The Promised Announcement

I’m taking a relatively rare LJ break in the middle of my work day to finally let the stopper out of some news that’s been bubbling…

We’re headed back down south to the great state of Tennessee! I accepted a new job that will relocate us to Knoxville — a land where I can get my kid a yard, get my mom a bedroom in our house, and get on down to Atlanta in just about three hours.

I will not lie to y’all (See, I’m back!) — I’m nervous. I’ve never lived in a city that small. We love Manhattan. But I suspect we will also love having a cleaning lady, proximity to our families, and significantly more discretionary income (possibly in that order).

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224 responses to this post.

  1. Congrats! I love New York, but raising a kid there would wreck me. When’s it all going down?

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  2. Congrats! I love New York, but raising a kid there would wreck me. When’s it all going down?

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    • Yeah, Manhattan child rearing is an occupation for the outrageously wealthy.
      I’ll be at Redbook for three more weeks and then report in to Scripps in five. We’re putting the apartment on the market next week and we’ll actually move as soon as it sells.

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      • How long are apartments on the market in Manhattan these days? I haven’t been keeping up with real estate in the Times the last month or so.

      • Well, hard to say. Manhattan never takes too hard a hit since the island isn’t going to get any bigger. But it does seem like in the last two weeks an awful lot of apartments in our neighborhood have popped up on the market. My fingers are crossed that it sells so fast that we hardly have time to pack our toothbrushes.

      • It’ll happen quickly. And they sell toothbrushes in Knoxville; I know they do, because I’ve bought one there.

      • Your lips to God’s ears.

      • Your lips to God’s ears.

      • Your lips to God’s ears.

      • Your lips to God’s ears.

      • Your lips to God’s ears.

      • Your lips to God’s ears.

      • It’ll happen quickly. And they sell toothbrushes in Knoxville; I know they do, because I’ve bought one there.

      • It’ll happen quickly. And they sell toothbrushes in Knoxville; I know they do, because I’ve bought one there.

      • It’ll happen quickly. And they sell toothbrushes in Knoxville; I know they do, because I’ve bought one there.

      • It’ll happen quickly. And they sell toothbrushes in Knoxville; I know they do, because I’ve bought one there.

      • It’ll happen quickly. And they sell toothbrushes in Knoxville; I know they do, because I’ve bought one there.

      • Well, hard to say. Manhattan never takes too hard a hit since the island isn’t going to get any bigger. But it does seem like in the last two weeks an awful lot of apartments in our neighborhood have popped up on the market. My fingers are crossed that it sells so fast that we hardly have time to pack our toothbrushes.

      • Well, hard to say. Manhattan never takes too hard a hit since the island isn’t going to get any bigger. But it does seem like in the last two weeks an awful lot of apartments in our neighborhood have popped up on the market. My fingers are crossed that it sells so fast that we hardly have time to pack our toothbrushes.

      • Well, hard to say. Manhattan never takes too hard a hit since the island isn’t going to get any bigger. But it does seem like in the last two weeks an awful lot of apartments in our neighborhood have popped up on the market. My fingers are crossed that it sells so fast that we hardly have time to pack our toothbrushes.

      • Well, hard to say. Manhattan never takes too hard a hit since the island isn’t going to get any bigger. But it does seem like in the last two weeks an awful lot of apartments in our neighborhood have popped up on the market. My fingers are crossed that it sells so fast that we hardly have time to pack our toothbrushes.

      • Well, hard to say. Manhattan never takes too hard a hit since the island isn’t going to get any bigger. But it does seem like in the last two weeks an awful lot of apartments in our neighborhood have popped up on the market. My fingers are crossed that it sells so fast that we hardly have time to pack our toothbrushes.

      • How long are apartments on the market in Manhattan these days? I haven’t been keeping up with real estate in the Times the last month or so.

      • How long are apartments on the market in Manhattan these days? I haven’t been keeping up with real estate in the Times the last month or so.

      • How long are apartments on the market in Manhattan these days? I haven’t been keeping up with real estate in the Times the last month or so.

      • How long are apartments on the market in Manhattan these days? I haven’t been keeping up with real estate in the Times the last month or so.

      • How long are apartments on the market in Manhattan these days? I haven’t been keeping up with real estate in the Times the last month or so.

    • Yeah, Manhattan child rearing is an occupation for the outrageously wealthy.
      I’ll be at Redbook for three more weeks and then report in to Scripps in five. We’re putting the apartment on the market next week and we’ll actually move as soon as it sells.

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    • Yeah, Manhattan child rearing is an occupation for the outrageously wealthy.
      I’ll be at Redbook for three more weeks and then report in to Scripps in five. We’re putting the apartment on the market next week and we’ll actually move as soon as it sells.

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    • Yeah, Manhattan child rearing is an occupation for the outrageously wealthy.
      I’ll be at Redbook for three more weeks and then report in to Scripps in five. We’re putting the apartment on the market next week and we’ll actually move as soon as it sells.

