On the Road Again...

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Our waitress flipping the corn bread. She caught it this time.

So, my friend Bernie and I decided to go back to Nashville for the annual music festival after missing it the past 3 years. This is bad, but one of the main reasons I was going this year was because Kerry Collins (quarterback for the TN Titans) and Hank Williams III (Hank Jr's son and my favorite artist) were there last year. So I was hoping that they would make appearances again this time. I was going to listen to some music too after all. lol But my main mission was to meet Kerry Collins. I have been a fan of his since his Penns State team won the bowl game in 1994. I have followed his career since then. I have liked Hank III since I saw him perform on the Grand Ole Opry in 2004 honoring his grandfather, Hank Williams Sr.

Bernie with our waitress
He is a rebel and his concerts consists of 2 sets: one country and what he calls "hellbilly" music and then takes a 10 minute break and does a Thrash metal show. He also meets with his fans after the concert in front of the stage.

Anyways, last month, after looking at the CMA festival site for the convention center to see who would be signing autographs, it did not look promising. I mean there were 80% of names we had never heard of! The usual people who are signing every year were not listed like Trace Adkins and Billy Ray Cyrus. These guys were always there every year signing but not this year. This was disappointing.

Then about a week before the festival it was announced that Reba McIntyre, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift would be signing.

my plate with hushpuppies, catfish and fries
Reba  would finally be there after 13 years, and I was there the last time she was. Now I am not much of a Taylor fan but do realize the impact she has on the younger generation, like my neices.

We left Pennsylvania shortly before 7am. Bernie and I had our Vera Bradley bags and purses packed to their maximum limit. Lol On the road, we drove through on 68 to 79 south through the remainder of PA, then West Virginia. It was in Philippi that we stopped at a Burger King for breakfast. I had gotten mine first, found a table, sat down and proceded to eat when an Asian man started coming towards me. He had come through the back door and never went to the counter, just straight over to me! I found this very odd. First he said he was with some group and wanted to show me his jewelry and he opens up this roll that was filled with gawdy jewelry.

Bernie at the business card hall of fame
I immediately said to him, "I don't do jewelry". (Thank goodness I didn't have any on at the time) He gave me an odd look and then proceded to ask me if I would donate money to "his cause". I declined, saying "I am going on vacation and want to save as much money as I can". lol Then he went out the back door and across the parking lot and disappeared.

Back on 79, we then took 64 west and arrived in Kentucky. We stopped again for a bathroom break and upon leaving the building, a guy said to me, "Could you please give me some money for me and my kids?" I just rolled my eyes at him and threw up my arm and said, "You probably have more money than I do!"  and walked away. I must have looked rich! lol

We arrived in Nashville after 4pm and when we went to check in, they didn't have record of us staying! I didn't have a confirmation number, just a confirmation paper that we had paid and what nights we were staying.

Me with hundreds of business cards
After the girl made a few phone calls and talked to the manager, we had a room. What had happened was we had paid the company, but payment somehow did not go to the hotel! We were then pressed for time as we had Grand Ole Opry tickets and were very hungry. As tradition has it, we ate at one of our favorite places, Cock of the Walk restaurant. The menu had changed somewhat since the last time we were there in 2006. It now included steaks, I was tempted but had to have the catfish that it is known for. Our waitress was great and very friendly. She dropped our cornbread the 1st time she flipped it but then caught the 2nd one. The pickled onions tasted as good as I remembered, so delicious! We got our pictures in the huge chair and each year it gets harder and harder to get in and out of! lol

We were then off to the Grand Ole Opry where we had pretty close seats to the right of the stage.

in the biggest chair I have ever seen in my life!
Some of the performers were Mark Wills, Crystal Gale (yes she still has the LONG hair to the floor), Little Jimmy Dickens, the Opry Square Dancers and Patty Loveless. There were others, but those were the bigger name ones.

After the show, we found a place to watch my beloved Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup finals at the Opry Mills mall. This was the game they lost very badly and we ended up at Dave & Buster's, the now made famous by Steve McNair's mistress's workplace.

euphemy says:
Thanks Shane, but I think the former Penn State qb is Under rated. ;)
Posted on: Jul 09, 2009
mr_shanet says:
as soon as i have time i will read your story of visiting the hillbilly music place and seeing the over rated former penn state quarterback ;) haha just had to tease u a bit first my friend :)
Posted on: Jul 08, 2009
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Mark Wills at the Grand Ole Opry
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