Archive for June, 2008

A night at FUSE

June 29, 2008

FINALLY! There’s a hip, hot, sexy, classy nightclub in Nashville (and it’s NOT on 2nd Ave…YAY!). Introducing FUSE at the Opryland Hotel.

I had the opportunity to go there last Friday night and I was VERY impressed. Everything from the flooring to the bathrooms was amazing. (Of course, the first thing I would notice in a very dark room would be the flooring…) Black and Red are the primary colors. When you enter you first see the bar and cocktail seating area consisting of red leather couches, chairs and coffee tables. Above are wood panels that span up one wall and continue overhead. In between said panels are slowly changing lights; everything from red to blue to orange to pink. Beyond the bar is the dance floor filled with smoke and moving lights. Two female go-go-esques dancers are on platforms dancing to get other people out on the floor. (That was a nice touch). All the bathrooms are unisex and no detail is left undone.

We got there at 8:30 to avoid the $20 cover that starts at 9PM…aaaaand we were the only ones there for the first hour or so. Kind of a bummer, but once it catches on I’m sure that’ll change. On the subject of money…be sure you bring some (or have some plastic) as the drinks are pricey and a bit watered down.

One thing I did notice was how much older the crowd was. Being that it’s in the hotel and convention center there were plenty of older people there (older being 40s-no offense to those in that age range…just wasn’t the 20-something’s scene)

I’m anxious to go back after it’s gotten more exposure. Be sure to check it out. It would make a GREAT date night. For those of you that are married you could just stay the night there and make a little getaway of it.

NOTICE: There’s a dress code so be sure to look it over before you head out.

Boscos Cool Springs…open for business!

June 23, 2008

It’s about time! After months of delays and putting up with the City of Franklin’s code inspectors, Boscos Cool Springs will “officially” open on Thursday. Although they are accepting people Tuesday and Wednesday as part of our Dry Run tests.

So come on out, have a seat at the bar and I’ll pour you a cold one.

Meet “Diesel”…my new dog!

June 17, 2008

Over the weekend I became the proud owner of an American Pit Bull Terrier and life just hasn’t been the same since.

His name is Diesel and he’s about 1 year old. The girl I got him from took him out of a bad situation. When he was rescued he was underfed and abused 😦  She wasn’t able to keep him and had to take him to the pound where he would be euthanized before the end of the weekend!

When I saw him I knew immediately he was the one for me. I was sitting on a chair in the yard and he crawled up on my lap. So here’s this 40 pound puppy awkwardly making his way up thinking he’s some lap dog. He’s still trying to figure out his body. It’s just big enough for him to not really be in total control. So he’s kinda clumsy and goofy…still working out the kinks.

Here’s a little info on the American Pit Bull Terrier to clear the air from all the bad press they’ve gotten

Description
The Pit Bull immediately strikes one as being a dog of power, passion, and undying willingness. The brick-like head, which is especially broad between the cheeks (to house the powerful jaws), is carried upon a thickly muscled, well-defined neck. The neck runs into a deep, thick, well-sprung chest. The American Pit Bull is a very muscular, stocky, yet agile dog which is extremely strong for his size. The ears are generally cropped, though this is optional. Docked tails are not accepted by the UKC or the ADBA. The eyes are round, and any color is acceptable. The teeth should form a scissors bite. Its coat is made up of thick, short, shiny hair. All colors are admissible. The tail tapers to a point.

Temperament
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a strong pleasure to please. The APBT has evoked more human emotional, rational, and irrational response than any other breed that exists today.  By no means are these dogs people-haters or people-eaters. Their natural aggressive tendencies are toward other dogs and animals, not people. However if they are properly socialized they will not even be aggressive with them. These are truly quality companions for quality owners only! The American Pit Bull Terrier is a good-natured, amusing, extremely loyal and affectionate family pet, which is good with children and adults. Almost always obedient, it is always eager to please its master. It is an extremely courageous and intelligent guard dog that is very full of vitality. Highly protective of his owners and the owner’s property, it will fight an enemy to the death. It is usually very friendly, but has an uncanny ability to know when it needs to protect and when everything is okay. The American Pit Bull Terrier can be willful and needs a firm hand. They are generally okay with other pets if they are raised with them from puppy hood.  For the most part they are very friendly, but not recommended for most people. Excellent with children in the family, they have a high pain tolerance and will happily put up with rough child play. As with any breed, they should not be left alone with unfamiliar children. Originally used as fighting dogs, the powerful American Pit Bull may go for the throat of strange dogs. A minimum of training will produce a tranquil, obedient dog. Socialize very thoroughly when young to combat aggressive tendencies and be sure to keep the dog under control when other dogs are present. It has given outstanding results as a guardian of property, but is at the same time esteemed as a companion dog. When properly trained and socialized, this is a very good dog and a great family companion. Unfortunately, some choose to promote the fighting instinct in the breed, giving it a bad name.

