We’re in Nashville tonight. We drove here today. The weather has been nice and traffic was mostly fine, but one lingering question remains, when is a road old enough that it can be told that it was adopted? Our hotel is downtown, just two blocks from Broadway, where most of the honky tonks are located. After check-in, we began exploring Nashville on foot. We ate dinner at the Merchant’s, where a full beard seemed to be part of the server’s uniform. After dinner we explored the music scene that was starting up for the evening. Usually, you could hear the music from the street. At one place, the Bootlegger’s Inn, we heard the sound of Tammy “Why-Not’s” Stand by Your Man and went in to hear some more music. Sauron’s tower is really an AT&T building and I photoshopped in to it the debris ring around Fomalhaut’s nebula from a NASA photo for the eye of Sauron. I’m not the first person to have done this.
Cooks, dishwashers and servers of the combined American culinary forces: You are about to embark upon this great holiday feast, towards which we have striven these many days. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of turkey-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave families and other cooks-in-arms working in other kitchens across this land, you will bring about the successful consumption of a great many calories and then lead us on to a well-fed feeling of security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. But this is the year 2015. Much has happened since your Thanksgiving Day disaster last year. The tide has turned. The free chefs of the world are marching together by your side, to victory! I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in the kitchen. We will accept nothing less than a tasty meal with all the trimmings. Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God on this great and noble undertaking.
We did another trivia night on Saturday, in which we returned to our usual form. Lately, at these events, including last year at this one, we’ve been doing pretty well, actually, amazingly well at times. Last year at this event, we finished second, which set us up nicely for our first place and five raffle basket win at the next event. We did one more trivia night, where we didn’t place, but still scored another basket and last night we returned to where this winning streak all began.
Trivia night is a Saint Louis institution. There are ten rounds of ten questions each. The questions are answered by the different tables; a team typically consisted of 8-10 people who have paid an admission. Additionally, participants can purchase Mulligans, which are priceless and then there are the 50-50 and heads and tails contests and then there are the raffle baskets. At the end of each round, the teams turn in their answers and judges then calculate the scores. The teams compete against one another with the top teams receiving prizes. Trivia nights are held throughout the US, but are particularly popular here, where dozens of events occur on any given weekend. Did I mention free beer?
This one was a charity event for the MRH School District. Many of the rounds were oriented towards music, which is not one of our strong suits. One of these rounds was about eighties TV show theme songs. That one was particularly bad. Afterwards, I was reminded of the Adult Swim sketch, “Too Many Cooks“. Yeah, cancel the whole lot. There will be an ad.
That was last night’s trivial pursuit, which is not unlike Sir Winston Churchill’s pursuit of painting. He was a great statesman, who helped shape the allies WW II victory strategy, but he was a better statesman than he was a politician and he was a better politician than he was an artist. At least, he found his painting to be therapeutic throughout all those trying times.