I am bone tired. We spent another eight days in Knoxville. It was a productive and pleasant trip, but it is wearing on me to keep bouncing back and forth with the baby (and bringing along my mom as well).

We did bookend the trip with celebrities, which was fun. Freddy Prinze Jr. was on our flight out of LaGuardia. He flirted with Alden on the shuttle and then helped Damon take the stroller down the stairs. Very kind. Near the end of our stay at our bed and breakfast (booked by a sweet assistant who was trying to make the trip nice by sending us there instead of a sterile hotel) we were joined by Patricia Neal. She lived in Knoxville for a time and there is a hospital wing there in her name. She was in town for some kind of event. So we all got to have breakfast together. She was every inch the grande dame movie star. She seemed to truly enjoy talking with us and we passed a very pleasant hour together. Now I admit that I know at some point in the last 10 days I had another celebrity contact, but I can’t remember who or how. But I’m positive that I was saying “three celebrities” just a few days ago.

PS — I know I’m rambling.

We leave New York in 11 days. Or 10, I guess, since it’s after midnight. We took Tennessee real estate by storm last week and found a few contenders. Two are tied for first right now. One is old and beautiful, full of charm but with a super-high-end brand-new kitchen. The cabinets alone look like something we could not normally hope to have. But no master bath. And did I mention it’s 70 years old? The neighborhood is gorgeous. Old houses on hilly lots, crazy foliage everywhere. Tall trees, vines, ground cover. The second house is relatively new and pretty modern. It’s a bit smaller. The neighborhood is nice, but can’t begin to compare with the first. The back yard is perfect for Alden. It has a lovely master bath. We hired a contractor to go out to house one tomorrow morning and let us know what it would take to get a master bath in there somewhere. The jury is still out, but right now I’m leaning to new. It’s been a hard year. We deserve an easy house.

But before any of that happens we will be bunking in a temporary apartment. We were living in corporate housing when Alden was born and it looks like he might spend his first birthday there too. Poor baby. I planned for him to be a sheltered little flower, but instead he’s already flown so many times I lost count long ago. I’d love to throw him a party in his very own house. I think, aside from that, the temp housing will be fine. It’s roomy, there’s a pool and gym, there’s a washer and dryer (praise the lord) in the unit.

There’s no better note to end on than a washer and dryer, so now I’ll stop nattering in your ear and go to bed.

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67 responses to this post.

  1. When, and why, would Patricia Neal have lived in Knoxville?

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  2. When, and why, would Patricia Neal have lived in Knoxville?

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    • Patricia Neal
      The coincidences continue to mount…
      Patricia Neal grew up in Knoxville. The event you spoke of was the Patricia Neal Golf Classic, of which my wife is one of the primary folks running the tournament. It’s sponsored by the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, a part of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center that treats brain and spinal cord injuries, orthopedics and stroke victims (which Ms. Neal suffered as a young woman). I worked the whole tournament Monday shuttling volunteers back and forth from the parking lot 🙂
      You probably met her assistant, Janai, who is an opera singer.

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      • Me? I didn’t meet anybody.
        I always assumed Patricia Neal was English, which is why I was surprised she’d live in Knoxville. From IMDB I know see that she’s American, but she was played in The Patricia Neal Story by Glenda Jackson, who is English, and was married to Roald Dahl, of all people, who of course is English.

      • Sorry, I was referring to Jillian…

      • Sorry, I was referring to Jillian…

      • Sorry, I was referring to Jillian…

      • Sorry, I was referring to Jillian…

      • Sorry, I was referring to Jillian…

      • Me? I didn’t meet anybody.
        I always assumed Patricia Neal was English, which is why I was surprised she’d live in Knoxville. From IMDB I know see that she’s American, but she was played in The Patricia Neal Story by Glenda Jackson, who is English, and was married to Roald Dahl, of all people, who of course is English.

      • Me? I didn’t meet anybody.
        I always assumed Patricia Neal was English, which is why I was surprised she’d live in Knoxville. From IMDB I know see that she’s American, but she was played in The Patricia Neal Story by Glenda Jackson, who is English, and was married to Roald Dahl, of all people, who of course is English.

