On The Road With Fastfreta...Atlanta

Garden spider in my mother's yard

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Why Atlanta

Georgia is my birthplace, and I know a bit about it, however it occurred to me that many of the readers of my hubs are not as familiar with the state as I am. So I decided to write this from that perspective. I hope to visit sights that I know well and see them through different eyes. So keep reading. Just a little background about Atlanta. Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, is the world headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company. Also, the Atlanta Airport is the world's busiest airport, with Delta Airlines having it's hub there, Delta has the largest Airline hub in the world. For more interesting facts about Atlanta, and Georgia itself, go over and read my hub, GEORGIA-IS-ON-MY-MIND. I will supply pictures of some Atlanta hot spots later. One more fact that might be interesting to some, the up and coming entertainment "mogul," Tyler Perry has a studio right in the heart of Atlanta, or rather it's in Atlanta proper. I do hope to visit and take photos of that one day, and when I'll edit the hub, and add them. Oh, just a side note, when I left Atlanta over 43 years ago, it was considered a "sleepy Southern town," now however, it's blossomed into a "Bustling Metropolis," with major entertainment appeal, which explains it's appeal to the world. Atlanta is much more than what I've listed here, and in later hubs I'll list even more interesting facts.

The sub title asked the question "Why Atlanta," well this will be my base for awhile, I'm actually staying with my mother for a time.

My First Days

Since so much has occurred, I'll recap the highlights. I arrived August 19, 20 days from the time I first left California. Even though I've been enjoying myself on the road, I'm happy to be sleeping in a familiar bed since the last real day in my house.

The biggest event that occurred was a very nice dinner after a refreshing spiritual meeting on the first Sunday after I arrived. I saw some old friends, and met new ones. My old friends from back home, (California), were Steve and Lauren. They, as many of my friends have, left California for, "greener pastures." So another familiar friend to visit on this journey. Lauren was one of my best friends, before she moved away, and when we visit with each other, it's as if we've never parted, we always take up where we left off. Anyway take a look at the pictures below, and just imagine what a good time we had. The food, and association was topnotch. Especially the association. I met some really nice people, that I want to keep in touch with. Lauren and Steve are among those rare people that are easy to warm to, and the type you always want as friends.

The Preston's Home

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ToniGwen and KuameChristian, Gary and DeciaClara, Brook, Patty, and JenniferSteve and ?Alton HoganGaryChristian, Gary, and DeciaSitting roomLauren's Dining roomLauren in her kitchenJenniferPattyBrook and Alton HoganKuameKuameLaurenSteveBonnie and DonaldSteve and Lauren's golf course, I mean yardLauren on the DeckMe on the Deck of the Preston HomeThe Preston's beautiful kitchenLauren and SteveMe and SteveRogersSymeon, Tess, RogersKaren, and SymeonSymeonLauren at a fine restaurant, Tokyo'sLaurenMe at Tokyo's
Toni
Toni
Gwen and Kuame
Gwen and Kuame
Christian, Gary and Decia
Christian, Gary and Decia
Clara, Brook, Patty, and Jennifer
Clara, Brook, Patty, and Jennifer
Steve and ?
Steve and ?
Alton Hogan
Alton Hogan
Gary
Gary
Christian, Gary, and Decia
Christian, Gary, and Decia
Sitting room
Sitting room
Lauren's Dining room
Lauren's Dining room
Lauren in her kitchen
Lauren in her kitchen
Jennifer
Jennifer
Patty
Patty
Brook and Alton Hogan
Brook and Alton Hogan
Kuame
Kuame
Kuame
Kuame
Lauren
Lauren
Steve
Steve
Bonnie and Donald
Bonnie and Donald
Steve and Lauren's golf course, I mean yard
Steve and Lauren's golf course, I mean yard
Lauren on the Deck
Lauren on the Deck
Me on the Deck of the Preston Home
Me on the Deck of the Preston Home
The Preston's beautiful kitchen
The Preston's beautiful kitchen
Lauren and Steve
Lauren and Steve
Me and Steve
Me and Steve
Rogers
Rogers
Symeon, Tess, Rogers
Symeon, Tess, Rogers
Karen, and Symeon
Karen, and Symeon
Symeon
Symeon
Lauren at a fine restaurant, Tokyo's
Lauren at a fine restaurant, Tokyo's
Lauren
Lauren
Me at Tokyo's
Me at Tokyo's

Our Family Gathering

In days gone by, when I'd come home for a visit I was treated to family dinner. However now that I'm staying awhile, I decided to do the family dinner. I had to show them that I could still cook, LOL, I think I did that. I made my famous black eyed pea stew, and my sweet cornbread, which my mother hates, but it turned out to be a hit among the other members of the family. I also made my famous sour cream pound cake. (Use the links herein to get the recipes, if you're interested). All in all it was a very pleasant evening, I even met a couple of new family members.

