Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Steve's Doppleganger


My wife and daughter think this poor chap looks like me, and I must admit that at a glance he does, though I never tie my designer up like that.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

No Suit Until November 13

I just got back from afternoon court, which ended just about at the end of Sarah's nap time at school. I picked her up and brought her home with a plate of Halloween goodies from her class. Aunties La and Les and baby Grace will be here shortly, so we'll be ready for trick or treating when Sherry gets home.

Administering Justice

I have had an enjoyable morning presiding in juvenile court, and was pleased to be able to take a break to have some lunch. They asked me to come back after lunch to help clear the rest of the day's docket, so off I go.

Substitute Judge

I'm going to be over at juvenile court this morning substituting for Judge Denton. It will be my first time to sit as a substitute judge since moving back to Maryville last March. There are a bunch of child support trials set, so they'll keep me busy this morning.

Jack O'Lanterns

We carved the two small pumpkins we bought from Butler Farms on Saturday. One is a traditional Jack O'Lantern, and the other is a kitty pumpkin. I've got one out on the front porch for the neighbors to see on their way to work, and the other is on the back porch for us to see.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Damned Cat

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If you have a cat, this happens to you frequently.

Halloween Tomorrow!


It's a Mr. Death or something. He's here about the reaping.

Hot Air Balloon

Sarah and I spotted a hot air balloon aloft over her school this morning. With the temperature in the upper thirties this morning on the ground, it had to be cold up in the sky. Brrrrr!

Did I mention how happy I am to be headed to the beach Friday?

Jack Frost

I just started our automobiles, and the windshields have a coat of frost on them for the first time this year. Sounds like a good time to head for the beach. The Weather Channel says it will be sunny and in the upper 70's next week in the Destin area.

Tropical Storm Noel

I'm pleased to see that Tropical Storm Noel is due to move on out over the Atlantic, rather than into the Gulf of Mexico. It looks like that should pull all of the moisture out to sea, so we should have good weather down at Seagrove Beach next week.

New Orleans Photos

La and Stewart went to New Orleans last weekend to visit Andrew. Here are a few photos from their trip.

Monday, October 29, 2007

One Down; Three to Go

I'm home with Sarah following afternoon in juvenile court, and we're expecting Sherry home any time now. I thought this afternoon's hearing would be over earlier, but we had to wait on one of the lawyers, who was tied up in another court.

I got to day care just as Sarah came out of gymnastics class, and she got to wear her new pink leotards.

Downright Chilly

I wasn't able to enjoy my walk last week since I was in court all week long. I went this morning, though, after dropping Sarah off at school, and it was downright chilly out there! We've started finally sending Sarah to school in long sleeves and pants, and Sherry picked her out a cute new winter coat, which she found at Target for an economical $20.00. She also found two more leotards, a/k/a "'nastic 'tards," for Sarah to wear in gymnastics class.

Red Sox Win World Series

I'm not much of a baseball fan, having grown up in Knoxville where college football reigns supreme. There is big news from baseball today. The Boston Red Sox swept the World Series, beating the Colorado Rockies.

Four Days and Counting

We just have four days of work and school before we blast off for the beach Friday morning. I have court this afternoon, but other than that I have no appointments this week, at least not yet. I do have some paperwork to plough through and some phone calls to make, but hopefully the week won't be too crazy.

Sarah and I already gathered up her sand toys, and they're at the garage door ready to go.

Porter Wagoner Dies at Eighty


Porter Wagoner died last night at eighty of lung cancer while Ralph Emery, Mel Tillis and Vince Gill were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Boris Karloff

Here is Karloff, as Doctor Frankenstein's creation.

Purchase Knob Autumn


Here's the view this hour from the Purchase Knob National Park Service webcam. It looks like there are plenty of fall colors on the Carolina side of the mountains.

Mako Madness


Imagine this bad boy at 844 pounds coming to see you while you're snorkeling or scuba diving.

A Website for Everything

In the "there's-a-website-for-everything" category, I just ran across a website dedicated to the AMC Matador Coupe. I wonder if there's a Yugo website.

Breakfast with Wannie

I picked up Sarah from Mom's this morning, and the three of us went to Waffle House. Sarah came home and played outside for a while, but she's curled up on the sofa now and asking for a blanket.

I talked to Sherry after breakfast, and she was still waiting for J&J to wake up so they could have breakfast before she heads back here. She was expecting to be home around 3:30 this afternoon.

