Returning

The Tennessean better not be bullshitting on this. I fully expect to have black bears scaring the shit out of me in 10 years. Bears vs. Coyotes. Man, can you imagine finding a bear in your vegetable garden? Or eating your hazelnuts?

People, I don’t even know if hazelnuts will grow in Tennessee, but we’re going to try.

The Corps is trying to return a set of remains to his rightful descendants. Reminded me of my story, but I’m sad that people were actually looting. The guy who inspired the story, I thought he was, but I hoped I was wrong.

I really love Tennessee. I love the bears. I love the history. I love the people. One thing I have a hard time understanding about our state legislators, especially the ones we have now, is how much they seem to dislike Tennesseans. I mean, if you just look at the laws they’re passing, you’d think that the state was filled with nothing but assholes who need to be kept in strict line lest they taint the children.

But really, it’s a wonderful, strange place. I’ve been here almost thirteen years, longer than I’ve lived anywhere, and I still feel lucky and not quite sure how it is that I keep pulling this off.

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5 thoughts on “Returning

  1. I mentioned to someone in Dallas yesterday that here in Tennessee, even our women legislators hate women. Sigh…

    But yeah, despite that (and myriad other foolishness), I’m not going anywhere.

  2. I don’t feel lucky. I feel deluded, lied to, ripped off. Because I haven’t been here 13 years. I moved here in 1986. I’ve been here nearly 30 years and when you’ve been here this long, you remember the glory days of the 90s when every wingnutty piece of crapola cooked up by a national political group didn’t get immediate attention by our elected leaders. I lived here when you had cool music and gorgeous mountains and affordable real estate AND you had politicians worried about real bread and butter issues, not Agenda 21 and what’s happening in my vagina today.

    Except for the crackpot who wanted to build a UFO landing site. And the other crackpot who announced his engagement when he was still married to his wife. But other than THAT ….

    Really, people used to take their jobs a lot more seriously. Somehow the wackadoodles have felt empowered to pass laws about “long-form birth certificates” without really understanding what that even means. This is not the Tennessee I have lived in for so many years.

    Now I want to leave. I have other friends who have left. People with children who do not want to raise their kids here, which is so bizarre because that was always the reason people came here in the first place: a good place to raise your kids. That just isn’t the case anymore.

    It really makes my heart hurt. And I have to say, if I didn’t have a husband whose job keeps us here, I’d have been gone already.

  3. But politics is ruining all the good stuff. Now everything is a political statement. Where you shop (is Whole Foods socialist? Or Libertarian? What about the Farmer’s Market?) and if you wear baggy pants or a hoodie and where you’re going to eat (do they allow guns? Do we eat there if they do?). Part of this is just the national climate in general but part if is Tennessee caving to the crazy.

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