Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trump: I know who you are!

Thursday, February 16, 2017's presidential press conference turned out to be quite rowdy.
The link on this Tweet from BBC shows President Donald J. Trump getting into a bit of a tussle with a BBC reporter. The exchange got heated when President Trump said, "I know who you are..." That one moment reminded me of the Martin Short/Harry Shearer 1984 short film sketch about men's synchronized swimming from Saturday Night Live. In the sketch, the synchronized swimmers' coach played by Christopher Guest, showed them how to synchronize themselves with their hands with the coach repeatedly saying, "I know you, I know you" at 2:33 in the clip.

Ivanka swoons over Justin

There's been some reporting that the first daughter Ivanka Trump was "swooning" over Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his first official to the White House. I'm puzzled as to why the swooning is just reserved for Ivanka. Apparently, Justin makes everyone swoon for various reasons.

I confess that I'm impressed with the guy's gravitas. Justin just has that "it" factor that probably most of us in the US would like to see transfer over to our president. Indeed we are not holding our breath, including Ivanka.

I'm sure there are plenty of guys out there with a man crush on Canada's current prime minister, but I'm not so sure I possess that feeling about Justin. I'm just impressed with Prime Minister Trudeau's style in both his swagger and leadership skills. I was always a fan of Canada since I grew up not terribly far from that nation. In fact, I "obtained" a Canadian ID in 1986 out of my utmost respect for the country. Well, not really. Even though I was able to drink beer and beer-based drinks at that time, I still wanted to get a hold of hard liquor, wine and wine coolers by showing everyone that I was 21. The ID only worked once while in college.

I went by Dave Mezerkor in tribute to a kid who briefly attended the high school in which I attended in the 1980s. Still wonder where Dave is these days.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

US Senator Graham would like to probe


With the brouhaha over the North Korea nuclear test and General Flynn's resignation, politicos across the spectrum are calling for heads to roll. With North Korea, President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Abe discussed the issue in a public setting. In that case, Rep. Jason Chaffetz from Utah is calling for a probe and with the General Flynn debacle, US Senator Lindsey Graham is not exactly sure what he would like to probe, but it's widely known that he would like to probe something.

Men's Wearhouse founder says that smoking weed brought him success
Men’s Wearhouse founder George Zimmer credits his success with smoking weed through the years. The slogan at Men’s Wearhouse been under Zimmer as, “You’re going to like the way you look. I guarantee it!” It should be, “You’re going to like the way I toke. I guarantee that and you get a free bong with every suit.” Honestly, if Zimmer went by that last line, he might be running the company these days. What a deal, right?

Or perhaps Zimmer could become president one day. Imagine, Make America Toke Again. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Make America Spell Again - Misspelling caught in Trump poster

From Twitter

Apparently someone with a sharp eye caught the misspelling in the official Donald J. Trump inauguration poster. Classic. This poster pretty much sums up the sign of our times as of this writing.
Perhaps the poster is correct in the world according to the Trump folks. If so, then this is "Alternative Spelling," which maybe will "keep all of us safe from those evildoers."

Sunday, February 12, 2017

So long to Mr. Pizza! Pizza!

Little Caesars

Owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers and Little Caesars founder Mike Ilitch passed away this week at the age of 87. Little  Caesars is the pizza joint known best for their double pizza pie offers that went by the slogan, "Pizza, Pizza!"

For Ilitch's final resting place, he will receive a special gravesite that will be known as "Headstone! Headstone!" Hey, two is better than one - what a deal.

Too soon? Well, Ilitch led a successful, productive life. We should all be so lucky. To be honest, Ilitch will need two headstones with his many accomplishments.

Senate TV

Congratulations to US Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions for his confirmation as US Attorney General. Sessions follows in the footsteps of former US Attorney General John Ashcroft who served under President George W. Bush. Ashcroft served in the US Senate representing the state of Missouri. The difference between these two fellas is that Sessions has to deal with a lot of Southern stereotypes. Not only is Sessions from Alabama, but he has pro-Confederate first and middle names. Many assume that Sessions is into NASCAR. That would be incorrect. Sessions most likely enjoys hanging on out front porches, sipping sweet, reminiscing about warm breezes, colorful drapes and hoop skirts with US Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Sessions confirmed for US Attorney General position


US Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions has been confirmed to be the next US Attorney General. What few people do not realize is that Billy Bush was confirmed to be the next US Ambassador to Romania. Some things just go so far off the radar. Talk about distractions. Nevertheless, Billy acting as ambassador could increase the production of the Sarmale. Dont' know what that is? The Sarmale is a cabbage roll and Lord knows that we have had a shortage ever since 1989. Wouldn't it be nice if we just got along with Romania more often these days? Well, now we will and thank your local deli in the future for having the option of the Sarmale.