Photos from Greekfest


We didn't take a lot of photos at Greekfest, but here are a few. Sarah loved riding on the school bus. She acted like she was on an amusement park ride.
We ran into Sike, Julie, Hillary and Ellie at Greekfest. (Thomas was at a church event.)

Dracula Ballet?

The Nashville Ballet Company is presently performing a ballet about Dracula. A vampire in a tutu? I just don't see it.

Dinner with Grams

Joey and Jake went to another hockey game with their dad last night, so that gave Sherry a chance to have a nice dinner out with Grams last night. I checked in last night while they were still out, and I didn't want to intrude on their evening, so I let Sherry go before asking where they were dining. I'm glad they got in some mother-daughter time on this trip.

Fuzzy's Birthday Shindig

We went over the Fuzzy Manor yesterday afternoon for Frazier's birthday bash. They had barbeque from Buddy's, and we hung out for a couple of hours before Mom carted me home. She took Sarah back over to her house to spend the night last night, since we'll be traveling for the next two weekends. I'll probably meet them for breakfast and return home with the Boong later this morning.

Vols Defeat South Carolina

I went to sleep at halftime last night, and the Vols were ahead 21-0. South Carolina apparently dominated the second half, and UT kicked a field goal to escape with at 27-21 win. Eek!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Keeping Watch


I'll leave this guy at the sentry post for the evening. Good night!

Movie Review: X-Men 2

I picked up the second X-Men flick at the library when we dropped by Thursday evening. I just got through watching it, and it was better than I expected. I always liked Nightcrawler from the comic books, and I thought they did a good job with the movie character. All in all, I enjoyed the movie.

Like all of the movies coming out of the Marvel Comics universe, it was a little bit on the edgy, teen angst side for me. Then again, I'm forty-four, and the kids for whom this movie was made would think the original X-Men were a bunch of dweebs.

Autumn in the Smokies

Sarah and I have already had a very full morning, beginning with breakfast at the Midland Restaurant at 7:30 a.m. After bringing home some groceries, we rode up to Look Rock and hiked up to the fire tower and back. The fall foliage is out in all of its glory, and the hike was just right. After six years, I finally learned how to get the timer Sherry's 35 mm camera to work, so I hope I got at least a couple of good photos of Boong and me up there.

On the way back in to town we went by the Butler Farms market, but neither of my friends was about. Nevertheless, we purchased a couple of pumpkins and left my business card with the lady at the register with a request that she let them know I stopped by to show off my young-un. We ran by the pharmacy and the post office before finishing up the morning with a stop at the library. Sarah colored some Halloween pictures in the activity area, and then selected a trio of books. I found an audiobook on Benjamin Franklin that should get me through our road trip to Florida.

Pesky Plankton


Here's how Plankton causes red tide.

Red Tide


This isn't Destin, but it will give you an idea of what red tide looks like. I hope it doesn't make the ocean unpleasant to swim in.

News from Destin

I've had a look at the Destin Log, the local newspaper in that city, this morning, and there were several stories that caught my eye. Firstly, someone caught a record eleven foot, 844 pound Mako shark this week, and they hauled it in to A.J.'s, where the chef marinated it overnight in vinaigrette, tarragon, cilantro, seasoned salt, Old Bay seasoning and citrus, then grilled it as kabobs. Yummy!

Also, they are having some problems with red tide down there, and beachgoers have recently found a dead 100 pound loggerhead sea turtle, a dead dolphin and several sick birds. Red tide is caused by algae known as phytoplankton, and it can cause all sorts of problems for marine life. (Where's SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs when you really need them?)

Finally, Fort Walton Police have arrested a man down there for stealing two, repeat two, jellybeans from the local Albertson's grocery story. It must have been a slow police day.

Sherry and Her Boys

Sherry called last night, having made it safely to Nashville. She had a couple more birthday cards for each of the boys, each envelope no doubt containing loot, and they were planning on some shopping. Jake and Joey also have a hockey game at 1:00 p.m. central time in scenic LaVergne, Tennessee, which is about thirty minutes or so from Nashville.

Sherry woke up the other morning hungry and started thinking about all of her favorite Nashville eateries. There are several places we both miss there, and I really didn't get to enjoy any of them this week because I was too busy with my trial and because of the rain. I came very close to running out to MetroCenter to see the folks at Cynthia J. Bohn & Associates, which would have enabled me to stop at Kebab Gyros, but it was too close to rush hour in the rain.

