The Complainers & Crybabies of Phoenix Have No Balls

August 1, 2012

So, this happened: http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/07/31/2036243/is-phoenix-the-next-silicon-valley

Then, this happened:

I live in Phoenix (actually Tempe, right next door). I’ve lived here since 2000, so I think I know something about it.

This town is a dump. The idea that hordes of techies and young people are going to want to move here to suffer through 115-degree weather is just idiotic. There is no culture here, very few decent places to eat, and the place is full of meth-heads and illegals. It’s been rated by several places as the worst city in America to drive in, mainly because it’s so chaotic and because there’s no consistent driving style (the frequent road-rage shootings don’t help). The local economy is shit, and violent home invasions are common. There is some tech industry, both in the north of the metro area and the southeast part, with Intel and Microchip having substation presences, along with some shitty defense contractors like General Dynamics where engineers go to die. The weather is horrible; it wasn’t that bad 12 years ago, but it’s gotten hotter, and stays hotter for longer now. You can’t bicycle here (one of my favorite outdoor activities) because of the heat most of the year, and also because of the dangerous speeding drivers and lack of safe bike paths. And there’s really nothing to do here except for walking around the mall. Even worse, they’re trying to phase out the indoor air-conditioned malls in favor of these stupid outdoor malls; who the hell wants to walk around in 115 degree heat to shop? They’re nice for about 3 months in the winter, and that’s it. They used to have Mill Avenue in Tempe that was kinda fun to walk along, which used to have a bunch of quirky little independent shops, but the Tempe government drove all those out of business to make room for a bunch of mall stores and high-rises, which of course went south when the economy crashed, so most of the place is boarded up now.

This place sucks, and I can’t wait to move out in a couple of months. If a bunch of startups do move here, it’s going to be short-lived because cool, hip, young employees aren’t going to stick around this cesspool for long.

So, I responded and have basically just directly dumped it all here as is (save for adding in a mention of Phoenix Design Week/Community, which I had intended to mention in the original posting, but pressed “post” before I could correct it). While it is directed at one faceless internet person, there is a lot of it that pertains to a lot of common bellyaching about Phoenix.

It’s all dumb, but sometimes I like to preserve my dumbness so that I can look back on it and be like, geez, don’t be dumb. In short, never read the internet!

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A LOUD, WASTE OF TIME & ENERGY: The Complainers & Crybabies of Phoenix Have No Balls

Phoenix and the rest of the valley have their fair share of problems. Most pressing are: sprawl (and people still leaning on cheap land and housing as a pillar of the economy); awful politicians and elected officials who continue to get voted into office because of fearful senior citizens and wingnuts; the lack of investment in education because of those politicians; lack of shade and development that does nothing about heat island issues … yeah, those are all admittedly problems.

Those issues don’t make the idiot-talk about no culture in Phoenix true, though. There is a lack of awareness of the culture that does exist here, especially amongst loudmouth know-nothings What they say is usually more of a reflection of their own lack of cultural appreciation and their lack of motivation to explore anything beyond their computer screen or front door. While they complain, shit themselves, and do nothing, there are others who partake in what Phoenix has to offer or are adding to it. The complainers of Phoenix basically have no balls.

Native American culture has been here for thousands of years. From the canals that the Hohokam created that are actually the basis of the modern canal system that provides water to central Arizona, to contemporary artists that do everything from exploring the issues of their identity within Arizona culture and the United States to celebrating their roots, Native Americans and their influence run deep for people willing to look past the strip malls.

As far as Phoenix and the rest of the valley only having a few decent places to dine, that’s also not true. There are a ton of upscale places that are routinely lauded that I’ll go without mentioning because A) I personally haven’t eaten at most of them and B) it’s not like anyone with your views is gonna pony up and undertake a culinary tour of the valley.

Rather than rattle off a ton of great Phoenix places to eat, I’ll focus on the spots in and around Tempe since they’re in your area:

– Cornish Pasty Company
– Thai Basil
– Cartel Coffee (nothing much to eat except pastries, but the best coffee in Arizona)
– House of Tricks
– Chuckbox
– Venezia’s Pizza
– Pita Jungle
– Cheba Hut
– Green (all vegan, all delicious)
– Lolo’s Chicken & Waffles
– Nello’s Pizza

If you’re willing to take a short drive further east, Joe Johnston’s restaurants Liberty Market, Joe’s Real BBQ, and Joe’s Farm Grill are great places that balance quality food, attention to detail & service, and value. (Joe loves Arizona & great food here that’s not only from his establishments; his adventures are worth following: @realjoe.)

