Especially if you keep your head tilted at a 45-degree angle (for a little while). Consider the people to be "challenges" or "scenery," not obstacles!
UPDATE, 1:49 p.m. A few commenters - OK, many commenters - have noted the large number of people standing and sitting in chairs on the Beltline path near Parish. We reached out to the restaurant for comment. A spokeswomen replied via email:
Thank you for reaching out. We were overwhelmed with this years response to our annual Mardi Gras event thanks to the beautiful weather. We did arrange all of our furniture off the BeltLine so there would be a clear separation. However people ended up setting up their personal chairs on the BeltLine. Next year we will know better. We need to provide another area for these folks off the BeltLine so bikers, walkers and Mardi gras goers can exist peacefully. We always want to be kind neighbors to the BeltLine. Our regulars and staff live on it and use it. We will make every effort to make sure our attendees know the boundaries next year.
So Heath has come up with a nifty form response to those pesky emails, which are sent by Better Georgia, a progressive advocacy group that launched the petition demanding Rogers' ouster.
In it, Heath informs the recipient that they might have been "conned." Signing Better Georgia's petition doesn't create a long list of signatures which is then delivered to lawmakers, he writes. It sends an email every single time. And he's a busy man!
From: Bill Heath <[redacted]@BillHeath.net>
Subject: Re: Fire Chip Rogers now. GA can't afford Deal's cronyism.
It appears that you may have been conned into signing an online petition concerning the hiring of Chip Rogers. I doubt that you even knew what you were allowing your contact information to be used for.
You may have been lured into signing a petition by Better Georgia, an organization headed by Bryan Long, thinking that a petition containing a list of all the signers would be provided to legislators. Instead, after obtaining your contact information the organization sends an email to every legislator each time someone enters their information. This poorly designed tactic wastes the limited time and resources that legislators have to conduct their jobs.
These childish tactics of Bryan Long and Don Weigel probably have the same effect with other legislators as it does with me, that is to view the emails as annoying, filter them out and credit Better Georgia as an irresponsible organization rather than considering them as having some benefit.
In order to serve the citizens of the 31st Senate District, all emails of this nature will receive an automated response so as to minimize the abuse of my limited resources and time by Better Georgia.
That being said, if you are a citizen of the 31st Senate District I want to hear from you. Please call my office so I can serve you to the best of my ability.
If you wish to share your thoughts on the tactics of Better Georgia, they can be reached at 706-410-1867. They don't share their email address in order to guard themselves from the very tactics they use.
Heath hasn't responded to an email asking for his opinion on Rogers' hiring and about the above text, which a few CL readers have sent us.
For the past seven years, Dorito's has asked filmmakers and brilliant thinkers across the country to create a short spot featuring the nacho chips covered in cheese dust for its "Crash the Super Bowl" contest.
Five finalists are picked out of hundreds of entries. Out of those, two spots are selected to air during the Super Bowl. In addition, they're eligible for a cash prize of up to $1 million and a chance to work with Michael Bay. Doritos selects one winner and the public votes for the other.
Filmmaker Ben Callner of Atlanta has been named one of the five finalists for his video "Goat 4 Sale." Everyone else is apparently from Los Angeles, a city filled with convertibles and sin.
Callner needs your help - and your vote - to win the competition. He and his friends have set up a website where you can watch the video and learn how to cast your vote. Go forth and do great things, good sir!
If you've ever had one of those Saturday nights where your original plans fell through and you found yourself riding down Ponce de Leon Ave. 'round midnight feeling a little lonely, you probably know where this post is going...
That's right, the Clermont Lounge.
But when I pulled up last Saturday, I immediately noticed something different about the old haunt: a long ass line spilling out the front door. And it wasn't one of those vanity lines club owners like to create just to promote the club to cars passing by. The doormen were only letting in new patrons as people exited, as if it was full to capacity. Even the dude behind me asked, "What's going on tonight? I've never seen it like this."
