Archive for August, 2007

football!!!! (the real kind)

okay, if you read my personal blog you will know that i am a huge fan of football (alright, soccer for those of you who must) and manchester united in particular.

just wanted to remind you, know that the english premier league season is in full swing, and the draw has been completed for the uefa champions league, that atlanta has one of the best places in the world to take in a football match.

the brewhouse cafe in little 5 on moreland ave was nominated by the us soccer federation as one of the 5 best soccer bars in the country.

it’s everything you could want – multiple tv’s, great breakfast (don’t forget those english matches start early), great staff, and a great crowd.

seriously, come out and join us. the atmosphere for a big match can’t be beat and you’ll find intelligent, knowledgeable fans ready to teach you all you need to know about the game.

i’ll be there saturday at noon for manchester united vs sunderland.

details:

brewhouse cafe
401 moreland ave in little 5 points
list of matches shown available here

ps – they have wifi too, good for ‘telecommuting’ while watching wednesday afternoon champions league matches

The Beltline on NPR

Beginning Thursday, September 13, “Morning Edition” on NPR (WABE 90.1 FM), will present a seven-part, in-depth series on Atlanta’s Beltline. In this News Special Report, Steve Goss and Kevin Keller explore the big picture of this one-of-a-kind green-space/transit proposal, including a conversation with Ryan Gravel, the former Georgia Tech student whose thesis gave birth to the project. You will also go on a tour of the proposed route, hear explanations of the green space and transit implications and learn more about neighborhood concerns.

I just hope they ask the important questions while they’re on the tour, like how many dog poop baggie pick up stations there will be and where the key coffee houses are located along the line.

this oughta help him.

coming out in support of michael vick is one ron artest.

“I want to call him and support him, you know, be there for him,” Artest said. “[He] lied and then came back and apologized to everybody, I felt that was classy. … I was touched that he took full responsibility. I felt that was a real man. I know for a fact he’ll come out a better person.”

it bring to mind an old saying…

‘with friends like these…..’

ah yes, who can forget ron artest.

Dragon*Con

I don’t know about you crazy kids, but Saturday afternoon I’ll be downtown watching the DragonCon parade and snapping pics with my friend Kelly.

Dragon*Con is America’s largest, multi-media, popular arts convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film.

The parade route “follows Peachtree Street from Woodruff Park (at Auburn Avenue) to the Hyatt, then continues down Baker Street and ends on Courtland Street at the Marriott and Hilton.”

If you’re not up for a 10am parade, alternate options for shutter bugs include a love-in/photo stroll type dealie the Atlanta Flickr group is planning Saturday night.

If you’re interested in other tracks, the event and program information can be found on the official Dragon*Con site.

Anyone else planning on going out to either watch or participate in any of the events? Have you been in years past? Special advice and/or good stories?

Robbery on Dekalb Ave.

I’m busy trying to convince my SO that I am dying a slow and painful death after a mere 4 months in suburbia (new co-habitation donchaknow) and that we simply must move ourselves back in town where I belong, when I get a steaming pile of poo on my parade bulletin delivered to my inbox, which almost ensures the SO will never allow my dream to come true.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now about the robbery that occurred on Dekalb Ave. on Saturday night but I wanted to make sure you had all the information. Saturday night at about 2115 hours, 2 subjects began shooting into the residence at 992 Dekalb Ave. The homeowners were home along with 4 guests. They fled out of the rear of the home jumping from the 2nd story to flee these perpetrators. One of the victims was injured when she jumped and fell on her face. Others sprained their ankles when they jumped. No one was shot which was a miracle since the perpetrators fired more than 30 rounds in the home.

After gaining entry, the perpetrators gathered up personal belongings of the victims (wallets, credit cards) and fled from the residence towards the MARTA station. The first Officer arrived within a minute and a half and immediately broadcast the description of the perpetrators. The entire Zone 6 Evening watch descended upon the area. One of the Officers spotted the perpetrators and with the help of MARTA Police Officers gave chase. Other Zone 6 Officers were able to cut off their escape avenue and took them into custody. Everything that had been taken from the victim’s home was recovered as were the guns that were used.

Both perpetrators were debriefed and admitted to some involvement in the incident. The said they randomly picked this house and these victims. They were both charged and taken to jail. The perpetrators names are Lanorris Moore (age 18) and Tremain Lovelace (age 17). This is where the neighborhood can help with letters to the District Attorney asking that they receive a high bond and offers of help in the prosecution of these perpetrators (neighborhood appearances, neighborhood testimony). Once convicted, additional letters asking for a stiff sentence could also be helpful.

Forget about the fact that this could have happened anywhere, because it didn’t. It happened close enough to my old condo for me to get the lecture about him feeling safe with me at home alone if he has to work late. Tanksfernuttin ya jackhole criminals.

