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I Got a Philly in Philly and Caught a 76ers Game!

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I Got a Philly in Philly and Caught a 76ers Game!

            That title made me chuckle a bit, but we are just gonna roll with it anyways lol. I got a real Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia and I’m so excited! I was super happy when I found out that I was going to training in Philly and began looking for places to get a cheesesteak. The people up here literally argue about who has the best cheesesteak. It reminds me of Memphians arguing about who has the best BBQ. I ended up listening to my friend Will Weeks recommendation of a spot called Tony Luke’s.  

          This spot is about that life. Seriously. If you don’t know what you want to order, you basically get kicked out of line. I was new so I got kicked out twice lol. I couldn’t decide if I wanted provolone or cheese Wiz. I wasn’t feeling brave enough for the wiz so I went mild provalone. The first bite was almost as good as sex. Ok, that’s a gross exaggeration, but it was very good. We’ve basically been bamboozled in Memphis. This cheesesteak tasted nothing like what I was used to and that’s a great thing. Imagine coming all the way here and the cheesesteak tasted regular. I would be so damn mad lol. I truly enjoyed the sandwich. I ate the whole thing plus fries and felt like a fat guy, but mane was I happy! It was an awesome experience.   

 This is literally shot from my car. I parked that close! 

This is literally shot from my car. I parked that close! 

            Next up was a trip over to Wells Fargo Center to see the 76ers play the Detroit Pistons. I’m a diehard Knicks fan, but I love basketball so I forced myself to go lol. I got a ticket on the 23 row for $25 on StubHub. Memphis Grizzlies and Fedex Forum, y’all got some explaining to do fam! I paid $20 for parking that was literally at the front door of the arena. They have a policy of no cameras with detachable lenses, but I was able to sneak in my camera plus an additional lens. Shout out to the guy at the door that doesn’t make enough money to fight crime! You’re the real MVP!! 

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              Jimmy Butler went out in the 1st quarter, but I still got to see Joel Embiid. They list him at 7 foot 3 inches, but this dude looks every bit of 10 feet tall. For a guy that big and tall, he’s really quick as well. I was very impressed with his game. 

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            I will end this article by saying that the people of Philadelphia are much more pleasing and far nicer than New Yorkers. I sat next to a married couple and chatted the entire game. There was also a guy to my left that was from Turkey that came to see another Turkish player on the 76ers team. He was super cool. We are IG friends now. Go follow my guy Umut

           I plan to go do a bit more exploring in Philly later this week and also check out more cheesesteak spots! Pray for my stomach y’all!  

Life is for Living,  

Michael B.  

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A quick stop in NYC

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A quick stop in NYC

          I’m spending the week outside of Philadelphia on a company training trip. I usually treat work trips like mini vacations and try to take in as much as possible. This trip was no different. I took the opportunity to head to NYC for the first time. I also got to meet a guy I’ve talked to every day for the past 5 years that I’ve never met. Online friends are real friends y’all. Shout out to my guy Shawn Evan. 

          I learned a couple things about NYC. I learned that driving a car is pretty much a terrible option. I met up with Shawn in Manhattan and I was pissed the entire drive. Why? Well it took about 30 mines to go 1.5 miles and this was normal. That lead me to my next lesson. Parking ain’t cheap. I parked my rental in a garage and it was $60. Yes $60! The last thing I learned is that the people aren’t friendly like back down south. You speak and no one speaks back. 

          We went by the memorial for Sept 11th, saw the Statue of Liberty, ate New York pizza, and so much more. It was a truly wonderful experience and I’m glad I went. Check out the pics from the day. All taken with my Sony a7iii and Ziess 16-35mm f4.  

 

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Assistant Mike

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Assistant Mike

           Most people don’t realize the hardest working people on most projects are actually the assistants and interns. Their work behind the scenes is extremely vital to the daily operation of everything. From small tasks such as emailing customers to making sure a director has the right lens for a $75,000 camera system, they are seriously the most vital to any project. 

