Sunday, March 17, 2013

Atlanta discoveries: food, Ford, and furries

I just arrived back from a few days in Atlanta.  I was there for work, but I learned about more than I intended.


Thrive Restaurant: 101 Marietta Street | Atlanta, GA 30303
First of all, there are some incredible restaurants in Atlanta.  I kept just eating, and for both lunch and dinner. I decided maybe a good way to start dieting is to simply make the move from a six-course meal, down to two. I nearly killed myself at South City Kitchen (midtown location) with fried green tomatoes, she-crab soup, buttermilk fried chicken, and homemade banana pudding to top it all off. I ate enough to keep me going for 3 days, yet I continued to hit up other restaurants like Thrive and Stats which both are worth going back next time I'm in town.


Atlanta Auto Show
2013 Atlanta International Auto Show
Also, I was checking out the Georgia Convention Center space for my job and there was a car show going on while we were on our site visit.  I found myself drooling over some very cool cars, and believe it or not, even some Fords. But I have to say I'm not a big fan of the new Ford Explorer.


Okay, so this was the odd part of my trip. We're sitting in the Atlanta Gift Mart one day and this person with a full wolf-looking custom (including head, tail, paws, etc) runs by the window. One of our contacts immediately piped in, "Oh, the furry convention is in town!" I had never heard of this odd phenomena  - these people are fully committed, running down Hotlanta streets in full costumes, drinking at bars through straws so they don't have to remove their heads, and customizing pairs of pants so their tails can come out the back.  Yes, tails.  Someone please explain this to me - I still don't really understand.  My observation was it's simply a group of lonely 20-something nerds looking for some community to be part of something bigger than themselves.  And no, I don't have any pictures on this experience.

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