      • Me? I didn’t meet anybody.
        I always assumed Patricia Neal was English, which is why I was surprised she’d live in Knoxville. From IMDB I know see that she’s American, but she was played in The Patricia Neal Story by Glenda Jackson, who is English, and was married to Roald Dahl, of all people, who of course is English.

      • Me? I didn’t meet anybody.
        I always assumed Patricia Neal was English, which is why I was surprised she’d live in Knoxville. From IMDB I know see that she’s American, but she was played in The Patricia Neal Story by Glenda Jackson, who is English, and was married to Roald Dahl, of all people, who of course is English.

      • Re: Patricia Neal
        And funnier yet… we already knew Jenai.
        Jenai lived in our neighborhood in New York until very recently. A very close friend of ours — James — is an opera singer and he and his partner know Jenai well. We saw her at their apartment for dinners and parties quite a few times. So when we heard Patricia Neal was coming we hoped (and were rewarded) that we would see Jenai as well.

      • Re: Patricia Neal
        And funnier yet… we already knew Jenai.
        Jenai lived in our neighborhood in New York until very recently. A very close friend of ours — James — is an opera singer and he and his partner know Jenai well. We saw her at their apartment for dinners and parties quite a few times. So when we heard Patricia Neal was coming we hoped (and were rewarded) that we would see Jenai as well.

      • Re: Patricia Neal
        And funnier yet… we already knew Jenai.
        Jenai lived in our neighborhood in New York until very recently. A very close friend of ours — James — is an opera singer and he and his partner know Jenai well. We saw her at their apartment for dinners and parties quite a few times. So when we heard Patricia Neal was coming we hoped (and were rewarded) that we would see Jenai as well.

      • Re: Patricia Neal
        And funnier yet… we already knew Jenai.
        Jenai lived in our neighborhood in New York until very recently. A very close friend of ours — James — is an opera singer and he and his partner know Jenai well. We saw her at their apartment for dinners and parties quite a few times. So when we heard Patricia Neal was coming we hoped (and were rewarded) that we would see Jenai as well.

    • Patricia Neal
      The coincidences continue to mount…
      Patricia Neal grew up in Knoxville. The event you spoke of was the Patricia Neal Golf Classic, of which my wife is one of the primary folks running the tournament. It’s sponsored by the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, a part of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center that treats brain and spinal cord injuries, orthopedics and stroke victims (which Ms. Neal suffered as a young woman). I worked the whole tournament Monday shuttling volunteers back and forth from the parking lot 🙂
      You probably met her assistant, Janai, who is an opera singer.

      Reply

    • Patricia Neal
      The coincidences continue to mount…
      Patricia Neal grew up in Knoxville. The event you spoke of was the Patricia Neal Golf Classic, of which my wife is one of the primary folks running the tournament. It’s sponsored by the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, a part of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center that treats brain and spinal cord injuries, orthopedics and stroke victims (which Ms. Neal suffered as a young woman). I worked the whole tournament Monday shuttling volunteers back and forth from the parking lot 🙂
      You probably met her assistant, Janai, who is an opera singer.

      Reply

    • Patricia Neal
      The coincidences continue to mount…
      Patricia Neal grew up in Knoxville. The event you spoke of was the Patricia Neal Golf Classic, of which my wife is one of the primary folks running the tournament. It’s sponsored by the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, a part of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center that treats brain and spinal cord injuries, orthopedics and stroke victims (which Ms. Neal suffered as a young woman). I worked the whole tournament Monday shuttling volunteers back and forth from the parking lot 🙂
      You probably met her assistant, Janai, who is an opera singer.

      Reply

    • Patricia Neal
      The coincidences continue to mount…
      Patricia Neal grew up in Knoxville. The event you spoke of was the Patricia Neal Golf Classic, of which my wife is one of the primary folks running the tournament. It’s sponsored by the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, a part of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center that treats brain and spinal cord injuries, orthopedics and stroke victims (which Ms. Neal suffered as a young woman). I worked the whole tournament Monday shuttling volunteers back and forth from the parking lot 🙂
      You probably met her assistant, Janai, who is an opera singer.

