Kirby finds home with Harris Shelton

Law Talk profile for The Memphis Daily News

Sept. 12, 2013

When he was in the second grade, Matthew Kirby’s mother was told he needed to either be a lawyer or a preacher.

“I had a loud voice,” admits Kirby, a member with Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh PLLC.

He has managed to strike a balance between the two callings as an attorney for 12 years and a deacon with Germantown Baptist Church. Kirby grew up in Memphis and attended Briarcrest Christian School. As an undergraduate at Union University, he majored in history with a minor in English.

The legal field seemed to be predetermined, not only because of his emerging personality as a 7-year-old, but also because of family tradition. His father, James Kirby, is an attorney, also with Harris Shelton, and he has had family members practicing in Louisiana and in Jackson, Tenn., as well.

With such a legacy behind him, Kirby entered The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, graduating in 2001. While there, he clerked for Harris Shelton, and took the job with them following graduation.

His areas of practice changes with the economy, he said, yet Kirby focuses primarily on civil litigation.

“In 2008 or so, when the economy went down, workers’ compensation claims went through the roof, and that took a large percentage of my practice for a few years,” he said. “I have probably tried the last of the glut of those cases that were filed a little over a year ago.”

Prior to 2008, he worked primarily on medical malpractice defense and premises liability claims. He knew from the start he didn’t want to go into criminal law but wanted to be a litigator . . . (read more)


‘Voice’ star to headline Calvary Rescue Mission fundraiser

Feature story for The Memphis Daily News

Sept. 10, 2013

On Thursday, Sept. 12, Calvary Rescue Mission will hold its annual Appreciation Dinner to celebrate 46 years of helping the homeless in Memphis.


(Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

The dinner will be held at Bellevue Baptist Church, 2000 Appling Road, and featured entertainment for the evening will be Visible Music College graduate and “The Voice” starSarah Simmons.

Calvary Rescue Mission was founded on April 1, 1967, byMilton Hatcher. In the beginning, Hatcher, a recovering alcoholic, would drive the streets of Memphis in a hearse, picking up homeless men to deliver them to area shelters. When Central Church moved east, its former home at Linden and Dudley was scheduled to be razed and replaced with a parking garage.

“Brother Jimmy Latimer told Milton that we could use the building until urban renewal took it and that they would pay the utilities and insurance on it,” said Betty Hatcher, Milton Hatcher’s widow and current board member emeritus.

Two years later, Holiday Inn offered the Hatchers a furniture warehouse that had been ravaged by fire. The roof had caved in, but the outer walls were still sturdy.

Evangel Church offered $2,000 toward a new roof, and the stained glass windows from the old Central Church were reclaimed before demolition and installed in the new location.

That same mission, located on 960 S. Third St. near Crump Boulevard, today sleeps and feeds 46 men per night in the building, which was built in 1921. Now a year into its $4 million Breaking Ground, Building Hope capital campaign aimed at constructing a new, expanded facility on the three acres of land surrounding it, Hatcher hopes to more than double the nightly population and spread the word of the Gospel to as many as possible.

Donors have already helped to the tune of $1 million, including an individual pledge for $250,000, and a $75,000 pledge from Central Church for a new dorm wing. Due to the increased cost of maintenance and line items such as food and utilities, many philanthropic organizations and foundations want to see at least half the goal raised “so that they can know that once you get the building up, that you’ve got a donor base that’s going to be enough to keep you,” Hatcher said.

With Calvary reporting that 1,800 to 2,000 are homeless on the streets of Memphis each night, need is greater these days than it was when Hatcher and her husband began the mission.

“With the economy like it is, we have people that just don’t have a job, which causes them not to be able to have a place to stay,” she said. “And, of course we’ve had some that have come through that have been down at Tunica and lost everything. It’s kind of been a multitude where, to start with, there were mainly people with drinking problems then went into drugs, then the gambling and economy, all of it continues to add to it.”

The fundraiser’s headliner, Simmons, was born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., and traveled the world with a musical troupe beginning at an early age. She came to Memphis in 2010 to attend Visible Music College, and credits its founder, Ken Steorts, with her appearance on the NBC talent show “The Voice.” She also gives credit to the music scene and tradition of Memphis.

