Call for artists/writers

Also, remember moonshine arts & literary magazine is always seeking writers and reviewers. We'd love to have some music reviews, too. Podcasts would be excellent. Video, too! Comix and graphix work, yep, we like those, too. (and we're moving to our domain at the beginning of 2010. sorry, couldn't resist a shoutout for my own project)

Dear lovely creative-folk:

Mandala Literary Journal, the student-run multicultural journal for "poets, writers, artists, and thinkers," which is published by the Institute for African American Studies each spring is swinging into high gear and invites you to attend the 2009-2010 kick-off meeting.

What: meet & greet; identify interests, editors, designers, writers, artists, marketers, etc.

When: Thursday, 10/29 from 1:15-2:15

Where: conference room in the Institute for African American Studies 3rd floor of the Holmes/Hunter Academic Building

Why: it's lots of fun to produce something grand; to get your publishing feet wet and/or to go for the full dunk; to be in the loop; to be a force for something near and dear to your heart--voices on the page!

How: show up (prepare to huff and puff up the stairs!); help spread the word; bring ideas; email me to express interest; something of your own devising...

Who: you, yes you, and anyone else you'd like to bring along; opportunities abound for leading, following, and playing in the sandbox!

Here's hoping to see you next week,



Volunteer opportunity -- Memorial Park

Memorial Park Ecological Restoration - a special Furlough Day event
There will be a "workday" held from 9:00 - 12:00 a.m. on Friday, October 30th. Join volunteers for a fun and rewarding morning of eradicating invasive plant species (primarily ivy and privet) in a section of Memorial Park.
Meet at the Memorial Park administration building off Gran Ellen Drive (near Five Points) at 9:00, or if after 9:00 a.m., follow signs down the hill along Gran Ellen Drive where the group will be working. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and close-toed shoes. The group will work even in light rain. Bring water. A variety of tools will be provided, but you may wish to bring your favorites. The work is appropriate for all ages, and children are welcome if supervised.
This workday is part of an ongoing effort to clear the park of invasive plants and to return it to a more "native" woodland environment that will attract more birds and wildlife. Workdays in the park are normally held starting at 9:00 a.m. on first and third Saturdays of each month. If you are interested in learning more about the project, or would like to be on an email list to receive workday reminders, please contact Sue Wilde at suewilde@hotmail.com

Vote for the new cover of the Bike Athens Map


Okay, I know the person in photo #2. I bet you know some of them, too.
A chance for you to give your opinion. ;-P


Ride to Support United Way

For those who might be interested...
The 1st Annual University System of Georgia State Charitable Contributions Motorcycle Ride Supporting the United Way Friday, November 6, 2009

The University System of Georgia State Charitable Contributions Committee is inviting all University System of
Georgia Faculty, Staff, and Friends to support the United Way by being part of the USG State Charitable Contributions
Motorcycle Ride. This is a weekday ride that will take place rain or shine!

Biker participants will leave from the Athens Office of Information & Instructional Technology Office (for directions
see http://www.usg.edu/oiit/directions) and ride to Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia.

Registration information is as follows:
NOTE: If we do not have the minimum of 30 bikes to register, the event will be canceled.

Registration Fee:
$20.00 per bike and $10.00 per co-rider (bike parking pass is included in the registration fee)

All participants will be required to sign a “Release, Waiver of Liability And Covenant Not To Sue” form the day of the ride
at bike registration check in.

To register, complete the form at


Door Prizes:
Each registrant will receive a raffle ticket (at registration check in) that will enter them to win prizes that include
(Zune 8mg, 13.0 oz can of Plexus Cleaner Protectant Polish (bike cleaner), $10.00 Apple iTunes Card, $50.00 Home Depot Gift Card, $25.00 Outback Steak House Gift Card, $25.00 Shell Gas Gift Card). The drawing for prizes will be held at the end of the ride. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!

Registrants can order a commemorative T-shirt for this event for $10.00. Shirts will be distributed the day of the ride at
registration check in. Additional T-shirts will be sold on- site at registration while supplies last.

