Dennis Felton Out At Georgia

For those of you who have not heard, Dennis Felton is out as head coach at UGA. The press conference was at 11:00 AM this mofning. A best attempt ive blog transcript is available at Eye on Sports Media.

Triple homicide

The Athens-Clarke County Police report:

At approximately 6:15pm, January 28, ACCPD responded to a possible shooting call at Hall Mark Mobile Home Park, 705 Spring Valley Road. Upon arrival at Lot #10, three people were found inside, all deceased and suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds. The victims have been identified as Thomas G. LATIMER, 49, Janice Carol PATTERSON, 57, and Sara Kathleen Tatum, 57. The suspect, John David LATIMER, 52, was taken into custody at the scene without incident. All three victims and the suspect resided at Lot #10 and were siblings. John David LATIMER was arrested and charged with three counts of Murder.

OnlineAthens.com has a more detailed story.


Local band plays 'raunchy pop' - Variety

Local band plays 'raunchy pop' - Variety: "SHITTY CANDY AND THE CIRCUS PEANUTS
Who: Shitty Candy, Nonnebakken, Emily Jean, Anus Full of Wasabi, Cody Reats, Rate Babies, Eathan Ogeltree
When: 10 tonight
Where: Caledonia Lounge
Price: Free for 21 , $2 for 18-21"

Lecture: Our Market is Our Community: Gender & the Spatiality of Value in Sustainable Agriculture

The Institute for Women's Studies presents the first Friday Speaker Series talk of the semester.

Friday, January 30
348 Miller Learning Center (aka SLC)

Amy Trauger, Assistant Professor of Geography, will discuss: "Our Market is Our Community: Gender & the Spatiality of Value in Sustainable Agriculture."

All are Free & Open to the Public


The Grit Nazi

I will not be spending another dollar The Grit. The policies and bad attitudes of the employees have become too much. If you try to think of any restaurant that extends any less hospitality to its customers or has stricter rules, you can only come up with the Soup Nazi from "Seinfeld."

For example, there is always the problem of paying the check. They do not want to split checks, and they do fairly warn you with a sign. Although I understand that it takes significant time to process extra transactions, this is what customers expect, especially with the prevalence of debit cards and the difficulty diners have collecting cash when they don't carry it.

The final straw occurred a few weeks ago when I was joining four friends for dinner. I was lagging behind, and when I got there I found that the host had asked my friends to wait for my arrival before seating them. Now, if a restaurant was busy I could understand this request if it affected the choice of seating. However, The Grit was half empty at this time, and the fifth person was accommodated simply by adding a chair to the end of a table that seated four.

So I've had enough of the surly townies at The Grit. It seems like explaining and enforcing their silly policies would be more hassle than simply accommodating customers, but they don't want to expend the mental effort to figure out how to split checks or add a chair to a table. Whoever runs The Grit these days has become so arrogant about its popularity and status that they think they can impose whatever rules they want. But if their restaurant is half empty on a Friday night, they've got room for improvement.


If you think last week's UGAAlert message was weird, check this out:

(Credit where credit is due: I heard about this while listening to a funny political talk show, Mel & Floyd streaming over the internets from Madison WI's WORT)

From: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/22/ap/strange/main4747786.shtml

Man Admits Sending 'monkey Out Of Cage' Message

U. Of Florida Officials Say Man Admits To Sending 'monkey Got Out Of The Cage' Text Message

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 22, 2009

(AP) University of Florida officials said a man has confessed to sending a mysterious message through the school's emergency text message system. UF spokesman Steve Orlando told The Gainesville Sun that the man, a former employee of the university's text messaging service, told investigators the message was sent by accident.

Thousands of current and former faculty, staff and students received a text message reading "The monkey got out of the cage" Tuesday night.

Orlando said it does not appear that university data was compromised.

Authorities are investigating the incident. The university said officials are working to determine which agency has jurisdiction the case.

