Wanting some mac and cheese
Posted on May 3rd, 2017 @ 9:45 am

This is an old video. Back when I lived in Atlanta, there was a day where I wasn’t feeling too well, and Nicki didn’t want to go far for dinner. Just around the corner from out apartment, as in you could see and smell it, was a new restaurant. Nicki decided to try it and bring some home.

It was a fusion type restaurant of Korean and Texas BBQ. We fell in love with it. We could walk to get dinner and sit in the restaurant. At first, it was quiet; you could get a parking space. The first time my dad visited us after it opened, Nicki bought him a jar of kimichi from this place. He loved it. It was the place we had our family have to try. Everyone loved it.

As for that new place we went to, one day, lines were outside the door and people were parking wherever they could. Chaos ensued. Thankfully, since Nicki and I lived behind the place, we didn’t let that bother us. We walked and took it home to eat.

I miss living behind Heirloom Market BBQ. All these years later, I see it pop on on list for the best BBQ or Southern restaurants. And yes, I want some of their mac and cheese now.  That’s the best mac and cheese that I’ve ever had.

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“Precious moments, special people”
Posted on December 22nd, 2016 @ 9:49 pm

Now that I got my pity party out of the way, I’m really better.  It’s really not healthy bottling up anger.

Christmas with Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith

Last Friday, Lindsey and I went to Duluth, GA to see the joint Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant.  Jordan Smith joined them on stage for some performances. The show was sponsored by Operation Christmas Child.  Here’s a video of Michael W. Smith a few years ago:

I had a wonderful time. They were having a donation drive at the concert. You’d get an ornament with a $10 or more donation to OCC ornament. I liked how Amy said before intermission that they needed money to ship these boxes. Like shipping my boxes to Mali.

It was such a fun concert! I was so happy to hear Amy perform “Love Has Come.” I had joked on the drive up to Duluth while Amy’s version of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” that the concert should open with the Michael version of the song.  Low and behold, it was the opener as I joked!

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra performed as the musicians for backing. What a wonderful treat!

This was my first real introduction to Jordan Smith. I loved his rendition of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” He also sang “O Holy Night” and the crowd took out their phones and held them like candles.  It was amazing how bright the arena got with the phones on.

All in all, a great night.

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What I miss about living in Atlanta #282
Posted on April 4th, 2016 @ 7:03 pm

Going to a Braves game ad hoc. Can’t do it while living in Savannah.

Baseball season has started. I know the Braves are expected to do poorly this year. I can still root for them, however.


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Sometimes, I wish I had the job of a travel blogger.
Posted on August 8th, 2015 @ 1:13 pm

Scenic Lookout

Such a job sounds nice at times. Getting paid to travel and take photos. Sadly, I don’t have such a job, so I do it in my spare time.  One day, I would love to go see Europe and Australia. I’d love to take a cruise to Alaska or Mexico.  I’m going to try to aim for the Mexico one, soon.

Until I can afford such luxuries, I will travel in my car around the region or take a cheap flight to somewhere else.

For the month of July, I went to Virginia for a few days.  I met up with an online friend I had never met and met up with some other friends I haven’t seen since the 1980s.  It’s always great to catch up and just talk with friends. Coming back from Staunton to Eastern VA, I stopped a some scenic lookouts, and got some nice photos, including the one in this post.

And yes, I spent time with my dad, who is working in VA at the moment.  Together, we went to see the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and Arlington Cemetery.  I brought up Arlington, but he really wanted to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.  Since it occurs every hour at the top of the hour, we were able to catch one.  It’s a depressing one, but an important one.  That unknown represents all the unknowns we have out there.  Arlington has so many alone.  That’s why when I see an unknown, no matter if he’s USA or CSA, I stop and respect them.

I did head into D.C. alone on the Metro.  I got myself to the National Museum of American History without getting lost too much.  The only time I got lost was trying to get back to the Federal Triangle station and took the long way.  I was so hot, I just cut through a building after going through security.

