I was reminded of how much my mother enjoyed watching the Kentucky Derby each year. It became something of a major event for us--we each had to place our two dollar bets and pick our winners. Mom held the money and paid off the winners. She herself employed that time-honored and scientific method of picking winners based on how lively the horse looked as it pranced out. Me, I always used the prettiest horse method. Both methods seemed to have some validity.
We had lunch with Khrysso's sister Adele in Cookeville, Tennessee, and toured the Cumberland Art Center where she volunteers. Below is a picture of the three of us. The painting is one done by Adele, and was a gift for Khrysso.
Then on to Tennessee Tech where I met two delightful people, Andy and Jeannie Smith, who are both on the faculty there. It was a pleasure learning about what they are each doing in their respective programs.
The afternoon continued with a leisurely drive through the Cumberland countryside into Nashville, followed by dinner at a Japanese restaurant, courtesy of our gracious host, Pablo, who is a long-time friend of Khrysso. Their friends John and Bill also joined us, both delightful and remarkable men. Great conversation, lots of laughs, and a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Picture of Khrysso and Pablo below.
Tomorrow...Natchez Trace! Goodnight friends!