Like the Energizer Bunny I just keep going… I am a little disappointed in myself now for missing last Thursday’s Cracker show at The EARL since it would have been cool to complete the eight nights of birthday fun that I had planned.
Take Me Out To The Ball Game — Chattanooga Style
On Friday I took a drive up to Chattanooga to go to a Lookouts game. The night was nice and upon my arrival with the sun shining brightly I realized that I had made two rookie mistakes:
- I had checked the weather report and knew that it was going to be sunny and hot, yet I still decided to wear a black t-shirt.
- I had left all ballcaps in my car, thus requiring me purchase yet another ballcap. I think that my ballcap count is now somewhere on the order of twenty. Stupid is as stupid does.
The game itself was fun although I had a hard time following the logic of the strict seating policy for a stadium that may have been half-filled. My awesome, first row seat behind the first-base dugout cost only $8 (plus an unconscionable $3 charge to hold it a Will Call) so it’s not like moving “up” was going to get you a big gain. At one point I tried to move to a cheaper seat in a largely unfilled section. I showed the usher my ticket and asked that if it would be alright to sit in this cheaper section for a few innings. I was reluctantly told “okay” as long as I sat in the same exact row and seat as the ticket I held. Whaaa???
One Night In Nashville
The whirlwind weekend continued with a night in Nashville, Tennessee.
Irony With A Side Of Bacon
I woke early on Saturday morning with a plan to eat a little free hotel breakfast and be on my way. Unfortunately the hotel in which I was staying was also holding a large family reunion (that’s large in count, not necessarily large fat people — although I saw many of those in Tennessee) so I didn’t want to fight my way to get some grub. Somewhat ironically I wound up eating at a Shoney’s. (The irony lies in that I took a photo of a Shoney’s coffee mug that I used in Athens on Thursday morning, even though I was not eating at a Shoney’s — and then on Saturday I found myself in a Shoney’s.)
Tour de Goodwill
As I finished breakfast I realized that I had no plans and could not check into my hotel until the afternoon, so I decided to take a slow roll on lesser-traveled roads hitting thrift stores along the way. I was hoping that I’d strike it lucky finding some old camera gear, but alas I was shutout.
The Show? Awe-Some!
With the exception that the Ryman Auditorium still fervently fights the “War on Photography”, unless you are an “official Ryman photographer” of course, it is an awesome place to see a show.
What made my seat even better was that it was on the side on which Jason Lytle played, and Kelly Hogan stood (Neko Case stood center stage of course).
All The Lines, None Of The Dancing
After the concert I was planning to do what everybody does on a Saturday night in Nashville — go to the bars on Broadway. Unfortunately, everybody decided to go to the bars on Broadway and at 11:00pm CDT there were lines to get in everywhere. If you know anything about me it’s that I am far from hip and find waiting in line to get into a bar or restaurant an unworthy way to spend my time.
I decided to head to the West End near Vanderbilt. Surely in the college section of town there would be places for me to get some dinner and a beer. I was stymied at my first choice, and when the provided alternative was as smokey as a The EARL on a Saturday (stupid hipster college kids) I decided to bag my plans and head back to the hotel.
Oh To Have The Ultimate Power Of Timing And Opportunity
Driving along I-24E yesterday morning I passed a small roadside billboard advertising Neko Case’s latest CD “Middle Cyclone.” Knowing that Case’s tour bus was also headed to Atlanta yesterday I know that they had to pass that same billboard. How fucking cool would it have been to have the ability to stop the tour bus and take a photo of case standing next to her billboard. Well, I think it would have been cool.
I’m Already Missing le Tour
Admittedly I didn’t get to follow this year’s le Tour de France as in depth as I would have liked to. I was just too busy or not near a television that broadcast Versus. And so one the first post-TdF Monday I’m feeling the blues.
And For My Final Trick — It’s Back To Athens Tonight
Tonight I wind up my “Eight Nights Of Birthday Activity Tour ’09” back at the 40 Watt Club for the M. Ward show. With last week’s starting time information in my back pocket I know not to rush over to Athens and to try and get a decent bite of dinner in my stomach prior to entering the 40 Watt. This should be a good, and most likely well-attended, concert so I’m debating the merits of bringing my camera gear into the club with me.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – weird, feeling like a turning point is headed my way
Current Music – listening to last weekend’s “le Show” podcast
Website Of The Day – If you ran my Black Sheep hash then you ran some of the trails of the Gwinnett Environmental And Heritage Center. You would have run more of its obscure parts had I not messed up so badly. It’s a nice place, too bad it’s soooo OTP.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 201 pounds (not all that surprising)
Foot Mileage – ~6 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 1 (19)
Vegetarian Days – 2, Carnivorous Days – 26
Marta Rides – 0
– Regain interest in my life
– Not get fired from my job
– Plan and lay a successful Black Sheep hash on July 19th
– Reduce my weight to 190 pounds (today’s weight was 199.5 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalapeño Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C (iPhone development) and Ruby on Rails (Black Sheep web page concept)
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem