Posts Tagged ‘Take Highway 12’

At last, a job

On Monday morning, July 26, 2010, for the first time in more than 54 weeks, I’m taking Highway 12 to Nashville to go to work.

I accepted a job offer last week from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a temporary employee. My position is writer/editor on the external affairs staff, part of the agency’s Nashville-based flood recovery unit for Tennessee. The contract runs for up to 120 days. I’ll have to ask whether that’s calendar days — or, about four months — or M-F work days — or, about six months.

Six months … that’s about the length of time I mistakenly assumed I’d be out of work after my layoff from The Tennessean on July 9 last year.  I had been at Nashville’s daily newspaper for close to 15 years.  In many ways — some good, some not — it had been like a family. I’ve said many times over the past year that I’m not sorry to be gone, just sorry about the resultant cash flow problem.  But, as long as I didn’t have a paycheck to replace the one with the little Gannett Co. “G” logo, I was emotionally tied to the paper.

On Monday, I’ll finally be able to say that I’m a former employee of The Tennessean — and mean it through and through.

Wish me luck!


60 years ago, was Nashville on their minds?

Caught an odd reference to Nashville within dialog in a 1953 movie on TCM this week. In the B-level police procedural Vice Squad, Edward G. Robinson plays a chief of detectives in early-’50s L.A. He’s talking to another cop on the phone and learns that a suspect of theirs also has a warrant on him in Nashville. I don’t recall hearing a Southern city — especially one as small as Nashville was at the time — referred to offhandedly in movies back then. Their examples of Anywhere USA usually were in the Midwest or New England, and not the segregated South.

Vice Squad was made two or three years after broadcaster David Cobb coined the nickname “Music City U.S.A.” Makes you wonder if the growing marketing slogan was elevating Nashville in the national consciousness …

Operation “Abyssinia, Facebook” complete

My Facebook friends recently saw my note that said, in essence, I’d had enough of the continual rigamarole over Facebook changing its policies, and I was leaving the social network soon.

Well, “soon” has arrived. Last night, I finished harvesting the e-mail addresses of my Facebook friends. Then I unfriended them all and removed all personal info, except my photo, from my profile. I’m keeping my profile active to maintain the fan page that mirrors my 3 Chords A Day music blog. (That FB page is titled “3 Chords a Day” [no quotes]; the blog itself is at

It’ll be interesting to see how I fare in a Facebook-less world. Like many users, I became addicted to it, frequently checking my wall, joining pages and groups, and posting on others’ walls — from my computer and my smartphone.

I’ll be posting more frequently here, and I’m still connected on LinkedIn, Twitter,, FriendFeed and YouTube. I’ll probably be testing how all those services work with each other, so I apologize in advance for any trial messages that go out.

Aside from the linked sites above, here’s my other contact info:

ACN site:

Hope to see you around the Web!