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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Making Things Last Longer

Tired of replacing razor blades, printer cartridges and other household essentials at every turn? Here's how to make those must-haves last longer:

Shampoo and Conditioner

Store bottles upside down to prevent the shampoo or conditioner from getting stuck at the bottom of the bottle. When you can't get any more out, add a few capfuls of water, and shake.


Once you've squeezed out as much toothpaste as you can, cut the tube open with a pair of scissors, and you'll have enough for several more brushings.
Tip: Store the cut tube in a plastic bag between uses to prevent dry out.


Dry the blades off after each use, and they'll stay sharp longer.

Shower Gel

Apply your shower gel to a loofah, instead of to your skin, and a small squirt will produce endless lather.


When you get to the bottom of a tube, use a lip brush or a Q-tip to get at the remaining lipstick.
Tip: Scoop your lipstick leftovers into an empty lip gloss pot for easy on-the-go use.

Bar Soap

Unwrap your soap and allow it to dry out for a couple weeks before you use it. Why? Because dry soap doesn't dissolve as fast when it comes into contact with water.

Hand Soap

Purchase a foaming hand soap dispenser, and turn your regular hand soap into foaming hand soap. You'll be amazed at how far you can stretch one bottle of soap.

Dish Soap

Pick up a second foaming soap dispenser, and use the same recipe to turn your dish soap into foaming dish soap.

Laundry Detergent

More detergent doesn't mean cleaner clothes, it just means more soap residue on your clothes. Try using half as much detergent as the manufacturer recommends, and you probably won't even notice the difference.

Spray Cleaners

Set the spray nozzle to the lowest mist setting. Less coming out means less being used.


A simple way to stretch the life of all your clothes? Skip the dryer. All that heat just isn't good for your clothes.


Clean dirt and scuff marks off of your shoes as soon as you notice them to avoid any permanent damage.


Food spoilage is often the result of improper storage. Learn how to store the foods that you eat regularly:


Stick candles in the freezer for a couple of hours before you use them. This will cause the wax to burn slower and more evenly.


Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for flipping and rotating your mattress to prevent premature sagging.


Vacuum the condenser coil every three months (once a month if you have pets).

Printer Ink

The simplest way to extend the life of your printer ink is to only print what you need, but that's not the only thing you can do:


Revive dried out markers by storing them vertically (tip down) for a day or two. If that doesn't work, try dipping the tips in alcohol for a few minutes.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Murphy's Laws And Others

Murphy's Laws and Others
Law of Mechanical Repair
After your hands become coated with grease,
your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee.

Law of Gravity
Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped,
will roll to the least accessible place in the universe.

Law of Probability
The probability of being watched
is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

Law of Random Numbers
If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal;
someone always answers.

Variation Law
If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will
always move faster than the one you are in now.

Law of the Bath
When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

Law of Close Encounters
The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically
when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

Law of the Result
When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work,

Law of Biomechanics
The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Law of the Theater & Hockey Arena
At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle, always
arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to
go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of
the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come
early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to
the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

The Coffee Law
As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask
you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

Murphy's Law of Lockers
If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Physical Surfaces
The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor,
are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy
As soon as you find a product that you really like,
they will stop making it, OR the store will stop selling it!!

Doctors' Law - If you don't feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor,
by the time you get there you'll feel better..
But don't make an appointment, and you'll stay sick.

Why English Is Hard to Learn

Why English Is Hard to Learn

We will begin with box; the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox is oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, and two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose is never called meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a house full of mice;
But the plural of house is houses, not hice.
The plural of man is always men,
But the plural of pan is never pen.

If I speak of a foot, and you show me two feet,
And I give you a book, would a pair be a beek?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't two booths be called a beeth?

If the singular's this and the plural is these,
Should the plural of kiss be ever called keese?

We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his, and him;
But imagine the feminine...she, shis, and shim.
Got it?

