Monday, July 31, 2006

More Snakes hype

Since this is a respectable, family blog, I resisted posting pictures from this month's Maxim of Elsa Pataky, who stars in the upcoming epic, Snakes on a Plane.

Thankfully, I have my own blog where such things are posted....

Don't forget--August 19th is the day we go see the film....

The Middle Tennessee Vonage Revolution Has Begun

What are you waiting for? Check out my previous post on ditching BellSouth and switching to Vonage. John, I got all the info I could find for you on your questions.

See who else has made the switch.

Thinking of switching? Email me at dailydiablogger at gmail.com.

Congrats Smyrna Travelers - State Champs and 3rd in World

While in karate last week, Mr. Shelton, a black belt in class, told me about his daughter's softball team taking 3rd in World and I thought this would be great to promote. What an accomplishment. So I wrote to the Smyrna Travelers for more information. Mike Salyers, the coach who was assisted by Mike Jones and Ernie Felts, sent me the full story:

We had 13 players on our team.

Rachel Salyers
Emily Jones
Stacie Culver
Caitlin Brady
Antoinette Jenkins
Taylor Felts
Jessica Shelton
Ladaisha Sanders
Shelby King
Abby Bolyard
Bella Handley
Courtney Steadman
Breann Gipson

We had a very successful season.

We won the NIT (National Invitational Tournament).
Due to this being a National Tournament this was a big win.

We won the Tennessee State Championship this year.
This victory speaks for itself.

We placed 3rd in the World Tournament which was held in Kissimmee FL.

We placed no worse than 2nd in any tournament we participated in other than the World Tournament.

Our final National Raking was 2nd in the country.

Please give these girls all the recognition you can because they deserve it. They are a great group of girls and played really well this year. I have been involved with the Smyrna Travelers for the past 3 years and this is the most successful season I have seen the Travelers have.

Without their hard work and dedication, none of this would have been accomplished. They made memories that will last a lifetime this year and will have stories they can share with their children and grandchildren.

Another group of people that contributed to our success are the parents of these players. It takes a lot of time and dedication to be a Traveler. We practiced 2 days per week and sometimes 3. With the exception of one Saturday, we played each weekend beginning May 20 and did not finish until July 22nd.

The weekend we did not play we had a fund raiser.

So as you can see, we spent a lot of time together and we all gained an extended family for the summer.
Great job girls and thank you, Mike!

Soap Update

I called into the Wingin' It Voicemail line Friday night to highlight our efforts to make Snakes on a Plane more interactive. I'm not sure of the recording schedule for the show right now (I know Michael and Evo are busy going to cons and having a life outside of podcasting in July), so I can't say for sure if or when the call might be featured (having not had a voice mail show for a few weeks, they may not be able to squeeze us in any time soon).

But I did send the voice mail and tried to keep it short, so keep your fingers crossed.

Also, I am going to get our podcast done at some point....I'd love to say I've been insanely busy saving the world or something, but really those Buffy season DVDs have been feeding my need to sit around, do nothing and enjoy the hotness that is Sarah Michelle Gellar.

August Challenge

For the past two years, I've issued the August Challenge to the blogging world. The challenge is this: during the month of August, you post about things that make you happiness or bring some happiness to your life.

I know, this goes against everything that blogging stands for in that we accentuate the positive instead of whining and griping about stuff. That said, I've found it a great excercise these past two years and so I figured I'd issue the challenge again (at the prodding of the August Challenge's number one fan, Prochein Amy).

So, if you're interested, all you have to do is start tomorrow and post something that makes you happy.

Anyone interested?

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Vonage: So Far, So Good

The switchover from Bell South to Vonage has gone remarkably smooth and without any noticeable differences. The only complaint that I have is in regards to having signed up for a 314 area code number. I signed up for this number so that my family in St. Louis could call me and it wouldn't cost them a cent. It was only $4.99 per month extra.

Yesterday I was checking my account and noticed that they had deducted an additonal $16. WTF... Turns out that there is an activation fee on that and while I did get an email notification it was sent out the same day of the deduction. This, in my opinion, is not cool. Otherwise, things are really great.

Thinking of switching to Vonage? Allow me to add you as a referral. You can earn free months with referrals. Email me by clicking on the email link above.

Rumor Has It

That Goody's is having a super sale. Lady across the street from me says that she bought school clothes for three kids for $100. I'm going to check it out today. I'm awfully proud of myself for having picked up clearance items here and there since last school year and saving for my son for this year. Most all his school clothes are already purchased. He has two nice wool sweaters and a groovy wool lined and flannel jacket that I got for $14 from Bass Pro shop months ago.

Well, I'm off to see if I can save any money. Wish me luck.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

I Totally Switched To Vonage

You betcha! I switched to Vonage and tonight I hooked up all the equipment BY MYSELF and made my first phone call.

It was a relief to press the red button on the phone and hear a dial tone and an even greater relief that Kathy T. was still up at 10 PM and not angry I called her. She was my first Vonage call. No delays, no static and I'll recoup the cost of the equipment in only two months. After that I'll have a savings of about 20/month. It would have been more had I not set up a phone number for the area code my family lives in so they could call me without incurring long distance charges. And I haven't even factored in the cost of making long distance calls!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

More on Buying A House in Rutherford County

I'd just like to say thanks to Kathy Tyson of Bob Parks Realty for all the help she has given me over the past couple months in my search for a house. When I was ready to throw in the towel she continued to seek out opportunities for me and even refused to write a contract for a house she felt was unacceptable. Hats off to her for all she has done and continues to do.

If you are looking for a real estate agent in Rutherford County, look no farther than to Kathy Tyson.

In the Search of Smyrna, TN

Here's another installment of "In the Search of Smyrna, TN".