All fees (for registration and T-shirts) must be paid in advance, by Friday, October 30, 2009, or registration will be
considered void. Please print a copy of the invoice and mail it with a check or money order made out to State Charities
Fund and mail it to the following address:

Board of Regents/OIIT
2500 Daniells Bridge Road
Building #300
Athens, GA 30606
Attn: George Bond, SSC Ride


Participants may request a receipt for their donation for tax purposes. The United Way will generate and mail these

Lunch will be on your own. Unicoi State Lodge serves a daily buffet http://www.usg.edu/charity/events/Unicoi_restaurant_menu.pdf for $11.30 per person. To help them determine a headcount for serving lunch that day, we are asking participants to let us know when they register if they plan to each lunch at the lodge.

Bike Registration Check In:
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. the morning of November 6th, planned departure at 9:30 a.m.

Bike Route:
Office of Information & Instructional Technology
2500 Daniells Bridge Road, Building #300
Athens, GA 30606

1: Start out going WEST on DANIELLS BRIDGE RD toward MARS
2: Turn RIGHT onto OCONEE CONN. 0.3 mi
3: Turn RIGHT onto US-29 N/US-78 E/GA-316 E/GA-8
Continue to follow GA-316 E/UNIVERSITY PKWY. 1.0 mi
4: Take the GA-10-LOOP N ramp. 0.1 mi
5: Merge onto PAUL BROUN PKWY. 8.1 mi
6: Take the US-441 N exit, EXIT 12, toward COMMERCE.
0.1 mi
7: Turn LEFT onto US-441 N/COMMERCE RD/GA-15 N. Continue
to follow US-441 N/GA-15 N. 41.8 mi
8: Merge onto US-23 N/US-441 N/TOMMY IRVIN PKWY/GA-15
N/GA-365 N. 1.2 mi
9: Take the US-441-BR HISTORIC/GA-105 exit toward GA-385
10: Turn LEFT onto US-441 BR/GA-105. 0.7 mi
11: Turn LEFT onto CANNON BRIDGE RD SW/GA-105. Continue to
follow GA-105. 8.5 mi
12: Turn LEFT onto GA-17/UNICOI TURNPIKE. 8.1 mi
13: Turn RIGHT onto GA-17/GA-75/UNICOI TURNPIKE. 2.9 mi
14: Turn RIGHT onto GA-356. 1.4 mi
15: GA-356. Unicoi State Park: Ga-356GA 30571 0.0 mi

Unicoi State Park - The Beach House Area
Helen, GA 30545

Total Travel Estimates: 1 hour 32 minutes/75 miles

Participants needing overnight accommodations in Athens prior to the 6th, please see the following URL:

All questions should be directed to Karen Scoville at Karen.scoville@usg.edu or by phone at 706.583.2017.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this event!


Volunteers needed -- Toy giveaway

The Sparrow's Nest just sent out a request for some volunteers to help register people for their Toy Giveaway. The Registration will be early November and the Toy Giveaway in early December. You can sign up on their website to volunteer for either the Toy Registration or Giveaway: http://www.sparrowsnestmission.org/

Volunteers are needed for the annual Toy Giveaway registration. Registration is scheduled for Wed., Nov. 4th from 3:45-7:00pm (or until we run out of tickets) at the Sparrow's Nest building. Please contact Laura Ebbert at sparrowsnst@aol.com if you can help. Presently, we have only 5 people that have stepped forward to help. This year's event promises to be as special as those in the past and plans are already underway - come and be a part
of a tremendous blessing to others.

Volunteers are also needed to help prepare 50-100 bags of candy. You can contact Pam Allen - allenp9740@gmail.com


Haunted tour

Athens’ Haunted History Walking Tour

History, haunts, legends, ghostly apparitions, cold spots, tragic lovers, restless Confederate soldiers and unearthed coffins. Folklore and history come alive beneath the Greek columns and magnolias of the Classic City.

Since being founded in 1801, Athens’ rich history has provided accounts of strange events and ghostly experiences. Follow your guide on a journey of Athens’ darker history. On this two-hour tour of downtown Athens and UGA’s North Campus, you will hear tales of spirits, hauntings, superstitions, mysteries, murders, suicide and other legends of the Classic City.

Tour dates and times:

Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 pm (led by Carol Bishop)

Thursday, October 29, 7:00 (led by Rick Rose)

Thursday, October 29, 7:30 pm (led by Carol Bishop)

Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 pm (led by Carol Bishop)

$12 for ACHF members, $15 for non-members. Tours are limited to 25 people and paid reservations will be accepted on a first come/first serve basis. Please provide an e-mail address in order to receive tour updates, instructions and your order confirmation. No tickets will be mailed. Tours will be held in light rain. In the event of heavy rain, the tour will be cancelled, and payment will be refunded.

