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Andy Sullivan: Against the Grain 2011

This past year has been one of good and not so good times.  Sunday May 1 was the height of awesome.  Bin Laden had been taken out.  The country told me to have a good birthday month that night (ok, maybe not).  I knew as I was sitting there watching that night that history was being made.  How do I transition from that into light-hearted fare of the rest of my column? Like this.
Later that month, I met a good friend for lunch-turned out to be my birthday lunch.  Days later, for my actual birthday, I was taken to Nashville where I saw Hangover 2 in the theatre, and afterwards ate at Cori’s Doghouse in Mt. Juliet, TN. (I’d been there, done that, and did indeed get the t-shirt).  They have some great hotdogs.  I sat out CMA fest this year but by no means went concert-free. June was Relay for Life-held this year on the square.  There was everything from games to live music to a very moving ceremony. July saw my first trip in years to the Catfish Festival.  I had some spectacular catfish and saw some friends I don’t get to see a lot-especially one who now lives in Georgia I hadn’t seen in years), as well as heard some good live music from local talent. The little incident I had early on the 5th of July was the not so good time.  Something about getting dizzy, scraping your back against closet grates and being out a few seconds will motivate you to get a light so you make sure that doesn’t happen again.   August saw me making my first trip to Arkansas to see Keith Urban (a 2010 Christmas gift from my sister and her boyfriend).  Along with a great show, I was also introduced to several great eating spots-including Andy’s Custard in Arkansas and The Commissary in Memphis (GREAT ribs!)
September saw another lunch with a good friend (same from back in May), as well as the Rochester Festival-complete with a car show, live music, and food.  October was when Fall really got in gear.  Leaves turning, pumpkins abound, and plenty of festivals and the like, not to mention Halloween.  November and December saw a great Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I continued my theme of playing a Christmas song every Sunday morning in December at church.  Now, as we prepare for the New Year, let’s put all our worries of 2011 behind us.  It’s a new day and we should treat it as such.  Anticipation abounds as to what’s in store for the coming months.  Thanks for reading this year.  I will definitely be back in 2012.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Hello, my name is Andy Sullivan. I received my bachelor’s degree in business from Mid-Continent University in May 2009. I began writing for Beech Tree News in July 2009.  I enjoy playing guitar, the occasional Wii game, writing, and listening to music. I write a sports blog that can be found at   If you have a comment, feel free to leave it in the space below.


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