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New Subway restaurant opens in downtown Athens

If you look at it another way, while Subway IS a "national chain" it is run by a Franchisee, a local person who has developed a local business using the product of a national business. and with what, 16 franchises locally, that's a fairly significant input into local economy.

posted @ Friday, April 4, 2014 - 10:41

Student housing development proposed for tract near downtown Athens

harrumph. just what we need. more quick-rise student housing. does anyone at all remember that fully HALF the population of Athens-Clarke County are NOT students?

just askin'

posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 11:43

UGA to host Second City improv comedy troupe

p.s. if you read my comment to begin with, it says that while the WRITER of the story (uses improve) the HEADLINE WRITER fails yet again. (summarized) IF you didn't notice, the headline read

UGA to host Second City improve comedy troupe [it has since been fixed, of course so I can understand perhaps your confusion]

posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 11:54

UGA to host Second City improve comedy troupe

mr or ms smug -- excuse me but...what does the definition of "improv" do for me .... IF you looked at the HEADLINE you will see that the HEADLINE WRITER allowed "improv" to become "improve" and THAT is what I was laughing at .... honey, not only do I know what improv is, I was probably watching and partaking of improv comedy on an amateur scale before you were even a gleam in someone's eye!

posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 11:51

UGA to host Second City improve comedy troupe

"ATHENS, Ga. — The University of Georgia is set to host the Second City improv comedy troupe." leads the first line of the story; however, headline writers and their reliance on the auto-check feature...FAIL!

*giggling* while I admit that some comedy could be improve[d], I do think ONCE AGAIN the headline writers not only don't know what they're doing, they don't even look at the articles!!!

made my afternoon a little sunnier!

posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 16:04

Athens police seek robbers who took advantage of elderly man's kindness

Not only is the gentleman who tried to help a victim. All the people he might have tried to help in the future are more than likely victims too -- now he will think 10 times before lending a hand. What a society. **sadly shaking head**

posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 11:26

Too cute to keep? Oconee girl takes on Georgia law barring pet hedgehogs

I think the point here is kudos to a kid for trying to do something rather than just whine about what she wants. Next step is intuitive and rational thinking, research, and lining up support for your idea; or contrarily finding reasons your idea may not be so great, and working on your project with some different goals based on your research findings. If we encourage everyone to drink ANYONE's koolaid and just give up on their goals after a quick glance at them is doing that kid a disservice. Her idea may not work or be workable -- but she's on the brink of discovering WHY it is or is not viable, and next step is what to do about it. I want MORE people like that in my future!!!

posted @ Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 16:52

Transmetropolitan to close westside location Sunday

don't know any details, just speculating, perhaps TransMet didn't realize that perhaps H'shots did bring some collateral business? I know there were some differences between the two entities at some point. But just from a business viewpoint, it would be nice to know if business on Oglethorpe started sliding when the neighbor moved out.... meh, probably will never know. I hope ALL our local businesses can work together to make local, small, mom'n'pop, homegrown business flourish in this world of megaboxstores!!!

posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 - 13:40

Obama proposes firearm background check changes

oh, btw, guys, I would NOT go either, as I had to explain, it was a tongue-in-cheek comment, with undertones of sarcasm. i'll never make it as a comic, I'm taken seriously way too often


posted @ Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 12:17

Obama proposes firearm background check changes

@helligater69: actually, yes, I did feel this way. by the way, I went to school, got a teaching degree, then got a law degree, do work hard (and have for 50+ years) (tho' not as a lawyer for family reasons) and would NEVER want to become president -- not because I do not want to serve but because the presidency and most other political positions are just that -- political positions, and the idea that presidents, congressmen, senators, etc are OUR servants (so to speak) has long been lost -- they expect US to serve them now. I'm just saying that those who have been taken care of by the people should make SOME effort to share what they have WITH the people. It was a tongue-in-cheek suggestion, meant to represent more of an attitude of look after the little guy if you're a big guy -- without waiting until that little guy is actually suffering...

so btw, before you try to cast aspersions upon others who think differently than you, you might inquire as to their background...perhaps your moccasins fit better than mine, or vice versa.

