Friday, January 04, 2013

Happy 'Nooga Year

I just spent three days in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

No, it was not community service. I actually wanted to go there -- a decision made after watching an HGTV House Hunters episode - you know, the way I make all of my travel destination choices.

And after driving 1500 miles over 5 days (we stopped in Charlotte to visit relatives along the way), I have to say -- I love the 'Nooga!

Which is kinda weird. Because I hate nougat. And noogies.

What a great city. And not only because I happened upon a marriage-proposal-in-process while I was walking across a pedestrian bridge (awwww):

Right after proposal was accepted, I screamed,
"You know 50% of marriages end in divorce, right?"
or because I fell in love with a 10-week-old Wheaten Terrier I met on that bridge. It was not even because of some great restaurants with great beer or the fact that this is what a Chattanooga police station looks like:
Well put me in cuffs and send me to your Art Deco hoosegow.

or that they teach you how to do the Waltz while walking (now dancing) down the street:

Look how drunk Avery is.
Chattanooga has a dedication to public art and refurbishing old buildings and growing the city in a really smart way. It's hip without the 'tude. Great real estate without the great price tags. Nougat without the "T."

Besides, my next house is there:

Right in the center of town and ridiculously cheap.
Perhaps because there are no doors.
And, yes -- I did make my child both a) eat nougat and b) get a noogie while we were there:


Happy 'Nooga Year, Everyone!


Trout Almondine said...

I find the decor of that police station kind of hokey. And I happen to know, there are some holding cells in that particular station. The locals call it "The Pokey." So it's the Hokey Pokey.

I'm ashamed to say, I spent some time in the Hokey Pokey. BUT...I turned myself around.

And you know...that's what it's all about.

Brutalism said...

Trout Almondine -- I knew you looked familiar. They used to call me the "Bighouse Frau" (or maybe it was the "Big Housefrau"). Now I'm offended.