You live in Nashville, so it’s inevitable that your friends, family, and passing acquaintances are going to visit, then demand that you introduce them to Taylor Swift. Helping make all of that go a lot smoother, here’s a quick primer on the things you’ll need to explain to them once they venture South of the Mason-Dixon line...
1. There are two kinds of locals: those who live in East Nashville and those who snobbishly refuse to "cross the bridge"
Think of it as a bit like Brooklyn vs. Manhattan, but with a better soundtrack.
2. We love to put eggs on stuff
Eggs on biscuits, eggs on pulled pork sandwiches, eggs on BLTs, eggs on pizzas -- it's all fair game. What we're saying is don't plan to lose any weight while you're here. (Diet starts Monday.)
3. Broadway is not Nashville
Broadway is a part of Nashville -- and a very small portion of our 25-mile-wide city (give or take), at that -- but just because you kicked up your heels at The Stage, got drunk at Rippy's, or took home some girl you met at Robert's does not mean you've "done Nashville".
4. Speaking of Broadway, you'll rarely spot a local on Lower Broad
Particularly at Tootsie's or Honky Tonk Central or one of those other smarmy tourist traps...
5. ... unless it's 3am
Sometimes you just really crave some late-night tots from Paradise Park.
6. In recent years, Nashville has become a transplant city like so many others
You'll just as likely meet a "local" country artist who relocated from LA in hopes of landing a recording contract, as you will an entrepreneur who came down from NYC to learn more about our burgeoning tech scene firsthand (Google chose us as one of its seven nationwide hubs, and we're pretty proud of that fact. Fiber is coming soon.). Either way, we hate being questioned, so drop the act of "where are you really from?" when we answer truthfully that this is and always has been our home.