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A Sensational Southern Sunday in Snapshots

Posted Feb 10 2009 10:19am

As you may know I was in Nashville this weekend for the fabulous Blissdom 09 conference. Luckily (well not really, I planned it) my flight home wasn’t until late afternoon Sunday so I could get in at least a short walk and see a little bit of city before leaving. I really hate being some place new and not getting to at least experience it a little.

So I thought my Sunday was going to start off with a another run. I was all suited up and I headed down to the lobby at 8AM to meet up with some new friends. Well apparently I missed the party of the century the night before and my running buddies were all a little too ‘under the weather’ to hit the pavement. :) I was going to head out on my own anyway until I realized there was a group of girls getting together to head downtown and they said I could hitch a ride. So even though I really wanted to run (really, I did, I swear) I decided to shower and hitch a ride with them. I mean when’s the next time I’m going to be in Nashville with a bunch of photo bloggers?!? :)

Unfortunately I didn’t eat breakfast before I left so on my way downtown I was starving! Now, as you know I have to remind myself that hunger is not an emergency. So I repeated that a few times and enjoyed the ride. Plus I figured I’d grab something when I got into the city, right? Well… let me tell ya, Sunday morning Nashville is like a ghost town. There wasn’t a soul wandering except us and nothing was open. Which in a way was nice, but I needed FOOD! *She repeats… hunger is not an emergency* *hunger is not an emergency*

So we stroll and snap and stroll. Me with my phone, others with their super duper pro cameras. First I met Elvis. He was really cool, a little quiet but a super nice guy.

Roni in Nasville with Elvis

Then we made our way towards the water. I was sporting my new lijit shirt. Thankfully they gave them away at the conference because it was like 70 degrees there and I didn’t pack ANY short sleeves.

At this point stores were starting to open. So I headed into a little souvenir shop. In which I got totally reamed out by the owner. It’s a long story but I have to tell you anyway…

OK, so I’m wondering around and I see this postcard that I find funny. Bacon wrapped meatballs? COME ON! It’s like the the polar opposite of any of my food ideas on GreenLiteBites. So I snap a picture.

Elvis Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

The owner calls us over after a few minutes and asks very politely if he can ask us, specifically me, a question. I say, "Sure" Now I’m thinking he’s going to start a conversation with like the only tourists he’d seen all morning. Instead he says in a fake polite voice, "Now I’m just curious. Why do you take pictures?" To which I respond that I blog about things and places I go. He then says,

"Well I find it interesting that you think you can come into someone’s store and just take photos."

To which I reply, "I’m sorry I didn’t mean to offend you. I can delete the pictures if you like."

You guys know me, I’m not the ruffling feathers type. If he had a problem I’m willing to delete and move on. Instead he keeps hounding…

"I mean I never saw anyone come into a store and just think they could take pictures. Do you go into Wal-Mart and take photos?"

"Well, actually I do and I have. But again, I’m sorry. Would you like me to delete them?"

Still at this point I’m genuinely sorry, because I didn’t really realize I was being rude and I totally understood that taking photos in the store is not acceptable. But instead of just asking me to not take pictures or to even delete the ones I had taken (which he said I didn’t have to and that suprised me) he just kept going on and on is his fake polite ‘ I really don’t like your kind ‘ tone. So again I apologized and again I offered to delete the photos yet again he just went on and on about how no one has ever done that without asking, yada yada and wondering if I did it in large chain retail stores and, here’s the kicker, that he would "…understand if I was from Germany or something." I’m not even going to go there.

Again, I totally understood where he was coming from. Maybe I should have bought the 10 cent post card instead of snapping a picture of it but I was just in the picture snapping zone. I’m a tourist in a tourist shop for Pete’s sake! The funny thing, well at least I think it’s funny, I was actually thinking of buying the set of cards to frame for my kitchen as I thought they were really cool. Needless to say I left, without buying them. His loss, not mine. Plus I only snapped the photo on my camera phone, it wasn’t like I was in there with professional equipment. Maybe I was going to send them to a friend to see if she wanted them. Which I do ALL The time. Whatever.

Anyway, we then approach the Park Paradise trailer resort that claims…

Best burger in town

Ummm yeah.. starving girl who didn’t have breakfast was all over that! I needed to eat something after all and I guess the "Best Burger In Town" would have to do. I was going to go with the burger solo but when the nice guy behind the counter said in his Tennessee accent "Sweet Potato Fries with that?" I couldn’t resist! you know what they say… When in Rome do eat what the Romans do eat. I mean come ON, just look at it…

The Burger

Here’s where I have to tell you "Old Roni" would have scarfed down that whole burger and ALL the fries in a about 10 minutes. Instead I ate half and a few of fries. Then we started walking again and I ate a bit more of it about 1/2 hour later. I also offered fries to everyone and gave about 1/4 of them away. When I was "finished" there was still about an eighth of the burger left and a handful of fries. Translation: I’m proud of myself for not scoffing the whole thing down! :)

OH! and if you are wondering if it was really the best burger is town, it was. Then again it was the only burger in town at 11:30 on a Sunday morning so there wasn’t much competition. Either way it was a tasty burger, especially to someone who hasn’t had a burger like that in months.

Our stroll ended with some roadside entertainment and my trip to Nashville was now over. :(

I’m so glad I got a chance to see the city, even if it was only for a couple of hours. I have to thank my fellow Nashville Snap & Stroll-ers for such a good time!

I think that was everyone. Honestly my head is still spinning with names, faces, twitter id’s and blog titles from this weekend. I can’t believe how many people I met in the last 3 days. It was crazy!

My trip home was pretty uneventful. I did get to spend some time with Jyl of Mommy Gossip at the airport. We chatted and chatted as I did with most of the awesome women I met. It made me realize that bloggers, no matter their niche, beliefs, background, race, religion, or even weight we are all very similar souls. At our hearts we all like to connect and share with others. At least that was the impression I got from the weekend.

If you want to know a bit more about what I learned at Blissdom 09, check out my post on SkinnyMinnyMedia. Right now I need to get myself unpacked, caught up on email and back into the groove of things. I was pretty proud I kept about 70% of my food journal but there were a few indiscretions. :)

If I met you at Blissdom and didn’t mention or link to you I’m so sorry! Leave a comment and let me know. I’m still trying to make my way through the stack of business cards I collected. You’ll some talented ladies!

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