Last night we kicked off our Nashvegas vacation by hanging out on the Demonbreun strip. For non-Nashvillians, this strip (pronounced something like “duh-MUN-bree-un” or “deh-MON-bree-un” — no two native Nashvillians pronounce it the same way) is what used to be a line of so-tacky-they’re-funny gift and souvenir shops. Now they’re so-trendy-they’re-not-even-cool bars and restaurants. Like Christopher Pizza Company, where we ate dinner, and Caffeine, where we had coffee and juice afterward. It’s great people-watching, though — some of the best this town has to offer. And last night, Gary Allan was scheduled to play at an outdoor concert series for one of the bars, so the strip was mad packed.

We got bored with it eventually and couldn’t think of anywhere else we were dying to go, so we went home and watched our DVD rental: “Along Came Polly,” which was OK, but it was very obvious that it was the same screenwriter who did “Zoolander” and “Meet the Parents” — he rehashed a good many gags. Jennifer Aniston was great, though. She made a role that could have been a little hard to get across — someone flakey and commitment-phobic — seem endearing and credible.

Oh, and I gave myself a mud mask facial last night, too. That was nice. Except Karsten made fun of my mint-green face. Bastard. 😉

Not sure what’s on for today yet.

Vacation evening #1

10 thoughts on “Vacation evening #1

  • July 24, 2004 at 12:57 am
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    I had a friend who for years pronounced that street “demon bruen,” like the creature from hell and the high school mascot, until someone set her straight. I’ve always pronounced it, and heard it pronounced everywhere, as “de-MON-brie-en.”

    And in that last bit, you can tell I’m a french student.

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  • July 24, 2004 at 1:25 am
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    Yeah, I’ve edited the entry to reflect that pronunciation as well, since that’s the other one I’ve heard most of the time. But several of my colleagues who are native Nashvillians use the “MUN” pronunciation. Weird, eh?

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  • July 24, 2004 at 4:05 am
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    I’ll occasionally go out to Caffeine on Wednesday nights to hear Mambo Blue; they’re a fairly good latin jazz group. Did you try Caffeine’s cheesecake?

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  • July 24, 2004 at 5:03 am
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    No, I tried tempting Karsten into it — he loves cheesecake. But I try to eat vegan (though I had a bite of Karsten’s “Pestato” pizza at Christopher), so I just happily drank my decaf soy Almond Joy (or let’s call it “Almond Soy”). And he’d just had cheesecake a few weeks ago, so he felt like he’s used up his cheesecake allowance for the year. 😉

    Do they make it inhouse there? Or is it from a bakery?

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  • July 24, 2004 at 8:22 am
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    Be careful out there!

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  • July 24, 2004 at 11:55 am
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    I just wanted to say that your vacation idea of staying in Nashville sounds like the best idea ever and I may be inspired to steal it for myself in the next few weeks, and “visit” Ohio. 🙂

    And I also love the phrase “Nashvillians.” I often referred to the residents of the town I went to college in as “Granvillians.” It makes me giggle. I am easily amused.

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  • July 24, 2004 at 3:09 pm
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    It’s going well so far. I recommend it. 🙂

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  • July 24, 2004 at 3:11 pm
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    Careful of what? Panhandlers? Pickpockets? Sunstroke? “Real” tourists?

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  • July 24, 2004 at 6:05 pm
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    “REAL” tourist and DRIVERS!

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  • July 26, 2004 at 1:30 am
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    Except Karsten made fun of my mint-green face. Bastard. 😉

    Pictures, please. (Of your face, not Karsten making fun of it. Unless those two images are inseparable.)

    My sister and I drove into Nville yesterday on 40. As we passed the Demonbreun exit, Moo asked if it’d been named after Satan’s still :-).

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