A roundup of stuff that wouldn’t necessarily make it on the blog, but is worth noting:
• If we can tear down the Dr Pepper building to build a grocery store, why not one of the most important landmarks in the history of American music? But that looks to be the case for a building downtown where blues legend Robert Johnson recorded 13 songs. Why is Johnson so important? Because without his music, there’s a good chance that rock n roll, blues, rap and hip hop wouldn’t exist today. The Observer’s Robert Wilonsky has the sad story, which he hints may be part of a bigger plot to renovate that part of downtown.
• The British, who have rarely earned high marks for their culinary skill, have a new fad: squirrel. It’s being served in fancy restaurants and espoused by high-end chefs. What does it taste like? Oddly enough, not chicken. One writer said “their lovely flavor tasted of the nuts they nibbled.” Squirrel, of course, is nothing new in this part of the country. I knew people who ate it in Louisiana, though I have never tried it. And, as any squirrel hunter will tell you, watch out for the .22 pellets when you chew.
• An Illinois couple tied the knot at a downstate Taco Bell. “This is the way to go — there’s no stress," said the groom’s mother. No word on whether the wedding reception included squirrel tacos, although employees decorated the store with hot sauce packets labeled with the words "Will you marry me?"