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The One-Eyed Bluesman - I’ve seen this guy on the MARTA train a time or two.

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Spotted on MARTA - Actors, Models & Talent for Christ. 
I don’t know what to really think of this. Good thing I have the Internets to tell me how I should react.
http://www.avclub.com/milwaukee/articles/5-hilariousterrifying-things-about-the-actors-mode,82992/
http://amtcscam.com/

Spotted on MARTA - Actors, Models & Talent for Christ. 

I don’t know what to really think of this. Good thing I have the Internets to tell me how I should react.

http://www.avclub.com/milwaukee/articles/5-hilariousterrifying-things-about-the-actors-mode,82992/

http://amtcscam.com/

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Hey! Hey! Hey! Spotted on MARTA …

I looked up at the Lindbergh Stop and noticed the back pocket of the jeans of a guy getting ready to disembark at Lindbergh. Is that … why yes, it was … Fat Albert. 

This was new to me. Little did I realize that I was 10+ years late on this particular fashion trend train:

http://www.sptimes.com/2002/03/04/Floridian/Hey__hey__hey__Fat_Al.shtml 

The clothes were made by New York’s FUBU and are part of the company’s “Platinum” FUBU line. Back in the day (2002), a leather Fat Albert jacket could set you back $689.

Looks like you could score a pair of Fat Albert jeans for about $30 on Ebay.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Platinum-FUBU-Fat-Albert-and-Gang-jeans-size-32-x-34-NICE-/260954279826

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This is the third of fourth time, I think, that I’ve taken the MARTA train home from the airport.
And I’ve noticed that there are, at around Bluff Street and Murphy Street SW, a couple of corrals for horses. Horses! In downtown Atlanta! Who’d have thunk it?
What I noticed this morning coming back from the airport was some graffiti spray-painted on the back of one of the corral’s fences:
"Four Feet Good.
Two Feet Better.”
I wonder if hogs named Napoleon or Snowball are living in that part of Atlanta as well?

This is the third of fourth time, I think, that I’ve taken the MARTA train home from the airport.

And I’ve noticed that there are, at around Bluff Street and Murphy Street SW, a couple of corrals for horses. Horses! In downtown Atlanta! Who’d have thunk it?

What I noticed this morning coming back from the airport was some graffiti spray-painted on the back of one of the corral’s fences:

"Four Feet Good.

Two Feet Better.”

I wonder if hogs named Napoleon or Snowball are living in that part of Atlanta as well?

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My (latest) favorite piece of neighborhood graffiti. It poses so many questions. Questions like:
Who is Fish Boy?
What did he do?
Why is he sorry?
Who is he saying he is sorry to?
Is this a story of love gone bad? Unrequited love that is never to be? Problems in the Fish Boy family? Merely the beginning of a tale of sordid misdeeds and/or bloody revenge?
This is the kind of clue that starts you down the trail of uncovering the complete saga of the Oak Cliff Neighborhood Underground Porn Ring.
And we all know the rest of THAT story …
Glenwood Avenue SE and Moreland. Find this location on Google Maps.

My (latest) favorite piece of neighborhood graffiti. It poses so many questions. Questions like:

  • Who is Fish Boy?
  • What did he do?
  • Why is he sorry?
  • Who is he saying he is sorry to?
  • Is this a story of love gone bad? Unrequited love that is never to be? Problems in the Fish Boy family? Merely the beginning of a tale of sordid misdeeds and/or bloody revenge?

This is the kind of clue that starts you down the trail of uncovering the complete saga of the Oak Cliff Neighborhood Underground Porn Ring.

And we all know the rest of THAT story …

Glenwood Avenue SE and Moreland. Find this location on Google Maps.

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Favorite Graffiti seen on my block lately …

… was this piece of … advice? encouragement? sarcasm? … seen scrawled on the sidewalk in front of Bass Lofts Apartments.

"STAY POSITIVE."

Which I like, and not just because it’s the title of a Hold Steady song.

Stay Positive

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The “Buddy, can you spare a smoke” Test as Economic Indicator

This thought came to me as I was walking home from the MARTA train one night last week. I was walking through Inman Park and headed towards Little Five Points, and was maybe 20 paces behind a trio of girls, also walking towards Little Five Points. A bearded, bespectacled, scruffy looking young fellow — let’s for sake or argument call him a hipster — was walking the other way through the park, towards the MARTA station.

At least one of the girls was smoking a cigarette. As he approached them, the young hipster asked the heroic trio, “Could I bum a smoke off of any of you?” (I may be taking some license here - “Can I bum a smoke off you?” was the phrase I recall from my bartending in smoke-filled bar/college days, and that was some 20 years ago now, so the lingo may be different.) Regardless of how it was phrased, a request for a cigarette was made by this young man to these young girls.

