A Semi-return to Normal

This past week was like a breath of fresh air for the most part. There’s some family stuff that is happening that’s tough, but this post isn’t about that. This post is about how nice it is to return to some semblance of a normal life after more than a year of the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the first time since moving to Atlanta last year, Scarlett and I actually went to a breakfast restaurant and ate indoors!! You read that right! We went to Java Jive, a retro-style cafe filled with old 50’s style Formica tables, vinyl chairs, and an assortment of mismatched antique lamps scattered across the room. 

The park right across the street from my townhouse hosted the Festival on Ponce this past weekend. It was the first art festival I’ve attended since the pandemic, and it was super convenient. I didn’t have to worry about parking at all; I need only to walk out my front door and cross the street. I walked the festival with my bestie Dana and her wife Pam and took in all the beautiful artwork. It was so humid that there was an audible sigh from everyone around us when it finally started sprinkling. I didn’t take enough photos of the festival, it was actually much larger than it appears in the photos below, but you get the idea.

There was a lot of beautiful artwork at the festival, and I’m currently in the process of buying a stunning photograph of the graffiti under the Krog St. tunnel (see photo below) mounted on aluminum. 

After the festival, I met up with some more friends, including Dana and Pam, at Red’s Beer Garden. The beer garden isn’t located in the best of areas but has an impressive beer selection and a fantastic vibe. We hung out outside until it started raining and then moved indoors. There’s a dilapidated car wash right next door to the beer garden. As I was leaving, I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of the patrons who set up picnic tables in the carports to drink and play games.  

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