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Popsicles, Art and Karaoke

Ivan and I left the house around 1 pm on March 26, 2010.  We drove to Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles.  I saw it as the #1 Nashville restaurant on Tripadvisor.  The popsicles are $2.50 each.  Ivan got the creamy chocolate banana while I got strawberry blueberry.

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It was really good!  The popsicles are made of real fruit.  There’s nothing artificial about these tasty popsicles!

Ivan drove us to the Farmer’s Market.  We stopped at the Jamaicaway restaurant for lunch.  Ivan had the jerk chicken while I had the chicken curry.  The food tasted great.  We walked around and bought a few things.

We went to the Frist Center Art Museum.  There was a kewl exhibit with kinetic sculptures by U-Ram Choe.  The metal sculptures actually moved.

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It was a small exhibit though.  I didn’t know that you’re not supposed to take pictures in the museum, but I took a few before they told me.  We saw the Heroes exhibit which has objects related to Myths of Greece.  Then, we went to Artquest.  It’s for kids, but we enjoyed it a lot.  You can draw pictures in there, make your own video and make a vase out of charcoal.

We stopped by Las Paletas.  We bought popsicles for Chris, Kristina, their kids and us.  We drove back to the house.

We chilled at the house.  We were all a bit tired.

Kristina drove Chris, me and Ivan to dinner around 9:50 pm.  We went to Suzy Wong’s House of Yum.  You can get shared plates, salads and bowls.  We got edamame, spicy tuna roll, chicken katsu bites and potato & tofu bites to start off with.  The food was delicious!  The spicy tuna roll wasn’t actually a roll, it was in a seaweed cone.  The chicken katsu bites came with two great sauces.  We decided to get Chicken Penang Curry bowl with brown rice.  The chicken penang was awesome.  We had a great meal.

Kristina drove us to The Corner Bar.  It was time for karaoke.  Kristina and Chris are regulars at this karaoke bar.  We met a few of their friends.  We all wrote down a few songs to sing.  We gave it to the karaoke host.  Kristina sang Spiderwebs by No Doubt.  She’s an awesome singer and she makes actions while she sings that match the song.  Ivan and I sang How Much is that Doggy in the Window?  I made doggy barks throughout the song.  It was really funny.  Chris sang Roadside Blues by The Doors.  He’s an awesome singer as well.

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Chris, Tavius and their friends doing the YMCA

Ivan and I sang YMCA.  The karaoke host turned down Ivan’s microphone for no reason.  What a jerk!  He did it a couple times when we were both singing.  He’s not a good karaoke host.

We also sang 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton.

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Grabbing Ivan's fake boobs

Ivan stuffed his jumper in his shirt to make it look like he had boobs.

We had a fun time singing karaoke with Chris, Kristina and their friends.

Kristina drove everybody to Waffle House.  We met their two friends there.  I can only remember the guy’s name which was Tavius.  I can’t recall his girlfriend’s name.  She was so cute though.  Ivan and I shared the hash browns with onions and mushrooms.  We each had a waffle.  The food was really good.  We arrived back at the house around 4 am.

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Hockey Game

Ivan and I were up around 11 am on March 25, 2010.  Chris drove us to meet Kristina at Couva Calypso Cafe for lunch.

We sat down and ordered food.  Ivan and I shared the black bean dip and half of a rotisserie chicken with Jamaican curried sauce.  The chicken dish came with sweet potatoes and coleslaw.  The chicken was very tasty!

We chilled at the house and used the internet.  The kids came back from school.

We got ready for the hockey game.  Chris let Ivan wear his old Predator’s jersey.  Kristina got free tickets for the Predators game.  Chris drove us all to the hockey game.  It started raining really hard while we were driving towards the arena.

Ivan wanted a Gnash sign – it’s a sign with the mascot and a pom-pom attached to it.  It was stupidly only for kids 5 and under.  Ivan went back later and said that his kid lost his sign and was now crying.  So, he asked if he could have two more signs.  The person asked where was his kid.  He said he was upstairs.  The person did give him the signs.

The game was the Nashville Predators versus the Phoenix Coyotes.  We had good seats.  It’s really fun being in the audience cheering your team on.  Ivan and I got tasty chicken noodles bowls for dinner.

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The game was exciting.  We liked waving around our Gnash signs.  A guy kept yelling Let’s Go Phoenix.  But, I thought he was saying Let’s Go Penis.  We thought it was really funny.  The game was tied, so it went into overtime.  Nobody scored in overtime, so it went to a shootout.  The Predators won the shootout, winning the game 4 to 3.

