Loganville Chick-fil-A photos

When I was growing up in Statesboro, Hardee’s was a treat (it’s a law that every small town in South Georgia has to have a Hardee’s – look it up). I can remember the smells of the restaurant, the shakes (always strawberry), and the hamburgers had a certain flavor a little different (maybe the sauce?) from McDonalds, Burger Chef, Burger King, Dairy Queen, and Wendy’s. (That was about it for small-town South Georgia hamburger joints.)

"Home of the Original Chicken Sandwich" on the wall in Loganville, Georgia's Chick-fil-A
You know that you’re home at Chick-fil-A.

I did sample the new Chik-fil-A Spicy Sandwich – it was good and had a little kick to it. I was part of a new promotion but it looked like they weren’t making a big deal of it at the Lawrenceville restaurant.

Read this guy’s review of his Chik-fil-A experience with the new sandwich – excellent and even has pics!

 

 

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Chick-fil-A always puts fresh flowers on the table
Chick-fil-A always puts fresh flowers on the table
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Zaxby’s – let me know if you find a better chicken joint.

Every few months, I make the short trek to Thomson, Georgia, from Gwinnett County to meet my folks and leave one of my children for a visit to my childhood home in God’s Country, Bulloch County. We usually meet at the Zaxby’s since everybody likes the food.

When I meet my folks in Thomson, we always share a meal at the Zaxby's right next to I-20.
When I meet my folks in Thomson, we always share a meal at the Zaxby’s right next to I-20.

This past Saturday, the day was beautiful and sunny. I took my daughter to meet Mama and Dad at the appointed Zaxby’s. When we got there at noon, fifteen or twenty people were already in line…none of them were my parents.  It hadn’t been that long since I’d seen them and I think I would have recognized them.  We waited about three more minutes and they pulled up in the parking lot. By the time that we got in line, only 3 or 4 people were ahead of us. The line was really moving quickly.

Mama and my daughter wanted the House Zalads with fried chicken, Dad got the #1 Chicken Finger Plate, and I got the Grilled Sandwich Sandwich Meal.  I always get Sweet Tea and dilute it with some Unsweet just in case somebody dropped the sugar bowl in the tea pitcher (hello, Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s!)  Note to self:  buy a Zaxby’s Ice Machine…oh man, that ice is perfect!

I can’t remember anything.

Anyway, we got our order from Christian, the friendly blond behind the counter.  Her manager was helping out.  She was very nice as well.  We didn’t talk to anybody else although I did make four trips back to the counter for the food…then ketchup that I forgot…then a Diet Coke for Dad…then a water bottle that didn’t make it on the tray.  I know one brunette that I kept walking by must have thought I was hitting on her…or either she recognized me from the “Don’t Take Checks From This Man” photo on the counter next to the cash register.

Zaxby's Tea and ICE...the ICE from Zaxby's has it's own Facebook Page!
Zaxby’s Tea and ICE…the ICE from Zaxby’s has it’s own Facebook Page!

Everybody gobbled up their food.  My sandwich was good with the perfect amount of Zax Sauce on it.  The fries were spot on…not too greasy.  Dad acted surprised that he ate all five of his chicken fingers but I don’t know who he thought he was fooling.  Mama and my lil’ girl must have enjoyed there Zalads since they didn’t leave hardly a crumb.

I checked the Men’s bathroom; it was clean and tidy.  The music was pleasant..some eighties hits.

The Final Verdict is In

This Zaxby’s I’ll give a 9.3 on a 10 scale.  The only thing that might could be improved was the room temperature.  It was too cool for some patrons who had thrown on coats…in August.

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7 Beautiful Lots on Quiet Lake Lanier Deep Water

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Own this view on Lake Lanier Deepwater

These 7 lots are beautiful and on a quiet road near the easy access that the newly expanded Georgia Highway 53 affords. At one point these were priced at $400k apiece.  Now they are $171,429 per lot and are each about an acre. One person or entity can buy more than one lot.  All lots are raw with no man-made objects.

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Shade in the heat, sun in the winter – a hardwood canopy you’ll have
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All this privacy and still get a sunset too?

Don’t let this rare opportunity pass you by.  A large, thriving lake this close to all of the benefits of the metro Atlanta area (world class hospitals, the Southeast finest shopping, pro sports, a major airport, etc.) while still being able to enjoy the small towns and charm of the North Georgia mountains a short drive away is not easy to find.

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A river doesn’t run through it…a brook does though.

Picture yourself enjoying a cup of coffee looking out on the lake or having friends and family over for a party in the backyard.  There is something about the lapping of the water, the breeze that is a little cooler than normal, and the attraction that fun on the water holds for all of us that makes lake living so enticing.  Most likely, your new home will be the spot where your loved ones want to congregate for the holidays.

Please let me know if I can provide you with any more information or help with this property.  If you would like for me to meet you at the parcel, please contact me at your convenience at john@johnrobertconley.com or 678-386-4694.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Respectfully,

John

Click here for Loopnet information on the property.

Click here to be taken to get directions.

