Nashville, November 2022


5 B0 FA2 CE A232 4 BD5 ABFC D26182037 D7 E

Super foggy morning drive.

9 D4 F7 E00 9419 483 C 9082 285 FF267 D8 F8

I didn't get a window seat for the journey out here but my flight buddy took a picture for me.

F1 F55 AD7 EC1 E 4 B02 BDAC B85 C805 BA261

All the signs say "Welcome y'all" in different languages. Cute.

22 A15985 22 A5 46 E8 99 A5 525469079 F5 F

Joyland's Impossible Smash was so good.

0 AC2 A6 BC D48 E 4 D40 A693 16 C95 D913 CE5

Open mic at Rudy's. Some great players, but one evening of jazz is all I need.

77 BC7494 29 FA 4808 9 FC9 93 B84 C8 F7456

I had been awake for 23 hours and was fading hard.

CB5 F6 B65 928 F 4143 9 E65 00 E170446 D78

Hotel breakfast. Egg with a cinnamon bagel is not a recommended combination.

B4 A9 DFAC C219 40 BF 9 D15 0 BEF36 A47939

View from the room.

19799263 2789 427 E ABFD F7 CBA26 E1 D01

Fried egg banh-mi. Don't remember where from.

8 A756 A9 B E46 E 4 C93 864 B 0 DCB267 F071 E

Cheese pizza from Smith & Lentz

E70 E989 A E4 CB 43 F2 B095 E3 EDF579 D0 A0

Nashville has a lot of beers and lagers that I like.

6603 EB41 572 A 4 D64 9464 AE82 F7 A965 DD

My charger is too heavy for American sockets, so we improvise.

B307 A842 62 C6 4 F78 A2 EF 85 CA43738104

English pub in Nashville. I feel like Nashville should be able to live without this but here it is. Inside it's pretty close to a nicer Wetherspoons. They have Magners on tap which was a surprise. There's not tonnes of cider in Nashville.

8 A62 AD55 D6 EB 4 BA5 B2 F9 6 E1026248815

Beer cheese and pretzels at The Pub

5 CD2 C40 C D893 47 F7 BFEE BA5 C90 E25 B05

Egg and cheese biscuits, from Barista Parlor.

5 AAFF0 BC 14 CE 48 FA A972 50 D220 D6 CA98

My new Nashville friends at Dino's

564 CA7 F7 8 D3 C 4 BF7 A215 4111 ACAE3 C1 B

Someone else at Dino's.

06 D02296 523 A 44 BA 8699 D4 BF225694 F8

Honky-tonk Tuesdays at The American Legion

612 F78 CA 4 B64 4120 B909 6 FC31 FC17647

Bagel and donut holes for breakfast in the hotel.

F1805261 C74 C 4 B93 B780 AFC6 E2008866

This made me do a chuckle

DBF304 D3 629 B 4681 A207 D45 EF3 AF09 EC

Pear and sage scones from Dozen. Dozen is awesome.

5875 A4 B9 5 E50 4098 AFC4 F39310 BE97 BB

Nachos with vegan chorizo from Bastion.

7304 C61 F D88 C 4 F49 A69 B C56 AF92 FAE3 D

Rye tasting at Eli and Izze's with Grayson

3 ED67999 20 B5 490 E BD13 9 E2903825983

Is anyone doing lifted trucks better than Nashville? I doubt it.

C13 DE4 A3 2 E4 C 4 D82 8475 23 E3 C5 DF3 D5 A

Cheese pizza. Not sure where from.

7 B8866 EF F7 DD 4 AD0 915 E FEF5 CF78 BE44

Blueberry cocktail at Stock and Barrel

3 A169 C4 D E9 E5 4699 9850 5646 CF7 D1764

Black bean and quinoa burger at Stock and Barrel

0 DA4 C863 BA3 C 4 A47 8 CC6 3 F3 B6 D83 C29 C

The stills at Diskin Cider

271542 EA 9887 4 D75 812 B 0 A7 B7484 FC5 D

Bad Luck Burger Co truck

642 BB4 E3 E34 E 472 F 95 FD 9 B151268 E15 E

Grilled cheese at Bad Luck

97487900 CAF0 4993 A282 69822 C2 CA025

Speaking of bad luck; we went to Coyote Ugly on Broadway. Yes, it is what you think, and yes there's something very sad about it.

CD05 B45 B 036 C 48 F1 9334 05 DAF5762 BEF

Flatbread pizza at Eastside Bowl. Best bowling alley food I've ever had, and maybe the best fries I've ever had.

