And then of course there was Drivin n Cryin. I had never seen them live; I saw Kevn solo once here in town, and that was a great show in its own right, but a whole different thing since it was mostly acoustic. Tonight they just shredded and were freakin' awesome. Featured were covers of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir and Neil Young's Keep on Rockin' In the Free World, and lots of their own awesomeness in between (including, of course, all of the favorites like Honeysuckle Blue, Fly Me Courageous, and Straight to Hell; oh, and did I mention Kevn did a rendition of Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land?). Also making guest appearances were Thad Cochran, a singer/songwriter from Nashville (not the Senator from Mississippi) who apparently recently toured with them in Europe, and JB of Polish Sausage and Comeback Sauce fame. I swear to God! He got up and sang a soulful A Change is Gonna Come, and damn if he wasn't awesome too!
My ears are still ringing, and I'm still reeling from the awesomeness.
It is always worth checking your sanitation service's schedule. Robertson Sanitation, for example, is somewhat less American than other outfits, and again this year they will be doing their regular rounds on July 4.
Due to the ongoing drought conditions, Athens-Clarke County has increased the outdoor water use restrictions to a Level 3 Drought Response. The new restrictions ban outdoor water use during weekdays, allowing outdoor water use on weekends only between 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. in compliance with the odd/even address plan.
The restrictions are effective immediately and are as follows:
The restrictions are for all residential, commercial, governmental, and institutional outdoor water use.
- All outdoor water use is prohibited 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday.
- Outdoor water use for odd numbered addresses is allowed on Sundays between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m.
- Outdoor water use for even numbered addresses is allowed on Saturdays between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m.
These restrictions do not include commercial and industrial use of water critical to the conduct of business such as commercial car washes, tree farms, and garden supply nurseries.
Variance Permit applications for new lawns and/or landscaping are still being accepted and reviewed during the Level 3 Drought Response.
The rainfall deficit in the Athens area for the period January 1 through June 25, 2007, is approximately 9.5 inches, with little precipitation relief predicted in the near future. In addition to the current drought conditions, the Athens area had a precipitation deficit of 8.65 inches for 2006. The Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department urges citizens to follow the outdoor water restrictions and conserve water whenever possible to prevent additional restrictions to water use.
As LOUISE MCBEE of Pinevalley Pl, walked across the parking lot at 3190 Atlanta Hwy, a white Pontiac Grand Am driven by a white male bumped her, knocking her to the ground. Another white male exited the vehicle, snatched her purse, and returned to the vehicle. It was last seen traveling toward the Atlanta Hwy. EMS responded to treat her injuries. The suspects were described only as white males, 20 to 25 years of age, wearing sunglasses. The vehicle had a grey and white drive out tag. The purse and contents were valued at $105. This occurred around 1350 June 25.
I'm declaring this AthFest a success. They did a much better job at getting the good Athens people in this year. Over recent years it had seemed to drift into more of a family event. Not that there's anything wrong with having family friendly stuff during the day, and they certainly did that this time as well, but it needs to remain at its core about the local music. And it did this time, I think.
Oh, I almost forgot. After Pegasuses and before we left 40 Watt, we saw Mouser (wow, really? you went to the trouble to create a Myspace page?), who I must say might give Recycled Shotguns a run for their money for the title of Worst Band Ever. I mean, really, wtf? Are all of those people with horns just your good friends that wanted to get on stage with you or something? Because they don't play horns very well. Just saying.
If you haven't seen anything yet, make it out tomorrow. I think it's pretty much just the outdoor stages tomorrow, but still some pretty good options, including the Georgia Guitar Quartet and Drive-by Truckers.
If you find yourself being forcefully removed from a bar by a half dozen bar employees, then don't fight us. This makes things worse for only yourself. More than likely you're in a headlock because you, in your drunken state, did something very stupid. So don't act like we're treating you badly without cause. You started this, remember?You can also read about the right way and the wrong way to ask to get inside after 2 a.m. Right way: "Excuse me, I left my tab open inside. Is there any possible way I might be able to go get it?" Wrong way: "I left my tab open and I'm going in there to close it right now. You can't stop me. I'm a marine and you're just a f***ing civilian."
The Town and Gown Players begin putting on "The Trip to Bountiful" tomorrow evening. It sounds like a story about an old woman who wonders if she can return home -- but can anyone truly ever return home? Will her small hometown still be there? Why don't trains go there anymore? Will a trip to see her family's home restore a sense of meaning in her life dominated by her son and daughter-in-law in their Houston apartment?