          I got to switch roles for the first time ever and be an assistant. I got a text from photographer Erica Dunlap (@arekahthegoddessphoto) to help assist her for a shoot. I didn’t even ask for any details and instantly texted back YES! I really admire her work and I knew I would learn so much working with her. We both recently worked on the “Wonderland” project together and the chemistry was amazing. Here’s a link to the Wonderland video. LINK

            I went in thinking it would be a breeze, but I did some serious working! From unloading the car, setting up and testing lights/strobes, making sure the lenses were clean, setting up the scenes, and packing all back up. I did all this all while taking behind the scenes video! Needless to say I was so dang tired! I learned a lot so it was worth all the back breaking work lol. Erica is an amazing photographer and her shoots are all about business. I’m thankful for the opportunity. 

 Its Erica!  

Its Erica!  

 All these bags!!  

All these bags!!  

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Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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A Thanksgiving I Will Never Forget

         Thanksgiving. A day for family and to be thankful. While some don’t like the history of the day, I still see it as a great day to enjoy family and stuff your face. As I’ve grown older, I’ve grown to appreciate being around family and making memories. Which led to one of the best Thanksgiving Days ever. 

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Maddy and I take over Florida! 

            My mom has never seen the beach in her life and really enjoyed seeing the images from my last stay at the Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona, Florida. So I did what any son would do. I bought my mom a plane ticket from Atlanta to meet me and Maddy in Florida for Thanksgiving! I really want to thank everyone over at Shores Resort and Spa for making this day possible! They were so accommodating and even left us a special gift in the room! #swag 

 Shores Swag! 

Shores Swag! 

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View from our room

            Upon arrival we got a s’mores kit from the front desk and headed to the fire pits. This was my first time ever making s’mores and we failed miserably lol. Marshmallows roast fast as heck, but hey we tried. They still tasted better than they looked. 

           Waking up the next day proved to be a super challenge. Don’t set a time while on vacation. It will never go as planned!! Maddy refused to leave the bed. I got up early to check out the sunset and it was breathtaking! I recently bought a 16-35mm lens and it was the perfect lens for this trip. 

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          We learned two very important things Wednesday. Disney World is very crowded on Thanksgiving and the tickets aren’t cheap. They were $129.....each! I love Disney like the next person, but those prices coupled with having to wait in line a minimum of an hour and supremely overpriced food, makes Disney not a vacation I would recommend  unless it’s something you absolutely have to do. We enjoyed our time, but after paying $409 after taxes for 3 tickets, we didn’t feel we got our money’s worth. That and we were only able to ride 1 ride. 

         We headed back to the hotel to change and hit the beach! My mom literally cried when she saw it. That was the highlight of the trip for me. Just seeing how happy she was made my entire year. I’m so glad I had the means and the opportunity to do this for her. Maddy, on the other hand, had to be dragged from the ocean each day. This little girl loves being in the water and on the beach. 

          This was just day one! I’m going to do a part two for the amazing brunch we had on Thanksgiving Day at Shores Resort and Spa. You’re going to go into a food overload! Trust me, it’s worth it. 

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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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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Trapping out the Bandos Vlog #1

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Trapping out the Bandos Vlog #1

           So I have a love for exploring and photography. I have recently gotten into making videos, specifically vlogging. I’ve tried before but I wasn’t very confident with my filmmaking and story telling. Now, I think I’m ready! Here’s goes nothing! 

          My latest vlog hanging with the amazingly talented Mia (@memorieswithmia) in an undisclosed abondined building! Check out the video and also Mia’s page! 

 

Shot it on my Sony a7iii with Samyang 35mm f1.4 AF

Life is for Living, 

Michael B

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A Random Walk in Midtown

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           Lately I’ve been walking and reflecting more. I think about life, what I might eat next week, or whether that’s a raccoon or a really big housecat staring at me. I don’t really plan these walks. They sort of just happen. This walk led me to Midtown; specifically Overton Square. 

