Favorite

The Observer, Jan. 15 

It's hard to call yourself “The Observer” when you rarely get out and do anything. So, after a couple of weekends hunkered down in the hermitage, we decided to step out into the crisp weather and go catch some music downtown. The Dempseys were playing at Sticky Fingerz. They're a three-piece rockabilly band from Memphis. Their live show is jumpin', best described as musical acrobatics. The guys know how to play each other's instruments (stand-up bass, guitar and drums) and they often do so, even at the same time. Naturally, we wanted to get a closer look at the spectacle, so we ventured beyond the tables and up to the front.

After a couple of songs, we felt something cold sprinkle across the backs of our necks. We didn't think much about it until it happened again. We turned to see a middle-aged man sitting at a table behind us and chuckling to a friend.

Now, out of any group of people, the Observer is probably the least likely to be dubbed mature. But compared to this codger, we were etiquette experts. We asked him if he'd spit/thrown/slung the water/beer/cocktail our way. He denied it.  We dropped it.  But hey, I guess spitting geezers are what you get for going out.

 

Either dressing utility poles is the latest thing in public art or someone was having a moment over the weekend, hanging a green jacket on a pole across from Mount St. Mary's campus. Pole person also carried an umbrella, stuck at a jaunty angle from the pole. The finishing touch: Gauzy angel wings. A tribute to Mary Poppins, perhaps? A kind of upbeat memorial at the scene of a car-pole confab? Whatever, the adornments were well affixed; everything was in place both in early morning, the first time The Observer passed by, and later in the afternoon.

The Observer wouldn't mind knowing what the dresser had in mind. Wouldn't mind not knowing, as far as that goes. But if it's a trend, we want to be on top of it, figuratively speaking.

 

A descendant of the Plantagenets helped The Observer mail a package the other day. He provided this fascinating bit of information about his family history after offering The Observer a chocolate with a verbal flourish, calling us “madame.” The Observer complimented him on his accent, and that got the conversation started. Seems the gentleman, who was at the UPS counter in an office supply store in midtown, learned of his regal forebears — the Plantagenets were the first kings of England you see — when his daughter did a little family research. He was clearly enjoying it, remarking it's not every day when a kings helped mail packages. It's not often they offer chocolates, either, to their customers. We enjoyed the royal treatment.

His name was Joe. Joe the Plantagenet.

 

File this away until next December: A man we know, an avid reader, and also somewhat stingy, went to the main library downtown on Sunday, Dec. 28, hoping to check out a few volumes. He was dismayed to find the library closed. Another would-be patron, a young man with a small child, made the discovery about the same time. Our friend fumed. How long do these librarians take off for Christmas, he wondered. His disposition degenerated when he checked the library web site and found that the library was listed as open every day between Christmas and New Year's. He called the next day to find out why the library had been closed on Sunday. “It was just a holiday weekend,” an employee chirped. Unsatisfied, the complainant appealed upward. Linda Bly, the library's deputy director, explained matters. The library has traditionally closed on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year's, always a slow period, she said. But Sunday was the only day it was closed, and the closing should have been announced on the web site, she said. She didn't know why it wasn't, and she'd try to assure that the omission wasn't repeated.

 

 

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Arkansas Times Staff

Readers also liked…

  • I'm sorry

    I'm sorry we stood by while your generation's hope was smothered by $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, just because you were trying to educate yourselves enough to avoid falling for the snake oil and big talk of a fascist.
    • Nov 17, 2016
  • Show and tell

    The Observer is an advocate of the A+ method of integrating the arts and using creativity to teach across the curriculum, an approach that the Thea Foundation, with help from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, is offering to schools across the state.
    • Feb 25, 2016
  • Yawp

    The Observer has been in a funk lately for a number of reasons: revulsions and slights, both foreign and domestic. We get that way most years as the winter drags on, once the tinsel and colored lights of Christmas drop into the rearview, soon after we come off the New Year's Day hangover.
    • Mar 24, 2016

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Latest in The Observer

  • Taking one for the team

    The Observer got to the doctor's office the other day. We hate going to the doctor. Loathe is a better word. In the form of a sentence, it would be: "The Observer hates going to the doctor with the same white hot intensity that Trump voters would hate being forced to read the seminal grammar primer, 'The Elements of Style,' by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White." Yes, it's that bad.
    • Sep 21, 2017
  • The lake house

    The Observer got to the lake over the weekend, courtesy of some friends who rented a place on the water.
    • Sep 14, 2017
  • 13

    The Observer, an office-bound hermit until we were cast back into the hustle of an open newsroom earlier this year, had forgotten how much we'd missed the camaraderie of being forced into joining conversations with your colleagues.
    • Sep 7, 2017
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »

September

S M T W T F S
  1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation