I spent some time in Nashville this weekend for an great conference, the National Information Officers Association (NIOA) annual conference. Amazingly, on day #2, I sat down at lunch next to Jim Weaver, the PIO for Overland Park PD. Small world, eh? I had no idea who he was until he introduced himself, but we certainly had a lot to talk about! He gave me the scoop on all the latest happenin’s around my home town….
ANYWAY, so the conference was great and all… the town of Nashville… eh, not so much. Luckily, Kory, one of my old friends from college/high school, was also in Nashville on Wednesday night for business, so I had someone to help me try to understand this town that is Nashville.
Overall, I was totally disappointed in this city; I’ve been to a lot of cities in the world; a lot of major metropolis’… and until Nashville, had never encountered one that offended me quite so deeply. Between the hillbilly pride, the desire to be a redneck and the constant use of the confederate flag, I don’t think these people could make themselves look any more close-minded, idiotic and just plain stupid. I don’t plan on going back. Ever. I get that there is supposed to be this fantastic music scene but any redeeming music that I found was totally overpowered by the horrible social acceptance of things like the confederate flag.
Here is my photo diary of what I saw in the city:
The Ugly, Highly Offensive, Inappropriate, Close-minded, Tacky & Hillbilly