Monday, October 1, 2012

Scarecrows in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens: Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Here's what you do Tuesday, October 2, 2012

With Fall comes the Atlanta Botanical Gardens' Scarecrows in the Garden.  From the Gardens:

"Scarecrows in the Garden, Atlanta’s favorite fall tradition, returns for its 10th annual season of spooky, kooky fun. Every October the Garden is stuffed with more than 100 scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations. 
In addition to the Scarecrows, enjoy a variety of fall crafts and games in the Children's Garden every weekend, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free with Garden admission."
Grab your date, or your favorite nephew, neice, or young friend, and go check it out!  A great way to celebrate the Fall!  Tickets are 18.95 for adults.  12.95 for kids.  Free for members.  
BTW, You really should think about membership to both the Botanical Gardens and the High Museum.  Both put on great events throughout the year and both memberships offer free visits whenever you like, and lots of perks to boot. 

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Here's What You Do Tuesday

First:  Have breakfast in Midtown.  Empire State South is our go to place.   It's so good!  Take a seat at one of the tables outside.  Have the daily quiche, and a cup of coffee.  So good.  $6 per person.

Breakfast is served Monday to Friday, 7AM to 10:00AM.

Second:  See the Scarecrows at the Botanical Gardens.  $18.95 for general admission.  $12.95 for kids.

Third:  Checking out scarecrows can build an appetite.  How about some lunch at Eats?  Eats on Ponce serves up an eclectic blend of Caribbean and southern cuisine.  Jerk chicken, spicy black beans, collard greens, corn bread.  It's healthy, fast, and so good.  I like to get the jerk chicken plate, with cornbread, rice, and blackbeans myself.  But, make sure to check out the menu and take it all in.  ($ - $10 per person).

A jerk chicken plate from Eats for lunch.

Fourth: Nap time.   Siesta, my friends.

Fifth:  An early dinner and happy hour.  How about some Thai for dinner?  Surin of Thailand in Virginia Highland is a great little joint.   Get there around 6.  Some favs are the spicy mixed seafood (four New Zealand mussels, four sea scallops, four plump shrimp, and squid prepared in Surin’s stir fry), spicy spaghetti (Green beans, onion, basil leaves, shrimp, and chicken in a Thai based chili sauce with wheat pasta), or the squid salad (Steamed squid, onions, and Thai red peppers with a Thai spicy limejuice on crisp Romaine lettuce).  All good.  Have them with a Sapporo, or a very chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.  You're good to go.  $35 per person.
Surin of Thailand never disappoints.  Have the spicy mixed seafood, the spicy spaghetti (wheat noodles, yum!), or  the squid salad.

Finally:  Contraband Cinema is presenting Sports: Observations and Criticisms at Lefont Plaza Theatre on Ponce at 7:45.  It's a series of short films about the effect sports have on athletes and their loved ones.  Here's the line-up.
"Atlanta; Miranda July, 1996, video, 10 min, color
A 12-year-old Olympic swimmer and her mother (both played by July) speak to the public about going for the gold. 
Valery's Ankle; Brett Kashmere, 2006, video, 33 min, color and b&w
Valery’s Ankle explodes the spectacle of hockey violence and its representation in North American media. Taking Bobby Clarke's breaking of rival Russian star Valery Kharlamov's ankle during the 1972 Summit Series as its departure point and site of research, the film uncovers a disturbing history of unforetold and abject Canadian behavior. 
Unfettering The Falcons; Laura Kissel & Niklas Vollmer, 2007, video, 10 min, color
Part road movie, part nature documentary, Unfettering the Falcons questions the false gender identity of the Atlanta Falcons football team via identical twin bird of prey experts who spark a quirky courtship between an American Kestrel (falcon) and a has-been 1991 Toyota Tercel (the "falcon" is a female bird a third stronger and larger than its male counterpart, the "tercel"). 
A Spy In The House That Ruth Built; Vanalyne Green, 1989, video, 30 min, color
Thinking of herself as a spy assigned by the female sex, Green reinterprets baseball’s symbolism—its womblike landscape, its cycles and rituals—and constructs an iconography that pays homage to the female. In one magnificent montage, numerous phallic symbols pass by as Green sees the real purpose of the game: baseball is the only sport about returning home—and where is home...? In a mother’s belly. With humor and irony, Green creates a tape that is both a personal revelation and a heretical portrait."

Tickets are $6.  Looks like an interesting show.
Contraband Cinema Present Sports: Observations and Criticisms at Lefont Plaza Theatre at 7:45.  A series of short films focused on sports and their effect on athletes and their loved ones.

Book Keeping

For two people:
  • Breakfast: $12
  • Scarecrows: $38
  • RA Sushi: $20
  • Nap: $Free
  • Surin: $80
  • Le Font Plaza: $20
Total: $170

Day Map:

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Carbon Footprint:

Today's full day plan can take up to about 12 mi. of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.  That equates to about 10 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 2 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

12 miles of driving
10 pounds of carbon dioxide
2 square feet of forest would be required to sequester this carbon.

Wonder why a gallon of gas (about 6 pounds) generates 20 pounds of green house gas?  Check out this article at

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