posted @ Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 12:14

Obama proposes firearm background check changes

To home in on another aspect of this story: I have never and will never be able to afford such a vacation as the Obamas take every Christmas. Perhaps they (the O's) could hold a lottery every year and take one family to Hawaii with them -- no discrimination, all head-of-household are eligible plus their family; a machine or some random human draws a name from all the HoHs in the country and that person, without penalty from their existing employer (if they have one) get to take a 2-week vacation all expenses paid; once you're chosen, your name/number is withdrawn from the lottery. or some such 'prize' so that, after all, we ordinary everyday people get a chance to feel ritzy, you know?


posted @ Friday, January 3, 2014 - 17:35

WSB back on air for Charter customers

@Dr Benway: hmmmm let me see....that's an idea....nah, gonna save that blame for things that matter! ***hahaha***

posted @ Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 16:52

WSB back on air for Charter customers

@alicenorthman: WSB/2 has been posting for a couple of weeks that it's ALL Charter's fault, Charter did not take it "public" until negotiations did not happen, and WSB (ACTUALLY "COX") refused to deal. No, I don't work for either entity, but I did call both -- Cox wanted to UP their charges to Charter to feed what is essentially a free network via cable; Charter refused to back down from their offer of a certain amount, which was less than what Cox wanted. I think Cox figured Charter would cave -- they didn't. So before you go blaming Charter, look at ALL the story, then balance it.

posted @ Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 16:49

Justice delays health law's birth control mandate

I do not understand why something that only applies to a portion of the population cannot be an "option" ... I am not a catholic nun, but I AM 66 years old, and unless we are speaking of a miraculous second coming, I won't be having any children. And there are others for whom "maternity/birth control" issues just are not relevant! why can we not "opt out" of that and save some $$?

posted @ Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 11:32

Maine man's toilet protest expands

OCCountry, the problem here appears to be Mr. Labbe WANTS to sell to DD, accepting their offer of 3xpaid for his home, but the neighbors/planning board rejected the rezoning. Wait. Didn't someone say that everything around him appears to be commercial? Isn't the area ALREADY zoned commercial? Can he be FORCED to have his residence, now surrounded by businesses, remain a residence? Curious minds want to know -- if it were the other way around and the town WANTED a DD located there, would they be able to force him to give UP his home to the 'needs' of the business?

just askin'...

posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 - 14:53

Athens police break up teen strip and 'twerk' party

No, there's been "suggestive" dancing but and yes even some vulgar dancing, but what Miley did..... dancing (IF you can call it that) by putting her crotch up to the crotch of a man old enough to be her dad (and DON'T get me started on what I think of Robin Thicke!), rubbing a finger pointed up her leg as if f*ing herself, and yes, I know the "twerking" bit has been around, but it wasn't so much the named dance that was the problem, it was the WAY it was being used, on one of the world's most watched entertainment source (rewards show). Doing all that crap in a small venue is one thing, bad enough, but broadcast into perpetuity for anyone anyage anymentality, to see....

and elvis was N*O*T*H*I*N*G compared to [filtered word] stuff from people like madona, gaga, miley, et al. rolling around naked or closed to it to pseudo-music isn't entertainment ...IN MY OPINION (to which not only am I entitled, but which I will also demand my right to express!)

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 17:28

UPDATE: East Athens intersection reopened following traffic accident

affect is a verb, and effect a noun, this is a little more difficult because the word we are looking at is used as an adjective (to affect causes an effect) I think that 'affected' is the proper word in this case, but not sure.

however, more directly related -- there IS an intersection camera at Lex/GSR - but it only affects traffic flowing ON Lexington Highway (i.e., you could technically, supposedly, run the light across from Cherokee to GSR, or reverse, the effect of which is catch tags/drivers ON Lexington if they run the light.

did that make any sense?

