Brenternet (The World as seen by Brent Moore)

Trying to appeal to the highest common denominator. I can't give you 110% effort, but I will give you 107.4% effort. If you're a spammer and leave me a comment, I will make fun of you. I use twice as many semicolons compared to most other bloggers

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Location: Smyrna, Tennessee, United States

As the title implies, I am Brent K. Moore. I married MariLynn Simons on Sept. 25, 1999. we attend Stewart's Creek Church of Christ. We have five pets, a dachshund, Slinkie, a malamute, Juno, and three rabbits, Ebunny and Ifurry, and now Houdini.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Lousy Motel? Say it with a card!

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How do you tell your loved ones that they are staying at a cheap motel in a bad part of town?
Say it with a card!

Hallmark Inn of America

It's on Trinity Lane in North Nashville. I drove I-65 through the area last night, and I was amazed the rose neon still lights up.

How's this for an undeniable truth of life:
Life's too short for bad food

Back to the topic of motels in bad neighborhoods, we have this gem, which is quite possibly Nashville's most famous motel in a bad neighborhood.
Drake Motel - Stay Where the Stars Stay
Stay Where the Stars Stay. I don't think so. At least, not anymore. Aspiring country music stars did stay here in the 50's. However, I don't think an actual star has been here since River Phoenix and Sandra Bullock filmed the lousy 1993 movie The Thing Called Love.

Now, for the next Nashville motel that doesn't serve the clientèle that they'd have you believe.

Congress Inn

I don't particularly like politicians, but I wouldn't wish any of them to have to spend the night on Dickerson Rd. That would just be wrong.

Driving Murfreesboro Rd. is not for the faint of heart. But what would happen if you are on Murfreesboro Rd., and you get really hungry, and you see this sign (and run-on sentences don't particularly bother you)?

Mr. Burger

The answer is you wouldn't be hungry any more. Even if "It" is here.

Ca$hville rocks.

Osborne's Watch Repairing

It seems strange to name your business in the present progressive tense. It's like they've been working on the same watch for a while.

Mason's Efficiency Restaurant

I like their food. It tastes so efficient.

Now for your dose of cute overload:

Hungry snail

For the first time ever, I got a dollar bill with a stamp. The stamp is from Skowhegan, Maine. It next showed up in Virginia Beach, and then I got it at a fast food place in Smyrna. A few days later, I fed it into a vending machine so I could get a Mountain Dew.

Speaking of Mountain Dew, you may have seen the new flavors. The promotion is called Dewmocracy, which is a tie-in with election season. This flavor is John McCain.
Mountain Dew Revolution
This flavor is really titled "Revolution" and is described as "Wild Berry Fruit Flavor and Ginseng." In my opinion, it's not too different than the Taco Bell exclusive Baja Blast. The other two flavors are Supernova which is Strawberry Melon with Ginseng and Voltage which is Raspberry Citrus with Ginseng. I like the idea of strawberry but the thought of melon scares me. If I exercise my right to vote before the polls close, I'd probably go with Revolution. Viva la that one.

Whenever I go to a local gas station or gift shop, I like to look through the post cards. I always get a chuckle over post cards that are terribly outdated but still appear on the rack. For instance, it's not too difficult to find a post card of the old Country Music Hall of Fame and/or other establishments along the touristy strip of Music Row that are now gone. A couple of years ago, I found this post card
1989 Post Card - Nashville Skyline
at the Barnes & Nobles out at Opry Mills Mall. This card was printed 10 years before the mall was opened. It's a Nashville skyline picture and the Bellsouth, ahem, AT&T building isn't even there.

But I don't think I'll ever be able to top this one, which I found at a gas station here in Smyrna. based on the fact it's got a Deckle-edge, it's probably about 30 years old, give or take 5.
Fort Nashboro Post card
In fact, in the middle of the post card, you can see a statue of John Donelson and James Robertson which is now outside the gates of Fort Nashboro. The gas station had about 100 of these cards to sell.

Thank you for your time and attention.

I leave you with reminder of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in a free country.

Shelbyville's Veterans Mem. statue version #3

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Lets open the mailbag!

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You know those annoying pop-up and banner ads that promise to give you something for free just by answering a simple question? They now come in convenient post card form!

Next up:
I've mentioned before that house I lived at for over 8 years still continues to get mail for the previous resident from the never-give-up Scientologists. (if you saw the Apr. 30 episode of Law & Order, should I change this to Systemotics?) I don't know why, but I find this letter humorous.

Click to enlarge if you need to. My scanner broke in the move, so I have to take photos of stuff like this. They are probably wondering why Kathey hasn't been returning their letters for 8 years. This letter is two very short paragraphs. This is the first one:

Hello. How are you? Are you enjoying the weather?

They have so little to say that the first paragraph is small talk.
Small talk!
On a typed letter!

Now to change topics, the FAIL blog has become very popular recently. Perhaps you've seen it. I decided to make my own, except make it not all that funny.

There you have it. I shall be on the lookout for more not-all-that-funny pseudofails.


Thursday, May 01, 2008

Nobody pays less attention

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Today, I was driving Murfreesboro Rd. in L.A. (Lower Antioch) and a billboard caught my attention. It was for 103.3 WKDF. (side note: remember when WKDF played good music? people will make this observation for years.)

It said in big letters:
RICK MARINO IN THE MORNINGS. And it had a big picture of Rick Marino.

My thought:
Dagnabbit! I wish it was morning so I could tune my car radio to 103.3 and listen to Rick Marino.
(minor clarification: I didn't really think that.) I don't know anything at all about Rick Marino. He's probably a nice guy. Someday, he might search for his name on Google and find this blog, at which point I would say, "Hi! Don't take this personally." So far, this advertisement hasn't provided a convincing reason to tune into 103.3 in the morning. I wish the billboard said something else. Oh wait, it did:


I can't stand modern country music at all. For the sake of argument, let's pretend I do. If I want to listen to country music, this must be the station for me, because with a statement like that, they must be playing country music nearly all the time. Commercials are a necessary evil, but I bet this means that don't waste a lot of airtime with news reports you can get other places, radio contests, traffic and weather, and talkative disk jockeys.


So the message they're trying to convey is...
Tune into 103.3 where Mr. Marino will be on the air, but you won't actually hear him because he will be playing country music when you tune in.
I thought nowadays they had supercomputers or robots for that kind of thing.