On The Road With Fastfreta...Atlanta
Garden spider in my mother's yardClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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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.
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Family dinnerClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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