THE NOT SO SAVAGE FILES- PLEASANT SHADE
Pleasant Shade is a tiny, nowhere place about an hour east of Nashville, Tennessee. When I contacted Glenn and Shirley from Peasant Shade (fellow members of Globalfreeloaders) in early 2003 to ask if I could stay with them during my travels, I reckon they were stunned. "Why would anyone be coming to Peasant Shade?" they must've asked themselves. Well, why not, I figured, and several months later I trundled up the long driveway to Glenn and Shirley's hand built log cabin.
One year and two weeks later, my travels saw me return to the US. I had made it as far as Madrid, Spain but in doing so I had finished my first book, "Everywhere but Missouri, mate!" Guess where was the cheapest place I could find to publish my book? Tennessee. A little town called Collierville, just outside Memphis. This in itself was quite a coincidence. When I had first passed through Memphis more than a year earlier, I'd been unable to line up anyone to stay with. Fortunately I met two English guys at the Flying Saucer pub, and they let me sleep on the floor of their hotel room. A week or so later, as Memphis was nothing but a memory, I received an email from a guy called Andy, annoyed that I had passed through Memphis without staying with him. He had invited me some time earlier, but I had failed to update my records properly and didn't have it on file that Andy was in Tennessee. So I smiled as I emailed Andy a year later, telling him that I would be coming to stay with him after all, and asking if he knew a small town called Collierville. Well, of course you must know where this is heading... Andy and his family live in Collierville, just a mile or two from the printing company that was publishing my book!
I stayed with Andy for a couple of nights, and sorted out most of my book business. But there was a wedding I wanted to attend in Pleasant Shade, on the other side of Nashville...
For the individual journal updates from my two visits to Pleasant Shade, click on the links below....
Soon I will set up a slide show of all my photos from both trips to Pleasant Shade. Y'all come back now, ya hear!!
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