In this installment we find that people are searching for "smyrna tennessee water park". I cannot (well I could but I won't) tell you how many people have been coming to this site because of the splash pad. The Gregory Mill Park Splash Pad has been wildly successful. In fact, our fellow contributor, Elizabeth of Harelipfrog, writes:
There has been a counter on the road going into the park and in the first two weeks of operation there have been 6,000 cars go into the park. This has definitely proved to be a popular item.
I might speculate that if Smyrna, TN were to entertain the thought of a water park it would be hugely popular only judging by the amount of searches this site has seen. Folks from other counties have driven here to visit the Gregory Mills Splash Pad and have this to say:

Last week we went to the water park in Smyrna. Sark was a little timid, but I think he had fun. I know he didn’t like the water guns. He thought it was great fun shooting everyone, but when another kid blasted him, he didn’t think it wasn’t so fun.

Greg

Congrats to the Big O for the Snakes On A Plane Recognition

The Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group is planning their next big get together in a movie theater. What self serving blogger could live the remainder of their days with their head held high without seeing Snakes on a Plane?

The blogger party to see Snakes on a Plane (SoaP) is scheduled for August 19th. It is on the cool calendar that you can subscribe to. Thanks to the Big O for setting the date. At the last Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting our member Christian came up with the absolutely fabulous idea of creating shout out phrases like you see in a Rocky Horror Picture Show movie - which I love...

Our friend, and technical director of the MTBPG, Big O posted on his site about the effort and actually got a HUGELY significant comment from Evo. You'll just have to trust me that it is fairly significant.

So, how many people are up for "Hey, that's Kool and the Gang?"

Mover For Hire

Greetings Folks...

Guess what? I've signed my name to a contract for a house. So this means that I will be looking for a mover. No, I'm not going to trouble my friends to help move so I will be hiring a mover. I would like to know about your experiences and who would you recommend or not recommend. Please let me know!

Your opinion counts and here at This Is Smyrna, TN you can speak up!

Smyrna Businesses With An Online Presence

Greetings folks, it is I, the mad Smyrna blogger...

Great news. With my new template I have the ability to create links to certain pages and list them at the top as buttons.

I'm planning on promoting local businesses with an online presence. If you have a website and you are a local business owner and would like to get listed, let me know by comment or click the email button at the top.

Kindest regards and happy reading.

Save Money When Shopping For School Clothes

Don't forget that a Sales Tax Holiday is coming up the weekend of August 4-6. You could save yourself a ton of money. Check out my previous post for all the specifics. Not only can you save money on clothing but computers as well.

For other back to school ideas you might hop over to our sister blog, LaVergne, TN.

Now, I most return to my regularly scheduled program.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Snakes On A Plane Shout Out Scripting


Ever been to see Rocky Horror Picture Show? Have you seen where the audience is fully engaged either acting or shouting phrases back to the big screen? During our last Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting we discussed going to see Snakes on a Plane on August 19th and how much fun it would be to script some phrases. Thanks Christian for the really groovy and fun idea. See, John... I do know how to have a little fun.

Anyway, please leave your feedback here. We will be announcing the theater and time very soon but it is looking like it will be the new Mt. Juliet theater that Kat Coble has wrote about.

So, let's begin the game, shall we?

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting Recap


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I'm recently back from Mothership BBQ in Berry Hill. I gotta tell you folks that Dr. Funkenswein is one handsome fella. And a vthe Mothership ery hard working one. His staff also takes a great deal of pride in their craft.

So, today we got to meet the cast of characters from Aunt B.'s Tiny Cat Pants. It was a real treat to meet the Butcher! Oh what they thought of the fuss we made over them, or I did, rather, I don't know.

I was pleased to see that Christian Grantham and Vince joined us. Them two fellas are so cute, too. And very bright. I enjoyed our conversation and am going to call upon some candidates off the Governor's ballot for our September meeting, Christian. Hope you can make it. Christian actually had dealings in the White House. Wow.

It was also a real treat to see the very adorable Kerry Woo. Thanks for hanging out with us. He's putting a list together of everyone he's dined with at the Mothership BBQ.

Michael of Mashby showed up with his gorgeous wife. Michael.... How'd you manage that? Just kidding. He showed me a really cool site developed with a free blogging tool called Vox. You might want to check it out if you are looking for a change.

Then there was Malia with whom I got to speak with very little but it was terrific to see her there.

John of Salem's Lots came out and hung out with us as well. In fact, he was still there when we were leaving. It was a delight to see you.

Both Gunner of No Quarters and Elizabeth of HarelipFrog were there. It was a pleasure to dine with them as well. I look forward to seeing you in karate class, Elizabeth. I'm glad you decided to come.

The Big O was crazy as ever. I tell you, he has got a wicked sense of humor. Rumor has it that he has a date tonight - so ladies, cry yourself to sleep for he may be off the market very soon.

No party would be complete with out Bad Bad Ivy. She's got a new blog that is by invitation so if you are interested in an invite, please email ivy@badbadivy.com. The site gives away prizes so you might win something.

And I have to save this one for last because of what all has happened to her lately. Kathy T. of the LaVergne, TN blog was there and boy did she have a story to tell. Check out the podcast when our technical director, Michael, gets it loaded. Apparently a lot of City government eyes are on the group community blog of LaVergne, TN. I'm so jealous.

I really missed seeing Kathryn Coble. I forgot to put earrings in this morning so maybe our rhythms were collectively off? Hope you're reading and know we sent you some love.

Rachel, you got a big shout out, too. What's a tank of gas and 12 hours outta your day, woman? Of course, I'm not serious. Missed you, though.

It was decided that our next meeting will skip the podcast in lieu of the Snakes on a Plane Blogger's Viewing Party. Christian came up with a great idea that we would all get together and come up with some shout out phrases. You know, like the Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you are interested in participating in the shout out phrase activity, post your shout out phrases on the Snakes on a Plane post.

When we decide on a location and time, we will post it. The date will be August 19th.

I'm going to upload my pics to flickr.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

David Gatchell, You're On Notice

Thanks to the hot mama, Bad Bad Ivy, for bringing this to my attention and suggesting this.

David Gatchell, hello... are you there? Yes, I'm talking to THE DAVID GATCHELL. You know the one. The one who is also known as "None of the Above". Still no clue? Check out this article on the Tennessean.

