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July 13, 2011
by thenestinggame

We took a long weekend and went up to Middle Tennessee to spend time with Taylor’s family. Taylor’s extended family is from the Fayetteville, TN area, but us City Slickers from Florida and Atlanta braved the heat and the bugs for a few days of off-the-grid time.

On the way there—after a BBQ lunch at Sticky Fingers in the ‘noog—we stopped at a local landmark, the Tennessee Alabama Fireworks store. It’s this GIGANTIC building that sits in between the east- and west-bound lanes of I-24. I bet I’ve driven past it 1000 times, but this was the first (and likely last) time I’ve been in.

Half of the store is pyrotechnics. One-fourth is beer. And the other quarter is tchocthkes. Tchotchkes that time forgot. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Furry, drunk hillbillies. And a freakishly tall man-baby.

Incredibly life-like. Incredibly creeptastic.

I like my wine with notes of barnyard.


Many Mammy sculptures of all sizes. (These are cookie jars.) Not sure this is still ok.

The kids started to put these on and I shrieked. Not sure if they are dead or just snoozing.

These address books have been here since people named their kids Maureen. And used address books.

Baby Jesus snow globe.

Slightly out-of-place wizard.

Wiener dog with grill marks.

Blue, looking pretty fly in the parking lot.

But, once we got to our destination, the scenery was lovely.

My morning walk.

Hay is for horses.

And fields of Queen Anne’s Lace. So pretty!

I didn’t get my s’more though. Still kinda sad about that.


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8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2011 1:59 pm

    But! Was there Cheerwine?

  2. July 13, 2011 1:59 pm

    Also, it would be worse if the cookie jars had been painted white, like so many lawn statues in suburban St. Louis.

  3. Elaine permalink
    July 13, 2011 7:08 pm

    And we are still enjoying the country/red neck life!
    Miss you!

  4. Lela permalink
    July 18, 2011 3:47 pm

    Please tell me you bought the Baby Jesus snow globe.

    I have been in this store way more times than I think is right. I prefer Big Daddy’s, though.

    • July 19, 2011 10:31 am

      For Fireworks, I think the store in Jasper with the glittery “Fireworks” sign is my fave. Plus, if you text the code on the billboard, they text you a coupon. But we will have to give Big Daddy’s a shot (no pun intended). I find pin-stripe suit wearing gangsters oddly appealing in the TN Valley.

      And sadly, I left Snow Globe Baby Jesus behind. Chances are good it will still be there should I ever return.

  5. Maureen permalink
    July 22, 2012 6:20 pm

    Wow. I didn’t know my name was so old fashioned. : )

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