“I played all the way from random venues and bars to B.B. King’s, just everywhere, and met the most incredible friends I could ever ask for in life,” Simmons said by phone from Los Angeles, where she’s busy recording . . . (read more)


Divine inspiration helps guide Renaissance’s Allen

Profile: Emphasis on Construction & Design for The Memphis Daily News

Sept. 7, 2013

Brandon Allen, an architect with Renaissance Group, was raised with a pencil and paper in hand, and the blueprint for how to put them to use in a career.

It helped that he came from a family of designers; his father and grandfather own Allen Designers Inc., a supplier of store fixtures and display and specialize in retail layout.

“I grew up helping my dad with that,” Allen said. “They had drawing boards and designing stuff and laying stuff out, and actually fabricating it, it was pretty neat getting to help with that.”

Allen went to the University of Memphis for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in architecture. After graduating in 2002, he went to work for Hord Architects, a firm that specializes in designing churches.

It was work that spoke to Allen, a devout member of First Baptist Church Fisherville. He studied faith in architecture while in school, and as a thesis project he chose to design a seminary and chapel layout.

In his education and career, he has studied and applied the history of church architecture and “how you get that hierarchy of design and order, and the feelings you get from the space and the light when you’re within, and trying to create a mood or emotion that is spiritual, and bridging that gap between man and God.”

After four years with Hord, Allen joined Renaissance and has enjoyed the diversity of some of the high-profile work, from the William Brewster Elementary School in Binghampton to the Collierville Fire Administration Building. One of his proudest accomplishments, however, is the designing of the 20,000-square-foot, three-story Multi-Challenge Center at the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center.

“I’ve known (Kroc Center manager) Ty Cobb most of my life; he was my Sunday school teacher when I was in eighth grade,” Allen said. “Back in 1998, I helped him design a prototype. Well, the Salvation Army liked that design and they ended up implementing it into the building.”

Douglas Burris, senior vice president and partner of Renaissance Group, praised Allen’s work with the firm . . . (read more)


Webb builds on reputation of integrity, efficiency

Small Business Spotlight for The Memphis Daily News

Sept. 7, 2013

Long before the county and city would cleave their school systems, Shelby County Schools saw unprecedented growth as more and more residents filled the neighborhoods that seemed to appear overnight like springtime daffodils.

There were a lot of families filling those homes and their children needed schools, and many of those schools were built by one contractor: Webb Building Corp. On the company’s website, a testimonial from then-school superintendent James B. Mitchell Jr., refers to the team at Webb as “outstanding.”

Founded in 1985 by Bailey “Budd” Webb and Jerry Tucker, now retired, the contractor adheres to three principles: knowledge of the construction business, integrity, and the perseverance and determination to succeed.

Webb Building Corp., founded in 1985, has built a reputation as a school contractor, with 50 schools under its belt.

(photo: Memphis News/Andrew J. Breig)

Webb is a competitive bid general contractor, yet has built on its reputation of integrity and efficiency to the extent that it has been “handed the reputation as a school contractor,” said Bobby Sturgeon, vice president of operations for Webb. “We typically specialized, or have been fortunate to do numerous amounts of Shelby County, Memphis City and Desoto County schools. We’ve probably completed 50 schools since the company has been in business.”

“They’ve been very successful in that arena,” said Juan Self, principal ofSelf Tucker Architects Inc., who has worked with Webb on several educational facilities, including Bolton High School. “It was a very good experience, very positive. They were always professional, certainly I think their superintendents are really just excellent at what they do in anticipating issues and making sure their projects are delivered on time.”

In addition to schools, they have been responsible for projects such as a new municipal building in Jackson, Tenn., work on Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Shelby County Jail Annex, The Orpheum Theatre expansion and renovation, and the Germantown Community Library.

Webb has put its footprint on some high-profile buildings, to say the least. At the time of its construction, the $38 million Arlington High School was the largest high school in the state. Renaissance Group was the architecture firm for that school, as well as Southwind High School, and the two have just completed construction on the new Collierville Middle School . . . (read more)


Cui-Scene: Memphis’ rich restaurant traditions

“Foundations” feature story for MBQ magazine

August/September 2013


Memphis’ rich restaurant traditions

Jim's Place East

Jim’s Place East (photo by Amie Vanderford)

Memphis has a deep and rich cultural history imbued with the sounds of soul, rock, and blues and fed, literally, upon a lineage from Greece, Italy, and Mexico — roasted over coals and served up with know-how. Of the most popular restaurants in the area today, several have been in business more than 50 years, stretching back through decades of lean times and fat.

