2015 got off to a quick start for us with a couple of separate trips including Ashlee going on a Caribbean cruise with a co-worker of hers and some other ladies; and a quick jaunt back out to Las Vegas for me, plus a chance to see Linkin Park again up close at the Bridgestone Arena. Of course, we also found time to do some things together throughout January and February:
|Good shoot-twice seats in the 300 level with an all-you-can-eat option. Yummm!!|
|# 1 in the entire NHL|
Friday, 1/9 - Six of our eight-pack from the hockey game the previous night decided to have dinner tonight. I suggested a return (for me and Ashlee) to The Sutler Saloon. We stopped by here a few weeks ago just on a whim for a couple drinks and thought the place was very cool. Since we had already eaten earlier that day, we vowed to come back and try the food. So here we be! The food was very good. Afterwards, we slipped downstairs to their unadvertised speak-easy-style bar for a couple drinks. What a cool place!
|"Southern"-style pork rind nachos at The Sutler!|
Tuesday, 1/27 - We enjoyed our first visit to the relatively new City Winery in downtown Nashville for dinner and a show tonight. It's a beautiful venue with great food and good acoustics. We saw The Ben Daniels Band accompanied by the famous actor (and Ben's dad), Jeff Daniels, who is also very talented musically, and, of course, quite funny. We got the honor of meeting Mr. Daniels after the show as well. He was very cordial and friendly (for a Yankee).
|Just hangin' with "Will McAvoy" from "The Newsroom."|
Saturday, 2/7 - We checked out the Oscar-nominated short films (animated and live) today at The Belcourt Theatre with our friends, Danny and Brenda. Animation was first and they were pretty good (at least better than last year's batch of depressing nominees). We had a break in between before the live action shorts and had a late lunch across the street at Jackson's which was delicious. The gals killed another hour or so shopping while Danny and I grabbed a couple seats at a nearby sports bar to catch the Preds win yet another game. We finished the day with the live action shorts which were a mixed bag with a couple pretty good ones and a couple of odd ones and one downright depressing one.
Thursday, 2/12 - Can't get enough of those weekday Preds home games (especially at $35 a seat in the lower bowl)! And we're still in first place in the entire NHL! Five friends (Chris, Tarryn, Brenda, Danny and Bethany) joined us for tonight's game against the Winnipeg Jets which we won in solid fashion by a score of 3-1, further establishing that # 1 spot in the league!
Saturday, 2/14 - Happy Valentine's Day!! We drove down to Chattanooga today and had a wonderful early dinner with Ashlee's mom, Evelyn, at Public House.
Saturday, 2/21 - An unexpected tragedy had us traveling to my boyhood town of Powell's Crossroads today for the funeral of a dear friend. My friend from kindergarten and our friend for many, many years beyond that, Brian Griffith, passed away this past week from heart complications. Brian was a sweet, loving guy with always something funny to say. This world won't be the same without him Goodbye, dear friend, may you rest in peace. We will miss you greatly.
|On a brighter note, we got to meet # 4, defenseman, Ryan Ellis, after the game. Ryan was just back from an injury and we are happy to have him in the line-up again for the run to the playoffs.|
|They're just that darn good!|