Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tims Ford State Park Lost Creek Overlook Trail

The park staff claim this trail is well-marked, but I found several people also trying to navigate it who agreed with me that that's not an accurate representation. It's marked, but never where paths diverge; so you end up at forks with several choices as to which way to go and nary a marker in sight. Getting dangerously lost isn't likely, but losing the trail is.

The trail begins at the Visitor Center here and is 1.3 miles to the overlook:

The story about the car is that back in the day when this land was private property and the car was almost new some kids were playing in the car and knocked it out of gear. The car rolled down the hill, hitting the tree, and the owners weren't able to recover it:

There are several bridges:

Very little of this trail is close enough for good views of the water, but the woodland is pretty:

and there are some water views:

I saw deer:

You wouldn't call the deer tame, but there weren't particularly skittish and would stick around if I stopped walking or if we stopped the car to watch them. We saw a couple of fawns, one with a doe and one by itself. I'm sure the mother was keeping an eye on it.

The trail was blocked by a couple of downed trees at one point, but climbing over wasn't hard:

Reaching the overlook:

there are a couple of other trails that branch off, but we went back to the Visitor Center and sat in rockers for a bit

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Drag Me to Hell

Drag Me to Hell is a 2009 horror film about what happens if you offend a gypsy. Take my advice: Do not ever offend a gypsy. This movie is directed by Sam Raimi, who also has an uncredited cameo appearance.


The New York Times gives it a positive review and calls it "A feast of flies, phlegm, fisticuffs and embalming fluid." The Guardian gives it a positive review but faults the "stereotypical depiction of gypsies". The Telegraph describes it as "undemanding fun."

Empire Online concludes, "Thrilling and often hilarious, it’s good to see one of Hollywood’s most inventive directors fully reinvigorated." Moria says, "... did Drag Me to Hell not come with the pedigree of Sam Raimi’s name attached, there is precious little about it that would have made it anything other than another direct-to-dvd horror film, let alone a cinematic release."

Richard Roeper begins his review with this: "If you can sit through the repeated gross-out scenes in "Drag Me to Hell" without once closing your eyes, cringing or looking away, congratulations: You may have a career as a biohazard removal/crime scene cleanup worker." Roger Ebert gives it 3 stars. Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 92%.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Martha's Menu

We went through Corinth, MS, on our way to the state park on our recent vacation, and we stopped at Martha's Menu for lunch. We were warmly greeted and asked to seat ourselves

We looked at the menu,

but were encouraged to select one of the daily specials, so I had the fried chicken:

Delicious! I'm glad we came across it. Corinth is only 1 1/2 hours away, and there are several museums there. I'll have to go back sometime.

Please join the T is for Tuesday blogger gathering hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth and share a drink with us.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tims Ford State Park

We just got back from a week-long trip to Tims Ford State Park in Middle Tennessee. We picked what must have been the hottest week of the year to go, but we had a great time in spite of the sweltering heat. They call it a "rustic" park, but I'm not sure what that means unless it means they don't have a lodge and restaurant on site. The cabin was quite comfortable:

It was the noisiest state park we've ever stayed in, with boaters settling in off the bank behind our cabin with loud music playing on three different days and the sounds along the trails of mowing and traffic. That said, it was a lovely park with nicely sited lake-side cabins and woodland trails.

Here's the view from the cabin:

This is the visitor center:

There's a bird rehab facility next to it:

I won't put all my trail photos in this post, but there's a sweet lake-front trail between the cabins and the marina:

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Naked Lunch

Naked Lunch is a 1991 award-winning science fiction film, an adaptation of the William S. Burroughs book. It is directed by David Cronenberg and stars Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, and Roy Scheider.


New York Times says, "It's hard to imagine another film maker who could delve so deeply into the monstrousness of Mr. Burroughs's vision". Rolling Stone says, "Cronenberg whose screenplay for the film won the 1991 New York Film Critics Award has turned Burroughs's densely fragmented novel into a pungently comic and inventive spellbinder about the act of writing, incorporating Burroughs's life in the mix." Slant Magazine says this: "David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch is a surreal experience that’s heightened further by disguising itself within a veneer of classical stateliness ... a prodigious tonal achievement that blurs reality and the hallucinatory".

Roger Ebert says,
in a recent documentary about his life, Burroughs came across as a man who walks around with something wounded inside, something that hurts so much that his spirit simply shut down.

That aspect of Burroughs is celebrated at feature length in “Naked Lunch,”
Empire Online concludes, "Provocative, but never as clever as it thinks it is". TimeOut closes with this: "Burroughs purists may be disappointed, but this dark distillation of the novel's themes gets closer to its essence than any 'straight' adaptation could hope to do." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 71%.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Blues Hall of Fame Museum

photo from Wikipedia

The Blues Hall of Fame Museum opened in downtown Memphis 2 years ago, but I had never been. A few days ago The Daughter and I went. From the website:
Our visitors will enjoy 10 individualized galleries with interactive touchscreen displays along with three master databases where they can hear the music, watch videos, and read the stories of each of our inductees. In addition, each gallery houses one-of-a-kind memorabilia..
Enter at street level and enjoy the free exhibits in the lobby before you go down to the museum proper.

We thoroughly enjoyed it and will certainly go back. I'm including photos of just a few of the musicians and some of their music.

They had Alberta Hunter's Amtrak Blues album on display, and that was always one of my favorites.

If you're not familiar with it, you can listen to one of the songs here:

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite

on Get Up!

Bobby "Blue" Bland

singing his I Pity the Fool:

Bobby Rush

singing Porcupine Meat:

Johnny Winter

on his Tired of Tryin':

Lead Belly

singing Midnight Special (1944):

Lightenin' Hopkins

on Baby, Please Don't Go:

Mavis Staples

sings Down in Mississippi:

W. C. Handy

plays his St. Louis Blues:

It's a fascinating place! We could've stayed all day and listened to every musical track they had available, but we got hungry so walked down to Beale Street for lunch.