The thing most striking to me so far in my Nashville sojourn is an absent thing. The War. Where is it?
Living in the U.K. it seemed to me ever present there...a slow, steady drumbeat heard of America, waging war overseas. Yet here...there's nothing.
But other than that, what? I've gotten no palpable sense from my walks around town, talking and jiving with the locals, that this country is engaged in a massive operation that's killed tens of thousands of people. I've seen some bumper-stickers.
Support Our Troops.
Billboards exhorting one to join the Marines, (spied only in poor areas).
But that's about it.
To be fair I haven't watched TV. The one in my room only gets a Spanish Language Soap Channel. And the reception is bad.
Perhaps once I get to know people here it'll seem different.