To order:

For the October 27 and 29 tours, please drop off your order form and payment at ACHF headquarters in Fire Hall No. 2, located at 489 Prince Avenue prior to the tour. If the office is closed, slide it under the Prince Avenue door. Reservations for the November 3 tour can be mailed if done a week ahead of time.

Questions? E-mail achftours@bellsouth.net

Amy Kissane and Amy Andrews

Miyazaki Film Festival (Free!)

Come to the Lamar Dodd School of Art (Tonight at 7pm) to enjoy the 3rd movie of the Miyazaki Film Festival: Laputa: Castle In The Sky! This will be the final Miyazaki Film Festival screening of Fall Semester, so make sure you attend! It's Free!!!!!!!!!!! (Room S151 Lamar Dodd).

Laputa: Castle In The Sky is a 1986 film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is the first film created and released by Studio Ghibli, although is considered the second by some since NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind was created by the founding members two years before. Laputa: Castle in the Sky won the Animage Anime Grand Prix in 1986. -Wikipedia

Plot: Pazu, a mining apprentice, finds a young girl wearing a glowing pendant and floating down from the sky.
Together, they discover both are searching for the legendary floating castle, Laputa, and vow to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal around her neck. Their quest won't be easy, however. There are air pirates, secret agents, and astounding obstacles to keep them from the truth -- and from each other.

Tonight, 7pm, Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S151 (Free!!!!!)

Pendergrass festival

just passing along. lots of festivals this time of the year.
Come on out to Pendergrass tomorrow night for some old fashioned fun! Mountain Creek Baptist Church is having its annual fall festival Saturday, October 24, 4-8 pm. There will be booths featuring crafts and collectibles, as well as food and games. 1116 Mountain Creek Church Road, Pendergrass, 30567 (go out Prince Avenue/Jefferson Road/Highway 129N, hang a left on Main St./GA-332, left on Old Gainesville Hwy, and right on Mountain Creek Church Rd.) Festival will be held under the lights on the ball field. See you there!


UGA ecologist leads next 'Saturday Stroll' | Oconee | OnlineAthens.com

Come stroll around Watkinsville this Saturday morning and also attend the Oconee Democrats yard sale at Rita Bennett's house at the corner of Second and School Street near the spinning wheel art work at the left field corner of Rocket Field in lovely downtown Watkinsville. UGA ecologist leads next 'Saturday Stroll' | Oconee | OnlineAthens.com


Choral Group performance

Lyric League, a mixed choral group of twenty singers from the Athens area, will present selections from Broadway shows at the Athens-Clarke County Auditorium Sunday afternoon, Nov. 1 at 3:00 p.m.

The concert, sponsored by Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library, is free and open to the public. Selections from "Hair," "The Lion King," "Grease," "Wicked," "Mamma Mia" and other familiar shows will feature soloists and duets as well as the ensemble. Lyric League has performed benefit concerts for the past five years. Director Dell Hitchcock promises an afternoon of delightful music. Their motto: "sing for the joy of it." More information can be found on their websites, www.lyricleague.org, or their new website (under construction): www.lyricleague.homestead.com

The Art of Music

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Art of: Music
7:00–10:00 p.m.
Stan Mullins Studio, Athens
The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art are pleased to present Grammy Award–winner Art Rosenbaum in a special performance of old time and bluegrass music with special guests The Around-the-Globe Sea Shanty Singers and Hawk-Proof Rooster, featuring Charlie and Nancy Hartness and Earl Murphy. $15 Friends members, $20 non-members. Call 706-542-0830 to RSVP or you may purchase tickets at the door. Sponsored by Stan Mullins and The Athens Blur Magazine.

This is a benefit for the Georgia Museum of Art, so please come out and support your museum!


Donate your shoes...