A request that was turned down.

The young hipster continued walking. I must have looked like a non-smoker or maybe because I wasn’t smoking, I was not asked if I had an extra cigarette.

The person walking some 20 paces behind me in the park, however, was. 

"Can I borrow a cigarette?" the question was asked.

DENIED! Well, politely declined, truth be told.

But the truth remains that this guy asked two people for cigarettes and was turned down. Not once, but twice!

That got me to thinking …

What does the Buddy, can you spare a smoke test tell us about the state of the United States economy?

I’ve never been a smoker, but as mentioned above, I used to spend a fair bit of time hanging out with them. And it seemed to be a universal truth amongst smokers that, if one smoker asked you if you had an extra cigarette and you had one, you offered it up to them. It may well be that I am casting my memories in some golden patina of utopia where all smokers banded together in nicotine-fueled harmony and I’m sure there were plenty of heartless bastard smokers back in the 90s who never lent a cigarette to anyone ever, but …

… I’m also wondering if the amount of a person’s disposable income impacts their willingness to share smokes? I.e. If times are hard, are people are less likely to share a cigarette with their fellow man?

… Or maybe as the price of cigarettes shoots up, they become more precious and people are less willing to share?

Now, according to my research, a pack of cigarettes costs about $4.50 in Atlanta.

Maybe it’s a combination of those factors? Or some other factor I haven’t taken into consideration? Maybe young girls are getting tired of hipsters always trying to cadge their smokes?

This about all the research I’ve done into the issue, but I think it’s a question that may be worth delving into.

Just what does the “Buddy, can you spare a smoke?” test tell us about the state of the United States economy?

Where are the members of the Joint Council of Economic Advisors when you really need them, I ask you? Probably outside, trying to bum a smoke off their neighbors …

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Why I like Public Transport. Reason #97: Real Men Transport Turtles

Just last week I saw a man on the train wearing a suit and a bowler cap, carrying not only a valise but two (2!) small terrariums, each with a pet turtle inside. This was Atlanta, not Dallas, but in all my many many years of driving my car and picking up hitchhikers and random strangers, in Atlanta and Dallas and points both in-between and nowheres-near, never ever have I had a man, woman or child in a suit carrying turtles ride in MY car. Maybe others have. I can’t speak for them. But as long as there is even a chance, by using public transport, that I will run into a man in a suit carrying turtles, I will remain a fan and a user of public transport.

Man Carrying Turtle

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This news doesn’t exactly make my day …

Roughly two dozen teens, reportedly chanting the name of an Atlanta gang, invaded a MARTA train early Sunday morning, beating and robbing two Delta flight attendants.

The train’s other passengers, overwhelmed by the aggressive youths — believed to range in age from 13 to 18 — watched the attacks unfold.

“There was blood everywhere, people were hollering and screaming,” a witness told Channel 2 Action News. “We were intimidated. People were terrified. People were trying to run. But there was nowhere to run.”

Flight attendant Parker Stanea, 28, told officers a diminutive black male, no taller than 5′4″, emerged from the pack of teens to hit him over the left eye with a soda can. Stanea was pushed to the ground by the other youths and his wallet, stolen.

His friend, Jose Souza, said he was assaulted by the same suspect, according to the MARTA police incident report. The pink-clad teen punched him in the lip, the 24-year-old Delta employee said, but before they could take anything two unidentified male passengers intervened.

Meanwhile, witnesses said they heard the youths chanting “B.P.F.L,” an Atlanta gang that appears to have established a presence within Zone 3 on the south side. They departed the train at the Oakland City station.

Their victims told police they intend to press charges. Neither sustained serious injuries in the attack.

MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris said the transit authority “will not be commenting about what might have prompted the attack or whether those involved were affiliated with any organized group.” The investigation continues, he said.

Asked if the attack might prompt MARTA to place more officers on patrol, Harris said no decision has been made.

"Our police department constantly evaluates their plans with regard to patrols and other security measures and makes changes as circumstances dictate," he said.

I’m definitely going to be keeping both eyes even more open for roaming gangs of angry street youths from no on.

Blergh.

The full story (which I just copied and pasted above) can be found here: http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/horde-of-teens-attack-917772.html

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Batma posted a link to this story on their Facebook page, writing “We are in the process of developing a smart phone app for “the buc” and I think MARTA has one for iPhones. Has anyone used it?”

I’ve checked out MARTA maps on my iPhone, and I’ve checked out MARTA email updates on my iPhone, but I haven’t used a MARTA iPhone app.

Note to self: Look for MARTA iPhone app.

The story BATMA links to is posted on Wired magazine’s Autopia blog.