You can catch performances on June 22 through 24 and June 28 through July 1. You know the drill: Sundays are 2:00 matinees for $5, and other shows are at 8:00 in the evening. Evening shows are $15 regular price (except Thursday the 28th is $5). Call (706) 208-8696 for reservations.
For a very hot, moderate humidity, super-acidic under-pine and -privet spot (one plant, or alternatively I could put a posse of fothergilla there):
Pink Dawn or Dawn Viburnum
Fragrant Joy Camellia
For the driveway-side, very narrow garden:
Fothergilla (smells so fantastic.)
George L. Taber Azalea (gorgeous white flower with a pink throat)
Fragrant Star Azalea
Balzac Exbury Azalea
Irene Koster Azalea
Autumn Chiffon Azalea (blooms twice, looks like the Taber)
Tons o' hostas
I should probably pick some sort of ground cover for the pond area, too. Oh, and I have to rescue a few plants from the woods.* I think I'll have a variety of ferns and some chinese ginger. Not sure where I'll put them yet, though.
Any sugestions, Classic City gardeners? What have you had success with, and what plants do you love?
*Note: This is an actual rescue, not wildcrafting. As in I take the plants or they die.
Is this me or them? I don't seem to have these problems at other coffee places.
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So if you feel like a cup of coffee and browsing through some local art and quality prints of more famous and not-so-local art, stop by Cups Coffee.
We are located on the East Side in the shopping center with Loco's and Peking.
The June 19 election is NOT a primary. The top two vote getters will be in the runoff on July 17 unless one candidate receives a majority of the votes. For a Democrat to be in the runoff, a Democratic candidate must be one of the top two vote getters, so it’s extremely important that ALL Democrats VOTE.
If you need a ride to the polls, let me know (706-543-7390 or email@example.com) or contact Linda Lloyd, Director of the Economic Justice Coalition (706-202-0324 or 706-549-9368).
Although high beams are a technical violation, is this a good use of police resources? Is it worth interrupting a transit route and blocking traffic for several minutes? The frustrating part was that the driver had only been driving the bus for less than 30 seconds; she had just relieved the previous driver around the corner at the previous stop. Again, any hazard presented by the lights was mitigated by the bright daylight at the time.
This brings to mind another questionable traffic stop in early 2004. An Officer Williams stopped a bus during a busy time of day to write a ticket for failure to yield. The driver had been pulling back into traffic from a bus bay in front of Tucker Hall when a UGA police car stayed motionless after cars in front of it had moved on under the light that had turned green. The bus driver understood this to be the courteous act of letting the bus back into traffic. Officer Williams who was driving the police car thought otherwise. The likely explanation for Williams' delay in moving forward was seen by a witness who attested by affidavit that Williams was using a cell phone and seem to be distracted at the time of the light change. Again, the impression people got was that this was another arrogant police officer with no respect for his profession or the community he is serving.
I do personally know some respectable police officers working for UGA, but this police department is raising questions about the proverbial bad apples. Also, I emphasize that I am repeating secondhand information, and there could be important facts I don't know about, but I trust my sources enough to share these stories. I usually prefer not to pass along complaints like this in a public fashion, but it is important to make the university community aware of this problem.
My husband is also complicit in this. Though he refuses to buy me a scooter, since they're not big, manly, and easy to kill yourself on.
A Special Election to fill the vacancy in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District takes place on June 19, 2007. All of Athens-Clarke County is within this district and all registered voters may vote in the election. All polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on June 19.
Advance voting, which allows in-person voting the week before an election, runs through Friday only at the Board of Elections office at 155 East Washington Street from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Advance voting will not be available on the Monday preceding the election.
Absentee voters may also vote by mail. In order to receive an absentee ballot by mail, a voter must request a ballot by mail or fax from the Board of Elections office by Friday, June 15. Absentee ballots must be received by the Board of Elections Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
A Runoff Election, if necessary, will be held on Tuesday, July 17.
For more information, visit www.athensclarkecounty.com/elections or call the Board of Elections at 706-613-3150.
It is intended to provide new methods of alerting the university community of emergencies. UGA already sends out announcements by e-mail, but now they are adding an automated system of outgoing telephone announcements. The UGA Alert website allows employees and students to register up to three phone numbers to receive recorded announcements.
