Memfisss tennuhseeee. Fascinating place- really crazy start to the day! I’ll back up a bit. Last night the busses weren’t gonna leave Atlanta until 5 AM. I fell asleep around 2 after hanging out with the crew for a while, glad I’d get up a good hour before we’d arrive. Welp apparently ten minutes into the drive the other crew bus broke down in a flurry of smoke and had to unload their bus, stuff ALL their luggage and bodies on our bus, THEN we had to pull over so we could load everything in a way so that people could fit on couches to actually close their eyes! When I got up around 930, expecting to be about an hour out, we were 2.5 hours out… and I got up to pee only to see the front lounge full of people from the other bus and all their stuff. Thought about exercising, but the back lounge was full of people too. Gina finally told me what happened… sucks! I did a lot of reading, listened to music (some 80s R&B today), and we arrived at the Memphis hotel by 12. Keys were ready immediately, I showered and went straight to exercise (this hotel is kinda old and dingy, fitness center was a little empty and smelly, but oh well that’s what I like). Working with energy levels is tough on a wild sleep schedule- had a TON of energy until maybe 2 and it started declining. My meal (as I was going on 14 hours since I had a bowl of oatmeal and maybe 18 since dinner) was cereal, a frozen bean burrito and some frozen veggies from the bus. Once I ate, Pedro and Dave were on the bus talking about heading over to Graceland. I didn’t really have any plans other than to get lost somewhere in Memphis today, so I decided to go! The plan was to meet at 315 (in the hour interim I managed to finish an Instagram song snippet.. stay tuned for that, probably tomorrow). Ultimately, Dave and I caught an Uber over to Graceland, home of Elvis. I thought it’d be meh, but wow- that was quite the incredible experience. All I can say is while it’s true that Elvis was a victim of his lack of self-control over his desires and that led to his downfall, he was truly a free spirit, a man of exquisite taste, and a true creator in every since of the word. His home is inspiring, his 13 acre lot full of beautiful and interesting things, and his family came from humble beginnings that every family can somehow relate to. I thought it was hilarious that John Stamos narrated the audio guided tour that we had on iPads, but nevertheless it was enjoyable. Saw his private jet, looked around his cars and merch, glad I spent the day there. And Dave is a deep thinker, he and I get along. I took away the importance of relying on your own nature; when you’re free to do and get whatever you want, your true character shows. This reassured me that if I do keep working hard to be successful, I’m not going to end up in any typecast position of a stereotypical “succesful” person in any career field. I’ll still be me. On the Uber back, a guy offered to take me around Memphis to see some cool stuff, but I declined regretfully so that I could go somewhere with Nathan and Steven. They were heading to Hattie B’s Hot Chicken with Ryan and Nate- I went with them and got a Bibimbap Salad at Railgarten (exceptional by the way… I added a quinoa veggie patty… oh my gawsh it was everything I needed in my life). Two waitresses at Hattie B’s commented on my food that it looked amazing (and with that southern drawl too.. man the South is fun). And that was it! It was 830, there wasn’t really time for Beale Street, I didn’t want to go alone (no fun with this little amount of time), BUT we’ll be in Northern Mississippi next week. In retrospect, today wasn’t that wild of a day, but I’m acclimating to a slower style of life I think (lots of friends of mine in LA would be itching to go out for another five hours after the day I just had).
Quick sidenote- it’s ok to get ice cream sandwiches sometimes (I just bought one downstairs), but have an ‘out’ (I have herbal tea and that really helps make me not feel like death after that delectable dairy delicacy I just destroyed).