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Re: “We Desperately Need Sidewalks

Go sidewalks in Nashville. Share this with everyone

Posted by Sherrie Dorris on 04/10/2014 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Losing The Connection

Feeling nostalgic this evening. I was there in 2002, and although not in its heyday, I swear I had some of the BEST times ever. Oh to dance!

Posted by westcoastgal on 04/04/2014 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Nashvillian of the Year

and this one:
The team is now called the Grey Sox—named for their hair color, not their footwear—and it gives Strobel great joy. "Baseball is therapy to me," he says. "When I'm on the field, nothing else matters. It is so important because it is not important. It's just the best game in the world."

Posted by Benjamin Michael Passino on 04/04/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Nashvillian of the Year

what a fantastic article. charles strobel was a great man.

this paragraph is repeated:
The campus continued to grow. Respite Care answered another need, serving ill or injured homeless just released from the hospital. Odyssey is a residential program for men suffering from addiction but committed to sobriety. It's rooted in recovery, therapy, education, employment, case management, spirituality, recreation, leisure, artistic expression and community living.

Posted by Benjamin Michael Passino on 04/04/2014 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Criminal Probe at Winston-Derek

Alleged is correct, to bad no follow up was written. No wrong doing was ever proven.

Posted by Jill Zarend-Peebles on 03/25/2014 at 2:42 PM

Re: “There'll be no absolution for the man suing the Sisters at Aquinas College for reverse discrimination

So this is what I recently learned (just what I've heard, maybe its not true, who knows)about how Aquinas came to retaliate against Blizzard. Blizzard's class representatives, Brian Lassiter and Katie Hayes were working with Aquinas employee Ms. Suzette Telli, filing false complaints against Blizzard, to try and get Blizzard kicked out of Aquinas after Blizzard slammed Ms. Lydia Grubb with a complaint for subjecting an entire class, rumored to be his class, of nursing students to old, used "Blood-Bags!!!!" Yeah! and, the blood-bags had actual human "blood" in them! and Ms. Grubb was handing the blood-bags to students to pass around the class...oh my god! how stupid can one school be? The story goes Blizzard refused to touch them and Ms. Grubb got pissed at him. Other students complained and OSHA came to Aquinas and fined the college, and made them sanitize all areas contaminated, provide proof to OSHA they had done what they were ordered to do, take pictures, barricade contaminated areas, and file and post a "WARNING" notice to all students at Aquinas of contaminated areas, an official response to OSHA, and ordered to dispose of the old used blood-bags. Out of pure retaliation Aquinas solicited Mr. Brian Lassiter who it was know was jealous of Blizzard's size (muscles), physique (Mesomorph), and looks and his height (6'3"). The girls were all very interested in Blizzard, and Brian Lasssiter being a very small, square, chubby guy who admitted to being a 'steroid-head' was always harassing Blizzard...asking Blizzard to work-out with him, asking him for training tips and so on, showing up at Blizzard's work uninvited, and just behaving like a creepy stalker. Katie Hayes, who tried to get Blizzard to go out with her, was angry because Blizzard wasn't interested and rejected her. So Aquinas, retaliating against Blizzard via Brian Lassiter and Katie Hayes to make it look like Blizzard had done something wrong, all the while Mr. Lassiter and Ms. Hayes were jealous, rejects who were just 'Haters.'

Posted by haters on 03/17/2014 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Losing The Connection

I am just now seeing this and it is a wonderful article. Gives some nice historical information. I was right up in the middle of all of this back in the day. And yes, we knew it was something special then but didn't know HOW special. The only thing I had really seen in comparison was "Backstreet" in Atlanta and I was overwhelmed by that. The Connection was posh and without attitude. Sometimes I almost like the original location better because of that lounge with the huge plate glass window that faced the dance floor. It helped shield some of the "thumpa-thumpa" where you could giggle, gossip and gab. The location on the river was just.....well....WOW! MONSTEROUS! When it first opened and you went in there your jaw dropped. It was very high class for Nashville and it was widely talked about. It is very true that straight and gay alike attended. You'd ask straight men and straight women why they came to Connections and they would always say, "The music. It's the best music in town." Up to this point the so called "dance music" played in the clubs were pitiful remixes of popular songs on the radio. This was different. It had an edge and was right on the cusp of all the techno dance music coming in.

The little "ass grabbin" bars as I like to call them, went out of vogue very quickly. It did the Warehouse in! The Chute tried to come back and expand but it never caught the glamour of Connections. However, the Chute catered to a different type of crowd. Connections was about the young'uns and boy did we take full advantage of it! I feel like I grew up inside Connections. I certainly became the person I wanted to be. And being from a rural town south of Nashville where you couldn't be yourself, THIS was a major breakthrough! Come as you are or who you think you are. You got to meet "city kids" and find out that you weren't any different. It was a whole new world opened up to me and it was fabulous!

I agree that the straight/gay alliance formed because of the place. Prior to that, the gay bars in Nashville were small. Hell, even to a young gay kid they were scary! I couldn't imagine being straight and trying to go in one of those dark, creepy clubs. LOL. The Connection was very colorful - very open and it had a variety of things including a gift shop, country bar and restaurant so there was a more easy feeling about it. Prior to that you basically went to these other bars to pick somebody up. There really wasn't much of a dance bar or place to be social. The Connection really did change the entire make up of gay social life in Nashville for YEARS. It was certainly a mecca and I sure am glad I got to experience it. I owe it a debt of gratitude for helping me be comfortable with who I am and to be the kind of person I wanted to be.

By the time it closed I was already into a relationship and that portion of my life was over. I've never been to Play so I'm really glad that as far as the Nashville gay life goes, my memories are with The Connection. Kids that have no clue about it and really don't understand how massive and impressive it was. Now all the little "theme" trendy bars are the rage and I feel kinda sorry for the kids today. They never had that experience with a club THAT big with THAT many people in it. There were THOUSANDS of people there on a good Saturday night and you had to walk a few blocks down in the warehouse district which was not exactly the best place in the world to be on foot. And that was not fun in the winter because they stopped having a coat check after a point! You left your coat in the car because you didn't wanna fool with it and you damn near froze to death with that wind coming off the water. LOL. AHHHHHHHHHHHH...........what a wonderful period in time.

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Posted by seywhut on 03/17/2014 at 3:27 PM

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