Kristina thought we should go honky tonkying on Broadway.  We met up with Julio, a couchsurfer from Florida.  Julio asked me to hold a shot glass for him so he wouldn’t lose it.  I put the shot glass in my purse.  Our first stop was the very crowded bar Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.  We just walked through there.  It was too crowded to stay.

Our next stop was Robert’s Western World.

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There was a band playing there.  We grabbed a table in the back.  But, it was right by the bathroom, so it smelled like piss.  We had a drink in there and then left for the next bar.

We walked across the street to Paradise Park.  It’s a trailer park themed bar.  There was fake green grass, a wrecked car and lawn chairs in the front.  It didn’t really have much theming to it in my opinion.

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The bar has a trailer park restaurant.  Ivan decided to get a grilled cheese sandwich for us to share.  It was alright – I thought they needed to melt the cheese more.  There was a band playing fast country.  We don’t like country music, but this band was pretty good.

Chris asked if we were ready to go and we said yes.  Chris had to work in the morning.  We said goodbye to Julio.  He was headed back to Florida in the morning.

Chris drove us back to their house.  I noticed that I still had the shot glass in my purse.  So, he did lose it after all.  But, we gained a shot glass.  So Thanks, Julio!  Chris said that Ivan could keep the Predators jersey.  How sweet!  We used the internet for awhile and then it was bed time.

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Music Tour and Nashville

Ivan and I woke up around 10 am on March 24, 2010.  We packed everything up. 

Ivan, Renaud and I left Gabe’s house around 10:30 am.  Gabe is a funny guy and fun to hang out with.  Renaud was also going to Nashville.  So, he would be joining us on our drive there.  Ivan and I wanted to check out the Peabody Ducks at the Peabody Hotel.  The ducks are led by the Duckmaster (a guy in a red suit) that takes them from their Penthouse on the roof and they come down in an elevator.  The ducks walk along the red carpet into the fountain in the lobby.  Unfortunately, we were like 2 minutes late, so we missed all that.  We saw the ducks swimming away in the fountain.  At 5 pm, the ducks are led by the Duckmaster up the elevator back to their Penthouse. 

We went up to the roof (floor S in the elevator).  We saw the Duck’s Penthouse there.  The view was nothing special.  You could see a lot of the Downtown buildings though.

We walked to McEwan’s for lunch.  Ivan saw that it was the #1 Memphis restaurant on Tripadvisor.  He also read online that it was a lot cheaper at lunch time.  Ivan and I shared the smoked trout salad which was really big and tasty.  We had the grilled yellowtail tuna dish and the special which was grilled shrimp with soba noodles.  The dishes are reasonably priced with the most expensive dish being $11.  We talked with Renaud.  It was a delicious meal.   

We walked to the Backbeat Tours ticket window.  Ivan had already booked the Memphis Mojo Tour.  Renaud bought a ticket.  Ivan picked up our tickets.  We had time to spare before the tour.  We checked out a souvenir shop and then sat down in a bar.

We got on the bus and grabbed some musical instruments on the way to our seats.  Ivan grabbed the drums while I got the tambourine.  Renaud got an egg shaker (a maraca but in an egg shape).

Our tour guide was a guy named Jake Fly.  He sang good.  He told us about music history and sang songs. 

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We got to play our instruments along with Jake.  It was lots of fun!  We saw lots of different places like WDIA radio station, the apartment where Elvis lived before Graceland, Sam Phillips Recording Service, Overton Park, the place where Dr. Martin Luther King was shot and Stax Records.  We made a stop at Sun Records.  It was time for a bathroom break.  You could also buy souvenirs there.  Sun Records is where Elvis recorded his songs for the first time.

Here’s a video of our tour guide singing:

I started driving to Nashville, Tennessee at 3:50 pm.  So far, we’ve driven 4,039 miles on our trip.  We did stop at Wal Mart.  I had to buy a memory card reader since my old one broke.  Ivan bought some food. 

We arrived in Nashville at 7:40 pm.  We dropped off Renaud near Fido’s.  He would be meeting the couchsurfer he was staying with there.  We said good bye to Renaud.

Ivan drove us to the couchsurfer’s house we’d be staying with.  It’s a family.  Kristina and Chris are the parents and they have three kids – twins (a boy and girl) and another boy – all about the same age.  The kids are so cute!  They gave us a tour of their lovely house.  The kids went to bed maybe 15 minutes later. 

We talked to Kristina and Chris for awhile.  They’re really funny and fun.  They love karaoke.  We said good night and went off to bed.

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