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