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Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:24 AM

state by state speak your mind about...georgia

another mixed bag
as a gator i see georgia and say...meh
i cannot leave florida without going into it and its huge
takes forever to cross unless you go the coastal route
and then
there is savannah.....the best town in the south
there are others like her old grande belles who will flip up their skirts and dance
but savannah......she does the cancan with no bloomers
and atlanta is a history tour all its own
milledgeville the only city designed to be the state capital and then unused
stone mountain is a work of wonder despite the story it tells
and then there is the appalachian trail starting in north georgia
georgia is worth the trip

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Reply state by state speak your mind about...georgia (Original post)
SwampG8r Feb 2012 OP
provis99 Feb 2012 #1
brer cat Feb 2012 #10
Little Star Feb 2012 #24
MrSlayer Feb 2012 #2
Ecumenist Feb 2012 #47
MrSlayer Feb 2012 #48
Ecumenist Feb 2012 #49
MADem Feb 2012 #3
Tuesday Afternoon Feb 2012 #4
Tsiyu Feb 2012 #8
TwilightGardener Feb 2012 #21
Tsiyu Feb 2012 #22
unapatriciated Feb 2012 #33
TwilightGardener Feb 2012 #36
unapatriciated Feb 2012 #37
TwilightGardener Feb 2012 #42
jpak Feb 2012 #5
SwampG8r Feb 2012 #15
limpyhobbler Feb 2012 #6
jpak Feb 2012 #35
CottonBear Feb 2012 #39
Zambero Feb 2012 #7
Blue_Tires Feb 2012 #9
Little Star Feb 2012 #11
peacefreak Feb 2012 #12
Yo_Mama Feb 2012 #13
NCTraveler Feb 2012 #14
HopeHoops Feb 2012 #16
sinkingfeeling Feb 2012 #17
WI_DEM Feb 2012 #18
KamaAina Feb 2012 #26
Go Vols Feb 2012 #19
Little Star Feb 2012 #23
MACARD Feb 2012 #52
TwilightGardener Feb 2012 #20
KamaAina Feb 2012 #25
KamaAina Feb 2012 #27
KamaAina Feb 2012 #28
unapatriciated Feb 2012 #38
Ecumenist Feb 2012 #51
barbtries Feb 2012 #29
SwampG8r Feb 2012 #32
CottonBear Feb 2012 #40
mike_c Feb 2012 #30
aikoaiko Feb 2012 #31
The Genealogist Feb 2012 #34
OriginalGeek Feb 2012 #41
donheld Feb 2012 #43
Raffi Ella Feb 2012 #44
SwampG8r Feb 2012 #45
RebelOne Feb 2012 #46
Ecumenist Feb 2012 #50

Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:28 AM

1. can't stand those harsh Georgia accents

 

prefer the soft Mississippi accent myself; but then, I'm biased.

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Response to provis99 (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 08:06 AM

10. Folks from middle Georgia have a soft, melodic accent

I live in the far no. Ga mountains now...accents here are pretty harsh, though.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:20 PM

24. Lucky!!....

Did you read my post down thread about our two week vacation in your beautiful neck of the woods? We fell in love!!!

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:30 AM

2. Been through a bunch of times.

 

I can do without the giant flying roaches. My worst nightmare. Beautiful country during the day.

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Response to MrSlayer (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 02:08 AM

47. Are those palmetto bugs? Like in South Carolina and Florida?

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Response to Ecumenist (Reply #47)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 03:30 AM

48. Yes, giant flying roaches.

 

I can't deal. Other insects do not bother me at all. It's very weird.

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Response to MrSlayer (Reply #48)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 03:34 AM

49. Ewww, thank God I'm here in Nothern California..thak you Jesus LOL! nt

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:37 AM

3. The Carter Library is a beautiful, very peaceful place. I could spend all day there. NT

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:43 AM

4. The Allman Brothers. nuff said.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 02:40 AM

8. Oh yeah



I want to visit here soon:

http://www.thebighousemuseum.com/home/

I'll say something nice, despite the bad.