Between the places I’ve mentioned and those whole-in-the-wall gems (probably staffed by the undocumented workers you seem to have a problem with), all anyone has to do is pull up Yelp on their phones to find an abundance of good-to-great dining options. Finding good dining in Phoenix and the rest of the valley is almost moron-proof. Almost.

Regarding meth-heads: that might be a reflection of the area you live in or the places you frequent. I live, work, and play primarily in central Phoenix and I’m in downtown frequently. Honestly, I hardly ever encounter any tweakers and it’s definitely not like it was from about 2004 to 2007 when meth-use seemed to be out of control. That’s purely from anecdotal evidence on my part, but it was also before huge anti-meth PSA campaigns were undertaken. I just ran into someone who was gaunt, jabbering about nonsense, and shifting his jaw like meth addicts do and I realized that it had been a couple of years since I had seen someone that obviously tweaking. For what it’s worth, this was in Tempe.

As far as driving around town, I will concede that there are some pretty awful drivers in abundance here. That’s because there are assholes everywhere (not just in Phoenix), but there are also tons of transplants from all over the country who bring their regional driving styles with them, causing clashes and crashes of all types.

In regards to frequent road-rage shootings, they might have been frequent when you first got here, and there seem to have been a rash of them since April of this year, but I wouldn’t have pegged them as “frequent.” I keep up on news, but I also don’t drive much so that could also lessen my awareness of these shootings.

I usually get around central Phoenix by walking, biking, and taking the light rail. From 2007 to 2009, I was car-free and exclusively got around on a bike, riding in from the westside into downtown Phoenix. So, yeah, while the heat can be tough, it’s not totally impossible. You just have to not be a crybaby about it. As a sidenote: this, to me, has seemed like the most mild summer in a few years. I do agree that, overall, it seems warmer now that 12 years ago. That goes back to idiot developers, though.

If there’s nothing to do here but walk around a mall, it’s your own fault for not being aware of what’s going on. I could go on and on about the abundance of art, (not just First Friday, which too many people lean on as their only go-to), music, culture, theatre, and comedy in Phoenix, but you’re probably not even aware of anything going on at the Tempe Center for the Arts, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Mesa Art Center. All of them are nearby you and have programming that ranges from good to amazing. It’s almost a waste of time to mention them (as it is to spend this amount of energy and time on writing this in the first place) because folks like you are the embodiment of a special mix of laziness and stupdity.

In Phoenix, Tempe, and the rest of the valley, there are tons of good places to grab a drink, ranging from lovably gross dives to upscale wine bars and glitzy clubs. If you don’t imbibe, there’s a metric shitload of coffeehouses that aren’t Starbucks.

If you’re into nerdy or geeky things (video games, sci-fi, comic books, pop culture), there’s a pretty prominent community around you who have tons of meet ups (especially in the east valley) as well. Being a total jock who wears Zubaz and GTLs on the reg, I’m not as well versed in that world, but all you have to do is look shit up online.

I agree that Tempe fucked up Mill Avenue/Downtown Tempe over the course of about 10 years, but over the past few years, they’ve actually done a lot to stimulate more indie businesses and bring back some life to the area that’s not steeped in corporate blahdom. Also, yes, those outdoor malls are dumb, but malls in general are dumb. People who expect much from malls are dumb.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are great places and organizations like Ignite Phoenix, the various TEDx’s (xPHX, xTempe, xScottsdale), Creative Connect, Cohoots, Phoenix Design Week/Community, and Gangplank (who are doing amazing things on the regular and have sprouted tons of startups and initiatives to make things in Arizona better, http://gangplankhq.com). If you’re not aware of them at this point, it’s mostly willful ignorance and I’m not sure what to say about that.

That’s great that you’re moving out of town soon. It seems like you hated Phoenix/Tempe as soon as you got here and that over the course of 12 years, you entirely managed not to learn a goddam thing about the place you lived in. This bodes well for wherever you move to next and for the rest of your life. Good luck with that.

These dumb conversations (and I should know better) are a waste of everyone’s time. If anyone takes anything away, it should be that, again, the complainers & crybabies of Phoenix have no balls – so forgive the way they walk and dismiss the way they talk.

