Tuesday, June 30, 2009

groovy little tidbit

At five minutes and six seconds after 4 AM on the 8th of July this year, the time and date will be...

04:05:06 07/08/09

This will not happen again for a thousand years.

Kinda neat!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Really? The new GOP darling?

Sanford falls...and another Southern governor rises? Seriously? Was Bob Schieffer serious?

Mississippi's Haley Barbour on:
Governor Sanford?
-shouldn't resign...
-personal issue... "I don't talk about people's personal problems: I don't think it's polite." Yeah, right. I call bullshit on this quote!!!

-Drill in Alaska
-Drill offshore
No mention of new technologies? A proud announcement of a new coal plan in Mississippi?

Barbour poo-pooed it - but, didn't say no. What a scary thought. Another fat, white, white-haired Southern, pudding-mouthed blowhard coming to the national fore. If, in fact, he becomes the darling - it just shows the fundamental (tee hee) lack of forward thinking in the GOP.

Left or right - I'm just sick of partisan politics and the true lack of honest concern for the nation. If Sanford were a lefty - the right would decry his lack of moral turpitude ...he's a churchy, right-winger - so the left is quick to point out his [truly] heroic hypocrisy... ACK! Of course - the real issue is his dereliction of duty to the people of South Carolina.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

what a day...icons...


RIP Michael
RIP Farrah

An unsettled melancholy fell over me as I thought about these losses and the era they represent, the memories that awaken....

Wednesday, June 10, 2009



[photo by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Sure the lobby, destination restaurant and groovy lounge have been renovated. The rooms have not. All in good time, that's not the issue.

What is truly outrageous. Completely unacceptable and worth this rant is the parking situation at this mid-scale hotel.

With public spaces worthy of a W hotel or other groovy lodging option, one would imagine the Georgian Terrace would excel in service. One would be wrong - at least when it comes to parking. A recent stay at the venerable Atlanta landmark proved frustrating.

I pulled in...left my vehicle and went to check in... All's well thus far. When I inquired about valet parking costs I was informed that it would be $25 with in/out privileges. Even for a larger city - that's pretty pricey. Here's the part that got my blood boiling. When I was checking out in the morning - I called down for my call and was told that "They don't like to do that. You'll need to come down with the ticket." Who are THEY?! AND - REALLY?!?!?! REALLY?!?! So - I paid $25 for valet parking and STILL had to wait for my car. NOPE. Never again. Here's why. Self-park at the nearby Hotel Midtown (formerly Wyndham Midtown) is $15. Self-park at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center is $10. Neither - though- have in/out privileges. However - I wasn't going anywhere when I checked in anyway. I am not sure of the cost for the newly-opened Palomar Hotel is an even more EXORBITANT $30. This is Midtown Atlanta - not Midtown Manhattan! Couple these ridiculous charges with Midtown's growing and aggressive homeless problem and it becomes much less appealing. Incidentally - valet at the RITZ CARLTON in Buckhead is only $30...and they offer self-park for $15 (with in/out privileges). If you stay a the W at Perimeter - there's NO charge for parking. AND - at the close-by Four Seasons Hotel in Midtown - valet parking is a REALLY reasonable $18 with in/out privileges. The Four Seasons is often forgotten in Atlanta. Great bar. Exquisite restaurant. Lovely, attentive service - and - who knew?? - reasonably priced parking!!!

ANYWAY - back to the bad experience at hand...

SO - I came down. Gave my ticket and waited. Meanwhile - I was discussing it with the front desk representative and this is where I get peeved. The young man, rather than acknowledging my concern and apologizing for the inconvenience, chose to argue with me. Nothing raises my already high BP like service staff that argues with customers. Simply unacceptable.

I could live with the, as yet, unrenovated rooms. They're huge and comfy. But - the parking situation sucks and the service surrounding it was maddening.