Monday, September 29, 2008

There Is No Stopping Me

I found this charming patio at The Standard restaurant on 8th Avenue North next to the Baptist Sunday School Board building. I would love to have lunch at this darling establishment. If any of you have eaten there let me know what you think of their menu.

Click on the photo below to see the message on the bench.

Obviously this is the Berger Building. It is also on 8th Avenue North across the street from the BSSB building. I do not know anything about this building other than it has been on the National Historic Registry since 1984.

This metal plate is on the back steps of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

I'm not sure why this doorway caught my attention as I passed it by. It is to a club on 4th Avenue called Embers. I will not describe the putrid conglomeration of odors that assaulted me as I paused to snap this shot.

At first glance this may look like metal bars over a window. Actually this is an inverted plastic crate I saw inside The Arcade.

The Arcade. For those not in Nashville, The Arcade is an enclosed alley that runs between 4th and 5th Avenues downtown.
I promise this is the end for a while. Thanks for putting up with my little obsession.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Great Quotes

I realize these are familiar but I like them. Besides, I think they are worth repeating.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."...Will Rogers

"You can't hold a man down without staying down with him."...Booker T. Washington

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."...Harry S.

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."...Margaret Thatcher

Monday, September 22, 2008

A little more of Nashville

So I think I may need a 12 step program. I am loving this. Taking photos is something I have always enjoyed. If I ever get any training and fab equipment watch out! Here are some shots I took this morning before work. Let's start with a couple of Cummins Station.

This is the back of Union Station as seen from Cummins Station. You can tell by the clock that I took this photo around 6:45 this morning.

The Hard Rock Cafe Gift Shop.

On the corner of 2nd & Broad. What an appropriate shot for the first day of Fall.

Another shot of 2nd & Broad.

2nd Avenue

The Customs House on Broadway opened its doors in 1882 and was home to the Post Office, US Treasury Department, and Justice Department.

The cornerstone was laid September 19, 1877 by President Rutherford B. Hayes.

I adore the character and detail seen here. How sad that it is so lacking from modern architecture.

The Customs House Tower. I think the tweaking I did to this shot gives it a vintage postcard look.

Hume Fogg Magnet School across from The Customs House.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

More Fun With Photos

Ready for round two of Photo Fest? Let's start out on Union Street.

Next stop, Merchant's Restaurant & Grill.

Now on to Christ Church Cathedral on 9th & Broadway.

This fantastic hydrant is on the corner of 9th & Broadway next to the church. Don't you just love its character!

This pole and rusty chain are located on the back alley of the church. It caught our attention with it's amazing color.

Another angle of the chain.

I hope you are enjoying the photos. If you like these pickings then you should visit Dee's blog to see her shots (when she decides to finally post them). She does an outstanding job. Dee's blog is called "This Is How I See It." Check her out at the link on the right.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Photo Fest

Saturday I went out with my friend Dee to shoot photos downtown. It was so much fun and has inspired me to go out again some morning to all the new places on my list. I also enjoyed the time with Dee getting to know her better. What a delightful activity on what is an emotionally dreadful anniversary for me. I hope you enjoy some of the photos over the next few days.

First stop, Marathon Motorworks...

Our next stop was LifeWay.

We found this in an alley across from the Southern Baptist Convention. I like the colors.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Salvaging Memories

Saturday night my mom called me. "Tauna, pray for Mama. The tornado sirens are going off and I'm in the bathtub. I'm alone and I'm scared."

I told her to get out of the bathtub because it is on an exterior wall and move to the hallway. Now Mama deserves a lot of credit because I knew she was indeed scared but she was very calm. Daddy works at night so he wasn't with her and she needed him. As we were talking someone beeped in on the line. It was Daddy calling to check on his sweetheart. He told Mama to listen for the sirens to give the "all clear" signal before leaving the hallway.

The next morning I got a voicemail from Daddy telling me that a tornado had hit Cabot and destroyed the storage facility where they have a rental unit. I called them just as they were waiting for the gate to open to begin the salvaging process. Daddy handed the phone to Mama so he could help a gentleman force the gate open to allow access to the anxious renters.

My sister Mary was on her way to help and she had reinforcements. My nephew Christopher was also in tow to lend a hand. It's such a blessing to have a strong, healthy 15 (and a half!) year old around when you have a lot of moving and hauling to do.

After seeing the photos from Mary's phone I was happy to learn they were able to find lots of pictures and paperwork. While most items were soaked several were able to be saved.

There was a damaged rocker, a broken table, and a chair that has yet to be found but all in all a good ending. No, scratch that. It was a great ending. My mom was safe, as was my sister's family, and no one had to spend the night in the bathtub.
God is good. All the time.
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