Sunday, August 14, 2005


Alive and Kicking in Nashville

I apologize for the lack of updates over the past 36 hours, but this morning is the first time that I have been on-line during that time. Since I last posted, I attended an outing with my wife's firm at the Tennessee Smokies game, drove to Nashville (leaving at 4:45 A.M. Saturday), worked the Christian Sportsmen's Fellowship booth at the Promise Keeper's event, participated in the PK event (hearing one of my favorite pastors, Wellington Boone, speak), tripped to the Bass Pro Shops store at Opry Mills with the Appalachian Chapter of the Christian Sportsmen's Fellowship, crashed at the Travelodge north of downtown, and have now changed hotels to the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt. Whew!

It has already been a busy weekend, and it is about to get more hectic with the Justice Sunday II event. My attempts at healing my Wi-Fi connection have gone for naught, as have Bill Hobbs' attempts to procure me a loaner laptop for the event. Thus, I am unsure how this all will work out this evening. I will either work up some posts during the event with this laptop at the event and drive to the hotel to put them on-line, or I might jump on Bill's laptop to post them to this site. The route taken depends greatly on how I can be less of a nuisance to others. In any case, I dug some of my old journalists' tools out of the closet - reporter's notebook, digital voice recorder - in case the opportunity for interviews presents itself. But, as with life, who knows how things will go. For instance, no one could have predicted that this site - in only four short months - would have serviced nearly 14,000 readers, that it would have gained mention on Instapundit or, that its posts would be passed out on Capitol Hill (Nashville, not D.C.), that it would be my ticket to meet Grover Norquist and attend Justice Sunday II, or that, as happened Friday, it would be featured on CNN. Heck, several regular readers stopped by the booth yesterday and offered support for this blog. Really, guys and gals, I am blown away...

I think I'll rest my eyes for a little bit - the calm before the storm, if you will. I love the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt. It's my favorite hotel in Nashville, and the entire wedding party and guests stayed here three years ago this August when the VOLConWife and I tied the knot. My room today overlooks the Parthenon in Centennial Park, and the Vanderbilt campus itself is just beautiful. Heck, I might heckle the Vandy football players later on in the week, if I can find the intramural fields. (Just kidding, Vandy fans. No hate e-mail, please. If y'all start playing better, I'll quit busting on you.)

More to come later...

Had I known you were going to be at the Christian Sportsman booth at PK - I most certainly would have stopped by to say hello. As it turns out, I walked by that booth several times. I was the one with the Bible in my hand - remember seeing me? ;-)
I agree Wellington Boone was an excellent speaker as they ALL were. Of course, I gravitated to Brad Stein's unapoligetic humor - but mostly because I'm the same kind of guy.
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