Getting in the, Er, Spirit

I guess it's pretty obvious by now that I'm getting excited about Halloween next Wednesday. Sarah went trick or treating with Jake and Joey last Halloween, but she's big enough this year to appreciate the event more. I hate that it falls in the middle of the week, because I know she would have more fun making the Halloween rounds with her brothers.


I have some farmer friends that grow pumpkins on their place, Butler Farm. The Coning Farm is nearby and is sort of the local standard for buying a pumpkin from the farm, but we'll go visit the Butlers if they're at the barn this morning. It's all in the family anyway, since the Butlers are kin to the Conings, and they're right down the road from one another. It's a good excuse to break out my overalls for the season. (I wonder if Sarah has any that fit.)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Gollum

Now Gollum, on the other hand, is a party animal.

I Really Hate Clowns

One of these guys is always hiding in my closet. How I hate them.

Wrong Finger

Fuzzy's Birthday Tomorrow

Happy Birthday to Uncle Fuzzy! He and Les are having a shindig for his birthday and the UT v. South Carolina game tomorrow evening. Les is coming over for a visit this afternoon, so I can give her his present, in case Sarah and I don't make it over for the festivities.

Back Home with the Boong

My first morning in court with my new collection agency client went well, and I was able to finish up my other errands at the Blount County Justice Center and pick up Sarah by about 10:30 this morning. We ran errands, which included a stop by the juvenile clerk's office where Sarah scored a cupcake. I grabbed a sandwich at Subs and Such, and then took Sarah to get her hair cut. We're back home now, and she's piled up in front of the tube watching Scooby Doo while I've been working on the checkbook.

Trudging Around Downtown Nashville in the Rain

It started raining about the time I left the hotel in Nashville Monday morning, and it didn't end until I got back home to Maryville Tuesday evening. I spent almost two years working in downtown Nashville, first from an office on Printers Alley, and then with the Department of Children's Services Central Legal Office. Many state employees downtown wear tennis shoes to and from work, because you have to park your car a half mile or more from your cubicle.

I wish I had my tennis shoes Tuesday. When I went to lunch I got rained on just enough for the water to soak through my shoes, so I spent the three and a half hours the jury was deliberating with wet feet. I stopped in Lebanon for gas on my way east and changed from my suit into my usual off duty attire, shorts and a T-shirt. It felt so good to get out of those wet loafers!

Because of the rain, I ate at the downtown Quizno's both days. I was hoping to hit one of the many good eateries at the Arcade, an enclosed alley very close to my old chambers on Printers Alley. There was a Greek place there I particularly liked.

I must say, since the historic Davidson County Courthouse has reopened, the city center of Nashville is really nice. When I moved to Nashville, there was a big parking lot in front of the courthouse. That was replaced by green space, and the city built a parking garage that actually seems to accommodate downtown traffic. Knoxville, take note!

You Learn Something New Every Day

I just skanned Michael Silence's blog for the News Sentinel, and found a website where, for $25.00, you can buy fake excused absences, such as doctor notes, jury duty summonses and funeral programs. What will they think of next?

Predators Finally Win One

Nashville's NHL Predators defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 3-0, ending a six game losing streak for Joey and Jake's favorite team. Their dad took them to the game last night, so I'm glad they got to see the win.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Things that Go Arf in the Night


Halloween is coming for you.

Restaurant Review: Los Amigos

Sherry and Sarah and I just had supper at Los Amigos as the sun was going down over the Greenbelt Park. I had the Grande Salad, which was yummy. There were a number of interesting looking seafood dishes on the specialty menu, and I will have to try them sooner or later. I've never had Hector's seafood at Los Amigos, but I love Jose's Mexican seafood at U.S. Border Cantina in Nashville.

Set 'Em Up and Knock 'Em Down

Well, Thursday is over, and after court tomorrow I'm free for the weekend. I'm sorely tempted to go camping with Sherry headed to Nashville, but my feeling at present is that I'd prefer to stay at home since we'll be on the road for the next two weekends for our Florida trip.

A lot of paper has piled up, and I need to get a handle on it before we head out of here next Friday. I suspect I can make some headway on it Saturday and Sunday morning before Boong wakes up if we stay at home. Perhaps we'll opt for a hike instead of camping, and then we could come home by way of Butlers Farm, so we can purchase our pumpkins.