Art events & more

Schedule of Events

Sunday, January 25 from 2pm-4pm... Artists' Reception at Ciné. Open to the public.

Monday, January 26 at Noon... Ellyn Jeager will speak at the Athens-Clarke County Library on 'Mental Health Issues in the 2009 Session of the Georgia General Assembly.' Ellyn Jeager is the Director of Public Policy & Advocacy for Mental Health America of Georgia.

Tuesday, January 27 at 7pm... "In A Dream," a documentary which has drawn great praise on the festival circuit at Ciné.

Thursday, January 29 at 7pm... "In A Dream," a documentary which has drawn great praise on the festival circuit at Ciné.

Friday, January 30 at 9pm... the Forty Watt Club will host Athens rockers 'Five Eight' in an evening of music for the benefit. The group has been performing to great reviews in recent months as they prepare for the release of a new CD. Scheduled to appear with 'Five Eight' are 'A Hope for agoldensummer' and 'Vigilantes of Love.'

Saturday, January 31 at 6pm... The Mental Health Benefit will culminate with the Annual Art Auction at Ciné.

Ciné is located at 234 W. Hancock Ave, between Pulaski and Hull, in the old Snow Tire Recap Plant building


Diving Dogs looking for new members

Dixie Dock Dogs, a non-profit organization which helps support various canine charities, is looking for new members. DockDiving is a growing sport which you may have seen on ESPN or the Outdoor Channel. If you’re dawg likes the water and likes to play with toys, you may have a champion dock diver waiting to be discovered! The sport is not limited to any make or model dawg. If you would be interested in obtaining more information about Dixie Dock Dogs and the sport of dock diving, contact Nancy Akin by email: chocolatedawg@dixiedockdogs.com We hope that you’ll join us on the dock!


Living Wage meeting -- TONIGHT

Dr. Pamela Voekel is leading the work for the living wage coalition. If you have questions about the coalition, please email Pamela at voekel@uga.edu

Please join The Living Wage Coalition for our first planning meeting of the semester. The meeting is tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. in the Benson building, which is across Lumpkin street from the Georgia Center. There will be pizza and drinks and we discuss plans for the 12 February rally!

Hasta pronto, we hope,

The Living Wage Coalition

Art benefit seeking artwork

The 19th Annual Mental Health Art Auction is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31 at 6 pm
at Cine. This is an excellent opportunity to get some great quality artwork (I'll post images of what I'm donating soon!) at very inexpensive prices plus support a good cause!

Lots of other events besides the Art Auction, too.

We're getting ready for the 19th Annual Mental Health Art Auction on
> Saturday, January 31, at 6 pm at Cine in downtown Athens. We're in need of more art for the event. If you have not done so already, I humbly ask that you consider contributing a piece or two to the event.

The funds raised support our work of educating the public about mental illness and advocating for those who have mental illness. It also enables us to continue to host a weekly Social Club for those who suffer from mental illness.
Also, there will be an Artists' Reception on Sunday, January 25 at Cine
from 2 to 4 in the afternoon.

If you would like to donate your art, you can drop your donations off at
any of the four Athens Art & Frame locations:

553 Prince Avenue
Monday to Friday 10 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday 10 am to 2 pm

351 East Clayton Street
Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

1285 Cedar Shoals Drive
Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

2061 Experiment Station Road (Oconee)
Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

There's a little form to complete so we can share your website or email
with those who like your art and are interested in buying more.
Thank you for your support of Mental Health America of Northeast
If you have any questions, call the director (Eddie) @ 770-633-3513

In addition to the Art Auction, we have a great movie "In a Dream" at Cine
on Tuesday and Thursday (January 27 & 29) at 7 pm both nights. This is
the story of a Philadelphia mosaic creator and the issues he faces when
his son makes a documentary about the artist's life.

