I am living in Knoxville this summer while my husband is completing a three-month program at Oak Ridge National Lab. Our primary home, in Johnson City, is one hour and 45 minutes away. We love to travel and visit Knoxville frequently for business, but this is the first time either of us have lived in Knoxville.
We live downtown, so though we both have accomplished a lot professionally this week, we've also been able to do some really great things. Most of which were within walking distance of our temporary home in the Medical Arts Building. A few highlights:
Missing the Iron & Wine and Wild Belle show
When Ariel and I walked to the movies we passed the Tennessee Theater as everyone was arriving for a show. I was curious about what they were going to see, but we were running late to the movie so I didn't explore. When we walked home after the movie I realized we'd missed the opportunity to see a show I would have really enjoyed: Iron &Wine and Wild Belle. I caught Wild Belle at Kings in Raleigh last fall and it was an enjoyable show.
You can be certain I won't miss Elvis Costello when he plays at the Tennessee Theater on June 20.
Baseball game: University of Tennessee versus Morehead State
And we won pizza!
One of the highlights of the conversation was hearing about the trackable plan VML is putting together to show the impact the tourism dollars have on the state. For example, they are creating commercials targeted to various markets and then tracking visitors to attractions. I'm a dork about this sort of tracking and plan on learning more about it. You can read an overview of the program here, I'll keep you posted as I learn more.
If you're planning to visit me in Knoxville and/or Johnson City this summer, you can download your vacation guide here. Here's a promotional video for East TN:
We enjoyed catching up, talking about new projects and a little bit of Food porn.
As a consultant who generally works remotely, I enjoy a lot of freedom in my location. This week proved to be relaxing and productive. This is the reason we live the freelance life.