3 E575 BA7 A6 AE 4096 B09 B 4977060 F7 C28

Pinball at Eastside Bowl

5 B5 F12 AE 1 CDE 4 DF8 86 BD 464 EC74 D59 CB

Booth at Eastside Bowl

D32 FE383 9 C3 C 4940 BCBE 05082404957 C

Bar at Eastside Bowl

DDBC9902 6119 48 C4 A6 E7 6096 CF65 DC09

Some dude in a retro tracksuit at Eastside Bowl

21 C56530 DA05 477 B BF7 F BD89 E0 FAA83 B

White Russians at Eastside Bowl. Rude not to.

1 EF7 E968 FEB1 4 C82 95 E9 FA494 F09526 B

Dodge Challenger Uber = best Uber ever

E7 AB63 FE 22 EA 4 FC2 8271 4 BE5 EFB462 B1

Eli's breakfast at Waffle House

F7588867 7 D91 4 A98 B2 AD 78 B797475721

Pecan pancakes at Waffle House. Half way through, we spotted a roach on the windowsill and it ruined the crunch of the pecans for me. Waffles were only OK.

4085 B452 CE73 4 FAF 931 B F416581 B6106

Grayson's truck

FDBC9 D63 6451 4 BD9 944 C B39 B69099 F53

Firing P90s at Royal Range. I've wanted to do this since I first played Goldeneye

FDBDB51 B EA74 4 D46 8 A4 D 436290103588

Sweeping up the shell casings

907 A5 FAD 9 BA0 458 C 9 E85 95 F24 C423 C31

Loading the revolver. Shooting hollow-points at a range seems redundant but who am I to argue with someone loading hollow-points?

5 EC46378 1 D79 499 A 92 BE B68 C53 F11 F27

Firing a revolver at Royal Range

2 F51 B9 B5 9 A65 4 EBD B12 A BE63126 AEB44

Checking who won. It was Grayson. We knew it would be before the first shot was fired.

5 C69175 F B134 4188 AB9 C 0 C6910 AA0681

Royal Range is in a converted retro movie theatre, and I absolutely love that they retained the art-deco aesthetic outside.

E9 D03220 16 C6 4727 AC57 C4198 A54 F756

Old Shoney's sign in the Royal Range car park

5 CCAEE55 C485 4 C18 914 E 1 A70 DE3 DCCEA

Fire pit at Nick's

E4 DFD42 E B566 4 ADA BCD3 073 D0 C8551 B9

Five Points garlic knots. I could literally eat infinity of these.

41 AFB82 A B7 F3 4805 8 E21 4 B6171609 C4 F

Five Points habanero cream pizza without bacon

F5 A67518 F6 C0 46 E5 A5 A4 DFA7 FD13 EB46

Carter Vintage sign

373 E93 A9 0 D20 484 A BAC9 11 BB69354 C52

Eli and Jasper go to White Castle

D6 A661 C8 9 D6 C 4 A75 A281 8 BC13748 D4 C0

Eli said I should get 5 burgers as they're only small. Eli's premise was correct but his conclusion was way off.

E0945 FD2 4252 4 AF4 A6 F3 42 A46 A1 EF4 AA

Impossible at White Castle. It was OK. Joyland makes this look like a joke.

995 E5931 A2 D7 43 ED A08 B 4 D50757 DE0 DA

Cheese Curds at Robert's

5574 DCF3 83 E1 43 CE A52 F A2 D4 BB9 A812 F

Western Swingers at Robert's Western World. Their fiddle player is absolutely unreal.

31 F8 F7 CA 1232 44 A5 A066 5 E47 F4149067

Robert's sign

6 AF21 CE4 A6 E4 4166 A860 A2 DCB67 A3 B31


F84 E716 D B079 4 CC6 8 E53 C07 E9 AC974 F5

Outdoor space at Never Never

34554421 80 C5 4 ED0 802 C D5 C834384117

Grilled Cheese at Dozen

E5 EA0 A9 F F57 F 49 DA 827 B A6 A8708 B2 F1 E

The oooooze

0925 DC07 F159 430 C AA97 0843427 FA83 C

Whipped feta at Butcher & Bee. We had other stuff too but I was too hungry to take pictures. I could've just eaten 10 whipped feta and pita breads, though. This was lovely.

0 EFC6 BAF 721 B 4 ED3 A64 C 71060 DD04312

Donuts from Shipley

D82 A07 B6 B19 A 4 CFF AF8 A AB7281 F57 A70

There's more going on here than I first realised. Grabbed my eye straight away.

14 D54 F11 4 D39 4128 8304 5367 DD153012

Would be wrong to leave without a final pizza.

3 A71 CFE9 DDEA 45 F1 A168 0 A4 DEFDB0 FD8

Chicago style might be my favourite I've had here. This was absolutely delicious, and two slices destroyed me. Even had leftovers for the flight.

589 D8791 FE13 475 E A5 EA DC56 CD978 A16

Everything ends

Flew out to Nashville to launch a site for Carter Vintage. Was pretty nervous as we're going for an early MVP launch and clients never let us do this, but it went really well and everyone was super positive about the whole thing. The whole team at Carters have been so welcoming; I've never experienced anything like it. A room full of people I've known for 10 days and I'm really going to miss them.

