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Street Talk

Sunday June 6, 2010 12:00 pm EDT
image-1Jason: Where Atlanta struggles with soccer is professionally. The youth game here is huge. It’s one of the biggest cities in the country with youth soccer participation. It's taking that next step to support a professional team. There’s been a number of teams over the years that have come and gone for a ton of different reasons. Hopefully Arthur Blank is going to pull the... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday May 16, 2010 12:00 pm EDT
image-1Chris: It's hard not to feel optimistic after graduating college. The experiences that we came up with, this generation growing up, we have a sense of purpose. Whether it was September 11th or the economy and all these kinds of things by the time we were 22, we had a lot of these things on our plate that we processed and acclimated to and included into our experience. I don't know what... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday May 9, 2010 12:00 pm EDT
image-1Sam: Hot dogs are good. Better buns at the Top Dog Express. Those dogs are perfect because they're a foot long and you can really dress them up. If you get a regular dog, it's a gamble because the buns fall apart and you have to put more effort in keeping that dog in there. We buy peanuts from the sweet lady under the bridge coming down here. I get a $3 peanuts bag every time. Same bag... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday May 2, 2010 12:00 pm EDT
image-1Damon: She's solely responsible for music in my life. From the earliest I can remember, she was getting me into percussions. She was constantly motivating me, constantly singing. I came out bobbing my head. They were concerned I may have had some mental defect. I constantly bumped my head in my sleep as a baby. She would hand me cooking spoons and I would get pitches and sounds out of... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday April 25, 2010 12:00 pm EDT
image-1Greg, Greenville, R.I.: Atlanta is definitely one of my best shows every year. It's right up there with Pittsburgh and Boston. It's just a very enthusiastic crowd, very educated crowd and they like crazy funky weird art, too, which is perfect for me. People are really nice, polite and good natured. You don't get that in Boston. They're grouchy. Hopefully, I'll be coming back in the... | more...

Street Talk, Festivals

Sunday April 18, 2010 12:00 pm EDT
image-1Jenna:  Maybe charge an admission, a dollar, as a form of crowd control. It's always totally nuts. Everyone is always sweating, and they have their screaming children. I have a screaming child, but I still resent other people's screaming children. You're just going to get trampled by these kids with popsicles stained lips and sticky cheeto fingers and their fat sweating parents. Way too... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday April 11, 2010 01:00 pm EDT
image-1Lashundra: It's all about Hollywood. When I put them on, I feel glamorous. Functionality doesn't matter. It's attitude. I see some people and think "Oh my God those sunglasses are horrible," but if you feel beautiful in them it doesn't matter. It's all personality. When I put them on, really, I feel Hollywood. I feel like a celeb, like Beyonce, walking down with the stilettos on feeling... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday April 4, 2010 12:00 pm EDT
image-1Greg:  Fifth year season ticket holder.  Already renewed because I am a hockey fan at heart whether they make the playoffs or not. I just love the game. I am a born and raised Atlantan. I've been watching Atlanta hockey since the early '70s when the Atlanta Flames were here.  I just keep coming, show my support regardless, no questions asked.  I am frustrated over the ownership, and Don... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday March 28, 2010 01:00 pm EDT
image-1Jayne: Definitely the dog whisperers or the people who watch too much Cesar Millan and think that they are little Cesar Millans. I hate them. I own dogs. I love dogs. These people think that they understand everything about their dog. It's very pretentious and it never works. They have no idea what they're doing. Their dogs aren't bad. The dogs aren't misbehaving but I'd rather them... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday March 21, 2010 12:00 pm EDT

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Matt:  If there's a clear and concise reason other than just assembly data for the Illuminati, I don't know what the purpose of it is. Ultimately, it's bullshit. They have your social security number, driver's license, credit cards, they can track you for whatever they want. It's redundant. I never understood the purpose of the census, so I say fuck it. How can the census people...

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Street Talk

Sunday March 14, 2010 02:00 pm EDT
image-1Katie:  Florida is pretty redneck, the worst fans. A lot of trash. They get way too rowdy and are rude to girls. I had a friend that got punch in the eye by a Florida fan. A little sorority girl getting punched. And not the most attractive women in the SEC.  I remember them all wearing bikini tops to the games like that was normal, a 70-year old woman too. Florida has great teams--they... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday March 7, 2010 02:00 pm EST

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Maccabus: We're not going by the moon like we're  suppose to. If we did, we wouldn't have these times being thrown off. We really need to get back with the moon instead of the sun. That's how our creator wanted it to be. I really prefer we get back to the original things like going by the moon. The Catholic Church, Constantine brought that into play and if we can just get back to...

