Many vocations are thankless, or so it would seem. Many, if not all, have as feature a proximity to power or authority, and as we all know, such proximity provides opportunities for abuse. Such temptation can be difficult to resist, especially in an environment where one may be stressed, threatened, and feeling unappreciated. Kudos to you for maintaining your ethical footing.
My girlfriend is what keeps me in Atlanta. I had made plans and survived an immigration interview that would land me in The Netherlands where I have many friends & family, and I feel much more at home there than I do in my native Dixie. For what it may be worth, Atlanta is the furthest north I've ever lived. My wife died as our daughter began her senior year of high school. Daughter asked that I remain in country until she finished college. While I waited, I met my girlfriend and she has deep roots here, hence I remain since I derive greater happiness from a good companion than I do place. As a side note, were we or I ever to depart, the only thing I think I would truly miss is Your Dekalb Farmers Market.
It has been entertaining, Michael. Thank you and good luck in your pursuits.
I sympathize regarding the trek, though I go weekly on my scooter from Dunwoody for the bulk of my groceries, including spices & herbs. It is well worth the while for variety and price, despite them sometimes running out of, or discontinuing something I'd been buying there. I clear out my dried, ground ingredients annually, at least those I don't use up, which is much of it.
I was on Penzey's web site yesterday and failed to notice them opening a store here. That is very pleasant news since their quality is excellent, and they are one of the few places I can find things not available at YDFM.
You may wish to add Pho 79 to your list of places that make good bun and pho. They are located at the edge of Dunwoody these days at the intersection of Peeler and Winters Chapel Roads. When they closed their Buford Highway location, my girlfriend & I spent the months waiting for the new one by trying other places on the highway. She was not satisfied with any of them and was greatly relieved when Pho 79 opened their current location.
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