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Headliners for Jan & Feb 2002

Happy New Year!

Well, another year has come and gone. 2001 will definitely be one for the history books. It was a year that started with the Inauguration of a President some doubted, but it left most believing. 2001 will probably be remember as a turning point in history, a year when we lost at least some of our materialism and embraced reality. We at least partially stopped the mindless obsessions with sports figures, actors and the like, and realized who the true heroes of our country are. On September 11, we forgot all about the likes of Gary Condit, the Grammies, and whether or not Al Gore should be in the White House. Yes, it was a horrible day, probably the worse I have ever seen, but it was on this day that true America emerged, when it became "cool" to waive the red, white and blue again. No one will ever forget that day, and the sympathy for those effected will last forever. Now we are in a war to make sure nothing like this will ever happen again. I am confident are troops (God bless them) and our government will come through for us.

As for me, I guess 2001 was "the best of times, the worst of times." It began great enough, with me laboring behind the scenes of a great play (All In The Timing), graduating from Roane State, and going to Canada. In August though, I was thrust into disarray, and what followed was a semester that could make Ghengis Khan wince. It'll get better though, it always does. This fall I head off too my third school in two years when I arrive at the University of Tennessee. First though, I get to endure another semester at Cumberland. But I'm sure I'll enjoy it more than the first.

I guess I'll close with these notes: Thanks to all our troops who are defending us all over the world. You are in my thoughts and prayers. The victims of September 11 and their families remain there. Congrats go out to the University of Tennessee Volunteers, who finished the season with an 11-2 record, and a #4 national ranking. A Rose Bowl berth would have been nice, instead of those push over Cornhuskers, but we can't have everything. Good luck to former University of Florida coach Steve Sperior, who resigned this week. I am sure he will win no matter where he goes, though it's worth noting his last game at the Swamp was a loss to the Tennessee Volunteers.

I guess that's all for now. I wish everyone a happy, safe, and prosperous New Year. God Bless America!

Notes: Yes, it's been over a month since I last did an update. Why? Well, I've been busy to be sure, but also lazy. I hate to disapoint my oh so many loyal fans, but I just didn't get a chance to do one before this. I'm sure you also noticed the new design here. I think it's an improvement, but I could be wrong. Let me know! Also gone is the "Quote of the Week." I hated to ax that, but there hasn't really been a quote of the week in months now, so I didn't see any need in keeping it. You can visit my Inspirational Quotes section if you need a fix. In the future, if I get back to updating weekly, I might re-add that feature. I did like it.

Picture: Taken January 6, 2002 in my yard. This headliner ran from January 6 until January 23, 2002.

Back In Rainy Lebanon Again

Yes, I am now back in Lebanon, Tennessee and have started my second and final semester at Cumberland University. This semester promises to be even more fun than the last one (which wouldn't take much, actually). With my eighteen hours of classes though, it's going to be rough.

As you can probably tell from the above picture, it's been raining pretty heavily here. I personally wish it would get colder and we would get some snow, but sadly that has yet to happen. Of course, since it rarely snows in Lebanon, that doesn't seem too likely. I can always hope though. This rain is certainly not making my time here any more enjoyable.

The rain continues to fall here like there is no tomorrow. It's not raining hard enough to hear the relaxing pitter-patter on the roof. Instead it's just drizzling enough to make the road wet and everyone miserable. I guess this is the price I pay for living in God's forsaken country.

I like rain. Really, I do. But at this time of the year, it's just annoying. I have no clue why I'm griping about it here, because I know no one can do anything about it, but what the heck, it is my website after all.

In the meantime, I hope the weather is better where you are, and that 2002 is treating you well. So far, it hasn't been too bad, though it's certainly had it's share of setbacks. That's okay though, because failure isn't really failure if something is learned from it. I will close on that inspirational though, and, as always, thank you for visiting my site.

Notes: Yeah, I know this update is pretty blogish, but I don't have time and I am at a severe lack of inspiration. Hopefully my next one will be soon and it will be better.

Picture: Lebanon Town Square. Taken Jan. 23, 2002. This headliner ran from January 23 until January 29, 2002.

The State Capitol

Today, mostly due to boredom, I drove to Nashville to visit the State Capitol. I had been there before, but I decided it was worth seeing again. It was an unseasonably warm 72 degrees, which made for a nice walk, although I am hoping for colder weather and snow of course.

