Georgia Is on My Mind

Downtown and Midtown Atlanta
Downtown and Midtown Atlanta

Georgia on my mind

Georgia has been on my mind lately. One good reason, the end of this summer, and the beginning of fall,(2009), Georgia has been hit with almost unprecedented weather conditions, deadly floods throughout Northern Georgia, including my hometown, Atlanta. Another reason, as of late I'm becoming nostalgic, thinking back to the days when I was young, and living at home with my family. Also, it is my birthplace, and childhood home. Most of all I think about my mother, she's in her eighties, and still doing good, however, as I get older I am coming to grips with the fact that she is elderly. My mother has been so active all of her life it's hard to think of her as an older person, however, lately she's been slowing down and it's readily apparent that she's an octogenarian.

As with a lot of us, we thought life was oh so sweet, and it probably was to us kids. However, our parents most likely had a different prospective. Okay, this is not the tenor of this hub. Even though I wrote a hub entitled Why I love Southern California, and I do, Georgia is not far from my affections. I do wish I could have a home in both places and live part of my time in both. Let me stop dreaming, and tell you a little about Georgia. As a matter of fact, Georgia's song is, "Georgia on My Mind," how appropriate.

Some facts about Georgia

As I write about Georgia, I've learned so many things about the state after I left it in the late 60's. To begin with, some of the foods I grew up eating, peaches, pecans and peanuts were some of Georgia's most famous crops. Even though Georgia is the Peach State, it is sometimes called the Goober State, goober being the nickname for peanuts. What some might call roasting peanuts, we said parching peanuts. It was a Saturday night ritual, instead of popcorn, (we were too poor to even buy popcorn, and peanuts were cheap), ergo, peanuts were what we ate when we watched TV.

I never realized, Georgia is the 24th largest state in the U.S. With a population of over 9.6 million (2009), Georgia is the tenth most populous state in the USA. Major Rivers are The Chattahoochee River, nicknamed the "Hooch," The Savannah River, The Suwannee River, ("way down upon the Suwannee River," yeah, that river).

I did know that Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, is the world headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company,(Coca-Cola was invented in Georgia by John S. Pemberton in 1886. and first sold out of a pharmacy in Atlanta), and Delta Airlines.

Atlanta has the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, and 75% of the Fortune 1000 companies have a presence. The Atlanta Airport is the world's busiest airport, with Delta Airlines having it's hub there, Delta also has the largest Airline hub in the world.

Tyler Perry, writer, producer, director, of such films as Diary of A Mad Black Woman, Daddy's Little Girls, Why Did I Get Married, and The Family That Preys, opened a Hollywood style studio in Atlanta, in October, 2008. The first African American to accomplish such a feat.

Oh hey, I just found an interesting fact, Berry College in Rome, Georgia(never heard of it), is thought to have the largest campus of any college in the world. The recently built Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is the world's largest indoor aquarium, it has over 8 million gallons of water and around 100,000 animals with over 500 species. These are facts I obtained from the Internet, from sites such as Wikipedia.

A silly fact: In Gainesville, Georgia, it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork. Oops I might go to jail if I visited Gainesville and ordered chicken.

The Atlanta University Center is the largest concentration of African -American colleges in America and includes Spelman, Morehouse and Morris Brown college.


What I do when I go back to visit

I am a creature of habit. I always eat at the same places, just because. I eat at the Soul Food Restaurant, called The Busy Bee. The thought of the food, which, just as I'm writing, makes my mouth water. There's actually a Ham Hock, and  Neck Bone dinner, I don't know about you, but I've never heard of that, but because I like both kinds of meat, it sounds good, although I've never eaten either of these meals. As I said, being a creature of habit I usually eat the same thing, the oxtails and gravy with all the trimmings, (yum, yum). Let me stop, before I try to catch a plane, just for the food. Another one of my favorite spots is called, "This Is It." I also go to the world famous Varsity drive-in restaurant, where most of my family has worked at least once, even I. For some reason I always have to go back to the place where I grew up, I don't care if I go 3 times a year, I still do the same thing, go figure.

Places and things that I recommend to see and do

Some of these things I'm about to name, the locals, might say are not interesting, but I say, if you go to Georgia, and have time, just to say that you saw or did theses things, is the reason to do them. Some I have done and some I haven't.

  1. Martin Luther King Jr. Museum in Atlanta. Downtown Atlanta around Centennial Olympic Park
  2. Also in Atlanta, The Coca-Cola Bottling museum, Underground Atlanta, The Varsity Drive-In Restaurant, The Atlanta Aquarium, Stone Mountain State Park.
  3. Other places in Georgia include, Savannah, St. Simeon Island, Jekyll Island, Athens
  4. In Pine Mountain, there is Calloway Gardens, and Wild Animal Safari, neither to be missed.

