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: 2015 Chronicles: Under the Dome
April began with a convention in Nashville, though not really. The conference was actually at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, known by most as the Biodome. If you have never been to a Gaylord, it is an interesting experience. Certainly an amazing structure. I know that they mean well, but these places are simply too big to be practical. But c'est la vie - you go where the business is.
This river reminds me of the Chocolate River from Willy Wonka's factory - I expected to see Augustus Gloop float by at any moment.
Here we had our exhibit booth and I also was conducting interviews for various projects. I did not get a hotel suite, so I moved furniture around and setup a basic interview space in my basic hotel room, which luckily was only a few min walk from the convention center.
The first night we ate at an Irish bar at the hotel, which had a nice duo playing traditional Irish songs.
Other evenings were spent downtown Nashville, where there is a great supply of entertainment and dining.
The first night we went to a generic bar which had a decent country band playing covers. My companions were enjoying all the hits by Garth Brooks and the like - I was not too familiar with any of the music, but it was well performed. Food was basic burgers and beer.
Next night we went to Pucketts, known for ribs, and saw internet sensation Tyler Barham (never heard of him either) but the ladies were swooning. Again, very talented.
Afterwards we walked back to the main drag and went to ACME Feed and Seed, a former feed and grain store now serving food and drinks with a great house band.
Final night was the big event put on by the conference, featuring a talent show by surgeons, and a party band churning out the latest and classic hits, not much country, a decent buffet. This was at the Wildhorse Saloon, a well known party and concert venue, also owned by the Gaylord group.
Next stop, 2015 Workation.