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Toast

New Year Toasts
As we start the New Year,
Let's get down on our knees
to thank God we're on our feet.
~ Irish ~

Stir the eggnog, lift the toddy,
Happy New Year, everybody.

Here's to the bright New Year
And a fond farewell to the old;
Here's to the things that are yet to come
And to the memories that we hold.
As you slide down the banisters of life,
may the splinters never point the wrong way.

Here's to you a New Year's Toast
May your Joy ne'er see a Sorrow's Ghost.

In the New Year,
may your right hand always
be stretched out in friendship,
but never in want.
~ Irish ~ 
May we live to learn well,
and learn to live well.
May you live as long as you want,
and never want as long as you live.

In the year ahead,
May we treat our friends with kindness
and our enemies with generosity.

Let us resolve to do the best
we can with what we've got.
~ William Feather ~

May all your troubles during the coming year
be as short as your New Year's resolutions.

May it be the best year yet for you
And everything prosper you may do.

May the best of this year
be the worst of next.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring happy bells across the snow;
The year is going, let him go.
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson ~


The Legend Of The Holly

The Legend Of The Holly
The news of Christ's birth soon spread throughout the land.  King Herod had heard of the glorious event and, feeling threatened by this new King of Kings, had sent his soldiers in pursuit of Him.  Joseph gathered together his little family and fled from Bethlehem .

As they were traveling down an old dirt road, Mary heard the sound of the soldiers behind them.  Knowing that they would be searching for a man and woman with a baby, she decided to hide her child until the soldiers had passed.

Looking quickly around, Mary felt her heart sink within her.  There was nothing nearby but a bare little holly bush.  Every second, the hooves of the soldier's horses thundered nearer and nearer.  In desperation, she placed her precious child beneath the bush and prayed.

But then, a wondrous thing happened.  The scraggly little plant burst forth with a crown of glistening, thorny leaves.  The spikey leaved bush formed a roof over the baby, hiding him completely.  When the soldiers rode by, they saw only the couple who appeared to be childless and continued on their way, leaving the Christ Child in safety and peace.

It was then that the Babe blessed the holly so that it would always remain green ... a symbol of hope and immortality to all.  And the berries the holly bore would always be blood red.  For of all the plants that grow, the holly alone, for one brief moment,
had held the Christ Child in its heart.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Memphis Pyramid The Tomb Of Doom

The Memphis Pyramid, initially known as the Great American Pyramid, formerly referred to as the Pyramid Arena and locally referred to as The Pyramid, was originally built as a 20,142-seat arena located in downtown Memphis at the banks of the Mississippi River. The facility was built in 1991 and was originally owned and operated jointly by the city of Memphis and Shelby County; Shelby County sold its share to Memphis in April 2009. Its structure plays on the city's namesake in Egypt, known for its ancient pyramids. It is 321 feet (98m, about 32 stories) tall and has base sides of 591 ft; it is by some measures the tenth tallest pyramid in the world.

 Pyramid and view of Wolf River

The Memphis Pyramid has not been regularly used as a sports or entertainment venue since 2004. In 2015, the Pyramid re-opened as a Bass Pro Shops "megastore", which includes shopping, a hotel, restaurants, a bowling alley, and an archery range with an outdoor observation deck at its apex.

