Since I fancy myself a comedy writer (your mileage may vary), I figure my first actual adventure blog post should be about one of my personal heroes: "Weird" Al Yankovic.
Seriously, who doesn't love Weird Al?
He's a national treasure. He made it cool to be awkward and nerdy. Also, genius. Dare to be Stupid is one of the greatest songs in the history of the world, and I firmly believe that one day, through some strange incident involving a broken umbrella and three thumbtacks, it will save the universe.
The answer is no. No, I didn't do that.
But I did go on a road trip to Nashville in costume to see him in concert and stayed at a former railroad station hotel that's rumored to be haunted. That's something right? I mean, yeah, that's not incredibly wild, but what do you expect for the first blog?! If I set the bar that high, I'll have nowhere to go but up and by year end I'll have to ride a shark on the moon with the ghost of Andy Warhol.
|Don't let these adorable faces fool you. They are hell hounds.|
As soon as we reached Nashville, we checked into the fancy hotel. Union Station Hotel is the fanciest of fancy, monocle not included. It used to be a train station, so it overlooks the train yard. The front desk has a big chart on the wall with train departure times and stuff.
|A scolding from my Traveling Companion followed soon after.|
As soon as we checked into the room, we ran into a problem. Me and the Traveling Companion were given one double bed. I have no intentions of spending $300 a night to sleep in a child sized bed with someone who is built like Thor. I may be a small framed woman, but I'm not Thumbelina. I talked to the girl at the front desk who was awesome and in no way responsible for the room fiasco, who gave me the only other room available: The-Room-That-No-One-Wants. It was big and roomy and had a king bed and extra large bathroom, but it was in the basement and next to a loud a/c. At least we got a discount on the room.
The hotel is beautiful. It overlooks the train tracks and has that grand look that only old hotels have. But we didn't have time to look around. We had a concert to go to. "Weird" Al awaited!
Fortunately, Union Station was walking distance from The Ryman, so it was time to take Petula Clark's advice and go DOWNTOWN!
Downtown Nashville is always buzzing, no
matter what time of day, time of year, or cycle of the moon. It's always buzzing with tourists (they're the ones in cowboy hats and cowboy boots), musicians trying to get their big break, and lots and lots of tourist traps. But we found an oasis, an escape, in the form of a cigar bar. The Wheel Cigar Bar is on Broadway, upstairs. They have local, craft beers and even local cigars. Our plan was to go there to kill time before the show, but we were (as usual) running late and only had time to eat some dinner, and since cigars and beer (for most people) are not meals, we decided on pizza at Luigi's instead. We did manage to hit it afterward though.
|This is the only picture my Traveling Companion would approve.|
Have I mentioned the costume part? I put together an outfit similar to Kristen Schaal's in the "Tacky" video. Then I took a picture of myself in the hotel elevator. Note to self: keep arms DOWN in a mirrored elevator.
Here is the video for reference:
The show was great. "Weird" Al had a different costume for every song. And he started the show by singing his way into the Ryman ("Tacky"). He even jumped into a few tourist photos for fun. More importantly, they played "Dare to be Stupid." And an unplugged version of "Eat It."
|Shameless selfie before the show|
|Encore of "The Saga Begins" and "Yoda" complete with Yoda chant|
The next morning we ate breakfast at Prime 108 (in the hotel). I never knew PB&J French toast existed! It was full of sweetness and diabeetus. So yummy.
And that's the end of the adventure. Hope you enjoyed it. If not, feel free to lie in the comments. I'd also love to hear suggestions of future adventures, the quirkier the better.