Anyway, David, I conduct a monthly Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting. We love having guests and have put out an open Invitation to anyone running for Governor to join us and get their message heard. We have a podcast that we will be recording. Blogging and podcasting are very viral mediums with a reach that is far and wide. Don't think I'm serious? We've already interviewed Marivuana Stout Leinhoff. Now we want you.

Drop me a line by comment or email me at dailydiablogger@gmail.com.

Yes, It's Night Out Against Crime But Does It Bring A Community Peace?

Well, back during the Fireworks celebration for the 4th I saw the sign up at the park for Night Out Against Crime and meant well to post about it but have found so many other great things to post about. But the time to post about it is at hand.

The delightful Kathy T. of the Lavergne, TN blog reminded me of this outstanding task I had on my agenda. I did a little hop, skip and a jump on over to the virtual land of LaVergne and read some of the comments on Kathy T.'s blog. Boy, howdy, some people just don't know how to be nice. Quite frankly, I'm jealous she's getting all the attention. Go on over and see what's happening for yourself.

Okay, now back to the matters at hand. Seems like there's going to be a little Night Out Against Crime on August 1st in the lovely town of Smyrna, TN. Kathy T. was fortunate enough to get information in her mailbox on it. Did anyone in Smyrna get this? I'm still waiting and anticipating.

Anywho, not to waste too much time on putting non facts on my BLOG... Mark your calendars:

"Give Drugs and Crime a Going Away Party"

Who: Smyrna Residents
What: Night Out against Crime/Drug Prevention
When: Tuesday, August 1st 5pm to 8:00pm
Where: Lee Victory Recreation Park

There will be ice cream, beverages, entertainment, crime prevention booths, children games and an opportunity to meet with local businesses and other residents of Smyrna as well as Town Officials and members of the Police Department.
Don't miss the annual softball game between the Smyrna Police and Fire Departments beginning at 7PM.

Sponsored by the Smyrna Citizens' Police Academy Alumni Association

Update on Analyce Guerra, Missing Smyrna Girl

I had the benefit of catching a glimpse of this earlier but did not have time to post before karate. WKRN is reporting that they are planning to drain Stewart's Creek in the search for the missing toddler, Analyce Guerra.

Analyce Guerra has been missing from the Meadow Woods Apartments in Smyrna, TN since April. If you have any information on the childs whereabouts please contact the Smyrna police department.

Please note that at the time of this post the link on the website to the story was not loading.

Snakes on a Plane blogger viewing party



I'm not at ComiCon and won't be attended the Snakes on a Plane panel there...but that still doesnt' mean we can't start to get excited about the movie here in middle Tennessee.

So, several people have expressed interest in getting a group together to check out this modern masterpiece of b-movies when it comes out. I figured it'd be a lot more fun to watch Samuel L Jackson take on an entire planeload of snakes with some friends in a full theater than to go alone.

So, if you're interested, mark the calendar now for Saturday, August 19th. That's opening weekend of Snakes on a Plane and we'll probably do some kind of matinee. Not sure which theater and when, so if you have a preference, let us know in the comments.

I will say I'm leaning toward the new theater in Mt Juliet that Kat Coble has blogged about in the past few weeks.

So, who's in?

Early voting now open

Early voting for the August 2nd primary has begun in Rutherford County.

In Smyrna, you can early vote at the fire station near Team Chevy on Lowery Street.

According to an article in the Rutherford Weekly section I got in the mail, the ballot is a long one and we've got new voting machines.

Get out and vote either now at early voting or on August 2nd.

If you don't vote, you lose your right to complain about the results...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

In Case You've Been Living Under A Rock: Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting

I've been very busy with blogging stuff, karate and work but it seems I never grow tired of talking about this meeting. In case you've been living under a rock the monthly Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting will be held Saturday, July 22nd at Mothership BBQ in Nashville . Please bring your appetite and money! Since the Mothership reportedly closes at 2:00 PM, which is the time at which we generally convene, the meeting will begin at 11:30 (ish). Look for the short fat chick in glasses with the Gateway laptop!

Mothership BBQ is located at:
2806 Columbine Place
Nashville, TN 37204
(615)269-7150

What is the purpose of our gathering? It has always been my goal to network with other bloggers, share knowledge about technology, tools and geekiness so-forth. Often times our discussions go into the political spectrum and on many occasions there are children afoot. In my opinion, one needs to create their own opportunities and that is what I am trying to do with this blog and with the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group. I'm all about bringing people together and creating opportunities.

There is a wide spectrum of things we drone on about so something for everyone. In case you didn't read or listen, the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group has also sent an open invitation to anyone running for Governor to join us at one of our meet ups. We've interviewed Marivuanna Stout Leinhoff and we hope that others will take us up on the offer to come out and speak. If interested, please let us know by way of comment or feel free to email me at dailydiablogger@gmail.com. What a tremendous opportunity to reach a community that is well connected and can help spread your message!

Since Dr. Funkenswein has to be sure to cook up enough meat, leave a comment if you're coming.

My newfound friend, Mashby, won't be able to make it as he is supposed to be Baton Rouge... We'll miss you! Bad Bad Ivy (who's blog address is what I don't know anymore) says she's going to be there. I know the Big O will be there as well as the delightful Gunner and the lovely lady E. of Harelipfrog. And your favorite microphone weilding fat chick in glasses will be present along with La Vergne's finest lady blogger and real estate agent, Kathy T.

So, shout out, please, if you will grace us with your presence. Hey, Kerry Woo, are you coming? Hopefully the lovely Kat won't space on us this time, either.

My New Template

What do you think? I've been at work on this for so long my seven year old said that my rear must really hurt. What's worse is that I have to get up at 6:00. You may find that some things don't work as expected. Leave me a comment and I'll work on it.

Something that was fairly unintened was the loss of the blogger banner. I am both fearful and in awe. Sound off. I'm delirious so peace.

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Join The Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group

Join the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcasters Group. Meetings are once per month and cover a range of topics. We'll be doing a podcast as well. Learn more by emailing me, M.

About Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group:

Founded by M. McManus in 2005.