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    • Yeah, Manhattan child rearing is an occupation for the outrageously wealthy.
      I’ll be at Redbook for three more weeks and then report in to Scripps in five. We’re putting the apartment on the market next week and we’ll actually move as soon as it sells.

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    • Yeah, Manhattan child rearing is an occupation for the outrageously wealthy.
      I’ll be at Redbook for three more weeks and then report in to Scripps in five. We’re putting the apartment on the market next week and we’ll actually move as soon as it sells.

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  3. Congrats! I love New York, but raising a kid there would wreck me. When’s it all going down?

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  4. Congrats! I love New York, but raising a kid there would wreck me. When’s it all going down?

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  5. Congrats! I love New York, but raising a kid there would wreck me. When’s it all going down?

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  6. Congrats! I love New York, but raising a kid there would wreck me. When’s it all going down?

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  7. Congrats! I love New York, but raising a kid there would wreck me. When’s it all going down?

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  8. Atlanta in three hours, phooey! You’ll be within two of my field site (and closer if I can help it) πŸ™‚
    You know I couldn’t be happier for y’all.

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  9. Atlanta in three hours, phooey! You’ll be within two of my field site (and closer if I can help it) πŸ™‚
    You know I couldn’t be happier for y’all.

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  10. Atlanta in three hours, phooey! You’ll be within two of my field site (and closer if I can help it) πŸ™‚
    You know I couldn’t be happier for y’all.

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  11. Atlanta in three hours, phooey! You’ll be within two of my field site (and closer if I can help it) πŸ™‚
    You know I couldn’t be happier for y’all.

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  12. Atlanta in three hours, phooey! You’ll be within two of my field site (and closer if I can help it) πŸ™‚
    You know I couldn’t be happier for y’all.

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  13. Atlanta in three hours, phooey! You’ll be within two of my field site (and closer if I can help it) πŸ™‚
    You know I couldn’t be happier for y’all.

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  14. Atlanta in three hours, phooey! You’ll be within two of my field site (and closer if I can help it) πŸ™‚
    You know I couldn’t be happier for y’all.

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  15. Dollywood, here we come!!

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  16. Dollywood, here we come!!

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  17. Dollywood, here we come!!

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  18. Dollywood, here we come!!

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  19. Dollywood, here we come!!

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  20. Dollywood, here we come!!

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  21. Dollywood, here we come!!

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  22. Fantastic! I hope we can actually meet in person when your relocate.
    Your sushi is nearly done. I had to scrap my initial plan because it just looked too fragile for little bitty hands, but my novelty-size toddler sushi is great! I’ll try to get pics posted this evening and then ship out tomorrow.

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  23. Fantastic! I hope we can actually meet in person when your relocate.
    Your sushi is nearly done. I had to scrap my initial plan because it just looked too fragile for little bitty hands, but my novelty-size toddler sushi is great! I’ll try to get pics posted this evening and then ship out tomorrow.

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    • Absolutely. I’m sure we’ll be down in Atlanta with some frequency. And of course we’ll always be happy for aquarium or Gatlinburg dates.
      I can’t wait to see the sushi, I’m sure it’s beyond darling.

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    • Absolutely. I’m sure we’ll be down in Atlanta with some frequency. And of course we’ll always be happy for aquarium or Gatlinburg dates.
      I can’t wait to see the sushi, I’m sure it’s beyond darling.

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    • Absolutely. I’m sure we’ll be down in Atlanta with some frequency. And of course we’ll always be happy for aquarium or Gatlinburg dates.
      I can’t wait to see the sushi, I’m sure it’s beyond darling.

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    • Absolutely. I’m sure we’ll be down in Atlanta with some frequency. And of course we’ll always be happy for aquarium or Gatlinburg dates.
      I can’t wait to see the sushi, I’m sure it’s beyond darling.

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    • Absolutely. I’m sure we’ll be down in Atlanta with some frequency. And of course we’ll always be happy for aquarium or Gatlinburg dates.
      I can’t wait to see the sushi, I’m sure it’s beyond darling.

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    • Absolutely. I’m sure we’ll be down in Atlanta with some frequency. And of course we’ll always be happy for aquarium or Gatlinburg dates.
      I can’t wait to see the sushi, I’m sure it’s beyond darling.

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  24. Fantastic! I hope we can actually meet in person when your relocate.
    Your sushi is nearly done. I had to scrap my initial plan because it just looked too fragile for little bitty hands, but my novelty-size toddler sushi is great! I’ll try to get pics posted this evening and then ship out tomorrow.

    Reply

  25. Fantastic! I hope we can actually meet in person when your relocate.
    Your sushi is nearly done. I had to scrap my initial plan because it just looked too fragile for little bitty hands, but my novelty-size toddler sushi is great! I’ll try to get pics posted this evening and then ship out tomorrow.

