Nashville, United States
Elise, 32
Social Work Student and Server
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a student finishing my degree in women and sexuality, a podcaster, and a server. I love food, I'm good at talking to people, and I never have to wake up to an alarm, so my life is awesome. Honestly, I've been a part of a handful of restaurant openings in my last 5 years here and no place has let me be myself while still being successful like TTJ. Plus, the food is rad.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Lab rat. Yeah, I let drug companies try untested drugs on me for money. I got a lot of money and some fun health problems.

Were you born and raised in Nashville? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Nashville?

Nope. I was born in Topeka, Kansas. I lived in Lawrence, Kansas for 6 years before heading south. At the time I was playing bass in a grindcore band and tour brought us down here. Two days of southern hospitality and we were sold! It also helped that cost of living in Nashville was pretty reasonable at the time.

What’s your current hood in Nashville and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I've only lived in East Nashville since moving, but rising rent costs and the demolition of my previous domicile has moved me farther east. I'm in Inglewood now, it's great. I'm pretty close to my work and there are new amenities opening all the time.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I listen to a lot of music mostly in the punk, hardcore, to post-punk range, sprinkled with queer 80's pop music. I have an affinity to old school heavy metal and hair metal but if I'm going to a show I want the music to be loud and aggressive. I wouldn't say I hate any genres really, aside from jam, because songs longer than 9 minutes that aren't "Dopesmoker" are not tolerated. But really, if music is too easy to listen to what's the point?

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Kate Bush - Running Up that Hill; Smoking Popes - Need You Around; Lilly Hiatt - Get This Right; The Replacements - Little Mascara; Beach Slang - Dirty Cigarettes; Motley Crue - Nona; Book of Love - Boy; Concrete Blonde - Joey; High Spirits - I Need Your Love

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Roseanne. I always like to ask people close to my age or older if they preferred The Cosby Show or Roseanne. Pretty much figuring out who related to getting their electricity turned off and being afraid of tornadoes or two professional parents. My white trash roots are always showing and that show is like a cozy knitted afghan to my brain.

Name some spots in Nashville that are good for a Tinder date.

My perfect spot was always Crying Wolf. It's busy enough to feel safe yet you never run into someone you know well enough to be embarrassed of the person you are definitely only going on one date with.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

All of them. Let's pick em apart!

Who’s your hero and where in Nashville would you take them out for a serious hang?

I'm changing this question to "someone you like" other than hero because heroes are for children or fiction. I really like Buck Angel and would love to eat great food and drink wine followed by karaoke.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I'm a bad Nashvillian. I order online... Thanks ASOS!

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Green Hills, between the traffic and the people, ick. I'm making a face just thinking about it.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Drink and eat without worrying about money, work, or a hangover. I'm not one to avoid things I love but I can't avoid the physical pains of over indulgence.

Where do you go in Nashville for a casual night out?

A bottle of wine and pizza at City House or lots of drinks on the Mickeys patio.

Where would you go in Nashville to celebrate some freaking good news?

I eat out like I'm celebrating quite a bit. Start out at Rolf and Daughters followed by beer and fried oreos at Jack Brown's Burger.

What’s your choice of transportation in Nashville and why?

Let's face it, in Nashville you have to drive or be driven. I was on foot for a year here before Lyft or Uber existed and that was tough. I was lucky enough to live within a mile of work but damn that was not fun. Riding bikes is fun and cute but can't really be done between most neighborhoods.

What are the Nashville spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Honestly, see downtown and five points, other than that just figure out what you like.

What are the Nashville spots tourists should run from screaming?

I'm going to rename this: A list of places to not wait in line in Nashville. 1)Pancake Pantry 2)The Pharmacy

Tomorrow’s your last day in Nashville. How do you spend it?

Drinking and eating in the out of doors. This town is surprisingly beautiful about 8 months out of the year. Oh and also one bushwhacker, they are mostly just liquor and dairy, but damn girl they good.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I haven't seen it yet.

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