In my post yesterday afternoon, I indicated that the day was supposed to be a real quiet evening on a very busy journey:
Today, for the first time in two weeks, I find myself alone on my journey, not spending the night in a hotel with my family or in the homes of my friends (and family).
But, it was not to be. When a reader commented, welcoming me to Nashville, I e-mailed him to say hey. He then asked if I had dinner plans. Since I had none, he invited me out to Indian food and later out for a cocktail with some of his friends.
In between, we stopped at the Parthenon to view it in its illuminated splendor. Indeed, I can look out from my hotel room and see that wonderful shrine. What a treat. Alas, that I’m not yet a gifted enough photographer to capture the image and post it here (though I do have others to post).
As I showed Eric the replica of Phidias’ masterpiece, I explained the stories depicted on the pediments and the metopes underneath. I could alas not identify all the characters on the Western Pediment, depicting the contest between the owl-eyed Olympian and her impulsive uncle (Poseidon) for the patronage of the City of Athens. (I was, however, more familiar with their various myths and their famous rivalry, indeed, that very rivalry setting the stage for (and serving as the backdrop of) the first twelve books of the Odyssey.)
And the cocktail hour featured a delicious (and unique) beverage as well as an intense and spirited discussion with attractive, broad-minded and intelligent homosexuals. That is the life!
So, to Eric, I say, thank you, thank you for a wonderful evening. Had I not blogged about Athene, I would not have met such interesting men and had such a marvelous time.
(Eric’s boyfriend is one lucky fellow.)
And this was not the only good time I had among our readers–who are a most remarkable sort.
UPDATE: Pictures below the jump:
The view from my hotel room: