Atlanta Highway Signs

So, driving in to work this morning on the Atlanta Highway, I noticed an exterminating company sign. In the spirit of the season (I suppose) the sign marquis read "Not A Creature Was Stirring".
Hmmm. I laughed a little bit at that.

And when did businesses decide it is a good idea to hire folks to stand on the side of the road waving handheld signs? That makes me less inclined to stop by the business. And I really don't have any scrap gold to get rid of anyway..

GA Republicans Fight to Ease Gun Restrictions After Sandy Hook « Georgia Progress

GA Republicans Fight to Ease Gun Restrictions After Sandy Hook « Georgia Progress

UGA to participate in nationwide observance at 9:30 Friday morning




The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile has been sighted in Athens. I did not get a press release this time to know anything about its adventures this week.


Let the hammer up on West Broad

Eastbound West Broad Street near King Avenue, brush your teeth and comb your hair 'cause Smokey's takin' pictures.

I don't know how often the county police run radar at that location, but an officer is out there this morning.


Rockinwood Drive Residence Hit by Burglar

It sucks that people are getting burglarized anytime, but especially during the holidays. Talk to your neighbors, make sure you know who is leaving when, and if they have animal sitters, etc. coming over to take care of things during the Christmas and New Year's breaks.

Rockinwood Drive Residence Hit by Burglar

The next Bubba Sparxxx video in Athens

From Average Joes Entertainment:

Country rapper and platinum-selling star, Bubba Sparxxx, will shoot his new video, "Country Folks," December 20 in Athens, Georgia. The video will feature Average Joes Entertainment label-mates Colt Ford and REHAB’s Danny Boone. "Country Folks" is the first single from Sparxxx’s new album, "Pain Management," scheduled for release in 2013.
"Country Folks," was written by Andy Mathis, Colt Ford, Danny Alexander, Shannon "Fat Shan" Houchins and Mike Hartnett. The video, directed by Paul Cain, will feature Bubba Sparxxx returning home to his people.


Darwin gets votes against Broun beyond Athens, Oconee County

Darwin gets votes against Broun beyond Athens, Oconee County

Loud complimenting guy

There are always funny, loud guys out on Saturday nights. Tonight was the Loud Complimenting Guy. I first saw him at City Bar where he told me he loved my dog as I walked her by. A couple hours later he saw my wife and told her (loudly) how much he loved her red hair. And an hour after that he was crossing College Avenue where he shouted to someone how much he loved her scarf. I now realize that if I had only hung around City Bar instead of Manhattan Cafe I would have probably heard a hundred loud, bellowing, enthusiastic compliments.


Proud history of liberalism to continue with Obama second term

Proud history of liberalism to continue with Obama second term

James Ponsoldt movie in Atlanta

Film Athens reports that Smashed, a movie directed by James Ponsoldt, will be playing in A Town at Midtown Art Cinema. It opens Friday, November 9. There are reviews in the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

Charles Darwin got almost 4,000 votes

See this Flagpole article for more information. Nearly 4,000 write-in votes for Charles Darwin were cast in Georgia's contest for the 10th Congressional District. Apparently I got two write-in votes myself in other races.


Important driving tip for Huntington Road

For travelers headed to Athens Church, Starbucks, Rafferty's, Goodwill, The Fairways at Jennings Mill, or other destinations on the southern end of Huntington Road, please follow this important tip if you are arriving via the Outer Loop 10 (from the north): You should get in the far left lane and turn right at the light.

It is counterintuitive, I know, but the interchange is designed that way. When you take Exit 18 for Atlanta Highway, you are presented with the choice of three lanes:
  1. The right lane is marked for the mall only, and this lane is separated by a median to force traffic to turn right on Atlanta Highway and right again onto northbound Huntington Road (where the Georgia Square Mall is on the left). 
  2. The middle lane also turns right but joins westbound Atlanta Highway. 
  3. The left lane goes to a traffic light at Atlanta Highway.

Drivers mistakenly choose the middle lane because it turns right and goes west on Atlanta Highway. You know you are turning right but taking the first left onto Huntington Road if you are headed to those southern destinations. However, this next intersection is very close to the interchange, and you would be forced to drive across two lanes to get to the left-turn lanes for Huntington. Not only is this too short and dangerous, there is a solid white stripe (a gore) signaling that changing lanes is not permitted. The left-turn lanes on the other side are also separated by a gore. Drivers frequently stop in the lane feeding Atlanta Highway from the exit — blocking traffic behind them — to wait for a break in traffic so that they can drive across this gore, drive across the two regular lanes, and drive across another gore to get into the turn lanes. In other words, these drivers inconvenience a bunch of other people and commit four traffic violations to make this one maneuver.

