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#31 Gator

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 09:40 PM

Huh... was that an Asian dude? I may have overheard that conversation. If so, I was exiting the store at that time.

It was a dude with a messenger bag and short (buzz cut-ish) hair. I was the dude in a faded braves hat and glasses ... I looked pretty rough as I had just gotten back from a soccer game.

Tybee, I too live in Decatur (I used to live in Peachtree Hills and haven't updated my CAG profile). I'm about a 5 min. walk from the square (I live just off Scott blvd). Gotta love the farmer's market!

Anyhow, I don't think I'll be picking up the DS Lite anytime soon... my wife and I are both in grad school, so funds are pretty short :(

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Posted 05 June 2006 - 11:33 PM

Tybee: I live in a neighborhood off E. Ponce called Venetian Estates. It's about a mile inside 285, right on the Decatur/Clarkston line. And yes, the Farmer's Market rocks.

Yeah, it sure beats Stone Mountain and Snellville (where my wife and I grew up), but we really miss living IN town...we've considered buying one of those condos right by the Decatur square; not the brand new ones (too rich for my blood!), but maybe one of the older ones.

My rule of thumb for our next move is that I must live within walking distance of no less than three of the following things:
1. good coffee shop
2. CD store
3. good bar
4. game store
5. newsstand
6. good falafel or pizza shop
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Posted 06 June 2006 - 03:38 AM

Tybee: I live in a neighborhood off E. Ponce called Venetian Estates. It's about a mile inside 285, right on the Decatur/Clarkston line. And yes, the Farmer's Market rocks.

Yeah, it sure beats Stone Mountain and Snellville (where my wife and I grew up), but we really miss living IN town...we've considered buying one of those condos right by the Decatur square; not the brand new ones (too rich for my blood!), but maybe one of the older ones.

My rule of thumb for our next move is that I must live within walking distance of no less than three of the following things:
1. good coffee shop
2. CD store
3. good bar
4. game store
5. newsstand
6. good falafel or pizza shop


Nice to know so many CAGs are in the 'hood! My walking distance needs:

1. Good bakery: Pastries a Go Go
2. CD store: Decatur CD
3. Good bar: Brickstore (none better in Atlanta!)
4. Live music: Eddie's Attic, our favorite spot to catch a show (maybe tied with Variety Playhouse)
5. Vietnamese: Viet Chateau (though we usually drive to Saigon Cafe)
6. Marta train access ("walking" to the airport for the first time was a transformative experience)

We love the culture here and it's one of the best places in town to have kids, so we plan on being here for a long, long time.

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 03:55 AM

Nice to know so many CAGs are in the 'hood! My walking distance needs:

1. Good bakery: Pastries a Go Go
2. CD store: Decatur CD
3. Good bar: Brickstore (none better in Atlanta!)
4. Live music: Eddie's Attic, our favorite spot to catch a show (maybe tied with Variety Playhouse)
5. Vietnamese: Viet Chateau (though we usually drive to Saigon Cafe)
6. Marta train access ("walking" to the airport for the first time was a transformative experience)

Wow. I must comment on these!!

1. Ah, a good bakery should've been on my list! Yeah, that place is great. I miss La Piccolina; it was a tiny place in Avondale Estates that had the best Cannolis, and it closed over a year ago. Boo hoo!!
2. Man, that place rocks. They have great clearance sales (which I'm sure you know!), and I can always find great stuff there. Plus, they guys at that store (and at Ella Guru in Toco Hills) are always so nice - which is a good thing compared to Criminal Records and Wax n Facts (where everyone thinks they are reliving scenes from "High Fidelity").
3. Blackthorn Cider on tap. 'nuff said. Well, that and their fish n chips is to die for.
4. I used to play there a lot a few years back; now I just go there to see my buddies (Telegram, Hope For Agoldensummer, and No River City), all of whom play there regularly. Great room for live music.
5. Always meant to try that place out....maybe this weekend.
6. I hate MARTA with the fire of 1000 suns, but only because I rode it every day for 3 years straight to go to GSU. I can't wait for the BeltLine project to get going so we can get some good solid mass transit in this town.

