Archive for September, 2009

This is Atlanta Cooking

I was flipping around the TV Saturday morning prior to indulging my college football addition and I happened across This is Atlanta Cooking on WBPA.  Ria was on there cooking Shrimp and Grits.  I only caught the last ten minutes of the show, but I’ve already set the DVR to record the series. Also, my absolute favorite thing about the show is that Lois Reitzes narrates when the chef isn’t describing what is going on.  Lois Reitzes FTW!

I’m pissed I’ve only now discovered the show, because it looks like they’ve profiled some awesome restaurants – Murphy’s, the Flying Biscuit (which I actually think is overrated, but la novia loves), Rathbun’s, Sotto Sotto, Woodfire Grill… I’m at least going to try a few of these recipes for la novia.

There’s always something going on Downtown

I got an email from Georgia State today, with the following subject line:

Simulated gunfire downtown — They’re filming for a movie!

Sounds interesting.  I feel bad for the folks who didn’t check their email this morning and got a surprise on the way to class.

Turns out some new TV drama, “Past Life,” is filming downtown for scenes set in New York.  This preview looks fairly lame, but hey, they are spending money in Atlanta, so, woo!  Filming began around town in early August and will go on through December.

You may be thinking, “Wait, you said this was set in New York.  Um, have you seen this town?  Who is going to think it is New York?  You did mean New York city, right?  These must be the stupidest producers in the business.”

Ah, then you haven’t been to the Fairlie-Poplar district.  This historic piece of Atlanta is about the only part of the city that you could actually mistake for somewhere like NYC.  Narrow streets, hundred year old buildings, restaurants tucked into niche locations – it is really one of my favorite places in the city.

This isn’t the first film I’ve filming in Fairlie-Poplar, either.  A few weeks ago I was walking to class and they had Broad Street shut down.  It was full of smoke machines (for that NYC sewer-funk effect) and NYC taxi cabs.  My favorite moment was when some poor guy tried to hail one of the cabs and got pissed when it didn’t stop.  No one ever wants to go all the way to Brooklyn…

How to win a weekend in the mountains with my wife

women sewing social

Register for the sew-a-thon this Friday night, September 18, 2009, at Whipstitch, Atlanta’s fabric store inside the Beehive Co-op.  It’ll be like that party you had when you were younger, and you put on a blindfold and tried to shove a needle through a furry jackass, but without the blindfold and fur.  Come stitch and win prizes, like jewelry and groceries and tea.  The last one weaving gets a weekend in the north Georgia mountains for a sewing retreat.  The alternate gets a plaque in the mens room.

And don’t forget to admire the exculpatory-clause laden waiver reviewed by the Atlanta accident lawyers at Moebes Law, LLC.  We’re there to keep the peace.

Brief Updates from MBHQ

You’ve no doubt by now noticed that the sites got a bit of a re-design and some things got changed around last week. We wanted to highlight two changes to make sure everyone knows what changed.

The first and biggest is COMMENTS! Registration is no longer required to post a comment on any post. Of course if you already have an account you can still login to ensure your comments are attributed to you, but those who don’t can now post a comment without any long term commitment. Also, on the right you can see some of the recent comments so you’ll always know what the active discussions are. This was the most requested thing we’ve heard from people since our last redesign and we’re excited to see where it leads.

The next change is also something that was heavily requested, and that is a change to the ADS on the sites. You’ll immediately notice fewer of them, but what might not be as obvious is those smaller square ones to the right are specific to this city only and are being sold for a flat rate for a period of time rather than a confusing CPM/traffic/network model. Depending on the city, these range from $7-$175 for a full week. If you purchase one, during that time your ad will be the only one in that spot and will show on every page. We set these up both to make it easier for smaller local businesses to get their ads on our site, and also to help us bring in ads that relate better to our local audiences. Also, keeping these sites online is expensive and every little bit helps.

There are a bunch of other things we changed but we’ll leave those to you to investigate and take advantage of. Hope you like it, and we look forward to seeing you in the comments!!

Love,
The folks at MBHQ

Is Atlanta Southern?

Last week at work we got into a heated discussion on this question, is Atlanta a southern town? Most of my co-workers said no. I vehemently argued that Atlanta is a southern town.

Maybe since I’ve lived in the south my entire life (I know, lame) I have a different perspective? However I have done some traveling and seen lots of other cities. I think it depends on where you go in Atlanta. There are pockets of true “southerness.”

Drive down Peachtree Street on Sunday about 12:30 p.m. You’ll see church after church letting out. Folks parading in their Sunday best heading to lunch. Go to The Colonnade on Chesire Bridge. Even in Buckhead, where I work, I see lots of old Atlanta. I meet the perfumed ladies and seersucker clad gentlemen with that “old south” accent.

Generally folks down here are friendly. We’ll help someone with directions. I find that folks are open to talking and meeting new folks. I’ve found those same qualities in New York and San Francisco but you have to be more intentional in meeting folks. Atlanta doesn’t have that urban energy and heartbeat that New York or LA has. Atlanta’s pace is more relaxed, especially in the summer. Where else will you hear, “Ya’ll,” spoken so frequently?

True Atlanta has changed and is an ever-growing urban city now. Still I think that Atlanta will always maintain an air of the south. What do you think? What makes a town southern anyway? Is Atlanta a southern town or are we simply just a city now? Does Atlanta still have its southern charm?

ridesmart ridin’

okay, my friends over at the clean air campaign passed this along and i loved it, so i just had to take the opportunity to share it.

basically, the story is that one of the clean air campaign’s carpool groups was riding to work one morning and heard a rap song. basically all the carpoolers thought the lyrics were ridiculous, so one of the carpoolers decided to write a song about carpooling, since he said “you could right a rap song about anything.”

the folks at the clean air campaign loved it and decided to produce a video for it, and here it is.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X-kWdpP1Ck[/youtube]

pretty clever. and makes you ask yourself, what are you doing to ride smart these days?

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