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Atlanta trip 2010
24/09 - 6am start from Manchester. 10.30am flight- no delays and an uneventful flight. Had an Asian Vegetarian meal cos Lucy recommended ordering a 'special diet meal' because you get served 1st. Enjoyed it down to the last grain of rice! Arrived
Met by Lucy, in arrivals - great to get back together again. Whisked off to Athens GA for a meal and to meet Richard, Anjelica & Candice at the Melting Point Bar & Restaurant for the Holdcell gig. Great food & great drinks. Holdcell were awesome, but the set was not long enough, due to the Rattlers (support) going on far too long. Met the boys from Holdcell after the gig. Eventually got to
Sat. 25/09. Lazy day. Woke early cos my body thought it was 1pm, not 8am. Chilled in the sultry heat of an Atlanta late summer day & watched some college football. Evening gig at Nick's place. Had some nice food, Band was The Hollidays (formerly Soul Shaker) - great mix of covers, blues-rock-fusion (hard to quantify, but really good & including a great Hammond organ player.) Rain.
Sun 26/09 - Samara's birthday - more chillin & some rain as we accustom to the time difference (any excuse.) Watched some NFL (Live in HD & Surround sound & shared a few beers with Robert - perfect Sunday. Went to see Andrew Black at Players in
Mon 27/09 - Lazy start to the day. Drove to North Springs Metro station, for a trip to downtown
Tue 28/09 - lazy start, then into Roswell for a bit of shopping in Jewels from Heaven. Then, on to look at some houses. Drove to
Then onto a place called (mountain lookout???). Similarly, built on a hill which used to be woodland. However, each property was absolutely stunning, all houses with 3 garages & perfectly manicured lawns. I know where I'd prefer to live. Continuing the house theme, we decided to visit a new housing development near the town of Woodstock. Approximately 130 acres. They managed to build 6 Showhouses, just before the credit crunch. They're waiting for things to pick up but you can still look round the show houses. We started at the cheap end of the market ($290k ish - and were blown away at the amount of stuff you get for your cash. Mid-range of a round $350k & upwards was stunning. 3 floors plus a basement you could build a rehearsal room in and an outdoor barbecue area. Wow! Top of the range was $500k ish - again, 3 floors + basement games room, bar, office & home cinema - the basement room alone was as big as our house. Stayed in on the night and watched telly.
Wed 29/09 - Early start for a change. Drove up north to the mountains. Had lunch in a place called Ma Gooch's in Cleveland. Not at all touristy, and a place where the locals eat. Had good, home cooked food in what felt like someone's house. Then on up to a tourist town called Helen - very German & touristy, glad we'd eaten earlier! Drove back via the 'scenic route' and chilled out before gettin ready for a gig at Nick's Place - WHICH WAS AWESOME! Saw John McKnight, James Kirk-Plunkett, Eric Frampton & Mike Martin jamming. Bit of improvised, jazzy, funky stuff & some covers I sort of recognised - didn't matter though. Just watching 4 excellent musicians playing some fantastic music - brilliant!
Did practically nothing during the day except go to the post office and pick up a few groceries with Lucy. Post Office was actually quite pleasant and a million miles from the UK in terms of service. Evening out to see Andrew Black at
Went to the Home Depot, (the American version of B&Q) with Lucy. Picked up some violas & a rosemary bush, which I planted in front garden. Hope they survive! Evening - Went to The Tavern to see Marty Manous & his band. What can I say? Awesomely brilliant guitarist, playing a mix of covers & Marty's own stuff. Watched the 1st set which lasted about an hour and a half - each song on its own was worth the $2.00 entry fee. Had a good chat with Marty, and also the drummer. Great bunch of musicians, and really nice guys. Then off to Nick's to catch a late set by Barry Richman. We'd been waiting a long time to see Barry, having missed him last year due to him being ill. Barry is indeed a great guitarist. Don't remember what time we got home.
Road trip to
Had a wander round the river front market & generally chilled. In the afternoon, took a trip to Hiltonhead Island in South Carolina. Had a wander down to the beach & then, lunch in the Angler Restaurant. You can't buy alcohol in stores in Georgia on a Sunday so went to Piggly-Wiggly Supermarket for some supplies (Rob's real reason for visiting South Carolina on a Sunday!). Evening - dinner out with Jim & Kelly, friends of Rob & Lucy then back to apartment for some wine and then bed.
Monday 04/10 - Sat-nav treasure hunt with Rob, Total fail! Trip to
Trip back to
Lazy start then off to Supermarket for supplies. Had lunch in a Sports Pub called Brewsters - Best burger & chips - EVER. A bit more shop browsing then a drive round to looked at some more new houses (I can see a pattern developing here!) Looked at a couple of over 55s bungalows and still can't believe how much space you get for your money. Not sure where we're going tonight...
Off to Nick's Place to see John McKnight (who really liked my shoes!) & the house band, jammin'. Mike Martin was absolutely on fire. Really great gig, slightly spoiled by stupid girls on the table in front high-fiving, chatting loudly & taking photos. The music was great though... Band was followed by a group called 'Graham's Number' - only in their 20s and obviously influenced by 'Police', but really great musicians doing mostly their own stuff. (The bass player was cute). Home to watch a bit of TV and bed at about 3am....
Another lazy start - Lucy tried to put a video on - got sound, but no picture - too many remote controls, so gave up after an hour - even a phone call to Rob couldn't fix it. Took Max for a haircut & looked around a few more shops. Actually enjoyed one of them! Back home to chill in the garden with a beer. Evening - Up north to Alpharetta to see Andrew Black at
Flight was on time. Customs, Security & Immigration all went smoothly. Take-off was a bit delayed due to a queue of planes waiting for clearance. Got my Kosher meal served 1st (and hot - thanks Lucy). Already thinking about the possibility of another visit.
All of the above describes what we did - not how we did it. I forgot to sign the guestbook & so didn't tell Lucy & Rob that their hospitality and generosity make each visit not just a trip abroad, but a really unique sharing of great friendship, happiness, food, wine, special times and wonderful live music from great musicians.
Thank you so much, Lucy & Rob love you both