2007-10-31

Honk If You Sacked Tebow

Some misplaced Georgia fans in Tennessee sent this in to me on my Georgia Law Blog. They are selling "Honk! If You Sacked Tebow" bumper stickers on EBay. I would have put a picture up with the post, but Blogger is being persnickety. You can see it and if you want buy some here.

2007-10-29

Jackson Street cemetery

So, having been stood up by a vendor who was going to take me to Bissett's for lunch, I found myself standing in line for the hot dog man on the sidewalk next to the cemetery. I looked into the cemetery and discovered that every grave I could see had a single red rose, even the brick vault had one on top. My disappointment in the changed lunch plans was replaced with curiosity, although not entirely, I still had visions of blackened some-kind-of-fish with crawfish etoufee on top and the hot dog fell far short of that. But I do wonder at the roses.
Anyone got a clue?

2007-10-24

Rippin' Slinky Solo a la KITE TO THE MOON

Urinetown, the musical


A story about a town experiencing a drought where everyone sings a lot is going to be performed in Athens, a town experiencing a drought where everyone sings a lot. University Theatre at the University of Georgia will present the musical "Urinetown" on November 8-9 and 14-16 at 8 p.m. and November 11 and 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Director Marla Criste says: "If people are looking for an evening out watching and listening to a freakishly talented cast of performers dancing around on a spectacular set, wearing fabulous costumes, and poking fun at wealthy corporations, corrupt politicians, the lemming-like bourgeois and just about every musical that has ever been produced on Broadway, then this little award-winning show with the terrible name is exactly what the doctor ordered. And for those who hanker for a little substance with their entertainment, our 'Urinetown' is Brechtian political opera at its comic and tuneful best."

The show pokes fun at various musical styles and even specific shows. There is the suggestion that it does not have a happy ending. The ticket will set you back $15 at the regular price or $12 for students. Call (706) 542-2838 for reservations.

2007-10-23

Hauntings exhibit through Oct. 27

Hauntings exhibit through Oct. 27, Bluebell Gallery, Comer, featuring works from 30+ artists. Blue Bell Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and by appointment. For more information on "Hauntings," call (706) 783-4665 or visit www.bluebellgallery.net.

2007-10-21

Athens Drought meeting

just passing along info...

The special A-CC Commission work session, Thursday, Oct. 25, Dougherty St. Building auditorium @ 5:30, will be open to the public. Topic: "Level F" drought management.
No public comment will be allowed at the meeting.

2007-10-12

A few Friday observations

Some people, when talking on their cell phone, will pace around like a tiger in a cage. I
see this on a daily basis on north campus. A person will be talking, hand against head,
looking down, pacing back a forth. Today I watched a student pace over to the post on the
edge of the sidewalk, gently kick it, turn and pace back to center of the natural area,
the turn and pace back to the post, gently kick it, etc etc. This went on for 4 complete
circuits. This type of behavior is known as stereotopy and is seen in caged animals, the
severely retarded, and adult pyschoses and schizophrenia. Maybe we need a new term related
to cell phone usage.

The Grounds Department cut the dirt on north campus this morning. The dirt looks a lot
better for it. I saw the big mowers emerging from their dust clouds as they rode back
and forth. The operators had on paper dust masks and they needed them.

Squirrels, it seems, have to practice. I watched two young squirrels in the big oak in
front of the law school. They were up on a main limb, walking around, testing moves
and small jumps. They'd climb up a little limb off the main limb, slip around, then move
back to the main limb. I watched for 10 minutes or so, fully expecting one to fall to the
ground, but despite several near misses, neither one fell.

I don't go to the clubs downtown. I am too old I suppose and am frequently asleep by 9 PM.
And thats Saturday night. But if I did go to clubs downtown, I wouldn't go to Caledonia.
They have their flyers taped to the benches on north campus. The flyers get torn and end up
on the ground and the tape leaves a mess on the benches. Thats tacky. Stop it.

Beer bottle twist off tops are non-biodegradable, at least for the short term. Look
at the number of beer bottle tops in the dirt where the grass used to be before the
tailgaters and drought killed it. You'll see them next to all the cigarette butts that
were casually dropped on the ground, they're still there too. Go Dawgs.