Wednesday, February 08, 2017

President upset that Nordstrom dropped Ivanka


President Donald J. Trump was a tad upset that the Nordstrom department store dropped daughter Ivanka's clothing line. The reason was not political. The clothing line was dropped due to poor performance. Still, the president was not happy and Tweeted out that Ivanka was unfairly treated. Now judging from Donald's line from Macy's, I'm sure Ivanka's clothing line was not much better. Just check this out:

Photograph by Kathy Willens — AP

The point is, stores like Macy's don't like the conflict of interest. It was anything personal with then-candidate Trump when that department store drop his line of so-called clothing including those "gorgeous" dress shirts.

There was never this much brouhaha when Dollar Tree dropped US Senator Bernie Sanders' line of BernieTies. Senator Sanders understand quite well that there was a conflict of interest.

More sidewalks in my hometown are great, but just that just scratches the surface

Bear with me because this is quite local, but once again this issue can be applied to most places throughout the US. It's so sad the way cities, suburbia and exurbia have been developed since the late 1960s and early 1970s when America focused so much on the use of cars. 

It’s always inspiring to see that our local government is aware of pedestrians in the area. Since the city of Peachtree Corners was founded, more than 20,000 feet of sidewalks have been added to at least five streets including Crooked Creek Road and a much-needed one on Jay Bird Alley. While it is excellent progress that some roads have had sidewalks installed, at least 11 more sidewalk projects are coming to Peachtree Corners in the future. Sidewalks on Technology Parkway, Spalding Drive, Winters Chapel and Corners Parkway are just a few of the places where these pedestrian options will expand. What’s even more exciting is an 11-mile multi-use path. 

One of my favorite sidewalk projects happened on Buford Highway. This is partly because I like to run some distance over to Buford Highway on some runs, but there’s more to it than my running routes. I love the fact that a solid path was installed along a busy thoroughfare for folks who need to go from Point A to Point B without a vehicle. The sidewalks somewhat help those pedestrians – to a degree.

I would love to see with the Buford Highway sidewalks is consistency – meaning that the sidewalks do not dead-end at a random location thus leaving the pedestrian to make her or his own footpath. We see that not only on Buford Highway, but on Peachtree Parkway and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. We have a long way to go on those roads if we wish to make them truly safe for pedestrians. On many of my runs, the sidewalk runs out and I brave it through parking lots, grassy knolls and gravel.

On occasion, I will do a long run which includes a run that takes me to the corner of Peachtree Industrial and Gwinnett’s Medlock Bridge Road. I write, “Gwinnett,” because North Fulton County uses that name for their portion of GA 141 (confusing indeed). If one wishes to cross Peachtree Industrial, she or he must wait what seems like a lifetime to get the go-ahead from the pedestrian walk signal. The lights are timed to favor north-south traffic so it takes a long time for east-west travelers to get their green light or go-ahead from the pedestrian sign. Even if one gets that signal, he or she still has to watch out for vehicles turning right from Medlock onto Peachtree Industrial South.

Indeed, there are difficult pedestrians and drivers alike, but in most cases, the motor vehicle is favored and the pedestrian is at a disadvantage. Just attempting to cross The Forum on Peachtree Parkway’s entrances is typically a challenge. While safely in a Forum crosswalk with pedestrian light during a recent run, a super-SUV was full steam ahead charging at me while making a left turn into the shopping plaza. Let’s not even discuss the accident-prone entrance/exit at Peachtree Corners Circle, an area that is begging for a re-design.

It’s without a doubt that scores of intersections are like Peachtree Industrial and Gwinnett’s Medlock Bridge. They are the poster children for what’s wrong with traffic in the metro Atlanta area. The antiquated thinking is: let’s just get that north-south traffic moving and folks going east-west, well, they just have to wait and that’s the way it is, so get over it. The “get over it” mentality is what perpetuates the Dumb Growth that got us here in the first place. It’s impossible to argue that those roads are well-designed. Roads like Peachtree Industrial, Peachtree Parkway, Buford Highway and Pleasant Hill Road are poorly designed, with ill-timed lights, few pedestrian/cycling/motorbike options and quite frankly, are all incredibly dangerous. Trust me, I am on foot along all of those thoroughfares on a regular basis.

Unchecked growth at any cost provided to the public by leaders who mindlessly give the greenlight to developers is what got us here so we are now stuck with a pretty overall bad situation. While the sidewalk projects in the area are an excellent idea, we have a lot of work to do by continuing that much-needed project and hopefully changing the way the public perceives non-vehicle traffic in the area. 

