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Tuesday, May 11, 2004
  Excuses, excuses

Well, here are mine for not posting since Friday. Saturday morning, got up early to do the errands, so I could wake up the Wife to go to her father's. Which we did, and had an excellent dinner and got home about 2:30AM. Way too late for me to be in the mood to post.

It was the first time I'd seen her father's new house since it was completed. It's up in Tate City, GA, and the sign says population +/- 32, but I think that's only in the summer when everyone comes up for a weekend. Year round population in the valley is probably more like 11. Here we go:Rabun County in the North Georgia Mountains,including Clayton, Dillard & Mountain City:
"Deep within this land of spectacular gorges and waterfalls is Tate City, located in a high mountain valley. Tate City is remote, and was difficult to reach in its boom days. It originally was a mining community, turned logging camp. Today the reclamation of this region has seen the return of the black bear and some sightings of cougar. The wealth of Tate City today, is in its solitude and the lack of population. What was once a thriving center of commerce, has given way to an isolated community of a few picturesque residential settings and natural forest lands."
Well, the house sits on a mammoth rock above the Tallulla River, and is the only house above the flood plain in the valley which is also at the rivers edge. The stars were nice, and I always like being up there after night fall, since here in Atlanta, the stars we see are moving at about 600 mph and either ascending from or descending to, Hartsfield airport. The amount of air traffic is crazy, and there's way too much ambient light to see much in the way of stars.

Sunday, got up early again to meet my folks and some friends of theirs at Maggiano's in Buckhead for Mother's Day brunch. It was nice, the chocolate cake was to die for, and it was comped by my parents' friends' daughter, who managed the dining room we ate in. Got back, spent some time with the Wife, and then we went out to the Mex place around the corner at Los Arcos for cheese dip and beer. Got home at 10:30 or so, maybe later. We were the last to leave.

Took the volvo in to the shop,European Specialists of Atlanta, GA [corrected link] yesterday because the service light had come on. $695+, to replace the timing belt ($490 by itself), and as long as it's there, go ahead and do the 120k service. Just didn't need that expense right now. Besides the dogs are due for all their shots this month, and that'll run somewhere close to $400 by the time all is said and done. So, I spent a good part of the day doing the job hunt thing, getting depressed and just plain blew off posting.

So, the cars in the shop now, and should be fixed by 1 pm, but I'll believe that if it happens.

So, I know I owe some science posts, but that may have to wait until tomorrow, because tonight is the Tuesday night Democratic Townhall in Exile at Manuel's Tavern.

Wish I could have made Manuel Maloof's 80th birthday party on Saturday, but well, I already told that story. Manuel was Dekalb County CEO, and still has the rep for being the Godfather of Georgia Democratic politics. Hell, I might could have found a job through the crowd that attended that one.

Well, enough for now...

 
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