Full Of Surprises

Yesterday was a full, but completely enjoyable day.

I Forgot About La Vuelta
It wasn’t until late last night that I realized that I completely forgot to pay attention to yesterday’s stage of la Vuelta a España.

Not Surprising: A Wonderful Lunch
One of the reasons that I forgot about the race is that I was getting ready and leaving for meeting up with ITP-Reader John at OK Cafe. Had John not reminded me that the portion of the restaurant in which we sat was gutted by fire and completely rebuilt, I never would have known that the fire had occurred.

Lunch was fantastic, John offered up a lot of advice for helping me reach the next stage of my professional career and I ate chicken fried steak, with sides of a baked sweet potato and corn salad. Healthy? Perhaps not. Delicious? Absolutely.

After a filling lunch I decided that since it was a weekday afternoon that I could safely enter the doors of IKEA without the hassle of the weekend masses. I wandered around the carefully-designed displays finding many things that pleased me, but nothing that solved any problems that I currently have. I left empty-handed.

While peering out IKEA’s large windows I saw the ominous clouds building outside. Apparently the afternoon rain that was mildly predicted was going to come down in bucketloads.

ITP Flickr Pic
Surprise! I have no photo for today. Oops.

I almost took a photo of the clouds above the Atlanta skyline, but too many distractions were present in the shot.

Surprise, I decided to add a photo.

“You’re Going The Wrong Way” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)
You're Going The Wrong Way
My original plan for this shot was to take a photo of the long, now mostly-unused walkway. And this to my surprise this young lady walked through my frame. Granted it would have been better if she had been walking toward me, but you have to take what you can get.

A Surprise Of Presidential Proportions
With the rain tainting evening plans a new agenda containing locally-sourced entertainment was curated.

“Kro-bar is open. Why not drink there?”

That’s how it all started.

Whilst at Kro-bar I was discussing IKEA and Ok Cafe, which led me to mention Manuel’s Tavern’s renovations and how I wasn’t sure that I was going to like the place now that it’s been renovated (spoiler: I like it less because it’s just not the same place that I came to love; future generations will love it). This conversation convinced us to go to Manuel’s.

For a Wednesday afternoon Manuel’s was sorta busy, but nothing too out of the ordinary. Then we heard from a guy that Bill Clinton was in town and he that he had been tipped off that the former president was on his way to Atlanta’s Democratic Party hub (that’d be Manuel’s Tavern for any non-Atlantans reading this). That’s right, we had accidentally wound up at the right place at the right time. Not only did I get to see former President Clinton, I shook his hand. Pics or it never happened? Not this time, I wanted to live this moment instead of capturing it to bits on a phone. Channel 46 will back me up.

Tonight’s Performer Will Be A Surprise
A week ago I heard an NPR podcast do an interview with one of the founders of Sofar Sounds, a service that organizes intimate concerts once a month in cities throughout the world. I immediately signed up.

The way their gigs work is that when you apply to be on the guest list you know the date/time of the concert and the general neighborhood in which it will be held, but not the exact address, nor the performer. If you are selected to attend the concert you are emailed the exact address; the performer remains a mystery. Although the service is free, the concerts have donation-based entry fees.

I was selected for tonight’s concert in Atlanta, it’s in the Ansley Mall area. I have paid $10 to attend. I’ll let you know all about it in tomorrow’s blog.

Have a great day friends!

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to Full Of Surprises

  1. Stacy says:

    “Ansley Mall area”….hmmm. Dark Horse Tavern, perchance? πŸ™‚ What a fun concept.

    Way to be in the right place at the right time! I had completely forgotten about an event I wanted to go to at Manuel’s last night (Carapace https://www.facebook.com/Carapace-156546534411045/) or I would have been there too. I guess that couldn’t happen though: you and I being in the same place at the same time! πŸ™‚

  2. It appears that I failed to mention that these concerns are more intimate than that, often taken place in someone’s house.

    Carapace! I was trying to remember the name of the event that took place at Venkman’s one Tuesday night a month. After the Clinton sighting I ate dinner at Bantam Pub, which sits directly across the street from Venkman’s. Thanks.

    I wonder where they will hold Carapace inside the new Manuel’s. The banquet room is no more than half the size of what it used to be. Plus, they got rid of the second bar that was in it.

    I assumed that you had been at Manuel’s a week or so ago. πŸ™‚

  3. Stacy says:

    Oh wow. Pretty cool, at someone’s house. I’ll be interested to hear where you end up. I’m banking on Morningside somewhere.

    Okay, I shit you not: I was in Bantam for the first time LAST SATURDAY. Friends and I brunched at Venkman’s and then walked over for an after-brunch drink when we were done. So, hee hee….our path of “a week apart” still stands.

  4. steve says:

    OK, that’s just cool right there. Was he just working the room or did he sit down and drink?

    Our annual high school get togethers were previously at the Tavern. If they’ve taken out the back bar and shrunk the room, I doubt there’s any chance of going back.

    We finally decided Zelda was no longer in search of a boyfriend and let her loose last night. She celebrated her FREEDOM (!) by finding the mud puddle by the man cave and bobbing for whatever she could find. Face and feet were red clay colored, so she got an impromptu bath last night. She was actually a good girl and stood it well.

    I’ve thrown in the towel and scheduled an appointment for the derm doc tomorrow. I think the itches are winning and the OTC treatments are losing badly.


  5. Mr Clinton is a professional politician, he came in the back door, toured the kitchen and dining room, did a lap up and down the bar (which actually afforded me the opportunity to shake is hand twice) and then exited.

    I’ve never had luck with OTC remedies and poison ivy. Good luck.

    I just added lunch with former coworkers to my agenda today. I suppose I should shower first. πŸ™‚

  6. steve says:

    Sounds like it was just a photo op with YOU!

    The OTC I’m using is basically an anti-itch. I don’t know if there’s much that can be done, besides waiting it out. I guess a shot of ‘roids would help knock it back.

    Anyone up for a road ride on Sunday? Silk Sheets? My Saturday is pretty full with a Games kickoff party that I have to help setup.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’m game for Sunday Steve.

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