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posted by [personal profile] csmcdonald at 05:53pm on 09/07/2011
Updated Bashful Dragon:

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posted by [personal profile] csmcdonald at 03:55pm on 09/07/2011
Very slowly updating the pics of the dragons on www.urbandragons.com

Baseball Dragon (draco americanus)

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posted by [personal profile] csmcdonald at 11:06am on 09/07/2011
thank goodness for Caller ID.

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posted by [personal profile] csmcdonald at 08:23pm on 30/04/2011
Drove over to Alabama to visit Little River Canyon - a National Reserver and a scenic drive there.


260 miles round trip, about 8 hours on the bike all told, with one stop for lunch at a Huddle House in Rome.


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Top of the Scenic Drive

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posted by [personal profile] csmcdonald at 10:26pm on 24/04/2011
Wish I could show these to Mum, she would have liked the gardens.

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Atlanta Botanical Gardens, a set on Flickr.

Visit today to the ATL

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posted by [personal profile] csmcdonald at 09:31pm on 07/01/2011


Tonight on Sam Cheddar, Sam & Magic face a malevolent mob of mutant muffins in “Have you seen the Muffins, man?”

(full series here)
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posted by [personal profile] csmcdonald at 06:16pm on 03/01/2011
Started the first off at a friends where we had black-eyed peas and collard greens as is fitting for New Years Day, and some target shooting after lunch. Doug & Kelly got me a scope for my rifle and Doug sighted it in for me, was a great day.

Sunday I headed over to Amicalola Falls in the car and hiked the short trail to the falls.

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Today we had off from work so I decided to add a new Huddle House to my map (#37) and get a bike ride in. Rode up to Helen and had lunch, then took a slightly longer way home - was about 38 when I set off, got up to the high 40s on the way back - the heated gloves worked a treat. I wasn't old til after I was off the bike and back inside at home. About 87 miles round trip, not bad.

The Huddle House in Helen wasn't bad, it just wasn't very good - food was ok, service was totally meh, overall the worst HH I've been to so far.

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posted by [personal profile] csmcdonald at 11:40pm on 26/12/2010
I went to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta last week to see the Weeki Wachee Mermaids while they were in town. It was a good enough show, but it's definitely far better to see the mermaids in their native spring habitat down in Florida. I think I still prefer the aquarium in Tampa over Atlanta, possibly just due to the crowd difference, not sure.

One thing that irked me was that at Weeki Wachee, even before it was a state park, you could chat with a mermaid and take pictures with your own camera without being charged- at the GA Aquarium you couldn't take a picture near the mermaid they had out for people to visit with, not even of the sign stating they were in town - you had to pay for a picture. After paying $25 admission and $10 parking, I wasn't feeling all that charitable towards the Aquarium.

Anyways, some pics, not so great, but it was a decent time.

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posted by [personal profile] csmcdonald at 08:17pm on 25/12/2010
I bid thee all a good Christmas evening.

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posted by [personal profile] csmcdonald at 08:39pm on 02/12/2010
Winter has hit the North Georgia area, temps below freezing at night, high of 52 during the day. This makes motorcycle riding a bit chilly. Since my car is starting to act up a bit, I'd like to ride the bike into work as much as possible, so I've made some purchases to gear up for winter.

First I have a pair of Tourmaster heated gloves on their way to my cold hands - should get here tomorrow. Tonight I stopped by the sporting goods store and found a pair of insulated bib overalls that should keep my legs happy. The windshield should keep my chest comfy enough, I can always layer that up and I may end up buying a heated vest as well, but we'll see how it goes first.

I rode the bike down to FL for Thanksgiving, left home at 6am, hit downtown ATL near 7, figured I'd miss holiday rush that way - nope. Foolishly I opted not to get in the HOV lane when I first hit 85 and ran into a huge slowdown at I-20 and the exit to Turner Field - some sort of event at the stadium or something. Stop & Go traffic is a great deal of fun on a motorcycle especially in a drizzle. After I got past ATL it was a decent ride - straight down I75 for 300 miles - a bit boring but quick at least - the construction throughout south Georgia is mostly finished and traffic was fairly light, even stopping for gas twice and two rest stops to stretch my legs I made it the full 350 miles in about 6 hours - same time I take in the car really.

Visiting with the parents was a bit stressful, it happens. Bought a pair of floorboards for the bike from Dad and a set of cheap hard bags - I'll be going down at Christmas in the car and bring the hard bags home so I can paint them, etc. before I get em on the bike.

Ride home wasn't so hot - bit colder, no big deal, around 52 or so most of the way home. I hadn't noticed that I had neglected to take the bike off of reserve tank at the last fill up though and ran out of gas on the side of I75 5 miles south of the next exit. Fortunately I have roadside assistance through American Motorcyclist (Mako, strongly recommend this, I've had to use it twice and they were awesome, got towed once and gas this time) - that little glitch took an hour (bit chilly sitting there for an hour but no big deal), stopped for breakfast then headed on up the road. I got off the highway south of ATL to take the back roads around so I didn't have to deal with afternoon traffic through downtown on a Saturday afternoon, was able to go to a Huddle House (#36) that I hadn't been to yet and ride on some roads I hadn't been on so that was a win over all.

Here's a pic of the bike in FL with the new floorboards - they make a huge difference in comfort - I was surprised how much of a difference it is.

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