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ups and downs of the past four years flash through his mind. “I’m hesitant to use clichés like ‘It’s a miracle,’ but I don’t know what else to say,” he laughs. “Then it’s time to go to bed, get up, and go to work.” Roderick looks tired, possibly due to lack of sleep, but probably related to the emotional journey he spent almost two hours re-living with me. He stretches and laughs, “It’s exhausting just to tell that story.” We toss the remains of our tea in the garbage as the stars begin to pinprick the sky, and the temperature drops to forty-four degrees. Headlights stream past the windows as we part ways, and I walk to my car, the smell of roasted coffee beans still permeating THE SILLY GOOSE: my senses. Roderick is heading home too—not running away Visit The Silly Goose at 1888 any longer. He has finally become Eastland Ave. in East Nashville Hours: Sun and Mon: closed someone he doesn’t want to run Tues-Thurs: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. from. And he’s staying put, standFri and Sat: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. ing firm, and settling down. 615.915.0757. For more info comes change, and his social life has dramatically shifted, with few friends outside of work. I ask if it’s hard for him, and he answers with frank honesty and deep gratitude. “Sometimes. Fair or not—that’s the lot I was dealt. And it was a pretty fair hand to be dealt for what I lived.” While his addictions will always be a part of who he is, Roderick has overcome too much to regress. “I can feel that pain and anxiety like it was yesterday; it’s a very uncomfortable place to be.” Sometimes when Roderick finds himself alone, or when he’s preparing for another day at the restaurant, the

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Native | March 2013 | Nashville, TN  

The Green Issue featuring Nashville's Roderick Bailey (Silly Goose), Modern Arks, Kendra DeColo, Hanzelle, 8th & Roast, Ride for Reading, Ha...

Native | March 2013 | Nashville, TN  

The Green Issue featuring Nashville's Roderick Bailey (Silly Goose), Modern Arks, Kendra DeColo, Hanzelle, 8th & Roast, Ride for Reading, Ha...