Friday Five: IDK, OK? LOL

Welcome to the Friday Five blog post!  Each week I will choose one topic based on something I either heard or saw that interested me during the week and link to five articles related to that topic.  I hope you find them interesting as well!

This week’s Friday Five comes to us again from‘s This Day in History. We say “Ok” multiple times throughout the day without ever thinking about it, and it is hard to imagine the English language without that phrase. So when I saw the headline “1839: OK enters national vernacular” I had to check it out.

I will unashamedly admit that misspelled words – especially purposefully misspelled words – make me insane.  So the story behind “OK” was fascinating to me, not the least because I just can’t imagine people using slang in the 1800’s, but also because it is so similar to the texting shortcuts developed by Gen-X, Y, and millenials over the last decade. I guess each generation’s youth isn’t that different after all.  I do know that I will never look at “OK” the same again.

And I’m not sure if I can even continue to use it knowing that it began from a purposefully misspelled phrase.

Anyway, it got me thinking about other phrases or idioms that we say all the time and where they actually originated.  Here are some links that I found interesting and/or amusing.  Knock yourself out!

  1. 10 Common Sayings with Historical Origins
  2. 14 Expressions with Crazy Origins that You Would Never Have Guessed
  3. Nautical Roots of 11 Common Phrases
  4. The Surprising Origins of “Sleep Tight” and Other Common Phrases
  5. Look up your own with The Phrase Finder

Friday Five: Oscar Weekend

Welcome to the Friday Five blog post!  Each week I will choose one topic based on something I either heard or saw that interested me during the week and link to five articles related to that topic.  I hope you find them interesting as well!

This Sunday night is the 89th Annual Academy Awards ceremony.  It will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and will air on ABC at 6:00 p.m. CST.  In honor of the Oscars, here are my five favorite Oscar winning Best Picture movies, along with links to the past winners in the major categories.

My Favs:lotrrotk

  1. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 2003
  2. Casablanca – 1943
  3. The Sound of Music – 1965
  4. Forrest Gump – 1994
  5. Braveheart – 1995

Oscar Links:

  1. Best Picture Winners
  2. Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Winners
  3. Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Winners
  4. Best Director
  5. Best Cinematography

One Oscar worthy movie that didn’t make the cut?  Office Space 🙂

What are your top five?

#Nashville Virtual Office: What It Is and Why You Need One

Is a Virtual Office in Nashville Your Business Solution?

Think you can’t afford a professional Nashville office for your new business? Think again!  Our Virtual Office packages are a perfect solution for home-based businesses or people who need access to an office but do not need a full-time office. It is an easy, cost-effective way to make a great first impression on your prospective clients.

Our Virtual Office programs give you access to a professional business address, professional meeting facilities, business telephone service, live receptionist answering, and access to administrative support by our staff – all at a fraction of what you would pay for your own full-time office space and staff.

Perimeter Park - Workspace how you want it . . . when you need it!
Perimeter Park – Workspace how you want it . . . when you need it!

Packages start at only $79 per month!

The virtual office packages can include:

  • use of our professional business address
  • mail handling and package receipt
  • dedicated and drop-in coworking desks
  • meeting room packages
  • a dedicated business phone number
  • live receptionist answering 
  • a flexible, programmable integrated voicemail system with message notification capabilities
  • a la carte access to coworking desks
  • a la carte access to conference rooms by the hour
  • access to the training room
  • access to professional support services
  • access to our business center services, copier, and dedicated work stations

With prices starting at only $79 per month, this is a cost-efficient solution to all your office needs.

Call us at (615) 781-4200 today to schedule a tour or discuss your specific needs.

Friday Five: PUPPIES!

Welcome to the Friday Five blog post!  Each week I will choose one topic based on something I either heard or saw that interested me during the week and link to five articles related to that topic.  I hope you find them interesting as well!


21380069So, on Monday of this week, the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was held in Madison Square Garden.  And the pictures and videos that came out of it offered a much needed respite from political/economical/civil issues. One of my favorite parts of the dog show is the agility competition, and Mia the beagle was HILARIOUS.

I don’t know about you, but I need more hilarious dog videos in my life, especially after a long week in the office, so here are five funny dog videos, starting with Mia.

  1. Watch Westminster Dog Show Contestant Get Distracted During Agility Competition
  2. Mastiff Competing At Dog Agility
  3. Hilarious Golden Retriever Really Wants To Race But.. First Things First
  4. Dogs Discovering Snow
  5. Dog Tries Her New Shoes For First Time

Friday Five – Monday Edition: The Future of CoWorking and Flexible Office Space

Welcome to the Friday Five blog post!  Which I am posting on Monday, because I didn’t have time to finish it Friday. 🙂  Each week I will choose one topic based on something I either heard or saw that interested me during the week and link to five articles related to that topic.  I hope you find them interesting as well!