         I must admit I don’t spend a great deal of time in Overton Square. It’s certainly changed from how I knew it growing up. Despite its changes, there’s still a charm to Overton Square you don’t find most places. There’s also some very random things lurking about.  

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           Not sure what the last pic is. Maybe a duck or stork? Who knows. Let’s just go with a bird of some sort. See if you can find this guy! It's near The Zebra Lounge. I love the random artsy things of Overton Square that usually go neglected. People are normally hurrying to a restaurant and overlook the little things like the Koi pond near Belly Acres. Honestly, it was my first time seeing them as well. 

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          Speaking of Belly Acres, I love the crop-duster protruding from the building. That's so cool and different. It seems totally out of place until you actually go inside. That interior is simply amazing. I wish they had movies on that huge wall of monitors. Now that would be dope. 

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          I can’t really recall what my thoughts were on this day. Maybe I should start taking notes lol. Well, I did enjoy my walk and that’s all that matters. What are some of your favorite spots on Overton Square? Favorites things to do? 

Life is for Living, 

Michael Butler  

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Meeting A Facebook Friend In Real Life

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Meeting A Facebook Friend In Real Life

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         Technology is crazy. Like seriously insane. I grew up in a time when I had a penpal that lived in Nova Scotia and waited days or weeks for a letter to respond to a question I asked. Now everyone is way more accessible and having a friend on the other side of the globe isn’t very far fetched. I’ve recently experienced the closeness technology brings us when I finally linked up with a Facebook friend, Stephan Tapley.  

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        I’ve know Stephan for quite some time. We met via a Facebook group dedicated to Sony cameras. He actually bought a lens from me. Every since then, we’ve talked pretty much everyday via Facebook Messenger comparing photography work; he’s amazing at capturing cars, but we’ve never met. Until recently on my trip to visit family in Georgia. 

          I told him I was coming into town and that we should try to link up. We were both pretty excited about it. We decided to explore a bit and ended up inside a home that was being built, which actually turned it to be a pretty dope place to shoot. He brought along a buddy Alex, who had a super sweet Honda Civic. 

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           It’s was literally hot as hell and we headed towards the AC of a spot called Freddy’s, which at least had good ice cream. I didn’t really eat due to going to a BBQ soon after the shoot. Stephan and Alex ate all their food, so I’m gonna assume it’s half decent lol. I took advantage of the nice lighting to create some bokeh! Bokeh is life people. Trust me on this. 

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        And that’s it! Stephan and Alex turned out to be super cool fellas. I’m so glad I got to finally meet Stephan in person. I got to see how he approaches his work. He’s just as particular as me. I love that he shoots entirely different from me and that we both got some great tips from each other. Definitely can’t wait to go back. Next time you’re wearing dress up clothes Stephan lol. I really appreciate the hospitality bro! 

Life is for Living,  

Michael B.  

Images by Stephan

 

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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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Hanging in Saddle Creek

            So I’m really trying to do more vlogging. It’s actually a bit easier for me because I’m such a tech nerd and love playing around with my camera. The being in front of the camera part is a bit weird but I’m getting used to that now. 

         I recently met up with some of Memphis’ super crazy dope bloggers for Pour and Explore at the Shops of Saddle Creek benefitting Street Dog Foundation. You drink wine, shop and mingle. What’s not to like about those things? Here’s the video!  

Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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Things I Learned from Beale Street Music Fest

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Things I Learned from Beale Street Music Fest

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           Festival time is in full gear in Memphis and I couldn’t be happier! This is what makes Memphis, well Memphis. There will be a festival each week until October, which is why I call Memphis the City of Festivals. We just wrapped up Beale Street Memphis MusicFest, which finally offered a very diverse lineup after years of...... yeah we ain’t gonna go there. I enjoyed it this year and in the process learned a couple things.  

 

1. RAIN BOOTS ARE VITAL

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          Now this I shouldn’t even have to say, but I get asked each year if it’s really muddy. Mane look.  It’s a festival in the middle of spring. It’s gonna rain at some point and get muddy. Get a pair of rain boots and you’re set. There are some that go just sandals or barefoot, but those people are savages. Who raised y’all? I wore boots the entire festival and my feet are paying the price. Just prepare to wear them next year. 

