"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.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Call of Fall (aka A Fun October)

Friday, October 2 - We saw the The Walk tonight in IMAX and it was simply amazing.  I hear Oscar nomination buzz! 

Wednesday, October 7 - We caught a good set by Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds tonight (another free show thanks to tickets won of NowPlayingNashville.com) at The High Watt in downtown Nashville. We had a tasty  dinner  before at The Slider House.  They also had a great opening band from Asheville called Holy Ghost Tent Revival.

Thursday, October 8 - Tonight we got stuffed for a good cause at the Taste of Wilson County with our friend, Joy. Proceeds from tickets sales went to help United Way efforts in the area.

Saturday, October 10 -  We stopped by a very crowded Oktoberfest in the Nashville neighborhood of Germantown today and had a brat and a few brewskis to celebrate the day.

We then walked over to the new awesome, new Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville with several friends to catch a show by the always-great, Grace Potter. It was Lake Street Dive opening for her just like they did when we saw her (and The Nocturnals) headline at Red Rocks in Colorado last year.  It was another great show and we were in the pit and very close to the stage as the short video below will attest:

Sunday, October 11 -  Today we saw the great film, The Martian in 3D with our friend, Wayne.
Thursday, October 15 - We drove down to Chattanooga today to catch Brett Dennen with our friend, Lavonda at a great new little venue there called called The Revelry Room which is replacing over beloved Track 29 near the Choo-Choo.   Brett was under the weather a bit, but still great.

After the show we had food and drinks on the upstairs outdoor patio of the site of our first date over 25 years ago, The Pickle Barrel!!  Some things (and places) never change!
Friday, October 16 - Before heading back to Nashville we had lunch at Main Street Meats with Ashlee's mom, Evelyn.  It was delicious.  Best hamburger we've had in a while!

Sunday, October 18 - More of The Year of Seeing Living Legends Live (The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Carter, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson) continued tonight as we saw Don Henley perform at The Ryman.  Our friend, Bethany, is a huge fan and upgraded our seats to the 3rd Row!  Thanks so much, Bethany! Speaking of Bethany, we had a housewarming the day before for her that was a lot of fun.  Being the old curmudgeon that he is, Uncle Don, didn't allow pictures during his show so I snapped these cool old radios he had hanging above the stage before it started.  The show was good and you forget just how many solo hits this man has had away from The Eagles.  The self-proclaimed queen of sad songs, Shawn Colvin, opened the show.
Tuesday, October 20 - We attended Nashville Predators Opening Night of the 2015/16 Season  (at least for us).  We decided to buy a 20-game Passport this season along with Wayne, Danny and Brenda, mostly so we could get access to the upcoming All-Star Game being held in Nashville this season.  It was an  OT/shootout win  of  5-4 over Tampa Bay and our seats behind Pekka Rinne in the defend-twice goal are excellent. Yes, it's early, but they are already in first place!!
Saturday, October 24 - We headed down to Atlanta for the weekend and our first stop was the Carter Presidential Center and Library.  We've been to Atlanta countless times, but never stopped here.  It was prevalent to stop here this time since we got to briefly meet President Carter at a book signing in Nashville earlier this year.  Our friend, Rex, met us and we spent a good hour inside this fascinating place.  President Carter truly is a great man.  We had a few drinks and snacks afterwards at nice nearby place called Barcelona in a cool little neighborhood called Inman Park. We took a quick jaunt afterwards on the new Beltline, a walking/biking/skating path that will eventually encircle all of  Atlanta.  Next it was off to a light dinner and some great live jazz music at Venkman's, a trendy new restaurant inside a historic soda pop factory building.
Sunday, October 25 - We got up this morning and headed over to the new College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta.  This place opened in 2014 and it is terrific with tons of interactive displays and activities.  As you walk in they have every helmet from the 768 college teams in the U.S. displayed on a huge wall.  What a fun place and definitely worth another visit.
The # 1 reason we came to Atlanta this particular weekend was to FINALLY get our Indy-Car Ride in.  We've been trying for two years to do this in Kentucky but bad weather and sickness had prevented us from making our scheduled rides there.  Our last chance with the expiring Groupon we bought was this year and when no 2015 scheduled dates in Kentucky worked for us we choose to take the ride at the beautiful and huge Atlanta Motor Speedway.  It was worth the wait!!  We each did 3 laps in a ride-along at 170 MPH!!  That's faster (and smoother) than the NASCAR ride we did in Nashville a couple years ago.  We highly recommend this.
Saturday, October 31 - We hosted a fun Halloween Party tonight at our house with a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) theme.   The tequila was flowin' (maybe a little too much for me) as were the good times with several guests in attendance and most in excellent make-up and costume per the theme.  Congrats to Ashlee on planning this fun and festive soiree.

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