Height, weight
Height: 18-22 inches (46-56 cm)
Weight: 22 -110 pounds (10-50 kg)

Please Note: The APBT ranges in size from 22 pounds to 110 pounds (rare), with the most common being between 35 – 55 pounds (16-25 kg.), in fact the original APBT’s were between 20 – 40 pounds (9-18 kg.) and were bred small for their main purpose, fighting, These dogs are varying from small to extra large.  A very common misconception is that APBT’s are muscle bound (viscous) hulks that weigh in around 85 pounds (39 kg.) and this is generally not the majority, Most of the APBT’s that Are that large have been crossed with another breeds.

Health Problems
A generally healthy breed, although some are prone to hip dysplasia, hereditary cataracts, allergies to grass and congenital heart disease.

Living Conditions
Pits will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are very active indoors and will do alright without a yard provided they get enough exercise. Prefers warm climates.

Exercise
American Pit Bull Terriers must have plenty of regular exercise and need to be taken on long daily walks.

Life Expectancy
About 12 years

Litter Size
Average of 5 – 10 puppies

Grooming
The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Brush regularly with a firm bristle brush, and bathe or dry shampoo as necessary. A rub with a piece of toweling or chamois will make the coat gleam. This breed is an average shedder.
Origin
Developed from the Bull and Terrier types of yesteryear, the American Pit Bull Terrier comes from an indisputable history of pit-fighting. The breed’s tenacity and accompanying strength are unmatched in the canine world. As rich and captivating as the breed’s history is, the Pit Bull’s future is more worthy of commentary. Some proponents of the breed argue that this breed is the original bulldog of the past. Old prints and woodcarvings show reason to believe this. They show dogs that look exactly like the breed today, doing things the dog is still capable of doing.  For more information on this theory you can read books by Richard F Stratton. The APBT, as registered by the UKC, is an individual breed of dog and does not refer to just any ill-bred, mindless warrior-type mongrel. At one time, the Pit Bull was a much loved, trustworthy companion. People who chose to train these dogs to fight are chiefly responsible for the banning and witch-hunting that has been sweeping the U.S. The media, however, should not go unmentioned, for it is also responsible for escalating isolated incidences in a relentless and attention-getting way. In a lot of cases when the media is reporting about a Pit Bull attacking, it is indeed not even a Pit Bull at all, but a mixed breed of some sort, or another bull breed all together. In fact, one time there was a report on KYW news in Philadelphia about two Pit Bulls attacking a person. I called the news station and asked if they knew the dogs were in fact a purebred American Pit Bull Terriers, or another bull breed of some sort, or a mutt for that matter. They told me they did not know, I would have to call the police station to verify that information. I asked them how they could report something that they were not sure of. They had no answer for me and they were not sure of the dog’s breed. Even after admitting that to me on the phone, they kept calling it a Pit Bull. The Pit Bull’s future has been perhaps irreparably undone and everyone is to blame except the dog itself. This very loyal dog is too set on pleasing his owner, and ironically this is the root of his own undoing. Accompanying this need to please are remarkable abilities of all kinds. Jack Dempsy, Teddy Roosevelt and Jack Johnson are just a few people who have owned Pit Bulls. Pit Bulls excel in practically every canine task including herding, guarding, hunting, policing, cart pulling and ratting. A Pit Bull, named Banddog Dread, holds more canine working titles than ANY other breed. The owner’s name is Diane Jessup and you can reference her book, “The Working Pit Bull.” It tells you all of Dread’s accomplishments. These dogs are truly capable of many tasks. The difference between Pits and American Staffordshire Terriers is a difficult one. Even breeders can’t agree. The main difference is the bloodline. Amstaffs are show dogs and dog fighters won’t use dogs with Amstaff blood. As time progresses there will be more of a difference. Many are duel registered as Amstaffs with the AKC and Pits with the UKC.

