Tuesday, January 19

The day started out cloudy and in the 40s. I got up at 5:00am as usual and it was coffee and web work until Bob arrived home around 8:00. We talked about what the day might have in store for us and then headed out the door 9ish.

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This is Henry, one of the always helpful doorman. He was taking some shots with a Canon SLR so we talked digi-cams for a bit and then we were on our way to Percy Warner Park.

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Today, we decided to take the Warner Woods Trail, a 2.5 mile loop which proved to very wet and sloppy on much of the trail.
This is one of the many nice Tulip Trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) we saw along the trail.

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This particular Tulip Trees was riddled with holes probably made by a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I have seen this on our Tulip Trees at home but I have never seen holes all the way to the base of the tree like this one.

Male Yellow-bellied SapsuckerMale Yellow-bellied Sapsucker from WikiPedia

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This car was in the trail head lot when we got back. This sticker shit is something I will never understand. Weird.

As usual, we had worked up an appetite and it was getting on lunch time. Bob asked me if I had any preference about where we ate and I asked him if he knew of any noodle joints. He said he did, but he had never been to the one he knew about and could not vouch for it. I said "Let's go!"

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Our lunch spot.

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Welcome to Pho Yen Hoa.

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Bob and I both opted for the vermicelli bowls. He got the pork BBQ with egg roll (#35) and I got the char broiled pork with veggies (#33).

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Here Bob snickers about having a beer at 11:00 in the morning. But, to a night-shifter it is Happy Hour.

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Bob had never had this dish before and really like it. It was well prepared, fresh and tasty. But I think I like the Pho bowls better. I just love that hot broth!

Our energy renewed we headed over to Bob's side of town to take a short walk on one of the Greenways.

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The Richland Creek Greenway is currently about 2 miles but there is a a mile-long extension planned to start soon.

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This Greenway runs past the site of the deadliest rail-road accident in US history.

Dutchman's CurveThe Great Train Wreck of 1918 occurred on July 9th.

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Because somebody blundered, at least 121 persons were killed and fifty-seven injured shortly after 7 o'clock on Tuesday morning, when Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway passenger trains No. 1 from Memphis and No. 1 from Nashville [sic: No. 4 came from Nashville] crashed head-on together just around the sharp, steep-graded curve at Dutchman's Bend, about five miles from the city near the Harding road.

Both engines reared and fell on either side of the track, unrecognizable masses of twisted iron and steel, while the fearful impact of the blow drove the express car of the north-bound train through the flimsy wooden coaches loaded with human freight, telescoped the smoking car in front and piling high in air the two cars behind it, both packed to the aisles with negroes en route to the powder plant and some 150 other regular passengers.

Source: ©2008 NashvillePost.com

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It is hard to imagine being there at the time of the accident. The noise, smoke, the wailing of the injured who lay amongst the mangled corpses and wreckage. Dreadful.

Huge Crowds Flock to Scene.
Huge crowds, some seeking friends and loved ones thought to have been on the wrecked train, but in the majority of cases composed of morbid curiosity seekers reveling in the gruesome sights lined the viaduct and crowded the adjoining fields. Only the prompt and efficient work of Chief of Police Barthell and his men prevented their crowding so close as to actually hinder the work of the wreckers in removing the bodies of the dead to awaiting ambulances and cars.

Source: ©2008 NashvillePost.com

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Now, on to more pleasant things. This is the bridge over Richland Creek that is adjacent to the train wreck.

From here we headed home. For Bob it was beddy-bye, for me webwork and then dinner out.

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Calypso is just few minutes walk from Bob's place and he spoke highly of it. So, I decided to give it a try.

The place is a local chain with 5 locations. The menu is pretty limited and specialized.

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Interior shot. Nothing fancy - plastic tables and chairs and simple decor.

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Bob said he really like the Jamaican curry rotisserie chicken, so that's what I got. I opted for the black beans and mixed long grain and wild rice for my sides.

The curry is made with apples, onions and various spices. It was mild, but flavorful and tangy. The meal was served quickly and was quite filling. Thumbs up.

I then waddled back to Bob's, cracked a beer and watched an episode of Wire in the Blood on my laptop via NetFlix streaming video. Life is good.

 

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