2016 Has Started Off with a BangTuesday 1/5 - We attended a Preds game tonight, but it was a disheartening 4-1 loss (44 shots on goal and we don't win?) to Winnipeg, but at least the food and company were good during the game and before with some of our friends and 1/2 price sushi at Susie Wong's House of Yum.
|Wednesday 1/13 - We traveled down to Chattanooga this afternoon to see Grace Potter at the soon-to-be-gone music venue, Track 29.|
|While we were away...this was happening at home.|
|We did get home in time to see our nearly-finished pool in all it's winter wonder.|
Saturday and Sunday, 1/30 and 1/31: It was a proud time for Nashville this week as they hosted the NHL All-Star Weekend for the very first time and we were very happy to a be able to attend several of the many planned activities. The city looked great, and the event went smooth and the fact that the weather was unseasonably mild and clear helped a lot as well.
|Bridgestone Arena never looked better than this All Star Weekend!|
|On Saturday before the All-Star Skills Competition we were having a beer outside the Bridgestone Arena at Tavern '96 and so was current Nashville Predators head coach, Peter Laviolette. He was gracious enough to pose for a pic with Ashlee. Go Preds!!|
|At the NHL All-Star Fan Fair going on inside the Music City Center we even got to fondle and faux-kiss the actual Stanley Cup. You could kiss it for real if you wanted, but there sure have been a lot of hands and lips on it, and worst of all it's spent most of the off-season with the damn Blackhawks in Chicago...yeeech!!|
|The NHL All-Star Skills Competition was a lot of fun and our own Predators captain, Shea Weber, won the Hardest Shot competition AGAIN this year with no one else even getting close to his 108+ MPH slap-shot. Wow!|
Late Sunday morning we had an awesome brunch at Party Fowl before going back to the All-Star activities where we got up close for a couple of good free concerts with country up-and-comer, Kelsea Ballerini, and Nashville veteran, Dierks Bentley (video clip below). Dierks is a pretty good beer-league hockey player himself, and even helped Preds winger, James Neal, score a goal in yesterday's skills competition.
|photo by Ashlee|
|Afterwards, we checked out the lovely new facility for Chattanooga Brewing and had a tasty libation or two. Cheers!|
|Sunday (2/21) was a dreary, rainy day in Chattanooga, but that didn't stop us from taking a walk from Ashlee's mom's house in North Chattanooga across the river to the Hunter Museum and back. Photo by Ashlee|
Tuesday, 2/23 - We finally saw Deadpool in IMAX tonight at Opry Mills. We have to admit we weren't overly impressed with it especially since most of the humor was very dark and centered around violence. But it did have some good laughs not dealing with the killing and maiming of others. And best of all we got to see it with our old pal, Wayne, as well as dinner beforehand at the always-delicious (and bowel-cleansing) Moe's!!