    Reply

  26. Fantastic! I hope we can actually meet in person when your relocate.
    Your sushi is nearly done. I had to scrap my initial plan because it just looked too fragile for little bitty hands, but my novelty-size toddler sushi is great! I’ll try to get pics posted this evening and then ship out tomorrow.

    Reply

  27. Fantastic! I hope we can actually meet in person when your relocate.
    Your sushi is nearly done. I had to scrap my initial plan because it just looked too fragile for little bitty hands, but my novelty-size toddler sushi is great! I’ll try to get pics posted this evening and then ship out tomorrow.

    Reply

  28. Fantastic! I hope we can actually meet in person when your relocate.
    Your sushi is nearly done. I had to scrap my initial plan because it just looked too fragile for little bitty hands, but my novelty-size toddler sushi is great! I’ll try to get pics posted this evening and then ship out tomorrow.

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  29. I’ve heard Knoxville is pretty nice, if overly decorated in orange. It probably will be a shock after NYC, though, to be sure. But yay for being closer to Atlanta! I really want to meet you and squish Alden.

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  30. I’ve heard Knoxville is pretty nice, if overly decorated in orange. It probably will be a shock after NYC, though, to be sure. But yay for being closer to Atlanta! I really want to meet you and squish Alden.

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    • Yes, the UT sports thing is… omnipresent.
      I’m very excited that we’ll surely get to meet you now, and Alden is ready for his squishing.

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    • Yes, the UT sports thing is… omnipresent.
      I’m very excited that we’ll surely get to meet you now, and Alden is ready for his squishing.

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    • Yes, the UT sports thing is… omnipresent.
      I’m very excited that we’ll surely get to meet you now, and Alden is ready for his squishing.

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    • Yes, the UT sports thing is… omnipresent.
      I’m very excited that we’ll surely get to meet you now, and Alden is ready for his squishing.

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    • Yes, the UT sports thing is… omnipresent.
      I’m very excited that we’ll surely get to meet you now, and Alden is ready for his squishing.

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    • Yes, the UT sports thing is… omnipresent.
      I’m very excited that we’ll surely get to meet you now, and Alden is ready for his squishing.

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  31. I’ve heard Knoxville is pretty nice, if overly decorated in orange. It probably will be a shock after NYC, though, to be sure. But yay for being closer to Atlanta! I really want to meet you and squish Alden.

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  32. I’ve heard Knoxville is pretty nice, if overly decorated in orange. It probably will be a shock after NYC, though, to be sure. But yay for being closer to Atlanta! I really want to meet you and squish Alden.

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  33. I’ve heard Knoxville is pretty nice, if overly decorated in orange. It probably will be a shock after NYC, though, to be sure. But yay for being closer to Atlanta! I really want to meet you and squish Alden.

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  34. I’ve heard Knoxville is pretty nice, if overly decorated in orange. It probably will be a shock after NYC, though, to be sure. But yay for being closer to Atlanta! I really want to meet you and squish Alden.

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  35. I’ve heard Knoxville is pretty nice, if overly decorated in orange. It probably will be a shock after NYC, though, to be sure. But yay for being closer to Atlanta! I really want to meet you and squish Alden.

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  36. Congratulations on your job and your move!

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  37. Congratulations on your job and your move!

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  38. Congratulations on your job and your move!

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  39. Congratulations on your job and your move!

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  40. Congratulations on your job and your move!

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  41. Congratulations on your job and your move!

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  42. Congratulations on your job and your move!

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  43. Ah, yes, the timeless story of the girl with big dreams who left the big city for the small town. Mazel tov! Knoxville’s a nice little town. I hope you like college football. And creamsicle orange. Or at least creamsicles.

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  44. Ah, yes, the timeless story of the girl with big dreams who left the big city for the small town. Mazel tov! Knoxville’s a nice little town. I hope you like college football. And creamsicle orange. Or at least creamsicles.

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    • I love creamsicles, and I hope that’s enough because the first two don’t do a lot for me. But yeah, I did notice what seems to be an over-commitment to college sports. I think the good news is that the parks, grocery stores, and public pools should be all ours on game days.

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      • The whole state lives and dies with the football team. When I was in Nashville, there was a noticeable drop in business on Mondays following a Vols loss. Every denizen of Tennessee is either at the stadium or parked in front of the TV a dozen Saturdays in the fall, so you’ll have no problem getting anywhere those days.
        I have to admit, though, it’s hard not to get caught up in it all. As horrible an experience Nashville was for me, I still have a bit of a soft spot for “Rocky Top.”

      • The whole state lives and dies with the football team. When I was in Nashville, there was a noticeable drop in business on Mondays following a Vols loss. Every denizen of Tennessee is either at the stadium or parked in front of the TV a dozen Saturdays in the fall, so you’ll have no problem getting anywhere those days.
        I have to admit, though, it’s hard not to get caught up in it all. As horrible an experience Nashville was for me, I still have a bit of a soft spot for “Rocky Top.”