And our friends FIVE EIGHT play at 40Watt for us on Friday, January 30.
They have A Hope foragoldensummer and Vigilantes of Love on the bill as
well! It will be a great show! (Starts at 9 pm)

Scottish Heritage Festival (free!)

Scottish Heritage Festival

Saturday, January 24
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Athens-Clarke County Library partners with the Lyndon House and the Thistle and Kudzu Society of Athens to present an all-day celebration of everything Scottish! Join us for a free day of family fun and education! Featuring demonstrations of Scottish crafts, cooking, dance and music, storytelling, games, clan exhibits, genealogy and more!
At the Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt Street, Athens.
For more information, visit


Things we need to talk about

  1. The red light camera system at Hawthorne Avenue, Alps Road, and West Broad Street. Possible questions for discussion: Why are the yellow circle lights for Broad Street shorter than other yellow lights along Broad? Why are the yellow turn arrows significantly shorter than many other yellow arrows around town? Was this timing ever adjusted before or after the camera system was installed?
  2. Athens-Clarke County's effort to tax Nuci's Space and other real estate held by nonprofit organizations.
Have at it. I'm staying out of this.

Cryptic alert message

What in the world is the HART team and why should we care about it before sunrise? The UGA Alert message that went out through text messages and telephone this morning was: "The HART team is being activated immediately. Please meet at the First Building as soon as possible." It was followed by another message telling us to disregard the message because there was no emergency.


Auditions for Macbeth

Auditions for Macbeth by W. Shakespeare. Prepare one classical monologue, one minute in length.
Floorspace Dance Studio, 160 Tracy St. (between Canopy and ATHICA)
Saturday, January 10, 6-8pm. Saturday, January 17, 6-8pm.

Rehearsals for Macbeth are Feb 24-March 25, and performances are March 26,27,28.
Come one, come all. Audition!


Beginning workshop in scottish genealogy

Saturday February 7, 1:30 - 5:45 p.m.
Small Conference Room, Athens-Clarke County Library
1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Check in
Workshop begins at 1:45 p.m.

This is NOT a beginning genealogy class. It is a class for people who have been doing genealogy and are now ready to "go across the pond" in search of their ancestors in Scotland. This will not cover Scots-Irish since we have very limited time. We will follow a Scotsman who migrates to the U.S. in the early 20th century. We will show how much information can be learned from using the online census records (both from the United States and the Unite Kingdom) through Ancestry to then find other information. Then we will use at least one database from Scotland.

Please bring the pedigree chart tracking from you to your Scottish ancestor(s) and/or the first person from Scotland in your line. Also bring Family Group Sheets detailing these various family groups. With that information you should be able to find some things online.

Handouts will be provided. This workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register online through the form on this page, or download the form and mail to: Theresa Graham, Heritage Room, 2025 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30606, or drop off at the Heritage Room desk. Deadline is Sunday, February 1 or until filled, whichever comes first.

Number of participants is limited to 20.

To register online or download the form go to http://www.clarke.public.lib.ga.us/hqdepts/heritage/index.html

Darius goes West

Interact Club – The students and sponsors of the Interact Club are presenting a showing of the documentary “Darius Goes West” on Wednesday, January 14th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Cedar auditorium. It is an encouraging and inspiring story of an Athens teen and the local group of young adults who befriended him. Go to dariusgoeswest.com for details. Contact club sponsor Ms. LeMaistre at lemaistres@clarke.k12.ga.us for more info or if you would be willing to donate some desserts. The Interact Club is a service organization sponsored by the East Athens Rotary Club and is open to all students.


Bob Leavell's Flying Jacket


Like my dad and most of the folks I've met who served in the Second World War, Bob Leavell rarely spoke of it. I can't recall his having mentioned it when he was my teacher and then my colleague on the UGA law faculty. I learned only at his funeral, during Milner Ball's eulogy, that Bob served with the 23rd Fighter Group. In the spring of 1942, soon after the United States entered the war, the 23rd Fighter Group went to China, inheriting the mission and the name of the Flying Tigers, the American Volunteer Group that had flown for the Chinese Air Force before the United States officially could lend a hand. Yesterday, as some friends and I toured the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia, I spotted Bob's flying jacket on display along with a number of others in the Flying Tigers exhibit.