This Fall, the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division is participating in the Soles4Souls shoe campaign. This campaign seeks to provide shoes for those who need them. Did you know that Americans have over 1.5 billion pairs of shoes in their closets? It's time to take the extra pairs and give them to people who will treasure them for years to come. Soles4Souls, the shoe charity, needs our help to make the Thanks4Giving program a HUGE success in Georgia and across the country. This unique event will touch the lives of thousands of individuals during the fall season, when most of us are enjoying the warmth and safety of our homes, families and friendships. Please consider donating your gently worn men's, women's, or children's shoes to this cause. Tennis shoes to dress shoes are accepted. Please connect the matching pair of shoes together with a rubber band or the laces of the shoes themselves.

There is a drop off location in the lobby of the Science Library on south campus at UGA. The bin will be in place through Monday November 30. Please distribute this message widely so we can gather lots of shoes for people who need them.

To read more about the program, please visit the website:



Sack the bag tax idea

The Athens Banner-Herald has reported that two of our county commissioners have expressed the concept of taxing plastic retail bags at ten cents each in order to discourage their use, and an editorial today supports the notion. I guess we can expect such proposals to be discussed on our liberal island in the ocean of a conservative state. But since no one asked me what I thought, I will tell you: It is an awful idea.

We don't need a new tax to interfere with business and promote a policy effort that is already misguided. There is a lot of talk about how bad plastic bags are for the environment, but the arguments are usually a bit of a stretch. Our bags in Athens aren't hurting ocean life when they're going to the landfill or being recycled. I haven't come across evidence that the bags are increasing demand for the petroleum from which they are made since petroleum demand is driven by fuel consumption. If you really want to reduce the volume of garbage going into the landfill, focusing on a product that takes up very little volume shows your priorities are out of order when we don't have reliable or convenient ways of disposing of electronics, batteries, and hazardous waste in Clarke County.

In my household, these plastic bags are reused. They are reused to dispose of animal waste. If my supply of these bags is cut off, then I will be buying plastic garbage bags and putting those in the landfill instead. I recycle the bags that I don't use by taking them to the receptacles at Publix.

Or maybe I'll shop at the Kroger or Publix in Oconee County. Let's not forget that this is yet another regulation that may drive even more business out of Clarke County. This is also a sort of policy area that should be handled at the state level and not at the county level.

Finally, the bag tax idea is disrespectful to the environmentally conscious citizens of Athens. Here we are already making great strides to protect our environment and recycle our waste on a voluntary basis. Many of us are already recycling and reusing these retail bags, yet this is not enough for two of our county commissioners. If this idea ever comes to life, chalk up another point for the nanny state.


Love and Russia (theatre performance)

Classic City Arts presents:

The Romantic comedies of Anton Chekhov
Wednesday, October 21st, 8:00pm
Seney Stoval Theatre *201 N. Milledge Ave*
All Tickets $5.

The Proposal: It’s happily ever after for these two if only they can stop bickering long enough to say ‘I do’.
The Bear: They’ve both sworn off love forever but maybe a fight to the death will change their minds?

Second Annual Fall Apple Festival Highlights Local Knowledge

Announcement received:

Fall is finally here, and this time of the year just isn't the same without the Fall Apple Festival. The Fall Apple Festival is hosted by FOLK (Furthering Our Local Knowledge) and PLACE, and will be held on Saturday, October 17th from 1pm until the campfire dies at Grove Creek Farm (formerly known as the Agrarian Connections Farm) in Crawford, GA; about fifteen minutes from the UGA campus. FOLK is an organization who's mission is to ensure that locally-based knowledge, art forms, and lifeways don't perish in the face of a globalizing world. To this end, we bring experts in place-based knowledge and craft to Athens to share their knowledge with the Athens community, students and residents alike.

This year FOLK is bringing Kevin Welch of the Eastern band of Cherokee Indians. As a young man Kevin realized how rapidly Eastern Cherokee traditional crops and agricultural knowledge were being lost when he tried to find his Grandpa's October Beans to plant in his garden. Kevin began to notice the loss of other Cherokee plants and started to ponder why this was. His research included travel to the Native Seed SEARCH in New Mexico and eventually led to the establishment of the Center for Cherokee Plants in Cherokee, North Carolina as a plant nursery, seed bank and educational center. Kevin will be telling stories and sharing his botanical knowledge with us throughout the day at the Apple Festival.

