Trip with Bushie to Calhouns
I was pleasured with the visit of Bushie to my home in Knoxville, TN on 7/26/03. He met me at my dock at 9:30AM at a typical East Tennessee day in July. It was hot, but we started the trip up the Tennessee River early so that tempered the heat some. We had a nice leisurely cruise up the river for about 10 miles till we reached the Calhoun's BBQ restaurant. Bushie had a full slab of ribs and I had the pulled pork. We got a appetizer of fried green tomato's and BBQ spring rolls along with several different kinds of beer. I had a dark with toasted barley and Bushie had a lighter beer. I forgot to mention that on the way, we had some ice beer that was slightly higher in alcohol than regular beer. I was not the pilot. My son-in-law who does not imbibe drove the boat.
Bushie did a lot of digital pic's which he will show later. It was an enjoyable time and it just goes to prove some of the advantages of a relationship than can be developed on a website.
I had never met Bushie or his brother in Law, Tony. Both were first class gentlemen and a quality meet. Neat professional men. Tony is now a resident in Knoxville and perhaps Bushie will be also.
After an early lunch at Calhoun's which won the award for the best ribs in the USA at Cleveland, OH about 15 years ago, we took the boat on an excursion upstream on the Tennessee River where the confluence of the Holston River and the French Broad comes together and forms the Tennessee at mile 1.
Great trip and was beginning to get hot about 1:30PM. Got back to the dock where Bushie awarded me some great Austin BBQ sauce, peach jam and a 24 pack of Dr. Pepper made with pure cane sugar and available nowhere in the USA except Texas.
Thanks Bushie and Tony for the visitation, friendship and I will always remember what a good time we had.
Paul E. Smith