Visit, Tour, Doc, Peace Globes & Kidney Stones

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Tuesday, June 05, 2007

So, all y’all know mom Joan and dad Vince came in for the weekend…

We had a real nice visit with them. They arrived Friday afternoon and got the grand tour of Casa Bond in Memphis, It began at about 5:01 Pm and ended at 5:01:30 – hehehe …well it ain’t that big folks…

Went to dinner and decided to bring them over to Corkys. Mom had heard about it on food TV and as any Memphian will tell you, there are some better places, but for a first visit it was a good choice.

We got seated and met our waiter who was in a “Let’s have fun” mood. He and dad shot jokes back and forth especially when dad ordered the regular rack of ribs and waiter-boy said “OH, you want the ‘girly portion’ then.”

Dad shot back wondering if our waiter had ever “served a New Yorker and didn’t get a tip!”


After dinner we went back to casa bond and watched the Yankees take game one from the Red Sox…good game

Saturday we were up and out to the “Italian Fest” here in Memphis. Have to tell you, sorely disappointed. First off there is a $10 charge just to get in and the food prices were not cheap at all. We checked out the “Gravy-Making” contestant tents, but it was still too early for any activity.

Did stop by the judging tent and put our name in to lead a team next year. Not too excited though as we were told that there is a waiting list and most people come back year after year….Guess they realized how good my gravy is and are afraid of me…LOL


Then we went downtown and did the SUN STUDIO tour. Have done this already and have sent a few people there (including Memphians who have never been).

It is the best $10 you will spend in Memphis. From the original recordings by Howlin’ Wolf and B.B. King and Elvis…to just feeling the history in the place and finally getting your picture taken with the main studio microphone used by Elvis and Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis and so many other greats…(this is the location where the infamous "Millionn Dollar Quartet" photo was taken.

Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins (NOT Bruce Sprinsteen- hehe)
Elvis & Johnny Cash

Check out their SITE and make sure you click on the FREE TOUR link at the top and sit back and enjoy….


After that we went up and did the Riverfront Loop on the trolley. It brings you all along Main Street and then down along the river and back…a nice way to see a good portion of downtown…OH and it is only $1.00 ($0.50 for seniors – what a deal!). Want to know more about the Trolley? Check it out HERE

When we got off the trolley, we knocked back a pitcher of beer at Huey’s across from the Peabody Hotel and then made our way across the street to see the evening “MARCH OF THE DUCKS”

You see there are 5 ducks that live in the Peabody and every morning they march from their home on the roof, down the elevator to the fountain in the hotel lobby. There they get to swim and hang until 5:00 PM when they get marched back to the elevator and up to their penthouse home…Check out the history of the Ducks, HERE…It is pretty interesting…

We then walked over to Beale Street and did some people watching. We decided to go back toward Casa Bond for dinner and headed back.

After dinner we sat and chatted for a while before bedtime called.


Sunday was a lazy day overall. Mom and dad did a movie mid-day and then came back to a nice pasta dinner.

Watched the Yankee/Red Sox rubber game .. Good game.

They headed out this yesterday a bit before 7:00 AM to make their way down into Georgia. They should arrive back in Boynton Beach tomorrow.

It was great seeing them…and no blood was shed! LOL


We'll be dragging THE COUCH over to
tonight at 9:00 PM EDT


Tomorrow is PEACE GLOBE DAY #3…If you do not have a globe, get over to MIMI’s and do it NOW….