There are many more things that are interesting to me, but I'll leave these for another time.

© 2009 Alfreta Sailor

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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

Hello fastfreda, I am glad to find a hub of yours again. I love the information and the style of your writing. Thank you so much. Keep writing - I love it.


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loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

good morning fastfreda, i really enjoyed my morning coffee here.i learned a lot of things about georgia that i didn't know as well as a few things about you.it has been a good read....thx much


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Yes, ATL is the place fastfreta!

So much accomplished there in such a short time. I've spent time there because my daughter lives there - there is a standard of living we can only dream about here in NYC. And then you got Tyler Perry and how he always opens number 1 at the box office (as quiet as it's kept)- he made it a Hollywood South - so many entertainers have made a home there!

The DeKalb Farmer's Market is great. I have the utmost respect for Mayor Shirley Franklin. I can go on and on and on!

As I think about retiring ATL has always been the number 1 place for me. I can sell my apt. here in NYC and live like a human being amid successful human beings in ATL. Wow!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

Great hub fastfreda! My daughter also lives in Atlanta and I have been to Stone Mountain for the 4th of July and Coca Cola. It's a nice city. The only draw-back to living there is the traffic. You probably get used to it, though.

My daughter has lived down here in Florida with us, but she is always drawn back to Atlanta!


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one2get2no 7 years ago from Olney

Hey nice hub...I really enjoyed your hub. Reminds me of my time in Georgia. Thanks you.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Well, Well, Well, who knew a hub about Georgia would elicit such response. Thank you all for weighing in on this impromptu hub, I was just reminiscing with nothing else on my mind and decided to write this. Thanks, Hello, hello, loveofnight, BK Creative, judydianne, and one2get2no, for more info that I had not thought of. I am going to add Tyler Perry to the hub. Thanks.


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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

Hi, FF. GA is also the largest state east of the Mississippi River, and GA's Altamaha River is the third largest contributor in North America of fresh water to the Atlantic Ocean.

Do you like the Atlanta Zoo?

UGA is the oldest state college in the nation.

Good hub, GA girl!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks habee, I did see that fact about it's size. I never heard of the Altamaha River, must look that one up. I've not been to the Zoo since I left in the late '60's. Oh, I will add the fact about UGA.


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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thanks for a very Informative hub about Georgia. Godspeed. creativeone59


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create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

You have some great facts about Georgia here fastfreta. I have stayed in Georgia once. At that time I visited some sites such as Martin Luther King's house. I usually commute through Georgia to visit relatives in Florida. I did not know most of the facts you mentioned about Georgia. You wrote so well that it was literally like an invitation to visit there more often. Thank you for this great information.


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

Hey! Hey! Hey! A hub after my heart! I live in Savannah and I frequent Atlanta from time to time. I haven't been there in a while. But you are so right, Atlanta has a lot to offer. And the more and more I stay in my hometown of Savannah, I'm finding out the little surprises this city has to offer as well. With it's wonderful Jazz festivals, Heritage Festivals, River Street and the like, Savannah has a lot to offer too, although it's not as big as Atlanta. Hmmm! I think I'll go to River Street today!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

I thought when I wrote this quickie hub, that no one would pay much attention to it. Well, I was wrong, who knew.

Thank you, creativeone, creat a page, and Veronica Allen for weighing in on this one so quickly. Thanks creativeone and create a page for your wonderful comments. And Veronica thank you, I went to Savannah once, and just loved it. I loved River Street. I think that I would like to add some more facts about Savannah, so I'll research and do just that, because it should be a must for anyone visiting Ga.


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create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

Just a quick note fastfreta. Your hubs attract many readers from hubpages and beyond, so 'everything' you write will be read and receive many comments. Continue to have fun while you hub.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you create a page, you're a doll.


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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Enjoyed your hub, FF, Liked all the info about Georgia. And was interested in the Ham Hock dinner at the Busy Bee. I make a delicious Navy Bean and Ham Hock soup. Soooo good. Now that it's fall, time to make a big pot. Glad you reminded me!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks alekhouse, I too have had ham hock cooked in my dishes and do so frequently. However I've never made it my meat of choice for a meal. Hmm, I think I'll make the Navy Bean soup this winter too. Thanks for the idea.


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jimcain207 7 years ago from HUMPHREY, ARKANSAS

fastfreta--you sure are stirring up my memories of Georgia. I was stationed at Ft Benning and know what it is like to fish the Chattahoochee River, along with Callaway gardens, Atlanta underground.Whole lot more facts than I was aware of. Very interesting hub. Thanks.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks jimcain for stopping by, to be truthful, I also learned some things that I never knew. Come again soon.