Nashville Tag Team

Sherry worked late yesterday, inasmuch as it was a deadline day. It wasn't one of her 12 hour days, though, and she got home before dusk. Since we'll be traveling to and from Florida the weekends of November 2 and November 9, she's going to go to Nashville to see Jake and Joey and Grams. I can't fathom the idea of turning around and driving back to Nashville, so I'm going to stay here with the Boong so Sherry can have some Mom and boys time.

I hate that she has to turn around and leave as soon as I get back, but the next time she'll be able to see J&J will be the weekend of November 16, which is the big birthday shindig in Townsend. Also, we'll have a nice week together on vacation, so I shouldn't complain.

Starting to Return to Normal

Well, I'm returning to normal me, anyway. A big trial is always an interesting experience for a lawyer, because you put so much time and energy into preparing for it. I felt like I prepared adequately for this week's trial, and after two days in the courtroom and two nights in a hotel room I was pretty drained.

I picked Sarah up from school after I finished court late yesterday morning, and we spent the afternoon hanging out at the house, so I feel like I recharged a bit. This is good, since I'll be in juvenile court trying a case this morning, and I'm sitting on the bench this afternoon filling in for the judge. I've got a collections docket Friday morning in general sessions court, and then I'll probably pick up Sarah and call it a week, other than trying to catch up on some paperwork in the mornings.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

One Week Until Halloween


Sarah's day care fed the kids garlic bread and lasagne for lunch. It's probably not a bad idea to have some garlic the week before Halloween, just in case.

Glad I'm Not in that Hotel Room

I spent Sunday night and Monday night in two different Nashville hotels, and I kept thinking of "This Hotel Room". It's a Jimmy Buffett favorite.

Hotel Room

By: steve goodman
1975


Uh this hotel rooms gotta lotta stuff
Laundry bag and a shoe shine cloth
Thirty two hangers and a touch tone phone
Well a light that comes on when I aint home

I aint home
I aint home
You better leave a message cause
I aint home

They got an air conditioner for when Im hot
A radiator for when Im not
Two big chairs sittin side by side
With a holy Bible and the tv guide

Tv guide
The tv guide
Great God almighty
Its the tv guide

I gotta second story view from curb to curb
I gotta sign that reads do not disturb
A monogrammed towel and a bucket of ice
A chest of drawers and a mirror that lies

Mirror that lies
A mirror that lies
That couldnt be me
In the gorilla disguise

They got a room service menu for food and drink
A porcelain throne and an aluminum sink
Two big pillows to rest my head
A magic fingers and a king-size bed

Put in a quarter
Turn out the light
Magic fingers makes ya feel alright

Uh feel alright
Feel alright
Magic fingers makes you feel alright

Uh this ol hotels all right with me
They pay the postage if you lose the key
This hotel rooms gotta lot of stuff
But I do believe Ive had enough

Called my baby said dont you pout
Im packin my bags and Im checkin out
Just as soon as you hang up the telephone
Stick a candle in the window Im comin home

Comin home
Uh comin home
Stick a candle in the window
Im comin home

Whoa comin home
Comin home
Stick a candle in the window
Im comin home

Back to Court

I've got juvenile court at 9:00 a.m. this morning, but then I don't have anything on my calendar until Friday morning. I've got a pile of paper already stacked up from last weekend, and I haven't been to the post office since Sunday to check the mail.

Help!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Home is Good

I have been conducting a jury trial in Nashville for the past two days, and I have been there since Sunday at noon. The jury rendered its verdict this afternoon, and I got home at about 7:30 eastern time. Sherry and Sarah were waiting on the front porch for me when I got home, and I'm still winding down after being in battle mode for about a week. I'm so glad to be home!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Hotel Blogging

I've finished meeting with my client and his family, and I'm at the Comfort Suites hotel on Elm Hill Pike, which is pretty nice and far more accomodations than I really need this evening. Fortunately, there is this computer in the lobby should I need to do any last minute research. I couldn't resist the opportunity to blog from the road.

Chilly Saturday Morning

We came back to the house after hanging out at Fuzzy Manor for a while. La and Grace were there when we arrived, and Mom came shortly thereafter. Sarah quickly talked Wannie into taking her back to spend the night at her place.

