Archive for October, 2006

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Scary Atlanta

I don’t have any interesting plans for tonight (I may go to Moe’s and Joe’s to take advantage of their special tonight), but what is everyone else doing for Halloween? Anything interesting going on?

Tell Me a Story

The husband and I decided to get into the Halloween spirit last night, and so we watched “Most Haunted Live.” This is a British show where a woman named Yvette goes with a group of ghost hunters (including a clairvoyant, a sound guy, a camera guy, and usually some other random people) to supposedly haunted locations. It is usually dark and shot in night vision, increasing the creepiness with green eyes. They are constantly jumping or shrieking after hearing bumps, scraping noises, moans, or growling. The clairvoyant senses the identity of the spirits haunting the place. In last night’s episode, people were actually cut and scraped on the legs by spirits. I don’t know whether I believe in ghosts or not, but I definitely don’t NOT believe in them. (I know. Double negative. Sue me.) This show cracks me up, partially because it is so overdramatic and funny, in a British-cum-American kind of way, and partially because it never fails to amaze me how much my usually entertainment-snobbish husband loves it. While watching it, I pulled out the laptop to check out their website and see more information about the evening’s location, the Niddry vaults, below Edinburgh, which is supposedly one of the most haunted places in the world.

I started to wonder about Atlanta’s own ghost stories and haunted locations, and was reminded of the ghost stories of my own hometown. As a teen, living in North Fulton, our most haunted places and the subjects of urban legend were “the Sausage Factory” and “Devil Worshipper’s Road.” We would drive out to Devil Worshipper’s Road year round, but visits increased in October. You can read about the Devil Worshipper’s Road legend and one of my high school graduate’s experiences with it here, but don’t bother trying to find it: It is now North Point Mall. I never did go to the Sausage Factory, so I cannot vouch for its authenticity. I also could not find mention of it while doing a Google search.

Almost laughable

In perhaps the yawner story of the year, the AJC has released its endorsements of some races for the upcoming election. That’s not what is most laughable (though to some it probably is – actually the paper comes out and admits its “progressive political philosophy,” mentions its ‘manifesto’ and then self-basks in how “lofty” it is).

What is laughable is that in its endorsement announcement, the AJC included a statement of “Why We Endorse.” The statement itself seems almost pining for the days when newspapers were all-powerful as if Ms. Tucker is providing us with the essential history of all newspaper endorsements, but the line that really caught my eye was the following (emphasis mine):

my colleagues and I believe that endorsements of political candidates are as necessary as ever — of the surfeit of news media and the resulting information overload. With so many competing sources of information, including political ads and Web sites produced by the candidates, voters may give up trying to decipher the candidates’ stands on complex issues. Politicians rarely render complicated judgments in 30-second ads. Nor are they likely to be candid about their more controversial stances.

Highly-researched and well-written editorial endorsements can give voters that information. At this newspaper, editorial writers spend time researching candidates’ resumes and ferreting out their views. We interview most candidates in person; sometimes, when that’s not possible, we interview them over the telephone.

This from the newspaper that gave us a Voter’s Guide in which the most hard-hitting question was which TV character the candidates identified with the most. “Highly-researched?” Maybe the editorials (and most the time I question that), but wouldn’t a voter’s guide that actually had some information on all the candidates (not just the ones the AJC endorses) be far more useful to voters? Probably.

[Update] On that note, I was interested to find in one of the AJC’s endorsements a little attack on the candidate for including information on their website that was irrelevant to the job they were seeking. “[The candidate] might as well have listed her Oscar picks for all the relevance they have to the actual job she’s asking voters to award her in November.” Again, this from the newspaper that found it relevant to discuss TV characters and what “gadget” they bought recently that they couldn’t live without? Perhaps they would like to explain the relevance to those questions.

We here at the Atlanta Metroblog do not collectively endorse candidates (though no author is restricted from posting about her/his preferences in races). However, I’m sure that I can speak for all the authors when I do make one voting suggestion to the Atlanta (and Georgia) community: Before you vote next Tuesday (or earlier, if you are voting that way), examine the candidates on all sides of the aisle and make a smart, well-researched choice for the candidate that you think is best for you, your district, the courts, or for Georgia.

beck at vinyl — on sale NOW

just announced, beck will be at vinyl tomorrow night for a show at 10:00 pm. opportunities to see acts like beck in a tiny little venue like vinyl do not come along very often.

ticket link is here. the server is having trouble but keep trying. took me twenty minutes and errors on every single screen but i got my tix.

good luck.

p.s. – astute readers will notice that i got my tickets BEFORE i posted this…..

I Question Homosexuality

Actually, I don’t, but that is what I think I saw on a billboard near downtown last night. I took 75/85 North from I-20 and I glanced over to the right and saw this billboard. As best I can remember, it displayed a well-dressed African-American man, with, I think, the words, “I question Homosexuality.” What with 5:00 traffic, and two jabbering kids, I wasn’t able to get a better look.

Has anyone else seen this sign? Who sponsored it? What is it’s purpose? My gut tells me it isn’t a good one.

life imitates hollywood

on the last day of work, jerome mcinnis of college park struck paydirt. according to the ajc here:

The 13-year Ford employee purchased a $5 ticket for the “Bah Humbucks” game. The ticket was a winner, good for $225,000, lottery officials said.

“I paid for the gas, but I was so excited that I drove off and forgot to get my gas,” McInnis said in a press release issued by the lottery.

of course the real hollywood aspect is that jerome was heading to work on the day that ford was closing it’s hapeville plant. mcinnis was taking early retirement and basically heading in to turn in his uniform, or whatever you do the day an auto plant closes.

folks, i’m in pr, and i can tell you the pr people at the georgia lottery commission were absolutely salivating over this story as soon as they realized what they had.

i swear i wouldn’t be suprised to see jerome in a ga lottery ad sometime soon.

more on the closing of the hapeville plant here

Atlanta Walk/Run for Animals

I recently wrote this about my venture into the world of running. Well, the time has come to put my money where my mouth is and run an actual race. While I feel pretty comfortable with competition, I never ran a race before, so I thought i would start small and pick a local 5K.

Japanese Nautica

If you, like me, are heading to the Decemberists show at the Tabernacle (warning: that’s a MySpace page) tomorrow night, let me recommend you a nice appetizer to the evening. Tattoo-artist/painter Samuel Parker currently has a show up at the Inman Park location of Inman Perk. It’s a handsome little collection of paintings with a kind of spooky, monstrous theme — American Shedu and krakens and an elephant-headed fish-thing (that’s probably my favorite) — and a recurring Japanese-print style. All in all, a nice fit for a Decemberists show that sure to be heavy on the Crane Wife songs.

Stone Mountain on Television

In last night’s episode, we learned the page character — Kenneth Ellen — on 30 Rock is apparently from Stone Mountain. Alec Baldwin’s big-wig dude tells us this in his best Hannibal Lecter impression.

Meanwhile, on a recent episode of Vanished, a fictionalized version of Stone Mountain appeared on screen as the kind of wooded up-in-the-mountains area where dangerous lunatics might hide out in cabins. Or so I’ve read.

Who’s got a third instance of Stone Mountain on television in this young TV season so we can complete our trifecta?

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