That was nothing compared to the inside: Bar. Packed. Dance floor. Packed. That narrow little hallway in front of the bathrooms. Packed. DJ Romeo Cologne's opener Quasi Mandisco was in the booth shirtless and spinning the funk as usual. And everybody was loving it. But the crowd looked, I don't know, different? It was a good mix as always but you could tell there were a lot of first-timers in the spot because they had that touristy look in their eyes. Others looked right at home, first time or not, like the lady who must've been inspired to do her own tease after watching the Clermont's rich variety of over-the-hill, over-the-waistline talent. As she stood on a chair holding the overhead rafter for support, she ground her hips like coffee and screamed like a wino. I almost tipped her.
Still something felt a little off, a little strange, a little suburban. In search of answers, I took to my preferred source of info: Twittah. "damn. wtf happened to the Clermont Lounge? it's packed but ... who r these ppl??" I tweeted.
Within minutes came the response: "clermont was on house wives of Atlanta last week...don't ask me how I kno...," tweeted an Atlanta artist who'd probably prefer to remain nameless under the circumstances.
Indeed, episode 9 of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" featured a scene shot inside Atlanta's oldest strip club with Atlanta's oldest strippers putting in work. Apparently, the airing brought the show's freaky, over-40, suburban fanbase out in full force.
"Chef Boy-ar-dee," y'all. Via Craigslist:
Survival Stuff - $100 (Woodstock)
Date: 2012-12-21, 3:20PM EST
FOR SALE: 50 cases of bottled water, 1200 MRE's, 17 cases of Chef Boy-ar-dee Ravioli, assorted dried fruits and snacks, 5000 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun shells, one, Browning 12 gauge, 250 rounds of 9mm, one Glock 9, 200 gallons gas, 47 bottles of whiskey, 5000 watt genertor, 17 cases of toilet paper, survivalist medical kits.
(H/T to a high school friend on Facebook whose name I shan't repeat)
A publisher of visitors' guides has started producing in-cabin programming that gives air travelers peeks at their destination cities. That's a great idea!
Let's see what our hosts Collette and Kenny have to tell tourists about our quaint village.
0:38 Catchy song.
1:38 Centennial Olympic Park is now in East Point, got it.
2:36 "Trek east to Little Five Points." Or, according to the video, travel south on I-75/85.
3:23 The song's back.
6:03 "Neeeeeiman Marcus!"
7:37 "Known as the New York of the South, Atlanta's climate is ideal for azaleas."
7:50 The whispering about Civil War photos.
9:30 "When you think of Atlanta, you probably think of Coca-Cola."
9:55 "... the secret formula."
10:54 "It's a beautiful day."
12:39 Why, hello there, Andrew.
13:17 "... Atlanta's nightlife is, well, hot. They don't call it HAHT-lanta for nothing."
Everybody, it is a beautiful day.
Click on the link above or here for the photographic glory. How did you spend your Sunday evening, hmmm?
On Oct. 11, a depressing display took place at the Georgia Capitol.
On the third floor of the Gold Dome, in Room 341, a stately room where state lawmakers during the legislative session can be found discussing the budget and cobbling policy, seven Republican senators, including Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, gathered for a four-hour information session, courtesy of a small group of community activists, about Agenda 21.
If you haven't heard of Agenda 21, here it is in a nutshell: it's a nonbinding "action plan" approved by the United Nations in the early 1990s that encourages the development of sustainable communities that respect everyone. The 300-page document has also become the latest bogeyman keeping far-right conspiracy theorists and angry white men up late at night. (Alabama's prohibited its local and state government from participating in Agenda 21.) Critics argue it's a plot by the unelected, unaccountable global organization to shove socialism down liberty lovers' throats and eliminate the concept of private property, among other notions.
On that day in the Capitol, the press which, as far as I could tell that day, was just me was politely asked to leave the room. It was a Senate Republicans caucus meeting, we were told. Unfortunately the unauthorized person with the video camera was not given the same message until about one hour later. Here's a 52-minute video he shot, which was posted by Better Georgia, a progressive advocacy group:
According to our tipster, the man invited to lead the discussion is Field Searcy, a former member of the Georgia Tea Party. The clip includes a guest appearance by GOP pundit Dick Morris who says President Barack Obama declared a "war on the suburbs." Also in attendance: state Sen. Jack Murphy of Cumming, who chairs the Banking Committee despite being the director of a failed bank; and state Sen. Bill Heath of Bremen, who wanted to require the state's license plates to read "In God We Trust."
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