How Dry They Are?

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about dry counties:

Georgia prohibits the sale of alcohol on Sundays at retail locations, and has limits on the sale of alcohol at bars/restaurants.

  • Brooks County prohibits the sale of alcohol except beer and wine, with no sales on Sunday. The city of Quitman, within Brooks County, has allowed the sale of alcohol other than beer and wine in restaurants only since 2005. The new law was passed by Quitman voters despite fierce opposition from local religious and community leaders.
  • Bulloch County was previously a partially dry county, but a referendum in 1998 removed the ban on alcoholic beverages.
  • Coweta County is a partially dry county.
  • Dawson County, was historically noted for being a heavy Moonshine county but was a dry county until recently with the first package store opening on July 27, 2007.
  • Effingham County, near Savannah, Georgia, is a partially dry county. Sale of liquor is prohibited, but the sale of beer and wine is allowed.
  • Fannin County is a partially dry county, allowing for the sale of beer in restaurants only.
  • Franklin County is a dry county, though several towns within the county are not.
  • Murray County, in northwest Georgia, is a dry county, although the city of Eton allows the sale of liquor at a local level.
  • Hart County in northeast Georgia is currently a dry county which prohibits the sale of liquor, yet a referendum was voted on in the general election on November 6, 2007 to allow the sale of liquor by the drink.
  • Union County is a dry county.
  • Upson County is a dry county.
  • White County, in northeast Georgia, is a dry county except in the city limits of Helen, Georgia and beer and wine outside of the city limits of Cleveland, Georgia (effective January 1, 2009). In Helen alcohol can be served and sold, and is known to be a DUI trap, as there is only a single route into and out of town, along Georgia State Route 75.

This is also a list of counties to which I shall never move.

It wasn’t just my photo which received little recognition at last night’s Roswell Photographic Society, everyone in our little Flickr contingency got snubbed by last night’s critic.

Oh well, opinions are like assholes. I’ll try again next month.

ITP Flickr Pic
Staying in a hotel is a lot like buying concert tickets from Ticketmaster.
The Hotel Ticketmaster
There are taxes and fees for everything! This bill shows a “Hotel Services Fee” of $0.99 for each night I stayed. What the fuck is that? These fees are how my room, which was advertised as “$63 a night,” wound up costing me $75 a night.

A Lesson Re-Learned
I’ve coined a new phrase for my photography — “If you see it, shoot it.” I suppose that this phrase could relate to many things in life, but I’ll stick to its photographic relevance here.

If you think a few months back I mentioned a site that I’d like to shoot but I was afraid that I might get arrested doing so. Well now I can confess that this location was the now-closed Startime Entertainment mini golf course in Roswell, Georgia. I can identify the location now not because I finally got the shots I desired, but rather when I went to check on it yesterday it was halfway through being demolished and paved over. Dangen!

So, I say to those who shoot, “If you see it, shoot it.” because you may not have control over how long of an opportunity you’ll have to do so.

(fyi – this also is relevant to those with children and loved ones.)

I Was About To Gerst
When up in Nashville I drove past a German restaurant called The Gert Haus. Being half German I have a soft spot in my heart for Germany’s artery-clogging cuisine. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to eat there on Saturday night, and I had no hunger as I drove out of town on Sunday.

When I ordered a beer at the bar/restaurant at which I ate on Saturday night the name must have been subliminally wedged into my conscience as I ordered a Gerst, which according to the menu was brewed in Pennsylvania. It turns out that the Gerst Brewery was a long-time brewery in Nashville (until 1953) and today their formula has been sold to the Pittsburgh Brewing Company.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, being bothered by some stuff
Current Music – silence as I try to knock this post out as quickly as possible
Website Of The Dayallmusic is a really decent blog for, well, all things music. If music isn’t your gig you can also check out their blogs for gaming allgame and movies (allmovie).
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 52

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 1 (11*)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 19
Marta Rides – 0

April Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, LLC moving…

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
РEarn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalape̱o Beach SmugMug account.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
– Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in PHP and CSS
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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5 Responses to How Dry They Are?

  1. Barb says:

    wow, tearing down Startime…….. was there any signs that said what they are doing with all that property? I’m guessing Whirlyball is still inside?

    I new there were stillplenty of dry or partially dray counties, it made me laugh that Wikipedia has a list.

  2. When I scouted the location a couple of months ago there was no indication that anything was taking over that space. Peeking inside the doors there was still candy in the glass counters and a gumball machine inside.

    I think that Whirlyball is still open.

  3. Barb says:

    man, my typing was terrible above, I really need to re-read when I type before I hit send.

  4. Steve says:

    Coweta allows beer and wine sales, but you have to go the that den of iniquity called Grantville to do your “package” shopping. Maybe that’s why it’s one of my favorite riding destinations.

    Regarding your hotel bill..when I was just a young lad, I worked the “night audit” for a large downtown hotel. This was in the days before computers, so we manually posted room and tax charges as well as phone calls. I never thought it was right to charge the outrageous fee of $.25 for a phone call, so I didn’t. The accounting manager told me once he estimated I cost the hotel $100,00 in lost charges!! But they still kept me on…


  5. Too funny Barb. I just figured you were in a hurry. 🙂

    Had I checked the bill thoroughly I would have inquired about the $.99 “Hotel Services Fee.”

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