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I'll throw a sleeping bag next to the creek, Cooter.

When Doris and I came through Nashville (the Athens of the South), instead of visiting the Grand Ole Opry, we went to the Parthenon:

The Parthenon in Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. It was designed by Confederate veteran William Crawford Smith and built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.

Today the Parthenon, which functions as an art museum, stands as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, a large public park just west of downtown Nashville. Alan LeQuire's 1990 re-creation of the Athena Parthenos statue is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The statue of Athena Parthenos within is a reconstruction of the long-lost original to careful scholarly standards: she is cuirassed and helmeted, carries a shield on her left arm and a small 6-foot-high (1.8 m) statue of Nike (Victory) in her right palm, and stands 42 feet (13 m) high, gilt with more than 8 pounds (3.6 kg) of gold leaf; an equally colossal serpent rears its head between her and her shield. Since the building is complete and its decorations were polychromed (painted in colors) as close to the presumed original as possible, this replica of the original Parthenon in Athens serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the naos (the east room of the main hall) are direct casts of the original sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon, dating back to 438 BC. The surviving originals are housed in the British Museum in London and at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.

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I was eager to see the replicas of the Elgin Marbles. At the time they were in a basement room, in disarray, not have yet been arrayed in the place where they would be displayed. Looking at the humble, I couldn't imagine why Greece was in such a snit to get the originals back from the British Museum.
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My trip to Paris Landing was kind of harrowing. I had made travel arrangements for Mom and my youngest brother, and we were flying into Nashville from Philly, with a layover in Detroit.

First, our connecting flight out of Detroit was delayed by a few hours because of a mechanical problem.

Then, after we had landed in Nashville, picked up our baggage and gotten the rental car, we headed out onto the interstate, and right into a severe storm. By this time, the sun had already set so it was dark. I was on I-40 going about 35 MPH because of the nearly nonexistent visibility. So was everybody else.

If I hadn’t been so tired by this time and so eager to get to our destination to crawl into bed, I would have turned back to turn in the rental car for an exchange, because I was sensing that it had an alignment problem.

I was glad not to have known while I was driving that there was a tornado in the vicinity.

We got off of I-40 and onto US 641, and eventually were stopped by a state police roadblock. I thought it might be a sobriety checkpoint - out in the middle of nowhere - but later found out that they were looking for a convicted rapist who had escaped from a nearby prison.
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Good luck with the Homeowners' Association stuff, Birdz. I personally wouldn't buy a home where one was involved. Just too many horror stories involving them out there.



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It's not Birdz who is involved with homeowners' association stuff.



I don't blame you for wanting to stay away from a place that has a homeowners' association, Cooter. When you visited here you could plainly see how oppressive mine is. /snark

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Gracious, Birdz! It sounds like that trip was cursed!

Afternoon, everybody....

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I had only just started on my first cup of coffee when I made that [sign in to see URL].

There is lots of good fishing around Paris, TN and plenty of good catfish places. I still can remember going up there as a kid. I was born in Jackson, TN and lived there for about ten years.
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The South was rejecting you, Birdz. I hope it came to its senses in time for you to have a good time there later.
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!@#$. I’ve been summoned for jury duty.
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!@#$. I’ve been summoned for jury duty.



Oh, good heavens. Just what you need. /sarcasm

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I know it’s my civic duty, yada yada, but I’ve already done it four times. It’s like being back in school again, where someone is telling you what to do and when to do it. Even when you may go to the bathroom.

The summons date is Nov 20. I don’t turn 70 till Jan 13, at which time I could have asked to be excused based on age.
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In Washington State the magic age is 75, when you can ask to be excused without having to provide a reason.

This year I got a jury summons for a date that was one month before I turned 75.

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The excuse level here is sixty-five.
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75 in Indiana, too.

Birdz, do you still have any medical restrictions from your surgery? Have to have your leg up for a number of hours a day, or anything like that? If you, you might have a medical excuse.

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’Fraid not, Lis. Even if I did, that would only get me a reschedule, not getting excused.

I really do feel that, after having served as many times as I have, I’ve done my part. If they summon me after I turn 70, I WILL invoke my right to ask to be excused based on age.
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Ah, well.... I've only actually served once. I was called another time, but they filled the jury before they got to my number. Maybe you'll be a late pick, too.

And I agree. Four trials is a lot of service. Thanks for doing that.

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I was able to take an exemption as an attorney but I never did.
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We teachers were expendable. *G*

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I'm excused because of my hearing. I might vote to convict the judge.
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Coffee, Tanya.

It's 47 and looks to be partly cloudy at this time and should get to around 70 and sunny as the day wears on.

As we approach another full moon I'm taking sleep aids before I go to bed instead of taking a sleeping pill after I've laid in bed awake for an hour and a half. Last night I took Melatonin and a Valerian root and slept nicely.

DD cooked last night. She did chicken wings, tater tots and fried okra that we had bought in a bag frozen. They weren't bad. I refuse to eat okra as a general rule, but I had tried it fried a few times and it's mostly been OK.

I'm thawing out shrimp to do a blackened shrimp pasta. We've found some gluten-free noodles that are pretty good.
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Good morning, all. We have 41F and fog, heading for a high of 56F. Wind is supposed to come in from the south this afternoon and whisk the fog away.

After the bed was removed from the spare room, I spent some time yesterday morning on the floor with the steam iron to get the dents in the carpet back up. I seem to have twisted my back in the process, and today it's telling me about it. Ugh.

Coffee, please, Tanya. Let's see if that helps.

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I wish the wind would start whisking. It's almost 9 and it looks like 7 out there.
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