Monday, February 18, 2008

Huntsville - Memphis - Little Rock

Forced myself through the shoot with DK - drinking far too much cold medicine and popping too many Excedrin. It was well worth it though....... ten hours after our shoot together, Dennis flew to FT Laud to instruct on Don's SouthBound Fetish Workshop... that means waiting patiently for photos.... for a long long time....

Memphis is the scariest city I have ever been to. I tried to make the most out of it - I went to Beale Street, the Pink Palace, and the Memphis Zoo.... But this place is nothing but a run-down, racist, poverty stricken hole of scum, somewhere down near the Bible Belt..... If you ever have the chance visit - don't do it!

I do not know why, but I ran into the strangest situations when stopping for gas. First time, a bunch of uneducated young farmhands surrounded my car - threatening that the, "Niggers" were going to take me away and rape me. Now, I do not know about "niggers" but I was so freaked out by the uneducated white-dudes leaning on my car. I took off doing eighty.....And the second time, I pulled into the gas station... and this handsome-looking black guy gave me the up-and-down look (you know that look)... and a white kid walked right up to him, I did not even see the kid, .... he just punched him in the face. It came out of no-where..... "Dumb Nigger looking at a white girl..... Go home to your Nigger family." I was just as stunned as the black guy, I had no idea what had just happened.... I spent the rest of the day feeling bad, that I got some random guy punched in the face......

Couchsurfing a Memphis commune/collective also = another world..... Dumpster Diving and Woofing and all that..... cool stuff....... Had a great time getting to participate in it for a night or two. But I do like hot water and clean sheets a few nights a week...... I love the hippie life, but I am not that raw.... : )

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad you got out of Memphis in one piece. I must ask you: As you had your run-in with the local yokels, did "Dueling Banjos" from Deliverance suddenly start to creep slowly into the back of your mind? Have fun and make sure you buy some extra strength Hick repellent on the way to Louisiana. xo

Anonymous said...

Too bad that kind of crap still happens, you can feel bad for the black guy, but it wasn't your fault that he got punched, just dumb ass rednecks in the South do that kind of crap. It's a real shame, people should at least be able to tolerate each other, if not like each other. Why can't we all just get along?!

Kev said...

Speaking as someone who lives on the other side of Tennessee - Memphis is kind of like of the paroled cousin you hope never shows up for Thanksgiving. Sorry you had such a bad experience there.

jcalexander said...

Maybe you should have checked the calendar at the gas station - sounds more like 1958 than 2008. Unbelievable. I suspect Anonymous White Boy has a problem with his favorite white chicks hooking up with black guys. (Note to A.W.B.: if you took care of your own business a little better, the local girls would think more of you)
You were in no way responsible, so don't beat yourself up over it.

Anonymous said...

Forget Memphis. Its a shame a bunch of redneck bastards had to throw the hex on you. Good to hear you have made it back to civilization. Hope the hot springs were theraputic. Again, forget Memphis. Don't let the actions of others wreck your trip.

Ready Maid said...

Sorry you had such a difficult time in Memphis. We've been there a couple of times, but never experienced anything like that.

When you come to Hot Springs, be aware geographer Warren Bland recently named Hot Springs, Ark. the No. 1 place in America to retire. We visited one day, then moved here. That was five years ago.

I gotta admit, Hot Springs is a pretty cool place to live, even for those of us who aren't yet retired.

To see short documentary-style video clips about Hot Springs, check out SpaVlogger.

Rebecca McCormick,
Travel Journalist, Hot Springs Village Voice

Anonymous said...

I am sorry but I love these comments about Memphis. I know exactly who is saying as a person that lives in Memphis now. Unless you have to live in this town that the only good thing is a college basketball team than you have no idea what goes on in a city that is also number one in crime. I do agree with London if you can stay out of Memphis than try your best. I wouldn't even suggest driving through it. This town as more people leaving it than it does coming in. Business are leaving quickly as they can. I am sorry that you had a bad experience here but it happens every day. Espically the racial violence. Again sorry london and hope the rest of your trip is amazing.

London Andrews said...

I feel like that was just a big ol'plug for Hot Springs. Like a typed out commercial.....

It is one of the top places to retire.... I was reading about it in Time magazine a few months back. I also met a bunch of awesome people there today (young and old) and the city is beautiful..... Hot Springs is not Memphis. It is nothing like Memphis... it is a cool city on the Route 66 travel route, it is more like a flagstaff with nice weather - than anything else I've run into

Steve Jones said...

OK, I've got to step in here a bit and defend Memphis. Besides, you got some nice photos here in Memphis, didn't you? I mean, that's a pretty nice shot with the red draped cloth on the blog.....wonder who shot that, or right, it was me.
Many models/tourists etc. pass through Memphis and love it. I'm sorry London had such a bad experience, the city has a high urban poor population and its share of racists, a double bind. But if given a chance Memphis has a great vibe and music scene. Its no use getting into an argument over the city itself, I bitch about the city as much as anyone, but most don't have London's experience. Love ya girl.

Dubbayoo said...

Welcome to the South, and why I moved to Los Angeles ten years ago.

Anonymous said...

Too bad ya had a rough spot down south. You will love Seattle and the West Coast. I'm out there in August for a photo workshop and can't wait to eat seafood everyday !

Anonymous said...

I share your view about Memphis--a real whole in the ground. One of the worst hotels I've ever stayed at was in Memphis--head west.

Keep up the blogging--great stuff!

London Andrews said...

I know Memphis has a great music scene - I heard rumors that some of the best jazz/blues comes out of that city.... It was the reason I put Memphis on my trip roster... I wanted to check it all out....

Unfortunately, I did not get to check that part out....

Keep in mind, I do not live in these cities.... I only pick up the general idea of a city over the course of three - five days. Every city has a redeeming factor - I was in Memphis so briefly, I just must have missed that one....

Anonymous said...

London, I am curious...since you wrote in your entry that you are a "white girl". What exactly is your ethnic heritage?

Thanks, I love your blog!

London Andrews said...

Sorry I didn't see your post until now... : )

My mom is fair skinned, freckled, green eyes... she is totally beautiful - very Irish. I fell more to my father's Italian side, short, dark haired, olive skin, brown eyes.

Anonymous said...

Okay, that's great, London! Thanks for the reply. Italian and Irish, eh? That was my guess. A beautiful mix resulting in a beautiful lady!

I hope that on St. Paddy's Day next week you'll be wearing a t-shirt that says, "Kiss Me I'm Irish".

:) Chris