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Street Talk

Sunday February 28, 2010 01:00 pm EST
image-1Alain: Vegan popcorn at the Plaza. Popcorn by definition is vegan, but the toppings are vegan too.  At Camp Creek it's probably not certified vegan and probably fake butter too.  You do feel a bit more special at the Plaza that you're eating vegan. You're not hurting an animal in any way. Makes it taste a little better. They also have nutritional yeast to put on your popcorn and a little... | more...

Street Talk

Monday February 22, 2010 05:48 pm EST
image-1Chris: It's annoying when people are like, "Hey, man, it's snowing outside. It's snowin'." No shit. Yeah, it's snowing. You never seen snow before? I like talkin' about music and instrumentation and drugs and guitars. Weather is boring. You're not going to do anything about it. When I go outside to walk my dog or go to work, that's the only time I investigate on what's going on. Weather... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday February 14, 2010 01:00 pm EST
image-1Jessica: From someone who's a Yankee, the '96 Olympics made people outside the Southeast actually care about Atlanta. It is now an international city. It wasn't that at all before the Olympics. I never thought anything about Atlanta before except that my father worked here in the '70s and the first day he was in Atlanta he got robbed at gunpoint. That was the only story I ever knew about... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday February 7, 2010 01:00 pm EST
image-1Paul & Neil: On Valentine's Day, we go to the Atlanta Humane Society and adopt a dog every year. We started this two years ago. We have a dog named Dipstick and the other named Dale Earnhardt Jr. We have a very simple relationship. We care for the dogs and love each other. For romance, we have beer. We like to eat all that food that's tattooed on my arm. That's my menu, what's on my arm.... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday January 31, 2010 01:00 pm EST
image-1Nicole: We have more culture. We know who we are. Falcons, uh. We know how to show support. When the Saints were 1-13, we were still who-dat. We keep hope alive. We who-dat, we-dat. When the Falcons are losing there's nobody there. Falcon fans don't know who they are.  What they need to do is come on to New Orleans and put a black and gold jersey on. We're from New Orleans. We'll show... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday January 24, 2010 01:00 pm EST

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Steve: First you have to believe in yourself, and then you just become one. It all starts from the inside and heads out. Small pants, big world, baby, look out. What's great about Atlanta is that the gigs don't pay for shit, but the rent is cheap and Atlanta has a lot of pretty girls that inspire great songs. Sit-ups and pull-ups are involved. No one wants to see a fat rock star....

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Street Talk

Sunday January 17, 2010 01:00 pm EST
image-1Sarah: Vermont legislators are way more aware of what's going on in the world, like with the environment. You don't have an old mentality like in Georgia. In Georgia, they're not looking to change or improve but rather to settle and deal. One example the Vermont legislators are doing is legalizing marijuana. To Georgia, marijuana is a drug, not a plant. Georgia is so rock where Vermont... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday January 10, 2010 01:00 pm EST

image-1Hayley: Socks with sandals. Besides that, sandals are hideous and

wearing them in winter is disgusting. And straw fedoras in the winter

and miniskirts with no tights. It's not OK. Their legs are freezing.

We're in the South so we think it's not very winter, but it is. Some

girls are more focused on looking cute than being warm. They wear

their miniskirts, tank...

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Street Talk

Friday January 1, 2010 01:00 pm EST
image-1Sarah: I covered up all the shitty tags in Atlanta with less shittier ones.  If someone is going to spray their initials just to make a mark, it's like a dog peeing on a fire hydrant. It's more vandalism than tagging. They're just trying to leave their mark without benefiting anyone. Not only do they do it on the known graffiti walls, they do it on the side of coffee shops. My art is... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday December 27, 2009 01:00 pm EST
image-2Anela: Just putting some bullshit together to make money. It's the same thing over and over except it's being remixed. Music died in the late '80s. The new wave, chessy metal bands came out. Rap became all about bitches and hoes. In the 1930s, you had Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton.  All kings of the Delta blues. Music with meaning and soul to it. Folk, old country started coming... | more...

Street Talk

Monday December 14, 2009 06:16 pm EST
image-1Chelsea:  What people are saying at the bar are that times aren't getting better, but the duration of time that people are spending here and the frequency that they're coming in leads me to think maybe times aren't quite as bad as they seem.  Last year at this time people were upset. They were coming in and having two beers. This year more like four or five. Businesswise we seem to be... | more...

