Archive for the ‘Memphis’ Category

Well wishes to a great man

January 26, 2007

Hi Brit,

Let me just jump in and wish B.B. King health and good luck. 

B.B. King hospitalized in Texas

Not only is he a good person, best I can tell, but his music is legend, and the food, not to mention the music, in his restaurant on Beale Street ain’t bad.

the Grit

Aren’t you glad you work at home!

January 24, 2007

Hi Brit,

Based on this, Beaten by an inch of snow, I’m guessing you’re very glad you work at home.  It’s even worse here when it snows.  One of my first memories of Memphis was being on the Interstate (I-240) when a few flakes drifted down out of the sky.  In an instant, the speed of traffic dropped from 50 MPH down to 5 MPH as every driver, apparently sharing a psychic link, slammed on their brakes simultaneously.  I had to drive off the pavement to avoid hitting the car ahead of me.  The last time we got a lot of snow during the middle of a work day, there were 300 traffic accidents within the first half hour.  It took me 4 hours to make the 20 mile trip home.  Good luck.

the Grit

Memphis needs some of this.

January 3, 2007

Hi Brit,

You may not know that Memphis, Tennessee (which I live on the outskirts of) is on an earthquake fault, which is why this, Quake-prone Istanbul awaits disaster, hit home.  Most people around here, and in a line stretching a few hundred miles up to St. Lewis, either never knew or forget that the New Madrid fault runs along the west side of the Mississippi river.  It’s name comes from the town of New Madrid, which sank into the river last time we had a big quake.  That was also the jolt which formed Reel Foot lake, the only natural lake in Tennessee.  Reports from people in the area at the time say that the Mississippi ran backward for three days while the sunken area filled up.  The geology here is a worst case scenario for earthquake damage, mostly being several hundred feet of sediment with a high water table.  When we get the next big shake, it’ll make Katrina seem like fun times.  Oh, and the last big one was in 1811 – 1812, so the next should be any time now, like in 2012?

Details on our impending disaster at:

The New Madrid Fault Zone (NMFZ)

the Grit