Monday, August 14


I got out last night and met some pajama mafia members at a shindig organized by Serrabee, who has kindly posted a list of the attendees and a quote by yours truly that tells you, really, everything you need to know about me.

I spent most of my time there talking to SB and ML, mostly about random observations and pop culture and stuff. I'd had three drinks, so I'm 82 percent sure I said some stupid, stupid things (besides the communicable diseases thing, which I said stone-cold sober).

There was a point in the conversation where the topic turned to crime and how to get Memphis out of its perpetual struggle with violence. I agreed with John Harvey when he said that you've got to work on enforcing the laws about small stuff — even petty stuff — and the big stuff will start to scale back. I semi-sloshedly suggested that they should crack down on the idiots who just stroll across the middle of Union and Poplar at all hours — I called it "jaywalking" — and Mr. Harvey told me I had the wrong definition of jaywalking, since it really only applies to downtown/urban streets, and therefore there's no law against idiots wandering across six lanes of traffic. So, I guess I'll just live with nearly killing people with my car at least once or twice a week. But as long as it's legal...

So to everyone I met, it was nice to meet you, even if I didn't introduce myself. I'm kinda shy like that. Sorry.

Anyway, I'd like to write more, but I'm kinda pushing for time, as Brandon is on his way to pick me up. We're going shutterbugging — which is only slightly less fun than jitterbugging, from what my grandmother tells me — and lunching, I hope, as I am getting hungry.

And I haven't even mentioned Ashley's birthday Saturday night/Sunday morning (there a are a few pictures here) or the fact that we've got another designer coming in to interview tonight and I've halfway decided to take her to Stella, although I'm wrestling a little with sticker shock, but I guess I shouldn't care because it's company money and we're wining and dining, right?

To be continued...


Blogger mike said...

Hey, now! I'm one of those idiots who crosses Union. There's just no way I'm going down to cross at Belvedere or Kimbrough when all I want is something from Wendy's.

I'm not one of those who just wanders into traffic daring anyone to either avoid or hit me. I do try to be careful.

Mon Aug 14, 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger theogeo said...

Mike, we missed you last night!

And if you're at least trying to be careful going across Union, then I have no beef with you. It's mostly the people who wander across in a zig-zag pattern, taking their sweet time, with little regard for their lives or mine.

Safety first!

Mon Aug 14, 05:27:00 PM  
Blogger John Harvey said...

Here's what the TCA says on jaywalking. (One of my college professors in Substantive Criminal Law made a room full of cops look pretty stupid when he asked us what jaywalking entailed. We thought it was crossing any street. It turns out that "words mean things" and the TCA has lots of words!< G >)

TCA 55-8-135. Crossing at other than crosswalks.

(a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

(b) Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

(c) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.

Tue Aug 15, 12:27:00 AM  
Blogger theogeo said...

Hi, John, it was nice to meet you the other night.

Thanks for posting the TCA bit on jaywalking. Good to know that "the pedestrian always has the right-of-way" is also a myth.

Knowledge is power!!

Tue Aug 15, 12:50:00 AM  
Blogger David Holt said...

Squish the pedestrians!!!

Tue Aug 15, 01:12:00 PM  

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