Several claim to be the oldest restaurant in the city. Between them it’s a friendly rivalry with the insider knowledge that, along with the usual uncertainty of the restaurant business itself, these family trees, with their roots firmly planted in Memphis soil, have had to weather the flux of a city whose good fortune seems to rise and fall with the Mississippi River. Its population moved east en masse before flowing back to the west.

Over so much time, it is a city peopled with a single common denominator: appetite.

Jim’s Place East

92 years

In 2010, Costa and Dimitri Taras moved their father Bill’s restaurant, Jim’s Place East, from its longtime location on Shelby Oaks Drive to the bustling intersection of Poplar Avenue and Perkins Extended. Since 1921 (they are among the restaurants claiming to being Memphis’ oldest), the Tarases have dotted the Memphis landscape. Nick Taras opened their first restaurant with partner Jim Katsoudes in the basement of the William Len Hotel, opening a second location, along with Nick’s brother, Bill, on Union Avenue across from The Peabody in 1927. In 1967, Bill’s sons joined the operation and moved to South Second Street.

The family had a summer home in East Memphis on Shelby Oaks Drive, and in 1976 they moved the operation to the bucolic two-acre site where many Memphians since enjoyed gathering with family for everything from birthdays to wedding receptions. The more recent move to Poplar and Perkins, says general manager Ronnie Powell, was to help usher in a new generation of diners and indoctrinate them on the taste of moussaka, souflima, phyllo puffs, baklava, and hand-cut steaks, a menu that has changed little in 90 years.

The business remains a family concern, and in 2006 Dimitri Taras opened Jim’s Place Grille in Collierville with his two sons, James and Sam.

“It’s unbelievable the kind of loyalty we have, and it’s awesome that Memphis supports local businesses such as ours,” Powell says. “When you come into our restaurant, you’re not just a customer, you’re family.”

The latest location for Jim’s Place East has a New York feel and a popular bar, and sees new clientele mixed in with those celebrating wedding anniversaries — those same brides and grooms who toasted their marriage with them 30, 40, and 50 years prior.


91 years

There is no more popular mainstay in an American’s diet than pizza. A dinner that any household can agree on, it’s as simple as it is versatile. In Memphis, there is no greater mainstay than a Coletta’s pizza.

Founded at 1063 South Parkway East in 1922 by Emil Coletta as an ice cream shop, it offered what he called “suburban ice cream.” Emil’s son, Horest, took over in the 1950s and recognized that “people coming back from World War II and from Italy wanted pizzas,” says Diane Coletta, Emil’s daughter-in-law who, together with her husband, Jerry, now run the South Parkway location. The couple’s children operate the location on Appling Road in Bartlett. A third location on Summer Avenue burned in 1996.

The menu today, as it did back when Horest took over, offers pasta, veal, sandwiches, and the Colettas’ signature barbecue pizza — they were the first to add Memphis’ best-known topping to a pie. If the business’ longevity isn’t enough of a pedigree for you, then consider that they claim to serve pizza fit for a king: Coletta’s was the favorite of Elvis Presley.

They also claim, as many do, to be the longest lived in Memphis. Diane Coletta explains that, while others have closed down for a time or changed hands or locations at some point, “We do consider ourselves the oldest continuously family-owned restaurant.”

“It’s a people’s business,” she says, bringing their clientele into the family fold. “We have so many loyal customers and we see them day-to-day; it’s just really nice.”


57 years

Long before Mexican restaurants vied for the title of most authentic along Summer Avenue, the original arrived just across the river in West Memphis. It was 1956 and Pancho’s appeared to have literally sprouted from the earth with a hard-packed dirt floor and a live tree as centerpiece. When that first incarnation was destroyed by an errant 18-wheeler from the nearby highway, a new one was built in the space once held by the infamous Plantation Inn.

Founded by Morris Berger and his son, Louis Jack, after a trip to Mexico, the enterprise is still run by Morris’ daughter, Brenda O’Brien.