I think that the Brickstore, Decatur CD, and Java Monkey are the places I can most often be found in Decatur - maybe I'll run into ya (or already have!).
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Posted 06 June 2006 - 02:13 PM

Please people, let's keep the Pastries a Go Go to ourselves. My wife and I walk there very frequently, and the wait is long enough as it is! If you haven't tried the Mediterranean Omelot or the Biscuits and Gravy, do so, as it will change your life.

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 03:38 PM

Wow. I must comment on these!!

1. Ah, a good bakery should've been on my list! Yeah, that place is great. I miss La Piccolina; it was a tiny place in Avondale Estates that had the best Cannolis, and it closed over a year ago. Boo hoo!!
2. Man, that place rocks. They have great clearance sales (which I'm sure you know!), and I can always find great stuff there. Plus, they guys at that store (and at Ella Guru in Toco Hills) are always so nice - which is a good thing compared to Criminal Records and Wax n Facts (where everyone thinks they are reliving scenes from "High Fidelity").
3. Blackthorn Cider on tap. 'nuff said. Well, that and their fish n chips is to die for.
4. I used to play there a lot a few years back; now I just go there to see my buddies (Telegram, Hope For Agoldensummer, and No River City), all of whom play there regularly. Great room for live music.
5. Always meant to try that place out....maybe this weekend.
6. I hate MARTA with the fire of 1000 suns, but only because I rode it every day for 3 years straight to go to GSU. I can't wait for the BeltLine project to get going so we can get some good solid mass transit in this town.

I think that the Brickstore, Decatur CD, and Java Monkey are the places I can most often be found in Decatur - maybe I'll run into ya (or already have!).


You like Blackthorn too? Thought I was the only cider drinker in this town. Damn, now we must hang. Meet ya in the Belgian Room. 8-)

Viet Chateau is pretty decent. Of course, better Vietnamese can be had on BuHi, but that holds true for most ethnic food. But for the proximity, it's great.

I totally agree with your assessment of Decatur CD. Great indie music store without all of the pretense. Plus, they had David Mead, one of my favorites, performing in-store two weeks ago (he peformed at Eddie's later).

Eddie's is probably what first made me want to move to Decatur years ago. I saw John Mayer there with Clay Cook and/or David LaBruyere three or four times before he hit the big time. Got the autographs to prove it. Sat right up front when he couldn't even fill the room. Within months he was playing to a record crowd of 100,000+ at Centennial Park. Crazy. Other favorite regulars: Pierce Pettis, Matthew Kahler

Gator: Bob is a god. He made our wedding cake (chocolate mousse) and he and his wife catered (she's Thai and makes killer chicken satay). And I am well acquainted with the mana that is Bob's cat head biscuits and gravy. Trying to stay away right now so I can shed a few pounds and it's damn hard. We ate there Sunday morning and I barely made it out alive. If you ever get the chance to have lunch there, try his chicken salad. It's unbelievable.

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 03:53 PM

You Decatur folks are making me jealous - my fiance and I live in Edgewood right next to Little 5 (an area we've lived around in various locations over the past 5 yrs), and we love it so much.... but Decatur is the only really tempting non-Candler/Inman park area for us. Its a great location!

For us, though a steady diet of El Myr, Variety Playhouse, Brewhouse, Yacht Club, and Highlander (not to mention an EB within walking distance!) keep us pretty happy where we are. Not to mention we just bought a house :)

Anyway, I'm probably going to try to wake up at 8 and hit Target when it opens, then plug it in and charge it as I go back to bed. If that fails, I can always hit BB at 11. I'm assuming EB is getting preorders only, but I guess theres a chance I can score one there too.

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 04:25 PM

You Decatur folks are making me jealous - my fiance and I live in Edgewood right next to Little 5 (an area we've lived around in various locations over the past 5 yrs), and we love it so much.... but Decatur is the only really tempting non-Candler/Inman park area for us. Its a great location!

