It's up to you. I'll be in and out as, as long as, as they like to say over at Motel 6, as long as they leave the lights on.
Unless they need the AT platform to run comments on the ABH site, it's a waste of money. Of course, they'll tell advertisers how their impressions are reaching "billions and billions" of people, but not here they ain't.
Days between comments, a year between blog posts. It's not like anyone maintains this joint. Joel is gone. No one else gives a damn. The fab five of us are asea.
80 new comments today, most on the ABH site I'm sure. 5 an hour. Sad, really. There are some high school kids that, if all they got were 5 texts, tweets or phone calls per hour, they'd kill themselves from the embarrassment.
Write it up. Catch you in the after life.posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 16:00
Oh, and a big shout out to Andrew Shearer for posting a brand spanking new blog. I guess that means he's still employed by the ABH?posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 15:21
But I did see some "S'Mores" in the store. Can you imagine the horrors of store bought "made in New York City" S'Mores? That's blasphemy to camp fire cooks everywhere.posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 15:19
How about "Chase M Away".
"If you chase them away, they will leave." - Someone Important
I dunno. Maybe less is more, and we're just not seeing the "more".posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 14:51
communities get precisely the things for which they plan
Well said. Now for the hard part. Quit planning for the things you don't want.
Now for the bike part. I'm not going to load my bike onto my car and drive to the park -n- bike ride lot. It's just not going to happen, not for me, not for lots of people (that's why it's empty). How many families have to take the kids to school or day care? Can't do that easily on a 12 speed Schwinn. Haven't shopped for them, but haven't seen a handicapped accessible bicycle (tricycle?) suitable for gramps and his Jazzy scooter in tow. Taking my baby out on a date, and I won't be late, unless the chain derails.
So, plan for old folks means planning for lots more handicapped spots everywhere. Planning for families means planning for parking spaces for minivans. The planning that's taken place has already brought changes, so plan for more parking spaces for the commuters that won't be riding bikes to work from the surrounding counties. And every single college kid - will - have a car, so plan accordingly. Rack them or stack them. They'll have bikes too, maybe. They look cool in the corner of their apartment.
You also have to know that planning for more bike riders means less tolls - er, fines for parking on the street (meters) or in the decks. yes, you get what you plan for. And some times you get things you didn't plan for.posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 12:58
We have to have a "crisis" to fix, even if we have to make one first.posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 12:39
The five of us don't know who any of them are.
I hear ya @nowheregirl: boring.posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 12:35
Who you calling "Those of us"? Huh? You talking to me? And I'm not mature by any means, nor do I have culture, although there is this growth .....
Since there's no one left to chatter with, why bother commenting at all. It's much more rewarding to go out and comment to a tree or a wall...... a pay wall.
Even ChuckB has bailed.
Till next time.posted @ Friday, August 1, 2014 - 08:26
Well, like any other "economic" development" initiative, there needs to be a balance between the money spent on accommodating bicycles (and to not discriminate, uni-cycles and tri-cycles, for those who ride that way), anyway, a balance between the money spent and the money received. In other words, what is the return on the investment of taxpayer funds? And please, be realistic with the expectations, no flights of fancy, pie-in-the-sky talk. Real numbers that should result in real dollars to the economy. And then, is it worth that expenditure, or should it go to education, health services, or to fill other needs in the existing set of community services.posted @ Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 14:55
Like a lot of things "government run" the school "system" is too top heavy. Buy that I mean there are too many federal and state folks deciding how, what, when and where your kids learn, if they learn at all complying with the directives from above. What schools need to be is bottom heavy, with lots and lots of parents, teachers and the local school admin making the decisions on educating your own child. How can anyone in DC or Atlanta know what the children need in Clarke, Madison or Oconee? They don't. They build a generic box and cram all the kids into it. Period. Get rid of the top level for starters. I doubt anyone can come up with one good thing the federal school dictators have thunk up in recent years.posted @ Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:16
There goes the dollar menu. Expect $3 (or higher) menu.
Econ 101. I know you didn't listen in that class, but you'll learn the basics soon enough. Someone will always try to beat you. Someone will fill the demand for a good meal at a reasonable price. Same for the worker. Someone will always be there to take your $15 an hour job away from you for $14. And someone willing to take away their $14 an hour job for $13, and so on and so forth till we're down to the current minimum wage which is artificially higher than what the market for wages accepted will go to without regulation.
Now, you can't help the product, that's on your employer. But you can improve the level of service. And as has been mentioned, improve your level of service, and you'll have people begging you to come work for them, and it might even be your current employer.posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 22:53
"Things are looking up" ..... except for the people and businesses you reneged on when you filed bankruptcy. Do the right thing and go back and repay every one of them for the goods and services you used and agreed to pay for. No, you don't have to, but it IS the right thing to do ..... since you know, things aare looking up and all.posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 21:31
And so it goes.posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:59
This is a oft too frequent view of "the system" at work, creating future hoodlums, criminals, murderers and the like. The system won't allow the type of remedy that most of us have endured as children, the very same types of remedies that we levied against our children, and they against our grandchildren. The system doesn't care, maybe even revels in the thought of future troublemakers that keep the system necessary, or so we're told. The parent, far too often just the one, doesn't care and most likely doesn't know how to implement the levels of correction necessary to allow a child to "see the light", to amend their ways, to know what's wrong and what's right. Nope. We'll read about this kid off and on for a decade or more, then wonder how the system went so wrong when the story turns violent, felonious, or fatal. GASP!!!! Someone should have done something. Well, we're not allowed to spank someone elses unruly child, even if they so desperately need it.posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:45
Naaaa. It'll cost us a police officer's life before they get serious with this guy, and that'll be several years from now, tens of thousands of dollars in theft losses and property damages later, more on medical care to mend up his victims.
Nope, he's a HOOD in the making.
But hey! Can't discriminate or violate this hoodlum's rights, even as he violates the rights of everyone in society.
I suspect he'll get a double dose of probation. That'll learn him.
The system breeds these types. All hail to the system.posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:32
This is reality TV where the biggest a-hole gets to be famous, if only for a second. They don't need no stink'n permit to be a-holes.posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 14:06
Athens. Ya gotta love it. Free freak show nightly.posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:49
Ya gets what ya pays for. Pay for low income housing, lots and lots of low income housing, and you attract - low lifes. Not that they all are, but it only takes a few.posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:59
[quote][b]The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald[/b] - the police dept. has more majors, generals, aide-de-camps, and Kentucky Colonels than at any time [/quote]
Don't forget the Corporal-Captain. Hawkeye promoted Radar to that rank so he could go to the O club.posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 22:19
@Joel: Don't turn into a ghost like all the other press types before you. The 5 of us would love to hear from you again. Good luck in your new job. Drop us a "by" line.posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 16:47
With inflation comes $2 general stores.
The days of the 5 and 10 are long gone.posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 16:44
In my neighborhood we pool our monies and provide ourselves with security. It's called a county, and taxes.posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 14:35
So?posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 13:32
I bet he played golf too. Putz.
And yes, it's "game on". I imagine there's a heightened state of readiness on all the military bases world wide.posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 17:04
When it isn't given to them, they go take it. Cuts out the middle man, if you know what I mean.posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 16:22
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