Sunday, July 14, 2013

Chattanooga: Yard Sales, Redbox and the Times Free Press

Chattanooga Diary: 7-14-2013
Market Street Bridge and Chattanooga Skyline by Brad Snoke
I have made the decision to write an online diary about my boring, mundane life in Chattanooga. This strange idea was the outcome of two articles in the Chattanooga newspaper, the Times Free Press. One was an announcement of an upcoming project sponsored by the Times Free Press titled “Help us film a day of life in Chattanooga”. The Times Free Press was asking their readers to film one minute of their lives and upload it to YouTube. They will take the films and create a larger one about life in Chattanooga. The other article was “Vast war letter collection shows sacrifice”. This article by Gillian Flaccus announced the opening of a new center in Orange, California that will house over 90,000 wartime letters written by Americans participating in a variety of wars from the American Revolution to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both of these articles highlighted the idea that the details of everyday life can be interesting and of some importance. So as you can see, it is not that I am narcissistic and so self-absorbed that I think people today care about what I do or how I spend my time.  I do think that it will tell people what life in this town is like (both now and in the future) and just might help them decide that Chattanooga is a great place to live, work and play.

I determined to take advantage of the warm July weather this weekend and hit the yard sales that were about town. My original list consisted of sales in Ooltewah, East Brainerd, Cleveland and Ringgold. My husband and I started early with the East Brainerd sales and we purchased something at the first three sales we stopped by. When our stomachs started growling, we hit the Gunbarrel Chick-fil-a, which was wonderful as usual. One stop that was of particular interest was an estate sale at the old Brainerd Hills swimming pool across the street from Brown Acres Golf Course. I had seen this worn-out, empty building and swimming pool many times and was so interested in getting a closer look. For some reason, it always makes me think of the resort from “Dirty Dancing”. Strange, I know. We walked up the hill and made our way into the side area where the pool could still be seen. The lady hosting the sale had a large number of items that had been used by the swim club during its heyday. I purchased four wooden-looking salad bowls for a quarter-a-piece. I would have loved to see this place when it was being used.

Glass Bridge in Downtown Chattanooga by Brad Snoke
We decided to hit the sales in Ringgold, but after the first stop we decided it was time to call it a day. Since I had been looking for an old sheet (for my dog to lie on) and had not found one, we went to the Goodwill Store in East Ridge. I found exactly what I needed and of course we had to make reference to “popping tags” to the sales clerk. I am sure he rolled his eyes because you know that every other customer must say something about it. For those of you who do not know “popping tags” is a line from the hit song “Thrift Shop” by Maclkemore & Ryan Lewis.

The other highlight of the weekend was a movie marathon that included “Identity Thief”, “The Call” and “A Good Day to Die Hard”. We rented the movies from the RedBox at the Walgreens located on the corner of Gunbarrel and Shallowford Road, near Hamilton Place Mall. It was busy as usual but it did not take too long to get the movies. “Identity Theft” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy was not as funny as I thought it would be but it was alright. I absolutely loved the scene where the Chattanooga skyline morphs into St. Louis’ skyline. “The Call” (Halle Berry) was fabulous. It has been a long time since I have been that frightened and the ending knocked me off my feet. It was perfect. “A Good Day to Die Hard” (Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney) was actually pretty good for an action adventure movie.

I finished up the weekend being a typical grownup doing chores and grocery shopping. I am hoping that next weekend will include a hike at the Nature Park at Enterprise South. We shall see what the weather and life brings.

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