What is the purpose of our gathering? It has always been my goal to network with other bloggers, share knowledge about technology, tools and geekiness so-forth. Often times our discussions go into the political spectrum and on many occasions there are children afoot. In my opinion, one needs to create their own opportunities and that is what I am trying to do with this blog and with the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group. I'm all about bringing people together and creating opportunities.

There is a wide spectrum of things we drone on about so something for everyone. In case you didn't read or listen, the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group has also sent an open invitation to anyone running for Governor to join us at one of our meet ups. We've interviewed Marivuanna Stout Leinhoff who ran for Governor in 2006 as well as previous years.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Fun With Google Calendar and Hob Knob at Mothership

Been playing around with Google Calendar. Did you notice? I'm going to be revamping the template over the course of the next few days.

I've added many things to the calendar. Most notibly the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting.

Be there or be square. Oh, and if you are going to be there, give us a shout out right here. It will be at Mothership BBQ and no self serving blogger dare miss an opportunity to hob knob with bloggers and podcasters at the Mothership. Word.

Podcast from Saturday

Two podcasts in a month! This must be some kind of new record!

The latest and greatest episode of I'm Just Like You, But I Have a Podcast. On this week's show you'll hear:

  • The perils of buying single game Titans tickets
  • A special edition of the middle Tennessese bloggers and podcasters group meeting at the Mothership BBQ because TN Girl is in town. Hear the story of TN Girl's puppy, the story of Gunner and Harelipfrog's first date, the story of Chip's TiVO and a surprise visit by Salem's Lots.
  • An conversation between myself and Sarah Hadley about series two of Doctor Who and her upcoming movie project.
All this, plus a few other surprises. Warning: This one runs long--just over an hour. Also, if you've not seen series two of Doctor Who, SPOILERS exists within the conversation with Sarah.

Also, don't forget that this Saturday is the regularily scheduled middle Tennessee bloggers and podcasters group meeting. The festivities kick off at 11:30 a.m. at the Mothership BBQ.

I must also apologize to my faithful listeners who were hoping for the Power Records Spider-Man: The Mark of the Man-Wolf in this podcast. I know I promised it last time, but the podcast got a bit full and we all know I don't heavily edit these things. I will include it on the next regular editition. (I hope!)

You can listen directly at this link.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

My visit to Frist

My wife and I took a trip to Nashville today to go to the farmer's market. I needed to check out some tomatoes and onions. Canning season is here and the desire to produce copious amounts of tomato byproducts is overwhelming.

On I-440 I saw a billboard for the Frist Museum and a show they have running. The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt. When I saw that I knew I had to go. I traveled once from Kansas City, Kansas to Memphis just for the Ramses Exhibit so this local one was a shoe in for me to visit.

The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt features the largest selection of antiquities ever loaned by Egypt for exhibition in North America. The exhibition includes over 107 magnificent works, ranging from monumental stone sculptures of Egyptian royalty and deities to such luxurious tomb furnishings as gold jewelry, ornate coffins, a model of the river ship of the pharaoh Amenhotep II, and a sarcophagus painted with scenes of the afterlife. Also on view will be a full-scale reconstruction of the tomb of Thutmose III, as well as an educational exhibition on the ancient practice of mummification, which will include both human and animal mummies.

From the earliest times, Egyptians believed in a tremendously rich afterlife and devoted significant worldly resources to the quest for immortality. Complex religious beliefs were developed to explain and achieve everlasting life. This exhibition focuses on the understanding of the afterlife among Egyptians living approximately 3,000 years ago, in the period of the New Kingdom (1550-1069 BCE) through the Late Period (664-332 BCE). This period marked the beginning of an era of great wealth, power, and stability. This time was also marked by a burst of cultural activity, much of which was devoted to the quest for eternal life.

On loan from the Egyptian government, objects in The Quest for Immortality are in the collections of The Egyptian Museum in Cairo, The Luxor Museum of Ancient Egypt, and the sites of Tanis and Deir el - Bahri.
All I have to say is the building is lovely. A fine example of true architecture that is not being produced today. The building alone is worth the trip. Sadly the exhibit was not in my view.

I enjoyed what I did see...through the crowds. The recording that they had people listen to were a part of the problem. You could punch in a number on an MP3 looking device and a recording would play describing certain items on note. The problem is that this had the habit of getting people that came in about the same time to group around certain items. Free flowing traffic for the most part, but the recording did create problems in certain areas.

I was also a bit disappointed in the descriptions on the signs of individual items. Brief descriptions, or Just a date and name. A missed opportunity to enlighten people on historical facts.

They trumpet the exhibit as one of the largest ever from the Egyptian museum, yet when I got to the end I left with a "Is that all there was?" feeling. I did not feel I received anything close to the 34$ we spent to get in.

Not all was bad. The short film near the center of the show is worth viewing, then a walk to the tomb replica so you can see how they viewed their afterlife. They also had some small gold items from tombs that were exquisite in their loveliness.

Upstairs from the egyptian exhibit is a show on famous pictures.
The Pulitzer Prize Photographs
Capture the Moment
The largest and most comprehensive display of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever exhibited in the United States, this exhibition features more than 120 images drawn from each year’s winning entries since the prize was established in 1941.

The Pulitzer Prize Photographs: Capture the Moment was developed by the Newseum, the interactive museum of news, in association with Business of Entertainment, Inc. NYC, Cyma Rubin Curator. The Newseum, which is moving to Washington, DC, is funded by The Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people.
This saved the trip as there were several breathtaking images.

Maybe it was the heat or the stars were lined up wrong, but my Frist trip was lacking.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting Next Weekend

The next Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting will be held next Saturday, July 22nd at Mothership BBQ in Nashville . Please bring your appetite and money! Since the Mothership reportedly closes at 2:00 PM, which is the time at which we generally convene, the meeting will begin at 11:30 (ish). Look for the short fat chick in glasses with the Gateway laptop!

