Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Blogger's Block?

Write about This and That. I’m having a hard time with this one. That's for sure.

I keep backspacing through lines of half-started topics leaving me almost ready to shut my computer and try again in the morning. Am I having blogger’s block? And so early in my blogging career? Hopefully not.

Oh here’s something pretty interesting. Did yall here about our gas shortage here in Nashville? It has been terrible! There have been long lines, 150 cars deep at times, fighting for a full tank of gas. One of my co-workers waited 3 hours for gas, only to find the pumps empty when he finally made it through the line. Pandemonium struck when people jumped out of their cars screaming and cussing at each other. It’s almost over now, but of course they (whoever they are politically) had to gouge us again by charging over $4.00 per gallon for regular.

Aside from a temporary gas shortage, I love my Nashville. I was born and raised in my beloved Memphis, but I’ve lived in Middle Tennessee now for nearly fourteen years. In the South, we call our birthplace our hometown or we might say it’s “where we’re from.” So I’m from Memphis but I currently live in Nashville. Actually, I live 20 minutes south of Nashville in Franklin, but that still means you live in Nashville. We’re a quirky bunch down here but like I said, it’s home.

Nashville is full of celebrities. It’s hard to go a whole week without spotting one, if you’re into that kind of thing. The morning before Keith and Nicole gave birth to their baby girl, a friend of mine spotted them in Starbucks. Wynonna and her mom are very easy to spot (the red hair and all) and Faith and Tim are open strollers around town as well.

Two of my girlfriends and I sat in the booth behind Billy Ray Cyrus, and his other daughter (not sure of her name, are you?), at lunch last week. When he got up to leave he glanced over at us – waved - and shot us a perfect white smile. The man is absolutely gorgeous in person. Nashvillians are very respectful of our stars. We don’t hound them with autograph requests, or interrupt their privacy. After all, we have a reputation to maintain. We wouldn’t want to be labeled as star-@#$%%^&. This is not considered cool. And that’s that.


Maureen Lipinski said...

Man, I wish I could call paying over $4 a gallon gouging. I paid $4.10 this morning and was filled with child-like glee.

Damn Chicago and our high cost of living!

Tracy Madison said...

Lisa! What a great post! And while it's a ways away yet, I'll be in Nashville the summer of 2010. So if we haven't been able to meet up by then...but hopefully we will!

Jillian Cantor said...

I don't think it's blogger's block at all!! What a lovely post - I can really tell how fond you are of Nashville!

Lisa Patton said...

Tracy, 2010 may be far away, but it at least insures we'll meet! Looking forward to that. And Jill, I do love Nashville, but I'll say more about the really good stuff another time. The people are the best. I really don't care about spotting all the stars - it was just something fun to talk about!I worked in the music industry for such a long time, that I think I've become immune!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

In the South, we call our birthplace our hometown or we might say it’s “where we’re from.” So I’m from Memphis but I currently live in Nashville.

Sorry, Southerners can't claim that exclusively. :) Whenever I'm traveling, like for a conference, and people ask where I'm from, I always say (I can't help it!) "I'm from Massachusetts, but I live in Pennsylvania." :)

Great post. I'm appalled and scared about your gas shortage story. I hope it doesn't happen here!

Lesley Livingston said...

Hilarious. You wrote a great post about how you were having trouble writing a great post. What are you - a writer or sumthin'?

lisapatton said...

Thank you, Lesley. You're being too nice!