Riverside Drive Entering Ramp of I-40 to Arkansas With View Of Pyramid


This photo of Bass Pro Shop is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The "Great American Pyramid" was conceived originally by Mark C. Hartz, a Memphis artist in about 1954. The project originally included three pyramids located on the south bluffs of Memphis overlooking the Mississippi River. The larger of the three would have been 2/3rd scale of the Great Pyramid of Memphis, Egypt. Because the flanking structures would have been scaled at 2/3s the size of the main pyramid. The project languished for three decades until Mark's younger son, Memphian Jon Brent Hartz, resurrected the concept. Mark C. Hartz, who was well known for his architectural renderings, rendered a new bronze glass-glazed pyramid. After years of negotiations, the younger Hartz's concept was adopted by entrepreneur John Tigrett as a symbol for the city of Memphis. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 15, 1989 and the building was opened on November 9, 1991. The construction of the building was managed by Sidney Shlenker, part owner of the Denver Nuggets and several entertainment companies, who Tigrett had brought to Memphis to develop tourist attractions in the building. Originally, there were plans for a shortwave radio station broadcasting Memphis music, an observation deck with an inclinator along the side of the building, a Hard Rock Cafe, a music museum, and a theme park on Mud Island along with other things. However, the plans were scrapped because of a fallout between Tigrett and Shlenker and the latter's financial difficulties.

View Of Pyramid From Mud Island and Downtown Memphis

Various Former Uses And Events:

The Pyramid was the home court for the University of Memphis men's basketball program, and later for the National Basketball Association's Memphis Grizzlies. However, both teams left The Pyramid in November 2004 to move into the newly built FedExForum. It was also home to the Memphis Pharoahs of the AFL.
The arena hosted the 1993 Great Midwest Conference Men's and Women's basketball tournaments, the 1994 and 1997 Southeastern Conference men's basketball tournament, the 1996 and 2000 Conference USA men's basketball tournament, and the 2003 Conference USA women's basketball tournament. It also held the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament in 1995, 1997, and 2001.

 Pyramid Just Past Auction Bridge To Mud Island

The Pyramid was the site of the WWF St. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House pay-per-view, in 1999.
It also hosted the boxing mega-fight between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson in 2002, which Lewis won by a knockout in the eighth round.

 Hernando Desoto Bridge beside Pyramid (The "M" Bridge)

Filmmaker Craig Brewer used the building as a sound stage for his film Black Snake Moan in late 2005.

 Hernando Desoto Bridge Night View Overlooking Mud Island

From 2002 to 2006, the annual Church of God in Christ international holy convocations were held here.
In 2002, the arena hosted a concert, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band performed what is reputed to be the last concert ever in the Pyramid, on February 3, 2007.

Troubles And Closure:

The vacant Pyramid pictured in 2010.
On the Pyramid's opening night, the arena floor flooded because of inadequate drainage pumps, and the entire arena began to flood causing stage hands to sandbag the entire perimeter to preserve the electrical runs under the stage. The arena was also assumed to be NBA ready; however, when the Memphis Grizzlies came to town, it was discovered that the cost of upgrading to NBA standards made it more practical to build an arena tailored specifically for the NBA. As a result, the $250 million FedExForum, home of the Memphis Grizzlies, was built and opened in 2004.

 Tom Lee Park and Riverside Drive and View Of Downtown with Pyramid at far Left.

The City of Memphis contract with the Memphis Grizzlies forbade the use of The Pyramid without the team's approval, and as a result, it went dark. A committee headed by Memphis businessman Scott Ledbetter studied possible uses of the arena in 2005, and considered such uses as converting the arena into a casino, an aquarium, a shopping mall, or an indoor theme park. In November 2006, Congressman-Elect Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) suggested that he would attempt to open a "Mid-American branch" of the Smithsonian Institution in the building. However, these plans were never realized. In the end, the committee on the building's future recommended that it be used for "destination retail" which would create more jobs and new tax revenues.

Riverside Drive and View Of Downtown Memphis With Pyramid on Left at Wolf River Harbor


In 2011, a drawing of The Pyramid – alongside images of iconic structures from Tennessee's three other large cities (the AT&T Building in Nashville, Knoxville's Sunsphere, and the Tennessee Aquarium of Chattanooga) – was incorporated into the standard design of Tennessee's state-issued driver's licenses.

