You’ve been planning to visit Nashville for a while now and finally set a date for the trip. You’ve been busy checking off boxes on your bucket list and are ready to make the most of the time off. You’re not one to waste any precious vacation time, so you make a plan and map out an itinerary. The last thing you want to do is to arrive at the airport only to discover that your flight was canceled. This is why you booked the car rental a few days in advance.
Once you land, you’re faced with a hustle and bustle of the airport. You want to get to your rental car as soon as possible, so you skip the line and board the next flight to your next destination. A few hours go by and finally you make it to your hotel’s parking lot. You’re relieved to find a space right next to the valet and hop out of the car. You’re tired and dusty from the long flight, but can’t wait to check in and refresh yourself.
It’s been a while since your last trip to Nashville and you’ve been desperately missing the city’s music scene. You’ve been listening to country music from back home and cannot help but imitate the singers’ accents. You order dinner and take a sip from a freshly refilled Budweiser (you’ve been craving a cold one all day). You decide to head to the Hard Rock Cafe for an early dinner, so you can get a good seat for the show.
Nashville Gets Its Own Street Sign
Nashville gets its own street sign not far from the airport. You can find this sign standing alone on a median strip inside the city. The median strip was originally meant to be a landscaped area separating the roadways. But instead of being used for a lush green area, it’s now home to this singular piece of street art.
You’re not familiar with the work of Shepard Fairey. He’s most well known for his iconic ‘HOPE’ poster, which was designed to encourage people to vote in the midterm elections in 2010. Since then, Fairey has designed several other posters and stickers for political causes. You’re reading this article on his website, which promotes his new campaign to reduce single-use plastic.
Back to the median strip. You pass by it every day on your way to work, but never gave it a second thought. One day, you decide to stop by for a few seconds and catch a glimpse of the legend that is Shepard Fairey.
You spend a few seconds looking at the artwork and then rush by. You can’t help but think that one day you’ll return and visit the sculpture in person.
A Few Minutes With… James Durbin
You’re looking to freshen up after your long flight and need a break from the bustle of the airport. You decide to head to the nearby Sheraton Gateway Hotel & Spa for a soak in the hotel’s jacuzzi. You order a drink and scan the room for someone you know. You see a guy in swim trunks walking towards you and make your way over to him. You flash your security badge and identify yourself as a law enforcement officer. You ask the guy if he’s traveling alone and he replies that he is.
You want to help this guy out and ask him to accompany you to the police station. You tell him that there’s a police review board meeting in progress and you need someone to vouch for you. You invite him to come along and observe the process as an honorary officer. He agrees and takes out his phone to record the event. You walk over to the nearby bar to get some coffee and he orders a drink. You ask the bartender to look after your guest and head back to the police station. There, you introduce your friend to the team and tell them that he’s willing to testify on your behalf. They accept his offer and let you go with a warning.
You get back in the car and start the long drive towards your hotel. You’re exhausted from a long day and anxious to get a good night’s sleep. You make a quick stop at a Walgreens to pick up some pain medication. You don’t use these drugs often, but when you do, they help take the edge off. You arrive at your hotel and check in. You lie down in your bed and try to relax. You feel guilty that you haven’t read any new books or seen any new movies. The week has passed by in a flash and you still haven’t carved out enough time for yourself. You were supposed to meet a friend for dinner, but she canceled at the last minute. You’re annoyed and tell your friend that you cannot make it today because you have to work. He reminds you that on Saturdays, you always have free time and no work obligations. You reply that this is a special request and you don’t feel right about it. You feel better and decide to go for lunch with him the next day. You argue about the issue for a while and finally he agrees to let you meet a friend. You feel relieved and happy that you were able to resolve the conflict. The following week, you meet up with your friend and have lunch.
You want to meet the team and get a feel for the city. You’ve been to Nashville once before for a college graduation party and had the time of your life. You want to make this trip memorable and visit places and people you’ve heard about. You make a list of places you want to see and the people you want to meet. You’ve booked a tour of the country music headquarters, but you’re not sure if you’ll be able to make it through the entire tour. You have one day to spare and decide to make the most of it. You want to see the Grand Ole Opry, meet some of the artists, and eat some good food. The following list is just a small fraction of the places and people you want to see:
- Opryland Hotel
- The Ryman Auditorium
- Grand Ole Opry
- Jack’s Bar-B-Que
- Denny’s Bar-B-Que
- Lower Broadway
- Budweiser Country
- Bluegrass Brewing Company
- Jack’s Bar-B-Que
The more you think about it, the more you want to do. You start making more elaborate plans and dreaming about what might be possible. There’s a reason why Nashville is called the “Music City’. You are finally going to live out your dream and visit all the places you’ve ever wanted to see.
You want to rent a luxury car, so you can switch off the engine and cruise the streets in silence. You want to find the best restaurants, have the best drinks, and make the most of your time in the city. You want to spend the night at the airport hotel, which is less than a mile from the airport. You want to get a good night’s sleep and catch the next flight in the morning. You tell your wife about your plans and she encourages you. She thinks it’s a great idea and wants to be part of the adventure.
Welcome To Nashville
The next day, you wake up and shower. You’re meeting some friends for lunch, so you rush through your quick morning routine. You dress and grab your bag, which is already packed. You head to the airport and meet your friends. You order food and drinks and head to the gate. You’re already starting to feel the effects of the long flight, but you tell yourself that it’s going to be worth it. Your friends want to eat and drink in the airport, so you delay the flight for a while and let them indulge in the in-flight meal. You get to your connecting flight and finish your drink. You head to the gate and discover that you’re running late. You apologize and make your way to the aircraft. You spend the flight pondering whether or not you should visit all these famous places. You finally decide that you have to see as much as you can and don’t want to miss a single moment. You land and enjoy the ride to your hotel. You drop your friend off and make your way to the other side of the airport. You stop at the Sheraton and check in. You run into an old friend who’s also in town for a visit. You decide to catch up and have dinner. You order food and drinks and enjoy the time with your friend. You both go our separate ways and head to our respective hotels.