Welcome to 2016. It still feels a lot like 2015. I’m sure that will change. Last year I went to Europe for Christmas but was back in Texas for New Years. This season I stayed in Texas but went to Memphis, Tennessee, for New Years. I was sick the entire trip, but luckily I was able to drink enough cough syrup to keep me going.
On the drive there I stopped in Shreveport, Louisiana, to see my pal Chris who just recently moved there from Austin. Chris and I have known each other for almost a decade and are pretty close so it was awesome getting to see him again. Originally he wanted to show me a lot of the city, but because of a tornado (yes, a tornado!) I didn’t get to Shreveport until after 9:00. This made it a late start for carousing. Especially since I was feeling under the weather. Regardless, Chris showed me the boardwalk and the casinos and gave me a growler of local beer called ‘Awkward Uncle.’ It was a tasty brew.
I pulled into Memphis the next day. I was coughing pretty bad by then so I wasn’t going too wild. But I got to see Sun Studios where Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash all recorded their first hits. Having grown up listening to those guys, it was a pretty big deal to me. I also got to see some live blues down on Beale Street. I’d been on Beale Street once a long time ago, but I didn’t really get to check it out. I was on some bus trip going somewhere and just ran out and ran back. This time I got to see Blind Mississippi Morris play at the Blue City Café. I also got some pretty good ribs, too.
By New Year’s Eve I was starting to feel better, but I still had congestion in my nose and chest. I was able to stay up until midnight but not much longer. The next day was the long drive back through Arkansas and the back roads of East Texas.
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