"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.

Monday, December 21, 2015

A November to Remember

Thursday, 11/5 - We saw the new James Bond film Spectre in IMAX  tonight with our friend, Wayne.  The film was very good and it was another great job by Daniel Craig.  It's hard to believe this was his last time in the role he seemed to be born to play.
Saturday, 11/7 - We finally got to try out Biscuit Love in The Gulch in downtown Nashville today with our friend, Wayne.  The lines are always long here, but it was worth the wait because it was pretty darn good, even for a $9 biscuit.

Saturday, 11/14 - I played designated driver tonight for Ashlee and our friend, Bethany who attended a crazy drag-queen show in downtown Nashville.

Afterwards we played UNO and had a couple brews at The Beer Pale in north west Nashville.

Tuesday, 11/17 - We attended another Preds game tonight that was a big 3-2 win over Anaheim.  It was a wild night with fights galore and even  a broken  stick got caught  in the net!

Friday, 11/20 - We flew to NYC today with our friends, Mike and Wayne.  We rented an apartment in a great location and our friend, Rachel (as well as Mike's new love interest!), joined us from Toronto.  We started the trip right with some good pizza delivered from Vezzo's around the corner.

That evening we strolled just a few blocks to see Duke vs. VCU at Madison Square Garden.  This was our first time in The Garden and we were very impressed with the venue.  Our beloved Dukies got the win over VCU and our seats were pretty nice (and cheap!).  After the game we strolled over to Times Square and stopped in the giant Toys-R-Us store to ogle the wonders.   
We checked out the Spyglass Roof-top Bar in the Archer Hotel.  The night was clear and the views were great but  the bar was a bit lacking (what? no ginger beer for Moscow Mules?). 

We checked out some amazing Christmas lights and windows at Lord and Taylor's and Macy's to finish off the night. 

Saturday, 11/21 - We all had a great take-out breakfast from Penelope's just around the corner (sweet potato biscuits! yum!).  First on the agenda today for all of us was a visit to the nearby Saturday Night Llive Exhibition which was great.

We even got to sit on the Wayne's World couch!
Live and "in the flesh" !
After SNL, it was "A Day of Broadway"  for Ashlee and me with a matinee performance of Fool for Love with Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda AND then an evening performance of China Doll with Al Pacino.   Granted, this weren't our favorite Broadway experiences, but they were memorable.

We also finally saw The Naked Cowboy in person (photo above).  And we finally ate at a Shake Shack (the original one) near Times Square.

Sunday, 11/22 - Ashlee's dear friend and co-worker, Eileen, recently broke her leg in a nasty fall at her home near Philadelphia, so Ashlee decided to take the opportunity of being nearby to rent a car and visit her today as I attended another Duke game at MSG vs. Wisconsin.   Ashlee's visit and drive went well and Duke won again.

We caught this beautiful sunset walking back from the car rental place to meet the others for dinner back near the apartment.  No matter how many times we've been to NYC there is always something beautiful and different here.  Later that night we saw the so-so comedy film "The Night Before" but at least it was in a sweet all-recliner theater.
Monday 11/23 - We packed up and headed out this morning with me bound for home for a few days of work while Ashlee headed straight for The Gulf with a week's rental of a house near the beach in Destin, Florida, with her family.

Wednesday, 11/25 through Sunday, 11/29 - I drove down to Destin, Florida late today to meet up with Ashlee and her family for Thanksgiving.  This is our third year in the row to spend Turkey Day on the beach and we are really enjoying it.

Ashlee found another great house to rent in the beautiful Destiny East Subdivision.  It's in a great location with just a quick walk or golf-cart ride to the beautiful white beach here in Destin.  
The weather was perfect during our stay with some of the warmest temperatures we've ever encountered here in November.
This beach life suits us very well!

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