      • The whole state lives and dies with the football team. When I was in Nashville, there was a noticeable drop in business on Mondays following a Vols loss. Every denizen of Tennessee is either at the stadium or parked in front of the TV a dozen Saturdays in the fall, so you’ll have no problem getting anywhere those days.
        I have to admit, though, it’s hard not to get caught up in it all. As horrible an experience Nashville was for me, I still have a bit of a soft spot for “Rocky Top.”

      • The whole state lives and dies with the football team. When I was in Nashville, there was a noticeable drop in business on Mondays following a Vols loss. Every denizen of Tennessee is either at the stadium or parked in front of the TV a dozen Saturdays in the fall, so you’ll have no problem getting anywhere those days.
        I have to admit, though, it’s hard not to get caught up in it all. As horrible an experience Nashville was for me, I still have a bit of a soft spot for “Rocky Top.”

      • The whole state lives and dies with the football team. When I was in Nashville, there was a noticeable drop in business on Mondays following a Vols loss. Every denizen of Tennessee is either at the stadium or parked in front of the TV a dozen Saturdays in the fall, so you’ll have no problem getting anywhere those days.
        I have to admit, though, it’s hard not to get caught up in it all. As horrible an experience Nashville was for me, I still have a bit of a soft spot for “Rocky Top.”

      • The whole state lives and dies with the football team. When I was in Nashville, there was a noticeable drop in business on Mondays following a Vols loss. Every denizen of Tennessee is either at the stadium or parked in front of the TV a dozen Saturdays in the fall, so you’ll have no problem getting anywhere those days.
        I have to admit, though, it’s hard not to get caught up in it all. As horrible an experience Nashville was for me, I still have a bit of a soft spot for “Rocky Top.”

    • I love creamsicles, and I hope that’s enough because the first two don’t do a lot for me. But yeah, I did notice what seems to be an over-commitment to college sports. I think the good news is that the parks, grocery stores, and public pools should be all ours on game days.

      Reply

    • I love creamsicles, and I hope that’s enough because the first two don’t do a lot for me. But yeah, I did notice what seems to be an over-commitment to college sports. I think the good news is that the parks, grocery stores, and public pools should be all ours on game days.

      Reply

    • I love creamsicles, and I hope that’s enough because the first two don’t do a lot for me. But yeah, I did notice what seems to be an over-commitment to college sports. I think the good news is that the parks, grocery stores, and public pools should be all ours on game days.

      Reply

    • I love creamsicles, and I hope that’s enough because the first two don’t do a lot for me. But yeah, I did notice what seems to be an over-commitment to college sports. I think the good news is that the parks, grocery stores, and public pools should be all ours on game days.

      Reply

    • I love creamsicles, and I hope that’s enough because the first two don’t do a lot for me. But yeah, I did notice what seems to be an over-commitment to college sports. I think the good news is that the parks, grocery stores, and public pools should be all ours on game days.

      Reply

  45. Ah, yes, the timeless story of the girl with big dreams who left the big city for the small town. Mazel tov! Knoxville’s a nice little town. I hope you like college football. And creamsicle orange. Or at least creamsicles.

    Reply

  46. Ah, yes, the timeless story of the girl with big dreams who left the big city for the small town. Mazel tov! Knoxville’s a nice little town. I hope you like college football. And creamsicle orange. Or at least creamsicles.

    Reply

  47. Ah, yes, the timeless story of the girl with big dreams who left the big city for the small town. Mazel tov! Knoxville’s a nice little town. I hope you like college football. And creamsicle orange. Or at least creamsicles.

    Reply

  48. Ah, yes, the timeless story of the girl with big dreams who left the big city for the small town. Mazel tov! Knoxville’s a nice little town. I hope you like college football. And creamsicle orange. Or at least creamsicles.

    Reply

  49. Ah, yes, the timeless story of the girl with big dreams who left the big city for the small town. Mazel tov! Knoxville’s a nice little town. I hope you like college football. And creamsicle orange. Or at least creamsicles.

    Reply

  50. Hey, you’ll be close to us in Chattanooga. Maybe we can meet up sometime!

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  51. Hey, you’ll be close to us in Chattanooga. Maybe we can meet up sometime!

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  52. Hey, you’ll be close to us in Chattanooga. Maybe we can meet up sometime!

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  53. Hey, you’ll be close to us in Chattanooga. Maybe we can meet up sometime!

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  54. Hey, you’ll be close to us in Chattanooga. Maybe we can meet up sometime!

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  55. Hey, you’ll be close to us in Chattanooga. Maybe we can meet up sometime!

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  56. Hey, you’ll be close to us in Chattanooga. Maybe we can meet up sometime!

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  57. I would love that. We’ll have to set up an aquarium date this summer.

