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Weird Traditions
Topic: Recreation 6:24 pm EST, Jan  7, 2010

A ceramic figurine called 'caganer' of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, is seen on show at the Santa Llucia Fair on December 21, in Barcelona. Statuettes of well-known people defecating are a strong Christmas tradition in Catalonia, dating back to the 18th century. Catalonians hide caganers in Christmas Nativity scenes and invite friends to find them.


Weird Traditions

The Silver Comet Trail
Topic: Recreation 12:10 am EDT, Sep 11, 2007

Suggested Trips, sorted by distance

5-mile round trip
Park at Mavell Road Trailhead. Travel West on Trail to Heritage Park/Concord Road Trailhead. Then travel back to Mavell Road. A scenic route and great family outing.

10-mile round trip
Park at Floyd Road/Silver Comet Depot. Ride West to Powder Springs. Go left off Trail and have lunch at one of the restaurants in downtown Powder Springs. Look around the town, then return.

20-mile round trip
Park at Floyd Road/Silver Comet Depot. Ride to Hiram Trailhead. Turn right on Seaboard Drive and go about 1/2mile to the shopping area. There are many restaurants, fast food and otherwise. Then return to Floyd Road.

40-mile round trip
Park at Paulding County Chamber of Commerce. Ride West to Rockmart and end of trail in Rockmart. Stop in Rockmart for lunch at Frankie’s Restaurant, then return.

80-mile round trip
Park at South Cobb Drive Trailhead. Travel to Rockmart, have lunch/dinner and return.

The Full Monty
The complete trip on the Silver Comet Trail and Chief Ladiga for an end-to-end trip (106 miles each way/ 211 miles round trip)

* Start at South Cobb Drive
* Travel to downtown Rockmart (Riverwalk area)
* Use these directions to travel on back roads to Silver Comet Trailhead in Cedartown:
o Starting From Rockmart Riverwalk Trailhead
o Turn Right from Trail onto unmarked street 0 2
o Turn Right on Church Street .1 mile
o Bear Left onto Morgan Valley Road (Caution: oncoming cars on Church Street have right-of-way)
o Cross 278 at traffic light 0.5
o Intersection of Morgan Valley and Stringer Roads, 2.3
o Intersection of Morgan Valley and Bethlehem Roads, 3.3 mi
o Kathy's Quick Stop Good Place to Stop 1.9
o Intersection of Antioch (Cason) a nd Runyon Loop (Hampton) Roads 0.9
o Intersection of Cason and U.S. Hwy 27 By-Pass
o Stop Sign 6.1
o Turn Right onto Main Street (U.S. 27 Business)
o Left at Stop Sign 0.6
o Turn Left onto Canal Street (Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.)
o Turn Right onto East Avenue At Stop Sign 4.4
o Turn Right into Martin Trailhead Gravel Lot, Go to end and under underpass
o From Martin Trailhead travel West for 8.25 miles, to unmarked Hardin Road, just before the Esom Hill Trailhead.
* To Bypass the unpaved and impassable bridges of the Chief Ladiga Trail in Alabama follow these directions:
o Turn South on (unmarked) Hardin Road at Esom Hill Trailhead Entrance (that is left if you are coming from Cedartown, and right if you are coming from the Esom Hill Trailhead entrance)
o Go .2 miles to unmarked Esom Hill Road (U.S. Post Office on left)
o Turn right, go 6/10 miles to Georgia-Alabama State Line (Cleburne County, Alabama); Road becomes County Road (CR) 49>
o Go 3.8 miles, angle right on CR 70
o Go 6.2 miles (over the mountain at 3.7 miles from turn) to Seaboard Drive on Left (there is a sign for biking there)
o Go .1 mile, road crosses Trail. The Trail is 8 feet wide at this point and paved
o Turn right to go toward Piedmont, Alabama
o From there the Trail is paved all the way to Weaver, Alabama (outside Anniston)
* From the end of the Chief Ladiga Trail in Weaver turn right and go approximately one mile. There are several motels and restaurants available at that point.
* Repeat in reverse to return to South Cobb Drive!

The goal is to be able to do the Full Monty!! Wahoo 106 miles each way!!

The Silver Comet Trail

Labor day 2007
Topic: Recreation 10:43 pm EDT, Sep  7, 2007

Yay Labor Day!!!! The weather started out "abizmal" (sp?) to quote the weather lady but we made the most of it and had a good weekend! :)

Labor day 2007

Disabled Breakdancers (this is not funny, this is inspiring)
Topic: Recreation 10:34 pm EDT, Aug 21, 2007


Holy shit!

I second that emotion

Disabled Breakdancers (this is not funny, this is inspiring)

The Eight Million Gallon Bash
Topic: Recreation 4:21 pm EDT, Aug 12, 2007

Sample Exquisite Wines, See Amazing Animals, Enjoy the Aquarium and the Oceans Ballroom.

The 2nd Annual “Aqua Vino - The Eight Million Gallon Bash” will take place on Friday, October 12, 2007 from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Georgia Aquarium. Tickets for AquaVino are $125. Yours exclusively for one night, the marvel of the animals is sure to excite as you are treated to an epicurean extravaganza including the finest wines from all over the globe and gourmet fare from Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Georgia Aquarium is a center of wonder and marine discovery for thousands of visitors each year; for veterinary students and faculty the Georgia Aquarium is an opportunity to study and perform pioneering maritime research. Proceeds from Aqua Vino support the Aquarium's state-of-the-art Veterinary Services facility and the Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health.

