Five Points is dark. The traffic lights and all business lights (including Waffle House, Golden Pantry, and Earth Fare) are dark. The only lights are at the fire station and from all the headlights of cars. There is a lot of traffic going through here. I can only suppose people are trying to go to other places that have power because where else would you be going when the governor advised everybody to stay off the roads? Anyway, I'm glad I had extra batteries for my radio so I can sit in the dark and listen to commercials.
"WUGA-FM celebrates 30 years on the air" from Columns on August 21. (Did you know they wanted the callsign WLLL?)
The station currently broadcasts on 91.7 and 94.5 MHz.
I am not sure about all the capabilities of this new system, but I suspect it monitors traffic flow to some extent in addition to the mere presence of stopped vehicles waiting to enter an intersection. For example, when southbound traffic on Milledge backs up all the way to Broad Street, westbound cars on Broad waiting to turn left on Milledge are not given a green arrow. Does anyone have more details on how this system works?
I'm a bus driver for the University of Georgia. (If that is news for you, then read this article on why I left law practice to become a bus driver.) August 21 was just another workday, and with so many part time student workers marking themselves as "unavailable," I expected to be at work driving around, so I had no idea if I would be in a place where I could park my bus to take a look. Besides, I had not found any solar viewing glasses, so I did not think I would get to look at the sun. I did see an Athens Transit driver put on a pair of glasses and look up while her bus was at a service stop, so of course I felt a little left out.
Before the eclipse, I heard on our two-way radio that Sanford Drive at the stadium was full of pedestrians going to the eclipse viewing party. As I made my trips on the Milledge Avenue Route, I picked up passengers carrying solar glasses, and many of them had no backpacks, which indicated they were not going to class. One passenger asked me "Are you excited?", so I explained how I didn't know what to expect to see today. She told me that she had gotten a tip on solar glasses being available at a particular store in town and bought a pair before they sold out.
I knew about how to view the sun through a pinhole projection, but I saw how the trees really make the best images. What I had heard was really true -- you can see crescents everywhere while the sun is partially eclipsed. The photo below was a sidewalk near Jackson Street and Peabody Hall:
But why does it take over a month to lighten up to a normal amount of traffic? Why does it not lighten up once students get their textbooks and settle into a routine? One idea I've had is that perhaps a lot of freshmen and transfer students eventually learn that driving so much is not worthwhile due to the time it takes with so much traffic and so they eventually learn to reduce their trips and become more efficient. Another has posited that perhaps students drive less and walk more when the weather cools off.
What do you think?
The performances are August 10, 11, and 12 at 8:00 p.m. and August 13 at 2:00 p.m. with a ticket price of $5.00. More information on Die, Mommie, Die! can be found on the Town and Gown Players website, though I don't know where to find an explanation for the unusual spelling of "mommy" in the play's title.
Who would have thought that the simple reading of a new book and a lavender cup of latte from Jittery Joe’s would have landed me the experience I had this morning? This encounter has consumed my mind all day and I want to share my story.
In order to enjoy my coffee and to be able to focus on my reading, I walked around downtown until I found a park bench with the smallest amount of sun shining on it so I wouldn’t sweat and melt down into my shoes.
Edward, whom I would meet in a few moments, was charging his cell phone while sending text messages to his family and friends.
His friend, George, whom I would also meet very soon, was outside laughing and talking about how he had a jelly bean in his pocket (that he carried around) because he didn’t like jelly beans. Edward, his friend, was trying to guess the flavor George might like (or what candy in general his friend would enjoy if not a jelly bean). The guys were having so much fun, I couldn’t help but listen to them laugh and cut up. They were so positive and full of life!
I stopped reading my book and walked over to introduce myself and George went inside Subway to do whatever it is that he does in there. Edward began looking around in his backpack for sandwiches to give his friend to eat. Both, I would learn, are homeless!
Edward and I chatted a bit and I learned that he was invited to Harvard University years ago to work on his MBA. He decided to become a firefighter and is recently retired from that job. His eyes sparkle with enthusiasm when sharing his story!
George, when invited out of Subway to come join us, was encouraged by his friend Edward to sing for me so that I could learn of his musical talents. He began singing Josh Grobin’s song, “You raise me up,” and sang it loud enough for many of those walking by to hear and enjoy.
The nice thing about this encounter with Edward and with George is that I have recently been homeless and I understand what it is like to have absolutely nothing. No food, no clothes, no way of bathing, etc. What the three of us shared in common was our ability to choose happiness and to roll with the punches.
We all agreed that life will pull you down at times. Life will also be good to you at other times. One of our “good times” today was sharing our moments together and living in the moment created just for the three of us to connect and become friends.
I listen to a lot of radio. I have always been a radio junkie. Here lately, and this is particularly true of NPR, I have noticed that when the interviewer asks the interviewee a question, the response more often than not, starts with SOOO. Interviewer--What lead you to attempt to unicycle across the country? Interviewee -- So I was sitting in my recliner wondering what I could do to combat global warming...
I find it tedious.
I go to a lot of UGA baseball games, have been for years. I noticed years ago that the Dipping Dots cart pronounces that Dipping Dots are the 'Ice Cream of the Future'. When does that future arrive? I have yet to see Dipping Dots in a grocery store along with the old fashioned and terribly obsolete Blue Bell ice cream.
Citizens were allowed to drop off old tires at recycling centers without paying a fee. The county lost a little revenue, but the amnesty reduced the number of illegal tire dumps and the mosquitoes breeding there. It’s a trade-off.
We need something like that for Trump voters: a face-saving way for them to say – finally – “I made a mistake” without being roundly pelted with harsh volleys of “We told you so!” and “What were you thinking?”
Half of us sure would love to put Trump voters through a gauntlet of recrimination. But it would be better to all come to terms with the frightening nature of a pinball president careening through the White House stopping to tweet – ding! ding! – then watching Fox News – ding! ding! – and onward, heedlessly.
Let’s declare an amnesty period so that we can – together – address the many problems we face in the world.
Priest: How about an amnesty for Trump voters?
- State Botanical Garden: Eclipse Viewing Party.
- Sanford Stadium: Eclipse Blackout.
- Athens City Hall: Telescopes will be made available, according to OnlineAthens.com.
Last summer one side of this duck feeder at Memorial Park stopped working. Now the other side is broken. Both sides will accept a quarter but not rotate. So apparently someone who works for ACC Leisure Services is happy to collect the quarters without having to replace the food, unless the capacity for quarters is large enough that no one has tended to it in a long time. The duck feeders are a great idea since the ducks used to have angel wing syndrome out here, but it isn't going to work if the feeders aren't going to be maintained.