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  58. Congratulations!
    What’s the job? When’s it happening?
    Do you think if we all keep sucking, you’ll end up down here?

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  59. Congratulations!
    What’s the job? When’s it happening?
    Do you think if we all keep sucking, you’ll end up down here?

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    • Thank you!
      I’ll be working at Scripps Howard doing stuff a lot like what I do now. My actual position hasn’t been announced yet which means I’m not allowed to say. Which makes it sound much more glamorous than it should.
      And I think you will find me in Atlanta plenty. Y’all were definitely part of the decision and Damon was cracking up that I was dancing around saying “I get to meet my Live Journal friends now!”

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      • Do you have any idea how exciting this is for me? I cannot wait to meet you. I cannot wait to eat with you. I cannot wait to see you and Stacey together. I cannot wait to see yobaby. I just can’t wait.
        I just clapped my hands twice in front of me, as though to say, “A dingbat, fool, make it so!” Like Endora.

      • I’m so tickled you feel this way! I feel the same. I cannot cannot wait to meet you. And as an added enticement for me, I feel sure you and Alden are going to be fast friends too.

      • Can you even believe you’re a grown-up, negotiating for secret spy jobs, moving to cities with Sunspheres, selling apartments in Manhattan?
        I will love Alden. He might look at me funny, like Scout did the last time I saw her. Not only did she look at me a little funny, she took off running. Jr, however, will go anywhere with me, so that’s got to count for something, and Lemon’s kids will let me pick their noses and teeth and will eat off my plate.

      • No! I feel like a total fraud. But it’s a fun fraud.
        You WILL love Alden. He’s fat and smiley. I know he’s going to take to you instantly. On top of your natural charm, he’s helpless in the face of a woman with a southern lilt.

      • On Monday I have to send an email to the new insurance man, the one who Wants To Help Me (read: keep me from pursuing litigation against HHGregg) informing him that the next time he hears from me, it’ll be to tell him that since he doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to move this thing along and cut me a check, the mold remediation experts will be along to send samples along to the lab and he can just work it all out with my attorney. I hope he doesn’t ask for my attorney’s number, because I’d have to walk down the hall and ask him for it.
        Sometimes I wonder when they’re going to find out I’m only 12.

      • I’m really glad I never sold you a faulty dishwasher. And I mean that in the most admiring way.
        If I’m a fraud and you’re only 12 I’m starting to worry that no one is driving this bus. Either I’m worried about that, or I’m really enjoying it. Not sure.

      • I am driving the bus. I am sitting on a pillow to see over the steering wheel, but I am, by God, driving the bus.

      • I am driving the bus. I am sitting on a pillow to see over the steering wheel, but I am, by God, driving the bus.

      • I am driving the bus. I am sitting on a pillow to see over the steering wheel, but I am, by God, driving the bus.

      • I am driving the bus. I am sitting on a pillow to see over the steering wheel, but I am, by God, driving the bus.

      • I am driving the bus. I am sitting on a pillow to see over the steering wheel, but I am, by God, driving the bus.

      • I am driving the bus. I am sitting on a pillow to see over the steering wheel, but I am, by God, driving the bus.

      • I’m really glad I never sold you a faulty dishwasher. And I mean that in the most admiring way.
        If I’m a fraud and you’re only 12 I’m starting to worry that no one is driving this bus. Either I’m worried about that, or I’m really enjoying it. Not sure.

      • I’m really glad I never sold you a faulty dishwasher. And I mean that in the most admiring way.
        If I’m a fraud and you’re only 12 I’m starting to worry that no one is driving this bus. Either I’m worried about that, or I’m really enjoying it. Not sure.

      • I’m really glad I never sold you a faulty dishwasher. And I mean that in the most admiring way.
        If I’m a fraud and you’re only 12 I’m starting to worry that no one is driving this bus. Either I’m worried about that, or I’m really enjoying it. Not sure.

      • I’m really glad I never sold you a faulty dishwasher. And I mean that in the most admiring way.
        If I’m a fraud and you’re only 12 I’m starting to worry that no one is driving this bus. Either I’m worried about that, or I’m really enjoying it. Not sure.

      • I’m really glad I never sold you a faulty dishwasher. And I mean that in the most admiring way.
        If I’m a fraud and you’re only 12 I’m starting to worry that no one is driving this bus. Either I’m worried about that, or I’m really enjoying it. Not sure.

      • On Monday I have to send an email to the new insurance man, the one who Wants To Help Me (read: keep me from pursuing litigation against HHGregg) informing him that the next time he hears from me, it’ll be to tell him that since he doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to move this thing along and cut me a check, the mold remediation experts will be along to send samples along to the lab and he can just work it all out with my attorney. I hope he doesn’t ask for my attorney’s number, because I’d have to walk down the hall and ask him for it.
        Sometimes I wonder when they’re going to find out I’m only 12.