Maxie Price’s Service Department

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Dreaming

The last several times that I have been in my local Chevy dealer, Maxie Price, I have dealt with Steve Kelly in the Service Department. Steve always remembers my name and he is professional, friendly and he gets the work done with a good attitude. They have a comfortable lounge area too with two big televisions and some seriously bitter coffee if you get there early. Now if I can just save up for a ‘Vette ZR1. You can call him if you want at (678) 527-8058 or (770) 466-4444.

You can even walk around the lot and look at the ‘Vettes and somebody will ask to help you if you need it. The times that they asked me, there was no pressure just a little friendly banter.

Why am I writing this? Because it is unusual to find people that seem like they care if you are a satisfied customer. I think my brother-in-law Steve does. Just kidding, we aren’t related and I never saw him before I met him at Maxie’s.

This past Friday, Steve handled the emissons on my Chevy. Something was wrong with a fuse so they had to fix it but they didn’t charge anything for that. When I was leaving, I dropped my credit card, and drove off without it. I got down the road and realized I’d lost it. Before I could get home, Phil (one of the other service writers) had called to say he found the card and would hold it for me. We had a laugh about how they had just bought pizza for the whole dealership with it. But the laugh was on them since the credit limit is only $100.

Memories of Frank Hook at “The Rec. Department” in Statesboro

How many Mamas and Daddys have been through here on the way to the Rec Department? Photo courtesy of Hunter-Desportes.

Georgia Southern’s online magazine has a cool article about retiring Alumni Relations Director and Mr. GSU, Frank Hook.  It’s not often that I’m quoted for anything but when I was contacted last year seeking permission for using my comments regarding Frank helping out an old mutual friend, I was quick to say yes, of course.

I first met Frank when I began playing baseball and football at the Statesboro Recreation Department when I was about ten years of age.  I tried basketball for one year and, yes, I couldn’t jump…or shoot…or pass.  “Lucky Sevens” has not had a reunion since I graduated from that group in 1973.  Of course, the highlight of most of my buddies that year was to see who could put out a fire with his pee.  I lost.

Frank just had a way of relating to everybody.  He talked to us kids like we were somebody worthwhile and he was positive in his rapport…oh yeah, and he had killer legs.  Frank and his brother, Bob (a Rec Department Coach), were both muscular and had plenty of hair…not just on their heads but all over their legs and arms.  For a little kid, it was kinda intimidating.  What did these guys eat to grow hair like that?  Snooky’s buffett, Vandy’s barbeque or Brunswick stew? Maybe it was “Stacy’s Special” at Webb’s Nic Nac Grill.  I’ll have to ask.

Statesboro and Georgia Southern have been fortunate to have a man like Frank taking on the responsibilities that he has.  Mr. GSU has a lot more powerful, influential, and wealthier friends than me.

However, he took the time to respond to a request from someone who he hadn’t heard from in probably twenty years.  An old friend was in a bad spot and Frank’s one of the first people that I thought “he’ll help.”  And he did and he will continue to do so because that’s the kind of person he is.

Wanna buy a spiral-bond notebook for a Corvette Stingray fan? Available nowhere else.

Front cover of a spiral-bound notebook with 4 photos of a 1970 Corvette

legeThis beautiful, spiral notebook is made in the U.S.A. of 12 point glossy stock covers that are laminated for durability. The 72 pages of college-rule paper are 50# offset, perforated, and three-hole punched. These are not available anywhere else–you will own something truly one of a kind! I captured the photos myself and own the rights.

These four close-up photos are of a perfect-spec 1970 orange Corvette Stingray with the LT-1 option. All 4 covers (inside and outside) are of the same car. I believe the color of the car is Ontario Orange and I hear that not more than a couple thousand of these cars were ever made. Note that the outside back cover has a small area devoted to how to contact me under the word “VETTE.” I added this for anyone who would like to make use of my resource for these beautiful creations.

Inside front cover of a spiral-bound notebook with 4 photos of a 1970 Corvette

The price is $12.95 for one notebook (includes media mail shipping to the Continental United States only). I will ship the next business day after receiving payment. Thirty notebooks are available for now. I reserve the right to make more depending on demand. My plan is to make this into a series based on iconic vehicles.

All notebooks are guaranteed to meet your standards. If not, please retain the bubble mailer envelope to return ship. Please contact me should you wish to make arrangements to return the notebook. Returns will only be accepted for notebooks in new, unused condition.

If interested in buying, please send an e-mail to me at john@johnrobertconley.com and I will forward our Paypal account information to you.  I’m not putting the PayPal link on here because I want to make sure that I have the notebooks in stock. (I’ve heard horror stories of people ordering unavailable products through Paypal and don’t want to deal with that.)  Also, currently WordPress only allows a “Donate” button for Paypal.

Berkmar Middle takes delivery on 1,500 custom-made notebooks

Berkmar High School spiral-bound notebook with "Flying Elvis" logo on front cover

The contrast of the dark logo of the Patriot AKA “Flying Elvis” makes these notebooks pop.  If you’re interested in getting a free sample for your school or organization, please contact me at john@johnrobertconley.com or 678-386-4694.

We guarantee our product to be done right or we replace it at no charge to you.  Proudly made in the U.S.A.

American and Georgia Flags on the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse Square

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