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I have a ticket to this show and have to go out of town tomorrow morning. So pissed to miss this show, been looking forward to it for months. I've tried to get rid of the ticket but can't find anyone and don't want it to go to waste.
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The first time I ever came to Tennessee was a vacation with my family in 2005, we flew into Nashville and visited Louisville and Memphis. The first night we arrived we had booked a hotel over off Charlotte west of town, which was an unfortunate choice, but not knowing anything about where to eat we stumbled upon Jim 'n Nicks over there and it made the horrible hotel choice worth it. I moved here a year later and have been going back regularly ever since. Their smoked turkey is the moistest I've ever had, the creamed spinach side is heavenly, and their lemon icebox pie is...well, I think I know where I'm going for dinner tonight!
I really hope a news outlet picks up this trial, it is going to be amazing.
I've been reading all the blog posts and foodie articles about this and I really don't understand what all the outrage is. I mean as far as fast food goes, it's a pretty standard creation - in fact by cutting out the bun packed full of HFCS, it's less calories than a lot of other fast food creations - Big Mac, Whopper and let's not even start with some of those Hardee's burgers. And the fat grams and sodium are very high, but that's not out of the norm either. There are however two things that I find incredibly amusing about the Double Down...
1.) It's available in a fried OR a grilled version according to the KFC website. Like someone who is ordering a sandwich consisting of cheese and bacon between pieces of chicken would suddenly think "Oh, I should be healthy and skip all that breading and frying - give me the grilled version!"
2.) Several years ago when Jack in the Box came out with their Ultimate Cheeseburger they had these commercials with a fake focus group telling them how they could improve on a cheeseburger. One of the test group subjects said "skip the bun and just add more meat and cheese" and it was meant to be a joke - now this is where we have ended up in fast food. Kinda sad, yet not surprising.
I saw the spikey haired wonder from DD&D at Cafe Rakka in Hendersonville on Wednesday, dining with the Oak Ridge Boys. Couldn't get in to eat while they were filming but there was a bit of a crowd hanging around out front.
I've had a hankerin for a muffaletta for a few days now. Bitesters: who makes the best in town? Italian Market? Mitchell's Deli? Some other place I don't know about?
It's interesting to see how this stuff plays out in the world of social media. This and the prom story in Mississippi would have been stuck in local news and forgotten quickly if it weren't for Facebook, Twitter, etc. that takes it to a national level at rocket speed. Lady Gaga was tweeting about this kid yesterday - that just blows my mind and I imagine the kid is pretty overwhelmed with it all too.
My little cousin was one of these gay kids who gets thrown into the national media for discrimination at school. In 2001 he (who at the time was female) was voted prom king at a small rural high school in Northwest WA State. It went from being a funny thing that some kids did to a full blown disaster once the parents found out and the media got involved. Within a couple of weeks of the incident, Howard Stern is calling the kid at home and Westboro Baptist puts out press releases to protest a high school graduation. PFLAG, the HRC, and other GLBT groups jump all over it and suddenly my cousin is a poster child for gay rights for a couple of months until the attention dies down and these people who were so quick to jump in and offer "support" when they were getting media attention disappear.
I'm all about bringing negative attention to the school for a bonehead discriminatory move, but I worry about the effects on a gay kid in White House, TN who will have to deal with this long after the media moves on to the next story.
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