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Old February 4th, 2005, 01:59 PM
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This is for anyone who lives in Atlanta, who has ever lived in Atlanta, has visited Atlanta, ever plans to visit Atlanta, knows anyone who lives in Atlanta, knows anyone who has ever visited Atlanta or anyone who has ever heard of Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta is composed mostly of one way streets. The only way to get out of downtown Atlanta is to turn around and start over when you reach Greenville, South Carolina. All directions start with, "Go down Peachtree" and include the phrase, "When you see the Waffle House." Except that in Cobb County, all directions begin with, "Go to the Big Chicken."

Peachtree Street has no beginning and no end, and is not to be confused with Peachtree Circle, Peachtree Place, Peachtree Lane, Peachtree Road, Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Run, Peachtree Trace, Peachtree Ave, Peachtree Commons, Peachtree Battle, Peachtree Corners, New Peachtree, Old Peachtree, West Peachtree, Peachtree-Dunwoody, Peachtree-Chamblee, or Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

Atlantans only know their way to work and their way home. If you ask anyone for directions they will always send you down Peachtree.

Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola. That's all we drink here, so don't ask for any other soft drink unless it's made by Coca-Cola. And even then, it's still "Coke."

Gate One at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is 32 miles away from the Main Concourse, so wear sneakers and pack a lunch.

It's impossible to go around a block and wind up on the street you started on. The Chamber of Commerce calls it a "scenic drive" and has posted signs to that effect, so that out-of-towners don't feel lost, they're just on a "scenic drive."

The 8:00 AM rush hour is from 6:30 to 10:30 AM. The 5:00 PM rush hour is from 3:00 to 7:30 PM. Friday's rush hour starts Thursday afternoon, and lasts through 2:00 AM Saturday.

"Sir" and "Ma'am" are used by the person speaking to you if there's a remote possibility that you're at least 30 minutes older than they are.

A native can only pronounce Ponce De Leon Avenue, so do not attempt the Spanish pronunciation. People will simply tilt their heads to the right and stare at you. The Atlanta pronunciation is "pahnss duh LEE-on".

The falling of one rain drop causes all drivers to immediately forget all traffic rules; so will daylight savings time, a girl applying eye shadow in the next car, or a flat tire three lanes over. If a single snowflake falls, the city is paralyzed for three days, and it's on all the channels as a news flash every 15 minutes for a month. All the grocery stores will be sold out of milk, bread, bottled water, toilet paper, and beer. If there is a remote chance of snow, and if it does snow, people will be on the corner selling "I survived the blizzard" tee-shirts, not to mention the fact that all schools will close at the slightest possible chance of snow.

If you are standing on a corner and a MARTA Bus stops, you're expected to get on and go somewhere.

Construction on Peachtree Street is a way of life and a permanent form of entertainment, especially when a water line is tapped and Atlanta's version of Old Faithful erupts. Construction crews are not doing their jobs properly unless they close down all major streets during rush hour.

Atlantans are very proud of our racetrack, known as road Atlanta. It winds throughout the city on the Interstates, hence it's name. Actually, I-285, the loop that encircles Atlanta and has a posted speed limit of 55mph (but you have to maintain 80 mph just to keep from getting run over), is known to truckers as "The Watermelon 500." Georgia 400 is our equivalent of the Autobahn. You will rarely see a semi-truck on GA 400, because even the truck drivers are intimidated by the oversized SUV-wielding housewives racing home after a grueling day at the salon or the tennis match to meet their children at the school bus coming home from the college prep preschool. The last thing you want to do is give another driver the finger, unless your car is armored, your trigger finger is itchy and your AK-47 has a full clip.

The pollen count is off the national scale for unhealthy, which starts at
120! Atlanta is usually in the 2,000 to 4,000 range. A couple of years ago it actually hit over 6000! All roads, vehicles, houses, etc. are yellow from March 28th to July 15th. If you have any allergies you will die. But other than that, it's a great place to live!

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This makes Jax look downright inviting!
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Old February 4th, 2005, 02:23 PM
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... sending this to my brother, who lives there...

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ROFLMBO...but the sad part about this is....It is 96 1/3% all true.

