"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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August Report

August saw us traveling a little, listening to a
little live music and comedy...you know, the usual.

Tuesday, August 2 - We saw one of favorite performers, LP,  tonight as an opener at The Ryman for Bryan Ferry.  We didn't stay for the main show because we saw (and heard) all we wanted to with THAT VOICE in THAT PLACE!  We had a tasty dinner before at the new Lula Cafe that is now part of  recent expansion at The Ryman.

August 5-7:  We took a break from the new pool for a long weekend road trip back down to North Georgia and the quaint little town of Blue Ridge where we rented a cabin on the Toccoa River for some tubing and relaxing.  Thanks to our friends Wayne, Charlie and Wendy for going with us.

Friday, August 5 - We got to our awesome rental cabin (Homeaway.com # 250292) on the Toccoa River this afternoon just in time for a quick float downriver (which is actually flowing north). Afterwards we had a wonderful dinner at Chester Brunnemeyer's Bar and Grill in downtown Blue Ridge...best wings on the planet!  Thanks to Wayne for taking the picture.

Saturday, August 6 - It was a full day of tubin' today with a short run and then a longer one all the way into the town of McCaysville on the GA/TN border.  Ashlee actually floated on in to Tennessee due to a little high-water mishap, but we were able to pull her ashore in  the adjoining town of Copper Hill.   The evening was spent at the cabin hanging out on the river watching the fog roll in from the beautiful gazebo on the property and roasting weenies and s'mores in the fire-pit.  
photo courtesy of Onlyinourstate.com
Sunday, August 7-  After a great breakfast made by Ashlee, we regretfully had to check out of the cabin.  But before heading home we all ambled back down to Blue Ridge for some shopping and a stop at The Sweet Shoppe, a Food Network "Cupcake Wars" winner, for some excellent cupcakes.

Thursday, August 11 - We had great seats tonight to see one of our favorite comedians,  Jim Gaffigan as he brought his "Fully Dressed" tour to  TheBridge-stone 
Arena.  We also had access to unlimited (delicious) food and (adult) beverages at the Lexus Lounge inside the arena before and after the show.   Jim and his opener, Ted Alexandro, were hilarious as expected.

Wednesday, August 17 - An "old friend" was back in town tonight in the form of Scott Miller who did an acoustic show at a tiny East Nashville venue known as The 5 Spot.  Besides being an early show and on a weeknight night, the place was pretty packed. We haven't seen Scott play in several years and it was good to catch him again live and see and hear that he as good as ever.   This was our first time in this venue and it's a dandy with good sight lines and great acoustics.   We hope to be back soon.

Friday, August 19 - Another "old friend" was back home in Nashville tonight as we caught a SOLD OUT show by the always-amazing Butch Walker on his "Stay Gold" Tour at The Cannery.  His opener, The Wind and the Wave, were solid as well.

Friday, August 26 - Ashlee's co-worked and good friend, Eileen, came to visit us for a few days from Philadelphia, so tonight we decided to take the Yankee to the giant Wilson County Fair to see how the other half lives.  There was a riding lawnmower demolition derby...enough said...

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