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Shoot. I just realized that I left out the part where I mention that the people who complain about the lack of culture in Phoenix aren’t exactly snapping up season tickets to the Arizona Opera or the Phoenix Symphony. I guess that’s what this is for!

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Blank: Setting Fire to Writer’s Block

March 1, 2011
Many weeks ago, my friend, Tyler Hurst, was to speak at WordCamp Phoenix. He asked for writing tips on getting over the hump of staring at a blank page to use in his presentation. Having lived that situation out nearly every day of my existence, I started a-thinkin’ and a-writin’. Instead of just a single note or two, I sent him an avalanche of thoughts.

Today, Tyler and Jeff Moriarty are convening a Domino Project-inspired forum for storytellers of all types (writers, podcasters, video bloggers, etc.) in hopes of exploring ways to improve what we do.

I’d love to make it, but we’re having a build-out meetup at The Torch Theatre for our new space for improv theatre and comedy at 4721. We’re opening soon (May, hopefully!) and we have to keep up our momentum.

In any case, I wanted to at least contribute my thoughts on roasting your own writer’s block and then feasting on it. I hope folks find it helpful and I can’t wait to hear how things went!

Every writer has had the experience of looking at an untouched blank screen with a deadline slowly creeping closer.

Sadly, making a sandwich, reading every website on the internet, and every other thing we might do to feel ready to kick it into high gear usually doesn’t work as well as we’d like.

Here’s what I recommend for breaking through that great white wall of nothingness.

* Get off the computer (and maybe even get physical)

Mostly likely, you’re writing by straight mind dumping onto a laptop.

Doing so seems efficient, like a direct pipeline for the thoughts in our heads. When it comes to getting stuck, though, it’s the exact opposite. Having your fingers at the ready, poised to punch some keys and having a vast field of empty, untouched space can be like making love to a robot – and not the cool, way advanced humanoid robots that modern sci-fi has thrown our way. It’s the cold and clunky kind of robot from the 50s. The keyboard is Robby the Robot’s awkward cousin.

Anyway, if you feel frozen in thought and don’t know where to start, jump into getting your thoughts out in some other way: take pen to paper and start jotting down ideas and maybe even sketching out an outline; grab your voice recorded, fire up your dictation software, or even leave yourself a voicemail to talk out any ideas you have; and, finally, take a moment to stretch at least  and, at most, to dance out whatever you’re writing about.

Am I advocating interpretive dance?
Maybe.
Do I want video of you attempting to do it?
Yes.

* Get impressionistic

I’m going to totally abuse the word “impressionistic” and use it to mean what I want it to mean. Basically, any bits of words, phrases or thoughts that come to mind when thinking about whatever you’re writing are potentially seeds that can take root and give way to larger chunks of writing. Write them down.

Too often, we judge those little bits of ideas before we even get them out of our head. They might not even end up in our final draft, but they have value as possible gateways to more complete and more usable thoughts.

Also, by doing so, you get to smash through the notion that you have to have your writing spill out all at once and in its nearly final form.

* Get busy and actually write

In contrast to the last tip, how about trying to bulldoze your way on through writing the whole thing?

Give yourself 1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, whatever amount of time to focus up, hunker down, and try to write as much as you can from top to bottom. Just understand and be cool with the fact that whatever results probably won’t be perfect and will need some amount of revising. The bigger goal is just to get over the hump of starting the process of writing.

Also, welcome to grand tradition of having an actual first draft of your writing, something that people did way back in the day before we all got in the habit of throwing up our words directly onto computer!

So, those are my tips with dealing with a blank page.

One other thing …

The above are all micro-level tips, tricks, techniques to tackle stalled writing.

At some point, if being completely stuck is happening often enough and you’re more anxious and stressed than jazzed about what you’re writing, it’s probably a good idea to start evaluating what you’re doing on a macro-level. It’s a good idea to be aware of your writing process (anything from how your workspace is set up and knowing your peak times of creativity, but basically, anything that affects how you take something from idea to final form) and why you’re writing.

It might take anything from starting up some new pre-writing habits, getting refreshed by taking a writing class, or taking your career in a new direction to recapture the spark that got you writing in the first place.

That’s a bigger conversation to have, but it’s one worth having … maybe after your latest dash of writing is due.

Crumb Trails: Leslie Nielsen in the Wind

December 2, 2010

A million years ago, I knew a guy whose sister was a K-Pop star.

