Archive for June, 2007

Drink of the Week: High Life at the Clermont

As you no doubt read earlier in Seth’s post, Esquire magazine called The Clermont Lounge one of the best bars in the country. It’s one of only three Georgia bars to earn the title. In response to Seth’s call-out, I tried to get back to the Clermont in the last couple of weeks, but didn’t manage it. I was too busy visiting El Bar and the MJQ for the first time(s), as part of a birthday night out.

I have been to the Clermont a few times, though, so I can tell you that it is at least partly about “squalor,” as Esquire says. When Dave Attell visited the joint for his show, Insomniac, one guy called it the bar “where strippers go to die.” (See Dave’s visit to the Clermont right hereat Comedy Central). Watching that clip, I just learned that it’s the oldest strip joint in Atlanta, still in operation. Look around, and it’s easy to believe. The place opened in ’65. You could call the current decor “aunthentic.”

When I go, I drink High Life or PBR. Expect it in a can.

The Clermont’s schtick is that the strippers are all older and, uh, bigger than you’d find at a lot of other places. I’ve seen some young dancers do their thing there, though. Old or young, what you get is something a little more… honest. Being at the Clermont is like watching somebody’s aunt get up on a table and strip in a basement rec-room. Except the vibe is a lot less embarrassing. Also, Blondie crushes beer cans with her bosom, so that’s a plus.

What Is It? It’s Miller High Life, served in a can.

Where Is It? The Clermont Lounge, under and behind the Clermont Motor Hotel on Ponce.

How Is It? It’s Miller High Life, served in a can.

How Much Was It? I dunno, like $2, maybe? Who remembers?

i fought the law and the horford won.

you may have previously read this author’s intention to become a fan of the atlanta hawks. they seem like just the kind of lovable losers i am bound to support anyway (although some who have lived in this town longer than i probably remember a time when than wasn’t the case for the hawks.)

late this week the hawks used their two top 15 draft picks to draft florida power forward al horford and texas a&m point guard acie law iv.

now i am new to the whole basketball gig so i’m not really sure what to make of these picks but matt over at the atlanta hawks blog certainly has some opinions.

first on horford:

Horford is ready to play, even more so than Shelden Williams was. I wanted Conley (obviously), but I’m happy with this.

and next on law:

like this pick. I am not convinced that the way Law played in college is the kind of player he’s going to be in the pros. I think he’s smart and that he will make a great point guard.

over on the creative loafing fresh loaf blog scott freeman has additional thoughts on the hawks draft including some caution about horford.

GO HAWKS!

a quick plug….

yeah, i know there are a million event listing sites out there and you probably don’t need another one, but i’m going to give it to you anyway.

check out plug atlanta for updates on upcoming music shows and other events.

one of the main reasons i think this is pretty cool is that they preserve all of the original artwork from the posters for the event, which make the site worth checking out since they are usually very creative.

one thing missing is an rss feed to stay up-to-date on the newest posters but i swapped some emails with the founder of the site and he assures me they are coming.

Those Crazy Canadians

Are you an ex-pat from our border to the north? Do you pronounce “about” as “aboot”? Do you have a poster of Bob and Doug McKenzie hanging in your room?

If so, I’ve got the event for you.

via http://atlcanadians.com/, the 2nd Annual Canada Day Celebration will be held tomorrow – Saturday, June 30th – from 3pm until close @ Meehan’s in Sandy Springs. Eh.

the strange case of chris benoit and the wikipedia

seth first alerted me to it in his comments on the post below and it was also reported in the ajc this morning and on the wikinews itself. an anonymous editor monday around midnight reported the death of chris benoit’s wife on the the wikipedia more than 14 hours before the bodies were found.

adding to the confusion, the post came from stamford, ct, which is home to the headquarters of benoit’s employer, the wwe.

this morning it is being reported on the wikinews that the author of the comment has confessed and claimed it a terrible coincidence. the confession was posted on the talk page of the wikinews article about the original posting, and according to wikinews came from the same ip address as the original post.

in the full text of his confession the poster expressed remorse but refuses to identify himself.

of course, by staying anonymous the original wikipedia editor is most likely only going to fuel even more controversy and speculation about who he really was and what his motives were. plus i am doubting the police are going to accept an anonymous posting to wikinews as the end of the matter.

someday this will all be an interesting case-study on the role of new media, the manner in which collaborative, amateur reporting operates, how the internet and crime intersect, etc., etc., etc., but for now it is just plain weird.

more on benoit and steroids…

it appears that the police and dea are taking an increased look into chris benoit’s medical history, even going so far as to ‘raid’ his doctor’s office, see the ajc story here. of course the immediate assumption that anyone is going to jump to is that they are looking for some evidence of recent steroid use by benoit to explain the murder-suicide.

seth makes a great point in his post yesterday*, namely, why isn’t wrestling being looked at with the same vim and vigor as ‘real’ sports when it comes to the use of these drugs. i mean who can forget the spectacle of rafael palmeiro, mark mcgwire and others literally hauled before congress and all any of them did was put up some gaudy home run numbers.

i hate to sound specualtive, but i am going to here. if, if, IF it turns out that steroids did play some part in chris benoit coming unhinged and murdering his family, i really hope someone takes a look at his employer to find out if there is any complicity there.

btw does anyone besides me find it weird that over there at wwe.com it’s business as usual?

iPhone Plotting

Take that gerund (participial phrase?) in the title either way you’d like.