Mr, Writesum 7 years ago

Hi,

As Bob Hope would say, "Thanks for the memories." I lived in Atlanta,Georgia from '74 to '78 and loved it! The Varsity of couse was great but also nearby on 14th was Harry's Steak House. It was an old place. Dark. But... great food and cold beer and it was next door to Mastersound Studios where I worked as a studo singer often. A session there usually required a trip to Harry's lol. I sang with Martha & the Vandellas in Peidmont Park for the annual Dogwood Festival a few years ago and that was so much fun. There were, of course some disapointed black guys in the audience as the Vandellas are usually all female and I am a white guy. lol. Oh well, I have worked with many R&B folks through the years and some folks are a bit surprised. My grandmother for one, when I pointed out a T.J Swan Wine commercial I sang on. lol. She was puzzeled. I enjoyed your hub and memories of a great place, Georgia!

Sincerely,

Mr, Writesum


Linda Medrano 7 years ago

My husband has been in Georgia for the last 2 weeks, flying into "Hotlanta" and then driving to Augusta for business. The storms were bad! But Alex said that the area is very very beautiful. This is his first trip there, and now I'm curious about going myself! Thank you for a lovely article!

Linda


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you both for stopping by. To Mr. Writesum, WOW! We barely missed each other, not really, I've been gone since 1968, but believe me I was there those years visiting my family. And, oh yes, I forgot the Dogwood Festival, I happened to be in Atl. last year during the Festival, and didn't know it until the last day. Thank you for the memories.

To Linda, thank you, and I agree that the area is very beautiful, you should visit at least once. I'm sure you will enjoy your stay, and don't forget to take a copy of my hub so you can visit some of the places that I recommended.


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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

Sounds like a very interesting place. You know, I've never been to America, but Georgia is a place I'd like to visit. As for the Geographical conditions - we are in the End times (it's a sign) I just pray the people are safe. Regards, E.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Lady_E, thanks for stopping. So far it seems that not too many were harmed. Thanks for your concern.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

Congrats! This article is featured on Hub pages opening home page.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Veronica, I've never even seen that page before. I need to acquaint myself better with HubPages. I'm always on the lookout for hubbers that are not associated with me, now I know where to find them. Thanks again.


Louidam1 6 years ago

Great Hub! I been living in Georgia for 3 years now and enjoy it. Very laid back with nice friendly people and enjoy some of the food. Only down side is that my family does not live here....they all stay in California.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Hi Louidam1, I guess we traded places. I moved from Atlanta to California, and you did just the opposite. I feel the same about Cali. Thanks for stopping by, please come back again.


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Bail Up ! 6 years ago

Hi Freta

I had to come back and visit and so glad I did. Very interesting facts about Georgia. Personally I've never been except in passing through. I will now make it a point to make it a destination of mine soon. I'm determinded to find that Soul Food Restaurant. Thanks for sharing.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Bail Up for coming back again. I hope they appreciate the plug, of course they don't know yet, and won't until someone tells them when they visit. So if you go please let them know. Thanks again.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Well, what an interesting Hub! I have always loved the song, and now I know a bit more about the place. Maybe will get there sometime.

Love and peace

Tony


ladydijay 6 years ago

I feel that we should go there real soon. (smile)


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you tonymac, it is a nice place to visit.

Thanks ladydijay, you're right, maybe soon.


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magdielqr 6 years ago

Very informative and interesting! Thanks.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

As a southern Georgia gentleman (really, I was called that one time) how could I not comment on your hub? Myself? A country boy of course who visits Atlanta occasionally but am always glad to leave. You seem to be still a southern Lady. Enjoyed the article very much!


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Why thank you Randy. I have not forgotten my southern roots. Thanks for stopping by, y'all come back now, (smile).


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Painted Seahorse 5 years ago from Woodstock, GA

Atlanta is a fun place to visit. Also worth checking out are the theatres, like the Fox and the Shakespeare Tavern. Piedmont Park is beautiful, too, and a great place to bring your dogs!


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A M Lehrer 5 years ago from Southern United States

That's my home, Fastfreta! I am not far the Varsity & the Aquarium is AMAZING! While I lived in NY, my heart always belonged in the South! So here I am, back home. I did not know we had that in common (I also loved Cali, the times I have visited!! :) thanks for another great hub!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

I agree Painted Seahorse, it is a fun place. I know about the Fox, but I don't know about the Shakespeare Tavern, but I'll have to check it out.

I know it is your home A M Lehrer, and I'm glad that you saw this hub. I'm back in L.A. now I'll be back in Atlanta in October, and I'll contact you. I used to live very close to the Varsity, as a matter of fact I could walk there from my home.

Thank you both for reading and leaving such meaningful comments. I'll see you both soon.

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