This weekend is the big Music City Marathon, with runners coming from all over the world to race through the downtown streets of Nashville. What makes this race extra special is that we have live bands on outside stages along the race route playing music as they run by. The public is allowed to stand around and listen to any of the bands that they like, and then after the race is over there is a big concert.
So, I was planning to go to the marathon and listen to some of the bands that I know will be there. But now they are calling for a lot of rain this entire weekend. So, I’m ditching this marathon and looking for something else to do. Anyone have some good ideas for fun in Nashville? Especially Saturday night?
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA for those of you who don’t live here) has put the entire state in a state of emergency today. There is freezing rain which is a huge problem, but on top of it all, in the Eastern part of the state they are concerned about possible flooding.
I really don’t like freezing rain/ice at all, I am concerned about trees falling and cutting off power, especially in cold weather. I saw on Channel 5, that NES (Nashville Electric Service) will have their crews on stand-by so that if power is affected that they can get right on it as soon as possible to get power restored.
I have noticed over the years, the thing about winter storms and Nashville, whether it is snow or ice. This whole city shuts down and there is a mad dash on the Kroger and it is almost impossible to find what you need in the store! I do understand why people make the mad dash now, there are so many people here and many have never had to drive in the conditions before, because they have moved from warmer climates. I refuse to leave the house, not because I am afraid of driving on it, but because I am afraid of the other drivers.
I have plenty of candles, flashlights and batteries if the power goes off. I also have a fireplace in the new house to help keep the dogs and I warm today. I hope that everyone takes this seriously and tries to stay off the roads if at all possible. Stay safe everyone!
I enjoyed myself so much when I helped with Thanksgiving Dinner at the homeless shelter, that I have decided that I want to spend more time giving back to others.
I have already signed up to help out once again on Christmas Eve, and I have been giving some thought to maybe taking on a small child with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. There are so many kids in need of good adult guidance, I hope that I can maybe make a difference in someone’s life.
I would greatly encourage any and all of my readers to get involved and “Pay it Forward”, it is really good for the soul.
This year for Thanksgiving, I was asked to join a small group of good friends and help cook food for the people who stay in our local homeless shelter. The shelter is actually in a church and is mostly supported by that church’s congregation and private donations. Every year they have a free Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who needs a good meal.
We will have to report for duty around 7:00 tomorrow morning to start cooking everything. The church has a nice commercial kitchen and a fellowship hall big enough to seat about 120 people. I have never cooked for a large crowd before, so I am a little apprehensive about this, but I like the idea of doing something good for other people not as fortunate as I have been.
Apartment life has its advantages, especially when you really like your neighbors. I have been lucky that all the people in my apartment building are about my age and everyone works. We get along great and sometimes have cookouts in the courtyard over the summer. Its nice to know that if I need something like a little bit of milk or a couple scoops of coffee beans, that I can knock on the door of my one my neighbors and borrow it instead of having to get in the car and drive all the way to the store and back. We all help each other out that way.
But there is a cute little house not far from my apartments that just put up a “for rent” sign in the front yard. It looks like the people who used to live there have already moved out. I didn’t know them, but the house is cute and it has a little fenced in yard in the back where I can plant a garden in the spring.
Tonight when I drive by the house I think I will write down the phone number on the sign and give them a call. If the rent is not much more money than what I am paying for this apartment, I think I might be interested in moving.