If you take the leftmost lane from this exit and go to the traffic light, you will see that arrows are painted showing both left and right turns are permitted. This right turn through the light will provide earlier access to the left-turn lanes for Huntington Road. This is apparently the way this interchange was designed to be used. It is the only legal and safe way to exit the Loop (the Perimeter Highway) from the southbound lanes and turn left (south) onto Huntington Road. It would be a little more obvious to drivers if both gores were also marked with reflective domes or poles to provide a physical barrier between the lanes. Fortunately, I understand that at some point in the future this interchange will be upgraded, and I hope this confusion will be corrected.



Where to get presidential campaign materials

Obama materials available at:
Athens Democratic Headquarters
Chase St. Warehouses
160 Tracy St, Suite 2B

Romney materials available at:
Athens GOP Headquarters
445 N Milledge Ave.


College Square Building now a Fred's historic property

A "Fred's Historic Properties" sign is now hanging on the College Square Building. I understand that the building which houses Five Guys, the Mayflower Restaurant, and Gyro Wrap was purchased by Dr. Fred Moorman last week. I have also heard that there are plans to remodel the building and convert office space into apartment space. I have not heard if the building, which used to be known as the Commercial Hotel at some point in history, will be renamed.


Weaver D's threatening to close down

Read this from Flagpole: In The Loop: Weaver D's Closing?

Now go try out Mr. Weaver's food before it's too late. Maybe you'll even help him keep the doors open. It's located at 1016 East Broad Street, Athens, Georgia if you have never been there. I admit I have never gotten around to trying the food at this longtime Athens institution.


Base Turnout Strategy May Be Too Narrow for Romney

Base Turnout Strategy May Be Too Narrow for Romney

Shifting population could help Democrats in Georgia

Shifting population could help Democrats in Georgia

Boots and shorts

I thought that surely this fashion trend would have faded away by now. Although cowboy boots are classic, wearing them with dresses or shorts is a unique, bold statement. Well, it is not unique in Athens as it is popular with women at the University of Georgia. I have been told this fashion statement extends far beyond the South, and it seems to be going strong year after year, even though people either love it or hate it.

Photo taken on Sep. 1, 2012 near Baxter Street.

Oconee County Observations: Regina Quick Moving Forward With Plans to Revisit ...

Oconee County Observations: Regina Quick Moving Forward With Plans to Revisit ...: Meeting Set for Tuesday Regina Quick, the unopposed Republican candidate in Georgia House District 117, has taken initial steps to fulfill...



FBI Executes Search and Arrest Warrants in Oconee County

A little Sons of Anarchy right here in little old Oconee County.
FBI Executes Search and Arrest Warrants in Oconee County

Student journalists abandon the Red & Black newspaper

Flagpole: In the Loop: Red & Black and Red All Over.
Blog: Red & Dead.

The protest is over non-students taking editorial control over the newspaper. I wonder what kind of resolution will be found and am curious about how this will develop. Student journalists need an outlet, and the Red & Black needs content to draw advertisers.


Oconee County Observations: Analysis of Oconee County July 31 Election Suggest...

Oconee County Observations: Analysis of Oconee County July 31 Election Suggest...: But Tough on Women Oconee County voters on Tuesday said an overwhelming no to the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax bu...

Crazy traffic this week

From the police:

Citizens are reminded that University of Georgia residence halls will open Tuesday, August 7, for residents to move in for Fall Semester. This will create traffic congestion in the Baxter St and Lumpkin St areas. Motorists are encouraged to avoid these areas if at all possible. If you must travel these streets, allow more time for your commute and watch for vehicles pulling in and out as well as pedestrians.

Sorority Rush also begins Tuesday, August 7, and will run through Monday, August 13. This will create additional traffic on Milledge Ave. Please be aware of the buses stopping to load and unload.

Clarke County Schools will begin classes Wednesday, August 8. Motorists are reminded that the speed limit in the well-marked school zones is 25 mph. School zones are indicated by white lettering on the roadway as well as signs on the side of the road with yellow blinking lights. These signs are operational before schools begin and when schools let out. These times vary from the type of school (elementary, middle, or high school). Be aware of the School Crossing Guards in these areas who assist children who walk to and from school and follow their directions.

Motorists are also reminded to stop for school buses when they are loading or unloading children. If there is no median, all lanes of traffic in both directions are required to stop. If there is a median, only the lanes of traffic traveling behind the bus are required to stop. Slow down and watch for children who might be running to or from the bus stop.

With the increase of vehicular traffic, motorists are asked to not enter an intersection unless they can clear it on the other side entirely. Motorists should be careful not to block intersections when traffic backs up, especially when lights change to red. This causes traffic to back up on side streets as well.


La Guerre at Go Bar on Monday, June 11

Katlyn Conroy from Kansas band Cowboy Indian Bear wanted me to share the news that she is bringing her solo project La Guerre to the Go Bar this Monday. Since I am not a music writer who can describe her music properly, you should just watch her on YouTube or listen to her on bandcamp. The other act on Monday is Monkey Grass Jug Band.

Both La Guerre and Cowboy Indian Bear are signed on with The Record Machine in Kansas City. Conroy has performed at SXSW and on Austin City Limits.