Mothership BBQ is located at:
2806 Columbine Place
Nashville, TN 37204
(615)269-7150

What is the purpose of our gathering? It has always been my goal to network with other bloggers, share knowledge about technology, tools and geekiness so-forth. Often times our discussions go into the political spectrum and on many occasions there are children afoot. In my opinion, one needs to create their own opportunities and that is what I am trying to do with this blog and with the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group. I'm all about bringing people together and creating opportunities.

There is a wide spectrum of things we drone on about so something for everyone. In case you didn't read or listen, the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group has also sent an open invitation to anyone running for Governor to join us at one of our meet ups. We've interviewed Marivuanna Stout Leinhoff and we hope that others will take us up on the offer to come out and speak. If interested, please let us know by way of comment or feel free to email me at dailydiablogger@gmail.com. What a tremendous opportunity to reach a community that is well connected and can help spread your message!

Since Dr. Funkenswein has to be sure to cook up enough meat, leave a comment if you're coming.

Running For Governor But Can't Get Your Message Out? We Can Help!

Are you running for Governor but find that you can't get your message out? We can help you with that. The Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group meets monthly and generally try to have a special guest. We speak on a number of topics and conduct interviews and record each meeting as a podcast. A couple months ago we interview Marivuanna Stout Leinhoff who is running for Governor. This is a tremendous opportunity for you to get your message heard. This is a viral medium with significant reach. What do you have to lose?

The Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group has sends an open invitation to anyone running for Governor to join us at one of our meet ups. If interested, please let us know by way of comment or feel free to email me at dailydiablogger@gmail.com. Our next meeting is July 22nd.

Sales Tax Holiday Coming Soon

You may not be aware that a sales tax holiday weekend is coming soon. The weekend of August 4th you can purchase many back to school items free of sales tax.

The sales tax holiday begins on Friday, August 4th from 12:01 a.m. and end at 11:59 p.m. on Sudnay, August 6th. You will be able to get tax exemptions on certain clothing items, school supplies and even computers. Learn more about what qualifies by visiting the Tennessee Department of Revenue website.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Wayne Blair Running for Rutherford County School Board, District 4

In case you didn't know, early voting began today, July 14th and will last until July 29th. The election is August 3, 2006.

Wayne Blair is running for the Rutherford County School Board of District 4.

Mr. Blair is a karate instructor at for the Smyrna Martial Arts Academy which holds classes at the Smyrna Town Center three days a week. According to Mr. Blair's flier,

"I am who I am in large measure because of the quality education I received while attending Rutherford County Schools. Where children are involved we may only have one chance to get it right. The decisions we make today will have a continuing impace on all Rutherford County children."

He goes on to write:

If elected I will...

  • create a professional and cooperative environment with school board members and county commissioners.
  • demand consistent school zones with a socioeconomic balance.
  • research innovative designs that make the building of new facilities more cost efficient.
  • insist that safety in Rutherford County Schools is the top priority.
  • require that taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly.
I have...
  • lived in Rutherford County for 46 years.
  • served as a community representative to various school board committees for three different directors.
  • held the office of president for two local Rotary Clubs and three local Parent Teacher Organizations.
I am...
  • 52 years old.
  • a husband and a father.
  • the vice president of one of Rutherford County's oldest insurance firms, Raborn Insurance.
  • a member of the Smyrna Church of Christ.
  • a graduate of Smyrna High School.
  • the owner of Smyrna Martial Arts.
Ask me about Wayne Blair. He is my karate instructor.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Big Happy Birthday Wishes to Kathy T. Of LaVergne, TN

PLEASE GIVE MS. KATHY T. OF THE LAVERGNE, TN BLOG SOME HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE!

Kathy T. is a delightful friend who I have been blessed to make the acquaintance of. She is a mother of two children, a wife, blogger and real estate agent. Happy Birthday to you from your friends in Smyrna, TN.

Smyrna Martial Arts Makes Big Splash

Tonight was Smyrna Martial Arts' annual pool party and boy, did it make a big splash. Smyrna Martial Arts studies the traditional Korean Martial Art, Tang Soo Do. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the Smyrna Town Center. The cost is only $3.00 per class. No long term commitments or huge membership fees. There are two classes on every day with a special Tots class on Saturday mornings. On Tuesday and Thursday the beginner class is from 6:30-7:30 PM and the advanced is from 7:30-8:30 PM. The Tots class is held on Saturday from 9:00-10:00 with the beginner class from 10:00-11:00 and the advanced class from 11:00-12:00.

We are one big happy family in the Smyrna Martial Arts' DoJang. Come on out and watch or become a member.




































Weekend gun shows

This weekend if the desire grabs you take a bit of time and run over to the Bill Goodman's Gun & Knife Show. It will be held in Nashville this weekend.

Nashville, Tennessee

TN State Fairgrounds


Hours: 9-5 Sat, 9-4 Sun.

Admission: $7.00 Adults, 12 & under $1.00

8' Vendor tables are $50.00 each per weekend.
Getting there is pretty easy.
Directions: TN State Fairgrounds
From I-65 Exit Wedgewood Ave.
Proceed East 1 mile to Fairgrounds
From I-440 exit Nolensville Pike
Proceed North 1 mile to Fairgrounds
Fairgrounds Phone:(615) 862-8980
Now do not forget that Smyrna hosts it's own gunshow at the Old WalMart building.
Bob Pope's Gun Shows are the largest gun shows in the State of Tennessee. Bob has been in the gun business over 25 years. First, he was the owner of Gun World that opened in 1975, located in LaVergne, Tennessee. Throughout the '80s and '90s, Bob promoted the Nashville Gun Show, which was originally held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
Bob Pope's Nashville shows are held at the Tennessee Expo & Banquet Facility in Smyrna, Tennessee.
The next Bob Pope gun show is scheduled for August 25, 26, 27 and only costs at 8$ per person.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

In The Search of Smyrna, TN

I think I'll start a new subject category called "In the Search of Smyrna, TN". It will be all about searches regarding the town of Smyrna, TN that drove traffic to this site.

Today's "In The Search of Smyrna, TN":

Where to build a drive-in Theater in Smyrna, TN.

