Archive for June, 2006

The Wave

So, I’m just wondering. . . when did the wave go out of style?

He pooted

(I just couldn’t resist posting)

He pooted.

coming soon to a midtown skyline near you

another step in the manhattan-ization of midtown, with the atlanta business chronicle reporting today that cousins properties will tear down the office building, drive-thru bank and parking structure located on the mid-town block bordered by peachtree, north ave, ponce and juniper streets. this is the wachovia building right there on one of the busiest corners at the south end of midtown.

The ajc has more details here, but the plans are to build a 30 story condo tower on the site followed by a mixed-use hotel-retail-condo thing. initial plans for the high-profile corner at peachtree and north are for a park, but there are ominous-sounding warnings of an office building there.

mixed feelings about this. i’m all for growth and people creating high value uses for property, as well as continuing to bring people inside the city. but, really midtown is starting to look like manhattan and i really don’t know how much of a good thing that is.

maybe that’s what people in midtown want, and those of us who get bothered by it can always move to east atlanta (as i did), where the tallest building is the martha brown methodist church. imposing, wonderful and old.

interestingly, there is a whole group of people who are concerned about preserving the wachovia building on the site. apparently the building (which i will admit to always thinking was a bit ugly) is a classic example of ‘modern movement’ architecture. go figure. the site has some interesting info on the history of the building.

Atlanta Dairy mascot query

On the way in to work today I spied a truck for Flagship Atlanta Dairy, which is now Atlanta Dairy and was formerly Parmalat and, farther back than that was also Atlanta Dairy. Go figure.

In any event, I saw the truck and noticed it hat a cute bovine mascot on the side. Unfortunately I couldn’t read the scripted name underneath the logo.

Calls to Flagship Atlanta Dairy, where I was informed that they’d switched back to their original 55-year-old moniker, Atlanta Dairy, yielded no answers. The kindly receptionist didn’t know the name of the mascot, but she did seem to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the dairy’s history and name changes.

So now I’m stuck with little more than a fleeting glimpse of the Rosebud-esque Mathis Dairy imitation logo and no name. Help me, please!

UPDATE: Reader Renee sent me an email personally:

On my way to work this morning I say the same ad on a semi-truck
but I saw and remembered the name of the cow! It is Katie. I know this because my supervisor’s name is Katie and we celebrate “Cow Day” at work. I thought that it was so cute and reminded me of her, and when I read the name I thought WOW! it even looks like Katie!

So now you know the name of the Atlanta Dairy Cow — Katie!

Area Blood Drives This Weekend

With every holiday weekend comes an increased need for blood and platelets due to accidents. Unfortunately, it’s summertime and donations typically drop off this time of year. Several area malls are holding blood drives this weekend, including Lenox Square, The Mall of Georgia, North Lake, Town Center, Gwinnett Place and Arbor Place. And if you can’t make it to one of those mall drives, you can donate at an area blood donor center. You can read more information on the need and how to donate.

I’m still upset that the need is so great but I cannot donate because I spent five years in Germany as a child. I’m pretty sure that I don’t have mad cow disease.

MTV at The Fox Last Night

I went to the Sheryl Crow concert at The Fox last night and on the way in passed signs warning that MTV would be present and filming. At first, I thought that perhaps they were filming some sort of special or feature on Ms. Crow, which would be totally plausible given her year of saying buh-bye to Lance, being diagnosed with breast cancer, and resuming her North American tour — all while looking extremely hot and giving women in their 40s a very good name.

Instead, they were shooting footage for the new reality show “Cheyenne”, which I had never even heard of before last night. Apparently this fifteen-year-old girl from Texas is “on the verge of becoming a rock star,” and MTV is going along for the ride. She came out onstage at one point and sang “If It Makes You Happy” with Sheryl before disappearing backstage again. It was odd, but I must admit I’ll probably look for this episode to see how it all turns out in the end.

En Garde!

Remember that fencing scene from The Princess Bride? I imagine the national fencing championships are a lot like that, except multiplied a few hundred times. Check it out this starting this Friday at the Marriott Marquis.

You Can Have Your God – Just Not in My Town

I’ve been wondering what behemoth structure was being erected around the block from my house, so I looked online to see if I could find related articles.

10 Years of Izzy

July 15, 1996, marked the beginning of Izzy’s reign here in Atlanta. It really changed how the city (downtown, midtown, former Techwood mainly) looked and Atlanta’s image in the world. Ever since we’ve been associated with the monstrosity that is Izzy.

July 15, 2006, marks the 10th anniversary and several places (spurred by Billy Payne) are having celebrations to commemorate the impact that Izzy had on the city. Centennial Park is having a party July 15 from 7-10 pm (pdf announcement here). Here ‘s a quote from Billy Payne:

“I am proud to be a part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of [Izzy],” says Billy Payne, former President and CEO of the Atlanta Committee for the [Promotion of Izzy], “This is the perfect occasion to share the [Izzy] legacy and celebrate the spirit of volunteerism experienced ten years ago.”

(Thanks Karsh!)

Primary season

There are less than three weeks until the July 18 primary. Do you know your candidates? The AJC has a good voter guide for those ITP and others. And no complaining about the date! Advance voting starts July 10.

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