Cat Stevens
Composer: Cat Stevens

Now I've been happy lately,
thinking about the good things to come

And I believe it could be,

something good has begun

Oh I've been smiling lately,

dreaming about the world as one

And I believe it could be,

some day it's going to come

Cause out on the edge of darkness,

there rides a peace train

Oh peace train take this country,

come take me home again

Now I've been smiling lately,
thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be,

something good has begun

Oh peace train sounding louder

Glide on the peace train

Come on now peace train

Yes, peace train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the peace train

Come on now peace train

Get your bags together,

go bring your good friends too

Cause it's getting nearer,

it soon will be with you

Now come and join the living,

it's not so far from you

And it's getting nearer,

soon it will all be true

Now I've been crying lately,

thinking about the world as it is

Why must we go on hating,

why can't we live in bliss

Cause out on the edge of darkness,

there rides a peace train

Oh peace train take this country,

come take me home again


Well, after finishing this, we had a bit of a scare. went into a fit of fierce sharp pain in our left back and abdomen. After trying to "rub some dirt on it and walk it off", we ended up going for an ambulance ride to the hospital to be diagnosed with our first Kidney Stone.

Got home about 10 minutes ago...still groggy from the meds they gave me to kill the pain...

Well, you know what? It is not fun when you don't have anyone real close. Reached out to my bosses and they were great as was brother Rich, all the way from San Antonio.

Off to bed...


24 Of Your Sparks

  1. Twyla Says:
  2. Ouch! Kidney stone. You've had a rough go at it lately, back problems and now this. Hope you feel better soon. Take lots of pain meds until it passes.

  3. Anndi Says:
  4. Glad you had a good time with Mom and Dad.

    I'm sure the Sun Records tour was quite an experience.

    Sorry about your kidney stone and that you had to go through that alone.

    Feel better.

    Kisses from the Anndi and the Chicklet.

  5. Matt-Man Says:
  6. Great Post Vin...I hope you feel better soon. Cheers!!

  7. Mags Says:
  8. Feel better Bond! 8( I know how you feel about not having anyone close. It's a scary & horrible feeling, but I'm glad you called your boss...and am glad it was just (I know you don't feel like it's "just") a Kidney Stone.

    Rest and feel better!!

  9. Dixiechick Says:
  10. So glad you had a good visit with mom and dad.

    I am one of those who have NEVER been to Sun Studios ... sounds like y'all had fun. Oh and the trolly thing... so much fun... Oh, I believe I would have taken mom and dad to Rendezvous instead of Corky's.. but that's just me... you did good...

    So sorry about the kidney stone... hope you get to feeling better soon. They say that when a man passes the kidney stone that he knows what it's like to have a baby...I'll wait on your answer to that. Just get some rest and feel better soon.


  11. Bond Says:
  12. TWYLA: I am so tired of the crap... this is my wakeup call.. getting into an exercise routine and going to get back into shape and health

    ANN: Yes, good times, and SUN is great..Well my first experience with something like this since least it wasn't very serious ... the kisses are welcomed...thanks so much sweet friend

    MATT-MA: Thanks dude...

    MAGS: TY dear Mags...I understand the "just" there were other thoughts in my head when it got excruciating... and that was not fun

    DIXIE: Well, I had an appendicitis attack at 18 and this pain was as bad as that was from what I can remember...I still have to believe child birth is worse..but who knows...You can Tony need to come visit before I am here for a year darling and we will go to Sun it is just so incredible...

  13. the108 Says:
  14. So great that you had a good time with your parents. I would just love Memphis.

    The kidney stone sucks! I hear it is the only thing comparable to giving birth. Are they gonna laser the sucker down?

  15. How ironic that after your parents left you were stuck calling an ambulance and taking a trip to the ER by yourself. So sorry that happened to you, Vinny. I hope you're feeling better. Being ill when you're by yourself SUCKS, doesn't it?

  16. Turnbaby Says:
  17. So sorry you are feeling bad and had that kind of scare alone. I hope they gave you good meds.

    Glad you had a nice visit with your mom and dad--hope Matt can visit you soon

    I have got to get to Memphis and got to these neat places!


  18. bond i love love love memphis! and i always thought corky's was the best! if there is one better tell me before we go there again.

    about those trolly tracks, i "accidentally" drove up them once, see i am not the "best" driver, ha ha. you should have seen the look on the trolly driver's face when he saw me coming!

    and i hope you feel better now, those stones are awful!!!

    want to compare gravy honey?

    smiles, bee

  19. Angell Says:
  20. OW Bond. Sorry about the stones babe. I've helped my grandfather through a few bouts with those suckers. I hope the meds are good...