      Reply

  3. When, and why, would Patricia Neal have lived in Knoxville?

    Reply

  4. When, and why, would Patricia Neal have lived in Knoxville?

    Reply

  5. When, and why, would Patricia Neal have lived in Knoxville?

    Reply

  6. When, and why, would Patricia Neal have lived in Knoxville?

    Reply

  7. Patricia Neal
    The coincidences continue to mount…
    Patricia Neal grew up in Knoxville. The event you spoke of was the Patricia Neal Golf Classic, of which my wife is one of the primary folks running the tournament. It’s sponsored by the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, a part of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center that treats brain and spinal cord injuries, orthopedics and stroke victims (which Ms. Neal suffered as a young woman). I worked the whole tournament Monday shuttling volunteers back and forth from the parking lot 🙂
    You probably met her assistant, Janai, who is an opera singer.

    Reply

  8. Posted by Anonymous on August 16, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Curiouser and curiouser
    So unusual . . . I stumbled across your journal entry from reading a friend’s journal. I live in Knoxville and was wondering if the first house you are referring to is in the Fourth and Gill neighborhood on Luttrell Street? Big green house with lots of landscaping? If so – I have been oogling it since I first noticed it for sale a couple of months back. I work not too far from there and pass it all the time.
    Sorry for the randomness, but I had to quench my curiosity 🙂

    Reply

  9. Posted by Anonymous on August 16, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Curiouser and curiouser
    So unusual . . . I stumbled across your journal entry from reading a friend’s journal. I live in Knoxville and was wondering if the first house you are referring to is in the Fourth and Gill neighborhood on Luttrell Street? Big green house with lots of landscaping? If so – I have been oogling it since I first noticed it for sale a couple of months back. I work not too far from there and pass it all the time.
    Sorry for the randomness, but I had to quench my curiosity 🙂

    Reply

    • Re: Curiouser and curiouser
      I know exactly what house you’re talking about! It’s gorgeous. It’s not the one we’re considering, though. We looked around 4th and Gill, but ultimately decided it was too close to the university for us. The house I’m talking about is in Sequoyah.
      Bring the random by any time, I love it. And I could definitely use all the (new) local contacts I can get.

      Reply

    • Re: Curiouser and curiouser
      I know exactly what house you’re talking about! It’s gorgeous. It’s not the one we’re considering, though. We looked around 4th and Gill, but ultimately decided it was too close to the university for us. The house I’m talking about is in Sequoyah.
      Bring the random by any time, I love it. And I could definitely use all the (new) local contacts I can get.

      Reply

    • Re: Curiouser and curiouser
      I know exactly what house you’re talking about! It’s gorgeous. It’s not the one we’re considering, though. We looked around 4th and Gill, but ultimately decided it was too close to the university for us. The house I’m talking about is in Sequoyah.
      Bring the random by any time, I love it. And I could definitely use all the (new) local contacts I can get.

      Reply

    • Re: Curiouser and curiouser
      I know exactly what house you’re talking about! It’s gorgeous. It’s not the one we’re considering, though. We looked around 4th and Gill, but ultimately decided it was too close to the university for us. The house I’m talking about is in Sequoyah.
      Bring the random by any time, I love it. And I could definitely use all the (new) local contacts I can get.

      Reply

  10. Posted by Anonymous on August 16, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Curiouser and curiouser
    So unusual . . . I stumbled across your journal entry from reading a friend’s journal. I live in Knoxville and was wondering if the first house you are referring to is in the Fourth and Gill neighborhood on Luttrell Street? Big green house with lots of landscaping? If so – I have been oogling it since I first noticed it for sale a couple of months back. I work not too far from there and pass it all the time.
    Sorry for the randomness, but I had to quench my curiosity 🙂

    Reply

  11. Posted by Anonymous on August 16, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Curiouser and curiouser
    So unusual . . . I stumbled across your journal entry from reading a friend’s journal. I live in Knoxville and was wondering if the first house you are referring to is in the Fourth and Gill neighborhood on Luttrell Street? Big green house with lots of landscaping? If so – I have been oogling it since I first noticed it for sale a couple of months back. I work not too far from there and pass it all the time.
    Sorry for the randomness, but I had to quench my curiosity 🙂

    Reply

  12. Posted by Anonymous on August 16, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Curiouser and curiouser
    So unusual . . . I stumbled across your journal entry from reading a friend’s journal. I live in Knoxville and was wondering if the first house you are referring to is in the Fourth and Gill neighborhood on Luttrell Street? Big green house with lots of landscaping? If so – I have been oogling it since I first noticed it for sale a couple of months back. I work not too far from there and pass it all the time.
    Sorry for the randomness, but I had to quench my curiosity 🙂