Private Offices, Shared Offices, and Coworking Workspaces Available

Last week, I read an article on the LiquidSpace blog about the growth of the flexible office space market and where it is headed in the next few years.  Perimeter Park has offered this type of service to businesses and entrepreneurs since we opened in 1984.  It has been called many things over the years – executive suites, executive office space, shared office space, workspace-on-demand, coworking – but no matter what the current terminology is, it all boils down to turn-key professional office space at an affordable price where a person can focus on their business while someone else takes care of all the other little things that go into running an office.

When you have an office at Perimeter Park, you just work.  We deal with maintenance, cleaning service, Comcast (yes, we even do THAT for you), the telephone company, A/C vendors – even the mailman and delivery people.  You never have to stop your business to deal with any of those things.

After working here for 15 years, I don’t know why anyone with a small business would want to – or could afford to – handle those things on their own instead of working 100% on building and growing their business.

The old saying is that “you get what you pay for”, but that isn’t true at Perimeter Park.  Here you get a fully furnished office, telephone service, internet service, cleaning, utilities, break room, receptionist, waiting area, and an on-site staff.  All starting at under $600 per month for a single person private office – less for coworking and virtual office options.

Here are some articles on why this type of office set-up is great for businesses.  Have a look, then give us a call at 615-781-4200 to tour our office space in Nashville and see what we can do for your business.

  1. Why Co-Ops And Shared Workspaces Are Exactly What the Gig Economy Needs – from Forbes
  2. 4 Reasons Every Office Will Be a Coworking Office in 5 Years – from Forbes
  3. 7 Benefits of Using a Co-Working Space or Executive Suite – from Nerdwallet
  4. What You Should Know About Shared Office Space – from
  5. What are the Benefits of Shared Office Space – from The Telegraph

Friday Five: The D. B. Cooper Mystery

Welcome to the Friday Five blog post!  Each week I will choose one topic based on something I either heard or saw that interested me during the week and link to five articles related to that topic.  I hope you find them interesting as well!


This week, a post in my Facebook feed about a possible new lead in the fascinating FBI case of the disappearance of hijacker D.B. Cooper caught my eye.  The folklore and mystery surrounding this case has interested me since I first heard about it in middle school.  It’s been mentioned in multiple movies and television shows, specifically FBI dramas and police procedurals.   This week’s Friday Five list starts with the article that caught my eye, then goes on to include other thoughts and information about the mystery.



  1. Scientists say they may have new evidence in D. B. Cooper case – From USA Today
  2. FBI Records: The Vault – D.B. Cooper  (Original Files) – From the FBI Vault
  3. D.B. Cooper Hijacking – From the FBI 
  4. D.B. Cooper Wikipedia
  5. Brad Meltzer’s Decoded: Season 1, Episode 6 – D.B. Cooper – the History Channel

10 things to ask before… Choosing office space (Nashville Business Journal)

I came across this article from earlier this month when browsing the internet today.

10 things to ask before… Choosing office space (Nashville Business Journal)

The questions asked are a great place to start whether you are looking for your first office, or just a new office.  I thought I would take a minute to answer the questions for someone considering Perimeter Park for their office location.

1.  Where is the space located?

We are ideally located right off of I-24 at exit 56, close to the convergence center of the three major interstates – I-24, I-40, and I-65. This central location and immediate interstate access make the office easily accessible from any surrounding area.  Additionally, an MTA bus stop is only a block away.

2.  What amenities do you offer?

The following amenities come with your new Nashville office space:

  • furnished reception area
  • receptionist greeting and announcing of your guests
  • on-site management staff
  • mail and package receipt
  • furnished conference rooms
  • wired high-speed internet connection
  • kitchen area with coffee, hot water, and filtered water
  • WiFi
  • utilities and cleaning service
  • video security monitoring
  • plenty of free surface parking

3. What’s the lease term?

Instead of long-term leases, Perimeter Park offers short-term, flexible agreements designed to help start-ups and small businesses succeed.  Our standard term is twelve months, but we offer six month options as well.  You can easily grow your business with us, as we allow you to add additional office space at any time during your agreement.  Start with one small office, and move to a larger one or add additional offices as needed.

4.  Can I terminate the lease?

Our short-term agreements negate the need to worry about having to terminate a lease.  All offices are move-in ready and do not require any type of build-out or renovations.  Our uniform office policy means that we take care of paint, carpet cleaning, etc., so there is usually no restoration needed when an agreement ends.

5.  What deposit or corporate guarantee does the landlord need?

Our standard security deposit on agreements is twice the monthly office fee.  For example, if your office is $700, the security deposit would be $1400.  Security deposits are refundable upon satisfactory completion of the agreement or transferable to a larger or additional office. Unlike larger corporations, as a local, stand-alone office center, we have the ability to work with people on deposits as necessary.

6.  How flexible is the office setting?

You can move to a larger office or add additional offices as available at any point during your agreement term.  Downsizing is usually only allowed at the end of your agreement term.