The restaurant expanded into Memphis in the early 1960s and saw a myriad of locations throughout the city over the decades — Midtown, Whitehaven, East Memphis, downtown — giving all neighborhoods the opportunity to experience the flavor.

These days, enchiladas, burritos, tacos, and fajitas can be had in one of two restaurants in Memphis, on Perkins at American Way and White Station at Summer Avenue, as well as in West Memphis. Their famous cheese dip can be found in more than 350 stores from Tennessee to Texas, Oklahoma to Virginia.

“We’ve always kept the menu the same, and we haven’t changed any of the recipes over the years,” says Tim Wallace, general manager of day-to-day operations for the Pancho’s corporation. “Customers really won’t allow us to change anything.”

The Arcade - photograph by Andrea ZuckerThe Arcade (photo by Andrea Zucker)
The Arcade

94 years

It’ll be here.”

It’s what Harry Zepatos told his son, Harry Jr., of the family’s restaurant, The Arcade, as young Harry began his career as an engineer. And it’s what Harry Jr. tells his own children now.

Indeed, it’s what any Memphian might say of the world-famous restaurant at the corner of South Main Street and G. E. Patterson: “It’ll be here.”

It has, in fact, been right there since 1919 when a young Speros Zepatos, newly emigrated from Cephalonia, Greece, arrived to this city on the bluff. It was a time when the intersection was as busy a location as any in the city. With an active railroad station bringing people and freight into the city, and shops and cafés lining the streets to accommodate those newly arrived, it was an advantageous time for Speros to build what would, in effect, become a welcome mat to the city.

Though the restaurant, like the neighborhood itself, has had its ups and downs, having changed hands for a brief time in the 1990s before coming back to the Zepatos family, the café has become a mainstay for locals amd  tourists. Several films — including Mystery Train, The Firm, and My Blueberry Nights — and television commercials have used its deco interior and exterior as a set.

These days, the restaurant seems to be at the top of its game, and every day, it seems, someone sits down in one of the vinyl booths with his own story of The Arcade, Zepatos says. “As rapidly changing as the world is, it’s fun to have a place where you can go back down memory lane.”

The Grisanti Family

A Family Tree of Food

They may not have a restaurant currently in the 50-year bracket, but rest assured that the Grisanti family has touched many in the local dining industry since patriarch Rinaldo Grisanti first traveled from Lucca, Italy, to Memphis in 1909.

Alex Grisanti, fourth-generation chef in the kitchen now with Elfo’s Restaurant in Germantown, calculates 10 locations throughout Memphis over the last century.

Rinaldo moved his business around but kept it centered mostly upon South Main. Following two fires in the late 1950s, the family moved to Ashlar Hall, the castle on Central Avenue near Lamar, in 1960.

There have been so many Grisantis in the business, it can get a little confusing. Rinaldo’s third son, John Grisanti, and his wife, Dolores, would later open Grisanti’s on Airways Boulevard. In 1979, Ronnie Grisanti, son of Elfo, would open his well-known restaurant, Ronnie Grisanti & Sons, on Union and Marshall before moving to Beale Street, then to Poplar and Humes, and more recently to Sheffield Antiques Mall in Collierville. Alex Grisanti opened Elfo’s in Chickasaw Crossing 10 years ago before moving to Germantown. Ronnie’s brother, Frank, has operated Frank Grisanti’s in East Memphis on South Shady Grove Road for more than 25 years, and cousin Rudy has had Dino’s Grill on North McLean for 40.

Alex Grisanti, whose own son works alongside him now in the Elfo’s kitchen, says that as Memphis has grown so has the Grisanti legacy. “I love it, and that’s all I’ve ever done, and that’s all my family’s ever done, all of us.”

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International educator Dunster leading Lausanne’s Upper School

Memphis Standout profile for The Memphis Daily News

Sept. 6, 2013

In addition to new schoolmates, teachers and subjects, students at Lausanne Collegiate School will need to get used to a new face roaming the halls and keeping order this school year, the 87th in its history.

Stuart Dunster has joined the staff as head of the upper school.

Dunster was educated at Brunel University in west London, where he received a bachelor’s degree in sports studies and geography. After a career start in sales, he felt a stronger calling, through the coaching of rugby and soccer that he was already involved with, to become an educator. At the University of Leicester, he received a Master of Educational Leadership, and began his journey in teaching at The Chalfont’s Community College in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.

