Sunday July 2nd, 2006|
Day In Atlanta (not project related)
Ok, finally time for an update (I'm updating this on 7/6). This has absolutely nothing to do with the RV project other than it's taking time away from it (not necessarily a bad thing, BTW). So why am I posting it here? I've mentioned it before...but just to reiterate -- I want to remember why I wasn't working on the project!
This July 4th holiday we went out to Cedartown to see my family since my brother was coming into town from Mobile. Here is him and his wife and me, sitting on a park bench in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. We went down there to bring my brothers' kids to the new Georgia Aquarium. Interesting time. Just off to the right of this picture is the olympic fountain with about 100 kids running around in the water. It's a neat thing for the city that as far as I know is unlike anything in any other city. Oh well.
Here's the aquarium looking from the park. For the life of me, I can't understand why city planners think the best thing to do to create a park is CUT DOWN ALL THE FREAKING TREES. What gives with this crap? I have no idea. Leave some freakin trees people. We have a park in Suwanee that was previously thickly wooded land. They cut down all the trees, planted sod an called it a park. At first I thought they may have removed the trees so people could throw a ball or something -- nope -- throwing balls is not permitted in the park. Whatever. Freaking screwed up concept, if you ask me. But what do I know.
Anyway...this aquarium was interesting. It was built by the founder of Home Depot and DONATED to the city of Atlanta as a gift. When the city took over, they saw it as a huge revenue opportunity and was initially charging > $40.00 per adult ticket. The city had absolutely no money in it whatsoever. No other aquarium charges that much, so they can't say it's for 'maintenance'. Anyway...they finally backed the price down to $22.00/adult and they've been making money off of it hand-over-fist.
Anyway...inside the aquarium...I thought this was a unique view. This is the *ceiling* in one of the exhibits. Interesting side effect is all the fish crap osbtructing the view. Boy...I'm really cynical today, huh?
Here's my mother and my little nephew Conner putting on his best fish impersonation.
Here I'm holding Keighley and my mother is holding Alex. Keighley and Conner belong to Jeremy and Alex belongs to Joey.
This was my favorite guy in the whole aquarium. This was in a huge room with a glass viewing area the size of a drive in movie theater screen. This guy just sat there. I think he was as interested in the people as the people were interested in him. He had two or three other partners sitting right beside him too.
I made Jaime take the left seat on the way hom. In the background in this picture is plant Bowen. It looks like a nuke plant but it's not. It's a coal-fired power plant. On a clear day when I take off from Gwinnett to head over here to see my parents, I can make out the smoke/steam coming out of the stacks here and I just follow it over. That's about 70 miles away, give or take.