27 Nov

After working the entire Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, I have four days off in a row.

So what’s a girl to do?

Drag her hubby off for a weekend getaway to Nashville.


I can’t help it!  I love the Nashville area, and coincidentally we had a couple of things we could do while there.

When we first arrived, we went straight to Center Point Barbecue in Hendersonville.  Remember the friend that gave Hubby the Alan Jackson tickets?  She’s from Hendersonville, so we met her at Center Point BBQ and stuffed ourselves with pulled pork and brisket and a cornbread pancake.  Wait.  That was ME who did that.

It was the first time I had met her, so I enjoyed getting to know her – especially with her strong southern accent.  She’d brought us some free “todd” that she’d managed to get with her couponing skills.  I’ve heard of these people, but she was cracking me up with her stories of how she buys 100s of bars of soaps and such, and ends up walking out with more cash than she went in with.  And how she’s on a first name basis with the general manager of the local grocery store because of it.

She generally gives away bags of these toiletries to the homeless, but she made sure we got a bag full of soap, mints, hairspray, toothpaste, duct tape, and of course the “todd”.  (See if you can figure it out… it took us a minute.)

Afterwards, we checked into the hotel, and went straight to downtown Nashville.  Our first order of business was to check out Hubby’s cousin’s cousin who was playing at Layla’s, one of our favorite bars on Broadway.

The band, called the Dusty 45’s, was booked at a bar very near to where I work in St. Louis on Friday night.  As usual, I was working so unable to go.  When I found out they were playing in Nashville on Sunday night, I was ecstatic!

I’d heard wonderful things about these guys, who are pretty renowned in the Seattle area, and they definitely lived up to their reputation.

Although the crowd on Sunday night was small, they played with their heart and soul, and put on such an amazing show, that we stayed right up to closing time. They are a talented bunch, but Billy Joe (Hubby’s cousin once removed?? Anybody know how that works?) stole the show with his flaming trumpet and on-stage performance.

If you have a few minutes, check ’em out.  This is from a few years back, and they have a new stand up bass player now, but the energy and talent is all the same.  The flaming begins about halfway through.  Incredible, I tell ya.

Our next order of business, after a short night’s sleep, was to check out some of the neighborhoods surrounding Nashville.

I fell in love with Franklin the last time we were here, but Hubby wasn’t quite as enamored.  We went back again to scope it out, then headed west and checked out some of those areas.

Every area we went through I fell in love.

I’m taking it as a sign.

We’re both ready to get out of Illinois.  We’ve talked about places like Austin, Charleston, Colorado…. but in reality, they’re pretty far away.  Tennessee has always been a favorite getaway for us, and it’s close enough to family to be able to visit often, so I wouldn’t doubt that we make a decision soon.

Just need to scope out the schools, then convince the kids, then break the news to Grandma and Grandpa, then find a job, then sell the house…


So many things have to fall into place to make this work.  But if they do….

we may very well be Tennessee-ans within the next year.

It may be wishful thinking,

but I hope not.


Posted by on November 27, 2012 in BBQ, Everyday Living, Family, Vacation


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13 responses to “Southerners?

  1. agg79

    November 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Nice way to spend the long weekend instead of stuffing yourself with Turkey and dressing. The way you keep gravitating towards Nashville, I think your are pretty much headed in that direction and will make it happen, no matter what.

    And I’m coming up blank on todd. Will need some more coffee to divine that one.

    • shadowrun300

      November 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Oh I stuffed myself with Turkey and desserts before going into work on Thanksgiving Day, and I stuffed myself with BBQ and Greek Cuisine while in Nashville… so I was able to keep the Thanksgiving tradition alive, despite having to work!
      Hubby likes Nashville. I just love Tennessee in general. It’s such a beautiful state and it’s a little warmer than our area. Great for running and motorcycle riding! Keep your fingers crossed that everything falls into place.
      I thought for sure YOU would get what “todd” is. But perhaps you don’t have quite the southern drawl. She was like “Oh, and I got yew some Todd! It was free with mah coo-pons!”
      When we looked through the bag, we burst out laughing. She was saying “Tide”. 🙂

      • agg79

        November 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm

        Well, duh. I shoulda figured that one one out. I kept trying to overthink the answer. Nashville sounds like a great place. I have definitely moved it up on my bucket list. BTW – I recently discovered a whole BBQ place on the east side of Houston that had THE absolutely best pulled pork sandwich I have ever tasted.

      • shadowrun300

        November 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

        I hope you’re able to get to Nashville at some point. It’s great whether you’re a country music lover or not!
        You MUST let me know about this BBQ place. It’s still quite possible that we’ll be heading to Texas in January or February – just to check it out. I’ve never had Texas BBQ and I’m anxious to try it!

  2. Rock Chef

    November 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Now that is what I call entertainment!

    • shadowrun300

      November 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      Did you watch the video? I was so impressed with the talent of these guys. Much different than the live stuff we normally see in our local bars. I thought it funny that they look like the Stray Cats – stand up bass and all!

  3. Abby

    November 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Sounds like a great trip. You can make this happen, life’s too short not to!

    • shadowrun300

      November 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      You’re right. We keep putting it off for one reason or another. There comes a time when we just have to do it. I think this summer fits best for the timing of the kids’ school. After this trip, I imagine we’ll be pushing harder than ever to make it work.

  4. meleahrebeccah

    November 28, 2012 at 1:05 am

    OMG. I love really good Barbecue. And I am obsessed with Southern Accents. The Dusty 45′s sound like so much fun and a really good band. It’s been ages since I’ve seen live music. Oh, and I like that you’re able to entertain the idea of moving to place you really love some time down the road. That’s wonderful.

    • shadowrun300

      November 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      Does that mean you’re not allergic to BBQ? I can’t imagine not being able to have pulled pork or brisket. SO yummy!
      I loved listening to our southern friend talk, which was good, because she liked to talk! 🙂 There were only a few times I had trouble understanding what she was saying.
      Around here, there are plenty of bars that have live music, but the Dusty 45s put most of them to shame. They were so good!

  5. The Thin Lady Inside

    November 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    That’s soooo cool! I’ve never been to Nashville! Sounds lovely! 🙂

    • shadowrun300

      November 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      I just love the rolling hills and beautiful country side. And the cost of living is pretty decent too. If it doesn’t work out for us to move there, it’ll certainly be a frequent road trip for us.

  6. territerri

    December 1, 2012 at 1:44 am

    What a great getaway you had!

    Sounds like your heart is set on Nashville. Seems not too long ago you were talking about a move AFTER all the kids were done with high school. Now you’re talking in the next year! Good for you! I hope it all comes together!


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