The Capitol was always nice, although I didn't go in. Instead I just walked around the grounds and did what I do best: took photos. I got some very good scenery, and it was a very nice trip. It probably would have been fun to go in, especially when the legislatures are meeting and fighting over our state budget, which is only about one billion dollars in the red. Or about the controversial state lottery. But those are other updates.

Just in case you are wondering (and I'm sure you are) Nashville was not the original capitol of Tennessee. There were several capitols before Nashville, including Rocky Mount, Knoxville and even Kingston (albeit for one day). The Capitol in Nashville was established in 1855, and has survived the Civil War, the Great Depression, and the budget battles of today. Like all capitols, it's a symbol of pride for the people of the state.

Most of you outside of Tennessee probably know Nashville as the "Music City," and it is the home of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. The King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley, also hang out in Nashville a considerable amount. Nashville is also noted for the Civil War battles which occurred here.

While I was there, I took loads of random pictures as usual. To see them, follow this link.

Notes: Thought I'd give a little historical perspective in this update since that is my major and all. I hope it doesn't bore too many people. CU is draggling along as a study my butt off on all my classes this Spring. So, I'm taking a break to update this site, just to show how much I love my half dozen or so loyal fans.

Tennessee State Capitol. Taken Jan. 29, 2002. This headliner ran from January 29 until February 7, 2002.

It's Snowing Again!

I love snow. Really, I do. I've always wanted to slap certain meteorologists. You know, the ones that say stuff like "we are so lucky this snow storm is going to miss us," etc., etc. So I was quite happy when we got some snow in Lebanon. It was only about two inches, but hey, it's better than nothing. It snowed yesterday too, but only a dusting which melted off.

Despite only the small amount of snow, it was enough to cancel all classes before noon, meaning I had no classes today. Instead almost everyone in the vicinity engaged in a huge snowball fight, which was quite fun indeed.

As luck would have it, I was at home last month when we got a couple inches of snow there, but none in Lebanon. This time Lebanon got the snow and Harriman got none! So I have seen two minor snows this year. I'm still waiting for another blizzard, like the one that hit in 1993 and dumped eighteen inches of snow back in East Tennessee. Too bad that only happens about once every fifty years.

If you're reading this from someplace like New York or Colorado, you're probably wondering what the big deal is. And you're right, it's not that big of a deal. But hey, we don't get much snow, so we take what we get and if snow gets classes canceled, it can't be all bad!

Notes: As I stated above, I missed my class today and one of them yesterday. Quite nice, I must say. Otherwise I am currently looking to gather a party to visit Adams, TN, home of the Bell Witch. If you don't know about the Bell Witch, stay tuned!

Pictures: Memorial Hall. Taken Feb. 7, 2002. This headliner ran from February 7 until February 22, 2002.

The Bell Witch...

Welcome to Adams, TN, home of the infamous Bell Witch. According to the legend, the Bell Witch harassed the family of John Bell during the 1810s, eventually murdering John Bell. The cave, believed to be haunted by the Bell Witch, in Adams is considered to be one of the most haunted places in America.

On February 21, myself and my pal Heather went to Adams to investigate for ourselves. Today in Adams, many bizarre things continue to occur in Adams, though we did not experience any. Still, there is overwhelming evidence that something "wasn't right" in Adams back in the 1810s, which drove many people from all over the country and world to come and investigate, including even future President Andrew Jackson, who is quoted as saying "I'd rather fight the entire British army than face the Bell Witch again."

Today Adams remains a sleepy town which one author has described as a "town time forgot." I have no idea what the population would be (though I suspect it's under 300), but there was only one business within the city limits that I was able to see. It's a very beautiful, small, quaint town, which is rare in the world today. It looks much as it probably did in the 1800s, save for the highways and cars.

If you're ever in Middle Tennessee, be sure to stop by and visit small Adams, TN. I believe that you will not regret it!

I JUST got my Bell Witch site up and running. To visit, CLICK HERE

Notes: This semester is going by somewhat fast I suppose, and in two weeks we will celebrate Spring Break, which is going to be great. Look for a subsite (or at least some more photography) dealing with Adams and the Bell Witch in the coming days. In case you're keeping score, Feb 19 marked the two year anniversary of this site, though it wasn't always known as John's Realm, and didn't always exist at this address. Still, two years is a long time. Thanks to everyone who has visited, and I hope you will continue to do so!

Pictures: Adams, TN. Taken Feb. 21, 2002. This headliner ran from February 22 until March 18, 2002.


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