Wednesday January 20th

Our plans for one last hike were foiled by steady rains all morning. So we went out in seach of books, eats and surplus.

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Our first stop what Rhino Books which I noticed as we were driving down Granny White Pike. Shown here is a book I almost bought. I did buy several used goodies including a 1967 Thomas Brothers Street Guide for San Francisco and very esoteric title for my Caver Bud in San Antonio. Rhino books is owned and operated by professional songwriter Fred Koller.

Just next door to Rhino is Chef Mart. Bob wanted to look around and I am a bit of a kitchen gadget nut my self, so we strolled in. They had quite an inventory for such a small store and i walked out with two pressed wood bowls for 1.50 each. Bob resisted temptation.

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Pho Yen Hoa, where we ate yesterday was in a building share by Taqueria Tex Mex. Bob and I checked the place out while we were there and decided to tray it today. Unfortunately, both places are closed on Wednesdays.

When we looked the place over on Wednesday we walked into the place through a connecting door from Pho Yen Hoa. It looked like a resteraunt which had gone out of business and liquidated everything but the old vinyl booths and tables. We asked a woman walking thought to the front door to see a menus and she motioned us outside. She appeared not to speak English. She then pointed to the front of the "Roach Coach" where we saw the menu. It was then it dawned on us the food was prepared here, in this kitchen on wheels, and then you could take your food inside to eat it. Bob and I had plans to have a little tail gate party when we ate here today, but it will have to be another day.

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I really hated to miss the chance to try out their Barbacoa and Lengua tacos.

We then drove over to Love Circle which is a local make-out place and also the site for County singer John Rich's in-your-face mega-house.

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Talk about arrogance!

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Apparently there was quite an uproar from the neighbors and other Nashvillians when the plans were submitted to build this place.

When the gate to the towering “green” house opened, after four years in the planning and the building, a red carpet led us down the long stretch to the first gala event held at the new home of John Rich. The country music superstar commented, “I set out to build a landmark. I wanted to build it here and this is the first of many events.”

Asked about John Rich's "bad boy" image due to assault charges, Wamp said, "I would say John Rich represents Tennessee. There are a lot of people in Tennessee who love NASCAR and football and country music." He went on to say the "'bad boy' image may just be an image. He's a good man. I am honored for him to be my friend and standing with me as I seek the governorship."

Source: Today's Country Magazine

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Here is where we ended up for lunch. An unfortunate turn of events.

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Everything looked tasty, but looks can be deceiving.

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Perhaps we it would have been better to order from the menu, rather than the steam trays.

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On the left is Thai Toast, bread with crab, shrimp, chicken? I am not sure. My plate in front has a rice mix, which I enjoyed and "hot" cabbage and pork that was quite bland. Bob's tray has chicken in garlic curry sauce and rice mix. We decided to share the three Shrimp Rangoon. Bob ate two of them and I tasted one but it was not to my liking. I did not know it would be sweet with mostly a cream cheese filling. Thumbs down.

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Bob may be back, but not me.

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Next it was off to a "War Surplus" store Bob new about. Like most of these place now-a-days they had practically no real surplus, just imported knock- offs. Cool sign, though.

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On our way back through one of the ritzier sections of Belle Meade we noticed this critter walking along the street - a coyote! Bob had seen two of them in the same area playing on one of the big lawns. This pic was shot from a moving vehicle through a rain covered windshield.

And so ends my Nashville Adventure. I had no intention of staying past Monday morning but Bob is such a gracious and fun host I decided to stay on a few extra days. Thanks, Bob!!!

Now, in just a coupla hours I will be heading down the road and it looks like I will be both packing up and starting my journey in the rain.
Until then...

 

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