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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Chili’s baby-back ribs: oh, man they’re good…the fried shrimp (what I could find of them is not).

Half rack of Chili's Ribs
Half rack of Chili’s Ribs

For a restaurant that is not a barbeque specialist, Chili’s has some delicious ribs.  I should know since the last three times we’ve gotten take-out, I’ve ordered them.

You can get them on the $20 Dinner for Two Deal.  The official name is “Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs w/ Homestyle Fries (Choose New Honey-Chipotle, Original or Memphis Dry Rub).”  I got original sauce all three times and these rocked.  I added the Mashed Potatoes with Loaded Pepper Gravy (yes, every time) and they were very good too.

The wife got the Bacon Burger and enjoyed it. I took a bite and it was quite tasty.  The appetizer we chose was the Tostada Chips & Fire-Grilled Corn Guacamole.  It has a little kick and was so good that we ordered it every time too.  The only complaint was the chips were too thin to hold up the heavy dip.

Chili's Guacamole Dip
Chili’s Guacamole Dip

Chili's even has "to go" at The Avenue at Webb Gin

The service at the take-out was fine every time…smiles for the most part. They give you a heavy duty paper bag with plenty of napkins and utensils…and the food is packages neatly.

An no, I don’t work there or have any friends that do either.  On one of our recent trips to the same location I ordered the fried shrimp.  They may have taken it off the menu by now as I don’t see it as an option to order online.

There was no problem with the temperature but the shrimp were puny and were covered with too much batter. I’m guessing that it was about a 3:1 ratio of batter to shrimp in volume.  Anyway, it was quite a disappointing meal.
Nothing wrong with the service though.  Our waiter and server were both fans of one of my favorite bands, Led Zeppelin, as evidenced by the tattoos that they both wore.  In fact, one of the Roycrofters, a local jam band, was our waiter.  

Flowers at The Avenue at Webb Gin

If you go and walk around the outdoor mall where our Chili’s is you will probably like it.  The name is The Shoppes of Webb Gin.  The sidewalks allow plenty of room and it’s always neat and tidy around the parking lot. There’s a nice mix of stores with the Barnes and Noble bookseller being the closest merchant to the Chili’s.

I included a few photos of what The Shoppes look like.  If you go, I trust that you’ll have as much fun as I do.

John

The fountain at The Avenue at Webb Gin

Coldwater Creek's iconic wood storefront

Playful artwork adorns The Avenue at Webb Gin

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American and Georgia Flags on the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse Square

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Find Your Favorite Restaurant’s Inspection Grade Before You Head Out

Check out that eatery before you get sick again.  My wife insists on a 92 but I go for an 87 or higher since I figure my immune system needs a better workout.  East Metro Public Health puts out a report on their website.

Try The Salmon and Fries at McCray’s Tavern in Lawrenceville, GA

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I ate at McCray’s Taven on the Square in Lawrenceville with my friend, Greg, the other day.  He felt sorry for me I guess when he agreed to meet me.  But not sorry enough that he picked up the tab.  It was raining buckets.  So, being smart guys, we ate inside.  I had, on the waitress’ recommendation, a smoked salmon taco or something like that.  It had a sauce that was scrumptious.  The fries were not too greasy but crispy just the way I like them.  The waitress was friendly and I would like to go back and try the roof tables when the weather warms up.

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Stars and Strikes Bowling in Dacula

My family has been to Stars and Strikes in Dacula and had hours of fun.  It’s right at Highway 29 and 316 in a new development in Dacula.  They have an arcade, bumper cars, and laser tag too.

Additional locations are in Dallas, Cumming, and Stone Mountain with Holly Springs planned for Winter of 2012.