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Minnie's Uptown Restaurant

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***** Instead of typing up a lengthy critique of the food at Minnie's, I found this recommendation from a roving foodie. Check out The Mighty Rib. The girl ain't lyin'. *****

From the Inside Looking Out

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***** At the Coca Cola Space Science Center.  *****

Today's Paddle

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***** It was a nice day for paddle, although a bit on the cool side. We had some head winds also that made it a little more challenging. We were trying to make it to the dam, but we ended up turning back. We will have to try again tomorrow. *****

Chattahoochee River...Sandbar

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***** It doesn't take long for nature to start taking over. I was down at the river today...actually in the river walking out on the sandbars, bit of a strange experience. Wildflowers, soft green mosses, and other grasses are growing in the absence of the flowing Chattahoochee River. ***** Next time I go down there, I will have to take a goodie bag. I found several interesting glass shards, old pottery, even a fishing lure. My pockets were so heavy, I started to lose my drawers : ) *****

Cooler Weather ...

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***** ... is apparently good for the roses. I like their color against the weathered fence. ***** Hopefully, tomorrow I will have some shots of the Coca Cola Science Center or maybe the Pemberton house to share with you. Or maybe even Minnie's (THE place in town for down home cooking). I hope they have a salad ... I can't eat that heavy stuff. *****

Vision

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***** Statues representing the four phases of the life of Christopher Columbus:  Vision, Persuasion, Discovery, and Chains. ***** The plaque contains the following text: COLUMBUS, THE STORY IN FOUR IMAGES OF THE MAN Christopher Columbus, 1448-1510, was a Genovese mariner in the service of the great Spanish Empire of 500 years ago whose vision of a world connected across uncharted seas led to his arrival in the new world in 1492. Returning from the first voyage (1492-93) and marching in triumph from Palos to the court in Madrid, Columbus bore a parrot on his wrist as the symbol of his discovery, as the phoenix was the bird of renewal in the classical world, and the dove the voice of the medieval world, the vision of Columbus is symbolized by the multicolored, exotic symbol of the western world. The young Columbus staggers before the certainty of a greater world, which, with his navigational skill, he will ultimately traverse. He explains to the skeptical powers that the world is spher…

Railroad Trestle

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***** Bringing trains from Alabama to Georgia since 1910. As many times as I have walked under this trestle, this is the first time I noticed the date.  *****

Water and Pilings

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***** This is what's left of the old boat landing at Fort Benning. ***** Running late tonight because I had my drawing class tonight. Probably won't have time to visit : ( *****

Where's Your Hat

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***** Caught this at the Ossahatchee Pow Wow last weekend. I think I was looking a the blue/purple hair and the orange hat, but after I really looked at the shot I realized that there was also a black and white check, red and white hats in the frame. Interestingly, almost everyone in the background is also hatless. For the record, I had a hat on my head. It was heading (no pun intended) for the 80's and I forgot my sunblock. *****

Are You Ready ...

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***** ... for fall? I know I am, but it went from summer to winter in the space of a day. What happened to a nice transition from one to the other. Weather that goes from 90 degrees one day to 40 degrees the next day is for the birds.  *****

Another Look

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***** at Judy Bugs Books. *****

Honey

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***** Honey for sale at the Uptown Market Days.  ***** Creamed honey, also known as whipped honey, honey butter, or spun honey, is a type of crystallized honey that has been processed using temperature controlled methods to create a rich, creamy texture similar to peanut butter. *****

Razor Blade Art

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***** Arts on the River! is a cultural arts festival held each October in various locations near the Columbus  Riverwalk overlooking the Chattahoochee River. The festival evolved from the Columbus Artists’ Guild’s Fall Arts Festival, held for many years in various locations around town.  ***** The art show is juried, in that representative work of all participating artists is reviewed to assure that the show remains fine arts only. Slides or photographs are required from first time exhibitors. The awards for the fine arts show have attracted the attention of artists throughout the southeast. A judge from outside the area is brought in to disperse the honors. Various media are encouraged and the show now accepts original computer art and fine art jewelry as well as the traditional forms of presentation. The result is a unique collection of paint media, photography, metal work, glass, hand thrown pottery, sculpture, and wood carving. Artists are encouraged to demonstrate their expertis…

We've Got it All

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***** Fine art, bike and kayak rentals, and pawn brokers. *****

Bran

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***** It does a body good. *****

Books for Every Interest

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***** At Judy Bug's Books in Uptown. *****

Junior Dancer

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***** This little girl was the cutest thing in the ring. An such attitude. She was a joy to watch. ***** *****