7.  Are there enough parking spaces?

Our building has ample free surface parking.

8.  What kind of office layouts do you offer?

Most of our offices are basic rectangles or squares ranging in size from 100 sq. ft. to 250 sq. ft.  Smaller offices can be configured for 1-2 people.  Larger offices can be configured in an open floor plan for four or more.

Floor plan for Nashville Office Space at Perimeter Park Executive Center
Floor plan for Nashville Office Space at Perimeter Park Executive Center

9.  Is the building secure?

Our building has key card access after hours and on weekends.  Additionally, our suite also has security cameras and key card access, and all offices are individually keyed.  Our front desk is staffed whenever our office is open.

10.  How is the building maintained?

Our on-site staff works closely with building management and maintenance to take care of any problems that might arise. We are here to deal with those issues so that you never have to. Building management is also located in our building, so issues are dealt with quickly.  Our area of the building has 24/7 A/C and heat, so you will never have to pay additional fees for A/C service or maintenance.  Standard cleaning service is also included at no additional charge, and we have used the same janitorial service and team of cleaners for almost 10 years.

We also offer numerous other amenities that do not come with conventional office space, like furnished meeting rooms, a reception area, waiting room, break room, included utilities, internet service, and telephone equipment and service.

If you have any other questions, we would be glad to answer them and show you why Perimeter Park is an awesome place for your business.

Call us at 615-781-4200 today!

Friday Five Kick-Off Post: The Office Lunch

Welcome to the inaugural Friday Five blog post!  Each week I will choose one topic based on something I either heard or saw that interested me during the week and link to five articles related to that topic.  I hope you find them interesting as well!

Happy colors help an office lunch go from sad to glad!


This week, my interest was piqued by an interview I heard this week on a broadcast of Marketplace on Nashville Public Radio (90.3 FM) regarding the often mundane office lunch.  Having resolved (again) to eat healthier foods this year, I have been looking for ways to easily and affordably make my own packed lunches less “sad”.  The interview had some great ideas, so I spent a few minutes Googling for more and came up with this list.  Enjoy . . . or bon appétit!




  1. How to make lunch at your desk less sad – From
  2. Eating protein and salty foods at lunch causes food comas, says new study – From Independent
  3. Lunch al Desko: Upgrade Your Midday Meal – From
  4. The Etiquette of Eating Lunch at Work – From Kitchn
  5. Cheap Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work – From Eating Well

Blog Series: Updating Our Nashville Office Space – Post #3: General Manager Office

After our consolidation to one floor, our General Manager, Sherry Cheatham, had a somewhat difficult time finding the perfect office.  The running joke was that she was in a different spot every couple of weeks.  Prior to her final (we hope!) move, she had been using the Meeting Room as her office.  We decided, however, that converting it back to a Meeting Room would be a better use of that space.

Sherry ended up moving to a much smaller office, which had previously been used as a small conference/interview room.

Before: General Manager's Office set up as a meeting room
Before: General Manager’s Office set up as a meeting room

Since this office was adjacent to the reception area and in the direct line of sight from the front door, we knew that it would also need to tie in to the color scheme of red, grays, and black.  We chose a dark charcoal gray for the back wall and painted the off-set column a red color to compliment the red in the reception area chairs.

After: General Manager's Office
After: General Manager’s Office

To add to the more modern and stream-lined feel, we chose an IKEA sit/stand desk in black/gray and charcoal gray filing cabinets from Staples.

Charcoal Gray Filing Cabinets
Charcoal Gray Filing Cabinets

A red and white tulip chair from and “Nashville” art print completed the “Nashville Office” look.

Blog Series: Updating Our Nashville Office Space – Post #2: Meeting Room

Previously, we looked at our Reception Area makeover.  Next, we updated our in-suite Meeting Room with new IKEA Bekant conference tables and black screen back plastic shell task chairs from The Classy Home.

Meeting Room before
Meeting Room before

We had previously painted the white board wall in a deep purple accent color and added a modern print from

We couldn’t find artwork to tie in with our reception area scheme, so we bought canvases and acrylic paints from JoAnn and created our own modern artwork to tie the purple in the Meeting Room to the red in the Reception Area.

New Nashville Meeting Room Artwork
New Nashville Meeting Room Artwork


The movable IKEA tables allow for several different room configurations, and the sleek modern furniture give the space a roomy feel.  Extra stacking chairs offer seating for up to 16 people.

New Nashville Meeting Room
New Nashville Meeting Room
Nashville Meeting Room for Rent
The multipurpose Meeting Room seats up to sixteen and includes two square Ikea desks, eight task chairs, and eight stackable extra chairs. It also includes a dry erase board. WiFi access and self-serve coffee available.
View from Reception Area to Redecorated Meeting Room
View from Reception Area to Redecorated Meeting Room