For us, though a steady diet of El Myr, Variety Playhouse, Brewhouse, Yacht Club, and Highlander (not to mention an EB within walking distance!) keep us pretty happy where we are. Not to mention we just bought a house :)


Don't forget the best burgers in town at the Vortex. ;)

But yeah, Decatur's a great place to live. When we were looking around Christmas we saw 30-40 houses in Inman and Candler Park, Edgewood, Lake Claire, and Decatur. There was a cute little one right across the street from the King Keith house (that crazy painted Victorian B&B) that we almost went with. But I'm glad we ended up where we did. A month after we moved in, the city made our street a historic district.

Anyway, I'm probably going to try to wake up at 8 and hit Target when it opens, then plug it in and charge it as I go back to bed. If that fails, I can always hit BB at 11. I'm assuming EB is getting preorders only, but I guess theres a chance I can score one there too.


So they open at 8:00, eh? Do I want to get up that early on a Sunday? Even for a DS Lite? Hmmmm...

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 05:20 PM

4. I used to play there a lot a few years back; now I just go there to see my buddies (Telegram ... )


I like this band a lot. Saw them opening for Daniel Lanois, and again at the Dogwood Festival. Good shows, both. Let me know if you're going to see them sometime.

So, DS Lites, eh?

I just checked the Wal-Mart SuperCenter next door to work (Roswell), in case the 6/6/06 rumors turned out to be true. No sign of them there. Did notice that Tetris DS is $30, and not $35, which I think is the usual list price. I had already decided that Wal-Mart wasn't getting my money if I found one there early, anyway. F'em.

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 05:36 PM

Ok, one last offering of "a local place you should check out" post from me. Check out "The Independent" ... it's a bar above the Highlander in the midtown arts cinema strip mall off of monroe (near piedmont park). This bar is pretty awesome... it has 6 pool tables, 2 dart boards, decent beer, and a couch & tv with a N64, PS1, and SNES. It's pretty awesome... nothing like hanging out at a bar and playing Goldeneye and Mario Kart 64 before/after catching a flick... just like old times!

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 05:45 PM

Ok, one last offering of "a local place you should check out" post from me. Check out "The Independent" ... it's a bar above the Highlander in the midtown arts cinema strip mall off of monroe (near piedmont park). This bar is pretty awesome... it has 6 pool tables, 2 dart boards, decent beer, and a couch & tv with a N64, PS1, and SNES. It's pretty awesome... nothing like hanging out at a bar and playing Goldeneye and Mario Kart 64 before/after catching a flick... just like old times!


Speaking of the Landmark, I'll be there Sunday evening supporting a film in the Atlanta Film Festival. It’s called “Abduction.” It’s a documentary about a 13-year-old Japanese girl named Megumi Yokota who disappeared in 1977. Many years later, it was discovered that she and many other children had been abducted by the North Korean government to help train their spies for deployment in Japan. The film tells the story of her parents’ decades-long attempt to get her back. I have not seen it yet myself but I’ve been told it’s amazing. I’ll be there helping the directors. You guys should come out.

It’s playing at the Landmark Midtown Cinema at 7:00. Here’s the link for more info:

http://atlanta.bside...filmId=2225095

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 05:49 PM

Ok, one last offering of "a local place you should check out" post from me. Check out "The Independent" ... it's a bar above the Highlander in the midtown arts cinema strip mall off of monroe (near piedmont park). This bar is pretty awesome... it has 6 pool tables, 2 dart boards, decent beer, and a couch & tv with a N64, PS1, and SNES. It's pretty awesome... nothing like hanging out at a bar and playing Goldeneye and Mario Kart 64 before/after catching a flick... just like old times!

I haven't been to that place since it was called Dupree's; it sounds like its about the same as it used to be though...except for the addition of the console games - that's sweet!

