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50 is now considered "elderly?" Oh my. But these youngsters who know so much about the world need to know that I and may others were using social software and social media when they were still in diapers!

posted @ Monday, May 5, 2014 - 11:14

I was staying in the Highlands the night his wife and children were killed by the tree. It was a very surreal and sad evening. I did not know he had opened this store. But he did so with some big challenges in Cabbagetown, mainly very narrow streets to navigate through and virtually no parking. So that leaves him to the neighborhood to support the store, which it appears to only happens when he is in danger of closing. The question is whether it makes sense for him to continue or just cut his losses while he can.

Back to the accident. If you find yourself in VA Highlands, take a stroll down to the small park built in honor of his wife and kids. It is really nice.

posted @ Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 11:12

@Curls: Curls, you have no idea what you are talking about. I work in Building 197, and the workforce is under constant stress because we are supporting the fleet and things change in the world from day to day. No job loss? hardly. We are looking at a RIF and further furloughs next year because of sequestration, which will make difficult jobs even more difficult and more stressful. Nice work environment? I will bite my tongue on this one because I am fairly sure you have not visited our facilities. Do we need these buildings? Would you rather the Navy not use these exisiting buildings and build new ones elsewhere? If this were the case, you would be complaining that tax dollars were being wasted on new facilities when they could have used exisiting ones.

People work there for a long time because of commitment to the fleet and to service to country. So please honour my shipmates instead of spouting your flawed opinions.

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posted @ Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 20:32

Oh and a group of Grace's friends did run a lap or two for her during the event. Grace would have also loved the impromptu soccer games that broke out on the field.

posted @ Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 12:24

[quote][b]sdsacco[/b] - The Athens Band is not mentioned in this article, but their manager is responsible for making the music happen and they were the headliner act for the event.

Yes I saw that as well. It may be that the band has changed its name to just "Athens" and that was what was in the press release. It could be the reporter thought it was a typo and left it out. Notwithstanding, Athens and all the other performers (including yours) rocked the track out.

Thank you to all who organized this event, those who participated, those who donated food and prizes, and those who came out to support Grace.

posted @ Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 11:37


[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - If he has problems with impulse control, why was he ever put into a group home setting? Has Central State Hospital in Hardwick (Milledgeville) closed? That's where he needs to be.

It was not a group home. He was living in a home wiith caregivers, which is just one of many outcomes/therapies for people recovering from traumatic brain injuries. They also require care and therapty while recovering from people especially trained in TBIs, which they would not get in a state-run hospital. He may not be mentally ill, but has suffered a severe injury to his brain. The recovery process is a long, long journey and no one knows the final outcomes.

I would recommend that you, and others, read about the Rancho reovery scale for traumatic brain injuries. It may help you get a better understanding. You can find the information at

posted @ Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 15:20

[quote][b]matt1141a[/b] - word on the street is ACCPD has been getting surveillance videos from more than 1 bar showing that this guy was boozing all night.

People, please stop speculating and saying things like "word on the street is." We dealt with same kind of hearsay about Grace's accident on many front and in many areas, and they all turned out to be wrong. Trust me, it doesn't help Emily or her family!

posted @ Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 17:21

As the father of the girl who was struck on Milledge on January 11 and is still in the process of recovery and possible healing, I would ask all of you to not speculate on what did or did not happen because as we have learned, it does nothing to help this girl's family. Spend your energy praying for them or finding some way to support them while she is being treated. Take the family a meal at the hospital, get them a gift cerificiate for food someplace, or something else constructive.

Just save the comments and speculation. Let the police and DA do their job correctly so that justice can be done, whatever it may be.

posted @ Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 14:13

The girl in the hospital is my daughter and yes we are in anguish over this. And we are still working to get all of the facts together as we try to move forward. My sweet baby needs prayers, not finger pointing. We are in Day 3 of this and we do not know how it is going to turn out. What we do know is that the outpouring of love and concern from across the Athens-Oconee area has been unbelievable and is what is sustaining us through this.

and @Bellehowell , I am absolutely mortified and offended by the picture you chose to post, as you know nothing about my daughter or the other girl that was also hurt.

posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 - 02:34

@Abbesays: No you can't say that you "might know more about the area than you." I live in Alexandria and work in DC now, so I know a lot more about the current situation than you do or that you could hope to know. And I have been in the "real world" and I am still in the "real world." I have been through a painful extended layoff period and survived. It was not easy, but I survived.

Now granted, the "inside the beltway" bubble leaves many here not appreciating what is happening in the rest of the country. However, people outside the beltway have little appreciation for life in the DC area, a life that includes sales taxes up to 10% depending which part of the area you are livng in, seriously high ad valorum taxes on cars, huge property taxes, marginal income tax rates sigificantly higher than Georgia (and most of the South), etc, etc.

And Metro may be "better" than MARTA, but so would a horse and buggy:-) Metro is falling apart compared to what it was like in the early years. Some days it can take me 90 minutes to commute the seven miles to work or home.

posted @ Friday, December 14, 2012 - 16:53

"Token suspension?" Umm, the suspension (going on 3+ years now) is very real for federal employees not in the GS pay system (and there are a lot). Congress has increased the employee retirement contribution for new employees. Hiring freezes are in place across the board so many employees are doing the work of two or three people (and contrary to popular myth, most government employees are very hard working). And the housing market in DC DID fall (ask my friend who lost big bucks). The reason the housing market in DC has any stability is because there is a housing SHORTAGE there.

Prosper???? do you realize that many new federal employees in the DC area qualify for subsidized housing because the salary is low for the area? do you realize that most federal employees in the DC area have 2 hour commutes (each way) because of the cost of living.

Get out of your Athens bubble sir.

posted @ Friday, December 14, 2012 - 12:09

Andrew, did you even see this movie? I cannot believe you did because of the three major plot errors you have in this article:

1. Hugo's father did not invent the "silver mechanical man." He found it in the attic of the museum where he worked before he was killed in the museum fire.

2. Hugo's father did not maintain the clocks in the train station. It was his sot uncle, who took custody of Hugo after his fathers death and forced him to go to the train station with him to do his work. Hugo did so to avoid being sent to the orphanage.

3. Hugo was not trying to avoid the "clutches" of the "ornery toy shop owner Papa Georges." He was stealing parts from his shop to repair the automaton. There was no indication that Papa Georges was ornery until the conflict over the notebook arose. A shop owner trying to protect his wares is not "ornery", he is a businessman.

These are not "details you get wrong" if you paid attention to the movie even a little bit. I could go on, but I will stop at this point.

posted @ Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 11:38

Having played both the UGA Course and the Scarlet at Ohio State, I personally feel the Scarlet is a far superior course. Students at OSU pay $598 a year for unlimited play on either the Scarlet or the Gray, 7 days a week (was $150 "back in the day" when I was a student there). This is a much better value than students at UGA get, who must pay $440 a semester for access to one golf course.

posted @ Monday, August 8, 2011 - 10:55

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