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This is the "take-out" or ending point of the Ghost section of the Wolf River (aka Ghost River), one of the best wetland canoe trails in America. More info at

Posted by bridgman on 04/27/2011 at 6:02 PM

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Re: “Tiger Bryant Talks Tops

Cozy Corner, Payne's, Central, Rendezvous, Tom's, BBQ Shop, etc are all like the hand-milled French "guest soap" that Mom forbids us to use when we wash our hands. It's for "company." But Top's Bar-B-Q is that thinning bar of Ivory or Dial. It's right there. It works. It doesn't cost quite as much. I don't know how to use this hand-soap analogy to address Top's hamburgers, which taste exactly like--swear to God-- Goldsmith's Cafeteria (Southland Mall circa 1974) hamburgers. So yeah, Top's doesn't get profiled in Garden & Gun magazine, but it sure as hell would be if it was located in a less competitive city.

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Posted by bridgman on 04/04/2019 at 4:48 PM

Re: “A Visit to the B-Side Memphis.

Is B-Side replacing what is known as Minglewood Hall? (Or is it built on the site of the burned Buccaneer?) Maybe it's an additional tenant in the "Minglewood Plaza" part of Minglewood Hall? If so, did it replace 1884 Lounge, or are there now 2 bars in the Plaza? Where might I learn more about their live music? (Minglewood's website, linked above, does not mention B-Side or list its bookings on its otherwise up-to-date calendar.) Wait, I went to and found that B-side has an up-to-date Facebook page. I guess I can start closing all these browser tabs now.

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Posted by bridgman on 01/17/2019 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Former MPD Officer Faces Death Penalty on Federal Charges

Oh wait. Looks like ordering a murder (even if it doesn't result in death) under the Kingpin law (21 U.S. Code 848) can bring the death penalty. Under the same law, the head of a continuing criminal enterprise caught with really large quantities of drugs is eligible for the death penalty. (e.g. something like 3 kilos of pure meth or 16 kilos of cocaine, if I'm reading the online codes right).

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Posted by bridgman on 12/11/2018 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Former MPD Officer Faces Death Penalty on Federal Charges

Did I miss something here? Capital federal crimes all involve wrongful death/murder, treason or espionage. No victim deaths are mentioned.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by bridgman on 12/11/2018 at 1:03 PM

Re: “WEVL — Time to Change the Station

I love that radio station! Whenever I meet someone who is spending a few days in town, I tell them to tune their car radio to 89.9 so it can be the soundtrack to their visit. WEVL has been my soundtrack for over 30 years, and the year I spent as a volunteer editor for their Program Guide (1990) helped me land my first publishing job. Today, I'm OK with continuing to grow old while listening to WEVL, as long as WEVL doesn't grow old as well.

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Posted by bridgman on 08/23/2018 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Q & A with '68 Comeback and T.A.M.I. Show director, Steve Binder

In addition to the show's ahead-of-its-time "male, female, black, white, gay, straight" representation, it also featured a handicapped musician. Moulty Moulton, drummer for the no-hit-wonder Barbarians, lost part of his left arm in an accident a few years earlier and wore a prosthetic arm rigged to hold a drum-stick. The Cape Cod band was profiled in the Boston Globe in 2010, who also interviewed Steve Binder. Binder's comment on the "hook":
"I questioned whether or not I should have a close-up of it. Nobody came to me and said anything, but I remember in my head thinking, Should I be showing this in a movie? Heres a guy playing his heart out on the drums, so why not? Its part of his body. He was fantastic.

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Posted by bridgman on 08/10/2018 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Food Service: A Confidential Tie that Binds

I haven't carried a tray in 24 years, but whenever I go to sleep stressed, i still have the endless in-the-weeds dream where I'm the only waiter in a bistro packed with customers who have been sitting there for hours glaring at me as I rush around the place. And I'm rushing around in search of a box of matches to light the stove because no one is working in the kitchen either.

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Posted by bridgman on 07/16/2018 at 10:23 AM

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