 

2. OLD PEOPLE STAY AT HOME

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         Yeah I said it. Old people don’t belong at the festival. Well, I will put it like this. People who don’t want to be bumped into, be around intoxicated folks, talk to random strangers, or don’t want to smell a little weed; should probably just stay at home. It’s a festival Grandpa! What do you expect? Festivals are a very unique experience. Just chill out and enjoy or take your old ass to bed. People with attitude problems should stay home as well.

 

3. POST MALONE IS A PRETTY BIG DEAL 

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          Post Malone was clearly the reason thousands of 20 somethings showed up to the festival. I’ve never seen a crowd that large for any other artist than the one that showed up to see Post Malone. They were literally waiting at the stage for hours just to see him. I’ve heard of Post Malone, but I didn’t think he was that big. I was obviously wrong and I’ve been regulated to Old as Hell status. This might be a dumb question, but is he a rapper or a singer? Yeah, never mind because now I feel old for even asking.

 

4. PRONTO PUPS ARE LIFE! 

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         When you think of Memphis food, what comes to mind after BBQ? If you said anything other than the amazing Pronto Pup, you’re lying and I don’t love you. OMG!! It’s the most epic food there is! I literally ate about 30 in 3 days and I don’t feel ashamed about that at all. If you ain’t got Pronto Pups at your event, don’t invite me. Maybe that was a tab bit dramatic, but you get what I’m saying.  

 

5. ERYKAH BADU AINT GONNA BE ON TIME. DEAL WITH IT. 

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         There’s a thing called fashionable late and then there’s Badu late lol. Not only was she 45 behind, but her first couple songs were her freestyling sound checks. I can’t lie I was super pissed she didn’t go on at her scheduled time,  but when this woman sang I instantly forgot all about that. Did she play me? Hell yeah she did, but I don’t care! I can’t get enough of her regardless of the wait time going On and On. See what I did there?  

 

 Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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The Trolleys Are Coming Back!

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       All images taken with Sony a7iii with Samyung 35mm F1.4 and can not be used without written consent. 

       Finally the Memphis trolleys are coming back! Downtown just hasn't been the same without them. I mean, how can you have Trolley Night without trolleys? Kinda defeats the purpose, but I digress. I saw a trolley in training while walking around exploring and got so excited! There's just something magical about the trolleys. They define my time living downtown. They were an alarm clock of sorts lol.

I remember my first trolley ride with my parents when I was about 11. I was so excited. I do remember it being an extremely hot Memphis summer day and little sister was being a pest. I still enjoyed that day. Partly because of the trolley, but also because we were downtown. I kinda have always had a thing for downtown Memphis.  

          I'm just glad to have them back and let's hope they don't catch on fire again! Are you excited about the trolleys coming back? Have any cool trolley story? Drop a comment. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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I Judged A Gumbo Competition!

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I Judged A Gumbo Competition!

           Yep! You can add food judge to my resume! I was given the opportunity to judge the gumbo competition for the Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest over the weekend and it was definitely a unique experience. The weather was absolutely dreadful! It was unsually cold in Memphis and the river was surging. 

          As far as the gumbo? Well, let's just say you can't go around eating everybody food. I tasted about 7 and none were anything to right home about. The first was the best but it needed some seasoning. One tasted like Lysol. Seriously, Lysol. I am thankful I got the opportunity to judge in spite of some not being very good. I met some really cool people. 

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Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

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It’s Festival Season!

           Spring in Memphis is amazing and it’s the best time to be in Memphis! Why? Because it’s the start of festival season! The weather is usually nice and every weekend until late summer and early fall, there will be a different festival each weekend. Sometimes you get two in one weekend. It starts off this weekend with the Memphis Brewfest, which happens to be one of my favorites, and followed by the The Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest. 

