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A Centennial, Celebrated in Sweaters
Dec 4 -
The day began with a drive through downtown Nashville, Country Music's ol' stomping grounds. We visited the Opryland
Hotel, which, in the event of a natural disaster, could easily seal itself off from the world until the air outside was
breathable again. We wandered up the block to the Grand Ole Opry, and grand it was. To close, we spent a good portion
of the afternoon at the Opry Mills, a grand ole mall right next to the Opry.
That was the day. I could expand, but I have something more important to discuss. I'd like to open the floor. The topic?
We noticed an abnormal number of Christmas sweaters during our meal at the Chili's in Opry Mills. My peppercorn burger
was complimented nicely by a Coke and hearty game of Count the Sweaters. I had never seen so many!
A brief count of the restaurant totalled 4 out of 9. The sprawling food court produced a healthy 1 in 5 ratio. Our table
which opened onto an entranceway gave us a prime vantage point to study this phenomenon, where two minutes was the longest
we went without seeing apparel adorned with candy canes, gingerbread men, holly, or (worst of all) kittens wearing santa
hats tangled up in garlands.
What is this phenomenon? Or should we call it an affliction? It seemed to predominantly strike white females over the
age of 50. We could see three possible causes for the surge in red sweater sales:
Geography: Perhaps this is always the situation around Christmas in the Southern states. We will continue to
These people don't know they're on a hidden camera.
Location: It may be that the classification of people who wear seasonal sweaters is simply a subset of those
that frequent the mall on a week day. Please let us know if this is true at your local malls.
Cultural: We've noticed a huge overlap between Country Music and Christmas. Could it be that the music dictates
the fashion? I am not a country music fan, and perhaps a Merle Haggart record played in reverse hides messages such as
"Buy a sweater with a cat, doodah doodah, one with a big ol' santa hat, etc..."
And another question... has this always been the case? Have we just never noticed this before, or is this a new fangled
fad for the fogeys and fuddy duddies? Are they gifts from grandchildren, or purchases for personal pleasure? Am I
using too many alliterations to make my point?
But we all know the real question on everybody's mind: What does that "no firearms beyond this point" picture have to do
Well, nothing. It's just damn funny.
Hip Hip Hooray! It's Day 100!|
...and we'd like to celebrate our century marker by proudly introducing our first FAN PAGE!
Remember Don Campbell? Maybe you do, maybe you
don't, but you should at least recognize that hat. That's the hat from our Washington D.C. contest on
Day 41. Don (a proud Canadian) was the winner of that contest,
and he's hit us with a doozy... He knew the American landmarks, but do you know the Canadian landmarks?
Test Your Knowledge Of Our
We've got mail...|
Dear Amy and Kevin,
I was wondering if you might do me a big favour in the state of
Tennessee. If you happen to go to Knoxville to see the life size
replica of the Greek Parthenon (and it is really worth it!) could you
take some photos for me. I went there once and then accidentally
reloaded the same film in my camera and overexposed Michelle's wedding
on top of Athena. The Athena statue is shockingly big, and quite
impressive. Anyway, if you do make it there, I would be most pleased if
you could send some photos. If you do not go to Knoxville that is OK.
I will go again myself some day. I am glad to see that you folks are
having such a good time.
- Wendy, Toronto ON
(Note: By the time we received this email, Knoxville was long gone, but we were sorry we missed it!)
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Montgomery Falls S.P.
Site 119. Kev's warm. Aim's cold. We spent the evening working on the site and figuring out which number would come up most often when rolling four dice using fourth dimensional mathematics.
|Both:||Apples & Cinnamon Oatmeal|
|K's Order:||Peppercorn Burger|
|A's Order:||Nachos & Queso|
|Attempt #1:|| Proscuitto Pasta|
|Failed!||Ran out of propane.|
|Attempt #2:|| Bagel & Cheese|
|Failed!||Cream cheese bad.|
|Attempt #3:|| Oatmeal.|