Not having a job and Joe being in the military means one thing – we can have four day weekends during random times of the year. This weekend Joe had Saturday to Tuesday off and we celebrated with a trip to Memphis. We stayed at the famous Peabody downtown, only affordable due to the military rate (otherwise it’s almost $400 a night!). The original Peabody hotel is famous for it’s march of the ducks. According to the Peabody website the tradition began because of a prank.
Memphis January 21, 2009
“Back in 1933 Frank Schutt, General Manager of The Peabody, and a friend, Chip Barwick, returned from a weekend hunting trip to Arkansas. The men had a little too much Jack Daniel’s Tennessee sippin’ whiskey, and thought it would be funny to place some of their live duck decoys (it was legal then for hunters to use live decoys) in the beautiful Peabody fountain.”
“Three small English call ducks were selected as “guinea pigs,” and the reaction was nothing short of enthusiastic. Soon, five North American Mallard ducks would replace the original ducks.”
We saw the march of the ducks on Sunday morning along with about 100 other people.
Saturday we spent some time exploring by driving around. We drove down Poplar or Union and saw beautiful houses, did some shopping and spotted a Buffalo Wild Wings (Joe’s favorite). Around dinner we went back to the hotel to get ready for dinner and a night out on Beale Street. We stopped by the concierge’s desk and asked where we could get some authentic Memphis cuisine. He directed us to a place called Rendevouz. Rendevouz is known for it’s ribs and was a pretty popular place since the entire upstairs was a waiting room. The pork nachos were delicious in my opinion. Next up we went to Beale street. We were disappointed at the lack of people but realized it was January and pretty cold. We stopped in B.B. Kings’ club and stayed there for the rest of the night. The band was really good, especially during the Michael Jackson bit.
On Sunday after the march of the ducks we stopped by Graceland. Again, because of Joe being in the military we were able to go to every exhibit for the cheapest price. We saw his house, his cars, planes and memorabilia. We were both a little disappointed with the house tour as it was short and the upstairs was closed off for tours. Other than that little disappointment everything else was great. We saw about 80 white jumpsuits, much to our delight. Did you know you can purchase a replica Elvis white jumpsuit for 2 to 3 grand? You can also play pool for thirty minutes on Elvis’ pool table for 100 bucks. All of the tours took almost three hours and were a lot of fun, even for non Elvis fans like us. All and all Memphis was a nice break from Little Rock. I begged to have him leave me there but no such luck.