thursday, 23 

thursday, 23

Well, I m almost convinced that I am sane and it s the rest of the world that s crazy. Almost. I still try to cook things like toilet paper in my sleep and have no short or long term memory whatsoever (I once sat across the table from a guy at the P&H for about 30 minutes trying to figure out who he was, only to finally realize it was my stepbrother), and I still drive past my own house from time to time forgetting to pull into the driveway, and I still have to . . . oops, I just realized I probably forgot to turn off the coffee pot this morning, which, believe me, is nothing uncommon and not the least of my worries. But take a look around. I just read about the United States Air Force giving their pilots speed and downers or as the military calls them, go-pills and no-go-pills while in combat, which, some are saying, is the reason some American pilots accidentally bombed and killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan last April. How rich is that? Getting ready to fly a plane with bombs and pop a few Dexadrines so you can stay awake for 40 hours? Right. Feeling a little sleepy after being up for 40 hours? Take a few sleeping pills so you can take a nap and then get back up and fly a plane with bombs? This is the American government at its best. They send perfectly innocent people to jail for something as innocuous as smoking a little joint, but give Air Force pilots hardcore drugs while they are bombing tiny villages? Of course, they have their reasoning all worked out, but thank goodness commercial pilots are forbidden to get all cracked out before taking off, although some of them do tend to have a few cocktails, as we found out recently when a pilot failed a breathalyzer test before his scheduled flight. And speaking of being cracked out, did anyone watch the Golden Globes Awards Sunday night? Sharon Stone: obviously on crack, screaming out Richard Gere s name, throwing her arms up in the air showing us her armpits, and interrupting him twice while he tried to give his acceptance speech. And let s not even mention the inexplicable outfit she had on. Jack Nicholson: admitted he had taken a Valium before the show. And who could possibly blame him? If I had to sit there with Sharon Stone screaming and bouncing around, I d take one too. Or take two too. And speaking of tutu s, was Lara Flynn Boyle also smoking crack when she decided to wear a ballet costume when presenting an award? It looked like she was on the set of a movie and didn t have time to change before racing over the Golden Globes. She certainly looked more like a goose on crack than a swan. But then that s just my opinion and you know what they say about opinions. So never mind all this and get around to the real mission at hand: what s going on around town this week. Here s a brief look. Tonight, there s an art lecture at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art by The New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl for the 20th Annual Juried Student Exhibition showing at the Art Museum at the University of Memphis. Tonight s Great Chefs of the Wine Country Dinner Series brings guest chef Michael Chipshcase of Robert Mondavi Winery to Yia Yia s Eurocafe. Grammy Award-winning pianist George Winston is playing a solo concert at Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center. The Memphis Grizzlie are playing Sacramento at The Pyramid. Monte Montgomery and Kevin Kenny of Drivin N Cryin are at The Lounge. The Eric Gayles Band is at The Map Room. And it s Memphis Musi at the Full Moon Club.

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