He once played a CD of her that included her cover of Kansas’s “Dust in the Wind.” She had an amazing voice.

Every once in a while, I’d try to track down a copy of her CD.

I kept looking for a “Leslie Chung,” taking the last name of the dude and what I thought was her first name from memory.

More often than not, searches turned up (deceased) Hong Kong superstar, Leslie Cheung.

Anyway, I figured I’d give the search “Leslie Dust in the Wind”  a shot in the old YouTube machine at 3am and this is what happened:

Perfect.

(Sidenote: Through some Facebook sleuthing, I found the K-Pop singer here and here.)

Recipe Centipede: Six Ways to Not Innovate with Social Media

November 30, 2010

 

This morning, Jay Baer (someone whose writings and thoughts I enjoy), tweeted a link to Chris Street’s blog post, “Six Ways to Innovate with Social Media.” I gave it a quick looksee because I’m a fan of innovation and when Jay tweets things, it’s usually worth reading.

Here are six ways to use social media with innovation in mind:

1. Take an interest in other people – and pass on their content. It will get you noticed – the Law of Attraction. It really does work: these people will notice you back, in time, and reciprocate.

2. Take risks – be authentic, speak with your actual voice on social media platforms. Get the vibe of your business or Agency out there: let people know what working with you looks like, feels like.

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6. Stop talking and start listening – too many Agencies (PRs are the worst culprits) are so busy shouting about how brilliant they are, and how many industry (navel-gazing) awards they’ve won, they forget the audience. Less broadcasting, more listening please.

This is all really solid, useful advice, but am I the only one who thinks it isn’t particularly innovative on its own?

In contrast to the definition of innovation given by the author, it’s all good advice that’s not really new or contrary to established social media norms.

The info above, rather, is probably more useful in laying down the groundwork for innovating in your social media use.

Truly understanding what your business, cause or passion is about and really listening to & engaging with the folks you hope to reach, hopefully, will be the key to pushing through merely common sense principles to get to the real innovation in your social media use. Those are what the above pieces advice are helpful with – the groundwork to start with.

In my opinion, a far more useful blog post with regards to innovation is Chris Street’s post, “How to Understand Social Media: Watch Cats” – http://socialmediatoday.com/chrisstreet/238401/how-understand-social-media-watch-cats

In that post, Street takes his observations of something common to his daily life and extracts lessons that can be applied to his (and our) social media use.

For true, organic innovation in social media use, there probably needs to be something interesting or innovative about what you do (even if it’s just your passion behind it), followed by a way to translate that into interesting and engaging social media usage.

The New York Neo-Futurists are a great example of that.

They are the New York branch of the Neo-Futurists of Chicago and are a theatre ensemble made up of writers, directors and performers dedicated to creating new works that are innovative, irreverent, thoughtful, funny and smart. Their Twitter account (@nyneofuturists) reflects those values in its voice, tone and content of their tweets. Going one step further, they’ve actually incorporated what they do on stage (to some degree) into how they engage with social media.

The hallmark Neo-Futurist show is Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, a weekly whirlwind attempt by its performing ensemble to execute 30 short plays in 60 minutes. Audience members are given a menu of that week’s plays, each one numbered for convenience, and the order of performance is determined by audience members shouting out the number of the short play they’d like to see. With new performance pieces rotating in each week, a spontaneous running order and a limited amount of time, the whole experience is frantic, fun, and exhilarating.

Knowing that their audience is made up of people who can appreciate such creativity and are likely to be creative folks themselves, @nyneofuturists issues Twitterplay assignments every Tuesday:

 

Followers of their Twitter account are given a specific challenge to incorporate into their writing of a micro-play that can be contained in a single tweet. Twitterplay participants hashtag their micro-play and the next day, @nyneofuturists collects them and publishes them on their blog.

So, while the NY Neo-Futurists have other plays and performances beside TMLMTBGB, the show that’s their most popular and well-known is rooted in short, new works and you can see how that has inspired an innovative way for them to interact with their followers.

That is true innovation in social media use and it didn’t come from merely following a list of tips that are useful but mostly common sense.

Twisting Twitter: The False 4.7% African-American Turnout for the 2010 Elections Stat

November 3, 2010

So, last night while I was cringing as the results of last night’s mid-term elections rolled in, I was also reading what folks were saying on Twitter.

