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July 15, 2008

ATL: Robbed Part 2

It's been a month since our room at the Atlanta Marriott Downtown was robbed.

When we discovered it, security came to our room, took our statement and directed us to discuss the issue with management. The manager on site told us not to bother filing a police report and that we should check with the general manager when we got back home. The general manager directed us to their risk management department. The risk management department returned my call once, didn't have the file on hand and said they'd call back. They never did.


Finally, after calling again three or four times, Tom Sislo from Columbia Sussex, the franchise owner told me that, even though he hadn't even seen the report yet, the Innkeeper's Statute absolved them of all responsibility of the theft.

Literally a month after the theft, after speaking to 7 different people on this subject and a number of unreturned calls, I was told that no matter what, the hotel would not accept fault and that apparently it's not in the hotel's interest to investigate this case significantly.

So, there you go. Apparently we should all expect that anything we don't leave in a safe (which isn't provided in the room) will be rummaged through and potentially stolen. Good luck!

June 20, 2008

The Wedding: Line Dancing


IMG_3682, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

One of the few hard rules Tammi and I set for the wedding was that there was to be no "Electric Slide" or any other such line dancing. This has already caused some static as, to some members of my family, this seems to be as important as the actual vows. I've been less concerned with this since I am required to be on the dance floor for exactly one song and I will not be there again after that. Generally though, banning such banality is something I can get behind. Besides, we couldn't imagine any of our friends actually being into such a thing.

Yet, at my cousin's wedding last weekend, each of the -several- line dances seemed to be the only songs that brought the Jamaicans and the Americans out on the floor together. We'll have to see how that all works out.

June 18, 2008

Food Finds: Pepper Sauce


IMG_1757, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Since I've been finding more interesting food-related artifacts out of the supermarket, I'm changing the name of this feature to "Food Finds." That way, I don't have to preface half of the posts with "Well, this isn't really from a supermarket but..." because that was annoying... Now on to something I found in Atlanta... Pepper Sauce!

At nearly every table in Atlanta I encountered these bottles. Called Pepper Sauce as opposed to Hot Sauce, all there is to it is vinegar and hot peppers. The waiter at Pashcal's recommended using it on Collard Greens. I've made something like this before and had no idea it was a regional delicacy. I'll have to remember that next time I'm making greens.

June 13, 2008

ATL: Watershed


IMG_1677, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

As I mentioned, before heading out to Atlanta, all my research pointed to one thing: Fried Chicken. And over and over again, I found accolades for what may be "The Best Fried Chicken Recipe" by Edna Lewis and her partner Scott Peacock. The story was familiar, I had read about them a few years back, either in Gourmet or the NY Times or both. The key is the redundancy in its preparation. It's both brined and then soaked in buttermilk. Ms. Lewis died a few years ago, but Peacock offers it at Watershed, a restaurant made out of an old gas station in Decatur.

I had to have it.

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June 10, 2008

ATL: Wedding Photos Posted


IMG_2793, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

I'll be posting more on Atlanta and a bit about SF when I have a little time away from this conference, but for now, I posted my photos from my cousin's wedding in a set on Flickr. Check them out here. ::c::

Graffiti of the Day: Nobody Cares


IMG_1651, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Atlanta, GA. 2008.

June 7, 2008

ATL: From the Depths


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When we arrived at our station on the MARTA yesterday afternoon and the train whined out in that distinctive way that BART trains and many of the new models in New York do, I notice the walls of the station. They weren't tiled or covered for the most part, instead it was just exposed rock. I said to Tammi, that I felt more 'underground' than in the subway at home and I wondered if that was because of the aesthetics. I vaguely noticed how high the ceilings were when we were going up the first escalator, then we got to this behemoth and realized that we felt more underground because we were considerably father underground that at home. For the record, there was one more escalator before we returned to the surface world. ::c::

June 6, 2008

ATL: The MARTA Breeze card


ATL: The MARTA Breeze card, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

What little I've heard about getting around in Atlanta I've mostly heard in discussions about urban sprawl gone amok. So, when planning this trip, I presumed we'd have to take a cab to get to our hotel. Apparently not.

We're on the MARTA train as I type this heading downtown to a station just down the block from our hotel. The $2.25 fare beats whatever the cab was going to charge, certainly.

The trains, the map and the card machines are all like the BART. The one thing that's really interesting to me is the fare card, which seems to have RFID.

Just as I was about to start fiddling with the turnstile to figure out how to swipe a card with no apparent magnetic strip, the gate opened.
::c::

June 5, 2008

Atlanta-Bound


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Tomorrow Morning Tammi and I are heading down to the 'durty durty' south for my cousin's wedding. We're only there for a couple days, but clearly I've scoped out the food. Everything I've seen tells me that I have to try the fried chicken. I can't wait.

I put together a quick Google Map of the places that have struck my interest.

After ATL, we're off to San Francisco for a week. We'll be in town for a conference, so our exploring will be limited, but given that this is my 7th time there in 5 years, I'm not going to have too much trouble getting my bearings. More on that later...


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