Marcus Mariota to Marcus Mariota

Dear future Rex, remember that Titans game?

Dear future Rex,

I’m embedding the video below so that you can find it one day when watching Titan highlights becomes your primary pasttime.

I won’t forgive if you can’t recall it was 2018 (the 2017 season) when Marcus Mariota did something quarterbacks are trained not to do (be lead blockers for a Heisman Trophy-winning running back) and another something quaterbacks could train for their entire lives, and not have happen: throw themselves a touch-down pass.

Also, it was that year when the Titans squeaked into the play-offs and won this first-round game against the Chiefs.

As these two plays are much better seen than explained, here goes:

Your pal from 2018,

Rex

I didn’t watch the Golden Globe Awards last night. Come to think of it, I’ve never watched the Golden Globe Awards.

However, I was glad to learn that my favorite TV comedy or musical of the year, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, won the Golden Globe for best TV comedy or musical.

Even better, Rachel Brosnahan, the incredible actress who plays Midge Maisel, won the Golden Globe award for best actress in a leading role.

Here’s the trailer for the pilot of the series. While great, the series really gets its wheels about mid-way through the second season.

No You Can’t Contribute a Guest Post to this Blog

Ugh.

Several times a day, I receive requests from people who want to write a “guest post” on my blog. They are from individuals who seem desperate to have link-backs from this blog (and also from SmallBusiness.com, which is neither a blog nor does it carry “posts.” However, we do post articles on the site.)

Often, they are written like this one I received earlier today:

Since long time I have been following your blog and had read most of your article which is very useful and informative.

When I receive “guest blog” requests like this one spit out by Google translate, I immediately click the spam button.

If I did not receive so many of these email schemes, I’d take time to point to one of Google’s several warnings on why someone shouldn’t be so desperate to succeed in practices that end up hurting them.

Rolling ’round Nashville

Skip this post if you were expecting something other than a Nashville bike infrastructure update.

Over the weekend, I took some photos of a couple of Nashville bike- and walk-friendly projects that have been planned for years but are now “for-real.” If you’re not interested in Nashville bicycle infrastructure, don’t feel lonely. One of this blog’s 12 readers is bound to find Nashville’s bike and walking infrastructure a riveting topic.

I-440 Greenway (Construction-Phase 1)

This set of photos (embedded from my Flickr account where each photo is annotated) are of the first phase of a stretch of greenway that runs adjacent to Nashville’s “inner-loop,” I-440. Even life-long Nashvillians would be challenged to know where the photos of the underpass are located, so I’ve embedded a Google Map below the photos. This section goes from Murphy Road to Centennial Park. The “magic” part of this greenway that few people with find hard to believe is the under-pass that goes under 440 rather than over it (like the current Acklen Park Ave. Bridge). When the greenway is completed, it will become a popular, safe and family-friendly bike/walk route to Centennial Park and the Vanderbilt area from neighborhoods west and north of this greenway (especially after the graffiti is removed).

I-440 Greenway Construction | 2017

Where the heck is this?

One the map, the bike icon is the location of the underpass.

Division Street Extender

I added a photo of Froogal McDoogals (a liquor store that anchors one end of the bridge) so that Nashvillians could quickly vector in on the location. For urban transportation wonks, the design of the bridge is called a Complete Street or “multimodal.” This simply means that the street was conceived as a passage not only for people driving cars but also with designated and protected lanes for people on bicycles and people walking. And when I say, “protected,” I don’t mean the white plastic separators going up around town (which I’m all for), but I’m referring to the metal kind you can see in the photos. The bridge and the approaches on each end are designed to connect “the Gultch” to Second Avenue, nearby the Music City Center.

Nashville | Division Street Bridge