It Was A Wonderful Night

I had a great time hanging out in downtown last night. Even though I had to fork over $12 to park because I chose to drive instead of rely on MARTA, the experience of having two $3 beers in downtown followed by a $15 wine flight and snacks at Nikolai’s Roof with friends, more than made up for it. ITP-Readers Stacy and Claire, Allan, and I met for a couple of pre-happy-hour drinks at the now-oddly-placed “Braves All Star Cafe” in downtown Atlanta. Summer of fun has begun!

Downtown Atlanta is such a different place than the downtown of my twenty-one-year-old memories of when I worked for Georgia-Pacific in 1996.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Art Inspires Me” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)
Art Inspires Me
This is a snippet of the art that has collected inside Colony Square. Some of the drawings put up on this board were quite well drawn.

ITP-Reader Stacy has sent me many great photos that she took last night, I was too pooped to download them and the upload them to Flickr. Tonight, tonight.

Who’s Lurking The Lurker?
I have to admit that I have misidentified the identity behind ITP-Reader “ITP Lurker”. Given the information provided to me recently I was certain I knew the identity behind “ITP Lurker” but when I related the story of going to the PT that she had recommended, I was informed that I was misinformed. She said that she as a “lurker” but not “ITP Lurker”. Oh, it’s so confusing! 😉 I apologize to “ITP Lurker” for a case of mistaken identity, your identity is still safe.

Another short and sweet blog post today… Sorry. Have a great Thursday.

Paulie [atl/ga]

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23 Responses to It Was A Wonderful Night

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    ‘”Wisconsin” – A Google report on the most common word that people don’t know how to spell…in Wisconsin. Home is where the hart (sic) is.’


    • Stacy says:

      This is actually a bit of a fallacy… (I was one of the first to comment on the articles when it came out! I’m such a nerd 😉 ) What the folks did was use a map of the U.S. that had the states labeled and then they put the most common word Googled for spelling per state on top of them. They just overlooked doing Wisconsin, so the state name stayed there instead. 🙂

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    FYI, it’s June 1


  3. ITP Lurker says:

    Ah! My moment in the ITP sun. Nope, my identity is pretty well fire-walled. With that said, I once hosted a hash ending at my house in Grant Park, long enough ago that you may have drank beer in my back yard. This was in the days when you wrote for Atlanta Met Blogs. I liked your writing style and observations then, so I followed you here and just stuck around. I’ve never hashed, but I’ve spent a lot of time with hashers.

    Since you’ve formally recognized me, I’ll offer a bit more background. You’re 4 days older than me, so observing your parallel universe has become a habit. I’m married with two kids, but easily could have ended up long-term single.

    I lurk because of severe social anxiety that stems back to childhood trauma (thanks, Mom and Dad!). A couple of years ago a life event forced me to into therapy to confront lots of shit that I thought I had under control but absolutely did not. I’m making headway on recovering, but it’s a long, slow process. The thought of “unlurking myself” sometimes crosses my mind these days but I’m not there yet. I’ve settled on describing myself lately as a feral cat, wanting to be near people, but not too close.

    In any case, I very much appreciate being able to crash your ITP community, and I try to earn my keep with the occasional recommendation. You haven’t bitched much about your hip recently, so it would appear Ingrid is helping you make progress?

    • This is fantastic and has me peeking in the web-infested corners of my brain trying to figure out the mystery. Your company in this space is always welcome, and there will never be a reason to reveal your identity if you don’t wish to do so.

      The hip is still a work in progress, probably will be for some time. My complaining has been limited due to my late sleeping.

      • ITP Lurker says:

        Thank you for being so gracious, Paulie. This means a lot to me. Based on my current trajectory, I think that there’ll come a time where any interested ITP readers can meet me in person. It’ll definitely be a testament to my recovery when that day arrives. Fake it ’til you make it, right?

  4. Stacy says:

    Such a fun night! And you definitely don’t need to use any pictures (Lord knows I’ve posted them almost everywhere already). I am still giggling over our elevator ride video though.

    I ended up walking in to the office this morning instead of using the train or The Peach. It was such a lovely walk! Will have to take advantage of this again before it’s too godawful hot in the mornings.

    I’m very much intrigued by ITP Lurker now. Can you not tell by the email address that Only-Paulie-Can-See? Oh, if Lurker also set up a Lurker email, that gets major props right there.

  5. Barb says:

    So freakin busy at work.
    Had to take a break to meet a FB guy that Allan decided to sell 2 dropper posts.
    Met at the Big Chicken, what better place to meet an unknown person???
    New remodel is nice!
    They do have soveniers.
    Allan started his first day downtown in Inspections.
    Haven’t heard from him yet…..

    Wish I could have made it last night….. someday….

  6. Debbie Brady says:

    Love your story and the bit of mystery ITP Lurker. Good luck with your ongoing recovery.

    Steve is being all official in August so I’m representing for the Bradys. Our friends (and neighbors) were married in a civil ceremony yesterday afternoon with a few friends in attendance. After they were officially hitched we took a bus to Serenbe for a celebratory dinner that went on about a half hour too long. The service was abysmal and they weren’t busy enough to excuse it.

    Lots of champagne and one really tasty cocktail later, I was toast for the evening. I managed to tend the menagerie and then it was curtains for me. I so infrequently drink; I’m a total lightweight.

    Happy Thursday to everyone. Can’t believe it’s June.

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Thank you, Debbie. Your kind thoughts are very much appreciated.

      In my view Serenbe has completely jumped the shark. It was a fantastic place to visit when the economy sucked, but over the last couple years I’ve seen an inverse relationship between Serenbe expanding and their customer service level.

      Been there, done that.

  7. Debbie Brady says:

    Whoops, Augusta. I think he’s completely unofficial in August.

    • Stacy says:

      This made me giggle. I was wondering what you meant about August. But then you crazy kids could be up to anything. 😉

  8. Stacy says:

    Oh! I meant to mention…. TAR finale tonight. Folks are still watching, right? Who do we think is going to win? I’m hoping it’s Team Mom and Dad.

    • Barb says:

      just not team gay guy and whiny girl- I’m ok with the other 2 teams winning.
      and yes – we will be watching.

    • I’m watching, but may not see it in real-time tonight.

      I’m okay with any of the Final Three, and would have been okay with The Boys too. I would love to see a reunion show for this cast as I really think LoLo were hooking up, not that I could argue because they are both lookers.

  9. Steve says:

    Congratulations ITP Lurker on coming as far as you have. I think we are a inclusive lot, so come out at your own speed (or not, as it suits you).

    TT day is in the books. Around 350 riders. Notes for next year- 70+ riders (about 15) need 1 minute start gaps. It takes them more than 30 seconds to get up the steps and get clipped in. A couple were still getting settled when I said go.

    A new job today. We had an iPad from the UCI that could detect magnets and motors. Just trace the frame and wheels and it would show how much metal was present. Nothing found. Lots of laughter from riders though.


    • ITP Lurker says:

      Thank you, Steve. I’ve seen how inclusive and caring the ITP community is. That’s part of what’s kept me lurking around. Many shared interests as well, except for reality TV. Ya’ll can keep all of that for yourselves. 🙂

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