    Reply

  13. Posted by Anonymous on August 16, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Curiouser and curiouser
    So unusual . . . I stumbled across your journal entry from reading a friend’s journal. I live in Knoxville and was wondering if the first house you are referring to is in the Fourth and Gill neighborhood on Luttrell Street? Big green house with lots of landscaping? If so – I have been oogling it since I first noticed it for sale a couple of months back. I work not too far from there and pass it all the time.
    Sorry for the randomness, but I had to quench my curiosity 🙂

    Reply

  14. Me? I didn’t meet anybody.
    I always assumed Patricia Neal was English, which is why I was surprised she’d live in Knoxville. From IMDB I know see that she’s American, but she was played in The Patricia Neal Story by Glenda Jackson, who is English, and was married to Roald Dahl, of all people, who of course is English.

    Reply

  15. Sorry, I was referring to Jillian…

    Reply

  16. There’s no better note to end on than a washer and dryer
    Damn straight. That’s top of my list, next place we live. My goals are small, but very focused.

    Reply

  17. There’s no better note to end on than a washer and dryer
    Damn straight. That’s top of my list, next place we live. My goals are small, but very focused.

    Reply

  18. There’s no better note to end on than a washer and dryer
    Damn straight. That’s top of my list, next place we live. My goals are small, but very focused.

    Reply

  19. There’s no better note to end on than a washer and dryer
    Damn straight. That’s top of my list, next place we live. My goals are small, but very focused.

    Reply

  20. There’s no better note to end on than a washer and dryer
    Damn straight. That’s top of my list, next place we live. My goals are small, but very focused.

    Reply

  21. There’s no better note to end on than a washer and dryer
    Damn straight. That’s top of my list, next place we live. My goals are small, but very focused.

    Reply

  22. I’m so glad you’ll be heading south soon. You have guest bedrooms in both choices, correct? 🙂

    Reply

  23. I’m so glad you’ll be heading south soon. You have guest bedrooms in both choices, correct? 🙂

    Reply

    • With toiletries and robes, even. All my time in hotels will pay off for our guests. I cannot wait to have you up for the weekend (or longer).

      Reply

    • With toiletries and robes, even. All my time in hotels will pay off for our guests. I cannot wait to have you up for the weekend (or longer).

      Reply

    • With toiletries and robes, even. All my time in hotels will pay off for our guests. I cannot wait to have you up for the weekend (or longer).

      Reply

    • With toiletries and robes, even. All my time in hotels will pay off for our guests. I cannot wait to have you up for the weekend (or longer).

      Reply

  24. I’m so glad you’ll be heading south soon. You have guest bedrooms in both choices, correct? 🙂

    Reply

  25. I’m so glad you’ll be heading south soon. You have guest bedrooms in both choices, correct? 🙂

    Reply

  26. I’m so glad you’ll be heading south soon. You have guest bedrooms in both choices, correct? 🙂

    Reply

  27. I’m so glad you’ll be heading south soon. You have guest bedrooms in both choices, correct? 🙂

    Reply

  28. Re: Patricia Neal
    And funnier yet… we already knew Jenai.
    Jenai lived in our neighborhood in New York until very recently. A very close friend of ours — James — is an opera singer and he and his partner know Jenai well. We saw her at their apartment for dinners and parties quite a few times. So when we heard Patricia Neal was coming we hoped (and were rewarded) that we would see Jenai as well.

    Reply

  29. Re: Curiouser and curiouser
    I know exactly what house you’re talking about! It’s gorgeous. It’s not the one we’re considering, though. We looked around 4th and Gill, but ultimately decided it was too close to the university for us. The house I’m talking about is in Sequoyah.
    Bring the random by any time, I love it. And I could definitely use all the (new) local contacts I can get.

    Reply

  30. Posted by Anonymous on August 17, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Oh yeah. My desires are not extravagant, but they are definite.

    Reply

  31. That was me.

    Reply

  32. With toiletries and robes, even. All my time in hotels will pay off for our guests. I cannot wait to have you up for the weekend (or longer).

    Reply

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