Tag: Tennessee

Flood Relief

Posted by – May 31, 2010

As I stated last post, there are a lot of folks doing things for the those affected by the floods in Tennessee.  Here in Nashville (Music City, USA) there have been a few concerts put together to raise funds.  The biggest of these events will take place at the Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, June 22nd.

The Nashville Rising benefit concert, spearheaded by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, features performances by the two artists and others including:  Brooks & Dunn, Miley Cyrus, Amy Grant, Lynard Skynard, Leann Rimes, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and ZZ Top.  According to the site, the number of performers will continue to grow as the event draws closer.

Tickets for the concert went on sale May 14thand sold out quickly.  According to a local news report, there are tickets available on various sites (like Ebay) if you’re willing to pay the outrageous price folks are charging and the event website shows there are some VIP packages still available for the price of $1,000.

Back in 1992, I went to the Hurricane Relief Concert in Miami after Hurricane Andrew.  The concert was organized by Gloria Estefan, Andy Garcia, and Whoopi Goldberg.  It cost $40 per ticket and was worth every penny… and then some.  It lasted somewhere in the neighborhood of 8 or 9 hours and included music and comedy artists:  Jimmy Buffet, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Bee Gees, Michael Winslow, Elayne Boosler, Rosie O’Donnell, and many, many, MANY more.

I’ve been to a lot of concerts but none will EVER compare to that one.  It was truly a unique experience.  A once in a lifetime opportunity.  I bring that up to say to you… if you have the opportunity to go to one of these relief concerts…. GO.   If you are going, dress comfortably, don’t drink too much (especially at the beginning), and enjoy every moment.  After all, it’s for a good cause, right?

For more information about the concert go to http://www.nashvillerising.org

Nashville Update

Posted by – May 24, 2010

Well, there’s still a lot of work to be done here.  Mountains of trash, debris, and ruined household contents dot the landscape but folks are slowly making progress.  I haven’t had much of an opportunity to take pictures of the area here.  (The one to the right I “borrowed”.)  We’ve been pretty busy since our arrival 2 1/2 weeks ago and when the work day is done I have just enough time to eat a light dinner / snack, call home, and check email before I pass out for the night.

Last Friday I moved into new digs.  Nothing special but at least now I don’t have to stand in a foot of dirty water while I shower, there’s a laundry room downstairs, and I have highspeed internet available.  In addition, one of my co-workers (a barber for 32 years) is in the same place.  Yesterday, while I waited for the laundry room to be available, he came to my room and gave me a hair cut.  That’s room service!

I don’t think we’ll have an opportunity anytime soon to get out and play tourist but we’ve gotten quite a few suggestions from the locals on sites to see and great places to eat.  I’m hoping we can check some of those out before we leave the state.  For now the only places I’ve seen (other than work and my room) are the ones I visit for lunch.  Besides the usual fast food places, I’ve been to only two other establishments.  I frequent Rafferty’s Restaurant most.  The food there has been consistently good and the service is excellent.  They really make you feel like you’re the only one in the place.  Yesterday I checked out Jersey Mike’s Subs and ordered their “Famous Philly Cheesesteak”.  Now, I’m no Philly Cheesesteak expert but that was probably the best I’ve ever had.    I’m looking forward to trying out more places in the coming days.  I loves me some food!  

The people here have been extremely nice and neighborly and the communities (for the most part) have really stepped up to help folks out.  I say ‘for the most part’ because I spoke to a guy the other day who lost everything and went to a local church to ask if they could help him with food and clothing.  They told him NO because he wasn’t a member of their church.  NICE.  (Those of you who know me know that I am not a fan of churches.  This would be yet another reason why.)

There are lots of other individuals and community groups, though, doing some great things for these folks.  Some of them appreciated, some not.  Most people seem to be grateful for everything that everyone is trying to help with.  Others whine about not getting as much help from as many people as their neighbors, friends, or family members.  It’s an unappealing, childish sense of entitlement that irritates me.    I think any help (big or small) from any source should be appreciated but… that’s me.  Kudos to ALL of those who are helping. 

Now, back to work I go. 
(to be continued…)

Flying High Again… to Nashville

Posted by – May 6, 2010

I found out yesterday afternoon I would be going to Nashville… today.  After nervously sucking down 2 or 3 Dr. Peppers and making the necessary phone calls, I made sure my gear was packed and starting preparing the house.  I waited for my mother’s arrival before finishing up my tasks.  We hit the grocery store for pet food, the bank for some cash, and Burger King for a Whopper. 

I finally got to bed around 11pm but I was not destined to sleep.  I was wired up in anticipation and I just couldn’t turn my mind off.  I got up at 6 to shower and finish up what I needed to do before my mother drove me to the airport. Once I found my gate I grabbed some breakfast at the McDonalds and waited for the plane to board.

This was my first time flying Southwest Airlines.  When it was time for section B to start boarding I headed for the gate.  I was checking out my boarding pass as I approached the gate agent and noticed no seat assignment.  I politely asked the guy how I would know which seat I was suppose to be in since it was not noted.  He replied, “Well, you’ll be sitting up front with the pilot, of course!”  Then he told me that it was open seating.  If only I had enough energy to make a gesture at him.

Two hours later we landed in Nashville.  I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I get here.  The newsmedia tends to make mountains out of molehills, as we all know, but this time (it seems) they may have  understated.  Most news coverage is focused on the Nashville area but the truth is, the flooding here has affected about 3/4 of the state.  There’s a lot of work to be done here.  Here’s hoping they recover quickly.

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