Archive for December, 2005

Wheelchair = No Service

Preston Craig, local dj and founder of the Decatur Social Club, wrote a disturbing post on kissatlanta.com regarding his recent dining experience at the historic Majestic Diner in Poncey-Highland.

The post, titled I’m The Nigger Of The New Millenium, recounted his experience:
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Your tax dollars at work

On Wednesday at 5:00 PM, this blogger attempted to exit the parking lot at Lenox Square shopping mall, when traffic was halted by a Georgia State Patrol squad car. With blue lights flashing, the state patrol officer blocked the intersection with his vehicle, exited his vehicle, and firmly (almost angrily) directed the cars closest to him to get the hell out of the way.

Judging by the speed with which he entered the intersection and the sternness of his “get the hell out of here” gesturing, I assumed I was witnessing some sort of emergency unfolding.

Nope.

I was witnessing the approach of several large tour buses containing the Miami Hurricanes football team, arriving at Lenox (possibly the J.W. Marriott?) two days ahead of the Eat Mor Chikin Peach Bowl.

My initial thought upon realizing what I was seeing was “WTF?” Why do tour buses with college football players need police escorts just to go to a hotel?

(Click here for video of me and my lady cursing their arrival)

An escort to and from a big game is fine. But just travelling to a hotel? Gimme a fucking break. When there are actual crimes in and around Atlanta that the police don’t respond to (I’m referring to crack selling and prostitution taking place less that two blocks from my home), local governments should not waste police manpower holding the hands of college football players. Besides, they’re all 6’2″ 250 pounds — who’s gonna bother them?

I forgot about the incident until this morning, when I glanced at this AP story. It seems that the Miami Hurricanes football team was so sore at LSU for stomping on them, that one or more members of the Miami squad started a fight with LSU players after the game. Georgia State Patrol officers intervened to break up the fight, at one point pulling out the Tasers.

After reading that, I thought, “Hmm, maybe I had it all wrong.” Maybe the police escort wasn’t to protect the football team from us. Maybe it was to protect us from the football team.

Happy New Year.

Happy New Year, Atlanta!

I’m only sort of in the city right now, so I just want to wish a Happy New Year to all of our readers and writers (and everyone else). Have fun and be safe tonight!

Reasons to Avoid Atlanta This Weekend

Traffic is bad, add in Peach Bowl, Sugar Bowl, New Years and Falcons vs. Panthers traffic and you have gridlock… Major gridlock.

To make traffic even worse, most of Peachtree Street is blocked off for Peach Bowl and Sugar Bowl Parades.

That said, there is a good chance you’ll end up on CBS 46news.

Oh yeah, and there is a Peach Drop tomorrow night…

You Say You Want A Resolution?

Think you’ll need a little “Hair of the Dog” on Sunday? No?

Do you like polka music and bowling? Yes?

Well my friend, what you need to be doing this Sunday is HASHING. Each January 1st the Atlanta Hash House Harriers and Harriettes hold their Cheddarhead Hash. You can expect beer, hashing, Wisconsin goodies, beer, polka music, beer, bowling, and did I mention beer?, all for the low low price of $10.

You can always re-start your resolutions on Monday.

Here is a link to the information about next year’s start (warning, not necessarily “office friendly”); if you are a historian, here is a link to the Cheddarhead’s history.

If you come on out look for me, Wee Little Bit, and say hello.

Sony to vandalize Atlanta

Sony plans to vandalize Atlanta.

I kid you not. Sony is advertising its PlayStation Portable with a “stealth marketing” campaign that consists of paying people to spray paint pre-fab images of PlayStation characters onto outdoor walls in several big cities around the country. Atlanta is one of those cities.

Apparently, it’s a response to Sony’s realization that traditional forms of outdoor advertising (buses, billboards, etc.) just aren’t reaching their target audience.

Some people have pointed out that Sony’s spray painted ad campaign is both a violation of law and a finger in the eye of local communities working hard to clean up blighted inner city neighborhoods.

