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Old Knoxville Pike Maryville, TN

And Tennessee Fans Laughed and Laughed

Lane Kiffin Fired as USC Trojans Head Coach.

You know that feeling when a girlfriend dumps you for another guy, then that guy dumps her? That feeling of vindication and justice where the universe is back on track? Yeah, this is just like that.


The Jerk Store called. They want Lane Kiffin back.

Back in 2008, Lane Kiffin took over as University of Tennessee’s football coach. He arrived on the job, rolled up his shirt sleeves, poured a cup of coffee, and then quit to take a job at USC about the time his coffee got cold. That’s why Tennessee laugh and laugh when they hear USC may be about to fire his ass.

DSLR Video – The Royal Hounds “I’m In Love With a Zombie”


I’ve been radically changing up my videos. I ditched the tripod in favor of a video monopod. Now I’m moving around, which makes the videos much more interesting. Now that I’ve got the audio and video under control I’ve jumped into video editing, whick makes the whole video an actual, like, video, instead of just video clips.

There are some other videos in the can that are better than this one (which has a couple of places where my framing wasn’t as good as I would have liked). I’m putting this one out first because it’s the title track to the band’s new album. The CD release parties are in Knoxville on May 23rd at Preservation Pub and May 25th at Wild Wings Cafe. Check ’em out.

The Royal Hounds “I’m In Love With a Zombie”

P.S. One of the challenges with the monopod is that you can go high and you can go low, but you have to use the pan/tilt head to compensate for the change. So if you start low, the camera is tilted up. As you life the monopod vertically you have to push the tiltbar up at just the right rate to level the camera. Otherwise you wind up pointing at the floor or ceiling until you get the camera levelled.

Ice Storm Here in Knoxville. What Would Bear Grylls Do?

What Would Bear Grylls Do?

But hey, at least we got a cool name for our ice storm: KHHAAAAANN!

Don’t Run in the Mirror Maze

For real.

Took the kids to MagicQuest this weekend. We had already done the quest, so this time we did the Pirate Golf and the Mirror Maze.

The Mirror Maze is really well done. It psyched me out over and over. Things that looked completely real were mirror reflections. The main reason the trick works so well is that the mirrors are spotlessly clean. They make you put on plastic gloves so you don’t smudge the glass. Part of the trick is the disorienting music and low light. I pulled out my flashlight, partly to see, and partly to figure out if there’s a way to tell what’s real and what’s a reflection by how it reflects light, but things happened too fast for me to give it much thought, as you’ll see in the video.

About a minute into the maze little Natalie started running and slammed into a mirror. Ouch. She was OK. Later, when Melissa told her cousin about it she was like “Oh my god. Did I tell you Austin broke his nose in the mirror maze?”?

So kids, when they tell you not to run in the Mirror Maze, believe it.

Conservation wins in Tennessee

I have some issues with the environmental movement, but I’m all for conservation of wildlife habitat and natural beauty. Score two points for the good guys.

Refuge renewal: 68 acres of critical habitat added to Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge – That purchase protects sandhill crane migratory pathways – previously

State acquires Virgin Fallspreviously

Giving politicians a bad name

In Tennessee, this guy just got won election a few weeks ago:

A decade before calling himself “a consistent supporter of pro-life values,” Tennessee physician and Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais supported his ex-wife’s decision to get two abortions before their marriage, according to the congressman’s sworn testimony during his divorce trial.

Obtained by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the couple’s 2001 trial transcript also confirms DesJarlais had sexual relationships with at least two patients, three coworkers and a drug representative while he was chief of staff at Grandview Medical Center in Jasper, Tenn. During one affair with a female patient, DesJarlais prescribed her drugs, gave her an $875 watch and bought her a plane ticket to Las Vegas, records show.

Big Article on Knoxville Tiki Blogger Swanky

MetroPulseKnoxville’s Tiki Torchbearer: Tim “Swanky” Glazner – Welcome to the Hapa Haole Hideaway—the best bar in town you’ve probably never been to. It’s just one part of Swanky’s dream to make America fall in love with tiki again.