Tybee: I do love me some cider! My buddy Stevan (Bosnia guy who works at the Brickstore) got me hooked on it last year. Funny you should mention Clay Cook! I went to middle school with that dude back in the '80s, and my old band used to play with his old band (Avant Garde was their name) at shitholes like the Wrek Room and Sonber Reptile back in the early '90s. Small world. Ah, Kahler. Just this morning as I drove to my office on 14th street, I hummed the tune of his old song called "From Piedmont over to Juniper." God, that's probably 12 years old.....

El Grey: Troy (singer) and Jamie (drummer) are two of my best friends, so I'm really happy to say that I like Telegram's music. Its always difficult to look a friend in the face and tell them you don't dig their music! I was at that Lanois show - his crew practically rewired the EARL's whole sound system, which is definitely a good thing. Side note: one of my current bands is playing the EARL on June 17th, opening for some of my heros - Devotchka!! Whee!! Sorry....just had to brag...8-)
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Posted 06 June 2006 - 06:07 PM

Its like a Duprees 2.0 - they made the sittin' area much nicer and kept the pool tables as nice as they always were. Can't believe I forgot to mention it, with the kickass games setup - good call, Gator!

Its owned by some folks in White Wolf publishing, so gaming is part of their attitude! :)

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 06:12 PM

Tybee: I do love me some cider! My buddy Stevan (Bosnia guy who works at the Brickstore) got me hooked on it last year. Funny you should mention Clay Cook! I went to middle school with that dude back in the '80s, and my old band used to play with his old band (Avant Garde was their name) at shitholes like the Wrek Room and Sonber Reptile back in the early '90s. Small world. Ah, Kahler. Just this morning as I drove to my office on 14th street, I hummed the tune of his old song called "From Piedmont over to Juniper." God, that's probably 12 years old.....


Yeah, cider's much bigger in Europe than it is here (though back in colonial times it was far and away the most popular alcoholic beverage in the U.S.). But I drank Strongbow on tap all the way across Ireland with no one batting an eye. I'd say roughly 2/5 of the people in most of the pubs I hit were drinking cider (with the rest drinking Guinness, of course).

Clay Cook is a great talent. It's kind of a bummer that he got left behind after J.M. took off...Kind of like Kahler after Shawn Mullins hit it big. I've been to the Somber Reptile twice, many years ago, both times to support very bad bands that friends or coworkers played in. Not a nice place.

I'll have to check out Telegram next chance I get.

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 03:51 AM

I checked the Northpoint TRU today. Dude in the RZone knew that Sunday was the release day. The Lites were not visible in the glass case.

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 05:08 AM

I checked the Northpoint TRU today. Dude in the RZone knew that Sunday was the release day. The Lites were not visible in the glass case.


Just for gits and shiggles I checked the Cobb Parkway TRU, Best Buy (picked up some GGC coups and will get New SMB and Magnetica with them), CompUSA, and Target on my lunch break. O for 4 and nothing in the cases.

Are any of you tempted to try that $15 Circuit City coupon? They're saying it should work for the DS.

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Posted 08 June 2006 - 11:51 AM

I checked the Northpoint TRU today. Dude in the RZone knew that Sunday was the release day. The Lites were not visible in the glass case.


I was there too around at 11:30 AM. Picked up Magnetica. He said not until Sunday at 11 AM. I told him I'd be at Target at 8. He then said if I slept in or Target ran out, they had about 60 (!) of them so there should be plenty to go around. Anyway, we are so close at this point and I've got a busy weekend that it's not even worth thinking about.
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Posted 09 June 2006 - 03:50 AM

I went to Best Buy once again today to get a copy of NSMB with a GGC. There were none on the rack so I had to track down an employee to ask if they had any in the back. He turned around and I saw he had in his hand a DS Lite that he was opening up, along with some instructions for installing it as a display. I tried to play it cool and asked him just about the game. When he got back with a copy, I said, "Is that the new DS? Can I purchase one?"

He paused and then said, "This is the only one we have right now. You can..."

I finished his sentence: "...get it on Sunday. Thanks."

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 06:27 AM

I guess I'll be at Edgewood EB some time after 11. If anyone else is there, I'll be the white guy with a shirt on.

