Saturday, April 09, 2005

Creative Connection

My Creative 100 peer Tara Hunt has got her own blog a couple months ago. That was a weird little conference hosted by Richard Florida. I went down skeptical and wound up having a blast while in Memphis. It has been too long since I have been down there. I need to go again soon.

Tara is way fun. I visited her up in Toronto a couple of years ago. I feel bad for I was invited for dinner one night and couldn't make it. And often as it goes on vacation I was exhausted by the time I met up with her. She has quite a cool thing going up there. I should visit again and do it on a full nights sleep. I think I was a bit overstimulated and just trying to absorb the New York of Canada.

She wrote a nice little piece on me. Funny. I didn't know Richard Florida pulled her aside to figure out what the hell was wrong with me. Funny. I think too many people were taking the conference way, way too seriously. There was real discussion and ideas, but they were making it about as interesting as a trip to the dentist. The occasional dj spin between sessions and workshops pulled the whole thing way off base. And while they stressed creativity, they gave us crappy hotel food. Jeez, we were in Memphis. You are supposed to eat good food in Memphis. The conference felt like a "cool" corporate retreat at times. And it doesn't matter what you do, but a corporate retreat is not all that fun. But the whole thing was fun. Florida and his handler Rodgers Franz invited me to come to the Creative Class compound in Pittsburgh and hang out. I am not sure what that would entail. I should have taken them up on that. I got too much going right now, and the money and time restricts me for the moment.

I think that Tara and her man Ken should meet me down in Memphis for a weekend for a nice vacation. It is long overdue for me.


Blogger miss rogue said...


What a great idea! Ken and I were actually talking about going somewhere southern-ish...Tennessee...but we may do New Orleans in the fall. Did you meet Renae Henry? She's a cool cat. She was living in Memphis at the time and working at the MLK museum. Now she's moved to N'Awlins. We would find some good BBQ in Louisiana, too.

Or we could just meet you in Memphis and we could all hop in that big ole car of yours and drive to New Orleans....

sigh...that would be great.

Thanks for the awesome post. You rock.

xo, T.

9:15 AM  
Blogger dunsel said...

Steve / Tara -

If either of you are serious, I recommend dropping in to Memphis on one of the 1st 2 weekends in May for the Beale Street Music Festival or the World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest (

Please feel free to look me up as you're passing thru town on the way to or back from N'Awlins.

Love & Happiness,
Chris Murphy

3:41 AM  

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