Okay. Now how many of you really enjoy going to a drive in? Really and truly, I very much enjoyed Movies in the Park. Which, by the way, the next Movies in the Park in this Friday. Make plans to be there. Bring your dinner or don't, there'll be food vendors there.

I know there are plans underway to build a theater in Smyrna, TN. Not exactly sure where, perhaps one of our darling readers can contribute that information. I really was thinking to myself the other day, however, that I really miss those low budget movie theaters from other towns that I lived in. You know the ones where you can see a movie for a buck or two?

So, now that you know someone is curious on this subject, what do you think about it?

One Red Paper Clip Traded For House

Wow, this fellow traded one red paper clip for a house. The idea was based on a game called Bigger and Better where you trade up. Some people are saying he is a slacker. I say he is brilliant. BL Ochman calls him a Home Owner.

It was only a few weeks ago that I began my home search. I find myself in much the same position and I thought, it would be a smashing idea to offer my blogging services to a home builder, who shall remain nameless due to the fact that I still consider the offer to be on the table, in return for a price break. I love the home designs and the concept of the neighborhood that this builder has planned and feel that I could be a great advocate for the community and for the company in general. So far, no bites.

Call me a slacker. I say I'm simply creating my own opportunity. Guess I should have gone for the brass ring and simply traded a red paper clip.

Ahem, the offer is still open. You know who you are.

Edit: The delightful Kathy T. of La Vergne, TN Blog has offered me beanies to trade up.

Edit Again: If I bought the house with the carpet that looks like wood would someone trade me for a large new house? Hey Kathy, I wonder if anyone would trade me for all those roaches at the other house.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Town meeting tonight

The city of Smyrna is having a town meeting tonight.

Next Town Council Meeting is: July 11, 2006 - 7:00 PM
My wife and I will be there to watch.

I noted on the agenda (pdf) that there is a "citizen comment s" listed. Her subject is on safety at the gold course. I will be glad to see a public comment of any sort. At the last two meetings there was not one single public comment and that was depressing to see.

Someone needs your blood

Taken from the city website. A chance to help someone and win a trip.

Flooding Forces Blood Drive Cancellations on Eve of Holiday Weekend

Red Cross Asks that Donors Schedule Appointments to Avert Critical Shortage. The American Red Cross is urging all eligible donors to give blood to boost a low blood supply severely impacted by recent storms and flooding.

"We have lost thousands of potential blood donations over the last few days due to the flooding emergency," reported Red Cross Blood Services Senior Vice President Greg Vasse, "Due to falling blood inventories, the Red Cross is already rationing blood types O-Negative, A-negative and B-Negative in some areas." Vasse explained that many blood drives had to be cancelled due to the recent storms and flooding in the East. The forced cancellations come at time when summer collections typically decline 10% - 15%, especially around the 4th of July Holiday.

Historically, donation rates are very low around July 4th due to holiday travel and activities. This typically causes shortages as hospitals deal with patients brought in over the weekend and when normally scheduled surgeries and procedures resume on July 5th.

Due to the weather-related loss of blood collections and the anticipated tight blood supply in the days following the four-day Independence Day weekend, the American Red Cross is encouraging donors to give blood or platelets in the next 10 days.

As of June 29, the Red Cross's overall blood supply is just over 2 days. Five blood types, however, are near or below a 1.5-day supply: O positive, O negative, A negative, B negative, and AB negative. The Tennessee Valley Region of American Red Cross requires a 5-day supply to be considered safe. "If blood collections don't increase, we could be facing a national emergency by late next week," said Vasse.

Locally, in the Middle Tennessee area, blood supplies collections continue to drop. Linda Decker, of the Donor Resources Department of the local Red Cross, reports that on Friday, June 30 only 419 units of blood were collected. "We need to collect at least 800 units of blood every day just to make sure we have an adequate inventory for our hospitals. Obviously, that is not happening and it's very frightening. We always experience low collections in the summer months, but because of the flooding in the east, it's even more severe this year." We need the community's support. We need everyone to roll up their sleeves and donate blood. Our area patients are depending on us.


Please plan to donate blood on:

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006 from 10:30 - 3:30 at MTSU Rec Center Parking Lot

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Smyrna Community Blood Drive located at Smyrna Church of Christ, 112 Division Street

Everyone who participates in this blood drive who is not a member of the club will receive a week of free use of the facility. All members of the club who participate in the blood drive will receive a free smoothie. All participants will receive a limited edition patriotic t-shirt plus will have their name placed in a drawing for a trip to see the Tennessee Titans play the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on September 1st. The package includes round trip air fair for two, two 50-yard line tickets and hotel accommodations all provided by Bellwether Travel.

2201 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 346-7000; Fax: (615) 346-7006
If I did not have a bad habit of fainting I would go myself.

Parent Awareness Meeting

The City police department is having a meeting about the internet and childhood safety.

Parent Awareness Meeting

Presented by the Smyrna Police Department

Tuesday, August 8, 2006
6:00pm-7:30pm
Smyrna Town Hall
Conference Room

Topic: Internet Safety

*Featuring tips on monitoring your child’s web pages on popular websites such as Myspace and Xanga.

*Dangers of internet use by minors.

*Information on software designed to monitor online usage.

Question & Answer time with police officers regarding internet dangers.

Call Alesha Gresham, Community Services Coordinator, with the Smyrna Police Department for Information or to Pre-Register at 459-9742 xt.2318 or email aleshagresham@smyrnapolice.net
I worry if they will lump blogspot and general blogging in with the more questionable things occurring in the myspace/xanga realm.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Tough Times For Pizza Hut in Smyrna, TN

Sister Blog, Lavergne, TN, has this to say about a fire at Pizza Hut in Smyrna, TN today:

There's a fire at the Pizza Hut in Smyrna. Lots of fire trucks and police cars. An agent came through my office saying they had to put holes in the roof to fight the flames. I drove by about 15 minutes later on my way home and could see the building is still standing, so hopefully the fire was brought under control early. posted by Kathy T. @ 10:13 AM

Saturday, July 8, 2006

Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting Update

It was decided during our last meeting that we would try to have the next Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group Meeting at Mothership BBQ in Nashville . The date is set for Saturday, July 22nd. Unfortunately we do not have a budget to supply free anything so please bring your appetite and money! Since the Mothership reportedly closes at 2:00 PM, which is the time at which we generally convene, we are shooting for starting the meeting at 11:30 (ish). I will have to wear something really noticeable or perhaps simply set up early. You'll know me when you see a fat chick with microphone and laptop unless...