In addition to hearing Kevin speak, festival goers will have a chance to spend the day relaxing on the farm while enjoying live music provided by Hope for Agoldensummer, Marion Montgomery III, High Strung, and many other local musicians. There will booths showcasing the work of some of the finest artists and crafters in the area, kids' activities, a wide selection of different locally-produced foods and drinks provided by PLACE, Slow Food Athens, and the Clamberskull Brew Collective, and of course lots of apples, apple products, and an apple pie contest. Our goal with the Fall Apple festival is to provide an event for Athens community members—families especially—to enjoy themselves and to gain an appreciation for the food, music, crafts, knowledge, and apples that comprise our common identity. If you are a local artist or farmer and would like to have a booth at the festival, or if you are an apple enthusiast that would like to enter the apple pie contest, email folkathens@gmail.com or visit our website folkathens.org
for more information.

Volunteers needed for Halloween Carnival

The Clarke County DFCS Halloween Carnival is scheduled for Monday October 26, 2009 from 500-700 pm, and they are looking for volunteers to set up and run "fun stations" and bring supplies for them - typical to what you'd see at a Halloween Carnival - bobbing for apples, relay races, face painting, a cupcake walk, pumpkin bowling etc. They are also accepting donations of paper goods, sodas / juice boxes, Halloween Decorations (for the haunted house), chips, candy, sweets and large things of condiments (ketchup and mustard). They also need assistance the afternoon of Sunday, October 26th, in setting up the Haunted House. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated by families in the community!

For more information or to volunteer or donate, contact Audrey Brannen, at adbrannen@dhr.state.ga.us or cell at 706-621-1490.


Athens Folk Festival

Come One, Come All! to the 25th annual North Georgia Folk Festival, this Saturday at Sandy Creek Park. AND come on down to the big acoustic jam and dance at Memorial Park tonight.
Tommy Jordan and Art Rosenbaum play music to bring awareness to the festival on the It's Friday Radio Show on 91.7 at 4pm.

Visit www.athensfolk.org for more information

Festival Admission: Adults: $10; Students: $5; Children under 12: Free
Park Admission: $2 per person ages 4 - 64

Web page here: http://athensfolk.org/html/index.php?cat=3

Music Performances

12:00 Pam Blanchard and the Sunny Side Up Band (Kid's Program)
12:45 Earl Murphy and Hawk Proof Rooster (Old Time Fiddle)
1:15 Jean-Paul and Dominique Carton (French Canadian Traditions)
2:00 Mary Lomax and Bonnie Loggins (Traditional North Georgia Ballads)
2:30 Blue Ridge Rounders (Award-winning South Carolina String Band)
3:15 Darien Geechee Shouters (African-American Traditional Ring Shout)
4:00 Art Rosenbaum (Old Time Banjo and Traditional Songs)
4:45 Young Goodman Brown (Original folk songs)
5:15 Normaltown Flyers (Athens Country and Folk Favorites)
6:15 Tony Bryant (Traditional Atlanta Blues)
7:00 Georgia Mudcats (North Georgia Old Time Band)
8:00 John McCutcheon (Nationally Renowned Folk Musician)

Music Workshops

1:00 Chip Arnold (North Georgia Two Finger Banjo)
2:00 Moira Nelligan (Irish Fiddle)
3:00 Hawkproof Rooster with Earl Murphy (Old Time Singing and Band)
4:00 Bob Buckingham (Old Time Fiddle)

Art and Craft Demonstrators

Cotton Patch Quilters (Quilts)
Rebecca Gilliard (Sweet Grass Baskets)
Rosa Hall (Brooms)
Peter Loose (Folk Art and Storytelling)
Brenda McCaig (Spinning and Weaving)
Jim Richardson (Silversmithing)

Art and Craft Vendors

Jamie Calkin (Watercolors)
Classic City Carvers (Wood Carving)
John Davis (Walking Canes)
Kim Dean (Knitting)
Will Langford (Pottery)
Kari Lentini (Jewelry)
Cheryl Martinez (Soap)
Alice and Tim Mills (Grits, Corn Meal)
Bill and Lisa Owens (Honey)
Charlie Rakestraw (Metal Sculpture and Knives)
Susan Staley (Glass Jewelery)


Ruminations: The Jittery Joe's Parking Issue

In his column this week, Flagpole editor Pete McCommons, who is a dedicated customer of the coffee shop at the Jittery Joe’s Roasting Co., nonetheless lays out the case for denying the coffee shop its parking space in order to preserve our overall commitment to a downtown not blighted by unsightly little unpaved lots. ACC zoning folks apparently fear that granting Jittery Joe’s special permission to operate their lot will trigger a flood of applications from others that the county will be hard-pressed to deny. Nice job on the column, Pete. It provides a perspective that’s been missing in the public discourse about the issue.