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 06:36 AM

Well, hell. Now there's a free copy of Brain Age with DS Lite purchase @ Best Buy. I guess I'll hit them up first at 11.

UPDATE: Looked like there were maybe 3 of us definitely waiting for the Lite at Best Buy when it opened. There were about 6 guys outside the door when it opened, but only a couple of us headed for the DS stuff. Maybe the others were browsing first. My priority was to snag a copy of Brain Age, though, as I knew they'd have enough Lites. Got both, and now I'm home again, and it's charging. Oh so sexy.

I stopped in the Edgewood Target before BB opened, and looked in the case there. They're in the case, perhaps 10 deep.

Note that there is also a free Brain Age coupon for Circuit City! I like this competition!

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 02:17 PM

Sooo... is everyone pleased with their purchase?

I sure am.

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 03:43 PM

Absolutely. I ended up playing my games for hours last night. I'm now addicted to Animal Crossing, and Brain Age's Sudoku game is very relaxing. The touch screen interface is fantastic.

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 04:26 PM

Actually, didn't have time to pick one up yesterday. Leaving work in about 30 mins. and will pick one up then, hopefully from BB with a free copy of Brain Age, which I'll send to my brother with my original DS.

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 05:07 PM

No one in my house heard from me from about three yesterday when it finished charging until nine when the battery started getting low. Animal Crossing is addictive as all hell. The Lite iself is really, really beautiful. The screen, too!

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 05:48 PM

I picked up mine as a pre-order from the EB at Perimeter. Although, I think I've convinced my wife to get one too. We'll probably avail ourselves of the BestBuy Brain-Age deal, or perhaps wait for a Costco bundle! Oh, the choices!

BTW, I'm a fellow Decaturite...Decaturan...whatever. I live off McClendon off of Lawrenceville Highway. Kind of behind the Home Depot up there. I'm often to be found at the Edgewood, Northlake and Perimeter shopping areas.

What's up with the Gamestops closing in Northlake (near the Publix) and on Shallowford road?

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 05:52 PM

I picked up mine as a pre-order from the EB at Perimeter. Although, I think I've convinced my wife to get one too. We'll probably avail ourselves of the BestBuy Brain-Age deal, or perhaps wait for a Costco bundle! Oh, the choices!

BTW, I'm a fellow Decaturite...Decaturan...whatever. I live off McClendon off of Lawrenceville Highway. Kind of behind the Home Depot up there. I'm often to be found at the Edgewood, Northlake and Perimeter shopping areas.

What's up with the Gamestops closing in Northlake (near the Publix) and on Shallowford road?

Hey Hey!! You're right around the corner from me! I live off E. Ponce in a neighborhood right next to McClendon...and yes, those NL Gamestops closing really pissed me off. First the one right by the mall, and then the one at Shallowford & 85; fortunately the EB in the mall isn't that bad.

As for the DS: I LOVE it. Fantastic. NSMB & Brain Age are my main plays right now, and it was hard to force myself to leave the DS at home when i left for work this morning!
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Posted 12 June 2006 - 06:31 PM

Yeah, more love from me on the Brain Age Sudoku. It is indeed a relaxing activity. The little drawing tests are neat. I am alright at animals, but I su-diddly-uck at drawing continents upon which I do not live.

I stayed similarly occupado yesterday/last night. Played some Tetris, tested my Brain Age, beat the first case in Phoenix Wright, fought 3 battles in Advance Wars, and got to 1-5 in NSMB. I ended the evening with more Phoenix Wright, which did frustrate me in a couple of spots. Love those anime sound effects and motion lines, though.

Only downer so far is discovering that the wireless router we're using in the building is not compatible. Maybe I can swap it out with another one I have, and begin my plan for Global Tetris Domination soon. FEAR IT.

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 03:05 PM

Yeah, more love from me on the Brain Age Sudoku. It is indeed a relaxing activity.


You'll be interested to know that Nintendo's releasing a Sudoku-only game for the DS, Sudoku Gridmaster, in just a couple weeks (June 26).

I'm still waiting for a follow-up to Mario's Picross. :cry: