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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Like a Grisham novel....

Or a bad movie starring Tom Cruise.

I have a postdoc interview coming up this weekend in Memphis. They're flying BOTH OF US out to have a look around. Wow. The place I am interviewing pays a really good salary for postdocs, and everything they've set up so far seems first class. They've also been really helpful in giving my husband information about teaching in and around Memphis. We'll be touring Memphis on Saturday, and potentially looking at places to live if we decide to move there. Being a huge fan of The Firm, I am more than a little creeped out at the parallels...

So anyone out there from Memphis? Have any ideas for stuff to do that DOESN'T involve Graceland? Not sure where we'll be staying, although they did send me a brochure about the Peabody (fingers crossed)

Also, plusses and minuses to living in Memphis? What are good areas and where should we avoid? I know ZERO about the place, although I knew nothing about Chapel Hill before my interview here either. Any useful information would be appreciated.

Update: forget it. See here.

10 Comments:

At Tuesday, February 15, 2005 10:54:00 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

You can't go wrong living in the same town as Graceland

 
At Tuesday, February 15, 2005 11:30:00 PM, Blogger Jay Solo said...

This took so long to load, I forgot what the post was about! Until I saw the other comment.

My only experience with Memphis is I used to support a PC-based POS system used by all the Burger Kings in the area. Too many tales to tell in one comment. It was funny though; the Memphis, TN people had this stereotyped image of the people on the Arkansas side of the river as complete morons. Which would be true if my experience with the staffs in the places was any indication of the state of the general population. By the same token, the Mississippi folks seemed to be the most clueful, but the sample size was small.

At any rate, that was more than 10 years ago. The company I worked for is long since out of business.

 
At Tuesday, February 15, 2005 11:41:00 PM, Blogger The Angle of Repose said...

We had an office in Memphis when I was in the Air Force Recruiting Service and I visited it about every other month. I remember Memphis as being a very hip town! Lots of old money there - very nice established neighborhoods. Also some very rough areas. It is in the South so things are a bit slower. I always enjoyed my visits there.

 
At Tuesday, February 15, 2005 11:42:00 PM, Blogger The Angle of Repose said...

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At Tuesday, February 15, 2005 11:42:00 PM, Blogger The Angle of Repose said...

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At Tuesday, February 15, 2005 11:42:00 PM, Blogger The Angle of Repose said...

Oops sorry about all those duplicate saves!

 
At Tuesday, February 15, 2005 11:59:00 PM, Blogger SMASH said...

I've spent exactly one day of my life in Memphis.

I had ribs at Corky's, which is apparently THE place to go. It was good.

I also spent an evening on Beale St., and caught a live Blues band at B.B. King's club. Time well spent.

Beyond that, you're on your own.

 
At Wednesday, February 16, 2005 10:25:00 AM, Blogger Peter Sean Bradley said...

I did a couple of days of depositions in Memphis on two separate occassions. I stayed at the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, which is a few blocks from Beale Street. Beale is a tourist trap area that was made famous in in the song "Walking in Memphis." It was crowded, very energized and I think I was offered the opportunity to purchase illicit drugs twice on the way. I had dinner at a barbecue place called the Rendezvous, across from the Peabody and down an alley. It was fantastic. The downtown area was accessible in terms of driving and parking. One drawback that would be a concern for me is the humidity. Memphis is right on the Mississippi and if you're from Fresno, you think you can handle heat, until you get into an area that has really high humidity and then you really know what heat is like.

 
At Wednesday, February 16, 2005 11:19:00 AM, Blogger Tony Falcon said...

I've been to Memphis on business trips but I always stay in Tunica, Mississippi - about 20 miles from Memphis. There's nothing there but Casinos, restaurants and a pretty decent hotel and golf course. If you're into gambling and golf.

 
At Wednesday, February 16, 2005 1:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Peabody has the ducks, and that is fun. Other than that, my one time visit to Memphis saw us at BB Kings for ribs and some good music, and just checking out "The Street" for fun and frolic. Afraid other than that, all I got to see was the inside of a convention center. :) There are casinos and such just south of Memphis, but don't know if you would care for those. Hope the visit goes well, and very non-Firmish *G*

LW

 

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