I don’t quite remember what time I saw the following stat floating around, but I’d say it was about 11pm (Arizona time): “Only 4.7% of African-Americans voted in the election.” Sure enough, checking Twitter’s trending topics, “African-Americans” (or some variation) was near the top.

Many of the tweets repeating the stat would also go on to admonish “… but 100% of y’all gonna be in the clubs this weekend” and claim that, in contrast, 94.7% of African-Americans had checked out WSHH.

All of those ridiculous claims aside, the stat seemed funky to me. If there were still some ballots being counted across the state and the nation, how could anyone solidly assert that only 4.7% of African-Americans had shown up at the polls. Also, none of the tweets contained any links to a credible source for that stat.

So, I did a little searching this morning (using Google’s excellent Updates Search, which pulls from Twitter a lot more helpfully than Twitter’s own search currently can) and found this timeline of the 4.7% stat blowing up:

The original 4.7% of African-Americans blows up.

Here’s a link to the Google search that yielded the image above: http://j.mp/4point7

Here’s the first tweet, from Andre X. Douglas (@DRE_XD) of Wisconsin pointing out that 4.7% African-American voter turnout stat at about 8pm (10pm in Wisconsin) last night:

And here are Douglas’s follow up tweets, each within an hour of the initial 4.7% stat tweet:

So, the stat was originally quoted from someone’s status update (on Facebook, presumably) that was quoting early reporting from USA Today (a quick Google search couldn’t turn it up) and, if true, only applied to the turnout of African-American voters in a single district, Wisconsin’s District 1. Through all of the retweets and editing from others, it was extracted that only 4.7% of African-Americans voters nationwide.

I don’t think anyone can really blame Andre X. Douglas. He was expressing his own dismay at the stat and clarified it within his own Twitter timeline.

It’s just a good reminder of what an insane game of telephone the internet (not just Twitter or social media) can be.

UPDATE:

I decided to check out the still hot, if no longer trending, topic of “4.7% of African-Americans” on Twitter and stumbled upon a good read by Anna John (@DCntrc) of WAMU, American University radio in Washington D.C.:

http://dcentric.wamu.org/2010/11/why-was-african-americans-a-trending-topic-in-d-c-on-twitter/

John quotes the Washington Post as asserting that 10% of voter turnout was made up of African-Americans.

Saheli Datta (@sahelidatta) wisely notes in the comments that African-Americans making up 10% of total voter turnout last night across the nation actually translates to about 32-33% of registered African-American voters and around 25% of all African-Americans.

Datta:

Making up 10% of the voting electorate can’t meant that only 10% of registered African Americans voted. ~ 90 odd million people, so 10% of that is approximately 9 million voting African Americans. Voter participation in this midterm election was supposed to be 42%, so if 90 million = 42%, the total eligible voter pool was 214 million, and 13% of that means there are probably 27 – 28 million registered African Americans. 9 million out of 27 million is much closer to 32- 33% participation rate, not a measly 4.7%. That’s pretty comparable to the general rate of 42%, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the discrepancy is due to being disproportionately burdened by the factors that depress voting for the less than wealthy. It’s a working day, not a holiday, there’s no childcare, and polls are often hard to get to–all things we should fix. ( I got my statistics on the voting numbers from this AP article by Matthew Daly.).

According to Wikipedia In 2000 there were 36 million African Americans in the united states, so assuming growth was steady, there are about 40 million *now*. Many of those people are under the age of 18, so they can’t vote, so that means over all participation was AT LEAST 25%. That strikes me as pretty respectable–especially when you consider wide spread evidence that African Americans have been disproportionately and unfairly disenfranchised b/c of the discrepancy in felony status laws regarding the use of crack vs. the use of cocaine, not to mention other less clearcut kinds of unfairness in the criminal justice system.

In the above analysis of the over all participation rate (i.e. voters/eligible voters, not voters/*registered* voters) I’m assuming all African-Americans the census counts as such are citizens, which might be a more reasonable assumption than for any other ethnic group except I don’t think the census differentiates between century+ African-Americans and more recent immigrants. So the over all participation rate in the ‘indigenous’ African-American community might be much higher than 25%.

Sparkly New

July 31, 2009

Remember when everything was new?

This is so new that I’m keeping this

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

in its nice new packaging, so that I can sell it on eBay one day.