Swanky’s blog is

Prince’s Hot Chicken in Nashville

Why he looks like Aquaman remains a mystery

I took a pal’s advice and tried Prince’s hot chicken on the Nashville trip. Good stuff. It’s coated in cayenne pepper and lard, breaded, fried, and served on a slice of white bread with hamburger pickles. We had the mild and medium. The kids could handle mild. Medium was enough to get me a little teary by the end.

If you go, be aware that the ordering process ain’t KFC. You walk up to a window and order. Cash only. I didn’t order drinks, but I’m not sure they sell any, which is probably why there’s a Coke machine inside the restaurant.

After you pay you get a number and you wait for your number to be called. On a Friday night I waited an hour. There are a half dozen tables, but don’t count on getting one. Figure on getting takeout. Luckily I knew about the wait and was planning on taking the food back to the familia, who were playing in the pool at the hotel.

But it’s darned good chicken. Now that I’ve had the original there are other hot chicken places in Nashville I’d like to try next time.

Steve K. clued me in to the fact that Yo Le Tenga has a series of songs that are tributes to Nashville hot chicken.

Things to do in Nashville with kids?

AKA, Things to Do in Nashville When You’re Wed

We’re taking the kids to Nashville. What are some fun things to do in Nashville with a 6 and 8 year old?

We’re interested in regular kid type stuff, museums, and park/hanging out places. Low cost and free are always good.

Also places to eat. Not superfancy places, since we’ll have three kids in tow, but good and interesting places. Someone mentioned Prince’s Fried Chicken. I remember eating at Noshville and liking it. I love a good deli. And good ethnic eats – German, Ethiopian, that sort of thing.

Asheville Hippies vs. Broad Ripple Hippies. Asheville Hippies Represent.

Took the family to Biltmore House for Father’s Day. Our friend Terri suggested Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company on Merrimon, which is a movie house and brewery that’s kid friendly with games for the little ones. The waitress saved the day when Katie had a fit because her quesadilla wasn’t what she was used to and replaced it with a grilled cheese. The pizza was good and I liked their ESB.

And hippies? They got ’em. Hippies that’ll give Tam’s Broad Ripple hippies a run for their money.

This is your high MPG hippie. If his SmartCar for 2 breaks down he doesn’t want to call a cab and risk getting a non-hybrid taxi, so he carries a 10 speed as a backup. He’s flying the Apple logo on the side and an Obama-Biden 2012 sticker on the back, yo.

Yesterday on the Chattanooga Goofy Trip

Playing Bells at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga

A good time was had by all. Sugar’s BBQ has a new location downtown on Broad. The food is better than ever and the new restaurant is great. Definitely get the ribs. They’re big and falling off the bone. I’m a big fan of the potato salad – it’s a little different, but amazing. Melissa got a salad so she could try the roast okra, and it was great.


I barely managed 3 kids with 1 woman in 8 years. What a slacker I am.

Knoxville man has 30 kids with 11 women in 14 years:

A man who has fathered 30 children by 11 different women is asking the courts to give him a break from paying child-support. Desmond Hatchett, 33, of Knoxville, Tennessee, has reportedly set a Knox County record for the number of children he has managed to reproduce with individual women, including one who worked for Victoria’s Secret.

However, Hatchett is claiming to be a victim of his own success with the ladies, as he has become unable to make child-support payments and was back in court again this month asking for help. Only bringing in a minimum wage salary, Hatchett legally has half of his pay check taken from him by the state every month which is divided among his 30 children.

F—–g prophylactics, how do they work?

The Stacey Campfield File

Following up on last week’s post, here’s a stroll down memory lane and a couple of relevant links about Knox County’s gay-bashing, never-married state Senator. The Bistro wasn’t the first place where Campfield had been shown the back door.

State Rep. Campfield escorted from UT game on Halloween

What the Heck is Wrong With Stacey Campfield?

47 violations found by city (with bonus sockpuppeting in the comments by Campfield/anon_a_moose)

Civil summons can’t find Campfield

State. Rep. Campfield parks car on Capitol sidewalk

The governor notes our legislature spends too much time worrying about gay cooties

How Many Cops Does it Take to Handcuff Rep. Campfield?

Campfield: Hey, Guys. What's the Safe Word?

Campfield: "Hi, guys. What's the safe word?"

Campfield on Penn and Teller’s Bullshit (FF to the 3:45 mark) NSFW: