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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Prepping for Saturday's game

Black Friday at the Varsity
  • Black Friday at the Varsity

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I hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving. Wayne's mama, who is 80, drove to Atlanta from her home in Columbia, SC, with ice chests full of food she had prepared, as she has done for several years. She is amazing. We're going to see a movie Saturday just to keep her from cleaning house. No, I'm not kidding.

On Black Friday we went to the Varsity with other members of his family. Apparently this is something they've done in years past that I've managed to avoid. I did report on a visit to the Varsity alone about a year ago. I explained then that even when I was a teenager, the food made me instantly sick. No, it has nothing to do with a snobby palate. It has to do with a GI tract that can't tolerate loads of grease.

So, I took 2.5-times my usual dose of drugs this visit and decided to avoid the Trinity of Gut Busters — the hot dogs, the chili and the onion rings. Instead, I got two slider-sized burgers, some fries and a Frosted Orange. I did not double-over in agony. In fact, the fries and the FO were enjoyable and the burgers were sublimely benign.

Apparently, everyone else in the city decided to have their own post-Thanksgiving meal at the Varsity. Finding two adjacent tables for eight was like solving the Rubik's Cube. Maybe the thousand people who milled in and out during our visit were prepping for Saturday's annual Tech. vs. Georgia game, when the Varsity may serve as many as 20,000 people.

It's all about the experience, of course. It's fun to watch kids get their first taste of impending obesity. And, no matter how the food tastes, the place is such an icon for those of us who grew up in Atlanta that the memories it evokes are mainly sweet.

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