All the Downtown/East Atlanta things I want to do before we move to the suburbs

19 Jan

1. Ride the Ferris Wheel.

I think we’ll save the streetcar ride for when we’re “out-of-towners”. And Walter still hasn’t been on Marta. That boy needs to ride a train soon!

Ferris Wheel
I’ve been on the one in Paris, I should brave going up this high in Atlanta. I just bought plane tickets to D.C. and I wonder why I continue to do that when I am terrified of flying (deep down). On my bucket list is traveling around the world staying on the ground. Very The Signature of All Things without the moss and the large dresses.

2. Visit the Cyclorama.

It’s moving to the Atlanta History Center soon, yay, but I have not been yet. I’d like to see it in its “original” location near the Zoo. Poor animals in the zoo. My mother has taught me not to support any zoos. And I agree. They are very sad.

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I love anything to do with history, especially if it’s interactive.

3. See a movie at the drive-in.

I can’t believe I’ve lived next to the Starlight 6 Drive-In for years and I’ve never been. We should have capitalized on this before Walter came along. I guess back then when we wanted to stay up we always went out to a bar and played darts. We never really have been a movie theater couple. We’d rather watch Netflix or the Braves (or go to a game!). And anyway I usually go see movies with my bridesman Jason.

Drive In
They always play bad movies in the 9pm slots, and 11 is just too late to venture out. Dave went once before my time when they filled the back of Alex’s truck with couches. That would be fun to do again.

4. Patron several East Atlanta restaurants

We need to go to all those little places we’ve never been but always said we wanted to go. Dave hasn’t been to Daddy D’s BBQ. And the little Greek restaurant at the corner of that street that you don’t want to drive down but it’s been there forever, so why not. Stone Soup Kitchen showed me the error of my ways. We’ve been foolishly avoiding the hole-in-the-wall joints in our very cool neighborhood.

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Yum.

5. Visit Oakland Cemetery

I’m finally going to the Margaret Mitchell House next week, but I’ve never seen her grave either. I have seen her alive at The Fox recently, exhumed just for that event, before the 75th anniversary premiere of Gone with the Wind. The cemetery should be a great place for photographs too.

Oakland Cemetery
How have I never been here? I used to break in to this abandoned psychiatric hospital in my neighborhood where I grew up. I wish I had pictures from that. But still, a cemetery is kind of a creepy place to visit — if you have an overactive imagination like I do.

6. The Center for Civil and Human Rights

This is one that I’ll bet I’ll be going to more than once, if it’s any good, which I’ve heard it is, so I’m excited to see it for the first time while I still live close. I just hate going down to that area because parking is so expensive near Centennial Park, and I really can’t stand having to pay for parking. I always make Dave drive to pick up our Vietnamese food at Dua on Broad Street for that very reason.

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The Man.

7. Throw parties at the house

It’s a great house for a party. And it looks so pretty now, it’ll be fun. I’d like to host Georgia Tech folks, Walt’s preschool class and teachers, our neighbors, and more friends. If the weather cooperates we can show off our new porch. I am very close to buying an outdoor heater so only rain would keep us off the deck.

  outdoor heater
Wouldn’t that be incredible if this was my backyard?

 

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4 Responses to “All the Downtown/East Atlanta things I want to do before we move to the suburbs”

  1. Cara January 19, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    No wonder you are moving to the burbs; it sounds like you have not taken advantage of being in the city at all ;-P (you know I have to give you a hard time since you are leaving as soon as we become neighbors)! But seriously, never been to Nick’s?!?! OMG, drop everything and go there right now! Order a gyro and DO NOT forget the Greek potatoes! Also Oakland Cemetery is far from creepy (except on the outskirt areas that aren’t as well kempt) and the festivals they have there are so much fun! It is hard to actually focus on a movie at Starlight but it is fun to go to a cheesy one with friends or family and just hang out with the movie as a sort of background amusement. A lot of people bring little grills and cookout during the first movie which is probably why they don’t bother playing anything good. Also I know I am a new mom so I could be wrong about this, but I think you could take Walter because he can always kind of run around the car and play while the movie is going on without you having to worry about disturbing others like you would in a theater. Let me know when you might be going to the ferris wheel and Civil Rights Museum as I’ve never been to those either and actually it’s been so long since I’ve been to the Cyclorama I might want to join on that adventure too!

    • mamajohnston January 19, 2015 at 11:35 am #

      You’re my city guru! We may never move if we can’t sell the house! But no matter where we go I will always hope you’ll keep having fun with me!

  2. Sarah January 20, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    I hope you get a chance to do the drive-in theater! I went once in grad school and it was such a fun experience!

    • mamajohnston January 20, 2015 at 8:52 am #

      I think we will at some point! Every time we have a chance these days we aren’t interested in the movies they have showing! One day the drive in stars will line up 🙂

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