On Monday the 17th, Linda got us a hotel room at the Union Station in downtown Nashville. Union Station is a railroad depot/ hotel that was built over a 100 years ago and it is a gorgeous old building. The stone building is still in great shape, with great service, and they have a very interesting restaurant where we had complimentary breakfast he next day. The central hall is really spectacular, with all the turn of the century architectural details. Check it out if you get into Nashville.
The reason for staying downtown, we were going to Monday Night Football at LP Field--aka "Plywood Field". The Steelers were in town ! So how cool is it that MNF has a game with your favorite team on your birthday? Really cool I think!!
The weather in the last 10 days has been brutal, cold cold cold. It snowed on my birthday, snow is unheard of this early in the season in central TN. The MNF game was the coldest ever played at LP, 25 degrees with a breeze from the North. LP was trying to deliver a taste of Lambeau this year. We dressed accordingly-- a lot of layers and some carbide handwarmers-- and survived in good shape. But we still got cold feet and hands that we had to cure with a soak in the hotel bath tub.
When the Steelers are in town, the town explodes with black and yellow jerseys and Steelers colors. Everywhere you looked it was Steelers colors, and it is always fun to be part of this invasion. In the stadium, it was close to 50% Steeler fans. The upper deck was about 50% empty and with good reason, it would have been miserable up that high in the wind, the rest of the stadium was relatively filled. We were in the 6th row on the 20 yard line on the Steelers side, and it was 75% Steeler Fans in our area and we all were excited to be there. Linda knows how to get good tix. We were also near the tunnel where the players entered the Stadium. We would give the team a great ovation as they came and went, and Pouncey and Harrison acknowledged the attention as they entered. I think the players were a little shocked at the noise for them as they entered. The fans also gave the Titans a very resounding booing as they entered, and they actually reacted. That was really fun!!
The game was very hard hitting affair. The Titans and Steelers were in the same division for many years when the Oilers were in Houston and that old rivalry was evident. I was a real slugfest. The Steelers jumped out to a lead , lost it and by grinding it out late, ran the ball and won. This win put the Steelers back in the payoff hunt and they need to get back into the playoffs this season. Classic late season game.
My gout situation is under control and that is a good thing. My diet continues to be low on meat and void of alcohol and some other weird foods. But I am not having pain in the left foot. As the Holiday season approaches, I will continue to test the diet to see how my body reacts to the uric acid elimination.