There are a lot of things that I love about Atlanta, but there are also some important ones that I don't. Atlanta may be a big city, but it's still pretty deep in the south. There is definitely an underlying current of racism. I know it doesn't disappear as you move about the country, but its roots here are deep. Also, it's one of the worst cities for biking and as you may or may not know, I really like to ride my bike.
Today I went out to Newnan, about 45 minutes southwest of Atlanta, to do a road ride called Silk Sheets for a change of pace from the normal routes. I took my camera, but it wasn't particularly scenic. There were three things that caught my attention, however, and they just happen to illustrate my earlier sentiment.
Having the childish sense of humor that I do, I stopped to take a picture of this sign because of the name: Soggy Bottom Farm (not the best at picture taking today - must've been sweat in my eyeballs)
THEN, I looked to the left and saw something I'd only seen in old cartoons in film classes - go ahead, click on it and look at the detail:
I wonder what sort of statement these people were trying to make. Now, I'm pretty sure that black people have eyelids, but I'll give 'em the benefit of the doubt. Maybe this particular figurine had hyperthyroid and was a smoker - hence the bulging eyes. Then I looked closer at the picture I took and noticed how the little black boy is all busted up, as is his seating. Is this a statement from the owners or was it vandalism? Crispin and I joked about their stance on race relations having this display in their front yard, but I wish I was more clever and witty because I can see several jokes here somewhere, I just can't put them together.
After witnessing that display, I came upon this "Freedom Isn't Free" sign:
...which TOTALLY reminded me of the following David Cross bit. If you're easily offended by swearing, or a "W" supporter.. it's just going to piss you off..
So, I think I'll start my list with:
Large network of bike lanes.
Politically progressive towards alternative transportation.
and of course - Nice weather. (nice according to my definition)
I'm tired. This whole entry might read horribly, but that's the chance I'm taking in publishing it now...