Things They Don’t Tell You About Nashville Before You Move Here

After four months in Nashville, it’s clear that my move here was a great idea.

Beyond the stuff I can say about my work, Nashville has surprised me in more ways than I can count. The only thing that I really wish I could have had before I moved here was a little more information about adjusting to life here in Music City, USA.

In an attempt to rectify that, I have tried my hand at listing out a few:

  • Before you get the inclination to go shopping, realize that only tourists wear cowboy hats on Broadway.
  • At most bars, if you order anything else other than a beer or a vodka/whiskey/rum cocktail you’ve probably already given away where you’re from.
  • The weather is completely ADD…one day its warm, the next you are chipping ice-sickles off your truck. Pack accordingly.
  • Parking downtown will cost you an arm and a leg so take cabs if you can.
  • Don’t worry about re-discovering your southern roots, in a town like this they’ll find you when they’re good and ready.

I could go on for some time but you get the idea. Anyone care to add anything?

9 Comments so far

  1. Mike Sigers (unregistered) on December 4th, 2007 @ 7:58 am

    Always remember to send someone WAY ahead of time, or you’ll be standing and waiting in line forever at Demo’s.

  2. Lu (unregistered) on December 4th, 2007 @ 10:59 am

    For those Angelenos who get frustrated sitting in the typical Nashville traffic (no, it’s not as bad as LA, but it’s still pretty bad), and decide to pull the normal LA side-street-bypass thing, be prepared for an adventure. Most streets don’t lead where you think they ought (Nashville is not built on a grid) and you may end up hell-and-gone from where you intended to/thought you would be.

  3. Andrew (unregistered) on December 4th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    To add to your weather comment: Bring an umbrella. The long, gray, rainy winter can be miserable.

  4. gavin (unregistered) on December 4th, 2007 @ 2:30 pm

    for the record.. the tacky confederate horseman statue on i-65 is the effect of someone being really pissed off. nothing historic there

  5. Jared (unregistered) on December 4th, 2007 @ 4:32 pm

    Two things…

    1) LU – Amen, I had to discover the hard way that Woodlawn Drive and Woodlawn Blvd. are two roads that take you very different places.

    2) Gavin – in that case, care to explain the naked people on Demonbruin Circle?

  6. Jay (unregistered) on December 4th, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

    If you’re trying to get to OHB, just keep driving. You’re bound to run into one of them eventually.

  7. Chuck Bryant (unregistered) on December 4th, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

    If someone tells you, “It’s at Old Hickory and the Interstate”, they’re making a joke at your expense (or testing your knowledge of Nashville).

  8. Demetrie (unregistered) on December 11th, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

    Good info except on downtown parking. I’ve lived here since 1993 and rarely, if ever, pay to park downtown. There are hundreds of parking spaces downtown with meters that only run until 6:00PM. Just drive around, find a spot, and walk a few blocks. In the day, just park in the library parking structure and have your ticket validated in the library on your way out. And you can also park free all day at the Titans stadium and catch the free parking shuttle to downtown, or simlply walk over the pedestrian bridge. Don’t buy into the no parking downtown hype.

  9. Patrick (unregistered) on December 15th, 2007 @ 11:16 am

    Driving to Nashville for the Airport is swift , great highway system a+ . However once you drive past the aka ” Bat Cave ” building – Bell South the trafic is truly bad. More so then New York City . Plenty of roads and ramps , God help you if your driving at the height of work hour or don’t know the area that well. Even with a G.P.S. SYSTEM the roads and the like are all changing in some spots. Never drive with out a full tank and a cell phone. Nashville is much like New York and a wonderful place to visit . Most people opt to live outside in the suburb area and traavel Fifty miles each way . Nashville and the state are so ahead of the other states as far as timley improvements and building. Yes, we see people like myself all over wearing cowboy hats mostly in the fall and winter, as those from Texas. So adding culture or style is fun. Love the state and no snow. And I have lived here for Three years so far. And remmber speed limits vary a lot even on the same roads. Plently of history and community values about. Good by New York !

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