If that wasn’t enough travel, the next weekend, I went to Atlanta for the trivia finals.  My friend, Melinda, got us a hotel room for next to nothing, and we drove up.  We had 2 other team members from one rivals and best trivia buddies join us for the game.  We didn’t win, but we weren’t chumps, either.  However, Pizza Hut and Mexico are going to be on my mind for a long time.  And had we been part of the tie breaker, we would have won it for my answer was right on the dot.  Don’t ask me how I remembered David Justice hit 305 home runs in his career, since I don’t like stats like that, but I did.

On the way home the next day, we stopped in Juliette, GA to eat some fried green tomatoes.  Juliette is home to the Whistle Stop Cafe, a restaurant in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes.  A bulk of the film was filmed in that town.  The city and the restaurant thrives on tourist based around that movie.

I’m broke for now, but it will be interesting where my next trip will be.

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Where did the nice weather go?
Posted on June 21st, 2015 @ 8:47 pm

The finished product.

I’m not talking about the sun. There is plenty of it at the moment! I’m talking about the nice warm breeze and not being fried in 100+ heat index. Yes, it’s that hot in Savannah!

I have been swamped this month. I am trying to get a huge project completed at work by the 25th. Most of my time has spent on that. However, I have done other stuff this month.

Back on the 5th, I met up with my friends, Lindsey and Chris, and saw the Atlanta Braves play the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pirates won, as usual. Yes, every match up I have seen between the 2 had the Braves lose. But, I had fun. It was their son’s first Braves game. We taught him the Chop. He was most excited seeing the Chick-Fil-A Cow do the Chop. We also had fireworks that night. It was worth it to be with friends. After leaving Atlanta, I drove over to Augusta to visit my friends Nancy and Angie.

Last weekend, I got to see Jurassic World on 3D IMAX with my family. I left work early because our systems were down. I enjoyed the film a lot. Several throwbacks to the original one. By the way, as much as I love Captain America, Chris Pratt on a motorcycle just looked hotter than Chris Evans on a motorcycle.

Later that night. Lindsey and I went to see Casting Crowns at the Civic Center. It was a last minute thing for us, but we enjoyed it. We met the band Among the Thirsty after the show and got a photo with them. I also liked the fact that Mark Hall from Casting Crowns liked my Instagram photos from the show.

For this weekend, I had a shopping trip with my friend, Shannon, prior to heading to Painting with a Twist.  That where I made the painting above. I couldn’t get a friend to go with me, but I really wanted to do this one. I had a lot of fun.

Today, I spent my midday with my friend, Leslie,that I haven’t seen in forever.  I went to her church, Community Bible Church of Savannah and then lunch afterwards.  I enjoyed the sermon today.  It validate my working arrangement and my thought towards my work.

No telling what life has in store for me, next.

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Cumberland/Galleria and the Braves
Posted on November 12th, 2013 @ 8:30 am

At first, I thought it was a joke.  I noticed Cobb County was trending on Twitter yesterday.  I went to review the Cobb County tweets and saw that the Braves were moving to Cobb County.  It just wasn’t any part of Cobb County.  It was at I-75 at I-285.  That threw me for a loop.

In my time living in Atlanta, Cumberland/Galleria, as the area is known, is where I worked and lived.  Both locations were just barely in the I-285 loop, but Cumberland/Galleria straddles that loop.  I lived east of I-75, but worked west of I-75.

And then, to read exactly where they plan to build the new stadium, I was flabbergasted.  I’m just trying to figure out how they are going to build on that piece of land.  The corner they plan to build at, Windy Ridge Pkwy and Circle 75 Pkwy, is one I drove by constantly.  In fact, Windy Ridge and Circle 75 were my preferred roads to use between my apartment and Smyrna/Marietta to places like Best Buy, Popeye’s, and Target, to name a few.  Places I would go shopping.  In the time my sister and father lived with me, they used the roads, too.  These roads were a lot easier to use than getting on Windy Hill Rd and Cobb Pkwy.

So, even though I don’t live in Cobb County, I’m torn.  I think the part that I worry about is the traffic.  The traffic in that area is horrible as is.  I would use any back road I could use to avoid I-75 or I-285 in “traffic hour.”  My employer’s office is in that area.  If I have to go up there for work again, how will the traffic be to get from work to the Braves?  Will it be worse?  And what about the back roads that are not Windy Ridge Pkwy and Circle 75 Pkwy?  Will traffic increase on them?

