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Murder Season in Atlanta

It’s murder season in Atlanta. The corpses can be seen on the sides of roads everywhere, stumped arms raised to gray winter skies. No, I’m not talking about humans but the truly helpless crepe myrtles that Atlantans mistakenly think they need to cut down to stumpy remains every winter. 361 more words

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A Golden's Last Bash

In LA we threw all the big event parties: New Year’s, Super Bowl, Oscars, Golden Globes…I think we even did a SAG Awards party—this was LA after all, where entertainment news often superseded the news of the world. 1,031 more words

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Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Numbnuts

In LA, the weather is usually a non-event. Sure it’s been deathly dry as of late, but it is a desert after all. Steve Martin’s character in LA Story was a weatherman who got so bored by the monotony of “72 and sunny” days, that he taped a weeks worth of weather reports in advance so he could get away. 304 more words

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A Touch of many Countries in the City

Our first year in Atlanta, we were expecting holiday guests in our new home but didn’t have enough beds. We walked into a couple of mattress stores and thought we had walked into a car dealership by accident: not only by the sticker shock, but by the sales strategies as well. 812 more words

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The Elephant Under the Christmas Palm Tree

Our first Christmas in Atlanta, Alex wanted to go all-out with the decorations. The problem was, we only had enough decorations for an average size home like the one we’d just left in LA, where our Christmas tree was a fake palm tree (more room for presents underneath, I’d say). 486 more words

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Ornament Exchanges, Gun Clubs and Steel Magnolias

Being new to Atlanta and all, my wife and I decided to be social and not turn down too many offers. This led to some interesting outings. 393 more words

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Garage Sales & Traffic Jams

The suburbs of Atlanta can be very quiet—especially at night. In LA, it’s hard to find a place, or time, that you don’t hear some kind of noise—mostly cars, but also leaf-blowers, dogs, and the occasional Persian block party that goes into the wee hours. 707 more words

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