Dr. Funkenswein or stein acknowledged and approved of our meeting there! Hooray.

Mothership BBQ is located at:
2806 Columbine Place
Nashville, TN 37204
(615)269-7150

Since our last meeting, a lot has happened. WKRN had a little shindig to announce that they are willing to pay for video. Met many new blogger friends and anticipate Kerry Woo and Michael to show up. These two are utterly cool in my book. I've also been led to believe that an IT recruiter will be joining us. Hooray for networking and creating opportunities, right? By the way, check out the really cool PR WKRN got. Winks to Newscoma and thanks to NiT, especially that darling Kat.

What is the purpose of our gathering? It has always been my goal to network with other bloggers, share knowledge about technology, tools and geekiness so-forth. Often times our discussions go into the political spectrum and on many occasions there are children afoot. In my opinion, one needs to create their own opportunities and that is what I am trying to do with this blog and with the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group. I'm all about bringing people together and creating opportunities.

There is a wide spectrum of things we drone on about so something for everyone. In case you didn't read or listen, the Middle Tennessee Blogger and Podcaster's Group has also sent an open invitation to anyone running for Governor to join us at one of our meet ups. We've interviewed Marivuanna Stout Leinhoff who has interesting thoughts about a Pedophile Island and we hope that others will take us up on the offer to come out and speak. If interested, please let us know by way of comment or feel free to email me at dailydiablogger@gmail.com. What a tremendous opportunity to reach a community that is well connected and can help spread your message!

The floor is open for discussion now so if you wish to get a topic of conversation on the agenda, please free to do so now.

Missing girl in Smyrna update

This morning's DNJ has a story with an update on Analyce Guerra. Analyce is the two-year-old girl who has been missing in the Smyrna area since April 24th.

Analyce's mother went on WSMV's newscast last night and said that she's received two phone calls that assure her than Analyce is alive.

An interview with Guerra and her mother, Guadalupe Gonzalez, aired on WSMV Channel 4 Friday evening. Guerra said she has received two phone calls on her cell phone — one from a blocked number and another from the 931 area code used throughout Middle Tennessee, according to her caller ID.

Guerra told WSMV no one spoke when she answered the call from the blocked number, but said she could hear a little girl laughing in the background. When she answered the call with the 931 area code, the unidentified man assured Guerra her daughter was alive and well.

According to the story, Guerra had not made the police or FBI agents assigned to the case aware of the call. She also refused to comment further on the story for the DNJ.

The Smyrna police department and the FBI have followed up "hundreds" of leads in this case, according to the story. I know it's a great tragedy for the family invovled and my thoughts and prayers go out to them. But part of me still wonders why the mother didn't make the police and the FBI aware of these calls.

All I can say is--I hope and pray Analyce is returned safe and sound very soon. I also wanted to take a moment to remind our readers that the case was, as of now, unresolved and ask that if anyone had any leads they please report them to the proper authorities.

Thursday, July 6, 2006

Middle Tennesseans Are Burning Up The Blogosphere About Right Now

(Because this is a terribly long post and I'd hate to loose it (and yes I know I can save a draft but I like to do things my way), I'm going to upload as I make edits. This picture to the left belongs right here. Looks like we are on the Death Star, doesn't it? I present Freak Exhibit Number 1. Battery dying... husband asleep.... must go.... finish tomorrow)

Or so I thought. I stopped by the Nashville Is Talking site and didn't see much on the aggregator.

Any who. I went to the WKRN Blogger gathering this evening. I don't know whether to brag or feel rather unspecial for having been invited because there were somewhere around about 200 people invited. At the moment, I feel special. I brought along my very special friend, Kathy T., and tried to get our buddy Chip to come out and play as well but we were unable to hook up with him. Kathy makes for a great navigator, by the way. The party began at 5:30 and Kathy and I were a tad bit late. I felt like I was making a jail break when leaving work around 4:40 or so this afternoon. Bad me.

I thought and speculated for several days now on what could be the big announcement. I did not read the NiT blog to find out, which would probably have proven useful, because I've seriously been just too busy learning about the home buying process and looking for houses as of late to pay much attention to things that are going on, well..., not in my world. Except for North Korea, of course. How can you miss six missiles being fired by that strange little guy over there. And while I'm on the subject, did anyone catch the Daily Show with John Stewart? Let me say creamofsomeyoungguy... Hysterical.

Back on topic. There were a number of blogging stars there tonight. That's really the great thing about getting all of these bloggers together, you can't help but feel somewhat famous. I know I did, anyone else? Come on, you can confess anonymously. Among my favorites to see this evening were:

Squirrels on Snark

News Coma
Kerry Woo (he was a super fabulous sweet heart).
No Quarters
Harelipfrog
Michael (who I spoke to at length - friend of Kerry)
TV on The Fritz (I always want to put him in my pocket and take him home)
I'm About To Be Brilliant
Tiny Cat Pants
The Homeless Guy (to whom I apologized for not knowing his blogging identity and in hindsight realized that it wasn't clear whether I was apologizing for not knowing his blogger identity or because he was/is homeless - odd)
Rex L. Camino (I could almost put him in my pocket and take him home as well)
Kathryn Coble (OMG... we were wearing the same pair of earrings!)

I'm terribly sure that I missed someone important and for that I apologize. You are all important. These are simply people who sparked something in me or whom I have previously met and have some connection with.

So, now the freak show. For reasons that should be clear, I'll refrain from naming some folks in pictures. Call it a game of sorts, you play "who the heck is that".





















