Day 28: More from Gloomy TN

Not a minute of sun today.  Dammit.  I shot so many wonderful things and will have to retrace my route again one day in sunnier conditions.  Here’s my approach to weather:
* sun – shoot as fast as you can – it may not last
* grey – shoot & grumble
* rain – shoot & curse
* snow – park & cry

I know — some of you are waiting on dog photos — here’s just one then.  This is from a typical pull-over & let ‘em rip break.  This is what the crew looks like as they wait for me to get my act together (treats, toys, get Grem’s special collar on, etc.).  They’re waiting for the big “ok” which means they can leap out of the van for exploration and retrieving:

Nothing special about this photo — just a typical selected spot that’ll work for us.  It extends further left and right and behind than this photo shows.  Just about any place that has new development (box stores, fast food, etc.) has nearby undeveloped fields.  Sometimes with grass — sometimes just a mix of weeds and dirt — which is also fine:

I haven’t given you any food shots in a while either.  So here’s a classic donuts-on-the-dash shot — TN lists & maps — had to load up on the sugar & calories for an intense day in Nashville.  These donuts were from a Shipley’s in Madison.  Maple nut (so-so) and Bavarian-filled (better but not all that remarkable):

On with the “important” stuff now.  This huge sign is from Clarksville:

Also from Clarksville — evidently a converted barn.  The sign referred to it as “Skyline Lanes at The Barn”:

Lots of interesting mid-century modern stuff in downtown Nashville — including this:

One of the Jim Reed car dealership buildings in Nashville must have originally been a nice oldie.  The only thing peeking through now that I noticed were these two columns:

More Nashville.  The Sunshine Shop could use a little TLC:

This guy and an old printing press are installed as a pole sign at Midtown Printing:

It’s hard to miss this place:

Their sign:

It’s truly a miracle that the Fox’s Donut Den sign was saved, restored & reinstalled.  It seemed doomed when the mall decided to “update”.  As you can see, the mall is one of those big & bland designs — at least this one has some stone incorporated.  But all the other signs are backlit plastic & dull as hell.  The developers “let the people decide” whether to keep the old sign or create a new “replica”.  The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the old sign.  I posted a close-up of the restored sign over at Flickr tonight:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/agilitynut/4504535012/

This sign is from the Ragland Bottom Motel & Restaurant in Sparta.  It was hard to tell if either enterprise is really still in business:

This sign in Nashville — at the factory where Mrs. Grissom’s Salads are produced:
http://www.mrsgrissoms.com/The_Grissom_Story/

And so, when in Rome, and since I’d never had the product before, I made a special stop at a Publix supermarket just to pick up some Mrs. Grissom’s.  There was also a jalapeno-added variety but I stuck with the classic as depicted on the sign.  I got a new type of Wheat Thin cracker (Ranch, new to me anyway) to accompany.  Sensational combination it turned out.  I was really expecting the “salad” to be gross.  But it was sweet, not too sweet, and tasted very much like the cheese in the classic holiday cheese & nut ball.  I might have to get some nuts to go-with tomorrow since this container is going to last awhile.

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7 Responses to “Day 28: More from Gloomy TN”

  1. Ooh! Mrs. Grissom’s! We love that stuff on soft white bread. I keep hoping that the Shipley’s will become better tasting but so it goes… I think that TN is sunny now so perhaps you are shooting as fast as you can. : )

    • I think it would be most excellent on white bread! You could put spinach on the “sandwich” so it had some nutritional value. I think some Shipley’s are better than others. The ones in Houston I remember as being better. But maybe all that has changed. The sun was up here in TN & KY. I already shifted into KY for most of the day so maybe I’ll have better luck next Spring when I hit eastern TN.

  2. What a surprise! Pimento cheese! After seeing the sign, I took “salads” literally and was wondering how good old lettuce and tomato would fare when packaged into a plastic tub.

    Have you ever made your own pimento cheese? It’s fantastic, and best when made with homemade mayo.

    • I think Mom used to put some pimento into potato salad maybe — but only a tiny amount (“for color”). She made it with loads of mayo (not the vinegary type that most people make). And whatever way your Mom made potato salad was the RIGHT way and always will be. Other than that, I don’t think I’ve had pimento anything. What the hell is it anyway? Seems kind of sweet and pickle-y. I don’t cook (or even mix) much food. I’m spoiled by food delivery at work which I stretch as much as possible so I never have to buy food. Or cook it. Microwaving is an exciting event for me and the dogs.

      • Bill Slone Says:

        Pimento cheese spread is definitely popular in the south. My mom used to make it with Velveeta, Miracle Whip, pimentos and sweet pickle relish. Definitely not health food but I love it on a sandwich from time to time. It might be something you have to grow up with to appreciate.

  3. ooh, my day is complete — doggie pics and donuts — as well as weird food (pimento cheese spread) = awesome.

    so the dogs will wait for your signal to get out of the van? i wondered how you did that if you are hopping in and out to get the photo shots. those are some damn good dogs you got there.

    love the pic. they look so alert! your dogs sure have the life. bet they are tired now, though….

    • Yes, the #1 rule in our household is that you do NOT, never, ever jump out of the van til mom says “ok”. Staying and coming are two of the most important things dogs have gotta do — in my family or any — for safety reasons. Not a day goes by that we don’t train / practice them. Almost daily, we practice stays where they wait while I walk way, way, way far away — then when I give the okay, they race to me for treats (the girls) or a ball toss (Nik). And then we play lots of games where they run way, way far away to jump in the van and then wait for the okay and race back to me. They love these games. Yes, we are all tired now. One more day…

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