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Letters to the Editor - July 05 2006

Online responses to the 99 things to do to call yourself a true Atlantan

Online responses to the "99 things to do to call yourself a true Atlantan" cover story, edited by Scott Freeman and published June 29, 2006.

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WHAT about waffle house?????????: Loved the article but I can"t believe you left off Waffle House. Ordering some scattered, smotohered and covered after a long night of drinking is the quintesciantial (sp??) Atlanta experience. Yes I know Waflle House is a chain with units through the Southeast. But Waffle Hosue was founded here and no city even comes close to the # of locations. Waffle House IS Atlanata. I am SHOCKED you left it off.

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-- Rick Rittmeyer

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How to tell if you're not from Atlanta: Three things: 1) If you EVER used the phrase, "The A-T-L." That is an abbreviation which appears on your luggage if you were foolish enough to check it. It's not a real place, any more that LAX or LGA are. 2) If you read a paper called "The AJC." Atlantans tend to read either the Journal or the Constitution. Most Atlantans don't bother with either. 3) If you pronounce the second "t" in the word "Atlanta." It is properly pronounced "Atlanna." Pronouncing the second "t" marks you as a foreigner, much as mispronoucing the Georgia towns of LaFayette, Cairo and Albany.

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-- Joe Cronley

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Everyone Loves Quaint: Well, my goodness! What an exciting city. It warms the heart to see journalism majors making trite (but "edgy") plugs for Ikea (too funny!), flea markets, and chain-stores, while balancing earnest-streaks with such lucidity ("gush about how nice it is..." Ahh... aren't we all guiltiy?). And the Cafe Intermezzo (#11)? Just gangbusters, folks, and too true. As long as it lets you "pretend you're transported" anywhere else, one Atlanta "landmark" is as good as the next.

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-- Guy Debord

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