Well, I guess this news mean I won’t be able to get a condo in the area like I have planned if I won the lottery.  I really do love the Cumberland/Galleria district.  This move may make trips to the office a lot more pleasant. My co-workers all know I love baseball and combined my 2 office trips with a trip to see the Braves in action.

I haven’t seen it yet in any news report, but I wonder if the Cumberland Community Improvement District (CCID) played a role into the Braves moving to this specific location. The new ballpark will fall in this district.  It’s a self-controlled area in terms of some of the tax money.  They put the money back into the community.  Based on what about the Braves not being able to get Atlanta to re-invest some money back in to the community, I can see the CCID being a enticing factor for them.  That little bit of extra tax money paid to CCID would have to be reinvested into the area.

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“I’d like to see the Riviera and slowdance underneath the stars”
Posted on August 30th, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

This month has been a busy month for me.  It started when my work computer had its Ethernet card killed in a storm as I was working on the last day of July.  It sneaked up on me.  Fried out my modem as well.  The router, which was connected between the two, came out fine. Had to wait nearly a week for my Internet provider to replace the modem.  While I had no Internet, I worked at my dad’s house and used his WiFi.  It wasn’t until I had Internet back at home did I realize the Ethernet card was dead.

I had to drive up to Atlanta to drop off the computer for repair.  Since I was heading to Atlanta for work, I decided to get in a Braves game against the Marlins. The computer had to stay behind, so I had to use a loaner for the rest of the week back home in Savannah.

Then this past week, one of the head honchos on our team wanted me in the office for a day. I sent 2 days up there.  I had a short week this week due to taking a few days off for a vacation I had to since abandoned.  So again, I took in a Braves game.  I had a great time in Atlanta for those 2 days. It was nice seeing all my co-workers again and hanging out with them again.

I did the right thing for me in coming home, but I did love certain parts of my life in Atlanta. After work get togethers, impromptu IKEA shopping and last minute Braves games.

If I win the lottery, I’ll have to get a condo in Atlanta so I can have the best of both worlds.

On the way to the Braves game this week, I had a look into the past.  A doppelgänger for my high school crush was on the train.  It probably wasn’t him. This guy got on at the Buckhead station.  He looked as if he was headed to the airport.  He looked weary and had some thinning hair, but wasn’t bald.  He was dressed in business causal attire. The reason I say he was a ringer for my high school crush is this guy had the same type of nose and reminded me of the kid’s father the one time I saw his dad telling him it was time to leave an awards ceremony we had attended in 10th grade.

No, we didn’t talk. We were in the same car, but he was was in the front while I was in the middle.

I really haven’t thought of the crush in years since this encounter on the train.  I am so different than that girl from high school.  And it wouldn’t have worked.  But, that crush did pay off in my life.  It helped shaped me into who I am.  I don’t think I would have gotten into my line of work if I had been interested in a jock than a computer nerd.  “Home” by Sheryl Crow, when I hear it, makes me thing of how I have changed in all that time.

When I wasn’t in Atlanta, I did drive to Beaufort to find a grave.  My great-great-great grandfather was a Union soldier in Civil War.  He died in Georgia as a POW.  Based on my research on this fact, I believe he died at Camp Lawton up in the Millen area. The soldiers that died at Camp Lawton ended up being moved to Beaufort. Georgia Southern is currently having an archeology dig at Camp Lawton and have a few days open to the public.  I am thinking of going to one of them this fall to see the dig.

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Posted on February 4th, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

I thought I would do a visual blog post.

Just next door to my apartment complex is the Heirloom Market BBQ joint.  For food snobs in Atlanta, this is one of the best joints to visit.  But, I don’t consider myself to be one.

I must recommend it.

Heirloom serves BBQ, but it’s got a Korean kick to the food.  Case in point, the smoked chicken wings I had the other night:

Smoked wings platter

They are drizzled in a special sauce for them.  They had a kick.  They had a bite.  But after all, they were nice.  And if doesn’t satisfy you, you can get a pulled chicken sandwich:


This is usually when I’m not daring. The seasoning on the chicken is American BBQ meets Korean flavoring.

