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Wish You Were Here

On a recent trip to the North Georgia wine country for a friend’s nuptials, I had the pleasure to spend one crazy night in our fine state’s “Golden City.” Dahlonega earned this nickname not--as you might have imagined--for its modern day attractions where kids pan gold flecks and semi precious stones on weekend outings with mom and dad, but because it was the site of the first major American gold rush. These days, the area’s natural beauty, abundant wineries and rich history attract approximately 2 million visitors annually. But for a city that relies heavily on...

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You’ll Never Walk Alone

I’ve often thought of writing a series of travel books called, “Have Kid. Will Travel.” Why? I’m glad you asked. While I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a jet setter, I have done a bit of globetrotting in my day. But, whether hitting the cobblestone streets of London solo or kayaking with friends atop the second largest barrier reef in the world, I rarely take my son along for the ride. Still, he’s never been very far from my mind on my travels, and there are plenty of trips I’d like to retake with him. Now, I...

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A Little Ditty About Equality (Tanya Ditty that is)

Those of you who are regular readers know I tend to keep this blog pretty light hearted, but a string of recent events that fly in the face of equality have pushed me to the brink of sanity. So, as a call to arms, this is part one of what will likely be a series of more politically charged blog entries: Earlier this week, in a 3-2 vote of the Georgia House Judiciary subcommittee, a bill that would protect state employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity was tabled thanks in large...

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The World According to Pru

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by nostalgia this time of year, and I’m certainly not immune to the occasional bit of wistful recollection … despite my typically snarky cynicism … as December begins and we roll full steam into the holiday season. For the last few years, this sense of sentimentality has been compounded by the passing of my grandpa Pruden since his birthday falls on December 7. Still, if there’s one thing I’ve always known about Pru (as his friends affectionately called him), it’s that he was the kind of guy who liked to...

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Bruised knees? Check. Bruised ego? Double Check.

I’m recently back from yet another family trip … this time to Baltimore for my cousin Mel’s wedding. As one might expect, it wasn’t nearly as debaucherous as my previous trip to the Key’s for her bachelorette extravaganza, but I did still manage to learn a thing or two in Bodymore, Murderland. Not the least of which was that introducing my knee to the B-town sidewalk does not a comfortable walk home make. What else did I learn in Charm City you ask? It’s not a long list, but it is a good one! I’m recently back...

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Peter Conlon is God

Music Midtown was an Atlanta icon for more than a decade, attracting hundreds of thousands of concert goers during its eclectic multi day, multi stage heyday. Finally, after six years of mourning our fallen idol and licking our collective wounds, Peter Conlon and his merry band of musical miscreants and rhythmic rebel rousers have resurrected the proud festival tradition that is Music Midtown! Sure, this year’s version was only one day, two stages and 10 bands, so maybe it wasn’t quite the rise from the ashes some local bloggers and journalists had prayed it would be....

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Viva La Revolution!

As I sit here on my flight home from Key West reflecting on this weekend’s bachelorette party debauchery, it occurs to me I probably should not have collected so much photographic proof of our activities. Sure, we had a great time, but I’m not entirely sure the whole world needs to know I got a front ways piggyback ride by the hottest gay man I’ve ever seen (I didn’t hate his hands on my ass), that someone wore a crown of peni (that’s plural for penis right?) or that one of my cousins may or...

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Rally Juice

I recently returned (and only a little worse for wear) from a rather debaucherous trip to Key West for my cousin Melanie's bachelorette party. I've been trying to finish a full post about the things I learned while in Key West but feel like I need a follow up vacation from the Key West vacation last week. Plus, I've been swamped with work and capturing our antics in words has been at the bottom of my to do list. Still, we did overhear some pretty funny things while in Key West (things that made me...

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