Hello from Nashville

Posted on: Monday, Jan 15, 2007

After getting up at 7am UK time and having an OK if a little long (8 hours) flight over to Philadelphia things started to go wrong.  My flight to Nashville was over an hour late, however I felt lucky as the other four US Airways flights leaving about the same time as mine were cancelled.  So after another two hours in the air I arrived at Nashville at 8pm local time (2am UK) to rain and no bloody suitcase.  Pretty much half of the European delegates on the conference had missing cases.  So all I have are the clothes on my back until tomorrow morning.

I enjoyed the initial reception – a chance to hook up with some colleagues from around the world although I was very dizzy after two beers I was so tired.  The convention centre is ENORMOUS – it’s Las Vegas sized, four formal restaurants, ten casual dining places and five bars.  Check out the website for more info

I now know that there will be no blues on the menu.  I have done some web research and there doesn’t seem to be a decent band to sneak off to see.  So it looks like I will be line dancing tomorrow night at the Wild Horse Saloon.  This looks OK – not my first choice but should be fun enough.

The Wildhorse Saloon turned a three-level historic warehouse into a 66,000 square foot live music and dance destination. The Wildhorse is simultaneously a restaurant, bar, concert site, dance venue and TV studio. Annually, more than 1.5 million music fans stampede to the Wildhorse to have a great meal, catch the hottest concerts and learn the newest dance steps. Over a normal year the Wildhorse uses around 3000 gallons of BBQ sauce and about 2 million pickle slices in our famous fried pickle recipe. As for shirts, we have sold around 50,000 and we can’t leave out bottles of beer… that was around 10 million, last count! We have been involved in over 4000 TV shows and tapings and are the official home of CMT’s Most Wanted Live! We are the largest per capita restaurant in all of Tennessee and since we mentioned state facts…we also boast the largest tv screen in Music City!


Righto  – I’m off to bed – it’s only 11pm here but that’s 5am UK time   G’Night Y’All



January 15th, 2007 at 22:08
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Bloody hell pal, clothes or no clothes – it’s not exactly a Travel Lodge! Do you get a map chucked in?



January 15th, 2007 at 22:37
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Oh yes indeedy.
When you check in they print you off a special map that has your room number (one of 2800 rooms I think) with directions to find it. It takes about 10 mins to walk to breakfast – and that’s in the same section as I am in on the same floor.

Got my case at 1pm today – never I have I been as happy to change a shirt.

The scale is enormous. There are 1600 people from my company here. I may post a picture or two – I brought the camera.

Here are the fast facts…
2,881 total guest rooms
165 suites and 741 atrium-view rooms with private balconies.
Year-round climate controlled atriums
Nine acres of lush indoor gardens featuring a 44-foot cascading waterfall
A re-creation of a Delta river town with shopping, dining and flatboats
On-site Hertz car rental
Kids resort and childcare

*sigh* another free bar tonight.