      • On Monday I have to send an email to the new insurance man, the one who Wants To Help Me (read: keep me from pursuing litigation against HHGregg) informing him that the next time he hears from me, it’ll be to tell him that since he doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to move this thing along and cut me a check, the mold remediation experts will be along to send samples along to the lab and he can just work it all out with my attorney. I hope he doesn’t ask for my attorney’s number, because I’d have to walk down the hall and ask him for it.
        Sometimes I wonder when they’re going to find out I’m only 12.

      • On Monday I have to send an email to the new insurance man, the one who Wants To Help Me (read: keep me from pursuing litigation against HHGregg) informing him that the next time he hears from me, it’ll be to tell him that since he doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to move this thing along and cut me a check, the mold remediation experts will be along to send samples along to the lab and he can just work it all out with my attorney. I hope he doesn’t ask for my attorney’s number, because I’d have to walk down the hall and ask him for it.
        Sometimes I wonder when they’re going to find out I’m only 12.

      • On Monday I have to send an email to the new insurance man, the one who Wants To Help Me (read: keep me from pursuing litigation against HHGregg) informing him that the next time he hears from me, it’ll be to tell him that since he doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to move this thing along and cut me a check, the mold remediation experts will be along to send samples along to the lab and he can just work it all out with my attorney. I hope he doesn’t ask for my attorney’s number, because I’d have to walk down the hall and ask him for it.
        Sometimes I wonder when they’re going to find out I’m only 12.

      • On Monday I have to send an email to the new insurance man, the one who Wants To Help Me (read: keep me from pursuing litigation against HHGregg) informing him that the next time he hears from me, it’ll be to tell him that since he doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to move this thing along and cut me a check, the mold remediation experts will be along to send samples along to the lab and he can just work it all out with my attorney. I hope he doesn’t ask for my attorney’s number, because I’d have to walk down the hall and ask him for it.
        Sometimes I wonder when they’re going to find out I’m only 12.

      • No! I feel like a total fraud. But it’s a fun fraud.
        You WILL love Alden. He’s fat and smiley. I know he’s going to take to you instantly. On top of your natural charm, he’s helpless in the face of a woman with a southern lilt.

      • No! I feel like a total fraud. But it’s a fun fraud.
        You WILL love Alden. He’s fat and smiley. I know he’s going to take to you instantly. On top of your natural charm, he’s helpless in the face of a woman with a southern lilt.

      • No! I feel like a total fraud. But it’s a fun fraud.
        You WILL love Alden. He’s fat and smiley. I know he’s going to take to you instantly. On top of your natural charm, he’s helpless in the face of a woman with a southern lilt.

      • No! I feel like a total fraud. But it’s a fun fraud.
        You WILL love Alden. He’s fat and smiley. I know he’s going to take to you instantly. On top of your natural charm, he’s helpless in the face of a woman with a southern lilt.

      • No! I feel like a total fraud. But it’s a fun fraud.
        You WILL love Alden. He’s fat and smiley. I know he’s going to take to you instantly. On top of your natural charm, he’s helpless in the face of a woman with a southern lilt.

      • Can you even believe you’re a grown-up, negotiating for secret spy jobs, moving to cities with Sunspheres, selling apartments in Manhattan?
        I will love Alden. He might look at me funny, like Scout did the last time I saw her. Not only did she look at me a little funny, she took off running. Jr, however, will go anywhere with me, so that’s got to count for something, and Lemon’s kids will let me pick their noses and teeth and will eat off my plate.

      • Can you even believe you’re a grown-up, negotiating for secret spy jobs, moving to cities with Sunspheres, selling apartments in Manhattan?
        I will love Alden. He might look at me funny, like Scout did the last time I saw her. Not only did she look at me a little funny, she took off running. Jr, however, will go anywhere with me, so that’s got to count for something, and Lemon’s kids will let me pick their noses and teeth and will eat off my plate.

      • Can you even believe you’re a grown-up, negotiating for secret spy jobs, moving to cities with Sunspheres, selling apartments in Manhattan?
        I will love Alden. He might look at me funny, like Scout did the last time I saw her. Not only did she look at me a little funny, she took off running. Jr, however, will go anywhere with me, so that’s got to count for something, and Lemon’s kids will let me pick their noses and teeth and will eat off my plate.

      • Can you even believe you’re a grown-up, negotiating for secret spy jobs, moving to cities with Sunspheres, selling apartments in Manhattan?
        I will love Alden. He might look at me funny, like Scout did the last time I saw her. Not only did she look at me a little funny, she took off running. Jr, however, will go anywhere with me, so that’s got to count for something, and Lemon’s kids will let me pick their noses and teeth and will eat off my plate.

      • Can you even believe you’re a grown-up, negotiating for secret spy jobs, moving to cities with Sunspheres, selling apartments in Manhattan?
        I will love Alden. He might look at me funny, like Scout did the last time I saw her. Not only did she look at me a little funny, she took off running. Jr, however, will go anywhere with me, so that’s got to count for something, and Lemon’s kids will let me pick their noses and teeth and will eat off my plate.