I’m glad everyone impacted came out (relatively) unscathed, and can I get a “hells to the yeah” kudos for the Zone 6 officers!?! Damn good stuff.

Champions!

Ok, so Warner Robins* isn’t exactly metro Atlanta, but can’t a man be happy that at least one baseball team in this state is championship-level?

While I’m at it, does the two-year Georgia champion little league streak synch up with the two-year playoff drought (yes, I know, the Braves’ season isn’t over. Yet.)?

* Fixed typo

Think Global, (blog and) Shop Local

Working on the assumption that many of the Metblogs readers have similar values as I, and that one of those is propping up our local economy by being patrons at establishments owned by our family, friends and neighbors, I offer you this (with a hat tip to Real Simple magazine for the buried blurb in which I found it): it’s called Delocator and the text on the home page instructs you to “enter a zip code to locate a non-corporate cafe, book store, or movie theatre near you.”

I love this idea.

Granted, I’d love it more if it included hardware stores (ACE in the Highlands comes to mind) or restaurants or clothing boutiques, or fabulous boutique stores of miscellany or even (*gasp*) hair salons.

That said, it’s a fantastic first step, and coupled with bits like The Green Market at Piedmont Park, it makes my heart swell.

I’m curious though – how many of you would go out of your way to shop/eat/drink local if it meant doing a smidge of research ahead of time? Do you wish it was easier to find this information, or are you content with the Home Depots and Starbucks and Borders of the world? I can’t promise not to judge, but I can promise I’m open to hearing what you have to say. Bring it.

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

via http://gpconservancy.org/, the Summer Shade Festival isn’t just approaching – it’s TOMORROW!

Blatently stolen from their site and pasted right into this here WYSIWYG:

Start: Aug 25 2007 – 11:00am
End: Aug 25 2007 – 10:30pm

Summary: Fine Art/Fine Craft, Music, Food, Children’s Activities, and the return of Corks & Forks – A Fine Food and Wine Event.

Description: Fine Art/Fine Craft, Music, Food, Children’s Activities, and the return of Corks & Forks – A Fine Food and Wine Event. The Festival kicks off with the Adams Realtors 5K Run for the Park (8:00 am), the Artist Market and Food Market open at 11:00 am (till 7), Live Music begins 11:30 a.m. (till 8:30), Children’s Activity Center opens at noon (till 5) and an outdoor Festival Flick begins at 8:30 pm (till 10:30). And this is just day one. Don’t forget to come back for more on Sunday, August 26.

This is a must do event to cap off your summer.

Admission: The Festival is Free to the Public
Parking Fee: No Parking Fee
Event Phone: 404-521-0938

I don’t know about you, but some shade and entertainment sounds hella good to me right about now.

Who are the people in your neighborhood (donating to)?

Preposition-ending sentences aside, The Huffington Post has a cool tool to let you see whom your neighbors support with their wallets. It’s called Fundrace.

My peeps in the 30082 (including Hawks player Josh Childress) seem pretty excited about Barack Obama. How do your neighbors fare and have you contributed yourself? I haven’t.

pull your pants up young man!

seems like someone on the atlanta city council has an idea for some new legislation to help with the crime wave; requiring young men to pull up their pants.

from the ajc this morning comes this:

Exposed boxer shorts and thongs would be illegal in any public place in Atlanta if the City Council approves a proposed amendment to the city’s indecency laws.

The target is young men who wear their pants low off their hips to show off the two pairs of boxers they wear beneath their saggy pants, said Atlanta Councilman C.T. Martin, a college recruitment consultant who sponsored the ordinance. Saggy pants are an “epidemic” that are becoming a “major concern” in cities and states around the country, the ordinance reads.

well, shiver me timbers, that ought to make things better. of course to ensure that the law is properly enforced, we will also need to go after girls whose low-cut jeans often show off coin slots.

okay, while i think this may be some of the silliest legislation ever proposed, i do appreciate the sentiment behind it as councilman martin is quoted as saying:

“Little children see it and want to adopt it, thinking it’s the in thing,” Martin said Wednesday. “I don’t want young people thinking that half-dressing is the way to go. I want them to think about their future.”

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makes some sense to me, but i think a dress code is probably not going to fix that.

predictably the aclu was quite upset by this:

Under the proposed ordinance, women also couldn’t reveal the strap of a thong beneath their pants. Nor could they wear jogging bras in public or show off even a wisp of a bra strap, said Debbie Seagraves, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.

seagraves continues in the article:

“This is a racial profiling bill that promotes and establishes a framework for an additional type of racial profiling,” Seagraves said.”

no wait a second debbie, either the law bans thongs and jogging bras; not exactly hip-hop fashion accesories, or it targets young black men. you can’t have it both ways.

duplicitous aclu arguments aside, this is a pretty silly idea and one i expect has about as much shot of passing the atlanta city council as i would have being elected to it.

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