Warm Day Checklist
Windows down and sunroof open
Al fresco lunch
One month ago, I mentioned making a Nashville interstate map when I moved here to help me understand the layout. I found it hiding on an external hard drive with a date of 9/2008. I believe it was my first Illustrator adventure and, in retrospect, it shows.
Nashville has a series of “pikes” that extend from the city to neighboring towns and settlements of the past. I have found 32 Nashville roads with “pike” in their name and am thinking about creating a map with them as the focus.
I didn’t realize until this week how close the develop is (may?) going to be to our first apartment in town, the large white L in the lower-right. Residents on the west side of the building had a quiet escape on their balcony even if the view was parking lots. They emptied out at 5 and were empty on weekends. But looking directly into a building or parking garage is going to be terrible for them.
I’m happy for the area to be improved but I think a few existing residents are going to get the shaft.
I enjoyed living in the quiet area between downtown & Germantown that no one can name but would not want to live there any longer.
We saw Neko Case at The Cannery Ballroom tonight. The band was delightfully witty, crude, and fun. A poontang joke was made. Neko also joked about “hugging the shit out of” a fan who expressed admiration. I saw a guy go nuts on a steel guitar. The vocals were top notch.
I would have rather seen her at TPAC a few years ago but probably enjoy her more now.
Blasting in Downtown Nashville by Mark Charles)
The bank across West End has been demolished and they started blasting yesterday. I suggested that we take turns working at the window to ensure we don’t miss any blasts but it wasn’t well received.
Reasons I Love Martins BBQ
- Their Nolensville pit, adjacent to the dining area, fills the room with hickory smoke.
- You smell like hickory smoke after you leave.
- Good beer.
- French fries aren’t always served at barbecue joints but Martins does. They serve a fry up a gold potato that is seasoned with course pepper and salt.
- Their menu has all of my favorites. Wings. Pulled Pork. Ribs. Someday I’ll visit a place that makes me believe in brisket but none have.
- Redneck. Taco.
- Whole hot Saturday & Sunday.
It’s my happy place.
I hated the term staycation when it was thrown around a few years ago during the recession and gas spikes. Perhaps I rejected the idea of not doing fun, local things all the time. With that said, I think Beth & I are going to have our own little staycation.
We are sending Nolan home home to stay with family while Beth & I enjoy 2 days in Nashville alone after a couple of local babysitters fell through for a Sunday night The Lumineers concert.
We have reservations at Husk Monday night and will definitely be eating out Sunday around the concert as well. Beth has planned on using a spa gift certificate Monday. I will likely work from home in silence. (Daddy! What’s that?!)
Nolan loves his grandparents. Our parent’s love Nolan. Aside from the driving back and forth, it’s a win-win-win.
Are we seeing national coverage from yesterday’s flooding because it’s a slow news cycle? It’s a stark difference from 2010 when it took days for anyone to notice.
You Ought To Know Nashville: Prince’s and Husk (by wnptvideos)
These places are high on my list that tends to grow more than it shrinks.