Here’s the map you’re all after; do with it as you please.

Me? The wife says I can’t camp out with her due to deliver in about 17 days.

I’ll have to wait for the next iPhone or (potentially) Harry Potter.

//

Apple Store Northpoint
website

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map.addOverlay(marker);

var point = new GPoint(-84.364557,33.848932);
var marker = createMarker(point, ‘

Apple Store Lenox Square
website

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map.addOverlay(marker);

var point = new GPoint(-84.338113,33.923769);
var marker = createMarker(point, ‘

Apple Store Perimeter
website

‘);
map.addOverlay(marker);

var point = new GPoint(-84.388587,33.819282);
var marker = createMarker(point, ‘

AT&T
website

‘);
map.addOverlay(marker);

var point = new GPoint(-84.373527,33.849248);
var marker = createMarker(point, ‘

AT&T
website

‘);
map.addOverlay(marker);

var point = new GPoint(-84.462567,33.880760);
var marker = createMarker(point, ‘

AT&T
website

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map.addOverlay(marker);

var point = new GPoint(-84.256687,33.848659);
var marker = createMarker(point, ‘

AT&T
website

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map.addOverlay(marker);

var point = new GPoint(-84.338262,33.926536);
var marker = createMarker(point, ‘

AT&T
website

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map.addOverlay(marker);

var point = new GPoint(-84.509542,33.723661);
var marker = createMarker(point, ‘

AT&T
website

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map.addOverlay(marker);

var point = new GPoint(-84.441832,33.822931);
var marker = createMarker(point, ‘

AT&T
website

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map.addOverlay(marker);

var point = new GPoint(-84.397547,33.792515);
var marker = createMarker(point, ‘

AT&T
website

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map.addOverlay(marker);

var point = new GPoint(-84.328523,33.567220);
var marker = createMarker(point, ‘

AT&T
website

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map.addOverlay(marker);

var point = new GPoint(-84.604808,33.852415);
var marker = createMarker(point, ‘

AT&T
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map.addOverlay(marker);

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Special thanks to Tom in DC for the post idea/code.

Here’s another version of this same map, Apple’s search page and AT&T’s search page (both regarding where to camp out to get an iPod).

And if you’re Clunky, pick a location and get a tent.

Mess With Their Heads

I didn’t know this, but the Bank of America Plaza building is the largest building in the Southeast, the tallest building outside of New York City and Chicago (take that, other mid-size cities!), and the 26th tallest building in the world.

It is also one of my favorite vehicles for messing with the kids’ heads. One of my ex-boyfriends, who also grew up in the ATL, told me that his father used to tell him that monkeys lived in the “cage” at the top of the building.

That’s just one of those tall tales that is too fun to pass up telling to your own kids. Go ahead. Use it. You know you want to. You might even be able to pull it over on a gullible out-of-towner, a feeble-minded grandparent, or a drunk friend.

Chris Benoit

When I heard that WWE wrestler Chris Benoit had passed away the other day, I immediately thought of my father-in-law the Fayetteville-dwelling wrestling fan. Benoit lived locally and I think we’d talked about him on one occasion when I was clearly on half-listening.

Anyhow, as the story evolved into the murder/suicide information we now have, I had a very visceral reaction. As my wife is 9-months pregnant with our second child, I’m given to more than my fair share of bouts of over-protectiveness of my child(ren) and spouse. I can’t for the life of me square my love for them with any feelings of frustration or anger I might rarely have.

How could ANY husband and father do this?
Why aren’t professional wrestlers – who are viewed more often by more younger children than Baseball players – under the same kind of scrutiny for performance-enhancing drugs as “real” athletes?

I’m left with more questions than I can answer and more sadness than I should be feeling – chalk it up to sympathy pregnancy.

I’ll link to some other local blog reaction, but I don’t want to fall back into the trap of saying I’m shocked. Nothing much really shocks me anymore. I’m just sad and angry and strangely grateful in my own family. I’m holding them all a little closer tonight.

Creative Loafing
ATL Malcontent
Gregor Smith

And, not local, but interesting, MIT’s Convergence Culture Consortium.

What do you think?

so whatcha, whatcha, whatcha, whatcha want?

you’ve probably seen the ‘suggest a story’ button over on the right side of the page there. well finally back home from china and the czech republic, i took a look at what had been suggested while i was gone and came across an interesting anonymous suggestion called “MB ATL Needs Shaping Up,” which i am going to post here in it’s entirety:

This isn’t really a story submission more as it is an overall suggestion. Could you guys do more to report on local news? I know Metroblogging isn’t an event listing, but you sure can’t tell that from looking at the past few stories. It’s either authors plugging events they’re involved with or interested in or fluff pieces about nothing specifically Atlanta related. How about the collapse over at Grady Memorial Hospital? Or Decatur getting free Wi-Fi? Don’t let the AJC scoop you guys!

so i am looking for your reaction to that. i think it’s a fair assesment of our coverage of local news (i.e. none of us have posted about chris benoit or the wayne williams dna test results) but it is also fair that to be a news site is not our mission.

so what are you looking for? more news? more music? more culture? more drinks of the week?

drop your thoughts in the comments on this post.

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