Ivan was already up when I woke up at 11 am on March 23, 2010. We got ready.
Doug drove me, Ivan, Renaud and Trent to CK’s Coffee Shop. It’s really weird because it’s a smoking establishment so you have to be 21 years old to eat there. We walked in and it was like an oven. It was very smoky – it needed to be aired out. It was really gross. The food took 30 minutes to arrive. Ivan and I both had the omelet with onions. The food was average.
We went back to the house. Ivan drove with me, Renaud and Trent in the car. We were headed to Graceland. Ivan and I aren’t big fans of Elvis Presley. But, we heard Graceland is pretty cool to see.
We all bought the same package for $34 each. We boarded the shuttle. It took us across the street to the Graceland house.
We walked through the house. The audio guide is really good. We couldn’t go upstairs since Elvis thought the area was private. He only allowed guests to the house to access the downstairs area.
It seems like there was always something going on at Graceland.
I saw a video of Elvis on a show. They made him wear a suit and he sang Hound Dog while singing to a bassett hound who was wearing a little hat. I thought it was really funny. The dog didn’t know what was going on. He was just chilling there. Elvis hugged him while he was singing to him.
We checked out his automobiles. The Pink Cadillac was pretty cool.
We went to visit the new exhibit Fashion King. It shows so many shirts, scarves, hats and suits that Elvis wore.
He was very fashionable and loved to look good.
After every area, there was also a gift shop. It was like they didn’t want you to miss out on an Elvis souvenir. It’s too bad that none of my family members like Elvis, otherwise I wouldn’t be short of things to buy.
We left around 4 pm. Ivan and I had to print a few things off – so we were in search of a Fedex Office. We finally found one after two failed attempts. The GPS told us that Kinko’s were in two spots but it was wrong. Fedex bought out Kinko’s so now the Kinko’s are becoming Fedex Offices.
We got back to Gabe’s house at 6 pm.
We took two cars to the restaurant SOB (which stands for South of Beale – with Beale referring to Beale Street). It was me, Ivan, Gabe, Renaud and Trent. Gabe’s friends own the restaurant. Everybody shared the big portion of hummus. It comes with olives, red peppers, eggplant, anchovies and unlimited pita bread. We talked and joked around.
Ivan and I shared the delicious Ahi Tuna with crispy rice balls, spicy mayo and avocado. We also had a white fish meal. We each had a glass of Riesling. For dessert, we shared a nice chocolate creme brulee. It was really good food.
Gabe, Renaud and Trent went back in Gabe’s car. Ivan and I decided to walk along Beale Street. It was a lot busier than the night before.
We didn’t want to stop in the bars so we headed back to the house.
Renaud, Ivan, Gabe and me
We said goodbye and thanks to Gabe. Soon, we went to bed.