Wednesday, May 24, 2017

El Gato

This is another piece of her artwork that Sarah brought home at the end of the school year. Her art teacher had dubbed it El Gato.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Food Truck Review -- Mamma Gallina's

The latest food truck to visit the Blount County Justice Center is Mamma Gallina's, and their colorful truck is pictured above. They serve delicious hot Italian sandwiches and desserts, although I don't see how someone could eat one of those big sandwiches and still want dessert. Lunch runs from $9.00 to $12.00 and includes chips. You can check their Facebook page, linked above, to see where to find them.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Book Review -- On the Road by Jack Kerouac

I've been on a kick recently to try and read some classic novels, and I pulled On the Road by Jack Kerouac off of my bookshelf, where it has languished unread for a couple of decades. As its title implies, it is a story about the protagonist's travels back and forth across the United States with friends and acquaintances. It is known as one of the important books of the beat generation, and it actually has dialog that includes phrases like "real gone cat" to describe someone enjoying jazz. It was a short read, but enjoyable.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Visit to the Tennessee Medieval Faire in Harriman

Yesterday Sherry and I took Sarah and her friend Grace to the Tennessee Medieval Faire in Harriman. I've been to other such events, which I generically call Renfests, near Nashville, Charlotte and Atlanta, and Harriman's is relatively new. I think they've been there for three years or so. They do a good job of it, but their village watchman is kind of tough.
We got there just in time for jousting, and after the performance they invited the crowd up to pet the horses.

Fortunately, we got some of the seating in the shade, because it was around 85 degrees out. A nice breeze made it better.
I tried my hand at jousting while I was there. It did not go well. Fortunately, there was a high level cleric on hand to revive me.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fort Jefferson

I would have liked to visit Fort Jefferson when we visited Key West. Unfortunately, the way the trip came together, but the time I thought about it, all the slots were booked for the time we were down there. That will be something to look forward to the next time we're down there. (Via Phils Phun)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Throwback Thursday

For today's throwback Thursday picture, here are Jake and Joey. This was taken when they were about eleven.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sarah's Batik Flowers

With the school year drawing to a close, Sarah brought home some of the art she's done at school during the last few months. I like these batik flowers.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Battle of Alamance

On May 16, 1771, the Battle of Alamance was fought between a force of about 2,000 Regulators from the western parts of North Carolina, against militia forces similarly strong under Royal Governor Willian Tryon. The Regulators formed to oppose what they regarded as unfair policies of the colonial government, which was largely controlled by interests in the eastern part of the North Carolina. While the opposing forces were similar in size, the Regulators were disorganized and defeated by the militia, which had more ammunition and artillery.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Lost Dog in East Maryville

In hyperlocal news, this flier about a lost dog appeared on our mailbox a few days ago. I do not know the owner(s), but thought I'd share the flier in case one of my neighbors sees the pooch.

Restaurant Review -- Two Friends Patio Restaurant, Key West, Florida

During our spring break trip to Key West, Florida, we stopped in for breakfast at Two Friends Patio Restaurant at 512 Front Street. As you can see from the picture, it is one of those places with all sorts of photographs, posters and other memorabilia all over all the walls. I had the crab cake Benedict, which was delightful. Breakfast for three was just over $60.00. Like everything else in Key West, it was pricey, but the food was great and so was the service.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Nashville Clerks Conference

I attended the spring clerks conference in Nashville this week, and this was the view from my hotel room in the Metro Center area of Nashville, where my office was during the last three years we lived there. I made a plan to eat at Kebab Gyros, one of our favorite Nashville restaurants, and it was wonderful, as it always is. I also had a meal at the Gerst Haus, which I only visited once before. I had the Black Forest schweine schnitzel, which is fun to say and even better to eat. Frankly, I could have made two meals out of what they served me, but instead I went to the conference filled with schnitzel.

As far as the conference itself, as usual they imparted a lot of useful information aimed at helping us all run our offices well. I always enjoy the fellowship with my fellow clerks from all across the state. I always see some of our East Tennessee clerks when I am at conference, but over the years I've gotten to know a lot more clerks from all across the state. I had an enjoyable conference, but it is nice to be home!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Book Review -- Boone: A Biography, by Robert Morgan

I recently enjoyed the audiobook version of Boone: A Biography, by Robert Morgan. This is one of two lengthy biographies of Daniel Boone available at our local library, and I found this one to be the better of the two. It portrays Boone as a man at his best on the edge of the frontier, blazing new paths and exploring new places, in contrast to his many business failings. As an attorney, I couldn't help but think as I read this book that Boone should have put himself in the hands of a good lawyer, especially as title to land in early Kentucky was confusing. Because I am interested in the period of history in which Boone lived, I really liked this book.

I long ago recognized that having a blog does not make one a critic, so if you want that, here's a real book review. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Throwback Thursday

Today's throwback Thursday picture takes us to 2007 at the Thirty-A Cafe in beautiful Seagrove Beach, Florida. We cook at our condos at the beach, so I'm sad to say that was the last time I've dined there.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

UT Conference Center

I had a County Technical Assistance Service class over in Knoxville last week at the University of Tennessee Conference Center. I took these pictures from the Locust Street Garage elevator tower on the corner of Locust Street and Clinch Avenue. The other side of the conference center fronts Henley Street. When I was a kid it was a Miller's Department Store.
This view of the Sunsphere is looking west down Clinch Avenue.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Restaurant Review -- SnoKno Taco Cantina, Knoxville, Tennessee


I recently dined at SoKno Taco, which is located at 3701 Sevierville Pike in South Knoxville. I had the carnitas taco platter, which was served with chips and salsa, beans and rice. The two tacos were soft shell, and the pork was all cheesed up with queso and delicious. With iced tea and a tip, I spent twenty bucks. Yum! (For a real review, see the Knoxville Mercury.)