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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!

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


Anonymous Darrin Dickey said...

Actually, with regard to the Congress Inn - considering the stories (and charges) surrounding some members of the US congress, they actually might be found there! :-)

10:37 AM  

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