Group
Mastiff

Recognition
NAPDR, UKC, NKC, ADBA, CKC, APBR, APRI, ACR

The Happening…a review

June 16, 2008

Let me first start off by saying that I’m a HUGE fan of M. Night Shyamalan and I would follow him anywhere. His style and craft are amazing; the way he molds his films is intriguing; his imagination is anything but limited.

That said… I feel like The Happening could have used a little fine tuning. GREAT concept-what happens to mankind if nature turns against us? But it was lacking something and I can’t really put my finger on it. Those of you who have been following M. Night from the beginning may pick up on it. It was disturbing, don’t get me wrong. FAR greater than anything else he’s done.

**POTENTIAL SPOILER HERE** but I won’t give it ALL away. The premise is that this force of nature causes people to loose their ability to communicate, then freeze in their footsteps, and are driven to commit suicide. So all throughout the film, we’re constantly seeing people kill themselves; a bit disturbing. It isn’t until the end that we’re FINALLY given those moments of on-the-edge-of-your-seat, Hitchcockian suspense that M. Night does so well. I guess he opted more for the shock value of seeing people shoot themselves then creating, building and controlling suspense. There’s also just enough gore to drive home the point that people are killing themselves. Aaaaaand the music was a bit distracting. I felt there could have been SO much more done with less “disaster themed” music.

The acting is nothing to write about…hence the reason I haven’t done so. The girl, Zooey Daschanel, was a bit too goofy to be taken seriously, and Mark Walberg never went any deeper than surface level. A bit…bland?

There were parts that reminded me a LOT of Signs: Pennsylvania fields, the farmhouse, being trapped inside said farmhouse and not knowing what’s outside…that sort of thing.

All in all it’s a good film and I’ll buy the DVD, but I felt it was missing just enough to make it a little less than what I expected.

So we’re all on the same page…

June 13, 2008

There was a time that this blog was pointed to tobysturgill.com as well as tobysturgill.wordpress.com That time is no more. Please update your blogrolls with the following information:

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That should do it. Thanks!

How To(esday): Make a Mojito Sunshine

June 10, 2008

I love summer. The heat, the humidity (believe it or not), but most of all the refreshing cocktails!

The Mojito (moe-HEE-toe) has long been a summertime staple. It’s fresh, crisp, and citrusy. The basic mojito consists of muddled lime, fresh mint and light rum. Well, I was in the kitchen today experimenting with said basic mojito and created an AMAZING new drink. I call it, The Mojito Sunshine and I’m going to tell you how to make it!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 lime sliced
  • 1/4 orange sliced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • a few sprigs fresh mint
  • Ice
  • 2 oz Orange Flavored Rum (I used Cruzan Orange Rum)
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Soda water to add fizz (optional)

What you do:

In a mixing glass muddle the lime, orange and sugar. (Muddle just means to mash. You can use a muddler OR a spoon–or any blunt object) You want to muddle until it’s nice and juicy and the sugar is somewhat dissolved.

Add the mint and muddle a few more times to break the mint and release the flavor.

Add the ice and rum.

Shake vigorously until well mixed and chilled.

Pour directly into a rocks glass (or a tall “highball” glass)

Add a splash of cranberry juice and the soda water on top. Do not stir*. Serve with a sprig of mint and a straw.

ENJOY!

*because this is a “build on ice” drink, the separate colors are part of the presentation. Your guest will naturally stir it all together once they have it.

I’m baaaaaaaack!

June 10, 2008

And better than ever!

Wow, it’s been WAY too long since my last post. February 16th I think it was.

So much has happened since last we met that I don’t even know where to begin. Suffice it to say that I’ll fill you in as we go along and continue to write this next chapter together.

Here are the basics: I’m working for myself again doing freelance visual design (www.tobysturgill.com–be sure to check out the portfolio and vids), I’ll be bartending part time at the new Boscos in Coolsprings starting next week (they’re STILL not open–inspection delays, ugh) and I’ve decided to stay here (Nashville/Spring Hill) for a while. Yay!

So…I can’t promise posts everyday, but I AM back and will be around the blogosphere.