Alas, I made it to Nashville! Nashville is one of my favorite places that I've visited so far in my life so I wanted to come back and just hang like a local for a little while. I arrived at my friend Adam's house on October 14th. Lucky for me he had a few days off work and got to hang out with me! The night I got to town, we met up with a few of his friends and we went to Edley's Bar-B-Que. Let me tell you, this was some of the best barbeque I've had! I ordered deep fried ribs. That's right. Deep fried ribs! It's like chicken wings but ten times better. We hung out there for a little while and then ordered an Uber to take us downtown for karaoke night at Lonnie's Western Room. We ended up convincing our Uber driver, Patrick, to take the night off and come hang with us. We were all walking to the bar when a bum stopped us and asked for a cigarette. We gave him one and lit it for him, and then he looked me in the eye and said, "Now give me some change." Adam handed him some change and then the guy looked back at me and demanded, "More." Patrick gave him some more and then the eyes were turned back on me. Sorry bro! Don't have any for you! It was the most awkward stare down I've ever received. I was so thankful when the doorman at the bar we were going to refused to let him in. Phew! Other than that, we had a great night of crazy karaoke, good laughs, and a few brews.
On Friday, I moved to a couch surfers driveway who I had arranged to stay with. I met him and cleaned up the RV a bit before Adam came to pick me up to go to the Franklin Wine Festival we volunteered for. Before I left Pittsburgh, I wanted to see about being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Unfortunately you have to commit for at least a year so I emailed the Nashville organization to find out if there were any other opportunities I could help with and that's how I found out about the wine festival. It was an event they host every year to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. We were assigned as wine pourers at table A13. The event turned out to be an awesome time! They fed us dinner and free wine! We spent our night meeting lots of cool people, especially our company rep, Jimmy from Ca' Momi. He was quite the hoot! By the end of the night, I felt like a professional wine pourer! I was giving everyone a nice taste of our wines and tasted them myself. To end the night, I received a donation to my website. I met a guy named Jake who told me about an app called Venmo and he sent me a donation to support my cause! You can only imagine how ecstatic I was! I wasn't expecting anything but to donate my time for a good cause and I got some help myself! :)
Saturday was a big milestone for me. I got my first gig as a sign spinner. The gig paid $12 an hour to spin a sign outside of an apartment complex to attract new customers. Let me be the first to say... props to the folks who are good at this! It's a lot harder than it looks. You cannot stand around and just hold the sign. You have to jump around, spin the sign, wave at folks, and do whatever it takes to get attention. My gig was five hours long and by the end of it I had blisters on my fingers and I definitely got a great workout.. Although I'm sure my sign spinning was entertaining for passerbys, the highlight of the day was meetig a few cool people while I was spinning. One guy, Justin Love, came over to chat with me for a few minutes and invited me to a show at the end of the month. He went to one of the restaurants near my spot and bought me an ice cold pop. After meeting Justin, one of the Jimmy Johns delivery guys pulled up and chatted to me for a bit and then gave me a free cookie!
After my gig, I rode my bicycle back home. Keep in mind, this is the second time I've been on a bicyle in a LONG time. I opted to take the Music City Bikeway and I was super glad that I did. It was absolutely gorgeous! It rides along the Cumberland River and is full of green trees and a good view of the river once you get to the bridge. It took me a little over an hour to pedal the 10 miles (approximately) home. Between my sign spinning workout and riding home, I was exhausted and passed out when I got back to my RV.
On Sunday, I took the motorcycle out to try and find a job. Clearly I took the wrong approach by asking people if they needed "temporary help" because I got no phone calls. But no big deal. I went to Starbucks to look for more gigs and mooch some electricity. There was music coming from across the street so I decided to check it out. There was a free festival in the park. On my way into the festival, I saw a guy with a Steelers jersey on. Of course, I had to compliment him on the jersey. His name was Moses and it turns out he was from Pittsburgh as well. Now he is living in Nashville and teaches at one of the schools down here. We exchanged numbers and planned to watch the game together the following Sunday. I'd say that's a pretty good first week in Nashville!
I'm a city girl off on a journey to find happiness. My blogs will contain stories that I feel are significant to my voyage.