And if that doesn’t tempt you, or you are just hardcore into basic American stuff, my I suggest the  hamburger:

Dinner time
The last time I had a burger like that, my mother made it.

I tell you when it comes time to move out of my apartment complex, I will miss Heirloom. There is so much more there I want to try. And after eating there, I get just enough food and don’t feel ravenous after eating a meal.  I can’t stand completing a meal and still feeling hungry.

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There is a reason why both my grandfathers left Western Upstate New York.
Posted on January 10th, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

Great Snowstorm of 2011
Great Snowstorm of 2011 by peachy92

A picture of the green space at my apartment complex. No, I don’t think 3.5+ inches of snow in Atlanta, GA is part of their natural habitat. My office was closed today.  The office may be closed tomorrow.  The snow is over, but it is still below freezing, so we have a threat of black ice.

Call us wimps here in Georgia, but we don’t get this as often as up north.  So, yeah, we are encouraged to stay home.  My father, who has been up in Watertown, NY in the dead of winter, told me not to leave today. He knows this is atypical for Georgia.  And good thing, too. At least I didn’t catch my car on fire.

Pictures of this year’s snow around my complex.

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“It Ain’t Nothing But Another Day”
Posted on September 12th, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

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Last weekend, I spent it in Savannah. I was missing Savannah, and wanted to see my friends still down there. I was glad I did go. I saw my friends, my brother, and the kitties still at home. It was just what I needed after working plenty of overtime.

So, imagine my surprise to be in Savannah only 5 days later, again. I got a new car back in July. My old car felt like it was about to break down. The old car is a manual transmission. Driving a manual transmission in Atlanta is too much work. I think too much while driving it. I have been wanting a new car with an auto transmission for a while. So, when the need came about, I got a new car with an auto transmission. The old car is a red 2002 Ford Focus. The new car is a 2010 red Ford Focus. Since the 2002 is paid for, I kept it. I did not need a trade-in for the 2010.

Well, Nicki’s Internet boyfriend (IB) is in town (another story for another day :roll:). She planned on taking him to Savannah on Friday. Well, she was going to take the Jeep down there. Well, she was unable to take the Jeep, so she took the 2002 Focus. She was in Jeffersonville, GA when it broke down on the Interstate around noon. My father and I were planning on taking it back home to get the repairs that are needed to be done as soon as we can afford the work. We were just going to tow it down to Savannah. So, for the car to break down, it just caused us to get it down there sooner.

Since I was at work when the breakdown happened, I had to take the afternoon off and drive down to Jeffersonville. That took just over an hour to get there. We had to have Matthew come up from Savannah with a rented car dolly. So, as we were waiting for him, I took Nicki and the IB down to Warner Robins to tour the Museum of Aviation. We still had time to kill, so we drove over and toured Hawkinsville, GA and Perry, GA. Finally, Matthew and Beth were in Jeffersonville while we were in Perry, so we drove back and had dinner with them before getting the car hooked on the dolly. It just before midnight before we all got to Savannah.

I woke up the next morning and drove back to Atlanta. I had plans for yesterday. I had a ticket to the Braves game against the St. Louis Cardinals and the Montgomery Gentry concert after the game. So, another 4 hours on I-16 and I-75 before I got home. Then, after getting ready for my afternoon/evening plans, I was back off to Turner Field.

The game was a nail biter. It finally ended in the 12th on a walk-off home run. The concert was delayed due to rain. They did get it under way. I spend extra on the on-field pass to be near the stage. I think I got some good shots from the field. I only knew 3 songs: “Gone,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me”, and the Kiss song “Rock and Roll All Nite.” Other songs they performed were “Lucky Man,” “My Town,” “Back When I Knew It All,” “While You’re Still Young,” “One In Every Crowd,” “What Do Ya Think About That,” and “Something To Be Proud Of” that I know for certain they played. I think they did “Hell Yeah,” too. I’m not a huge country fan, but I thought it would be nice to go to a concert.

It’s going to be a while before I’m back on I-16 again. Well, maybe just a month.

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