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Groundhog Day Roundup!

GroundhogstockpicsOnce again, it is time for us to turn our heads towards the earth to seek advice from that all-knowing weather man; the groundhog. Like consultants, there are plenty of them out there. Also like consultants, all of them are willing to give you their opinion wether you like it or not.

The question is, who do you believe?

By far, the most famous of these prognosticators is Punxsutawney Phil from Gobbler’s Knob, PA. His prediction this year is that we are in for six more weeks of winter. Then again, he is from Pennsylvania so let’s seek another opinion.

Unfortunately the local Nashville groundhog, Lil, died on January 17th. That leaves Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, the typical source for Nashville’s groundhog prediction, without a mid-Tennesee indicator.

That leaves us with my favorite groundhog predictor of all time: General Beauregard Lee, Ph.D., the official groundhog of the Yellow River Game Ranch in Atlanta, GA. Beau wakes up every Groundhog Day to a plateful of Waffle House hash-browns (scattered, smothered and covered, of course!) and has been slightly more accurate than Phil. (Don’t ask me for supporting data, the journal article I found on the subject was bias and excluded multiple rodent indicators.)

Anyway, Beau says we’re getting an early spring and judging by the weather today, I believe him. If you need more proof that Beau is the man, 80% of the general groundhog population agrees with him this year, leaving Phil in the minority.

Happy Groundhog Day, everyone!

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For a great cut, think Clark & Co.

Clark & Co Hair & Nail Design

4004 Hillsboro Pike

Nashville, TN 37215

(615) 269-5599

The last couple of weeks haven’t given me time for much, but what time I have had to explore the city has been spent on finding a decent place to get a hair cut.

At first I looked into, and even tried some of the more popular salons in and around the West End. Ultimately though, I was unable to find a place that could match its stylists skill to the zeal in which they selected their decor. That is, until someone tipped me off about Clark & Co.

Situated in a non-descript retail strip across from Green Hills Mall, Clark & Co, sports a modern but understated interior and a staff that is both friendly and skilled. On a recommendation, I booked an appointment with Brian and I have to say it’s probably the best decision I have made in some time.

He sat me down, immediately assessed what needed to be done and confidently gave recommendations based on the look I was trying to achieve. Having my hair done by the same guy in DC for 5 years, it’s tough to articulate the exact details that I wanted. Lucky for me, Brian honestly knows how to match hairstyle to personality and beyond giving me some great insight into Nashville culture, worked his magic as if I had been going to him forever.

I have to say that it was a bit pricey ($45 for a men’s cut) but it was worth every penny. Ultimately, Clark & Co. is the kind of place that knows its good and doesn’t need half a dozen flat-panel televisions and a waterfall out front to prove it.

Brian is great but so, I am told, are the rest of the stylists there. I highly recommend giving them a call (you’ll probably talk to Fran who is great and will be more than glad to set you up with an appointment) and seeing the difference, yourself.

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L’shanah Tovah: For a Good Year!

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Last night I was able to spring myself from my coursework to attend Erev Rosh Hashanah services at The Temple.

Rosh Hashanah represents the beginning of the Jewish New Year and the start of a 10-day period leading up to Yom Kippur. Typically, this means I have 10-days to ask forgiveness from the people I believe I made have wronged.

Given that I am in a new city and a new situation, I haven’t gotten that many chances to wrong people yet, save for the poor souls that read all of my blogs on a regular basis. However, to all Nashvillians, regardless of your particular religious beliefs; I wish you all well; “L’shanah Tova,” For a Good Year!

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An Old Saw That Cuts True

You know that hackneyed complaint that all the street names in Nashville change arbitrarily depending on what part of town you’re in or what river or creek you just crossed? We long-time Nashvillagers just deal with it and accept that Hwy70/Harding/West End/Broadway/Main Street is usually busy at rush hour and that Old Hickory Blvd. has two exits on three different interstates.

But even I have to admit that this one threw me for a loop.

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Islamabad

Just a quick heads’ up that if you’re not following the Islamabad Metblog, you should be — they are doing a great job of covering the chaos there, and we wish them all well.

Walkins Welcome

Walkins Welcome

I would make this a “Name This Place” post, but I think it’s too tough.. Unless someone wants to surprise me?

Name the Place

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Identify the home of this cute little guy.

MTA speed demons

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I am just gonna throw this out there: Nashville’s MTA buses drive way too fast, and way too poorly. Hell, Newton got hit by a bus this week. Sure, accidents happen. But I’ve seen the buses flying down 1st avenue between Broadway and Demonbreun, and there’s no way they’re going the speed limit. I shudder to think what would happen if a car or a person got in their way. This is especially relevant, now, given the increased level of pedestrian traffic around the new train station.

Thoughts? Am I crazy? Is it just that one stretch of road I’m biased by?

The greening of Nashville

Didja see the article in the Tennessean about the green roof on the Westview condo building?

The roof of the downtown condominium building is eight stories up. But its 6,000 square feet are covered with plants, bushes and trees, all growing in a lightweight aggregate material.

Oddly, I was just talking about green roofing with my neighbor, a developer associated with projects such as the Werthan Lofts.

Even more oddly, we were also talking about the ways in which Nashville takes lessons from other cities, notably Portland, OR, and Chicago — both cities in which I’ve lived — and the ways in which it sometimes falls short of executing based on those lessons. (Such as with the new public square, which is, outside of the “green roof” effect of the parking garage, a development I respect for what it accomplished, but am underwhelmed by in other respects.) Anyway, the article also states:

Portland, Ore., was the first American city to embrace green roofs, but Chicago “pushed harder,” Berghage said.

The Portland-Nashville connection has been mentioned in the media a number of times in the past few years, most notably with the addition of Tom Turner, formerly of the Portland Business Alliance, to the Nashville Downtown Partnership, but also in other, more subtle ways, such as the LunchLINE trolley as a baby’s first step version of Portland’s Fareless Square.

Every little bit helps. I know it’s not everyone’s top priority, but improving the way we approach ecology in Nashville should have a positive impact on the quality of life of the community as a whole, not to mention the world at large.

If you think a green roof may be for you, here’s an overview that may be useful.

Name the Place

You guys think you’re so tough, instantly guessing every single one. Try this on for size:

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UPDATE: Okay, I’ve strung it out long enough. This is a broad wall in Banker’s Alley in downtown Nashville. Banker’s Alley is the alley that runs east-west and runs into printer’s alley.

Good, now that we’ve established what qualifies as pointlessly difficult to identify I can start moving back the other direction.

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