Dolly and Johnny in Nashville (a photo)

Due to the pandemic and self-isolation, I’ve been thinking a lot about a couple of the trips Rachel and I have taken in the past year or so. Here’s a picture from our trip to Tennessee last October. It’s a mural of two patron saints of Nashville in a trendy café we stopped at.

If you’re not a country music fan, then I’ll explain: Dolly Parton is on the left and Johnny Cash is on the right. The rendering of Dolly is pretty good, but the picture of Johnny is only so-so. In fact, Rachel asked, “Is that Johnny Cash?” We had to ask one of the baristas for confirmation.

The Nashville trip was a blast – what a great city. We attended her brother’s wedding, I met the guy who makes the Southern Gothic podcast (a minor celebrity to me), and we did some other cool stuff.

We had tickets to see Jason Isbell at the Ryman Auditorium but, unfortunately, I had a bad anxiety attack and we had to leave. I hate the fact that I missed the chance to see such a great show and one of my favorite artists, but I was in a bad state.

Rachel is originally from Middle Tennessee and her family still lives there, so we hope to get back there again soon – maybe Christmas? It’s another thing to hope for and look forward to during these pandemic days.

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