Sherry had Skirt! stuff piling up as their deadline for next month is approaching, so she got to work on that. We'd originally planned to go over to La and Stew's for a shindig they had for their friend, Ekem, but between Sherry's work and my trip to Nashville today for court tomorrow, we decided to hole up here.

I'm going to blast off from here by 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Alabama Defeats Tennessee

Ouch! Alabama beat my Vols 41-17.

Vanderbilt Defeats South Carolina

Incredible! I bet Spurrier threw his little visor, and maybe even his clipboard. How the mighty have fallen.

At Fuzzy Manor

We went to the zoo this morning, and it was a very nice day for it. We got there as the zoo opened and went in the opposite direction the crowd did. The cool weather had the animals up and about, so it was a good trip.

We're over at Les and Frazier's watching the UT v. Bama game.

Photos from Hockey Game

Here are some photographs from Joey and Jake's inline hockey game several weeks ago in Bellevue. As soon as we walked into the rink area, Sarah found this slide. Next to it were two swings, which were being hogged by two boys, much to the chagrin of the little girls who were waiting for a turn and not getting one. Sherry got onto them, and after a brief exchange of glances to decide whether they wanted to defy her they very wisely vacated the swings.
Here are Jake and Joey and a couple of their teammates from their hockey team after the game.
Good game!

Bashed in the Face

Sarah bashed me in the face again last night with the top of her head. I was leaning over her, and she suddenly jumped, smashing her head into my lower lip. My teeth cut into my lower lip, and it became very swollen. Sherry admonished me to hold a cold compress on it right after it happened, which I did. The swelling has gone down a lot, and hopefully will be gone on Monday for my jury trial, which I expect to be covered by the local Nashville news media since it was pretty high profile when the case started.

Changes in Latitudes

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Laura put together this slide show of or June trip to the beach. Two weeks from today, Sherry, Sarah and I will be waking up in Seagrove Beach!

No Fires, No Water in Smokies

The National Park Service has banned fires in the backcoutry of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the drought and increasing litter of leaves on the forest floor. Campfires are still allowed in the developed car camping campgrounds.

I haven't really thought about it, but hikers also have to be concerned about dried up springs. One of the heaviest things you carry when you hike is your water, and being able to refill your canteen near your campsite is very important in the backcountry because you have to boil or otherwise treat the water to make it drinkable. There's a 23 mile stretch of the Appalacian Trail devoid of water. That's a thirsty hike!

Friday, October 19, 2007

I Made an Ad!

I was up here working on the computer last night, and Sarah, as she often does, wanted pens and paper to work on a project of her own. I provided them, and after she was finished, she proudly announced, "I made and ad!" I think it's cool that she sees her Mom's work and thinks "I want to do that."

End of a Busy Week

Sherry and I have both been busy this week. I've been preparing for my trial in Nashville, and she's had a flood of work from Skirt!. Fortunately, she has had a slow week at the Real Estate Book, so she's had some extra time to do her freelance projects for Skirt!. Next week will be equally busy, so we're hanging on for the ride.

Girls' Night Out

I neglected to mention that Sherry went out yesterday evening for a girls' night out event with some of the people she knows from Skirt! magazine. It was some sort of an event for a line of expensive women's clothing, but she enjoyed schmoozing. The lady that hosted the event had a 37 pound cat, and Sherry loves big cats.

Cheerleader Friday

Sarah wanted to wear her UT cheerleader uniform this morning to school. Here's a photo of her in it when we went tailgating with the Fuzzies. Hopefully, she'll still be able to wear it next season as well.

Tornado in Pensacola

A tornado hit Pensacola, Florida, yesterday and damaged a church and day care. Randy and Dawn live very close to Pensacola, and I just talked to Randy yesterday afternoon. I hope they're okay. I also hope that the crazy weather doesn't hang around for our visit. We head to nearby Seagrove Beach two weeks from today.

We won't be able to go sailing on this trip. Randy's sailboat has been stolen, and it was uninsured.

Rain!

We've got a nice, steady rain falling in Maryville at this hour. We sure need it!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Chinese Slide Recall


If you see this slide on your child's playground, notify the authorities immediately. (You have to love Photoshop. Thanks to Jane!)

Meatloaf Sandwich at Cracker Barrel

I don't suppose I can call a post about Cracker Barrel a restaurant review, but I had their meatloaf sandwich today. It rocked! The 'tater soup wasn't bad either.

