winesap!!! I just discovered them this past weekend at my state's apple festival. I did read that they're hard to find out of season, which seems reasonable as to why I've never seen them before now. :/ ETA: this past weekend, I also found out that apples are measured in "pecks." it makes "a bushel and a peck" make a lot more sense.
@kellyography I live in Decatur! It really is where it's greater, the tagline doesn't lie.
I really liked this piece. I've also been itching to move out of Atlanta for a couple of years (have officially been here for 6), but something (financial) always seems to happen to make it a non-option for the immediate future. Sometimes I like to think of it as Atlanta refusing to let me go! I really do love this place (it's my second home) but want to get moving while I'm still motivated. My boyfriend, however, is from Georgia and is super-hesitant to move away from his friends & family. Additionally, I just got a new job that's in my career path and is absolutely wonderful. It's hard to realistically think of moving when I don't want to leave the job, really, even though I am so itchy to live in a place with reliable transit (!) and more walkability. So, I'm jealous of your supportive significant other and ability to move on! There have to be other Atlantans in this joint, we should have a Billfold meet-up?
@sockhopbop I just saw this! I need to enable follow-up comments (if that's a thing on the Billfold and not just Hairpin?). Perhaps we are long-lost Internet companions?? I am in full support of a poodle skirt-shopping adventure sponsored by Global Sockhop Enthusiasts.
@Weasley when I was applying to jobs a month ago, and asked advice from our HR person (I was on a fairly well-defined contract so it wasn't weird for me to ask about these things) about salary history, et al, she was really adamant about being careful about lying about previous salary amounts. mostly because if they (potential new employer) really wanted to find out what you were making, they could most definitely find out. better to just be real than caught in a white lie! on my end, I was in Americorps, and on the formal new job applications where they asked for salary history, rather than list an untruth I just left it blank. haha. when I got offers they didn't even ask about the blank salary history, at that point, they were just interested in what my range might be so we would all be on the same page.
This is officially my very favorite edition of Places I've Lived. I love the tale of the squirrel tail.
Well, I became funemployed as of yesterday, thanks to my Americorps contract running up and my job leads being slow on decision-making. So I'm making the best of the situation by going to a birthday party tonight at someone's house. I find that most people I know here in Atlanta have house parties for birthday parties instead of going out for the group dinner and zipping all around to bars, which is good for my wallet, and more fun, in my opinion. So I'll probably spend about $10 for a bottle of wine to bring to the party. Then, I'm headed to the Florida beaches to see my mom, so that'll be about a $26 bus trip. I plan on eating most of her food and drinking most of her wine (...thanks, mom), obviously to avoid too many expenditures. And hopefully, by the time I come back I'll have a job and won't have to worry so much about money or stretching out the "fun" in funemployment :(
you had me until "tranny hookers." Seriously?
I experienced a lot of secondhand embarrassment reading that post. I really hope she does read that post in the not-too-distant future and wants to smack herself for it, but something tells me she'll be just fine and might even coast on laurels of Internet-hate for a while. As someone who currently does it, I wish she would take a year or two and join Americorps, and gain some actual perspective. Nothing quite like living on the poverty line and working to better the communities of those for whom poverty is not at all a choice to be ~closer to art~.
@soogee Agreed! I also was going to say something something about, do people really not do their research before moving to places? Especially places like Atlanta? How would she not know she would be living next to El Azteca, which posed issues for her in terms of noise/perceived safety/etc? I think my hackles get raised whenever anyone's dismissive of Atlanta for reasons that aren't Atlanta-specific, they're just general aimless complaints from a person who didn't look up the area/apartment before they moved.