"Are you playing poker this weekend?" asked Joulesdiver in google chat. I messaged back that I wasn't sure.
I explained to her that here in Memphis, it's Elvis week. Each year, the week before the anniversary of his death, people come from all over the world. There are various events scheduled. I'm not a big fan of all that, but I wanted to get some photos.
My office is only a few miles from Graceland, so, at lunch Thursday, I scooted over there and took a few early-bird photos -- just in case I get busy over the weekend and miss my photo op.
There were lots of guys like this one above, and they came from all over. Heck, he looks more like Elvis than Elvis.
A stage was set up in a tent and Elvis singers performed one after the other. One was from Oregon, the next from Pennsylvania, and so on. Apparently the successful ones get hired for work at theme parks, special occasions, etc. There was an Elvis contest (held in downtown Memphis), and the winner collected $20,000.
Above is Graceland, Elvis' home, as seen from the street.
Do you think the people in this car (above) are Elvis fans? License plates say Ohio.
There is a rock wall across the front of Graceland so that people can't just walk in. Let's zoom in (below).
People leave messages and it doesn't seem to be considered graffiti. All photos are high rez, so click to enlarge if you like.
The lady above is leaving her tribute to The King.
I'm not sure of my schedule this weekend, but I might try and get some more shots. But then again, Joules, I might just play some poker.