costs $25! This pizza was in no way worth $25. I won’t go into how the crust tasted frozen and the toppings just slide right off with each bite. Heck sodas at $2.25 each is a tad excessive. I could have bought a couple 2 liters or a shopping cart full of Faygos! 

           I feel like I was gotten over on, played and pimped. For the first time ever, I wished I hadn’t eaten local. I’m already not a huge fan of pizza and this one was surely not the best I’ve ever had. Granted it wasn’t the worst, but it definitely wasn’t worth $25. $25 for a medium pizza. Geesh.   

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Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

              

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1st World Problems: A New Debit/ Credit Card

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1st World Problems: A New Debit/ Credit Card

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            Eventually you'll need a new credit or debit card. Maybe yours expired, you lost it, snapped it in half as you sat in the car..... Ok maybe that's just happened to me. You'll definitely find yourself in a situation when you're going to have to replace a card. This is the moment when your life goes into complete chaos! 

          Why? Well, if your anything like me, you've got things automatically deducted from your cards. I've got photography memberships, my electric bill, and lots of other things. If you're also like me, you forget to update these things when you get the new card. Yep! I didn't and guess what? I went home to an apartment with no lights and even my website being suspended. It was not a pleasant experience at all.  

             Waiting in the heat of the summer for your lights to be turned back on really makes you put your entire existence into perspective. When will I grow up and be an adult? How did people survive without WiFi? What was the noise?

             So do yourself a favor and update all your accounts as soon as you get your new cards. Don't be like me. Be better than me! 

 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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A Walk Around Mississippi University for Women

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A Walk Around Mississippi University for Women

            I recently got to take a quick road trip to Columbus, Mississippi for an event on the campus of Mississippi University of Women. I must admit this was my first trip to Columbus, Mississippi and I wasn’t really expecting much. The event was.....umm rather boring. I literally fell asleep and decided to take a little walk around the campus to burn some time. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The campus is absolutely beautiful and very well manicured. Shout out to the landscapers! I got lost on campus. No, I literally got lost and had to find my way back. Luckily I did make it back safe and sound. Here are some of the shots I took on my little adventure. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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Fire Ants are the Devil!

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Fire Ants are the Devil!

           Yes, the Devil! I've been down and out the last few days because of them. It happened so fast. I took my daughter for a walk while I flew my new drone. I stepped in the grass for literally just 2 mins and noticed something painful on my lower leg. I shrugged it off as a mosquito, but then I felt another another sting, then another and another. I looked down at my ankle and there were 10-15 ants crawling on me! 

            I swiped them off but a couple were stuck. Yes, stuck on my skin! Then I felt it. It felt like my entire ankle was on fire. The pain was intense. I pulled them off, grabbed my daughter and ran for the car. I got to my apartment and jumped in the shower, which totally didn't work. I tried ice, anti itch cream, rubbing alcohol, everything! Nothing worked! The pain was so intense. 

            It's Day 5 now and the pain had finally subsided but the itch is still there. It's fading, but not is it intense. I don't wish this on anyone. It truly sucks. Don't be like me. Watch where your stepping and be aware of your surroundings. Pay very close attention to where your kids are as well. The bites could send them to the emergency room. Pray for me y'all. 

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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When Bloggers Unite

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When Bloggers Unite

           I love when my fellow bloggers decide to collab and not compete! We all win in that situation. I've met some amazing people through this simple concept, especially the amazingly talented Kim Thomas (KPFusion.com). Recently she organized a blogger meet up at the uber luxurious Guesthouse at Graceland hotel. Not only were we awarded with an amazing tour of the grounds, but it allowed me to meet more bloggers in the city. I'm not sure if I enjoyed the hotel or people more; either way I truly loved the experience! 

            Of course I had my Sony camera handy and decided to turn the whole place into my own location shoot! I mean why wouldn't I take advantage of being in this fancy hotel!  

The Interior 

          If you're into interior design, you might go into overload. The Guesthouse at Graceland has some of the best I've ever seen. Admittedly, I'm not an interior designer, but I know nice things when I see them. Every piece has a subtle nod to Elvis Presley in some way. It's like a little scavenger hunt in each throughout. 

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          I didn't get a chance to snap a pic of everyone in attendance because we were all pretty amazed by all the sites, but I did manage get a couple! Some I've previously known and a couple I had no clue even existed. A special shout out to Denzel Alexander for helping me step my fashion game up and Carmeon Hamilton of Nubi Interiors for showing me how to decorate a coffee table!  Both invaluable!  

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          If you get the chance, do yourself a favor and check out the Guesthouse at Graceland. You will definitely be amazed! Go see Charles at the Lobby Bar! He's literally one of the best bartenders in the city. If you know me, I try to stay as close to the bar as possible! Go check the Guesthouse website for upcoming shows, events, and other happenings. There's something for everyone here! I would like to once again thank Kim Thomas and the entire Guesthouse at Graceland staff for making this all possible. It's always great to showcase Memphis in a positive light and show how many awesome attractions we offer. Thanks everyone!! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B

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The Sunflowers Are In Bloom!!

