I did in fact end up driving to Nashville yesterday. The drive was going well until 40W split off 65S/40E. I'm not sure what kind of construction or accident was up ahead, but coming to a virtual standstill actually forced me off the interstate at a very convenient downtown exit for getting to The Flying Saucer. http://www.beerknurd.com/stores/nashville. I met Robbin and Scott Thomas who worked at Blue Cross with me, and we had fun dishing the dirt on some former co-workers and on Blue in general. Had some excellent beer. There was Murphy's stout on tap, which is very similar to Guinness, but I actually like it a bit better. I also had Stone IPA, which was the best IPA I've ever had (sorry Sierra Nevada) and something called Brooklyn Brown ale, which was a very nice nut brown ale. Robbin and Scott needed to head home to take care of their rabbit, while I stayed downtown to meet Mike and his family.
We met at Jack's BBQ near 4th and Broadway, which was about 6 blocks from where I was. I just walked, and I have to say, I've never seen so many street corner musicians in all my life. The food was good, and Mike and