I’m not prepared just yet to buy ACC’s case. I concede readily that I haven’t read the relevant provisions of the land use law. And I don’t intend to read them. If they need to be changed to conform to what common sense requires, then let’s do that.

If I understand correctly what we’re doing as a community, we’re drawing a distinction between downtown and other areas, and we’re saying that we don’t want myriad little parking lots downtown, but we’re okay with little parking lots in areas of the county beyond downtown. Do I have that right?

If that’s right, then I a have problem describing the roasting company coffee shop as a “downtown” business. Have you been there? It’s down a hill, quite steep in places, between the railroad tracks and the river on what’s called East Broad Street, but easily might be called “Broad Street Extension.” If you parked at the last metered space on Broad Street and walked to the roasting company coffee shop, you’d need to shift to a lower walking gear to negotiate the grade, your walk back would be decidedly uphill, and you’d walk a substantially greater distance than you would, say, from a metered space to Five Star Day or Trappeze or O.K. Coffee. Morever, the businesses and other uses neighboring the coffee shop are not within the core common-sense definition of downtown uses. The area might be described most accurately as mixed.

Here’s another thing. If what we’re worried about is unsightliness, then is it more unsightly to have customers parked in the space next to the coffee shop, or is it more unsightly to have that lot remain empty? Unsightliness, of course, is in the eye of the beholder, but I personally like the look of the lot filled with cars.

I personally find distinguishable allowing a lot at the roasting company coffee shop and allowing one, say, in the space now occupied by the remains of the Georgia Theatre.

JIttery Joe’s is not some ad hoc operation just out to make a killing selling parking spaces to football fans a few weekends a year with no regard for the community in which it operates. Jittery Joe’s is a solid citizen of ACC.

If our zoning provisions and/or zoning administrators are not flexible enough to take all of these factors into account in deciding the coffee shop parking issue, then maybe we need to consider some changes.
Good morning, everybody! Over at my tumblr blog for athensjazz411.com today, I’ll be featuring shots (one every 30 minutes) from last night’s dress rehearsal for the jazz event of the season here in Athens. Tony McCutchen will be on vibes, Steve Dancz on the keys, and Athens’ premier big band — the UGA Jazz Ensemble — will fill the stage at Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall tonight at 8 p.m. for “Flying Home: A Tribute to the Music of Lionel Hampton.” Tickets are still available. 706 542 4400.


Athens Tree Fair

The 5th annual Athens-Clarke County Tree Fair is going to be held at the Sandy Creek Nature Center from 10:00 to 1:00 on Saturday, November 7. The event will include a tree sale, educational exhibits (planting, pruning, mulching, climbing, composting, etc), vendors offering wood carvings and shrubs, a kid's booth, and free food. There is no charge to attend the

The Community Tree Council is currently offering a presale of discounted trees. Proceeds will benefit the Athens Clarke County Tree Council (a nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of trees in Athens). Oaks, maples, blackgum, magnolia redbud, tulip poplar, and many other species are available for $15-$25. They are in 3-gallon containers. More information can be found at www.athenstrees.com.


Here's To October

There’s something to be said for each of the months. Even February. But October! Athens is glorious in October. Chilly morning air makes the simple act of breathing seem new again. Black labs jump and swirl and, if they take a notion, gallop across the yard. Acorns crackle under foot. A few trees, and then more and more, take up their palettes. Pumpkins congregate near the doors of supermarkets, clamoring mutely for the attention of young carvers and their moms. Candy corn and creepy costumes reappear to attend the sweetly scary rituals of the season. And the holidays shimmer on the horizon, still far enough away to be relished in the abstract. Shall we raise our mugs of hot chocolate in a toast to October?


Farewell and a Bit of Advice

I know I speak for the entire worldwide staff of Athens World in wishing our LSU Tiger friends a safe trip home and the best of luck against the Gators. Please devote some practice time this week to the Vulcan drill: When you score a huge TD in the fourth quarter, just cock one eyebrow and say, “Fascinating,” lest you be penalized 15 yards for excessive human joy.