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The only thing that didn't mention is if you ask for directions on the North West Side of Atlanta the directions will start with going to the Big Chiclen. Altanta is also known for having a Walffle House on each side of the highway exits for convenince purposes. You will also find that Peachtree Rd. turns into Peachtree Street and then Peachtree Industial and then Peachtree Pkwy. While taking this road you will also see the Peachtree Road North will come into Peachtree Industrial Road and then continue on about one mile down Peachtree Industrial Blvd.

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Old February 4th, 2005, 04:29 PM
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I live close to the big chicken, lol. Those were great and very true.
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Old February 4th, 2005, 05:32 PM
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:} hey don't diss the Waffle House that is where I meet my ex husband, oh on the other hand, go ahead and diss it. !!!!!
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Linda, I lived very close to the Big Chicken when I lived down there. I had to go there one last time before moving up here to Canada and get a bunch of Big Chicken Souveniers.

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tamie,

Lord, you brought back some memories of when we lived there!!!! We were in Marietta and had to stop to ask directions. Sure enough," go up the road and when you see the "Big Chicken" go one block and turn right. " We thought we had relocated to the land of the loonies. <G>. Well, imagine our surprise when we located the Big Chicken atop the local KFC!!! I loved the Waffle Houses!!! Best time: 1am gettting an order of hashbrowns "smothered and covered". We never took I-285!!! We called it suicide alley. How many lanes? 8? Still, I loved Atlanta and wish we were back there many times. I really miss my azaleas. There is no escaping the yellow pollen, it was everywhere. Thanks for the memories. Terri
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Considering it is still illegal to turn right on red here in Montreal, Atlanta sounds very interesting. We will happily trade drivers with you (it will raise our life expectancy by a few years for sure) or even better.... pedestrians. Jaywalking is the law here, not against it.

We only have 6 days of summer here, so the road crews have a small window to dig up every critical intersection. Then their equipment goes into storage until they dig up the same road (just 5 feet further down) next summer. God forbid they should just repair the WHOLE ROAD at once.... nope, that would bankrupt the construction industry, which has a trickle-down effect on everybody, doncha know.

It is still illegal to colour your margarine yellow here, also. (It might be confused for butter, and you must be protected from your impulses by govt. legislation....)

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Oh yes, the memories when I lived in Atlanta - in '96 - the year of the Olympics.

I still get a treat of the Indy 500 about twice a year when I visit my daughter. I have to pray my way through that to get to Buckhead where she lives. and then again when I leave. Those folks seem to have cars that do 100 mph and can move sideways into your lane and six inches from your bumper - how'd they do that? Never, ever try to get into or out of Atlanta during those rush hours! Without all the traffic mess - I really enjoyed living in Atlanta.
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Mary and Teri Ann

I was in Hotlanta for the 96 Summer Olympics. My sister and I managed to get some of the coveted women's gymnastics tickets. We also had tickets for the family for some of the track and field events but wouldn't you know my ex-husband lost them in his desk drawer. I still have a vest full of pins from trading them at the park that got bombed a few days after we were there.

My mother and sister still live down in the Atlanta area. Mom actually recently moved up to the Gainsville area to be out of the city and in the mountains now that she has retired. My sister lives over on the East side almost to Conyers, but makes the commute downtown to work. Since, I lived in Cobb county we were all on 285 quite a bit, however, I would do my best to avoid it during rush hour.

I can't say I miss the Waffle House that much. However, I do miss Cracker Barrel, I love their breakfasts and of course their country store.

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tamie,

I forgot about Cracker Barrell!! Their hashbrown casserole is so yummy!! What part of Cobb County did you live in? We lived in Acworth for 4 years. I worked at Kennestone Hospital and West Paces Ferry. We would visit Gainesville. I especially liked driving up to Helen in the autumn, so pretty. My family thinks I am slightly daffy, but I am a Civil War buff and felt right at home in "Gone With the Wind " territory. I am so nastolgic now for Georgia. Thanks again. Terri
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You've described my hometown pretty well!

Of course you left out the part about how the "natives" (aren't many of us left....) still give directions by the old street names, just to further confuse the tourists - although not on purpose, of course! It's just that Whitehall Street will ALWAYS be Whitehall Street to us...

I miss the old Atlanta, to tell you the truth, before 285 and Ga 400. Before so darn many *people* lived here! But it's still the most beautiful city in the spring you'll ever see. If you haven't been in Atlanta to see the dogwoods and azaleas you don't know what you've missed!

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