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Headliners - Mar & Apr 2002

Spring Break is WAY too Short

This year's Spring Break went by too fast, just like every other one I've enjoyed. Still, it was nice to get out of class for a week. I didn't really do much except get some rest and go on another ghost hunt to Chapel Hill, TN. The fact that my twenty-first birthday is the 25th of this month prompted me to get my driver's license renewed, even though it still says "under 21" on it, which is kind of a bummer.

I also went on a trip to Nashville, Franklin, and other parts of Middle Tennessee and took some pictures, which have resulted in some photography which you can view by clicking here. It was a nice trip, though the downside was I had to return to CU yesterday and now I'm back in the grind of all my hellish classes. The good thing is that I only have about seven more weeks, or as a teacher said earlier "thirty-one more class periods." It can't come soon enough for me!

We have also been experiencing some major flooding. When I drove back to my room last night, I found myself driving through about six inches of standing water, which was quite nice. Rain poured all weekend and early this morning. I was hoping it would get classes canceled, but alas, it didn't. So I get to enjoy my twelve hour day unhinged. How nice that is. I'm trying hard to stay out of trouble here at CU. It turns out that smiling in class is a major offense here in Bulldog country. I guess the teachers just aren't used to students smiling, since there's so little to be happy about at CU.

In any event, enjoy my latest additions and keep visiting this site. I promise, it isn't always this lame, LOL.

Notes: It's been a while since my last update, but I've been busy with school or doing nothing. My site about ghosts and spirits will be online soon, I hope. Everyone have a great week.

Photo: City Hall of Franklin, TN. Taken March 17, 2002. This headliner ran from March 18 until March 28, 2002.

Ghost Hunting

I love a good ghost story. I think you'd have a hard time finding someone who didn't. So when I was working on a school project about Tennessee folklore, it was only natural that I focus on ghost stories in the Volunteer State. I began on the infamous Bell Witch of Adams, TN. Soon though, it had expanded far beyond that.

Now I have opened a new subsite dedicated to these ghosts and hauntings. It is dedicated to preserving both ghost stories and folklore in Tennessee. I've researched many ghostly tales and have visited several supposedly haunted sites. Right now I have accounts of nine hauntings in this new subsite, and more will continue to be added. If you have any you want to suggest, please e-mail me. You can visit the new subsite by clicking here. I hope you enjoy it!

On a lighter note, I was very surprised to have a surprise party thrown for my birthday (which was March 25... I'm still accepting gifts. (-: ). I couldn't ask for better friends. Thanks so much to everyone who took part. It meant a lot to me!

I hope everyone has a Happy Easter!

Notes: Short update I know. I promise to add more next time. Work has been tough this week, but it's also been fun. Nothing new really to report. Stay tuned and as always, thanks for visiting!

Photo: Hall Cemetry, in Morgan County, TN. Taken Feb. 2002. This headliner ran from March 28 until April 4, 2002.

Welcome to Paris!

I just got back from a trip to Paris. I didn't experience any turbulence on the way there, and the had no trouble talking to the people. No, it wasn't Paris, France I went too, but Paris, Tennessee. But hey, there's not that much difference though, is there?

I was pretty much just bored and decided to go for a drive. I set up towards Clarksville, passing by Austin Peay State University, and ending up driving into West Tennessee, a place where I've rarely ever been. Driving around in the country has always been a great way for me to relax, and this was no exception. It was lots of fun.

Just before arriving in Paris, I made a brief stop at Paris Landing State Park, which is located on the banks of the Tennessee River. I got some spectacular views of the Tennessee River there. It's even larger than normal, due to recent rainfall. Upon arriving in Paris, I passed by the Eiffel Tower, though I did not have time to stop. Paris is a beautiful small town, well worth passing through.