Family

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My sweet motherMy three gorgeous nieces, Selena, Anissa, ClariceMalcom's girlfriendMalcom, nephewThere's little Mason and big sister Anissa, and cousin, SelenaSelena, AnissaBeautiful niece, ClariceClariceAnother beautiful niece, MalissaMelissa, Mason's Momcutey, patootey, MasonNickBaby sister AnnMasonLook at that grin
My sweet mother
My sweet mother
My three gorgeous nieces, Selena, Anissa, Clarice
My three gorgeous nieces, Selena, Anissa, Clarice
Malcom's girlfriend
Malcom's girlfriend
Malcom, nephew
Malcom, nephew
There's little Mason and big sister Anissa, and cousin, Selena
There's little Mason and big sister Anissa, and cousin, Selena
Selena, Anissa
Selena, Anissa
Beautiful niece, Clarice
Beautiful niece, Clarice
Clarice
Clarice
Another beautiful niece, Malissa
Another beautiful niece, Malissa
Melissa, Mason's Mom
Melissa, Mason's Mom
cutey, patootey, Mason
cutey, patootey, Mason
Nick
Nick
Baby sister Ann
Baby sister Ann
Mason
Mason
Look at that grin
Look at that grin

Family dinner

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Clarice, SelenaYum! Family dinnerAnn keeping guard over the tableSister-in-law BettyMy MummyNiece RenitaRenita's NickJohnnyFavorite childhood friend, JuanitaClariceSelenaAnissaMother and son, Melissa, and MasonMelissa, and MasonBeautiful sister-in-law BrendaThe Big Guy, my brother, CharlesBrenda, and CharlesMalcom and girlfriend Me, and BrendaMe, and Juanita
Clarice, Selena
Clarice, Selena
Yum! Family dinner
Yum! Family dinner
Ann keeping guard over the table
Ann keeping guard over the table
Sister-in-law Betty
Sister-in-law Betty
My Mummy
My Mummy
Niece Renita
Niece Renita
Renita's Nick
Renita's Nick
Johnny
Johnny
Favorite childhood friend, Juanita
Favorite childhood friend, Juanita
Clarice
Clarice
Selena
Selena
Anissa
Anissa
Mother and son, Melissa, and Mason
Mother and son, Melissa, and Mason
Melissa, and Mason
Melissa, and Mason
Beautiful sister-in-law Brenda
Beautiful sister-in-law Brenda
The Big Guy, my brother, Charles
The Big Guy, my brother, Charles
Brenda, and Charles
Brenda, and Charles
Malcom and girlfriend
Malcom and girlfriend
Me, and Brenda
Me, and Brenda
Me, and Juanita
Me, and Juanita

Miscellaneous Events

Juanita, my childhood friend of over 50 years did as we always do when I come home for a visit, we went to our familiar haunts. The old neighborhood, our favorite eatery, etc. This time however we visited her daughter, Shawna's new herbal shop, "Your Vitamin Lady," Herb Shop. Since I had to leave my herbs behind, this was right up my alley.

Your Vitamin Lady

A little pitch time here. If you're in or around Atlanta, please stop by and visit Juanita's daughter's vitamin shop. I pride myself on everything healthy, but I was given a lesson while in the shop. Shana the proprietor, really does know all things healthy. She has magnesium oil, something I never heard of before, anyway it is touted as a remedy for a multiplicity of ailments. I did use it, but not enough to testify as to it's effectiveness. You can also contact YourVitaminLady online.

I also met the author of African American History for Dummies, a book which I must purchase. I understand it can be purchased from Amazon.

So again if you're in the area, or not, contact YourVitaminLady, either through the shop, or online, you won't be disappointed.

