Sunday, July 29, 2012

What is Here's What You Do anyway?

Monday, July 30, 2012. 

Hey!  I'm Steve.  I created Here's What You Do.

You know, Atlanta's a great place to live.  We have more 4-star restaurants per capita than any city in the country?  Great sports teams.  Great art.  Great music.  We oughtta take advantage of that, right?!  I've been here since 1993, and I never run out of things to do.  That's what Here's What You Do is about.  It's a suggested itinerary every day of what you can do in Atlanta.  We try to think of everything.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner.  Museums, live music, cinema, theater, sports.  Even naps!  We try to make it all as high quality and fun as possible.

Here's What You Do is supposed to fill a need.  On the internet, most activities are just presented in a huge list of things you can do.  It's hard to even understand all the options, let alone string them together into a schedule.  Why not have a high quality suggestion of the things you should do?  Why not schedule them, so that you don't run into overlaps or hang ups?  That just makes it easier.  With the scheduling done, you have time to have fun.  I wish there was a Here's What You Do for all the cities I travel to.  Maybe I'll work on that next.  :-)

Now, here's some points to make about Here's What You Do:

  • The Here's What You Do day plans are intended for two people.  Maybe it's a date, or your hanging out with your son or daughter.  Two people are in mind for each day plan. 

  • The day plans are designed for anyone who wants to enjoy Atlanta.  It can be a visitor, someone who just moved here and wants to learn the city, or a veteran Atlantan who already knows all the places recommended and just hasn't thought to go to them in a while.

  • The day plans are by no means all you can do in Atlanta.  There are thousands of other great things each day that aren't included.  We are trying to name everything eventually, but each day only has so many hours. 

  • You do not have to do the Here's What You Do day plan every day.  My friend Martina told me it seemed like I was writing it as a schedule for rich, unemployed people.  Not true, though that would be nice.  Just try to do a Here's What You Do every now and again, when you have a day off and want to enjoy yourself.  I promise.  You'll have a blast.

  • You don't have to do everything on the list.  Actually, you're kind of an iron man if you can do the whole thing.  There's a lot of stuff packed into one of these days.  That's why we add a nap.  Just so you can recover.  Skip some stuff.  If you only have the afternoon available, just do the stuff for the afternoon.  If only one thing appeals, just do that.  It's OK.  I swear.

  • Speaking of naps.  You do not have to take the nap.  The nap, like everything else, is just a suggestion.  It's meant to be recharge time, when you and your date can restore.  What you do with the time is up to you.  You know what I'm talking about :-)  Just enjoy.

  • Feel free to mix and match day plans as much as you want.  If you see a set of events you like from different plans, just merge 'em together into your own plan.

  • Above all, remember that Here's What You Do is just making suggestions.  We try our best to add details about schedule and keep you on time, but you have to make sure you show up for things on time, that you make your own reservations, and that you double check addresses and timings to make sure you don't miss something.

That's about it.  I hope everyone is enjoying Here's What You Do, and will stay tuned for more posts in the future.  There are going to be some great posts about vacations you can take, best of lists - cocktails, cheeseburgers, pizza, etc. - and much more.

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Stephen Bourne, Here's What You Do
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