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I Was Held at Gunpoint in East Nashville

On the night of January 28, 2011, I ventured out of my home and headed towards downtown Nashville, TN.  At that point, it was a fairly cool and breezy night--a far less frigid circumstance from the strangely snow-filled winter of late.  I barrelled down the I-40 around 8:30 PM with the hopes of seeing some friends of mine play a show at a small club in east Nashville called the 5 Spot.  Tucked neatly inside a part of town called Five Points, this club is a part of a tapestry of bars, clubs, art galleries, and restaurants frequented by many locals and scenesters alike.

As often as I've been to this area, I'd never actually been to the 5 Spot.  Parking at or near the venue was a bit of a mystery to me.  So, I decided to park at my usual place--  near the corner of 11th St. and Russell just about a block down from The Pied Piper Creamery and Bongo Java.  I've never once failed to find parking on this street.  It was a no-brainer that put me within a five minute's lazy walk towards the venue.  

I managed to nab a spot just a few feet from the corner of 11th and Russell.  I got out of my car and headed north.  Just as I stepped onto the sidewalk, I heard a voice say something mildly distinguishable.  I turned around to find two people walking towards me.  One was holding something up towards me while the other stepped ahead and moved even closer.  It took me a couple of seconds to register in my mind what was happening, but there it was in plain sight. 

A gun was pointed right  at me within five feet of where I stood.  I remember feeling my own heart beat pounding through my chest.  My mind was full of panic beyond belief. 

Warm Pizza

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Write write write.

I don't feel like writing what happend today. It's been done. So then what can I write about?

The warmth of friends.

As I look up, I see a table full of absolutely sexy, intriguing, cool looking people. They're laughing and drinking and eating and talking. It's..warm.

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