Having a pool really cuts into your social life, but we did manage to squeeze in a few memorable events over the summer months that didn't involve getting wet in our back yard!
Sunday, June 5 - We headed back to The Cookie Jar down in Dunlap, TN, for my sister Melinda's birthday lunch. It was delicious again!
Thursday, June 23 - Tonight we attended an opening night IMAX presenation of Independence Day: Resurgence at Opry Mills with our pal, Wayne. The movie was a little cheesy, sorta like the first one, but still an entertaining sequel.
|Friday, June 24 - Tonight we saw Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Symphony Center celebrating it's 35th Anniversary with our friends, Wendy and Charlie. We had an outstanding dinner before at Bob's Steakhouse in the Omni Hotel.|
|Three theories: Fred's got a new baby brother/sister; Fred's got a new daughter/son; Fred has told more deer have about our city-limits, back-yard deer haven.|
|We spent the 4th of July 3-day weekend at the pool...ours and then at our friends' John and Monique on Monday.|
Friday, July 8 - We flew out to Las Vegas today basically for free as I won a seat to the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event plus travel and lodging expenses!! I had the most accumulated points in a 12-tournament series over the past year in a local poker club here in Lebanon. Thanks to our friends, Wayne and Bethany, for coming along for the ride!
|We chose the beautiful Mandalay Bay complex for our lodging for one main reason: Lazy river, Vegas-style! It was our first time staying at this resort and it was great.|
|Saturday, July 9 - We spent the day today relaxing at the Mandalay Bay pool and then took an evening Ferris Wheel ride on the giant High Roller that was built on The Strip a few years back with some stunning views and an open bar!!|
|Sunday, July 10 - Today was my first day at the gigantic 2016 WSOP Main Event. I lasted day one with about my starting stack, and Ashlee and the gang met me at the tasty Ping Pang Pong nearby for my dinner break.|
|Science fiction? Not hardly. It's the amazing new Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Facility as seen from I-15 heading out of Nevada west into California.|
|Somewhere in the Mojave National Preserve. Is that white steam or clouds behind the train? Nope, neither. Those are giant sand dunes in the distance.|
|The beautiful and historic Kelso Train Depot (that has now been converted into a cool visitor center) is a nice oasis in the middle of the Mojave National Preserve.|
|"Where the streets have no name..." - U2, The Joshua Tree|
Friday, July 22 - Tonight we saw Michael Franti and Spearhead (for the seventh time) at the War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Nashville. It was a lively show, as usual, full of good vibes and positive messages. We had a good dinner beforehand in East Nashville at The Holland House. This photo was snapped by our friend, Danny, as Michael took to a small stage in the center of the room and the center of the crowd as he usually does for close contact with his fans during his shows as Ashlee and I look on with a "front row" view.
Friday, July 29 - We stayed overnight in this new retro-style Shasta camper in downtown Nashville for a bit of "urban camping" (and about a third of the cost of a downtown hotel). Thanks to AirBnB for this unique opportunity.
We were in town to see Dwight Yoakam (as well as a pre-show meet-and-greet) with 2nd row seats for a first-time-ever show at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. The show was good albeit the sound was not as perfect as thought it could be for this venue...maybe they are just not used to "cow-punk" inside these fancy walls?? Meeting Dwight was a hoot and he was very nice to all the fans.
|Turn it on, turn it up and turn him loose!|