Saturday, June 17, 2006

Life in Knoxville

I got a job at a major department store, and so far I really like it. Our department handles all of the sales, markdowns and signs throughout the store. The best thing about it is that we work independantly, so we can go anywhere in the store at anytime, unlike a cashier who's stuck in one place all day. Also we can take breaks or lunch whenever we want to without letting anyone know. I figured I'd work whatever hours they give me over the summer and then work one or two days a week when I go back to school. I still don't know what's going on with school. My transcript from UW Waukesha seems to have vanished. I'll have to call somebody about that on Monday.

I met somebody at work who told me about this thing called Sundown in the City that happens downtown every Thursday night. It's basically a free concert. (At least, I think it's always free) Anyway, Nik and I went down there on Thursday night and checked out Marc Broussard. He's ok. There's really one song we really like of his and we didn't stay long enough to hear it. It got way too crowded. Unfortunately, we missed They Might Be Giants. Next week seems promising because Rhett Miller is playing. I'm also excited that Fiona Apple is coming to the Tennessee Theater on August 5th. I'm going to buy tickets as soon as I get a couple of paychecks. I hope it doesn't sell out before then. There's also an annual music festival going on this weekend called Bonnaroo. It's one of those all weekend things where people camp out and lots of bands play. Maybe we'll be able to afford to go next year.

There's a lot of other things we're excited about here in Knoxville. There's a Super Target that has a full line of groceries, including organic produce and Einstein bagels. There's also a clothing store called Goody's that has a lot of good sale prices. I bought two shirts and another pair of black pants for work yesterday and spent $30 overall. Yesterday we checked out the Disc Exchange. It's kind of like The Exclusive Company but with a much bigger selection of both new and used stuff. They also have a wide selection of LP's and independent music. I mean really, really independent. I hadn't heard of a single one of the artists in that section. One band was called The Fucking Champs. They seem kinda heavy for me, but I like the name. I bought Regina Spektor's new album. I wanted to buy so much more but we're pretty broke after all of the expenses of relocating. If I had more money I would have bought Muse's new album. Oh yes, if any of you Milwaukee people like Muse you should know they're coming to Chicago on July 27th.

Well, I guess that's it for now. I'm sure I'll find out about more fun Knoxville things in due time.


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