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Nashville Bound, 02/23/11, Nashville, TN

Jack drops me off at John Wayne and  I am happy to find very short security and no bag search (again)

Turn on the iPhone – there are texts from Nixon & Fincher- we are all traveling – Finchers are in Indiana http://firstyeardad.wordpress.com/ (Dale is counting down the days that One Year Dad will end – what discipline he kept! Finn will soon have his one year birthday). Nixon is on his way to Nashville where I will meet him shortly after he arrives.

I find out a friend with the dearest sense of humor has had a severe stroke. It is saddening. The flight and this trip will be filled with prayers for him among others I know are suffering. I remember my Mom when I saw her after her sub arachnoid hematoma.

Watch “Convicted” on the plane – tear jerker – fight not falling apart on the plane. I seem more emotional than usual. A story of heroic love based on a true story. – film is also a pitch to abolish court determined death penalty. wblog1_ohare

Land at O’Hare enroute to Nashville. Don’t know the woman’s name, but the dog is Teddy- no one bothers me when I use the G10.

Grab a burger.

They gave me fries. I didn’t want fries.

I eat the fries.

I wait.

TEXT: Nixon is lost in Nashville

TV news: Libya protests are on the news. The people are rising throughout the Middle East. Democracy is on the move… Obama makes statement…

Board the 3 row mini jet for the hop to Nashville – my car is bigger than this plane. I pretend I am flying to Nashville on my private jet with 30 friends ( all of whose names I have forgotten).

The woman next to me and her son & 2 daughters are from Michigan/ Honolulu / Nashville and will be returning to Michigan.

I am in Nashville where Nixon meets me out front of the airport in his rented maroon Toyota – he is wiped – does not like to fly – didn’t sleep last night.

We arrive at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel where I will have the spare queen bed.

Brian decides to sleep and I take off to explore the hotel – settling at the Library (Bar) to write this entry – having a beer and an arugula black and blue beef salad with assorted breads and butter.

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  1. Posted February 24, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Okay Nashville- if you stop at Hatch Show Print give a huge “hello” to the best guy on the main drag. Really go see Jim Sherridan. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

    C&I are still looking for a place in NY as well, yes we can stay in Harlem with Sam and his room mate – but still searching for a cheep close to the conference stay that has a bathroom in the room. BUT at dinner on sat Jim mentioned the Hephzibah House right off Central Central Park- C&I will decide tomorrow morning where we are staying. perhaps Hephzibah if a room is still available.

    file:///Users/user/Desktop/Iam/Hephzibah House – Guest House.webarchive

    Now go see Jim and eat well. My uncle Denny may be at the conference with you as well.
    love Denise

  2. Wayne Forte
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like you’re off to a good start. Your writing brings a childlike wonder to the reality that surrounds you making it very readable. I like the short quips too, like about the french fries, w no embellishments. That’s how we think. You’ll be in my prayers for safety and inspiration. Blessings, Wayne

  3. Jeff
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    What is the Hatch Show Print and who is Jim Sherridan. Tomorrow is my last day at conference – normally I am morning to evening occupied, especially updating log and answering emails. How do I recognize your Uncle?

    Hope you and Cindi find someplace soon – maybe Hephzibah if a room is still available. If not – Mako F. suggested the Cosmopolitan to me at C3….

  4. Jeff
    Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Wayne – writing is not my strong suit – but just making a log is easier than being creative – and if I can add a few funny quips, all the better…. I am a lame traveler so it can get quite humorous at times. :) – and I purposely travel in the unknown so I might be in wonder (that is how I keep getting lost!! )

    See you at teh next artist gathering – you would be enjoying this C3 conference – very good.

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