Dunster was raised with a love for travel that has taken him across continents and through many time zones.

“Every summer I’d always take off to a new part of the world and travel and learn new things,” he said.

It was this passion that was the impetus for him to cross the pond in search of work.

“I jumped at the chance to go to Boston,” he said. “I’d been there before, and it was a great, diverse city, a very international city.”

He took a job as athletics director for the British School of Boston, an international school with United Kingdom-trained instructors, in 2006. He soon rose through the ranks and by 2010 was named as head of high school.

When a job in Memphis showed up on his radar, he wasn’t sure just what to expect, yet was pleasantly surprised . . . (read more)


Montgomery honored as top insurance lawyer

Law Talk profile for The Memphis Daily News

Sept. 5, 2013

Larry Montgomery, associate with Glankler Brown PLLC, has been named a Top Lawyer in American Lawyer/Corporate Counsel’s 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Insurance Law, based on his Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.

Montgomery’s area of practice focuses on insurance coverage and insurance broker defense work, as well as the defense of banks, both open and closed. The business of defending the directors and officers of closed banks has seen a boost in the past five years with the FDIC having closed 300 to 400 banks, Montgomery said. It’s a work situation similar to that of the Savings & Loan failures in the 1980s and 1990s.

Though not every bank is sued upon closure, when it does happen, he said, “They’ve got a three-year statute of limitations to do something about it … and we’re coming up on that with a lot of banks, so I think there’s going to be a flurry of activity over the next two or three years, then I think it may calm back down some.”

It’s a niche that grew from experience gained at previous firms at which he worked over the years, such as Armstrong Allen; Humphreys, Dunlap, Wellford, Acuff & Stanton; and McDonnell Dyer.

Montgomery was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and raised in Atlanta. Planning all along to be an attorney, he knew it was important to find an undergraduate program with a high acceptance rate into law school. With an acceptance rate of 90 percent, that school turned out to beGeorgia Tech, where he studied management and took the mound as pitcher for the Yellow Jackets baseball team for four years.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in industrial management, with honors, in 1978, he went to Emory University Law School and, while there, interviewed with Armstrong Allen, the firm that would bring him to Memphis . . . (read more)


Frost Bake Shop ready to ‘engineer cakes’

Small Business Spotlight for The Memphis Daily News

Sept. 2, 2013

Bill Kloos Jr. and his parents, Bill and Lynne, have opened Frost Bake Shop in the Laurelwood Shopping Center, where they will sell their line of “engineered cakes.”

(Photo: Daily News/Andrew J. Breig)

Frost Bake Shop ready to ‘engineer cakes’

All American Sweets was the confection of chef Bill Kloos Jr., who moved from St. Louis to Memphis to take over the operation of Yia-Yia’s Euro Café and later would go on to open Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.

His dreams, though, were bigger and sweeter, and once he convinced his parents, Bill and Lynne, to relocate from the Midwest to the Bluff City, the specialty dessert business was off and running.

Well, maybe not quite running.

“This really started in their apartment making a cake a day, or two cakes a day,” Kloos Jr. said. “Where now we’re making 75 to a hundred a day.”

And beginning earlier this month, there was a need to bake even more as the Kloos family opened Frost Bake Shop, the retail arm of All American Sweets. Located in Laurelwood Shopping Center, just down the walkway from another sweet Memphis institution, Dinstuhl’s Fine Candies, Frost sits in a corner bay recently vacated by clothier James Davis, which has hemmed in its total retail space.

A week before the grand opening, Frost’s 2,000-square-foot store was a tangle of conduit, extension cords and cabling as work was underway to ready the space, designed by Veronica Tansey of Fleming Associates Architects PC, for its big day.

Kloos takes pride in the business being family-owned, and the tradition of baking with family recipes and only from scratch with no commercial mixes. The menu has custom birthday, wedding, layer and seasonal cakes, along with cupcakes, pies, cheesecakes and cookies. A staff of 15 works the 5,000-square-foot All American Sweets baking facility in Bartlett, and Kloos said the biggest problem for them is a good one to have: “How do we make sure we make enough stuff to keep this place going?”