    Sounds like mom & dad had a great time with you. ;D

    Will try to remember to tune into the Doc tonight, but am going through some major shit....not worth grumbling about though.


  21. Tug Says:
  22. ooh...I have heard that kidney stones are PAINFUL. Hopefully it will pass soon...

    Sounds like you had an awesome time with the parents; glad the stone didn't show up throughout that, although the company would have been nice, huh.

  23. Starrlight Says:
  24. Kidney stones are THE SUCK!

    Hope you feel better soon, hun. *Hugs*

    I think I might die of atmosphere overdose at Sun. But I am thinking of doing a roadtrip to Atlanta and I plan on hitting Memphis on the way and Sun is on my list!

  25. Sparky Duck Says:
  26. Now, I really want to visit Memphis, if for nothing else for ducks and Ribs.

    I predicted in my head no mention of Game 2 from the weekend, Im Carnac.

    Kidney stones really really suck, but at least you can take heart in the fact that even us youngsters get them, *cough* on the first *cough* day of our honeymoon *cough*

  27. Great post. Sounds like you had a great visit with your folks. Hope all things pass well!

  28. gledwood Says:
  29. hi i've been here before but you popped up on random blog button again thought i'd say hi always a great read here!

    all the best to you from
    gledwood ... "vol 2" ...

  30. Gail Says:
  31. Bond, I am sorry to hear of the stones...hope they pass soon and the pain isn't too unbearable. I am thinking of you...

    Glad things went well with the Ps. It is always great to spend time with family, I think.

  32. Bond Says:
  33. 108: Thanks...well I can't tell you about the birth part...LOL ...they laser...phew

    SONGBIRD: Yes, 12 hours too late! All is well, ty...

    TURN: TY ... Yes, I hope he can visit...It is a cool city...SMOOCH

    BEE: When you and Sarge come to Memphis I will tell you...LOL ...I will always take a gravy challenge...

    ANGELL: I am better now, ty...slept all and dad were fun...

    TUG: You heard right...

    STARR: They DO!!! Feeling good now ty HUGS BACK... I bet you lick the microphone anyway! LOL

    SPARKY: It is a nice city in many ways..a ton of music history...OUCH....first ...OUCH...she loves you LOL

    BUD: TY ...hehehe they have

    GLADWOOD: Welcome back, glad you enjoyed...

    GAIL: TY for the thoughts...It was a fun weekend...

  34. Travis Says:
  35. That is a sucky way to end a great weekend.

    I think you get a pass on broken bones and kidney stones - takes more than a little dirt for those.

    Take care. I like the resolve to get in shape. Start with lots of stretching. That's important, especially with the recent back trouble.

    Dang! I missed the live show!

  36. Bond Says:
  37. TRAVIS: Thanks bud...yes stretching is important...Remember the show is archived.. was fun tonight

  38. Queenie Says:
  39. Gosh! So glad you had a good time with your folks, but sorry to hear about your stones. Hope your fit and well again soon, take care now.....

  40. Morgen Says:
  41. Yay to the visit from the 'rents and watching the ducks!

    Boo to kidney stones. I swear I have one, but it never slices through me at the doctor's office, of course, and my urine test turns up normal.

    I guess one thing about me has to be normal, eh?

    Hope you're doing better!

  42. Meribah Says:
  43. Glad you had fun with your parental units! Sorry you had to endure kidney stones, though. That sounds scary and painful. Hope you're back to your ol' self in no time!
    By the way, heard you and Dr. Blogstein talking about S E X on the radio! Yes, I did! And I didn't plug my ears or anything! Oh, and one of the suggestions about picking up women made me snicker...but I'm not saying which one! LOL :P

  44. julie Says:
  45. YAY for the Cat!!!

    Boo for the stone!

    Hugs for the blog god!


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