      • I’m so tickled you feel this way! I feel the same. I cannot cannot wait to meet you. And as an added enticement for me, I feel sure you and Alden are going to be fast friends too.

      • I’m so tickled you feel this way! I feel the same. I cannot cannot wait to meet you. And as an added enticement for me, I feel sure you and Alden are going to be fast friends too.

      • I’m so tickled you feel this way! I feel the same. I cannot cannot wait to meet you. And as an added enticement for me, I feel sure you and Alden are going to be fast friends too.

      • I’m so tickled you feel this way! I feel the same. I cannot cannot wait to meet you. And as an added enticement for me, I feel sure you and Alden are going to be fast friends too.

      • I’m so tickled you feel this way! I feel the same. I cannot cannot wait to meet you. And as an added enticement for me, I feel sure you and Alden are going to be fast friends too.

      • Do you have any idea how exciting this is for me? I cannot wait to meet you. I cannot wait to eat with you. I cannot wait to see you and Stacey together. I cannot wait to see yobaby. I just can’t wait.
        I just clapped my hands twice in front of me, as though to say, “A dingbat, fool, make it so!” Like Endora.

      • Do you have any idea how exciting this is for me? I cannot wait to meet you. I cannot wait to eat with you. I cannot wait to see you and Stacey together. I cannot wait to see yobaby. I just can’t wait.
        I just clapped my hands twice in front of me, as though to say, “A dingbat, fool, make it so!” Like Endora.

      • Do you have any idea how exciting this is for me? I cannot wait to meet you. I cannot wait to eat with you. I cannot wait to see you and Stacey together. I cannot wait to see yobaby. I just can’t wait.
        I just clapped my hands twice in front of me, as though to say, “A dingbat, fool, make it so!” Like Endora.

      • Do you have any idea how exciting this is for me? I cannot wait to meet you. I cannot wait to eat with you. I cannot wait to see you and Stacey together. I cannot wait to see yobaby. I just can’t wait.
        I just clapped my hands twice in front of me, as though to say, “A dingbat, fool, make it so!” Like Endora.

      • Do you have any idea how exciting this is for me? I cannot wait to meet you. I cannot wait to eat with you. I cannot wait to see you and Stacey together. I cannot wait to see yobaby. I just can’t wait.
        I just clapped my hands twice in front of me, as though to say, “A dingbat, fool, make it so!” Like Endora.

    • Thank you!
      I’ll be working at Scripps Howard doing stuff a lot like what I do now. My actual position hasn’t been announced yet which means I’m not allowed to say. Which makes it sound much more glamorous than it should.
      And I think you will find me in Atlanta plenty. Y’all were definitely part of the decision and Damon was cracking up that I was dancing around saying “I get to meet my Live Journal friends now!”

      Reply

    • Thank you!
      I’ll be working at Scripps Howard doing stuff a lot like what I do now. My actual position hasn’t been announced yet which means I’m not allowed to say. Which makes it sound much more glamorous than it should.
      And I think you will find me in Atlanta plenty. Y’all were definitely part of the decision and Damon was cracking up that I was dancing around saying “I get to meet my Live Journal friends now!”

      Reply

    • Thank you!
      I’ll be working at Scripps Howard doing stuff a lot like what I do now. My actual position hasn’t been announced yet which means I’m not allowed to say. Which makes it sound much more glamorous than it should.
      And I think you will find me in Atlanta plenty. Y’all were definitely part of the decision and Damon was cracking up that I was dancing around saying “I get to meet my Live Journal friends now!”

      Reply

    • Thank you!
      I’ll be working at Scripps Howard doing stuff a lot like what I do now. My actual position hasn’t been announced yet which means I’m not allowed to say. Which makes it sound much more glamorous than it should.
      And I think you will find me in Atlanta plenty. Y’all were definitely part of the decision and Damon was cracking up that I was dancing around saying “I get to meet my Live Journal friends now!”

      Reply

    • Thank you!
      I’ll be working at Scripps Howard doing stuff a lot like what I do now. My actual position hasn’t been announced yet which means I’m not allowed to say. Which makes it sound much more glamorous than it should.
      And I think you will find me in Atlanta plenty. Y’all were definitely part of the decision and Damon was cracking up that I was dancing around saying “I get to meet my Live Journal friends now!”

      Reply

  60. Congratulations!
    What’s the job? When’s it happening?
    Do you think if we all keep sucking, you’ll end up down here?

    Reply

  61. Congratulations!
    What’s the job? When’s it happening?
    Do you think if we all keep sucking, you’ll end up down here?

    Reply

  62. Congratulations!
    What’s the job? When’s it happening?
    Do you think if we all keep sucking, you’ll end up down here?