Philosophical musings can still be read on the bench in front of the Library, but its
fading fast. So here it is: "If we want to cultivate a true spirit of democracy, we
cannot afford to be intolerant. Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause.” Ghandi
said that. He also said "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so
unlike Christ". Indeed.

2007-10-09

Water crisis requires education and communication

This article by Christopher Byrne covers the difficulties in responding to our water shortage caused by communication hurdles and the difficulties of changing water use habits. It says that a message about the outdoor watering ban is now going out on pizza boxes.

2007-10-08

Water main break on East Campus

An announcement from the University of Georgia:
As of approximately 1 p.m. today (Monday, Oct. 8), a water main break has affected water service to much of East Campus. Because of the inability to operate without water service, the UGA Health Center and the Recreational Sports portions of the Ramsey Student Center are closing effective immediately. Physical Plant crews are assessing what further areas of East Campus may be affected by this break and further announcements will be made as information becomes available.

2007-10-04

Household hazardous waste day, Oct. 20

According to the state of Georgia Pollution Prevention Assistance Division, 84% of Georgia residents use at least one lawn and garden chemical, 38% have left over paint stored in their home or garage, 51% have old household cleaners, and 38% have automotive fluids from servicing their own vehicles. This event will help divert some of these hazardous wastes from entering our local landfill, being illegally dumped on the ground, or poured down the drain. All of which can contaminate community water.

Need an environmentally friendly way to dispose of old paint, pesticides, automotive fluids, and household chemicals?

On Saturday, October 20, 2007 the Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Recycling Division will hold a one-day only collection event for residential quantities of household hazardous waste. This event is free and open to Athens-Clarke County residents ONLY. ID WILL BE REQUIRED. Registration is not required.

Items accepted: deodorizers, cleaners, bleaches, aerosol cans, thermometers, spot removers, drain cleaners, thermostats, latex and oil paints, motor oil, anti-freeze, pesticides, fluorescent light bulbs, weed killers, paint thinner, fertilizers, batteries (auto, alkaline and rechargeable), gasoline, garden chemicals, pool chlorine, auto fluids, televisions and other electronics.

Items NOT accepted: no business waste, no medical waste, no tires, no radioactive material, no smoke detectors, no appliances, no explosives, no ammunition.

Household hazardous wastes collected will be recycled or properly disposed of by Clean Harbors Environmental.

For more information please call the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division at (706) 613-3512 or visit www.acc-recycle.org.

Bird Walk at Sandy Creek - Oct. 6

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The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will host a birdwalk this Saturday, October 6th, at 8:00AM at the Sandy Creek Park in Athens-Clarke County.

Sandy Creek Park will be waiving the $2.00 admission fee Saturday morning for those attending the birdwalk. If you stay to use the park afterwards you should pay the fee.

We will be meeting in the farthest parking lot on Campsite Drive across the dam. Please use the farthest parking lot as parking right near the camp sites is limited.

You can find a map of Sandy Creek Park at:

http://www.sandycreeknaturecenter.com/uploads/SCP_map.pdf

Sandy Creek Nature Center is located at 400 Bob Holman Rd Athens, GA 30607 which is about 4 miles north of the Athens Bypass on US441.

No experience is necessary. FREE. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Walks typically last 3-4 hours though participants may leave at any time. The walk will be 2 to 3 miles of moderate to easy walking. You should wear practical shoes and dress for the weather. If you have binoculars you should bring them. Insect repellent is strongly encouraged.

For more information contact Ed Maioriello at fieldtrip@oconeeriversaudubon.org or at 706-208-8504.

2007-10-02

Oleanna

The Town and Gown Players’ 2007-2008 Second Stage season begins with Oleanna, David Mamet’s exploration of the teacher/student relationship, sexual harassment, power, and the tragedy of miscommunication.

Oleanna runs October 5-7, at 8:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2pm Sunday at the Town and Gown Players’ Athens Community Theatre on Grady Avenue off Prince. All seats are $5, and tickets are available at the door. For more information about Town and Gown Players, who have provided quality local theatre for over fifty years, visit www.townandgownplayers.org.