"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


March 14, 2009
An Irish/early St. Patty's Day festival probably should have weather indicative of Ireland and that was the definitely the case yesterday for Fiele Franklin. Despite the inclement weather, we donned our raincoats and decided to check out this free event. This was the sixth year Franklin has held this festival in its historic downtown area, but the first time we have attended. The rain mercifully let up as we pulled into town after picking up our friend, Nate, but you could tell the earlier downpours had definitely affected turnout. There were only a sprinkling of people milling about downtown and it looked like several vendors had decided not to set up because of the weather. We strolled around and popped into a few stores and put our names on a waiting list for lunch at the local Irish pub, McCreary's. This little pub was quite popular, but definitely worth the half-hour wait. The food was tasty and the beer choices were quite varied and very affordable. A "late lunch" turned into about a 3-hour "sit-in" of trying different beers and just hanging out in the festive atmosphere inside. Our friend, Carolyn, joined us a bit later and the frivolity continued. Nate and Rob decided to tackle the beer-tasting event that concluded the festival while Ashlee and Carolyn opted for a bit more shopping and socializing. The beer tasting event was set up in over twenty different locations in downtown Franklin and allowed patrons to taste beer and shop at the same time (good marketing idea!). For more information on the beer, check out Rob's beer blog entry.

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