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles Moves On Up to Scottsdale

July 31, 2009
Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles finds a new home in Scottsdale

Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles finds a new home in Scottsdale

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles has long established itself as a valley favorite, slinging amazing soul food with their signature dish of perfectly fried chicken and delicious waffles as their centerpiece. With the success of the original location in south downtown Phoenix comes Lo-Lo’s new location in south Scottsdale on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Thomas, which was celebrated last night with a private grand opening.

I have to admit that when I first heard late last month that Lo-Lo’s was moving on up to the eastside, I was a tad concerned with how the beloved chicken shack’s vibe might be altered by the slighly more posh zip code than the humble converted home that houses the original. Rest assured that while the new digs might be a touch more upscale than you’re used to that the soul of Lo-Lo’s is fully intact.

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Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles’ Scottsdale location was at one time a Kyoto Bowl, another brick in the Albertson’s strip mall, but Larry “Lo-Lo” White has overseen a renovation that brings some familiar hole-in-the-wall warmth to a bigger space. The same comfortable shade of gold that initially welcomes people to the inside of Lo-Lo’s downtown coats all of the walls and shiny new red vinyl booths provide some pop. With surroundings accented by corrugated stainless steel, plenty of gorgeous pictures of various members of the White family and well-earned awards as decorations, the new home of fine Southern cooking in Scottsdale is spacious without being sterile.

The menu is a full port over of the classics that Phoenicians have flipped over. On the special occasion of the grand opening, grub was gleefully served up by a mix of  friendly downtown and Scottsdale staff and drinks flowed freely at the lovely stained wooden bar in the rear of the restaurant. As with any grand opening, seats went fast and nattily dressed early comers were rewarded for their punctuality. Stragglers were still smiling with plenty of friendly faces to chat up.

As many of the invited diners were nearing the end of their meal, White family friend, Bishop Alexis Thomas called attention to the corner of the restaurant where a small PA had been set up.

“Someone called this a family affair, and it certainly is,” Thomas remarked, “Aren’t we blessed to be getting to know each other as family by eating such wonderful food?”

The Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church pastor, playing host, reminded the flock of folks that Larry White first started his Lo-Lo’s endeavor through White, matriarch and Golden Rule Cafe founder, Mrs. Elizabeth White, and quickly passed the mic to her.

A pastor herself, the 86 year old Mrs. White spoke of first landing in Phoenix from Texas in 1963 and starting with her brother’s Church Cafe at 1029 East Jefferson. A couple of years later, White took over the business and renamed it the Golden Rule Cafe. In 1976, a city construction project necessitated a move to its current location at 808 East Jefferson. Mrs. White told of Larry’s mettle, starting early with helping her, eventually starting Lo-Lo’s in 1997, and getting his own place in 2002.

Mrs. Elizabeth White and grandson, Larry "Lo-Lo" White

Mrs. Elizabeth White and grandson, Larry "Lo-Lo" White

Clearly proud of her grandson, White offered a prayer to bless all in attendance and continued success of the culinary lineage that sprouted from her legendary establishment.

Larry White stepped to the forefront, thanking God, his grandmother, wife (and Scottsdale location manager), Rasheedah, his kids, family and staff for helping keep Lo-Lo’s afloat over the years. Recounting the early years of leasing in downtown without a contract and brushes with foreclosure, White reiterated his deep seated gratitude.

“I wasn’t the best student and wasn’t even the best person,”  a misty-eyed White momentarily lamented before asserting that his hard work and faith helped put him in position to open his second restaurant. It was a touching moment made even more buoyant by his joyous declaration: “If y’all keep coming, we’ll keep serving – who knows, maybe one day we’ll open a third Lo-Lo’s!”

Lo-Lo's private grand opening is a family affair

Lo-Lo's private grand opening is a family affair

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles is located on the southeast corner of 2765 North Scottsdale Road and is slated to open tomorrow, Saturday, August 1st. You can find them online at http://www.loloschickenandwaffles.com and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/loloschicken.

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UPDATE (5:08pm – Friday, July 31, 2009):

It looks like the opening of Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles Scottsdale will be delayed by a few days according to these two tweets from @loloschicken:

http://twitter.com/loloschicken/status/3060965752

Please RT. Our opening is going to be delayed for a few days to a circumstance outside of our control. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

http://twitter.com/loloschicken/status/3061000514

Please rt: We had a successful preview dinner last night and the restaurant is ready to go we’re just waiting for one last inspection.