Back in the spring of 2002, I traveled with a group of student government officials to march on the state capitol building to voice our opposition to impending budget cuts to higher education. We sold brownies and cookies on War Memorial Plaza as part of the protest. At the end of the day, the proceeds were handed over to the state comptroller, prompting then-Gov. Don Sundquist to tell reporters that we had already raised more money for higher education than the General Assembly had managed to in the previous session. I was fairly sure that I had put the days of civil disobedience behind me.

Not quite. From WSMV Channel 4:


But a group called Flashfest contends the house's lighting is too bright and is disturbing the neighborhood.

So, on Tuesday night, resident Nate Baker rallied about a dozen Nashvillians in support of Love Circle neighbors who believe Rich's house is unnecessarily bright at night.

The protesters used flashlights and shined them in front of Rich's home.

Some protesters said the protest speaks for itself. Now, the Metro Codes Department is going to investigate complaints.


John Rich is surely a decent, God-fearing man. He just makes stupid decisions involving beer bottles, building permits, septuagenarian politicians and now -- search lights. After asking Samantha to go with me, getting turned down, asking for permission, not getting it, pleading with Twitter, finally getting permission, I headed over to join the festivities. The goals: protest and not get arrested. We did the former, and successfully avoided the latter.

I am hoping to see if Rich can find the dimmer switch. Now if he could just find the button that causes his house to condense into something much smaller and a lot less hideous.