Two great days

IMG_3150Bit of everything these past two days here in Nashville.

Dale’s sister Diana, and her husband Tom and daughter Maria have joined us from Pittsburgh for three days.  Things are shaping up really well for this family reunion – the fact that everyone has to travel considerable distance to get here (not just us) really levels the playing field.

On Monday, in three cars we headed to Bowling Green, Kentucky – about an hour north, to check out the Lost River Cave – an underground river deep within beautiful forest surrounds. You take a flat boat rider on a guided tour into the cave.  I’m afraid, due to a tummy upset, the cave remains lost for me … but the others seemed to enjoy it.

As much a highlight was the afternoon tea stopover on the way back at this drive-in fast-food place, where rather than collectingDSC01336 at a drive-through window, you drive into one of MANY bays, order via a speakerphone, swipe your credit card, and soon a smiling young person on roller-blades and carrying a tray full of food, wheels out to your waiting vehicle.  Only in America!

Tuesday – was our check out the Nashville country music thing a bit more.  With Dale’s Dad’s car, Dale, Jeremy and I drove into downtown Nashville and spend a few hours at the Country Music Hall of Fame.  You don’t have to like country music to appreciate this museum.  I’ve been before, and if I ever get the chance again, will be back.   It goes as much into the history and sociology behind the music as the music itself.   DSC01347After this we headed to a bar on the main drag (Broadway) for a light lunch.  Up and down the street you’ll find bars (clean and tidy) where you can go in, grab a drink & snack and listen to some live music.  We weren’t disappointed.

On the way back (or almost anyway) Dale and I bought the mandolin we’ve been hoping for – for some time, at a Gibson store.  It’s not top of the range, but will do us – now I just need to write some songs to use the thing with!    Then last night we all showed our photos (believe it or not that are about 13 Apple computer devices among us al present – counting iPods, Macbooks, Macbook Pros, iPhones … not complaining, mind you!) – Dale’s got some very artistic blood in her family – comes through in some great paintings Donna has given us and in some beautiful photos that siblings Danny and Diana have taken on their travels.

DSC01375The night finished with several of us playing “spoons” (I watched – that’s an experience in itself).  If you want to see Dale really come into her own, witness her playing “spoons” – it is a sight to behold.

Tried all day to find out whether any American cable TV station would be showing the 2nd State of Origin game, so you can imagine my delight to wake up and find that (6.30 am Nashville time) Queensland were leading 18-10 … and went on to win.  Queenslander!

Haven’t managed much reading yet, but have enjoyed the first few chapters of Phyllis Tickle’s The Great Emergence.

Today, Danny and family head back to North Carolina, while Diana, Tom, Maria and Jeremy head back to Pittsburgh.  Donna and Jacob head home to Texas tomorrow; while Mom, Dad, Dale and I head to Garrettsville, Ohio on Friday.

I feel like I’m on holidays!  See y’all.

2 Responses to “Two great days”

  1. 1 Anita Monro June 25, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Looks like great fun David! Can’t wait to hear the mandolin.

  2. 2 Barb June 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Glad to read you were able to watch S of O game! Is there an email address you and/or Dale are able to check while you are away? If so, could you please send me an email saying so? Thanks and ENJOY!

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