Nothing To Do In Memphis? Check out a Free Concert!

           If you’ve lived in Memphis for more than 10 hours, you’ve probably heard someone say there’s just nothing to do in Memphis or it’s such a boring city. Trust me, I hear it everyday even though I kinda write this whole blog about things that I do in Memphis! Crazy right? Whoever is telling you this is not telling you the truth. Consider your source first is what my mom always told me. Want something easy on the pockets? Love music? Then head over to the Levitt Shell for their free Summer Concert Series! 

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          Yep, that’s totally something to do! Maddy and I go all the time and we enjoy ourselves every time. Do we always know who’s performing? Nope, but that makes it all the more exciting! FYI, we’ve never heard anyone bad ever. These are professional acts, but the local garage bands lol. This past weekend the featured band was Dustbowl Revival and they were very very good. Check them out on YouTube, Apple Music, or wherever you get your music these days. 

            Our essential list for Levitt Shell adventures goes like this. Blanket, fruit, sandwiches, drinks, Prosecco, chips, hula hoop, bubbles, and the amazing Panchos cheese dip. Oh god how we live that Pancho's cheese dip! That’s all you need for a picnic. Show up, find a spot, and enjoy. The parents are normally laid back with a beer or wine while all the kids run around doing kid stuff. It’s a very nostalgic feeling to it all. Like what summers used to be like as a kid. 

          There ya go! Something to do in Memphis! Want to see the upcoming performers? Gotcha covered. Click HERE.

 PRO TIP: ARRIVE EARLY! It fills up quickly and parking is pretty terrible over there near the zoo. You’ve been warned. So come out, let the kids run around with no shoes, hang out and enjoy some good music. Don’t forget bug spray! Southern mosquitos don’t play!   

 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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Riverboating on the Mississippi!

One of my earliest childhood memories was riding a riverboat with my family. I was probably about 5 and my sisters and I were dressed similar. My dad also had a jheri curl and my mom had a red headband on Andre Agassi style, but that’s a story for another day! I do remember how scared I was to get on the boat, but my parents basically made us go. 

So naturally, I decided to put my own kid through the same horror! I took her on a ride on the Memphis Queen and boy was she afraid! This ride is an annual thing for the Downtown Neighborhood Association, so we decided to crash. 

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Well Maddy was not the least bit afraid. She was mesmerized by the paddle wheel. I don’t think she was out of eyesight of it the entire trip. It was a great experience nevertheless. She got to ride the riverboat for the first time while meeting some really nice people in the Downtown Neighborhood Association.  

Have you ever been on a riverboat? Have a funny story? Drop a comment and tell me about it!  

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

Maddy goes to the Library

           Yes that's a terribly cheesy title, but it totally goes with this post so deal with it! Lol. Moving along, I took Maddy to the library! I have to admit I haven't been to the library in years. When I was a kid, I spent almost every day there. I grew up with 4 sisters so books were always my friend and the library was my escape from a house full of women.  

         Sorry I ramble at times. 

        So Maddy tells me she wants to go to the library to get a book and I was so excited! She wants to read! She's been reading everything in sight for a while now, but the library is a completely different animal! I definitely want her absorb more from books than TV. 

Disclaimer: All photos taken with iPhone 7  

 

Benjamin L Hooks Central Library

Benjamin L Hooks Central Library

          First thing first, this library is freaking impressive! I'm not sure how long it's been open but it's very modern. I have a thing for glass and it certainly has plenty of it. Oh btw, it's also my first trip to this library. I found out this was not Maddy's first trip, so shout out to her mom for taking her first!

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         This structure is an architect's dream! Love the staircase and exposed elevator in the main lobby. Check out all that tempered glass!! 

She's officially a card carrying reader! 

She's officially a card carrying reader! 

       The process of getting a library card was really simple and straightforward.  Just show ID, fill out some paperwork and magically you are given a library card. They ran my library history to see if I had any outstanding balances. They didn't catch that I never returned Charlotte's Web from 4th grade! Yeah I'm a bit of a gangsta.

Pro tip: The library cards are free to all Memphis and Shelby County residents. 

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          I asked Maddy what book she had in mind and she said she didn't know. Luckily for me she found something quickly and spared my afternoon of waiting on her to find a book. She was so excited about her book and started reading as soon as we got in the car. 

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         I enjoyed our little adventure to the library. Mainly because she was so excited she was about reading and wanting the responsibility of holding her own library card. Any break from the iPad and Disney Channel is always a great thing to encourage as well. Maddy's mother and I are trying to teach her to be a bit more responsible and I hope she really does take care of the book she got.  The real test is seeing if the book will actually be returned on July 15th! 

Go check out the library's webpage at www.memphislibrary.org for more info about libraries close to you and all the great summer things they have for students to do. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.