             For those that say there's nothing to do in Memphis, you're so wrong! Every weekend there is something to do. It's all about whether you actually want to do anything or just complain. As for me; the plan is to go to each festival in the city. Pray for me. Here's a list of upcoming festivals. Memphis Brewfest date is wrong. It's actually 4/14/18. 

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             Here you go! Now get out there and enjoy the Bluff City's festival season. If you see me, come speak!  

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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My first visit to The National Civil Rights Museum

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My first visit to The National Civil Rights Museum

          Yes, you read that correctly. At the age of 35, I took my first trip to The National Civil Rights Museum. Yes, I was born and raised in Memphis. I've been called Mr Memphis by several people, but this is one of the few places I haven't visited in my city. Why? I'm not entirely sure. I guess because I know a lot about that Civil Rights Movement from my dad protesting in his younger days or maybe because I didn't want a reminder that would potentially make me angry. 

          I decided to take a day off from work and visit. I owed it not only to myself, but to the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and all those who sacrificed so that I could write this blog today. I packed my camera just in case. I quickly found out, I need either a smaller walk around camera or a more compact lens 

          I enjoyed the experience but I will have to go back to fully take in the museum. I went during MLK50, the commemoration of 50 years passing since the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. The museum was very crowded and I felt a bit rushed. 

         I didn't leave the museum upset or angry. I actually left with more questions than answers. I wondered how people could treat others so badly based purely on skin color. How a person could live with themselves while treating others so terribly. To think, these were also "good, church going" people. 

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

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Big KRIT at The New Daisy

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Big KRIT at The New Daisy

          Big KRIT is one of my favorite all time hip hop artists. He's country as hell, yet insanely lyrical; something Southern artists aren't necessarily known for. I prefer lyrics over beats, but KRIT gives me both as he not only rhymes; he also makes his own beats. I don't know if he's better as a producer or an MC. Either way, he's that dude. 

        KRIT performed at The New Daisy on Beale St to a sold out crowd. I've been to every single Big KRIT concert he's had in Memphis. EVERY SINGLE ONE. Last night I decided I wasn't bringing my camera and I would just enjoy the show. All I took was my iPhone 8 Plus. 

           Let's just say the iPhone 8 Plus showed up last night! If you can manually control it, the iPhone can take some amazing images. Not only that, it's so much lighter than my Sony a7ii with my huge lenses. It's not only good for photos. It takes amazing video!! 

           Shout out to the iPhone 8 Plus and a special shout out to Big KRIT! The show was amazing! I do love that you got on stage at a decent time!! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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Urbex. Because Nothing Is Off Limits.

 Urbex Gear: Jacket - Ben Sherman | Sweater - Embraceyourinner | Jeans - Old Navy | Camera Strap - Brave Straps   photo cred: @aleksworks  

Urbex Gear: Jacket - Ben Sherman | Sweater - Embraceyourinner | Jeans - Old Navy | Camera Strap - Brave Straps

photo cred: @aleksworks 

         Some folks like a spa day. Some like a nice cold beer (I actually like that as well), but URBEX, short for urban exploration, is my preferred method of relaxation. Something about going into a bando or rooftop is a huge rush. Finding something new that no one else has seen before is incredibly addictive. I’m sure that’s exactly how the explorers from the past felt. They just never found the random homeless person or walked into a room with a few dogs that see you as lunch. 

   photo cred: @Aleksworks

 photo cred: @Aleksworks

          I do it for “The Shot” mostly. All photogs know what that is. We are all trying to get that one dope shot so that Insta-fame goes up! Getting featured by a big IG account is addictive and also dangerous. Some push the limits for the shot and have lost their lives. So, always be safe and cautious. I tend to travel alone, but I also prefer to go with friends as well. Why? Who else is gonna take that dope ass shot of you?

           I’m not condoning breaking into places and vandalizing anything. I believe in being respectful and leaving places intact for other explorers. Keep in mind that going into some places is illegal and comes with a nice trespassing charge. Explore at your own risk. Stay safe and don’t forget your tripod!

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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