Future Use:

In October 2005, media speculation began to focus on an aquarium or a Bass Pro Shops superstore as the most likely long-term tenants of the arena. In 2008, the city and Bass Pro Shops reached a "tentative" agreement, short on details, but based on an intent to develop the then-abandoned structure. On June 30, 2010, after 5 years of negotiating, Bass Pro and the City of Memphis signed an agreement for a 55-year lease for a Bass Pro Shops megastore. In addition, the redevelopment plans include revitalizing the Pinch District, which is the neighborhood east of the Pyramid. The city invested $30 million to help with the seismic retrofitting of the structure which was funded by sales tax revenue in the surrounding area. Bass Pro began renovations and construction in October 2012 and opened to the public on April 29, 2015.

Source: wikipedia

Memphis Bass Pro Shop In The Pyramid

Bass Pro Shops:

 Bass Pro Shop In The Memphis Pyramid, Memphis, TN

Bass Pro Shops (Outdoor World) is a privately held retailer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor recreation merchandise, known for stocking a wide selection of gear.

Bass Pro Shops and Redevelopment:

Interior of the Pyramid on Bass Pro Shops' opening day
In October 2005, media speculation began to focus on an aquarium or a Bass Pro Shops superstore as the most likely long-term tenants of the arena. In 2008, the city and Bass Pro Shops reached a "tentative" agreement, short on details, but based on an intent to develop the then-abandoned structure. On June 30, 2010, after 5 years of negotiating, Bass Pro and the City of Memphis signed an agreement for a 55-year lease for a Bass Pro Shops megastore. In addition, the redevelopment plans include revitalizing the Pinch District, which is the neighborhood east of the Pyramid. The city invested $30 million to help with the seismic retrofitting of the structure which was funded by sales tax revenue in the surrounding area. Bass Pro began renovations and construction in October 2012 and opened to the public on April 29, 2015.

 Indoors at The Bass Pro Shop

In addition to the retail store itself, Bass Pro at the Pyramid is home to an archery range, shooting range, and laser arcade. The building also includes an Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill with a bowling alley and a saltwater aquarium. The tallest freestanding elevator in America takes visitors to The Lookout at the Pyramid at the apex of the building, where they can take in the view on an indoor and outdoor observation deck or get a bite to eat at the "Sky High Catfish Cabin"; a restaurant, bar, and aquarium at the top of the building. At the base of the Pyramid is a 100-room hotel known as the Big Cypress Lodge. Bass Pro at the Pyramid contains 600,000 gallons of water features and the largest collection of waterfowl and hunting related equipment in the world.

 View of The Indoor Aquarium at Bass Pro Shop

One million people visited the Bass Pro Pyramid between the grand opening in April 2015 and July 8, 2015. Due in part to this large success, Bass Pro is considering adding a zip-line and a second hotel to the Pyramid.

 Night View From The Observation Deck Looking at the Mississippi River

Sunset From The Observation Deck

Downtown Memphis From The Pyramid, The Marriot and The Cannon Center

View Of A Fish in The Indoor Swamp

View Of Mud Island, The Wolf River Marina and the Mississippi River

Downtown Memphis From The Observation Deck Of Bass Pro

View Of Bass Pro Shop from Top Of Hernando-Desoto Bridge

More Fish In the Bass Pro Swamp

Working On Observation Deck Of Bass Pro Shop

Working On Bass Pro Shop

Close Up Shot Of Bass Pro Shops

View From Mississippi River

A Bear in the Swamp at Bass Pro Shops In Pyramid

Ducks On View In The Bass Pro Shops

Boats For Sale In The Bass Pro Shops Swamp

Customers Enjoying The Indoor Aquarium

Bass Pro Shops Night View

Indoor Grist mill and Gift Shop

Entrance To The Lookout at the Bass Pro Shops

The General Store Inside The Bass Pro Shops

The Elevator at Bass Pro Shops

View Of The "M" Bridge or Hernando Desoto Bridge

Another View Of The General Store

Time For Fudge At The General Store

The Lookout

Another Indoor View

View From I-40 Bridge

A View Of The Indoor Swamp and The Hotel Rooms in the Background

The Day Of The Grand Opening