This afternoon (before my day melted down at Parking "Services") I had the privilege of attending a rehearsal for the UGA Jazz Ensemble's October 8 tribute to Lionel Hampton at Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall. Folks, this performance is going to SWING big time. You really should give the box office a call at 542-4400 and snap up some tix!

Mad as Hell

I’m just back from UGA. The visit cost me $40. Here’s the deal.

I drive into the parking lot for the music school, hoping to use one of the visitor spaces I remember seeing the last time we attended a concert at Hugh Hodgson. Yep. There they are. Spaces marked with the word “Visitors” framed in light green paint. Excellent!

Then I see the box. It’s low-tech. There’s a slot near the top, and there’s a repository for envelopes near the bottom. I walk up to the box. A sign informs me that there’s a flat fee of $5.00 to park. I’m to put my money into one of the provided envelopes, then put the envelope into the slot. So I reach into my pocket for some cash. I have four ones, two quarters, and some twenties. That’s it. So I reluctantly say adieu to the visitor spaces and head for my old standby, the pay lot near the Ramsey Center.

I drive into the lot, being careful to note my space number: 161. Then I walk over the machine where you pay for time. Hmmm. There’s a big black cover over the machine. And there’s a sign that says “If this machine is not working, call Parking Services.” I figure the machine is broken. But I have no time to call parking services and make arrangements. I’m going to be late for my appointment. (I’m taking pictures of the UGA jazz band to help promote the upcoming Lionel Hampton tribute.) So I head up to the music school, making the assumption that if the machine is broken, I can park in the lot without being penalized. Wrong!

There’s a $40 ticket on my windshield when I get back to the car. Figuring this is some kind of mistake, I drive over to parking services. The lady at the service desk asks what she can do for me. I explain that there was a black cover over the machine and a sign suggesting to me that the machine must be broken. Then she says no, the lot’s been converted to a permit-only lot, and there’s a sign at the entrance to the lot making this clear. Then I say I had no reason to look at the sign at the entrance to the lot, because I’ve been parking here for years and the spaces have numbers on them and the machine is there, but covered up with a sign suggesting it’s status is “broken,” not “irrelevant.” She stands her ground. So I mumble something about this being the thanks I get for trying to help the university, and I flip my Visa card onto her counter to show my dissatisfaction with the state of affairs.

She then accuses me of throwing the card at her, and she refuses to talk to me. She won’t take my money. We sit there silently for a minute or two or three, and then I demand to see the manager.

So out comes the manager, I guess. I didn’t catch his name. I try to be civil, and I pull it off for a moment or two. I tell him why I think I shouldn’t have to pay the ticket. He says it’s a valid ticket. He suggests that I appeal it if I think there are extenuating circumstances.

Right. I’m supposed to go through some appellate process when it ought to be obvious to these people that they’ve neglected their responsibility to long-time users of the lot to make very clear that its status has changed from pay lot to permit lot.

Then he tells me that I could have parked in the deck. It’s a pay lot. (I was still operating under the assumption that IT was the permit lot and the pay lot was the pay lot.)

So I insist on paying. Then I insist again. And again. And he slowly processes my Visa card. As soon as I have my receipt, I’m out the door.

For the past few years, I’ve been in the habit of writing a check to the university for music school scholarships. This year that check will be at least $40 dollars less. The parking services enforcers have effected a transfer from music scholarships to their operating budget. Good for them.

bulldog 100.1

I don't listen to commercial radio too much, but I noticed that when I scanned by last night (mp3 player dead) bulldog (100.1) was playing ladies night by kool and the gang... which seems a little odd for what I thought was a rock station.

Athens Blur Magazine posted that the station was being reformatted

but then there is this little blurb calling it a temporary stunt....

Recycling Day

Athens Coca-Cola is hosting a “Recycling Day” in partnership with the ACC Recycling Division! On Friday, October 2, 2009, batteries, shoes and electronics (even TV's) will be accepted at the Athens Coca-Cola Sales Center at 650 Athena Drive from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Electronics, Batteries, and Shoe Recycling Day is part of CRS in Action Week, a time when our 72,000 global Coca-Cola Enterprises employees will participate in local events to demonstrate a commitment to our communities and Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. For additional information, please contact 706-613-3512.