Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Trip to Memphis

I had the opportunity to fly to Memphis to visit my folks.  I try to go by myself about once a year and I timed it to line up with my Dad's eye surgery.

They are doing well and a lot has changed in Germantown with new stores and shops popping up all over the place.

We went by the Container Store and I got new Nalgene bottles to replace the ones I left in Houston.  My mom had some Banana Republic rewards and I got a pair of shorts and two new polo shirts.

We did a surprising amount of dining out

Chicken Salad Chick - I sampled the Classic Carol, Olivia's Old South, Lauryn's Lemon Basil and Fancy Nancy.  I ended up ordering Olivia's Old South (my favorite) on toasted white bread with a side of Fancy Nancy.  Honestly, I think I would have enjoyed any of them.  It was fresh, light and flavorful.  Although we carried out, the restaurant was bright and airy with a good vibe.  Several people were picking up grab and go 16 ounce containers of chicken salad.  I feel like this could be a great franchise opportunity in Denver.

Newk's Eatery - I ordered the Chicken Pesto Sandwich with pasta salad.

Bombay House - I ordered the Tandoori dinner which was very good and very generous serving sizes.  I took about half home to go.  My parents were able to split the vegetarian dinner with minimal leftovers.

I also was able to fix their Amazon Alexa, help them navigate some financial accounts and fix the Roku device my sister gave them.  As a result of the Roku, we watched a few Hindi movies on Netflix including

Bareilly Ki Barfi - Cute Rom-Com

Baazaar - Wall Street movie based on an insider trading scheme

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga - Cute Rom-Com

Between those activities and catching up on what is going on in the world, it was a very pleasant trip.

The United flights were OK.  The flight out was great.  The plane was half empty and plenty of room in the overhead compartments.  I had a whole row to myself.  The flight back was more full, but there were plenty of empty seats.  It was a smaller plane and my backpack was more full and I had to do a lot of rearranging to get my stuff to fit.  I also had a cooler bag full of snacks that fit under the seat in front of my.

I was reading Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson, but abandoned it in favor of Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell.  I may pick it back up, but it was not as engaging as Seven Eves.  The Gladwell book did not disappoint during the first few chapters.

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