Illegal In Tennessee

11 Mar

Last night around 9pm as my fella and I talked over our whiskey drinks, he reminded me that we had to pick up a bottle before 11pm. That’s when the liquor store closes, and it won’t reopen until Monday at 8am. We got sidetracked and went out to meet friends for drinks. Around midnight he looked at me and asked if I knew what we had forgotten. Son of a …well, what were we going to do now. I had plans to go out and see my sister this afternoon and he had plans to ride his motorcycle that he’s been working on for almost a year. So we figured it wasn’t exactly a day that we would miss booze, but we would meet up for drinks and late night dinner at a local bar.

If you aren’t already aware, bingo is illegal in the state of Tennessee. Unless you are playing for fun, bingo or poker or any type of gambling that isn’t the lottery is illegal here. You can play bingo for money in Kentucky though, and my sister doesn’t live far from the line, so her and her hubby decided to go play Sunday afternoon bingo. Anyhow, I got to her house around 3pm and bingo was running late, with a long intermission, and she wasn’t going to arrive home for another hour. It takes me an hour to drive to her house, so after weighing my options I decided to wait. I do like to see her face after all, and my nieces are pretty cute.


This is a completely untouched photo from my sisters front porch. After living in the city for so long the only way to describe the colors and lack of buildings is surreal.

I was incredibly close to where I grew up, but sometimes it’s hard to command your mind to deal with old memories unexpectedly. So I chose to drive around in search of inspiration in the form of nothingness. I did call the local winery in search of their hours and ability to sell wine on a Sunday. Funny how that comes back to bite me in the ass almost immediately.

I found out that wineries can sell wine on Sundays, and the woman I talked to invited me for a free tasting. Like I said, I chose to drive around in search of inspiration instead of getting sauced an hour from home.

If I was still 17 I would think nothing of driving around these back roads with a bottle of liquor planted firmly between my thighs, but as an adult a DUI is pretty intimidating. I drove around soaking in the things that the locals drive past everyday, probably without so much as a care. This abandoned house sits on a road that my mom drove every weekday for at least twelve years of her life, she could drive it in her sleep. It was the road that took us to our k-8 school, and I wanted to photograph everything. I suppose that’s a sign of an amateur phone photographer.


Even though I wanted to take a million pictures I limited myself to less than ten.


I stopped in the middle of the road for this picture because I could see the gold shining off the grass (or whatever is growing here), and I loved the little shack (barn?) in the distance.


I just loved the contrast and the nothingness of this photo.

After all the amateur phone photography I was able to play with the twins until I had mashed potatoes covering my black cashmere sweater.


And my sister was super excited about the pile of clothes and shoes that I brought her from my closet purge. The fella and I went out for some miso soup, sushi and of course whiskey drinks. We were getting ready to leave when we remembered that we didn’t have any booze in the house for a nightcap. The bartender sold us a bottle of wine for $12 to take home. The only stipulation is the bartender must open, then re-corked at the restaurant. So you can buy wine here on Sunday, I proved it twice today. We got some sopapillas to-go from the restaurant next door for dessert and came home to enjoy them with vanilla ice cream and bootleg Malbec. Overall I feel like my Sunday was perfectly executed. Onward with Monday, whether you want to or not.


3 Responses to “Illegal In Tennessee”

  1. carolo86 March 12, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Are you sure your photography shots are amateur? Have you tried taking them to a gallery?

    • RedLipstickReviews March 12, 2013 at 9:26 am #

      Thanks Carol but I wouldn’t know the first thing about it. I just use my phone which doesn’t exactly take gallery quality photos, and I am 100% uneducated in photography hah! It’s something I had always thought about pursing in the back of my mind though, thank you so much for reading!

      • carolo86 March 13, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

        start with a book from the library and maybe a course at the local college. Let me know if you want more direction.

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