Thursday, October 8, 2015

Throwback Thursday

For throwback Thursday here is a picture of a family gathering with my Washington kinfolks back in the '80's.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Battle of Kings Mountain

On October 7, 1780, American militiamen consisting of overmountain men from what is now Tennessee, soundly defeated British forces commanded by British Colonel Patrick Ferguson in the Battle of Kings Mountain, in what is now South Carolina. Ferguson had previously made the mistake of sending a message to the mountain folk threatening to "march his army over the mountains, hang their leaders and lay their country waste with fire and sword." He did not survive the battle.

I have previously noted that the Battle of Kings Mountain took place exactly seventeen years after King George III issued his Royal Proclamation of 1763 forbidding settlement of the lands west of the
Appalachian Mountains.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Restaurant Review -- Athens Family Restaurant, Nashville, Tennessee

Last month I passed through Bellevue, the community where we used to live in Nashville, on the way to clerks conference, and I stopped for lunch at Athens Family Restaurant, which I had not seen before. I had suzukakia, which is sort of a Greek meatloaf, with potatoes and a salad. The food was excellent, the service was prompt and the menu had many options, both Greek and American. My total including tea, tax and tip was just shy of $23.00.

Monday, October 5, 2015

To Boldly Park Where No One Has Parked Before

This is the production model of the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701, outside the shop where it was built. The image was taken on December 29, 1964. The Smithsonian is restoring the model of the ship that up until recently was displayed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and they have put out a request for images or film of the model taken before 1967, which was the last time it was modified for the original series.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Happy Birthday, Sherry!

Today is my lovely wife's birthday. Here she is in one of her more serious moments.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Brown Courthouse Clock Tower

I drove to the courthouse today to deliver and pick up interdepartment mail, and as I pulled up to Court Street I was stunned to see that the clock tower has been painted brown.

I took this snapshot from the back of the building, and as you can see, they haven't painted all of it yet. You can see that they have covered the clock faces with plastic to protect them from the paint. I suspect the brown layer is a primer, and that white paint will go on over it after the primer dries.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

More Nashville Walkabout Pictures

The sign identifying Printers Alley needs some work. 
I noticed some new businesses on Printers Alley, and some that have been there for a while. It appears that the building that housed my former law office there is now all residential. That must be an interesting place to live.
My favorite memory from the Davidson County courthouse was my one and only Constitutional law case, which I litigated when I was Assistant General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services in the central legal office. The Department was the defendant, and I successfully argued that the case should be dismissed on the ground of sovereign immunity. Good times.
These reflecting pools have been installed since we lived in Nashville. The stone tablets tell the history of Nashville's public square, which is where the courthouse stands.
This is the Davidson County Juvenile Center, and I spent more time in this building than in any of the many other courthouses I worked in across Middle Tennessee during the five years I practiced law in Nashville. The members of the Davidson County Juvenile Court bar, as well as the Judge and Magistrates, who were then known as Referees, were very good to me. I have many memories from this building, too, including the last time someone tried to attack me in a courthouse, and I've always said that some of the best feelings and some of the worst feelings I've ever had as a lawyer were in Juvenile Court. There are tales of horror, abuse and neglect, and there are tales of perseverance, redemption and fortitude. It is good work, but it plays on your heart strings.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Courthouse Clock Tower Repairs

Repairs are underway this week on the clock tower of the historic Blount County courthouse. As you can see, the hands of the clock have been removed, and the tower looks like it can use some love.

Plutonian Mountains and Plains

The New Horizons spacecraft recently sent this picture of Pluto showing both mountains and plains on the icy dwarf planet. (Via Astronomy Picture of the Day)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Stroll Around Downtown Nashville

After I checked in to my hotel in Nashville last week, I walked around downtown a bit, which is always a bit of a stroll down memory lane because I practiced law there for five years. Nashville's new mayor was to be inaugurated Friday afternoon in front of the Metro Courthouse, but the event was moved indoors due to rain in the weather forecast. Some of the awnings were still in place when I walked by.
I liked this sculpture of roses in front of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
This is the Arcade, a covered walkway lined with stores and eateries. It is very close to Printers Alley, where my first office in Nashville was located, and not far from where I worked at the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, so I ate at the Arcade frequently. It opened in 1903.
This is the Downtown Presbyterian Church. According to its website, "Presbyterians have worshiped at the corner of Fifth and Church since 1814." This building was built just before the Civil War.
The mighty Cumberland River flows through downtown Nashville past the stadium where the Tennessee Titans play.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Knoxville Greekfest 2015

We went to Knoxville's Greekfest at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, which had a fire last year. We haven't been in several years, so we thought this would be a good time to spend some money on some yummy Greek food. I had pastichio and spanakopita, which was very filling. Above are Sherry, Sarah and her friend Grace enjoying baklava sundaes.
These children performed several different Greek folk dances.
This lad from Sarah and Grace's school was one of the performers. They had a good crowd, and I suspect they will have raised some funds by the time Greekfest 2015 ends.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Busy Elevator

I was in Nashville yesterday for a meeting of the Tennessee Bar Association House of Delegates, and they put me up in a nice hotel downtown right down the street from TBA headquarters. I went to the elevator to go downstairs so I could walk up the street to my meeting, and when the elevator doors opened Lou Ferrigno and another guy were in there talking. I politely climbed aboard and rode down with them and walked up the street to my meeting. Before it started I turned my phone back on and texted to Sherry that I thought that I'd just been on the elevator with Lou Ferrigno, but I shut off the phone before she texted back because the meeting was starting.
After my meeting, I returned to the hotel to change clothes and check out. I got on the elevator to go back up to my room, and as the doors were closing Eric Estrada came hustling up and asked me to hold the doors, which I did, and he climbed aboard. I got off before he did, and I bade him a good afternoon as I exited to display some Southern hospitality. When I got back to the room and turned the phone back on, Sherry had texted "No selfie?" When I replied that I hadn't, but that I'd just ridden the elevator with Frank Poncherello from CHiPs, she said, "You're killing me!"

I watched both The Incredible Hulk and CHiPs as a kid, so it was cool to meet both actors, but the few times I've encountered a well-known person I've tried to treat them as I would any other human being on the planet, which is how I would think anyone would want to be treated, so I refrained from requesting selfies. Nashville is known as a safe place for celebrities to visit without being accosted by crazy fans, and as former Nashvillian, I wanted to keep in that spirit. Both actors were in town for the Wizard World convention, where I'm sure they got their fill of selfies.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Spirit Week Outfits

Last week was spirit week at Sarah's school, and the kids were encouraged to dress according to a different theme each day. Sarah sported my Resistol cowboy hat on Western day. She pulls it off a lot better than I do. I end up looking like Hoss Cartwright in a cowboy hat.
She's the hero Maryville deserves, just not the one it needs right now.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Throwback Thursday

For this week's Throwback Thursday picture, here are Joey, Jake and Sarah in the waters of Melton Hill Lake at a wonderful place called Mighty Oak when they were all three little shavers, as Granddaddy Ogle would say.