Product will be delivered daily to Frost for purchase, pickup for custom orders or eating in at the small seating space. A few items will be baked onsite and some light decorating and detail work will be done as well . . . (read more)


Greaud keeps Memphis airport operating smoothly

Memphis Standout profile for The Memphis Daily News

Aug. 30, 2013

As Memphis International Airport expands and contracts depending on the time of day, the state of the airline industry and the financial climate, much of the responsibility of keeping the facility running smoothly falls to John Greaud.

The vice president of operations for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority and his team of approximately 240 employees are charged with seeing that day-to-day functioning of the airport remains at a constant.

The MSCAA owns and operates three airports – Memphis International, General DeWitt Spain north of Downtown and Charles W. Baker in Millington – yet most of the focus of Greaud’s work and resources are on Memphis International.

FedEx, UPS, Wilson Air Center, Tennessee Air National Guard and Signature Flight Support all lease ground from the Airport Authority but are responsible for managing and maintaining their own facilities.

Three divisions fall under Greaud’s purview.

The maintenance division includes maintaining the structure and public spaces of the terminal, the landscaping, runways, taxiways and road systems, but not the detail maintenance of space leased by individual airlines and concessionaires. This division is also responsible for vehicle fleet maintenance for Memphis International, Baker and Spain.

The development division handles environmental, planning, design and construction of the facilities.

The third of Greaud’s divisions is operations, which covers the airport’s police department, communications center and ID office. It is responsible for emergency planning, certification through the Federal Aviation Administration and the coordination to ensure they meet those requirements daily, Transportation Security Administration coordination, and aircraft rescue and firefighting.

In addition to these three divisions, Greaud also oversees the customer service department and its 65 volunteers, and the Dorothy L. Bobbitt Health Station, which is contracted out to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center . . . (read more)


Only kids get away with ‘I don’t know’

“Because I Said So” column for The Commercial Appeal

Aug. 29, 2013

Only kids get away with ‘I don’t know’

Throughout their young lives, our children will come to us with questions. Some of them are astute and keen questions meant to further their knowledge and understanding of how the world works. Most, though, are inane and meant to draw our attention away from what we’d rather be doing — watching television or updating Facebook.

But there are no bad questions, right? We are told that all questions, good or bad, are an opportunity for learning. Whatever, I’ve been a parent far too long to still believe that.

Regardless of the merit of the question, we, as parents, must have the answer. We were the first Google. We are the bearded guru atop the mountain, the wise old sage wrapped in a head scarf and peering into a crystal ball. I am the blind Master Po giving guidance and awaiting a young Kwai Chang Caine to snatch that pebble from my palm.

I had to Google “Kung Fu” to find all of that information on the 1972 television show.

It’s exhausting, isn’t it? The questions, the answers, the skeptical looks from a 10-year-old who is beginning to doubt your wisdom. Wouldn’t it be easier to just say what we’re thinking, to give voice to the indifference we feel toward a 7-year-old who needs to know right now, at bedtime, what kind of cake she can have for her upcoming birthday party in eight months?

Wouldn’t it be perfect to just say: “I don’t know.”

But we can’t. In a world where there are no rhetorical questions, it’s our job to have the answers. Yet they can say it. “I don’t know.” It’s been heard more around this house lately than I don’t know what.

Who left this backpack on the table? “I don’t know.” Who spilled the milk in the living room? “I don’t know.” Why haven’t you done your homework? “I don’t know.”

It’s such an elegant sentence, isn’t it? It must be so freeing to be so absent of any responsibility whatsoever, to have those three little words absolve you of any and all obligation with the ease of a vocal shrug.

Could we, as adults, try it just for a day?

Sir, do you know how fast you were driving? “I don’t know.” Very good, be on your way.

Credit or debit? “I don’t know.” You know what, just take it.

I would be happy to use it solely on my children. Instead of all of the typical answers I have to have — it’s in the bathroom she’ll be home in one hour meatloaf the other one is your left foot David Carradine — I could just answer them all with a simple “I don’t know.” Followed quickly, of course, with “Your mother doesn’t know either!”

Will we ever be left in peace? Will our children ever become accountable for their own homework, feedings and bedtime routines? Couldn’t I just spend one weekend on top of that mountain without interruption?

I think we all know the answer to these questions.

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