Train Trestle

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***** The sun returned to the valley today so I headed out for a walk at lunch. It wasn't a walk to get the heart-rate up. It was a walk to breathe and enjoy the day for a short bit. Several other team members had had the same idea. We were out in force.  ***** This is the first time that I can remember in which a train came over the trestle while I was out walking. A momentous occasion for sure. Of course it was loaded with toxic chemicals, which freaked me out. I am not a doom-sayer, but I just knew an accident would occur while I was in the area. ***** The sky was a bit over-exposed, so I decided to use the poladroid. I like the way it turned out. Next time I will have to get a picture of the gentleman who always tips his hat when I see him on his walk. Such a formal, last century gesture. I love it. TGIF everybody. Have a great weekend. *****

And the Storm Arrived

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***** An hour before this shot, the skies were clearing; clouds interspersed with blue sky. Imagine my surprise to look up and see this storm moving [fast] in from the west. This is not the best, the eastern portion of they sky is overexposed and we have some reflecting light, but I think you get the idea. *****

Corner Art

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***** I took this a couple weeks ago at the Seafood Festival. Most of the works by this artist were painted with acrylics. Personally, I liked the cocktail, but I figure that I could paint that one myself. On this day, I did not purchase anything, but I did talk with a couple of the artists whose work I admired. *****

A Simple Act of Kindness

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***** In the fall of 1883, a hard working employee at the Eagle & Phenix Mills caught her skirt in a piece of machinery. As it ripped, her life savings fell to the ground. Realizing she felt the lining of her skirt the safest place to keep her valuables, factory executives offered to protect the money for her. News spread quickly and soon the majority of the workers asked for the same favor. William Young, G. Gunby Jordan, and W.C. Bradley worked closely with the employees and managed the process of the savings accounts. It was the beginning of a different kind of bank. One that wasn't founded solely on the purpose of financial gain, but on the simple acts of service and meeting individual needs. On October 31, 1888, the bank was chartered as the Third National Bank, then on December 29, 1888 as Columbus Savings Bank. Later, it would become Columbus Bank & Trust Company (CB&T). Every team member at CB&T, Synovus, and TSYS know this story. ***** CB&T and its ho…

1st Haircut ...

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***** ... in almost 4 years. We were glad to take our son Jeremy to the salon for a haircut today. It has been almost 4 years since he had a 'real' haircut. The last I can remember is in 2007 for my parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary (he cut it then for his G'pa). The young lady with him is Latoya and she was nervous because she had never cut that much for a single client before. She took 12.5 inches that we will send to Locks of Love. *****

Yield

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***** Strange place for a 'yield' sign. *****

Red Kayaks

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***** We headed for Upatoi Creek at Fort Benning for our paddle today. We drove out to the old boat landing and headed north. After about an hour, we make it to the creek but the water is too low so we stayed in the  river. We continued north for a short distance, but soon turned back. We had some winds and the currents were stronger than on our previous paddles. The weather was beautiful. We are going to go again tomorrow closer to the uptown area.  *****

Dillingham Street Bridge

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***** Dillingham Street Bridge from the Georgia side of the Chattahoochee River. Just behind is the railroad trestle. We hope to kayak under this bridge tomorrow and I will take the shot from another perspective. Have a great weekend. TGIF. *****

Looking for a Nice Guy

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***** He must have dumped Miss Piggy...or she dumped him. LOL! *****

Steeple

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White steeples and blue skies.
First Presbyterian church on 1st Avenue.
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Reminds of a poem:
Here is the church
Here is the steeple
Look inside and see all the people
: )

Blues Brothers

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***** Happy Birthday to my 50-something husband.  Standing with the Blues Brothers car in front of the Springer Opera House. *****

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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***** The fountain has been tinted PINK in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. I was quite surprised when I walked outside and lunch and saw PINK water in the fountain. *****

Prayer Flags

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***** It's not too often that you see Tibetan Prayer flags in Columbus. The garden smelled of lavender.  ***** Prayer flags are colorful panels of rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. Prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bön, which predated Buddhism in Tibet. In Bön, shamanistic Bonpo used primary-colored plain flags in healing ceremonies. They are unknown in other branches of Buddhism. Traditionally they are woodblock-printed with texts and images. *****

2nd Annual Seafood Festival

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***** 2nd Annual Seafood Festival in Uptown Columbus.  If you're in the Uptown area near The Market on 1st Avenue check out the the Seafood Festival. The food is good and the music is terrific. There is more for children this year with about the same number of other miscellaneous vendors. If you want, you can even purchase a pretty blue t-shirt to commemorate your visit. They will be there till 10:00 tonight. You don't want to miss it.  *****