    Reply

  63. Congratulations!
    What’s the job? When’s it happening?
    Do you think if we all keep sucking, you’ll end up down here?

    Reply

  64. Congratulations!
    What’s the job? When’s it happening?
    Do you think if we all keep sucking, you’ll end up down here?

    Reply

  65. I love creamsicles, and I hope that’s enough because the first two don’t do a lot for me. But yeah, I did notice what seems to be an over-commitment to college sports. I think the good news is that the parks, grocery stores, and public pools should be all ours on game days.

    Reply

  66. Thank you!
    I’ll be working at Scripps Howard doing stuff a lot like what I do now. My actual position hasn’t been announced yet which means I’m not allowed to say. Which makes it sound much more glamorous than it should.
    And I think you will find me in Atlanta plenty. Y’all were definitely part of the decision and Damon was cracking up that I was dancing around saying “I get to meet my Live Journal friends now!”

    Reply

  67. Thank you! I’m very excited!

    Reply

  68. Yes, the UT sports thing is… omnipresent.
    I’m very excited that we’ll surely get to meet you now, and Alden is ready for his squishing.

    Reply

  69. Me too!

    Reply

  70. Absolutely. I’m sure we’ll be down in Atlanta with some frequency. And of course we’ll always be happy for aquarium or Gatlinburg dates.
    I can’t wait to see the sushi, I’m sure it’s beyond darling.

    Reply

  71. Yay! I love Dolly and I love the Smokies, let’s start planning now!

    Reply

  72. Thanks wifey. Once we have you within range I’m turning on the tractor beam.

    Reply

  73. Yeah, Manhattan child rearing is an occupation for the outrageously wealthy.
    I’ll be at Redbook for three more weeks and then report in to Scripps in five. We’re putting the apartment on the market next week and we’ll actually move as soon as it sells.

    Reply

  74. Do you have any idea how exciting this is for me? I cannot wait to meet you. I cannot wait to eat with you. I cannot wait to see you and Stacey together. I cannot wait to see yobaby. I just can’t wait.
    I just clapped my hands twice in front of me, as though to say, “A dingbat, fool, make it so!” Like Endora.

    Reply

  75. I’m so tickled you feel this way! I feel the same. I cannot cannot wait to meet you. And as an added enticement for me, I feel sure you and Alden are going to be fast friends too.

    Reply

  76. How long are apartments on the market in Manhattan these days? I haven’t been keeping up with real estate in the Times the last month or so.

    Reply

  77. Can you even believe you’re a grown-up, negotiating for secret spy jobs, moving to cities with Sunspheres, selling apartments in Manhattan?
    I will love Alden. He might look at me funny, like Scout did the last time I saw her. Not only did she look at me a little funny, she took off running. Jr, however, will go anywhere with me, so that’s got to count for something, and Lemon’s kids will let me pick their noses and teeth and will eat off my plate.

    Reply

  78. Well, hard to say. Manhattan never takes too hard a hit since the island isn’t going to get any bigger. But it does seem like in the last two weeks an awful lot of apartments in our neighborhood have popped up on the market. My fingers are crossed that it sells so fast that we hardly have time to pack our toothbrushes.

    Reply

  79. No! I feel like a total fraud. But it’s a fun fraud.
    You WILL love Alden. He’s fat and smiley. I know he’s going to take to you instantly. On top of your natural charm, he’s helpless in the face of a woman with a southern lilt.

    Reply

  80. It’ll happen quickly. And they sell toothbrushes in Knoxville; I know they do, because I’ve bought one there.

    Reply

  81. On Monday I have to send an email to the new insurance man, the one who Wants To Help Me (read: keep me from pursuing litigation against HHGregg) informing him that the next time he hears from me, it’ll be to tell him that since he doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to move this thing along and cut me a check, the mold remediation experts will be along to send samples along to the lab and he can just work it all out with my attorney. I hope he doesn’t ask for my attorney’s number, because I’d have to walk down the hall and ask him for it.
    Sometimes I wonder when they’re going to find out I’m only 12.

    Reply

  82. The whole state lives and dies with the football team. When I was in Nashville, there was a noticeable drop in business on Mondays following a Vols loss. Every denizen of Tennessee is either at the stadium or parked in front of the TV a dozen Saturdays in the fall, so you’ll have no problem getting anywhere those days.
    I have to admit, though, it’s hard not to get caught up in it all. As horrible an experience Nashville was for me, I still have a bit of a soft spot for “Rocky Top.”

    Reply

  83. Your lips to God’s ears.

    Reply

  84. I’m really glad I never sold you a faulty dishwasher. And I mean that in the most admiring way.
    If I’m a fraud and you’re only 12 I’m starting to worry that no one is driving this bus. Either I’m worried about that, or I’m really enjoying it. Not sure.

    Reply

  85. I am driving the bus. I am sitting on a pillow to see over the steering wheel, but I am, by God, driving the bus.

    Reply

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