Stand tall, Nashville.
Face the flag; cross your heart; whistle a happy tune.
It’s Best of Nashville time again.
For the seventh time in as many years the Nashville Scene is proud to present the only trademarked reader’s poll in town. We have listened to the voices of our shining city on the riverbank. We have held our collective finger to the throbbing jugular vein of vox populi. Once again, we have come up with the authoritative listing of all that is great and wonderful, cute and cuddly, and nifty and sparkly in this place we call home.
We know you had a tough time making the choices. That’s the way it always is in a democracy. Nevertheless, in more than 200 categoriesranging from “People” to “Food & Drink” to “Places” to “Goods & Services”you’ve spoken up boldly, letting the world know about the things you love and the things you loathe. Some of your choices have been progressive, forward-thinking, unifying and well-reasoned. In other cases, however, you’ve helped us understand how Pat Buchanan was able to win the New Hampshire primary. Even that, nevertheless, is OK. You have spoken. You have voted. You have entered and emerged from the booth.
Of course, the beautiful thing about this contest is that, just as in the rest of life, the people who run the democracy get to change the rules. In this year’s contest, justice, truth and beauty have triumphed. Special interests, payoffs and ballot-stuffing have been effectively squelched. But, in order to make that happen, we have had to amend the bylaws. We have had to refine, rework and rethink.
In previous years, you may recall, ballots for the Best of Nashville reader’s poll appeared, for three consecutive issues, in every copy of the Scene. We received thousands of responses. We loved the idea that every person out there would have a chance to vote. Unfortunately, some people were apparently exercising their options more than once. Inside sources informed us that, in many cases, the one-person-one-vote ratio was being ignored. It appears that even some of our city’s finer retail establishmentsand you know who you arewere participating in the skullduggery. We audited, we examined, and we investigated. Nevertheless, we’re sure that more than a few illicit ballots managed to squeak through. We were extremely teed off.
So this year, the polling process was revised. (Please see Page 20 for details.) As always, we respect you, the reader, in the decisions you have made. And we appreciate the time and energy that you took to fill in the ballots and return them to the Scene.
Meanwhile, we of the Scene editorial staff have come up with our own list of the people, places and things that make us love Nashville. We do not claim any statistical support for our decisions. We have simply indulged ourselves. In a democracy, once in a while, a little self-indulgence is a very good thing.
Here then, fearless readers and fellow citizens, is your takeand our takeon the town. Here are the sounds, the sights, the feelings and the people who make us stick with this capital city of ours.
Breathe deeply. Puff out your chest. Salute the passing forces. Twirl a baton. Set off a sparkler or two.
Light up the sky. Ain’t it great to be in Ameriker?
No pigtails Pink, just pig.
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