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Spend Valentine's Day or just a winter weekend at Barnsley Resort

Looking for a great romantic getaway for Valentine's Day? Look no further than Barnsley Resort near Adairsville, Georgia - right off of I-75. Warm up in their cozy cottages this winter  special weekday rates starting from just $159 per night. Visit our charming resort in Northwest Georgia, where all guest rooms and suites are nestled within a variety of delightful cottages. While here, relax in front of the fire, whether toasting s’mores outdoors, dining in The Woodlands Grill or within the privacy of your guest room or suite. 

Rates listed are per night, and exclude taxes and nightly resort fee. Some blackout dates may apply. Offer valid Sunday through Thursday nights, now through March 9, 2017. Offer not valid in conjunction with any other discounted rate offerings or packages, and is based on availability. Not applicable to group bookings.

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(Adairsville, Georgia) – A new 55-room inn and Georgian Hall, designed as a state-of-the-art meeting and event space, are announced for northwest Georgia’s award-winning Barnsley Resort. Construction is underway with an anticipated opening date for The Inn by the end of 2017 and early 2018 for the Georgian Hall. Upon completion, the resort will have a total of 150 guest rooms and suites as well as 14,300 square feet of indoor meeting space. This project will create a minimum of 100 new jobs at the luxury resort in Bartow County. 

“We are thrilled to expand the offerings at Barnsley Resort to meet a frequent request of our guests and clients,” said Matthew Saul on behalf of the resort ownership. “We will maintain the intimate, exclusive feel that makes Barnsley Resort so special while being able to accommodate a broader range of corporate groups and social events.” 

The resort’s existing accommodations, amenities, activities and restaurants will remain available for guests to enjoy throughout the expansion process. The site for the expansion is isolated to a portion of the resort’s perimeter, outside of primary guest travels. 

The Inn at Barnsley Resort 
Offering an additional 55 guest rooms and suites, the three-story Inn at Barnsley Resort will complement the resort’s relaxed English-inspired village and cottage-style accommodations. Upon arrival, an octagonal rotunda will create a striking first impression before proceeding to the resort’s new guest registration area. Adjacent to the guest reception, the Living Room will be a relaxed gathering area for guests to enjoy residential-style furnishings arranged in several groupings ideal for conversation. Throughout, stained and hand-scraped hardwood floors, exposed beams and scattered area rugs will evoke the feeling of being an invited guest at a fine country estate. A grand staircase and impressive fireplace will be focal points of this inviting space. The Inn will also feature one boutique retail option. 

The architect and design teams looked to the works of noted British architect Edwin Lutyens, known for significant English country homes from the turn of the 20th century. Inspired by this style, the Inn at Barnsley Resort will have the appearance of an estate that has been added to over time with dormer windows, occasional terraces and balconies to create variety of texture and scale. 

Guest Accommodations 
Each of The Inn’s 55 guest rooms, including two suites will be thoughtfully designed for the luxury traveler. Spacious bedrooms range from 378 to 528 square feet with a mix of
king and double queen beds. On the third floor, guests will delight in additional features such as dormer windows, sloped ceilings and window seats.

Georgian Hall Conference Center
With more than 9,000 square feet of indoor space and 8,350 square feet available outdoors, the Georgian Hall Conference Center will host corporate meetings, weddings and other special events in a picturesque location in the resort’s historic district. The latest audio- visual technology will be integrated throughout the building’s design. The addition of Georgian Hall will bring the resort’s total meeting indoor space to 14,300 square feet.

The 5,000-square-foot Savannah Ballroom will host 240 to 500 guests for meetings or social gatherings. Select design details planned for the Savannah Ballroom include vaulted ceilings with exposed, stained hand-scraped scissor trusses; painted millwork; dormer windows allowing ample natural light; and a monumental floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace. The Savannah Ballroom will be divisible into two smaller event spaces, with 2,000 square feet of pre-function space leading into the ballroom. The al fresco Savannah Terrace will offer dedicated outdoor space for up to 215 at one end of the ballroom.

Additional indoor meeting and event space will include the 1,440-square-foot divisible
Dalton Room with a dedicated pre-reception area.

Offering a uniquely Southern experience, a covered verandah will be available for receptions and gatherings taking advantage of sweeping pastoral views. For larger outdoor events, the Estate Lawn will be equipped with full lighting and sound capabilities for up
to 300 for seated dining or 370 for receptions.

Georgian Hall’s exterior will complement the existing Rice House restaurant which is located within in a 19th  century farmhouse. Dormer windows, painted wood and an elongated porch will provide visual interest in keeping with the antebellum home. Guests
attending meetings and events in the Georgian Hall will enter through an octagonal rotunda area featuring a domed ceiling and inset display cases showcasing artifacts from the region.