Tuesday, July 4, 2006

North Korea Launches Missiles

That's right. North Korea has launched not one. Not two. But three missiles. The first of which is reported to have fallen in the sea of Japan, about 600 miles from Japan. I've been using GEarth to check out this country. Download GEarth for free and check out what the community has to say about some interesting sites.

Talk amongst yourselves.

Edit 4:11 PM, now a 4th missile launched. All appear to be aimed at Japan and falling short.



Sunday, July 2, 2006

On the Subject of Buying Houses in the Smyrna/Rutherford County Area

I'm still debating on purchasing a house. Here's my delimma. There is a possibility that in the coming two months I might be able to put some considerable amount of money down on a home. With that being said, my options go from around $119k to probably $150k. Here's where I struggle. Just because you can buy something, doesn't mean you should.

What opinion do you have on buying new vs. used? Do you have any idea on the appreciation of real estate as it relates to newer homes vs. older homes? I found a lovely home on the La Vergne/Smyrna border. The middle school has a Smyrna address and the Primary school has a La Vergne address for about $119k. However, a friend of mine is purchasing a brand new home and was able to pick out the colors for $147k. Her's is part brick and part vinyl. I could be saving loads of money by buying the older home, which was built in 1976 or I could buy something brand new. Choices!

Also, does anyone have any opinions on builders? Centex, Ole South, Greenvale? Any others that I forgot? Speak to me Rutherford County. Your opinion counts.

Smyrna, TN Movies in the Park

A few weeks ago I posted on Smyrna's Movies in the Park. I had a really great time at the Smyrna Rotary Soccer Park watching Madagascar. This month's movie will be on Friday, July 14th at the Smyrna Rotary Soccer Park. What's showing?

SHREK

At the last viewing, they mentioned they were going to take suggestions on what to show next. I never found exactly where those suggestions were supposed to be submitted. I don't think I would have voted for Shrek. While on the subject, what would you like them to show? I don't think doing another movies in the park in August or in September is a bad idea. I think the weather would be suitable either months.

Anyway, you can get food onsite. You can bring your own chairs and blankets and your own food. The cost is only $1 per person. The screen is an inflatable and it serves the purpose just fine.

Gates open at 6:30 PM and the movie begins at 8:00 PM

Smyrna,TN's 4th of July Celebration

In case you didn't read my earlier post, or even if you did and forgot about it, last night was Smyrna, TN's 4th of July celebration. It was a gorgeous evening. Not too hot and not too buggy.

I've not noticed too many mosquitos. I don't know if anyone else feels that way or not.

Anyway, this year was the first year that I sat in the park. Sitting near the basketball court made for an interesting acoustic experience when the fireworks were going off. There was plenty of food being sold by places like Domino's, Arby's and other joints around town.

There were inflatables for the kids to play on and a blackhawk helicopter, which my son thought was the coolest thing and a rock climbing wall. Of course there were the vendors walking around selling their usual trinkets.

As soon as I can get my pics off the camera, I will post. Were you there? Post your comments here!

Mothership BBQ Meat Up

I will be among the many going to the Mothership BBQ tomorrow for an impromptu lunch. I know several bloggers that plan to attend. Not sure the time. I've asked a couple people (non bloggers) from work to join me. Give me a shout out if you will be there.

Saturday, July 1, 2006

An idea for group feedback

I was walking into a store and saw a public bulletin board. On it was advertising and "for sale" signs for everything under the sun. I had a flash of inspiration and thought maybe this would be something we could do.



This is just a simple one for show. I did it on an 8 1/2 by 11 layout in Microsoft paint. With the tabs on the bottom cut, people could just tear off the addresses and go home to check us out. If the page is turned sideways we could get even more tear off tabs.

Keeping a few of these in your car while driving around town will give you a lot of opportunities to pin them up for people to see. The basic black image would make it easy for a home printer to print off ten or so as need arises.

Anyone have any comments on this?

June 29th city meetings

There were officially two meetings of the Town Council on the 29th. We attended both and as last time, it started with a bit of humor. 6:30 cam and went and the meeting had not started. Mainly because no one had shown up yet. They finally showed at 6:40pm and then the first meeting got going..

The 6:30 meeting was primarily for public comment on the proposed tax levy of .86 per $100 of assessed property value. Additionally the council considered resolutions to amend the pay scale of city employees and to provide funding to various non-profits. Two additional items, not on the agenda, was a settlement proposal for the lawsuit between the City of Smyrna and the Smyrna Medical Center and a change order for the work being done on Front Street to put the electrical utilities underground instead of on poles. A change resulting in an additional cost of $41,000. All of the proposals passed, with only Cole and Yates dissenting on the lawsuit settlement. No reason was given.

The same thing that happened at last meeting happened. When the floor was opened to public comments there was a deafening sound of nothing. Again my wife and I were the only non city government people there. Only later into the 7pm meeting did a land developer with business with the city, and a reporter, show up.

The second being a workshop, or review, of proposals for the next council meeting on July 11.

A few highlights:

A contract for Mighty Mow to handle "codes violation" mowing and trash removal. There were only two bids on this, and the lowest bidder retracted their bid as they had not understood all that was involved.

A contract for Smith, Seckman, Reid, Inc. to do an EPA Mandated, unfunded (meaning Smyrna has to food the bill) study. They were not the lowest bidder (2nd lowest) but were determined to be the better company to handle it and are doing the same thing for Murfreesboro as well.

Discussion on various road projects and property acquisitions as a result.

Discussion on how to move on a proposal to get TDOT to consider acting more swiftly on a new interchange at I-24 and Rocky Fork Rd. They mentioned the Murfreesboro construction of their interchange and how it took about 10 years total from start to finish. So do not hold your breath on this one.

Also of note was the popularity of the new water park. There has been a counter on the road going into the park and in the first two weeks of operation there have been 6,000 cars go into the park. This has definitely proved to be a popular item. The talked on a few issues that had come up such as grass in the filters from all of the kids. A footwash device was mentioned as a solution

Future Dates of Note

July 25 at the Town Center there will be a public hearing regarding the 10 year master plan for the parks department.

We need to be there.

Written by Elizabeth(harelipfrog) and Gunner