Tybee Island and Suches are two of my favorite places.

I have a lot of family living in GA and I love them dearly.

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Response to Tsiyu (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 12:22 PM

21. Tybee Island--really liked it there.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #21)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 12:51 PM

22. It's a wonderful little island



All built up now but still small and quirky and fun.


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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #21)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 05:34 PM

33. We moved to Georgia six years ago and were married on Tybee Island.

It is indeed beautiful, but Jekyll Island is our destination of choice for a yearly vacation. We call this our doggies' vacation because they can run freely on the beach or enjoy the many trails for a leisurely walk. We can spend a week there at a cost of less than a thousand dollars.

Morning Sunrise:


A walk on the beach:


A well deserved break:


Driftwood Beach:


Sunset:


And this was just our first full day of our vacation last month. There is a lot of history regarding Jekyll good and bad, but it's the natural beauty that draws us back year after year. We have visited there in the summer, fall and winter. Next year we will visit in the spring. On each visit we found something new to explore and enjoy.

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Response to unapatriciated (Reply #33)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 06:24 PM

36. Beautiful--makes me miss the ocean, especially this time of year.

Nice doggies, too!

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #36)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 06:45 PM

37. since we are transplants from Dana Point, California

we miss the beach and love going to Jekyll. We also lived in Mammoth Lakes, CA and know the beauty of those mountains and spend many of our days off with a short drive to the Georgia Mountains and Lakes. We enjoy the many natural beauties of this state.

Day trip last December to Stone Fort State Park:


Pic from our deck two winters ago:

Our back yard provides us with many short breaks from the world.

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Response to unapatriciated (Reply #37)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:55 PM

42. Wow, that is an awesome back yard.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:44 AM

5. You forgot Athens

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Response to jpak (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 10:34 AM

15. no i didnt

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 02:01 AM

6. B-52s, bar-b-q killers, pylon, love tractor, Flat Duo Jets, widespread panic







Lots of good things come from georgia. Also REM is from there.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 06:04 PM

35. Seen 'em all - in their native habitat

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Response to limpyhobbler (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 07:13 PM

39. Athens rocks. However, I'm biased. :)

I'm friends with the surviving BBQ Killers and many, many other Athens, GA band members and artists (former and current).

Y'all should come on down to the Caledonia Lounge tonight. The show will ROCK! Punk rock, that is!

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 02:03 AM

7. Just an old sweet song...

keeps Georgia on my mind.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 02:44 AM

9. Morehouse College c/o '99

And a special shout to some old mechanical engineering friends at Georgia Tech...

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 08:16 AM

11. Be still my heart. Georgia on my mind…..

We vacationed there in 2010 and fell in love with the area. It was a double purpose trip for me.

Yes, it was a great vacation. But all my ancestors from my mother’s side migrated from NC to this area of Georgia and that means Genealogy. I got to see lots of towns where people in my tree lived. I found and took pictures of some graves of my ancestors. I spent time searching records at town halls, court houses, historical societies and libraries.

The Blue Ridge Mountains in northeast Georgia make up the southernmost part of the Appalachian mountain chain.

We stayed two weeks in the town of Epworth on Big Sky Mountain. Epworth is right outside of the larger town of Blue Ridge. Its way out in the sticks and we loved it! “Mountain Majesty” was the name of the cabin we stayed in. Looks like they stopped renting it out now though. The price was a steal when split between two families. What a nice cabin that one was. Take a look: http://www.flipkey.com/blue-ridge-cabin-rentals/p116723/

We visited Brasstown Bald which is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At the summit it sometimes offers (on a clear day) a view of the tall buildings in Atlanta approximately 115 miles away. It was a little hazy the day we were there so we didn’t see Atlanta. We could still see plenty though! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brasstown_Bald

We took advantage of a few of these self-guided tours: http://blueridgemountains.com/selfguidedtours.html

Just down the road we visited the Burra Burra Mine site in Ducktown, TN. The story of the town and its copper mine were a sight to hear about and to see. http://www.telliquah.com/History2.htm

Another day we drove on out and into The Great Smoky Mountains from the NC side. I’ve been there twice but we stayed right in Pigeon Forge those times. A person can never get enough of the Smokies!