After passing through Paris, I continued my trek westward, finding myself in Dresden. Dresden is smaller than Paris, but no less beautiful. I made a brief stop in the picturesque town square. We don't have town squares back in East Tennessee, so it's always a joy to see them here in Middle and West Tennessee. Of course, I took some photos.

Road trips are fun, and I would encourage anyone to take them when they get a chance. Be sure and take one soon, because you may not be able to afford them in the future due to the always increasing price of gas.

Notes: You can visit my photography by clicking here. The semester is starting to really wind down now, which is both happy and sad. Also, I wish to congratulatee my old teacher Mr. G., whose play The Glass Menegerie won an award for being the best play in the Knoxville area. Way to go!

Photo: Tennessee River outside of Paris, TN. Taken April 2, 2002. This headliner ran from April 5 until April 9, 2002.

Hope you had a great Mule Day!

It seems many small town have holiday celebrations. Practically all towns have annual Christmas parades. Some even have Easter, Thanksgiving, and Independence Day Parades. Everyone knows about these holidays, and towns are expected have them. Some of the more fascinating ones are obscure holidays, which are unknown and uncelebrated outside of certain towns. Last weekend I stumbled upon such a holiday quite by accident. This holiday is apparently only celebrated in Columbia, TN, and is called Mule Day.

Due in part to the fact that I'm a history buff, and in part to the fact that my car is in the shop right now (yeah, you guessed it. I wrecked it), I was visiting Columbia last weekend with my family. It's a nice, quaint town in Middle Tennessee located south of Nashville. It's most well known for the home of the Eleventh U.S. President, James Knox Polk, whose home I was visited. It's almost as well known for Mule Day.

Mule Day, it turns out, is a celebration of mules and Americans pulling together. It began around 1840 when huge crowds descended on Columbia to see the livestock, and the "Mule Day Market." As you've probably guessed, Mules are the leading livestock of Columbia. It's traditionally held the first weekend in April, unless Easter falls then. Today you can hear live music, arts and crafts, dancing, great food, and of course, mules! Sadly, I had to miss it, because I didn't arrive until the last day. Maybe I shall come back next year.

So if you're ever in the Middle Tennessee area in early April, be sure and stop by. I'm sure you will enjoy it!

Notes: Yes, I wrecked my car last Thursday. Quite the bummer. I'm still waiting to hear if it's repairable, as I'm hoping and praying it is. Otherwise, I'm doing pretty well in my classes right now, so I'm a little happy about that! You can also see some photos I took in Columbia by clicking here.

Photo: Mule Day, Columbia, TN. Taken April 6, 2002. This headliner ran from April 9 until April 25, 2002.

Summmer is Officially Upon Us!

Yes, the weather is warming up, and Spring is in high gear. The birds are singing, the trees are green again, and classes are drawing to a close. As is usually the case, the end of the semester is both happy and sad at the same time. Right now it's just stressful, as everyone rushes to get last minute work done during crunch time. Never is that more appropriate than when describing me. I'm just a born procrastinator, I think. I have so much work to be done, and I really don't have time to be updating this site. But I am doing it anyway, for my oh-so-many loyal fans. You better appreciate it :-)

The last couple of days, we've faced severe thunderstorms, but today it appears to have subsided, and become a beautiful spring day, with wonderful temperatures. I'm also making a trip to Nashville this afternoon with Heather. It should be fun. Of course, I've found a haunted cemetery in the area that we just have to visit. If you like the paranormal, please visit my subsite Ghosts & Spirits of Tennessee. I think you will not regret it.

In the meantime, I hope that you are having a great spring, and that if you're in school, you aren't allowing yourself to get too stressed out. Worrying never does any good, so don't do it!

Notes: Not much to report in this area, except my car turned out to be totaled, which is quite annoying. I am getting a new one though, so I'm quite thankful for that. Also, CU has improved a lot this semester. I still plan to go to UT in the fall, but that could change, especially in light of the enrollment capping going on there (thank you, State Legislature). I hope everyone is having a great day!


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