Sunday, July 22, 2012

Win-Win at the Braves All American Blood Drive: Monday July 23, 2012

Here's what you do Monday, July 23, 2012.

Do you like Braves baseball?!  Wanna help out others while helping yourself to some Braves action?  Here's what you do.  Go give blood at the Braves All American Blood Drive.  It's happening from 10 - 7 on Monday.  In exchange, you get:

  • A pair of tickets to watch the Braves take on the Houston Astros on August 5
  • A buy one get one free ticket offer for select Braves games
  • A chance to win one grand prize: a Braves Family Four Pack, which includes four game tickets and a batting practice field visit
  • A chance to win one of two iPad 3's
Talk about a win-win!  To schedule an appointment for the blood drive, click here and use Sponsor Code Braves or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767).

Here's what you do on Monday:

First:  Get your energy up.  Getting ready to give blood comes down to this:  drink a lot of water and eat something a few hours before.  There's other stuff too.  Check out this link.  To get ready, head on over to Homegrown in Reynoldstown.  It's funky and kitsch, and the all organic and local menu will get you ready in style.  Try the pancake stack with pure maple syrup, or the french toast.  ($ - $10 per person).

Second:  Take a stroll through Oakland Cemetery.  It's just down Memorial, and it's the final resting place of some impactful Atlanta cats.  Folks like Bobby Jones, Ivan Allen Jr., and Maynard Jackson.  A true piece of Atlanta history that's worth knowing.  A good idea is to read about Oakland before you go.  They also have tours on Saturdays and Sundays with guides that know their stuff.   ($ - $Free).
Take in some Atlanta History at Oakland Cemetery.

Third: Head on over to Turner Field and give blood.  Make sure you've made you're appointment with the red cross first.  And, don't forget your free Braves tickets.  You're going to use them August 5th!

Fourth:  Lunch at Empire State South.  Head back on up to midtown and get your energy back at Empire State South.  It's one of Here's What You Do's favorites, and when you go you'll see why.  You're greeted with an outdoor bocce court of classic proportion and surrounded by tall buildings, so that the wind swirls and sets the stage for your bocce greatness.  Then, you enter the restaurant.  It looks like the dining room you wish you had.  A playful mix of chocolates and tans and blues and light and dark.  But the winner is the food.  Try the beet marmalade on toast to start.  Then, have the creole egg salad sandwich.  Finish off lunch with a game of bocce and a glass of cranberry.  You're good to go.  ($ - $15 per person)
Empire State South for Lunch.  The perfect way to restore after making your donation.

Fifth: Nap.  Let slumber restore you.  Follow the perfect bed rules

Sixth: The Intouchables is playing at Tara.  It tells the true story of a wealthy, physically disabled risk taker, the picture of established French nobility, who lost his wife in an accident and whose world is turned upside down when he hires a young, good-humored, black Muslim ex-con as his caretaker. Their bond proves the power and omniscience that love and friendship can hold over all social and economic differences.  It's highly recommended.  ($  - $10 per person).

Finally:  Do a late dinner at Grindhouse Killer Burger.  Just down the street from Tara, this place does, in fact, make a killer burger.  I always go for a double beef burger with tomato and mayo and fries, but you should branch out.  Have the hillbilly burger, or the yankee.  Don't forget the vidalia onion rings. And top it off with a beer.  That'll hit the spot!  ($ - $15 per person).

Grindhouse Killer Burgers for dinner.  What could be better?!

Book Keeping:

For Two People:
Breakfast: $20
Oakland: $Free
Braves All American Blood Drive: $Free
Lunch: $30
Nap: $Free
Movie: $20
Dinner: $30

Total: $100 - a Here's What You Do record low!

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