Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Shotgunning a Beer

What's up?

Wanna shotgun a beer?

OK, but can you help me with that?'s how it goes...

...and when you crack it open...

OK, ready?

Let's first take a selfie...


And there it is.

Bud Light will make you dance.

Well, so long.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

St. Jude Half Marathon, 2015

Late last year, for the first time since I moved to the street in 2006, the St. Jude Memphis Marathon was routed down Madison Ave. Here's what the race looked like from my balcony.

Here's the first sign that someone's coming.

First place runner to pass by, who actually ended up winning the half marathon, Brandon Dworak.

As expected, most of the front runners were actually competing in the half marathon. Here is second place finisher in that race, Oliver Lange.  Right behind him is Mark Cole, who placed third.

Robert Rose finished fourth in the half marathon.

My neighbors are getting into it, too.

Fifth place by my place also finished fifth in the half: Rob Ellis.

Jim Brown, sixth.

Colton Wooldridge finished seventh.

At this point, the positions became a little more complicated (ie, they starting passing each other past my house!). Here is Nicholas Pinarski, who came in tenth in the half marathon. Right behind him is the first runner by my place who was competing in the full marathon, Adam Higham, who ended up coming in seventh in that race.

Jacob Walker, eighth place in the half.

Number 3568 on the left is Lucas Sullivan, who came in second in the full marathon.  On the right is Jay McCurdy, who placed 15th in the full marathon.

At this point, the runners come in larger groups...

Here's a shot looking down Madison.

In total, 10,700 runners placed in the full and half marathons in 2015. Here is a complete list of the results.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Food Network Showcases the BBQ Shop

Last year, the Foot Network ranked the Bar-B-Q Shop as the top BBQ the nation! Go to their website for the Top 5.  Here's a look at the filming the network did for the episode...

Got to get the across-the-street shot!

And a time-lapsed closeup.

More time lapse photography.

Could you move a little to your right?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Opening of Blue Nile Restaurant

Last week, a new restaurant was added to the pantheon of Madison Avenue eateries: Blue Nile.  The Ethiopian restaurant opened into the shopfront that was housed a Pizza Hut (which, as this earlier post suggested, was not a typical Pizza Hut).  This post will look at the transformation of this retail bay into the Blue Nile.

This photo from back in 2008 shows the Pizza Hut in its prime.  This is a very "Nothing Ever Happen on my Block" photo that would make Ellen Raskin proud: note the painter in the background.

This photo from 2010 shows the Pizza Hut during a more dramatic moment.  Check out their sign: I think they were hiring 5 drivers on a perpetual basis...

Fast forward a few years and we see the beginning prep work for the Blue Nile: work on the AC.

And then the windows were shrouded in mystery.

Getting close...

More AC work!

Soft opening day!  Come on in!

Notice of Alcohol Commission hearing.

And finally, with a Coca-Cola-sponsored sign.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

New Window Signs at the Bar B-Q Shop

While I have covered Calvin Farrar's Christmas decorations at the Bar-B-Q Shop multiple times in the past, this post covers the restaurant's permanent signs.  Every few years, the Bar-B-Q Shop's permanent window signs, with its dancing pigs and business name, need retouching.

First things first: a redesigned front door.

An interested passer-by who may or may not be soliciting the artist for some change.

Unfortunately, hand-painted signs are a rarity these days.  Kudos to Mr. Farrar and his many clients such as the Bar-B-Q Shop for keeping this artform alive.

Are they open today?

The completed front door.

And the completed front window.

"I like it."