crime rate

Robbing Memphis of it’s good.

Let me not sugar coat this for anyone   I don’t like Memphis!

It’s not the worse place that I have lived (I have lived in more places than any 32 year has lived).  However Memphis does take the number two spot.

A few reedeming qualities so I am not  so doom and gloom.

#1 I like running in the Shelby Farm dog park.

#2 My gym is awesome and cost $15 a month

#3 There is an amazing  Asian Grocery store by my gym. (Why does Charlotte have the scariest Asian stores!?)

#4 You can see the sun here. I lived in Dayton Ohio for 8 months and saw the sun once.  I’m not making this up.

#5  IM ROBBING MEMPHIS BLIND

I’m not sure if it’s because FedEx ships here and Amazon has a shipping center here but I have discovered the store called the Bargain Hunt. It’s essentially a clearing house for returned goods from Amazon, overstock, macy’s, and some other places.  We have currently gutted and are renovating our house from the 1950’s.

So I need to brag. I found this chandelier that was $899 for $79.

My win

My win

I also have found these pendants that are $80 bucks in home depot for $18.  We are saving some serious cash here.

Pendant

Pendant

Then while shopping at Habitat for Humanity, I found some store called dirt cheap.  It is a clearing house for gap, target, Neiman Marcus and some high end designers for the UK.  Case and point is my $1.50 hand bag from Oscar de La Renta.

Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta

Pottery Barn outlet check. We have that.  Maybe I’m cheap or just down to earth. But purchasing what was a $700 living room table for $500’s is still crazy.  However the other day I found what was a $70 push pin tile, for $1.87.  I plan on painting and decorating this.

So yeah, Memphis you still suck but thank you for having cheap stuff.

I saw my third or fourth highway  fatality on my way to work at 3am. This is the second time I have called 911 to report these type of accidents. I’ve definitely learned people drive dangerously crazy here. The speed limit is 45mph on the freeway. I have to drive at 65mph so I don’t get killed, I’m in the slow lane.  People are driving at 90mph in the 45.

I also learned that if you get in an accident, no one is going to pull over and help you.  With the construction and how fast everyone goes it’s nearly impossible.  The second accident I saw I really wanted to pull over and back up the 1/2 mile.  I saw someone crawling on the side of the rode as I drove by, I was horrified.  I called 911.  My co-workers told me not to ever stop in Memphis and help someone…it’s too dangerous.  Did I mention how Memphis is the third most dangerous city in the USA. Tennessee also just got ranked the most dangerous state.  I hate this place.

 

Categories: adventure, crashpad, crime rate, memphis, Uncategorized | Tags: , | Leave a comment

How to trust a town that doesn’t have Jeopardy

bebiberland

I was there, but now I’m here. Deep, very deep!

As some of you may not know, I have resigned from crafting in Philadelphia and moved on to crafting in Memphis.  As with my move to Philadelphia (I was not excited) Memphis doesn’t have the best rep.  However within  a week of being here I saw the nice parts of Memphis  and I’ve been warming up to it.

Here are some shocking fact about Memphis:

#1 No Jeopardy,  what the F%^$!  

I judge a city on when they play Jeopardy.  If they play the Wheel of Fortune before Jeopardy I usually think less of the town.  Well, I don’t have that problem in Memphis.   Memphis plays Jeopardy at 3:30pm!  The same time Maury is telling some raging whore that her sixth paternity test is negative.  WTF  Memphis, are you guys not educated enough to watch an Emmy award-winning quiz show?  Get your shit together, I’m sure Mississippi has it on at 6:30 pm before Wheel of Fortune.  Okay that got a little violent, sorry I had to vent.

#2 Memphis doesn’t have a full-time NPR station!   

National Public Radio is the best news and entertainment station in the world!   Oh how I miss hearing Michele Norris tell me the world news.  I cry for not hearing Wait Wait Don’t tell Me (this is better than John Stewart show) missing Rosetto Casper on Splendid Table, talk her way through food subjects.  I have to tune into a Mississippi radio station to hear 1 hour extra of programming when I drive.  That’s right Mississippi has more NPR than Memphis.

#3 Expect to get robbed at gun point

Everyone I work with keeps telling  me stories of fellow co-workers and family members getting robbed at gun point.  I just moved here from Philadelphia and I found this comical.

For the record:

Memphis has 17.9 murders per 100,000 people

Philadelphia has 21.2 murders per 100,000 people

With this being said, I never was told by any of my co-workers in Philadelphia that their loved ones had been mugged.  I gather that the Memphis folks just have guns and want your money but are polite enough not to kill you.  Will just call it Southern hospitality.

So, aside from the mugging, no  jeopardy, and NPR I’m learning to embrace Memphis.  This means going to Church (we are in the bible belt) and eating BBQ.

Categories: adventure, bbq, bible belt, craft, crashpad, crime rate, jeopardy, maps, memphis, mugging, npr, philadelphia, safety, survival, survival skills, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog at WordPress.com.