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 17:20

'Hobbit' box office elite with $73.7M

Re being the top-selling movie yada yada....the way they do this is SO misleading and unfair! 40 years ago, you could go to the movie, take a date, buy sodas, popcorn AND one or more of the boxed candies movie theaters are famous for for LESS than the price of on simple ticket these days. So saying that xyz movie made 131 (international) / 73.3 (US) million or some such unrealistic sounding number (to most people), and thus is the all-time best selling, so on and so forth, just makes no sense. Don't tell me the number of DOLLARS made (if you must, make me do the math and tell me how much the ticket costs (which is different from theater company to theater company) and how many total tickets were sold. These so-called reports are like comparing apples, oranges, and hamhocks.

i rarely even read these so-called statistics -- i just had to comment on how absurd this is, and how it shows just how very little these people think of our mentality (maybe rightfully so, if we go see some of these so-called #1 hit movies)

just sayin...

posted @ Monday, December 16, 2013 - 21:48

Athens police break up teen strip and 'twerk' party

I have a couple of questions:
1 - who paid for and actually bought the booze? Not all that stuff is cheapo (yeah Ripple and Boone Farms!), and why are they not in serious trouble?

2 - how many of you excused Miley Cyrus for her nasty and inappropriate behavior, not just in public but in PUBLIC, as just youthful whatever whatever, oh just leave her alone, she's just experimenting with life, yada yada.

My point on the second question is that way too many people think the media has no "real" influence in the lives of young impressionable minds. Who even heard of 'twerking' before her pornographic filth? Not only did the media play it up, it was excused as 'normal' behavior ... all i gotta say is i would STILL (at almost 66) be on " the house... and probably my mouth washed out with soap ... and a deep freeze reaction from my parents, if "even at her age" i had tried anything anywhere near what that brat did. and with a man old enough to be her father, too. But now, all the kids think it's so cool, and another thing to do to shock the world...'because we can' ... it might be different if kids were taught any boundaries, rules, sense of decency, etc.

young whippersnappers!!!

it's downright scary.

*note: upper case used to give extra emphasis to the few words so

posted @ Monday, December 16, 2013 - 21:39

VIDEO: Sentence in Texas teen's fatal DWI wreck stirs ire

affluenza, eh?


that is all. I'm too ill to try to be clever after reading THIS one!

posted @ Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 16:36

State liquor laws stifle one downtown distillery project

Since Prohibition...some laws (not expressing an opinion on this particular one, btw) are really a little outdated and should be repealed, or at least modified, to meet modern times.

posted @ Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 15:25

Drunken man arrested at Athens Walmart

TJ, grove - the judges and DAs are the same in Oconee and Clarke County. So explain why there is any difference where this occurred between the two (I know why you think so, but statistically, have you any proof that it's so?)

posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 13:06

After conviction overturned, Georgia man acquitted

I was not talking about the SC case -- which overturned his conviction, possibly rightly so, matt.

I was talking about the subsequent re-trial where he was found NOT guilty. The argument was the summation and "closing argument" given by the attorney -- the evidence would have been the record of the prior trial only where it was necessary to use statements, etc. because witnesses were unavailable to testify. SINCE he pled guilty, there was no trial transcript to 'read into the record' to make statements by former witness testimony.

posted @ Friday, December 6, 2013 - 16:03

Purse snatched from cart at Athens Walmart

kdm: your kind, thoughtful, and insightful post, as the victim ('s spouse) shows much more class than many of our regular commenters.

On your behalf, and all our behalf, and I have NO idea what your personal circumstances are because I don't know you: $600 is a pittance at many stores we would LIKE to shop at; however, tight budgets, out of work family members, slowed-down small businesses, losses of all kinds via manufacturing, farming, fabrication, government (i.e., police, fire, teachers, etc) makes It hard to gather gifts for family and friends, or even just for your own little ones, with "only" $600. So if you have 1, 2, 3 kids, or grandkids, to shop for Christmas gifts, plus food, and regular necessities, sometimes WalMart is a Godsend compared to many other places. Snideness is not necessary!

posted @ Friday, December 6, 2013 - 13:36

After conviction overturned, Georgia man acquitted

and i'll bet the argument was, 'he's paid his why not just let him out?" article doesn't say how old he is now...but if he was 20, he's about 50 now...plenty of time to prove whether he's learned his lesson or not...

posted @ Friday, December 6, 2013 - 10:34

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