Those people are a bunch of killjoys!

I, for one, think that illegally spray painting ads on private property is a great idea. So great, in fact, that I think everyone should be doing it.

To help get you started, I’ve compiled a list of several buildings whose tenants are known supporters of illegal, spray paint “stealth marketing” campaigns.

Sony Business Solutions & Systems Sales Office
3175A Northwoods Parkway
Norcross, GA 30071
(770) 263-9888

Sony Music Inc
1000 Abernathy Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30328
(770) 392-1844

Sony Pictures Television
2859 Paces Ferry Rd SE # 1130
Atlanta, GA
(770) 431-0202

Sony Electronic
120 Interstate North Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA
(770) 953-5880

Sony Electronics
1050 Centennial Olympic P
Atlanta, GA
(404) 347-9492

Sony-Atv Music Publishing
Atlanta, GA
(404) 350-1669

Happy marketing!

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UPDATE: Prompted by a comment below, I went by Marco’s Pita with a camera to see if a) Sony had sprayed adgraffiti on the building and b) whether Sony had the building owner’s permission. I didn’t see any graffiti — Sony or otherwise — so I left.

Christmas Sores

Santa's Morning After

No idea why we feel this way. Tired, achy, etc. At the last minute, our plans to return to Chicago for Christmas fell through (because we cancelled them) and our plans to Do Nothing took off in a big way. We stuck around to save money, catch up on work and make an offer on our first house (!).

Christmas Eve? That was for an English-style breakfast (at, uh, two in the afternoon) with righteous, savory baked beans and grilled tomato at Hand in Hand pub in Virginia Highlands. Also, King Kong.

Christmas? That was for good food and good company with abruptly accommodating co-workers. Also, drinking. Also, poker. Also, poker winnings. Merry effing Christmas.

Since then, it’s been sleeping and waking up tired for no reason. It’s been working and playing an embarrassing amount of World of WarCraft with folks in the ATL, in Virginia (sans Highlands) and, for all I know, in Ecuador. It’s been seeing Munich at Atlantic Station, which might be worth braving the unsettling commercialism of teenage girls with $200 to spend on “cute shoes” when there’s finally some food cooking over there. Atlantic Station, I mean, not Munich. (Or Munich.) Also, Strongbows, rum cake, a gyro and Erotic Photo Hunt (Classic) on the “crack machine” at The Independent in Midtown.

So much for saving money. Still, Christmas? Merry? Done and done.

We Like Mike

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In case you missed it, the AJC’s Mike Luckovich (and Mike Peters of the Dayton Daily News) were featured on today’s Morning Edition. Their favorite political cartoons from 2005 are posted at NPR.org and the audio should be up before lunchtime.

The Best of 2005?

I’m not sure if this is going to actually count as a “post” as I am not sharing any witty anecdotes, relaying juicy gossip OR providing any worthwhile information ..rather I am soliciting info from our bevy of readers … y’all know who you are!

In the annoying spirit of the season … I want to know:

What is the BIGGEST (read: RIDICULOUS, HEART WRENCHING, JOYOUS, FUNNY, WTF, etc;) story of the year, here in the ATL?

Was it ya girl …whatshername? The one with the bug eyes that left her fiancee at the altar but came back with the damn blanket on her head?

OR

Was it ya boy… Inmate #0509994? Dude lost his effing mind shooting up all those folks for no damned reason?

OR

Maybe it was the Blogpolsion popping off at the AJC?

OR

Piebar opening, Piedmont Parking Deck being approved, Shirley being re-elected, wi-fi at the airport, Fatburger opening, the ATL branding campaign, the Braves choking (again), the Falcons disappointing seasons, the original Club 112 demolition (pour out a lil liquor), TV’s on MARTA, IKEA, the new High, the Fish Tank?

You tell us …. what story is stuck in your craw? (that’s for y’all Suthnahs)

Hide Your Eyes, Kiddies…

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