A hint of Spring is in the East Tennessee air so this weekend I tried to pry myself out of hibernation and engage my sense of adventure.
First up was a Saturday trip down to Chattanooga with my Step-Dad to day-trip Con Nooga. This was the first time we have had a chance to attend Con Nooga and I was very impressed. Lots of costumes, a good sized crowd without it being difficult to get around, a wide selection of programming tracks, and a very friendly atmosphere. I particularly enjoyed the Ms. ConNooga contest, and you could tell the ladies were having a great time and enjoying being silly and putting on a show. We will definitely be back next year.
Next up, Kathy and I drove over to Asheville on Sunday to visit Biltmore. I can't say that I was very impressed personally, I kept noticing signs of maintenance issues like cracks in the ceiling and cobwebs in the windows. Also, the sense of scale was off for me, huge cold and drafty rooms were offset by small cramped corridors. I felt more like I was visiting an old bank than anything else. Although impressive architecturally, I certainly wouldn't want to live in it.