Thursday, March 13, 2008

Notes from Hazzard County

Up on a lovely sunny day in Nashville and we rented a car and headed south to the Lane Car Museum - not open but worth returning today. A Tatra was parked outside. The out-of-town motels were advertising $30 per night, $150 per week. We drove on to Opryland where we stopped at Opry Mills for the shops - Barnes & Noble bookstore being largely empty so we supped a large tea while discussing our purchases. I bought "How Nashville became Music City USA" by Michael Kosser which has a CD included of some rare cuts. Annette was thrilled to find a book by Alexander McCall Smith at $13, which would be $20 for sure back in Hogtown.
We flunked a trip to the Opryland proper, a huge building complex, as there were signs saying $16 just to park the car. We had lunch at Bob Evans, a chain familiar to us from a previous tour. Nearby was Cooter's Dukes of Hazzard Museum with the General Lee parked out front.
Heading back into town we stopped at the Piggly Wiggly to stock up on grits - hard to find outside the south. This small supermarket was full of Piggly Wiggliness! Can't beat a good groceteria.
Back in the city we stopped at the Tennessee State Museum. $9 to park the car for an hour and the inevitable rushed visit. I focused on the Civil War exhibits. After a time out we were back at Christopher Pizza in time to catch the set of Damien Horne, a singer recently in Africa with Kenny Alphin of Big & Rich - can't get away from those guys. His sidekick was Chris Patterson who proved an able rhythm section with a drumbox, which he sat on, and a few handheld gizmos.
Back at the hotel a no-name comedy band with a touch of Skynyrd played to an audience of two - us - with such gems as "How you look naked in the waterbed", "I'm in love with my blind, blind date", and "It might be cheaper to keep her." From the sublime to the ridiculous. Reminded me of "I've got friends in low places."

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