To tell the truth, we nosed around so much while we were there I’d have to look at my photos to recall everything we saw and did. I do remember enjoying evenings sitting on the deck with the fireplace going. I also remember sitting out there in the afternoon reading quite a bit.

I know Georgia is a red state but we met so many nice people it never crossed my mind except when I’d see those nasty ass ads for Deal to become governor. He made my skin crawl.

I did see the Fannin County Democratic Headquarters that was in Blue Ridge when we were there. They had it all decked out because it was election season. If you were riding by you couldn’t have missed it!




There's a lot more to Georgia than what I experienced. Here’s just a few of the other places I’d like to visit next time.
Historic Savannah
Metro Atlanta
Lookout Mountain
The Georgia Coast
FDR’s Little White House in Warm Springs
New Echota Historic Site (“Trail of Tears” officially began)
The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum

Here’s a link to their official tourism website:
http://www.exploregeorgia.org/

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 09:34 AM

12. Peaches,

Indigo Girls & Sweet Georgia Brown.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 09:43 AM

13. I love Georgia

I can't be objective about it.

But hey, you've got mountains, tons of shore, swamps and plains. A whole lot of geography - it's easy to find a terrain that meets your tastes. The people are great.

Admittedly we generated a huge RE bubble in the Atlanta area. That has done us great damage.

Despite the claim that GA is a red state, Zell Miller Democrats reign supreme. The ethos of GA is that life ought to work for folks who are trying. A lot of people don't know this, but GA has an absolutely superior set of support and education programs for developmentally impaired children.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 10:03 AM

14. Plains, GA

 

Home of Jimmy Carter.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 10:40 AM

16. Great peaches.

 

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:50 AM

17. I try not to linger long. Spent a lot of time in Atlanta and

Marietta 10 to 15 years ago. Liked my visit to Plains and thought Savannah was nice.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 12:08 PM

18. homestate of Jimmy Carter and Martin Luther King, Jr--are two plusses.

the Grinch is also a native, so it obviously isn't perfect.

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Response to WI_DEM (Reply #18)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:22 PM

26. He is not which you cannot prove so stop saying that!

 

Newton Leroy Gingrich is indeed a son of the Deep South -- of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, to be precise.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 12:16 PM

19. What'll Ya Have?

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Response to Go Vols (Reply #19)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:17 PM

23. You made me google....

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Response to Little Star (Reply #23)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 01:31 PM

52. The Varsity restaurant chain is characterized by a staff of black people

when you go up to order they ask you Whadda ya have, Whadda ya have, Whadda ya have? great food but i think it was characterized best by my uncle who claimed jokingly: you get within 5 miles of a varsity your cholesterol goes up.

My Grandfather used to be a Regents Professor at Georgia Tech, and he would always have chemist visiting him from out of the country, and he would ask this world famous chemist if they wanted to be treated to gourmet or be treated to american food, if they wanted American food he would bring them to the Varsity. My Grandfather, Dr. Eugene Ashby, is still pretty famous in the world of chemistry, though they thought he was a wack ever since he proposed a theory of how evolution and Creationism are both right, god put evolution in motion kind of thing.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 12:20 PM

20. Savannah--one of the prettiest cities in America.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:20 PM

25. In Atlanta they ask you "What do you do?"

 

In Augusta they ask, "Where do you attend church?"

And in Savannah they ask, "What'll you have to drink?"

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:24 PM

27. Actually, if you really had to, you could get out of Fla. via Alabama

 

'way out in the Panhandle.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:26 PM

28. Atlanta's Little Five Points may be the single coolest urban neighborhood in America

 

because, like the ATL as a whole, it draws its coolness from all over the Southeast.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #28)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 06:58 PM

38. I love Little Five Points.

It reminds me of SF and as a transplant from California, it reminds me of home.

