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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Thursday, July 01, 2010

So the rumors begin again thanks to that bastion of truth, justice and the American way, the Wall Street Journal.

Verizon and iPhone...coming this January. It got me all excited and then I said "self, relax, the promised it in 2008, they promised it in 2009, they talked of it in 2010...the exclusivity contract with AT&T is one of the most closely guarded secrets, right up there with the recipe for Thomas' English Muffins (only 7 executives know the entire formula including how much dough to use, the right amount of moisture and the proper way to bake who the heck-a-doodle knows when those of us who refuse to go to AT&T will have the chance to buy the iPhone.

I do like my Blackberry and there are some cool apps for it and all, but without an iPhone I am told I can't hang with the cool as the nooks and crannies kids!

I enjoyed watching some of the Q&A with Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan. The woman is sharp as a tack and has one hell of a great sense of humor.

Here is the exchange between Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.)and Ms. Kagen:
GRAHAM: Now, as we move forward and deal with law of war issues, Christmas Day bomber, where were you at on Christmas Day?

KAGAN: Senator Graham, that is an undecided legal issue, which -- the -- well, I suppose I should ask exactly what you mean by that. I'm assuming that the question you mean is whether a person who is apprehended in the United States is...

GRAHAM: No, I just asked you where you were at on Christmas.

KAGAN: You know, like all Jews, I was probably at a Chinese restaurant.

You HAVE to love her! I almost rolled off the couch when I heard that!

Maybe the comment was not understood by much of the country, but in NY pretty much the only place you can go to dinner on Christmas Day is a Chinese Restaurant. So if you are Jewish, you have two choices, Chinese food or a movie...or both!

Then she did a Martin/Lewis routine with Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), when Specter was asking about cameras in the courtroom:

SPECTER: I will put into the record what the justices have had to say. I've questioned almost everybody about this subject, and I've had the opportunity to question all of the people on the court now.

But there's a lot -- there are a lot of those who have been favorably disposed to it -- or at least have acknowledged its inevitability -- and remind them that they all appeared on television this year on C-SPAN, and most of them -- many of them have appeared over the years selling books and being in a variety of situations.

KAGAN: It means I'd have to get my hair done more often, Senator Specter.

SPECTER: Let me commend you on...Let me commend you on that last comment. And I say that seriously. You have shown a really admirable sense of humor, and I think that is really important.

The Pyramid, the sports complex used by the Memphis Grizzlies and the Memphis Tigers basketball teams prior to their bolting to the FedEx Forum here in Memphis has sat empty for some 6 years. It now looks like it will finally join the living as the city of Memphis and Bass Pro Shops have finalized their negotiations to allow Bass Pro to lease the building with a 50-year contract.

The company is going to put in a store and an aquarium and the area around the Pyramid will be revitalized by the city using all of their $41.5 million in federal recovery zone facility bonds for to do a seismic retrofit of the building and also for public improvements around The Pyramid. The amount is the city’s entire allocation of the bonds. The money is basically a federal subsidy of the interest on the bonds, which will be issued by the city.

A planned hotel inside the structure has been abandoned because the cost of the seismic retrofit would have ballooned to a cost not affordable by the parties.

Here is the thing. We have Beale Street. That is where so many tourists go. Also, there is Main Street, a great street that traverses the length of the city. There are storefronts and great places for restaurants and the Trolley runs the length of the street.

The street is trying to make a comeback, but is pretty empty right now. Apartments and condos are being built on the upper floors of the building...not sure how they are selling.

The Pyramid is on the opposite side of the city from Beale Street and the Gibson Museum and FedEx Forum. Already the city can not attract businesses just off Beale and now they are going to try and revitalize the opposite side of town, where - as far as I can tell - very few people ever venture.

It will be interesting to see how this all flushes out.

10 Of Your Sparks

  1. ...well, you can't waste a perfectly good pyramid, now can ya?...

  2. PHFRANKIE: No you can't...but what about a Sphinx?

  3. Maggie Moo Says:
  4. Yup-we like here here in Boston..but then again...that should be kind of obvious!

    I heard the chinese food comment on NPR the other day-FUNNY!

  5. CiCi Says:
  6. Three cheers for Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan! If these guys would just give up and allow the supreme court be all women half the cases that are paraded before the supreme court now would not have to be there. Just my opinion though.

  7. Ken Says:
  8. What???? Their flushing Memphis.
    That won't be good, it will all end up in the Gulf and make an even bigger mess.

  9. MICKEY-T: We are sending it down to South worries

  10. Jay Says:
  11. I think there might be a better use of 41 million dollars than that. Nice to know that Memphis has no crime, poverty or public school problems if that's all they can think of to use the money on.

    I know a lot of people who refuse to get an iPhone as long as they have that exclusive deal with AT&T. Also, I think keeping that exclusive deal with AT&T is a big F-YOU to Apple customers.

  12. Dana Says:
  13. iPhone *shrugs* I just don't get all of the hype!

  14. Travis Cody Says:
  15. You can hang with me and my Blackberry. We'll start our own cool kids club where we eat sourdough toast instead of nook-and-cranny muffins.

  16. I guess by Trav's definition, I'm a cool kid. I have a BlackBerry, and I prefer sourdough bread to English muffins. :)


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