A Walk With My Wife

Sherry and I walked together after taking Sarah to school this morning, which is nice. She usually walks in the evening with our neighbor, so I enjoyed her company. We discovered that the railroad workers were putting up the new crossing guards and lights, and the deceased ground hogs aren't nearly as stinky as they have been.

The thistle growing along the side of Lively Road has gone to seed, and Sherry brought home some of the thistle down for Sarah to play with. (It carries the seeds in the wind, like a dandelion.) I also picked up a walnut a few days ago with the intention of breaking it open for her to see, so we'll have an impromptu botany lesson for her.

Nashville Sports Woes

In East Tennessee, autumn is all about UT football, but in Nashville more people are interested in the Predators hockey team and the NFL Tennessee Titans. Both teams have had their share of bad news recently.

The Predators just lost their fourth game in a row, the latest in California to the Anaheim Ducks. With talk of the hockey team being sold and moved because of poor attendance, this is really bad news.

The Titans not only lost last weekend, their new, expensive quarterback, Vince Young, was injured, and they are unsure whether he'll be able to play this weekend against the Texans in his hometown of Houston. The Tennessean reports this morning that he gave a rather testy interview yesterday, so the frustration will affect him even if he is healthy enough to play.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Spectacular!


Here's the view from Look Rock tower this evening.

Ears Lowered

In anticipation of the jury trial I am about to defend in Nashville next Monday, I got a haircut this morning, in addition to running a bunch of other errands after dropping Sarah off at school. I got through with all that sooner than I thought I might, so I'm heading out for a quick walk before hitting the books.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

La and Grace Visit

Laura and Grace just came by for a visit and to go through some kids' clothes. Some of them were Sarah's from a couple of years ago. It's hard to believe how much she's grown. La is on her way to pick up Ekem, our friend from Ghana.

Audiobook Review: Ghostly Tales for Ghastly Kids

Last Friday I knew I'd have three kids in the car with me for three hours, and to be honest, the experience can sometimes tasks my patience. On this occasion, I visited the local library and found an audiobook, Ghostly Tales for Ghastly Kids by Jamie Rix. I was a big fan of ghost stories when I was a lad, and I enjoyed this collection of stories, though it was aimed at children. The kids were well-behaved on the trip, so they seem to have been entertained as well. There is at least one companion audiobook of ghost stories by the same author, should the need arise before we clear the Halloween season.

Grace Joyriding

This is a photograph of Grace in Sarah's toy car in the back yard a few weeks ago.

Lunch Break

I've been working on some paperwork this morning, and looked up to see it was ten minutes until 1:00 p.m. Sherry's got a flock of Skirt! ads, so we're both really busy.

I got my walk in again this morning, and the dead groudhogs look (and smell) worse. Yuck!

Two Dead Groundhogs

Just down the road and on the other side of the railroad tracks are the carcasses of two groundhogs in a ditch by the side of the road. I suspect someone shot them and tossed them in the ditch.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Restaurant Review: Lemon Grass Thai Restaurant

Sherry and I took the kids to Lemon Grass restaurant in Maryville Saturday after we visited Fall Festival, and we had the whole place to ourselves. They have a real sushi bar, and we sat at it for our meal there. Sherry ordered a California roll and a house creation called a Lucy roll. both of which she shared with Jake and me. Both rolls were delicious.

I ordered Rama Curry, which is a Thai dish. I'm just starting to try Thai cuisine, having had a good experience with it recently at the Stir Fry Cafe in West Knoxville. The Stir Fry was a favorite restaurant before I left, but I never went for the Thai stuff. I was just happy to find a place where I could get good stir fry without having to deal with MSG.

Anyway, the Rama Curry was, as the server described it, a very nice mixture of sweet and spicy. I had the chicken version, and it was wonderful. Joey ordered spring rolls, and they looked good, though I didn't try them. The food was great, and the service was as well. The meal was pricey, though, at about $70.00 for five of us, which included Sarah, who really didn't eat much but carrots.

Jimmy Buffett in Nashville Last Night

The Tennessean reports this morning that Jimmy Buffett was in Nashville last night for an event at the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, of which he is a member. He has not played Nashville since Les and I saw him at the Starwood Amphitheater in 2003 because the Starwood was closed and sold. Demolition began at Starwood last week.

