This past weekend, I took part in a 48 hour short film project in Nashville. It was both exciting and exhausting. After only getting a few hours of sleep in random intervals throughout the two days, I was relieved the drive to my next stop was just under two hours.
I left Nashville around 2pm after doing some laundry and expected to be in Huntsville, AL around 4pm. About an hour into the drive south, I passed a large sign that read "Jack Daniels Distillery, Next Right". I'm not a big liquor guy, but I slowed down and got off that next exit. I had to go! It was only about 30 minutes out of the way and when am I going to be back in Lynchburg, Tennessee? Once I arrived at the visitor center, it was just a few minute wait until the next tour started.
Even though I'm not a big drinker, I appreciate the process and what it takes to make these adult beverages. The tour was fun and educational, going into detail about everything from making the charcoal, to the local cave spring water, to the bottling. Another interesting fact: Jack Daniels was Frank Sinatra's favorite drink and hey have a special Sinatra Signature style made with a specially cut barrel. Unfortunately, when the tour and tasting ended around 5:30, that's about the same time the entire town closes, so I wasn't able to stop at any special BBQ places. I guess I'll just have to make my way back there one day and do it again!
The day was going well. The ride was smooth down the highway, I had all my laundry done, I took a cool tour of one of the most famous beverage companies, I checked into the motel without issue, and then I got off the elevator to this…
Many people in the comments were quick to say "Odds to the left, Evens to the right" and I'm glad they were able to figure it out. However, even with that explanation, this sign does not make sense and I truly did look like this for a good 30 seconds.
I will be reaching out to engineers, architects, interior designers, and anyone else I can think of in the following days to figure out just how and why this sign happened. Thank God I was sober when I saw this. If I ran into this sign after a 3chi edible, I would have just slept in the elevator. I'm a little upset with myself that I wasn't able to figure it out, but I will not take this L without a fight! I will get this sign fixed so future guests don't face the same problem and wind up looking like this:
Thankfully, I found the room and things are looking up for the next few stops. Although I've only been able to see two baseball games so far on this trip, The Erie Seawolves and Louisville Bats, my next three stops on the way home each have a game scheduled on consecutive days. We have the Trash Pandas on Tuesday, The Biscuits on Wednesday, and the Blue Wahoos on Thursday. It's going to be a fun three days!