I know that some of you are into is a chance to taste some for a good cause

The Eight Million Gallon Bash

The Best Source for Skydiving Information
Topic: Recreation 3:58 pm EDT, Aug 12, 2007

Dropzone is divided into the following top-level section. Each have a slew of additional features and link. You really need to visit each of them and click around

* Home - You can always get back to the front by clicking on the home tag or on the logo.
* Forums - With more than 1.2 million posts it's hands-down the most comprehensive skydiving discussion forums on the internet.
* Safety - The Safety & Training section include safety articles and a fatality database to learn from
* Dropzones - A dropzone (DZ) database of places to jump all over the world with reviews written by skydivers
* Gear - A gear database with reviews submitted by our members. Also a stolen gear database and an archive of gear documents.
* Classifieds - The busiest free skydiving classified ad service anywhere
* Photos - Featured galleries by the best skydiving photographers in the world and thousands of user-submitted skydiving images
* News - News articles related to skydiving
* Calendar - An events calendar of upcoming events everywhere in the world of skydiving

I have been interested in trying skydiving for about a year and a half and have been reading this site so I thought I would share.

The Best Source for Skydiving Information

Weekly Jazz Journeys at Georgia Aquarium
Topic: Recreation 7:03 pm EDT, Jul 16, 2007

Cool off with a cocktail, enjoy fine cuisine and explore the life aquatic to the sounds of live jazz each Friday night this summer during Jazz Journeys at the Georgia Aquarium. World-renowned jazz musicians will perform sounds to calm the spirit and arouse the senses while guests enjoy some of nature’s most enchanting aquatic animals. Drinks and light cuisine will be available for purchase.

The Aquarium will remain open until 10 p.m. each Friday night this summer through Aug. 31st with FREE jazz music starting at 7:30 p.m. in the lower atrium.

July 20 - Just Ahead
This Atlanta-based group combines various styles of live jazz, ranging from contemporary smooth jazz, swing and danceable, to traditional jazz standards and funk-oriented sounds. The newest member to Atlanta’s local jazz scene, they’re currently completing new CD "This Way.”

July 27 - Jeff Sparks
This multi-faceted musician offers a refreshing style of jazz, letting his heart speak through his soprano saxophone. In his 30+ years as a saxophonist, he has shared the stage with such noted artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Branford Marsalis, Al B. Sure and Oleta Adams.

August 3 - Eric Essix
Atlanta's favorite smooth jazz guitarist blends gospel, blues and soul music with jazz for a sound that is uniquely informed by his southern upbringing. He’s had top 10 radio hits and 11 albums in a career that spans 18 years.

August 10 - Ken Ford
Riveting, electrifying, sensational and personable describe the music of this renowned electric violinist.

August 17 - The Peachtree Jazz Edition
This 18-piece band has been playing together for 10 years. They offer an expanded repertoire of big band jazz tunes from the 1930s and 1940s, as well as more modern pop-jazz tunes from the 1990s.

August 24 - Kathleen B
With a repertoire that ranges from straight-ahead jazz standards to spirited gospel and R&B, this artist returns to the Georgia Aquarium with smooth vocals from a variety of genres.

August 31 - Madoca
A pianist, keyboardist and composer, this Atlanta-based musician blends jazz, fusion and funk. She has performed around the world and won several awards in her native country, Japan.

This looks like it might be a nice way to spend a Friday night

Weekly Jazz Journeys at Georgia Aquarium

Tetris for your home
Topic: Recreation 2:43 pm EDT, Jul  5, 2007

Love the game? Now love the magnet set which has been adapted from the classic computer puzzle game that had us so addicted to conquering the never-ending stream of falling blocks back in the 1990s.

Tetrius stick to a fridge, an office whiteboard or any other metal surface. The set itself comprises seven different color blocks

These are cool. I think I will have to get a few sets. There are also sets of pillow tetris for small children (shown below) where they can build with them and then climb on it which is kinda interesting.

Tetris for your home

Transformers The Movie!!!!!!!!!
Topic: Recreation 2:25 am EDT, Jul  4, 2007

A long time ago, far away on the planet of Cybertron, a war was being waged between the noble Autobots (led by the wise Optimus Prime) and the devious Decepticons (commanded by the dreaded Megatron) for control over the Allspark, a mystical talisman that would grant unlimited power to whoever possessed it. The Autobots managed to smuggle the Allspark off the planet, but Megatron blasted off in search of it. He eventually tracked it to the planet of Earth (circa 1850), but his reckless desire for power sent him right into the Arctic Ocean, and the sheer cold forced him into a paralyzed state. His body was later found by Captain Archibald Witwicky, and before going into a comatose state Megatron used the last of his energy to engrave a map, showing the location of the Allspark, into the Captain's glasses, and send a transmission to Cybertron. He is then carted away by the Captain's ship. A century later, Sam Witwicky, nicknamed Spike by his friends, buys his first car. To his shock, he discovers it to be Bumblebee, an Autobot in disguise who is to protect Spike, as he bears the Captain's glasses and the map carved on them.

This movie fing rocks BIG!!!!!! You must see it in theater!!!

Transformers The Movie!!!!!!!!!

Shoot Fireworks Online!
Topic: Recreation 11:10 am EDT, Jul  3, 2007

It's easy to create your very own Phantom virtual fireworks show!

Shoot fireworks over beautiful skylines including NYC, Miami, Louisville, Denver, Cleveland, Paris, France and more!

American Cities Features:
New York, NY
Minneapolis, MN
Miami, FL
Golden Gate Bridge
Baltimore, MD
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Pittsburgh, PA
Boston, MA
Tampa, FL
Louisville, KY
Indianapolis, IN
Jacksonville, FL
Cincinnati, OH
Denver, CO
Salt Lake City, UT

More Cool Places Features:
Pyramids of Egypt
Sydney, Australia
Paris, France
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
San Francisco, CA

This is kinda cool. You can pick the color and add your own fireworks to any show. I suck at the detonate the fireworks game :p

Shoot Fireworks Online!

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