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Response to unapatriciated (Reply #38)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 03:41 AM

51. We miss ya here Unapatriciated! nt

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:35 PM

29. Georgia, that happened fast!

i hope you have a journal of these entries because even though i'm on DU constantly (at least i thought i was), i've missed several states, at least one of the A's and from CA to GA.


that's about it. never been there, loved Ray Charles, have a niece and her family living in the Macon area. hope to take a driving trip through the deep south before i'm done.
i have been there after all, a couple three times, in the Atlanta airport, which is my favorite of all the airports i've been to so far. it's like a great big art gallery.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #29)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 02:46 PM

32. they are linked back in each state forum

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Response to barbtries (Reply #29)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 07:16 PM

40. Please come to Athens!

Any of y'all should send me a PM if you're in Athens. I'd love to have another DU meetup here. It's been a few years since the last one.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 02:22 PM

30. I was born and partly raised there....

I also went to grad school at UGA. I'm ambivalent-- there is a great deal of natural beauty in Georgia, and many lovely, quiet rural towns that I dearly love. Nonetheless, in many of those rural counties the legacy of the civil rights struggle still remains in the backwards and bigoted attitudes of folks. Some of the reddest rednecks I've ever met were small town Georgians, but also some of the most liberal and cosmopolitan intellectuals, too.

On balance, I'm much happier living in California, and even if I lived in the southeast there are relatively few places in Georgia I'd want to settle permanently. But there are many places I love visiting.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 02:31 PM

31. Been in Savannah and the area for over a decade now.


And I like it a lot. I'm not saying I wouldn't move away (Telluride is my dream destination) but life's been good to me here.

Now I have a Savannah wife and son. Their sweet Savannah accents make me giggle.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 05:46 PM

34. Georgia...

I lived about 15 or 20 miles south of the Georgia state line. I used to take drives into Georgia, and saw pretty much all the southern-most tier of counties in the state. I have driven north to south across the whole state, from a couple of different directions. I think there is so much natural and pastoral beauty in Florida. Towns like Thomasville I found charming, inviting, picturesque, pleasant. I love Atlanta. When I have been there, I have found it to be so full of life and vitality. I am quite frightened of driving there, though!

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 07:42 PM

41. I love me some Georgia

My littlest brother was born in Atlanta but I haven't been there in 43 years.

In an amazing coincidence, an REM song just came up on my winamp playlist.

My wife has relatives in and near Warner Robbins and I love visiting those folks. They can BBQ a pig like nobody else. That I've had, anyway. She had a cousin in Savannah who we visited every year for several years before he died. I dearly miss that man - the very essence of a Southron Gentleman. He had new stories and history to tell us every time we visited. We never needed a tour guide because he was a walking Savannah encyclopedia. And a bit of a gossip - he was not a rich man but he was comfortable and he worked for some folks who were fairly wealthy. Apparently Savannah High Society can get up to some shenanigans.

Ate at Lady and Sons there several times and always enjoyed the food. Paula Deen never did me no wrong. I knew what I was eating when I put it in my mouth and I'd eat it again. Probably skip the ham though, now that I've been made aware of the Smithfield thing. But hell, I'd pay full dinner buffet price just to sit and eat her hoe cakes until I passed out.

I remember my grandparents taking me to Stone Mountain when I was 6 or 7 but I don't remember much of it.

Yep, I love me some Georgia.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:58 PM

43. The only thing I know of Georgia is R.E.M, Allman Bros. B-52s and

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Response to Raffi Ella (Reply #44)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 01:27 PM

45. the were assholes to start with

georgia didnt make them that way
the same people live in new york and california and montana
they just are better at theri disguises

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 01:52 PM

46. I moved to the North Georgia area in 1989.

I had lived in South Florida much of my life. I love Georgia despite that I live in a totally red county. But the people in my town are great even if they are all Republicans.

I love the rolling hills here and the fact that Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains are only a few hours away. I was sick of the flat, sandy land of South Florida.

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Response to SwampG8r (Original post)

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 03:36 AM

50. "but Savannah....she does the Cancan without bloomers.: LOL!!

I've always felt a draw to Savannah and I don't know why...

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