by Richard J. Alley
I stand in the goal and sweat bullets as a dozen people run towards me. The sound of feet and guttural shouts is deafening, and my heart pounds in my ears as I ready myself knowing that one of these amateur athletes will take the shot. As keeper, it’s my job to stop that speeding soccer ball from getting past. Or, at least to keep from getting injured.
This is relaxation for me, this is how I decompress from work and responsibility. And granted, this is an over-35, coed league, so perhaps they’re not running as fast as they seem, but I’m also 10 years past that cut-off age, so my chances of stopping the ball are greatly diminished.
Some of those angling to score on me include doctors, business owners, salespeople, logistics managers, nurses, and hospitality executives. It is a cross-section of Memphis industry that shows up at Greenfield Arena — the indoor soccer facility in Midtown — every Tuesday night for exercise, camaraderie, and fun.
In this summer issue of Inside Memphis Business, we look at what happens once the workforce clocks out, how it spends its downtime. There are CEOs who eat their way through New Orleans, fish for trout, ski in Montana, take a day trip to Hot Springs, or simply drive down to the white-sand beaches of Destin.
Despite the travel anecdotes, Americans typically leave four days of vacation on the books, so we also look at what it might take to get us to take all of our paid time off (spoiler: you first, CEO).
If you do take that time, and plan to travel, odds are you’ll be doing so from Memphis International Airport. A year ago we looked into the changes happening after the de-hub by Delta Airlines. There was hope in the air then, and we find that the hope has come in for a landing as reporter Toby Sells revisits the airport.
Some might prefer to stay closer to home for what is known as a “staycation.” And for more than four decades those homebodies have shopped for fun at Outdoors Inc. (it truly is Memphis’ toy box). I recommend taking that new bike or hiking equipment out to the 4,500-acre Shelby Farms Park whose conservancy is now under the direction of Jen Andrews, profiled in our pages.
But maybe you’re the indoorsy type. If you prefer sitting in your living room to the poison ivy and insects found without, I suggest listening to your favorite tunes through a new set of EgglestonWorks speakers; we’ll show you how they’re made and what goes into them.
Near or far, we all need to clock out from time to time. I wish you all a safe and happy vacation this summer. And if you’re in the neighborhood and looking for some excitement, stop in at Greenfield and take your best shot.
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