Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Visit from an Old Friend

Two weeks ago, my first best friend, Nancy Clemente, came through Nashville on her way back to Clarion, PA from Tuscaloosa. Nancy and I attended elementary and high schools together, and she was my first "best" friend. I remember riding bikes with her, running through her great house and singing in my bedroom while one of us played piano. Nancy is one of the most positive people I know and is always happy. We lost touch after high school, but thanks to the internet, we reconnected about 10 years ago, and we've visited only twice since we live so far away from each other.

One of my Murray State friends told me she thinks that maybe my house hadn't sold before so that Nancy and I would have the opportunity to visit again. I think that maybe she's right. ;-)


If you have followed Nashville Daily Photo, you might remember that I decided to go back to graduate school in January, 2008, and I am working on my MFA in creative writing at Murray State University. On July 10, I'll start my fourth and final semester, my thesis semester. If everything goes as planned, I'll defend my thesis in January and graduate. My classwork has been the reason I have been writing less and less for the blog in the past year or so.

You might also remember that last July, my husband was able to take early retirement. When we moved to Nashville 13 years ago, we had no idea that we would stay here this long, nor did we have any idea that we would be looking at enjoying retirement at our ages.

We've always planned to move back to Las Vegas when we retired. While our house has been for sale for a few months, the economic downturn the US is facing right now has slowed down our plans. Showings have picked up, so we're hopeful. . . .

So, all of that said, I need to announce that I'll be closing down Nashville Daily Photo within the next few weeks. I am going to have to concentrate on writing my thesis, and that will take a huge amount of my time over the next several months. In addition, we will eventually be moving west, and I would have to close the blog anyway.

Before I close my blog, I would like to share some of my favorite places in Middle Tennessee, and I'll show you the Top Ten Things I'll Miss About Nashville. I hope you'll come along for our ride into the sunset.

Tomorrow: One of the big things I'll miss about Nashville when we move.


Halcyon said...

Good luck on all your new beginnings! I'll check back for your recommendations on what to visit in Tennessee. I still plan on getting up there one of these days.

Kate said...

Time marches on and our lives change. It appears to me that you are doing exactly what you should be doing and loving it. Interesting, isn't it how our lives move on, change, and solidify? I hope that when you actually do move on and out of blogging that you visit us now and then. In the meantime I'll be following your progress.

Jim said...

I will take you up on that drink in LV! Sad to see your closing down NDP.

Rambling Round said...

Chris, Congratulations on your academic success! I will miss your photos from Nashville and hope you will have time to post a blog from Las Vegas in the future. All the best to you and your husband.

Clueless in Boston said...

Chris thanks for catching me up with your news. Good luck on your final semester and the sale of you house.

I have been MIA from visiting your blog for a long time, funny how you just get in the habit of visiting certain blogs and not others, but there are not enough hours in the day visit every blog that you like.

I will be checking back before you sign off and also am interested in your recommendations of what to visit in Tenn.

Denton said...

Chris, I will miss your photos from Nashville ... hopefully you will start a Las Vegas DP when you move ... best of luck and congratulations on your upcoming degree ... I'm sure your thesis will be great.

Anonymous said...

Just stunned when I saw your picture on Kate's blog and then came here. I forgot I had not seen you around in a long time.

I guess we all come to the end of the string at some point and closing a blog is not quite the same as opening one. Will look forward to that once the thesis is finished. I wonder if you know what you will write about.

Take care.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville, Ohio

Hyde DP said...

Good luck with the move and everything. I do hope you'll retain the archives when you stop new posts.

Virginia said...

You were one of my best blog buddies when I started my blog. Thank you for being such a great friend. I hope you'll join us again in Las Vegas. Many blessings for you as you work towards the end of this wonderful endeavor. I applaud you for what you have accomplished.
Much love,

lv2scpbk said...

Good luck and come back to see us when your all done and set up. You can do a new photo a day blog wherever you set up roots.

Lynette said...

I'm so excited for you, Chris, as you work so hard on the final step of this process. I know success will be yours, I just know it. And I'll be on the lookout for you again in the photo-blog world, once you and your husband have made the changes you've so graciously outlined for us. Thanks so much for visiting Portland Oregon Daily Photo.
Las Vegas isn't all that far from Portland--come see us sometime!

Jilly said...

Life means saying yes to new things else you don't move on and you, my friend, are definitely moving on. I have such admiration for you and your single mindedness and wish you all the luck in the world. Just let us know, won't you, when you get your MFA. I want to open the champagne and toast you, dear Chris.

meanwhile, I'll be visiting you over the next days to see the Top Ten Things you'll miss in Nashville.

Steve Buser said...

Chris, we are going to miss you. Wish you well on the thesis and the defense thereof.

Then back to Vegas. I understand it has take a bit of a downturn in this economy.

slim said...

I wish you the best, Chris, as you finish your MFA and move on to a new ventures . . . I've enjoyed seeing Nashville from your vantage point.

D said...

Chris, you were the way I found CDP and the inspiration for starting my own blog. I'll miss your posts. Congratulations and best wishes in all your new endeavors!