(K?)nashville or bust*!
So, in about 6 hours I board a flight to Nashville for a good friend’s bachelor party… And I need your help…
I have never been to Nashville. I have never been to Tennessee. I have never been to a part of the country anything like what I understand Nashville to be. I’ve gone south to New Orleans and Orlando. I’ve gone south and west to Austin and San Antonio. I’ve gone south to Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Virginia wine country. I’ve gone west to Western Maryland (during which we were proudly and warmly greeted as we entered the “right” side of the Mason-Dixon line). But I don’t know if I’ve ever been to THE SOUTH-SOUTH. Which it feels like Nashville is.
Suffice it to say, I am VERY excited. We seem to have a great trip planned, including a jaunt out to the Smokey Mountains. Before I embark, any last minute advice? What should a Yankee city-boy be sure to do or not do in such foreign lands? Any bars/restaurants/meals/drinks/sights/sounds that must be explored? Any that should be avoided? How do they take to jean shorts? Newsies-style caps? The two of those worn together? Should I wear my Italian party shorts? Will I get shot if I order a bourbon instead of whiskey by mistake? Is Jack Daniels a big deal down there or is that a nice whiskey in Manhattan the way Budweiser is a fancy American export in Mexico?
Lastly, should I not surface ’round these parts by the middle of next week, assume I broke one or several of whatever rules you guys put forth for me and am either dead or in jail. That or I died in a horrific Zorb Ball accident.
* I struggled to secure tickets to Nashville because I had mistakenly thought it was spelled with a K. I eventually realized I was thinking of Knoxville. I then realized I had no conscious memory of Knoxville and probably would have guessed it was in Kentucky. Is the University of Tennessee there? That’s the only thing I could think of that would lead me so astray.