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            Yes, it's that special time when the sunflowers are finally in bloom! I have a love hate situation with the sunflowers. I love seeing them but sometimes I hate the crowds they attract. I get it. Everyone loves them just as much as I do, but sometimes you just wanna enjoy some things by yourself. Luckily for me, I know of a little patch, which I won't give the location, where they are in full bloom! No they aren't in bloom at Shelby Farms just yet. Maddy and I packed the Sony a7iii, DJI Spark, and plenty of water! We even meet up with some awesome photog friends! Check out the video and pics!

 

 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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5 Reasons You Weren't Invited to the Family 4th of July Party

           Your family has big 4th of July plans. There will be BBQ, plenty of laughter, spades or dominos, festive outfits and of course fireworks. There's one thing missing; you haven't received an invitation yet. It could be a slip up or an implied invitation because it's family. Maybe they don't really want you there. Before you crash the BBQ or get in your feels, consider these reasons why you didn't receive that invite. 

1. You drink too much

         We all know that one person that can't handle their alcohol. They either get extremely loud, overly aggressive or end up passed out in the kiddy pool. You gotta know your limit and stay well below it. No one wants to babysit your drunk ass. Plus throwing up in front of Grandma is grounds for family eviction. Get help or a damn good wing person to slow you down. 

2. You show up empty handed, but leave with plates.  

          I have an uncle who never ever brings anything to the BBQ, but always takes to go plates. Don't be like my uncle; who never gets invited yet always shows up anyways. Bring something! A bag of ice is the least you can do. It takes nothing to bring a couple sodas or hot dog buns. If you don't put in on this, you can't leave with anything. Simple.  

3. You Have Weird Food Preferences

          Yeah, we get it. You're Vegan, vegetarian, or on some other food restrictive diet. We totally understand it, but this menu ain't changing for you. Stop bringing your weird dishes trying to force everyone to try them. No cauliflower covered in buffalo sauce doesn't taste just like hot wings. We love you, but we kinda feel like you're judging us for eating BBQ. Not cool.    

4. Your Kids are Bad as Hell

          This one might be a hard pill to swallow for some parents, but sometimes people just don't like your kids. You might think little Timmy is a little angel, but everyone else sees the little devil he is. Kids that break things, smell really weird, and that fight everyone else's kids aren't welcome fam. Your kids need to have home training and a proper bath before coming to a family function. If your kids have silver teeth, just assume they aren't invited. You good, just leave that kid at home. 

5. You're a Negative Nancy or a Debbie Downer  

          No one wants a person around someone that's always negative or that's always in their feels. Bish don't kill my vibe. Don't come around raining on people's parades because your life isn't where you want it to be. Be positive and supportive of family and friends or stay your negative ass at home. If you're always sad at the function, people will naturally try to avoid you. So what you aren't married yet. Yes, we know you're unemployed, but none of that matters. No one really cares if you're having money troubles. We are all trying to enjoy our day off and family. Check those feels at the door. 

 

         Any of these remind you of yourself? It's never too late to make some changes and family will welcome you back regardless. That's what family is all about. We love you in spite of. What other reasons are there why someone wouldn't be invited to the family function? Drop a comment. Don't forget to like and subscribe to the blog for more updates!  

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

 

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Cordova Doesn’t Deserve Jerry’s Sno Cones

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Cordova Doesn’t Deserve Jerry’s Sno Cones

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            Yes I said it. Cordova, you really don’t deserve Jerry’s Sno Cones. Better yet, Jerry’s you’re way too good for Cordova. I know you’re wondering why I say this. Let me break this down for you. 

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          I never ever ever ever go to the burbs, but I recently made an adventure to Cordova to visit the new Jerry’s Sno Cones. It’s not that the new Jerry’s is not great -hell they have a sitting area- it’s the residents of Cordova that are the issue. In line I heard nothing but complaints from people getting sno cones after someone that ordered before and the long lines. I'm thinking to myself, "These are all normal Jerry's Sno Cone operating procedures." Try standing in 100 degree heat waiting for your Supreme John Deere amongst a crowd of 50 people. Cordova you'll never know that struggle. 

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          Jerry's, you're a Memphis treasure and way too good to be in Cordova. They will never appreciate you the way us nonsuburban dwellers do. We know the rules and have embraced them as law. Here's a potential new rule; You can't go to the new Jerry's without first going to the original location 3 times. I think that's fair. Maybe the residents of the burbs will come around and learn to enjoy their enclosed patio that the original doesn't have. Maybe they will chill out. Probably not, but we can all be hopeful. 

 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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