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Why Aren’t You Riding Your Bike?

Why Aren’t You Riding Your Bike?

By on 13 September, 2017 in City Living, Kate and Stephen, Outdoors with 0 Comments

I don’t have a bike. Not a bad point. You should acquire a bike. In many cities, some our size, health insurance companies (and other companies) sponsor racks of bikes all over cities. Check out this program in Chicago https://member.divvybikes.com/stations Here are 119 cities. https://ggwash.org/view/62137/all-119-us-bikeshare-systems-ranked-by-size It’s too hot. Not anymore. It has cooled off a […]

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Our Dog’s Sunday

Our Dog’s Sunday

By on 28 August, 2017 in City Living, Fun, Kate and Stephen, Pets with 1 Comment

We’d been saving newspaper for about six weeks, and it was time to take it to the shelter. Sometimes the stack of newspaper gets large enough that you worry about the perceptions that visitors might have. The shelter always wants newspaper to line the puppy cages with, so we loaded up the dog (because she […]

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Our City’s New Public Pool!

Our City’s New Public Pool!

“Swimming pools and public space generally have the potential to foster a vibrant community life by counteracting many of the segmenting and alienating aspects of modern life. They offer an informal social space — a meeting ground — where people separated by differences, large yards and high fences, busy lives, and electronic entertainment can interact […]

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A Jewel on Mt. Meigs: Kru

A Jewel on Mt. Meigs: Kru

A good bar doesn’t have to do a lot of things, but to qualify as a “good bar,” it should perform well in a couple of basic categories. Kru (2118 Mt. Meigs Rd.) is a great bar, and even though it has only been open since 2014, it is already a cherished local institution. The […]

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Stonehenge Framing

Stonehenge Framing

By on 17 May, 2017 in Art, City Living, Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment

There was a point in my life when I decided to stop hanging things on the wall with push pins and Blu-Tack. This happened sometime after college. More precisely, I decided that whatever went on my walls from that point forward would be in a frame. There’s something about framed art that communicates adulthood, sure, […]

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How Do We Take the Bus?

How Do We Take the Bus?

I didn’t have to work today, and wanted very much to finally make good on my multi-year goal of taking the bus somewhere, anywhere really. I decided to go to the mall. I had heard that there was a new comic book store in Eastdale Mall, and I wanted to check it out. At 10:54 […]

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Uber in Montgomery

Uber in Montgomery

By on 16 November, 2016 in City Living, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

We’re a one car household, and have been for the nine years we’ve lived in Montgomery. We know this makes us a little unusual. It does take some scheduling and planning, but it’s hard to rationalize buying a second car when the commute to work is only 7 minutes. Still, there have been many times […]

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Pure Barre

Pure Barre

By on 26 September, 2016 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Municipal business with 0 Comments

Plenty of things go out of fashion for perfectly good reasons: congealed salads, legwarmers, Foreigner. But there are other customs that genuinely deserve reaffirmation and renewal. Chief among these, for my money, is the hand-written thank you note. A few weeks ago I found one in my mailbox. It wasn’t for receipt of a gift […]

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Papa Roc’s Italian Restaurant

Papa Roc’s Italian Restaurant

It’s easy to roll your eyes when someone talks about “branding” their small business, but our initial reaction to Papa Roc’s can offer a valuable lesson to anyone with some basic training in public relations and design — and can offer a different lesson to folks who might make the mistake of judging a book by […]

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Savanna Tropical Cafe

Savanna Tropical Cafe

It seems like we’re in the middle of a renaissance for downtown lunch options. On A Roll continues to kill it Tues-Fri with fresh, delicious meals and a rotating menu in their silver trailer; NYC Gyro has substantially stepped up their falafel game (try the baba ghanoush); and SaZa will serve you a great slice […]

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