A Weekend in Downtown Music City

Where: Nashville, TN

Who: Jason and Vickie

When: August 22-24, 2013

I don’t suppose many people get treated to a weekend getaway by their insurance agent, but that’s essentially what happened to us last weekend. Thanks to the generosity of Rebecca Rice, we enjoyed great food and greater conversation over three days in Nashville.

Our first treat was dinner at the Capitol Grille in the Hermitage Hotel on Thursday evening with Rebecca and about 25 other clients of hers. I sat next to a pediatric urologist at dinner; honestly, I had no idea such a profession existed. But he, his wife, and all the other people we met there were very sociable and interesting. One member of the dinner party was the brother-in-law of the Green Bay Packers’ head coach!

On Friday evening we stayed in the Sheraton Hotel downtown. The room was very comfortable, and the view was fantastic. Check it out:

View of the TN state capitol from the 10th floor of the Sheraton hotel.

View of the TN state capitol from the 10th floor of the Sheraton hotel.

The occasion of our trip was the annual Night of Clarity event, which tries to educate people about an unusual (but perfectly legal) financial strategy based on R. Nelson Nash’s book Becoming Your Own Banker. The basic idea is that people can avoid taking out loans from commercial banks for major purchases like cars, homes, and tuition if they accumulate cash value in a whole life insurance policy and then borrow against that. A knowledgeable insurance agent can help you set up a policy that is designed specifically to pursue this strategy. I know, it probably doesn’t sound very exciting, but the conference was actually a lot of fun because the speakers were all very engaging.

We attended sessions from early Friday afternoon until late Saturday afternoon and had a couple of great meals as part of the registration fee (which we didn’t have to pay). The Friday sessions included several nationally known speakers like Tom Woods, Bob Murphy, and Larry Reed who talked about “big picture” issues in the American monetary system. The keynote speaker on Friday evening was Dr. Ron Paul, former congressman from Texas. After his speech we were able to attend a reception for him and the other speakers. We managed to get this picture taken:

1308-clarity-0361One of the best parts of the trip was that we were able to leave all the kids at my sister’s house in Nashville on Friday and Saturday, so we could actually pay attention to what was going on at the conference!


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