Flight out was pretty good. Lots of chatty people in departures which I normally don't want but had a lot of nervous energy. Two of them were drinking Baileys from the bottle, which isn't very Nashville but it's a start.

I was working on a new feature on the flight and managed to get done half way through, which was good and bad because I didn't bring my Steam Deck and was bored for 5 hours. Ended up just listening to Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas.

Landed around 6pm local time and it was absolutely freezing. Nashville is so cold and dry my skin is absolutely horrendous right now. I need to lie in a bath of lotion for a few days to get back to normal. We went straight to Joyland to get an Impossible burger as I've never had one. Was pretty impressed. Later had one from White Castle and was far less impressed but would go back to Joyland any day of the week.

After burgers we went to Rudy's to listen to some jazz. I don't really like jazz, but if I'm going to listen, doing it live is best so you can see the energy, passion and skill, which was definitely all there. Open mics are very different in Nashville!

Went to Smith and Lentz with Nick to grab some pizza on Monday. Had a good chat about music, comedy, and how everywhere in Nashville has merch. I got some really nice shirts from the places we visited. I quite like that for a memento.

Tuesday was the American Legion for Honky-tonk Tuesdays. It's a proper active Legion which was pretty cool. Lots of Willie Nelson braids in the room. Someone complimented my Crocs which was an amusing surprise.

Wednesday started weird. I was waiting outside the hotel for someone to pick me up (no-one walks in Nashville - I'm going home so fat), and a car drove up to me, rolled the window down and asked if I could read. I don't think I've ever been asked that question before, but yes I can read. The guy asks can I read this piece of paper to him. So I'm playing over in my head what sort of scam is this, bracing myself for a kidnapping, acutely aware that a large portion of my life is in the rucksack on my back, and he shows me a sheet of paper. It's a grid with a load of signatures on it, with the title "Controlled Drug Log". So I told the guy what it said and his eyes went super wide, and said "does that mean this is drugs?" and showed me a pelican case with a clear lid, filled with vials and syringes. I started to do a little panic, told the guy I couldn't have anything to do with this situation and he should find a cop or call 911 or something but I couldn't help him. Fortunately he accepted and drove away but I hightailed it pretty quick back to the hotel reception to wait for my ride!

The rest of the week we pretty much just hung out, went to some bars, did a tonne of work, and slept. We were staying up pretty late hanging out, which turned out well because I ended up being able to catch Charlotte and Tabitha just as they woke up and I was going to sleep.

Saturday I bought some new boots from Tecovas on Broadway. I absolutely love them, but they are a bit excessive. I'll probably make a post about them later because I love them so much.

Then we went out on Broadway to a very sad bar called Coyote Ugly. I did not love it. Broadway (except for Robert's) doesn't seem to be my thing.

Finally, we went bowling. I wanted to go and see an alley that looked like it could've been in Lebowski, because I am basic. Still, they delivered and I had some of my favourite food from the trip. Plus I've never had a White Russian whilst bowling, which I think is illegal here.

Sunday we went to Royal Range and fired guns. You can't really tell from the pictures but I fired a P90 and I think that's a Smith & Wesson 500. It kicked like hell but I got one lucky hit. Grayson got 4, so I don't think that qualifies as luck any more.

Later we went to a fire at Nick's, ate pizza and sat around talking and drinking. Super relaxing end to a pretty hectic week.

Back to work Monday, had White Castle for lunch and cheese curds from Robert's for dinner. I loved the Western Swingers - would definitely go back for that.

Tuesday we ate grilled cheese from Dozen, and went to Butcher and Bee for dinner, then Never Never for some drinks. Then back to Eli's for rum tasting. I haven't been to bed this side of midnight since I got here!

Final day, Nick brought donuts for breakfast, and Eli took me to 312 for Chicago style pizza, which was absolutely brilliant. My favourite pizza of the trip so far (and I've had a lot). Now I'm waiting for my flight as I write this and feeling simultaneously sad to leave, but excited to get home.

The time difference is absolutely brutal. I hardly got to talk to Charlotte and Tabitha at all, and when I did it was super rushed as it was either late for them, or late for me.

Nashville people have been incredible. Obviously I've met people from all over the United States whilst I've been here, but the people I've encountered have been great. Super friendly, hospitable, and warm.

I was quite anxious about coming. Introducing an entirely new computer system to a business is a great way to make a room full of people hate you. People hate change; I get it. But everyone here has been so patient, openminded, and supportive that actually it's been an incredibly smooth and successful launch. Really going to miss them.

I Shazam a lot of songs. In the last two weeks I have Shazam'd about 15, and two of them were... Friday