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August

I was concerned about clouds so didn't really get excited about the eclipse. But as the event approached I got the bug. I ordered glasses and a sheet of filter film for my camera and told the boss I would be out if the weather was nice. It was very nice! So the morning of the eclipse I drove up toward the centerline of the path in North Georgia. Traffic wasn't awful but my first few destinations were full. I settled down in downtown Clayton and set up my chair. The first hour was very cool. Watching the moon pass slowly across the face of the sun was amazing. But then the clouds rolled in. I got in the car and raced down the road to clear skies just in time for Totality. I didn't bother with pictures: I just enjoyed the moment. It was amazing! Traffic on the way home was terrible but it was all worth it. Seeing a full eclipse is an awesome experience that should not be missed.Solar Eclipse - Aug 2017

July

Game of Thrones is back. I really think Euron is a crappy character and I was rooting for Yara. Oh well. Let's see those dragons do some damage.


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Joshua Atkins
Sep. 20, 1974 - Jul. 17, 2017

My cousin Josh got a raw deal and now he's gone. He was soft spoken and gentle. Whenever we got together and I invited him to join in the trouble making he'd just look at me with a confused look and smile. The concept just didn't make sense to him. He was a brilliant kid and even graduated from Yale. But Mitochondrial disease slowly drained the life from him, leaving him unable to even eat at the end. His parents were amazing and did everything they could to provide him a great experience. It was an honor to be his pallbearer. His loss is a tragedy.

Rest in Peace Cuz.

It was nice to see my sister and niece even under terrible circumstances. Pepe'a Pizza is always wonderful. Visiting with the Freewalts was a plus too.

LUST was performing at the Basement so I went over to East Atlanta to check it out. There was confusion about the starting time so I had a beer in the Graveyard Tavern while I waited. It's pretty cool with couches, pool tables and dart boards. Then I went around back and entered the unmarked basement. I didn't like that space because there's no where to sit and in a short span my feet we sore. The acoustics are horrible and the sound system is awful. LUST was cute in their shark costumes and the lame jokes were par for their shows. I didn't stick around for Vag Religion, Joy Kills, or Aggravated.

I rode over to Cabbagetown to see my artist friend Eva Connelly and her friend Noč Alarcon painting a mural for Forward Warrior. It's an art project where local artists paint the walls along Wylie Ave. It was really hot but also really fun to watch all the artists come together to beautify the area. There were many helpers and visitors around to support the project. (Alternate link) Painting the wall - July  2017

June

I got sneak preview passes to Atomic Blonde and had to venture across the perimeter during rush hour. Traffic was terrible crossing 285 and we arrived very late. We managed to get in but had nearly front row seats. Still, it was a lot of fun.
 
The movie is set in 1989 Berlin as the Berlin wall came down; So it is filled with 80's fashion and music which was awesome. The action is very intense and gritty as we watch Lorraine (Charlize) kick ass and get her butt kicked too. It's very violent and real: people bleed, fall down, and get tired. Its hard to imagine getting back up after some of the hits but you see her taking drugs throughout so at least it could be plausible. The twists and turns are awesome and, typical of cold war spy movies, you never know who to trust. I was very impressed with how the music directly tied into the action. Go see it.

It's been a while since I went to a Burlesque show and was curious about Wasabassco at City Winery Atlanta. I read that Sadie Hawkins was performing and I really like her aerial act, so off I went. The winery is in the new Ponce City Market with it's expensive parking. I looked around at all the yuppies/hipsters spending too much money on designer food and drink; Then crossed the parking lot to the winery. It was expensive and pretentious; just as I'd expected. The mistress of ceremonies was Sapphire Jones with Lux LaCroix from NYC, Nashville's Evelyn Vinyl, along with Gigi La Femme, Candi LeCoeur, Desta del Carmen, and Sadie Hawkins from Atlanta. The show was fine but the atmosphere was uncomfortable - Nobody would talk to me, it was stuffy and humid, and the service was poor. So I won't be going back. Which is sad because Shawn Colvin is coming in the Fall.

The new Wonder Woman movie was very good. I enjoyed the acting, the story and the action. Gal Godot was awesome. I was confused why the Amazons stayed on the island when it was their mission to defend the world and even more disappointed the Diana couldn't return. If she was right, how would she be able to tell them their mission was complete? Maybe that will be explained later. I was glad to see her strong both physically and emotionally. I was sorry Steve Trevor died.

I enjoyed my annual trip to the Georgia Renaissance Festival for my regular turkey leg, mead ale and roasted corn. The shops and shows were fun though I didn't take any pictures. There was a new Ded Bob which was strange - Good but strange.

May

The Slingin Wings Festival at Brookhaven Park was pretty weak. The variety of wings wasn't great and mostly chain wing places. I did enjoy a couple of restaurants and may check them out later but I won't return to that festival. The park is awful with terrible parking plus the music wasn't very exciting.

April

Colossal looked like an interesting movie and I really like the idea of fans funding a movie they want to see. It was okay but I think the writing could have been a little better. The photography and acting was fine so maybe this will work. I hope Legion M considers making an Anne McCaffrey Pern movie.

March

I went to the Game of Thrones show at Phillips arena and was disappointed. It was basically a highlight reel with a live symphony. Since I'm not into the symphony that part was lame. How exciting is it to watch people sitting down and playing instruments? And that guys dancing around with a violin? Not really action. I was really excited about the show but I could have watched reruns and been equally entertained. That would not have cost me over $100.
 
  What was I expecting? They had advertised it as an immersive experience with action and cool effects. While the lighted screens from the ceiling were cool it wasn't action. Confetti and paper leaves falling were also cool but no worth the price. I was really expecting people to talk about the making of the series or behind the scenes stories not just a highlights put together showing the evolution of each character. I had bad seats and really couldn't see the big screen anyway. But really it was the conductor trying to act like he was some kind superstar that just made me laugh in a bad way.

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