The State of Georgia wants to use my photo for official business?

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I was surprised to get a proclamation declaring me as an Outstanding Georgia Citizen and a Goodwill Ambassador

At first I thought they were calling about my state income tax…

Recently, I received a call asking if the Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, could use one of my photos for a public service campaign. The photo was one I took back in 2010 in downtown Lawrenceville, Georgia. I was able to catch both the American and Georgia flags on the flagpole on the Old Historic Courthouse Square as the wind was making them flap. “In God We Trust” showed up plainly on the shot.

I’m very honored that Mr. Kemp thought enough of my photo to use it on banners that will be displayed at official state functions around Georgia. His staff even made up some cards to hand out if anyone was interested in the photo or contacting me. All of them were a pleasure to deal with and I trust that their project will be a fruitful endeavor.

John

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The Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, and his staff made a nice card to hand out telling about my photo taken in Gwinnett County.
American and Georgia flags flapping in the breeze
American and Georgia flags flapping in the breeze
My photo was on display at the Georgia National Fair in Perry (on the right side).
My photo was on display at the Georgia National Fair in Perry (on the right side).

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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

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.

American and Georgia Flags on the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse Square

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Maxie Price’s Service Department dudes are cool.

If you need your vehicle serviced, give Phil Ferrara or Steve Kelly a call at Maxie Price Chevrolet in Loganville, Georgia. Phil stayed late on a Saturday to take care of my old Toyota with 186k miles on it.  He even had a good attitude.  He didn’t stay around just for me;  there were other nicer vehicles than mine that needed service too.  However, I didn’t get a rush job because my Avalon was an old beat up ride with interior parts falling off and a strange-smelling trunk. (Although, I did notice him using anti-bacterial rinse after shaking my hand.)

We have a Suburban that was purchased there new so I’ve got to know him and Steve.  They’ve been there several years and are professionals in the best sense of the word.

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Forget about bending over picking up baseballs again – who needs that pain?

My cousin, Clint Conley, is a private baseball instructor based in Gwinnett County, Georgia.  He has created and patented a device to hold baseballs for batting practice and easy transport.  It is perfect for soft toss – no more sitting on the ball bucket and reaching in it for the balls.  Sit on the top and reach under for the baseballs.  Another reason you might like one is that it also acts as a ball retriever.  Kinda like a tennis ball retriever except for baseballs.

Clint has had to get 20 or so patents on this creation.  Here’s a link to his website with all of his contact information, photos, and even a video demonstration.  Very cool and saves your back.

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Meeler Strikes Again

Donnie Meeler of Meeler Septic Services called and said he would be here the next day to service my septic system and make an upgrade that he had been thinking about lately.  He showed up on time, cleaned the filters, and made sure everything was allright………..just like he said he would.  If you need help with a septic or alternative septic system, try him out.  He came highly recommended to me by somebody who knows this stuff inside and out and he could probably help you out a jam and save you money.  Try him at 770-231-1421, or meeler05@yahoo.com.

Save Gas and Time and Have Fun in Georgia’s Lake Country

Here’s a webpage that gives an idea about places to visit and things to do in Georgia’s Lake Country.  I still haven’t seen Rock Eagle though I have driven by that area several times looking for property.  People used to talk about it when I was growing up because the 4-H Clubs went there, I think.

Anyway, there is a museum and archives for artist Steffen Thomas that looks cool.  They have family workshops once a month on Saturdays and even an online tour of the museum.  It’s in the real Buckhead, Georgia, near Madison.