This is one of the worst ideas I have ever heard. If this comes into widespread use, this means that thousands of phone numbers will be dialed and connected within a short amount of time. Since mobile phone use is widespread, most of these calls will probably go to them. Then mobile cell sites and mobile switches that are already operating near capacity on normal days will be flooded during an emergency. Cells downtown, around campus, and all over town will run out of capacity. It would be much more appropriate to launch a system that only sends SMS text messages; this new system sends those, but only in addition to a phone call.
And if you're a victim of some kind of emergency, guess what? You just might need to make a call from your mobile phone, but you won't be able to. In the name of informing a large number of people about an emergency, the UGA Alert system might keep you from calling for emergency help. Exactly when you will be most likely to need to use your phone, you will be least likely to get a call through.
Please do not register for UGA Alert. This is obviously an overreaction to the April tragedy at Virginia Tech.
Whenever I go through security at the Clarke County courthouse, the metal detector goes off and so a deputy does the wand thing around me. At the Oconee County courthouse, the metal detector doesn't go off -- so I suppose one could sneak a really, really small knife into that one, or at least a belt buckle.
I also wonder what the impact on the Dawg Walk will be. That occurs right through the parking lot that will no doubt be torn up with construction.
It should be a fun year or so of driving up and down Lumpkin!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS
Lucy & Buddy Allen
Hon. Heidi & Al Davison
Hon. Nancy Denson
Penn & Elton Dodson
Katherine & Bertis Downs
Betty & George Maxwell
Marjorie & Ted Hammock
Kristy & Shannon Mayfield
Hon. Keith Heard
Hon. Louise McBee
Hon. Gwen O'Looney
Please help us support Athens' next Democratic Congressman by joining us for an evening of conversation and refreshments!
Thursday June 7th at Trumps, 247 E. Washington St.
Minimum Suggested Contribution - $100
Cocktails & Light Refreshments
Please RSVP to (706) 995-2115
Paid for by Marlow for Georgia, Inc.
It was Athens Ga, 1960s. Vietnam was all the rage, literally. Growing up in a college town in those days, I got to see protests up close and personal. I'd ride my bike over to campus from the 5 Points area where I grew up. I saw the UGA branch of the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) firebomb the ROTC building on campus. Well, OK, maybe firebomb is too harsh a word. What happened is that somebody had a bottle, or maybe it was a big light bulb, that had gas in it, and a burning rag plugging it up. This was thrown against the brick side of the building, the flames rapidly died out, so did the crowd. But for a young teenager like me, it was all heady stuff.
There were free concerts occasionally over at Legion Field. Crowds of students, lots of tie-dye shirts, love beads, incense, and protest. Protest against 'Nam, protest against the government, protest for protest's sake.
In the 60s bands that had a clear metaphor in their name were drug bands. There was a head shop over on in downtown Athens called Glass on Hill Wall. The clear metaphor meant drugs to more than bands, I suppose. One day, at Legion Field, there was a big free concert. A mobile bandstand was set up and something like 8 or 10 bands were to play. My friend Chuck and I rode our bikes over to Legion Field to check it out. We milled around and, behind the bandstand, we saw a group of guys, all standing in a circle, arms around one another's shoulders. Several of them had guitars strapped to their backs, upside down. They were all breathing fast and deep in unison. What the hell, I thought? They broke up and walked past Chuck and me. I asked them what they were doing. One long haired guy looked at me, said they were hyperventilating. ‘It makes the rush better’, he said. He then said ‘Here kid, go have fun’, and he handed me a big ole joint!
Now, I had never seen weed before. We had heard about it in school, they told us how it'd make us crazy and make us have to raise deformed kids later in life. So I had never seen it before, but I damn sure knew what I had. I palmed it, walked quickly over to Chuck. I showed it to him and we high tailed it over to the scrub pines on the hillside that defined one side of Legion Field. About that time, the band had taken the stage. By now, the guitars weren’t on their backs, upside down. They were hooked up to big amps. The band was called Glass Menagerie. Their first song was a cover of Lady Madonna, a Beatles standard. By the time they were half way through that song, Chuck and I had run the fire out to about 2 inches on that joint. I never felt a thing except the blister on my finger that I got from hanging on too long. I guess my liver didn’t know what to do with that stuff. It learned later on though, I suppose. By now, all these years later, I guess its forgotten again.