Altanta! The Big Peach! The ATL! Hot’Lanta! The Watermelon 500! The City that Kudzu Ate!
While on the flight down I realized that it had been a decade since I was last in Atlanta. Back at that time, I was working for the Swiss and I was touring Emory University with my pal Mark, who not only gave me a tour of the city (including some [ahem] “colorful” historical insight) but he drove us around and around looking for an appropriate restaurant until I convinced him that I didn’t need to eat powdered olive oil with magnolia flower crisps.
That said, we did wind up at a barbecue spot that he had liked in the past, but which had become a biker hangout of sorts in the interim. Not bad, but given that I was wearing a pink shirt and pink tie at the time, I consumed a very masculine meal with a lot of tequila.
So, 10 years later, and one unplanned ride on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner later, I’m back in Atlanta sitting in a cab that made metallic grinding noises as it rolled along, all the while watching the passenger-side wiper blade slowly inch its way loose as the wipers worked on the flash shower coming down.
- It’s still hot and sticky.
- Hartsfield-Jackson feels much closer to downtown Atlanta than it did.
- There’s way more kudzu than I recall.
So, three days and two nights of fried chicken, collards, peach cobbler, and people who actually paid attention during the GCP presentation. That was good. About the only hiccup was this orange-infused chocolate soy drink which (politely-speaking) was not quite in my personal flavor profile…
I got the opportunity to snap photos from my room on the upper 50s of the Westin Peachtree, which looked like this during the day:
Pretty nice view, in spite of the weather system. That same system did generate a lot of humidity (hence the sticky part of hot and sticky), which at night turns into fog, which subsequently turns the view into this:
Which of course, made me think of this:
Which in turn, has many of its own interpretations, including one I really like from Michael deAdder…
Coranon Silaria, Ozoo Mahoke…