The Underpants from University Theatre

This month University Theatre brings us "The Underpants," a show about the absurdity of humankind in circumstances beyond our control. It's Steve Martin's adaptation of the German play "Die Hose" by Carl Sternheim which was banned by the German imperial government and the Nazis for its criticism of the German bourgeoisie. Martin changed the focus to examine the woof and weave of society's obsession with momentary fame and material success. In either version, it's hilarious for a woman's drawers to fall off in public, making a celebrity of her while embarassing her social climber husband.

"The Underpants" will open on Thursday, January 22 and run January 22-24, 27-31 at 8:00 pm and February 1 at 2:30 pm in the Cellar Theatre in the UGA Fine Arts Building on the corner of Lumpkin and Baldwin Streets.

Regular admission is $15; admission for students and senior citizens with I.D. is $12. Tickets may be purchased beginning Thursday, January 8 at the University Theatre box office located downstairs in the Fine Arts Bldg. at the corner of Lumpkin and Baldwin Sts. (hours: M-F, 12 – 5 pm) or at the theatre door beginning one hour prior to show time. Reservations may be made in advance by calling the University Theatre Box Office line at (706) 542-2838.


So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye

A couple of my favorite pictures from last year's blackout game against Auburn.

UGA Quarterback Matthew Stafford

Not Leaving Empty Handed?:
Matthew Stafford will have a degree
in hand when he leaves the University of Georgia.

Photograph Copyright 2007 by Eye on Sports Media/The Cayuga Group, LLC.
All Rights Reserved.

UGA Running Back Knowshon Moreno

What's the Rush?:
Knowshon Moreno is rushing out the door with
Matthew Stafford to the promised riches of the NFL.

Photograph Copyright 2007 by Eye on Sports Media/The Cayuga Group, LLC.
All Rights Reserved.

Thinking of Spring

Yesterday, as my son and I watched "Extinction!," one of the episodes in the first-rate (but pricey to buy) PBS series "Evolution," the possibility of an imminent mini-extinction on Tamarack Drive crossed my mind. When I turned my head and looked up and out of the study window behind me, I saw the great upper trunks and branches of our hardwoods yielding ominously to the furious gusts that were busy carrying away our weird January balminess and putting things coldly aright.

Our little treasure of consolation deep in our Januaries and Februaries is the certain prospect of a glorious Athens spring. I thought of spring again this morning as I rooted around in my archives for a Photo of the Day over at bobbrussack.com. I settled on this shot from 2007's Twilight Criterium. -- Bob Brussack


Citizens Police Academy

passing along from a list... I know nothing more about this.

Citizens Police Academy: The 21st session of the CPA will begin Thursday, January 15. Anyone interested in attending should contact Captain Silk (706-613-3330, ext. 318; psilk@co.clarke.ga.us). Participants must be 18 years of age, live or work in ACC, and pass a criminal history background check.

Spelling B

It's bee season in Athens! The fourth annual Spirited Spell-off Spectacle will take place on Saturday, February 28, at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Athens Technical College.

Spots are limited, so be sure to register your team today at http://www.athensliteracy.org/bee.php

Many thanks for your support, and hope to see you at the bee!


My Athens Area Photographs

After a very long time -- in Internet time -- exploring alternatives, I'm back to Flickr in 2009, at least so far. I've decided to put together a set of my Athens photographs. Drop by. I'll have some virtual coffee (no room for cream) and a virtual granola bar (0 calories) waiting for you.


Frozen university

It has come to my attention that University of Georgia employees returned to work today to find themselves in buildings that are not properly heated. At least energy is being saved, right?