Your Vitamin Lady

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Brenda

Another shameless plug here. My sister-in-law has done something most of us are doing these days, and that's taking a chance, and striking out on her own. That seems to be the new American way, working for ones self. I applaud her, as I've been a lifelong entrepreneur, so I support anyone that has or develops the same spirit. Check her out here at her site.

Brenda Ryals

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Side note

My dear sweet sister-in-law Brenda gave me a piece of good advice. She, knowing that I'm a yes person, said, "For once make it all about you, put yourself first." So that's what I'm attempting to do while in this present situation. It's hard but believe me I'm working at it. I guess you're wondering where that came from. Well today, I am having a bad day and I needed something to cheer me up, and I remembered that, and got a lift. Thanks Brenda!

Conclusion

I need to end this some place, so here is a good place. I have much more to report on, but I'm afraid no one's reading this anyway, so I'll begin again once I'm back in Atlanta. By the way I'm currently on So. California. Stay tuned, more to come.

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Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

I almost feel like one of the family now.

You did such a good job of taking us all along for the journey, and I feel at home with your family through the pictures you have included.

I too share a love for Atlanta. If you read my Atlanta tribute hub, you already know how much I adore the city, the culture and the food.

Also, I am so much into herbal medicine, I am thinking about going to naturopathic medicine school (me at 42, sheesh!).

I will make it a point to visit Your Vitamin Lady Herb shop on Auburn Avenue - I go there a lot anyway because I can never get enough of seeing the beautiful combined tombs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

As you can probably already see..I think this is a marvelous hub. Voted Up from me. Good Job!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Rachelle, you're a doll for reading this very long hub. I'll stop by your place real soon, but don't hesitate to drop in anytime.


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adrienne2 5 years ago from Atlanta

Wow what a hub, and a great share Freta!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks adrienne2, I admit it is quite long, but I hope you at least enjoyed the pics. Thanks for stopping, stop over again sometimes.


dj 5 years ago

I loved the trip to Atlanta. I remembered quit a bit of the family, friends and locations. It made me feel good. Live love and go girl. !!!


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip, dj. The family will be glad to hear that you remembered them, they also asked about you. You know I'll continue to Live, love, and go, LOL! See you soon.


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jo miller 5 years ago from Tennessee

I'm enjoying following your trip and learning about your family and life-on-the-road. Glad you're back in the South.

I plan to try your black eye pea stew soon. It's a little cooler here in the South now and a good time for a pot of stew.

My husband tells me Southern cornbread should not be sweet, so I guess your mother is a true southerner. But I like it a little sweet.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Hold on Jo, I'm presently back in California, for a bit. But I am heading back to Atl. soon. Please do try the stew, it is a hit where ever I serve it. Your husband is right, southern cornbread is not traditionally sweet. However, I changed my style of cornbread making when I came to California, so now mine is really sweet, and let me tell you it too is a hit where ever I serve it.

Hey thanks Jo for stopping. By the way this hub was pulled for a bit today, because of being "purely personal." Anyway I fixed it by giving a little detail about Atlanta, and now it's back. I must be careful, going forth.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

I will not talk about the house since you already stated but I can't help but be 100% interested in your next move. Will keep an eye out for it. I know it has to be nice seeing the family though. I am sure whatever road you choose will lead you home Freta. Until then,


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

I hope to report on that real soon. Thank you so much for your sincere concern. Please stay tuned to what comes next. Thank you again so much for stopping and leaving that very heartfelt comment. Pleas come again.


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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

Oh, I llove reading your hub and Admire you so much for what you are doing. You have such a lovely family and friends. Take care.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Hello, hello, I am enjoying writing about my dull life, and I'm so happy so many people find it interesting. I'm still writing, so stay tuned.


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Veronica Allen 4 years ago from Georgia

Well hello road warrior! I haven't visited Hubpages in some time and it's so nice to come back and share all of your travels with you. I think I shall live vicariously through you and your travels. Whenever I need a nice break from mommy and wifehood, I will turn on the computer, sit back, and enjoy the journey you are so kind to take us on.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Well, well, well, welcome back there young lady. I'm so glad to see you back, don't stay away so long next time. I'll come over, and see if you've written anything new, as I know it will be a gem. See you later, and again welcome back.

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