Off Limits 

Gee, We'll Miss You Too. Vanderbilt students were at once touched and a little weirded out last Thursday when their note-happy chancellor, Gordon Gee, sent a wistful and overly sentimental e-mail wishing everyone a good holiday. "As our students leave campus and scatter across the world, I feel a bit incomplete, because each and every one of you is also part of my family," the bow-tied Gee wrote in his best Victorian prose. "Please know of my affection and best wishes for the holidays and the happiest of New Years." Will someone please give this man a hug? And an editor? Meanwhile, we're questioning that whole thing about Gee never drinking.

An Appropriate Welcome for E.J. The Tennessean greeted new editor E.J. Mitchell by printing the wrong phone number for him on page 2A. But on the bright side, they did manage to spell "E.J." right. And if you think we're being too hard on the Gannett chain daily, contact new Scene publisher Chris Ferrell at 227-9526.

Who Knew Mouse Poop Was Organic? Chicken at salmonella-friendly temperatures, mold in the caulking, no hot water and—everyone's favorite—rodent droppings, all available at your local Wild Oats, according to a local TV report. Of course, people who are dumb enough to spend extended periods of time in Green Hills deserve what they get. What was stuck in your teeth last week after that organic veggie sandwich? You don't want to know.

Hustler Cums to Town. At long last, Nashville is a big-league city. A Hustler Hollywood, the adult chain led by porn peddler and First Amendment crusader Larry Flynt, is reportedly under construction at 1400 Church Street. Company materials describe Nashville's new flagship porn shop as an adult superstore featuring a classy coffee bar and high-end pasties, er, pastries. We'd skip the éclairs.

The Buck Flops Here. At-large Metro Council member Buck Dozier is ratcheting up his not-so-secret campaign for mayor, a prospect that should horrify us all. The Metro Windbag-at-large blistered the recent study endorsing a convention center expansion because it scaled back earlier recommendations. "Fortunately, a city does not chart its march toward greatness with a feasibility study," Dozier told The City Paper. Nor does a city chart its march toward greatness with rampant homophobia. Since he's returned to the council, the most powerful Church of Christ member in city government failed to support the nomination of Eileen Beehan to the Metro Traffic and Parking Commission because she supported a modest gay rights measure last year. He also voted against Maria Salas' reappointment to the Human Relations Commission just because she happens to be gay. So when Dozier talks about what it means for a city to be great, it kind of makes us throw up in our mouths.


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