View From The Barstool http://viewfromthebarstool.com/viewwp The Nightlife of Memphis Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:16:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 https://i0.wp.com/viewfromthebarstool.com/viewwp/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cropped-vicon.png?fit=32%2C32 View From The Barstool http://viewfromthebarstool.com/viewwp 32 32 “I had a stroke…” http://viewfromthebarstool.com/viewwp/i-had-a-stroke/ Fri, 02 Jun 2017 09:30:12 +0000 http://viewfromthebarstool.com/viewwp/?p=30 Originally we were going to hit up East End Winchester, but my buddy GM needed to be a little closer to home before we got to work on a few drinks, so we instead went to East End HWY 64 and oh boy, what a treat…

Myself and the guy I simply will refer to here as GM made our way from the Winchester location I mentioned before to East End HWY 64 to visit James, good friend and long time bartender. We get our drinks and GM exchanges pleasantries with people he recognizes and introduces me to. Again, this is a quiet setting that allows proper conversations and a “get to know” environment. One particular person we got to meet was a former military man, now retired, and a wealth of knowledge we now know as Ray. Ray sat down next to us with an eagerness to speak and socialize which I find to be awesome quality in a person. Braver than me honestly. He picked up on our conversation of restaurants and how to manage. He gave us an already studied idea of the “Servant Leadership” practice that he swears by without question. I personally have never heard of it before and after reading it, I like the idea. Do not be close-minded on it based on the name; read and share your opinion. He expressed it in great detail over the course of an hour and few shots. Well shots for me and GM, I can’t speak for him as he nestled his lone beer like a trophy and only tasted it after a few moments of personal zen after each end of his personal opinion and commentary.

As he spoke to us about these philosophies, he mentioned an anniversary that was special to him in the very bar we sat. In fact, he pointed a seat close to us and said these words I am sure I will not forget: “See that seat right now, its my anniversary of when I had a stroke right there.” As he told us, a blood clot made its way to his brain that caused the stroke and he was now just “getting his feet wet again.” Needless to say, myself and GM were surprised. Very. Myself personally, if I had a stroke in a bar, I am sure I wouldn’t repeat the trip nevertheless the circumstances surrounding it. But I revere him a brave man for facing his fears and chasing them down. He came off as very awesome, very knowledgeable, if not extremely eager, individual. Eagerness is a side effect of belief, so I do not judge. If you believe in something enough, than eagerness follows.

The nightlife of Memphis is very strange sometimes, but damn it do I love it. Never know what you’re gonna see or witness from a View From The Barstool.

-Randy

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Late Nights at the Bar http://viewfromthebarstool.com/viewwp/late-nights-at-the-bar/ Fri, 02 Jun 2017 06:51:12 +0000 http://viewfromthebarstool.com/viewwp/?p=26 So many people crave the love of showing up to a bustling bar full of eager patrons enjoying their libations along with some food to keep yourself even (if you do that of course), but not me. Don’t get me wrong, a busy bar is a good bar, but…I just love the quiet of sitting around with a handful of people around and just taking in the moments. Tonight I am sitting after hours at a newer spot for me and I have to say just listening to music, meeting a handful of people in a somewhat soberish state of mind makes it more impactful to me than blistered out of my mind and may not remember the next day.

The night isn’t done though as, if it goes to plan, myself and a future contributor to the site is going to be checking out East End on Winchester to see how their late night life is. More spots to come and more, detailed stories to type, and more experiences to live.

-Randy

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Welcome All to the Show http://viewfromthebarstool.com/viewwp/welcome-all-to-the-show/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:29:30 +0000 http://viewfromthebarstool.com/viewwp/?p=15 Hello everyone, my name is Randy Cresswell and I’d like to welcome you all to the show known as “View from the Barstool”. As host of this experience, it is my job to make sure you enjoy each story that is presented to you and that there are plenty of articles up for your pleasure.

I will be gaining some team members here soon that will also share their past and present stories to help keep the content fresh. Looking forward to seeing all of your responses and should have some stories going in the next couple of days. Until then, pull up a seat and enjoy the View from the Barstool.

-Randy

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