Buffett, who played several shows at a small venue in Paris this year expressed an interest in playing at the Exit/It, where he played in the 70's. The Exit/In seats a few hundred people.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Photos from Mom and La's Trip to NC

Here's Mom at the wedding she and La attended during their NC trip a few weekends ago.

Here's Dr. Trado, Mom's erstwhile employer, with Grace at the wedding in Carolina.

Charlotte Rose Zimmerman

Third Cousins


Here are Grace Graham and Charlotte Zimmerman at play. Their common ancestor is Laura Church Powell, my mother's maternal grandmother and therefore my great-grandmother on my maternal grandmother's side. (I'm starting to get brain cramps.)

Jon and Grace

Jon and Grace are second cousins, once removed. Grace and Charlotte are third cousins.

A Lot of Photos

Yes, we've figured out how to load photos from Sherry's new digital camera directly onto her Mac's hard drive. The best part is that for the first time, I seem to be able to post photos from her computer that will actually show up on my computer, which has been a problem. I suspect we'll be taking a lot more photos and printing a lot less.

North Carolina Gang

Mom and La went to North Carolina a few weeks ago for a wedding, and here are a few photos from that. This is Pat Hutchinson, a friend of mine I have not seen in many moons, with my little cousin Charlotte. Pat plans to attend La and Les and Ta's birthday party in November, so it will be fun to catch up with him.
Seated from left to right are my friend Robert Barger, my second cousin Jon Zimmerman and Mom. The child is Charlotte, Jon's daughter, my second cousin once removed.

Patience, Thy Name is Louie

Sarah loves her Louie! (You'd never see Emma putting up with this.)

Sherry and Kids Head to Cookeville

Sherry took off with the kids at about 11:30 in order to meet Mark in Cookeville for lunch, and I just watched the end of Meet the Press, which featured Bill Cosby talking about parenting. We've had a busy, but fun weekend.

My Gals


Here's a cute photo of Sherry and Sarah in the backyard this weekend. Sherry asked me to share that she has lost five pounds during her first two weeks on the Jenny Craig program. She's been observing her diet very closely, keeping the measuring cup handy to measure her portions, and I'd have to say that five pounds in the first two weeks is pretty good stuff. Congratulations, Babycakes!

Backyard Football

Joey and Jake have had fun this weekend playing football with our next door neighbor, Beau, and of course Sarah has been out there with them cheering and running interference. (Aren't I diplomatic?)

I wasn't very successful in organized sporting activities, mainly because I was chubby and not very athletic, but we had lots of fun in our neighborhood organizing our own football, wiffleball and basketball games under our own rules.

Cinder-Sarah


We've been meaning to try this Cinderella gown on Sarah for a while to see if she can wear it for Halloween this year. I think she gets to graduate from lady bug to fairy princess this year.

Birthdays After Festival

We didn't have a big turnout for our birthday crew, but Mom and Les and our neighbors came over. We had plenty of chili, and J&J raked in some more loot. I included this photo because I liked the cool angle of Mom and our neighbor Carline talking in the background.

Smilin' Jake


I'm sure we got at least one photo of Joey smiling yesterday, but here's a smile from his bro'.

A Black Cat Crossed her Path


We saw this black cat decoration at the hay maze at the Fall Festival and couldn't resist the photo op.

Kids and Pumpkins


Of course you can't take photographs at Fall Festival without at least one picture of your photogenic children posing with pumpkins.

I swear, Joey really did have a good time yesterday.

Sand Pit


We had a hard time prying Sarah away from the sand pit at the festival. She was used to having a huge sand pit at her disposal at the Old Harding Pike house in Nashville, and I really loved the fenced backyard with detached garage. I could work in the garage and still see her working in the sand.

We'll have a whole beach full of sand come first week of November down in Seagrove Beach.

An Army of One . . .

But he's really, really BIG! This inflatable soldier was part of the National Guard display. They also had a military Humvee. I had never seen inside one, so I enjoyed peering in a window.

Rock Tower

The National Guard had a rock tower and rappelling gear at the festival, and both boys tried their hands at it. Here's Joey, and Jake is pictured below.

Bead Booth

This was one of Sarah's favorite booths of the Fall Festival. Normally, she takes small things like beads and renders them into greater disorder. It is my belief that children amply demonstrate the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Everything proceeds toward chaos. On this occasion, Sarah actually threaded the beads onto a string, causing them to be more orderly. This must be some sort of developmental milestone.

Really, Joey did have a good time.