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North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown April 4th 2022

With the skies finally open, my buddy and I decided to reconnect for the first time since the pandemic. We had planned to go to Morocco in March 2020, but the pandemic grounded our plans. Getting there is still a challenge, so we looked at a “Plan B” closer to home. Outside of Florida, I haven’t been to the southeastern United States, so we chose its unofficial capital, Atlanta. I must admit I knew very little about the city before this trip… During our nine days in the city, we explored a good chunk of it. As I grow older, slow travel is a better fit for me. Four things stuck with me after this trip. The first was learning about the history of the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1950s and ... read more
Black Lives Matter
Atlanta Skyline
Neon Sign

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta July 15th 2021

Friday, July 9, 2021 (Rob and I) As soon as Rob got home from work, we packed up the car and headed toward Atlanta. We decided at the last minute on Thursday to make this little weekend jaunt. I booked a hotel right across from the aquarium and that is where we were to stay. It is a 3 hour drive from Kingston to Atlanta and we made it with little trouble to our hotel. We stayed at the Hyatt House, a seven story hotel downtown Atlanta. The only parking was valet style (and expensive), but it was a nice place and the room was well appointed. Best of all, it was really convenient to everything. It was getting late when we got in, so we crashed right away. Unfortunately, the hotel is right next to ... read more

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown March 31st 2021

Most of us have arrived at the airport, only to realize that we forgot something. I once went on a trip to Kauai, and forgot my golf clubs!!! And golf shoes. I had to rent clubs, and buy another pair of golf shoes. Since that untimely event, I always use a list when I pack for a long trip. After printing my boarding pass, I always place my passport in a clear plastic folder with the rest of my travel related documents. If you use the airline's app, I would still print a boarding pass as a backup. And I always keep my Driver's License (Real ID) in my wallet. And I have photos of each on my cell phone. The online check in process serves several functions. One might be paying for your baggage, printing ... read more
Always use pre check!
My "water" bottle

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown March 22nd 2021

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North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown October 31st 2020

Perhaps some of my readers will have seen the url= photo of masked fans attending a football game at Georgia Tech in 1918, during the Spanish flu pandemic. This week, I wanted to see the same place as it confronted a new pandemic, just over a century later. As luck would have it, one of my favorite teams, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, were playing at Georgia Tech on Halloween afternoon. This game was on the calendar before the pandemic, but originally scheduled to take place at the Mercedes Benz Stadium instead, presumably to accommodate the larger crowd expected for Notre Dame. As such, it had been one of my must-see games before the pandemic, and since it’s the only game this season (so far, and most likely will continue to be) that regular fans... read more
Nice green space on the Tech campus
Pink for breast cancer awareness (sorry not sorry for not wearing Irish green)
Shame that it still needs to be said (peep the guy in the upper right)

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown February 4th 2020

Written in 2009. Have things improved? Do we really celebrate this day the way Dr. King would want us to? Is former President Obama's idea of a day of service gone forever? Monday marks a holiday that most of us can live and relive past events, as we were alive to see and hear Dr. King in the news almost every day. We saw him lead non violently, with no fear of white supremacists or military and police barricades. He was an inspiration to all of us. Monday, I am going to spend most of the day volunteering at Medshare, in his honor. I hope you will do whatever you can today to honor him. When I first saw and read about Dr. King, I wondered. Why would he be named after the famous Martin Luther? ... read more
Beautiful windows here
I Have A Dream!!!!
Nonviolence Principles

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta December 2nd 2019

It’s 6 am and Kirsten is up and showering, I’m next. We have just got home last night from Thanksgiving at Pine Mountain like we do every year. And we are already loading the car for Christmas Market, yes.. you read it correctly. We have planned to join Lori and Sam in Germany this year and enjoy Christmas Market with them. Lori and Sam left Thanksgiving Day and flew to Dusseldorf. They have a head start on us but were all meeting at the house Kirsten rented, close to Fulda. We packed our Thanksgiving suitcases along with our Germany suitcases before going to Pine Mountain so to make it easier to get out the door this morning. So, the adventure begins.... The car is loaded, and we are pulling out of the condo, I don’t think ... read more

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown November 30th 2019

I had several options for rivalry week in college football, and I don't regret going to a place I have been before, to watch a matchup I have seen several times. Though I had my choice of games for this rivalry week, I also had commitments on Sunday back home, so it meant I had to stay within an area that would allow me to be back by noon the following day. My heart was really set on the Iron Bowl, but the price just never got low enough for me to consider it as a serious option. In hindsight, of course, that would have been THE game to choose—it had everything you could hope for in a college football game, and people will be talking about it for years to come. So maybe the price ... read more
Normally I avoid this route but it's the most direct way to Tech
Many building on Tech's campus have an ultra-modern feel
The Administration Building at Tech, and one of the key shots for any sportscast from this school

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown October 8th 2019

Assuming you were around in the Sixties, you know the 1968 song, "Abraham, Martin, and John", written by Dick Holler, and sung by Dion. It is a tribute to four assassinated Americans, all great icons of social change, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and the Kennedy brothers. The song was written in response to the assassination of Dr. King and Senator Kennedy. Here are the lyrics. It is a powerful song. Has anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?Can you tell me where he's gone?He freed a lot of peopleBut it seems the good die young... read more
The childhood home of Dr. King
Six Principles of Nonviolence

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown October 6th 2019

My first trip to Atlanta was back in the 80s as I recall. I was attending a convention, then on my way to the US Open Tennis in NYC (1982). I was greeted by my friend, Ken Bob at the airport, along with a large cooler of ice cold beer. Those were the days!! He proceeded to show me the Atlanta that he knew, as a native. We made all the visits, Stone Mountain, the Varsity, Mary Mac's Tea Room, The Fox, and many, many honky tonks and bars. I don't even remember where I was staying! My visit now is ostensibly to visit the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, and perhaps a few of the nostalgic places like Merry Macs and The Varsity. And who knows, maybe I can? From the Carter Library: Shortly after taking ... read more
Love Mary Mac Tea Room
The Varsity, an Atlanta tradition

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