Street Talk

Saturday December 5, 2009 01:00 pm EST
image-1Sara: Worst is Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D. Really pathetic. I don't get it. It really doesn't resemble music to me. It just sounds like people shouting. There's not a coherent thought. It's a bunch of words thrown together. It's so bad it stands out. My mom liked it, which made me dislike it more. Au Revoir Simone, Still Night, Still Light, is the best.  It's all girls. They're not... | more...

Street Talk

Saturday November 28, 2009 02:00 pm EST
image-1J.B.: I am pulling for the Eagles. They gave him a second chance, and I'm going to continue to wear his jersey. I'm a die-hard Falcons fan, but the Georgia Dome is Michael Vick's house. He built that Dome. I'd like to see Vick beat the Falcons to show the organization he's still got what it takes. You got players that did a lot worse, shot women, and you're going to value a dog's life... | more...

Street Talk

Saturday November 21, 2009 02:00 pm EST
image-1Danny: I didn't like any of the candidates in the first one. It's probably peer pressure, people telling you that you should vote and I have a close friend that works for Mary Norwood and she gave me the scoop on her, and I liked what I heard and I got a chance to meet Mary Norwood recently and I like her. That was a big turnaround. I'm planning to vote in this one 'cause I made promises... | more...

Street Talk

Monday November 9, 2009 05:37 pm EST
image-1Emily: Yes. I grew up in Arizona where we don't change the clocks, so I'm very depressed. I like the sun. I need the sun to function. I'm relatively a happy person, but without sunshine I get really, really bitchy. The smallest problems become a big deal. I think I have a vitamin D deficiency. There is seasonal depressive disorder, so I should take vitamin D supplements. I need them... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday November 1, 2009 12:49 pm EST
image-1Robbie: She fixed a few potholes, she kind of got the Beltline started, and that's about it. The sewer still isn't fixed, crime is out of control, the budget is a mess. She'll go down as the mayor who didn't do much of anything. She fixed a few potholes, but there are still potholes. She fixed the budget a little bit, but the budget is still a mess. She started the Beltline, but the... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday October 25, 2009 04:39 pm EDT
image-1Dr. Fifi: I'm okay with it. It's two gay holidays together. It would be nice to have some warmer weather, but I'm just happy to be back in Piedmont Park. It's National Coming Out day, and National coming out month in October. That has a lot of significance. A heard a lot of people are travelling to Atlanta Pride because it is in October. More people will be here.  Any time we come... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday October 18, 2009 01:50 pm EDT
image-1Stennis: Love-hate. We once rode across the park for a couple of hours. I love the pumpkin — but hate it when I cut a hole in its face. What if I cut a hole in your face? You'd be furious. When I'm in the truck, I take him on adventures, butter him up a bit, have a great time. I ride around with him for a couple of weeks, like a dog in the car, then put a knife to him. A couple of... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday October 11, 2009 12:15 pm EDT

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Karl, sophomore: Lisa Borders. I like her transportation issues more than anything else. She seemed to be the only candidate who actually knew anything about transportation, and who wasn't trying to do the John Oxendine plan where you just kind of pave through the city. Mary Norwood is pretty good, but she feels more like gentrification. And she comes in and drives a Buick.  That...

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Street Talk

Saturday October 3, 2009 02:54 pm EDT
image-1Craig: I think it's good to ban smoking. You got some cigarette smokers who are not responsible, some who don't care if there are kids in the facility. Also, in some places cigarette smoking causes forest fires. I smoke half a pack a day. Cigarette smoking should be illegal. If they didn't allow me to smoke it would be helpful. It was a stupid thing I got into. With some help, I'd... | more...

Street Talk

Saturday September 26, 2009 12:14 pm EDT

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Madam C.J.: No. You might be intoxicated, and you might have a fantasy to have sex in a bar. But the bathroom is perfect for that. Even if you're having sex in the open, though, you shouldn't be arrested. You should be given a slap on the wrist and told to stop; and if they continue, just 86 them; you can't come back. It's really not that deep. I've had sex in a club before. In the...

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Street Talk

Saturday September 19, 2009 01:38 pm EDT
image-1Ann: Depeche Mode at Lakewood. Amazing. I'm like an old-school Depeche fan. I don't like a lot of their newer stuff. They're from the '80s. It's kind of a gothy peppy sound. It's very danceable. Voltaire the worst. I hate him. He was really rude. He has no respect for the audience. I didn't like the way he talked, the way he treats people. It's obvious how objectifying he is. It's... | more...

Street Talk

Saturday September 12, 2009 12:50 pm EDT
image-1Chris, Beachwood, N.J.: Jersey cops are much more easy to corrupt. Give 'em a few bucks and you can do whatever you want. These cops in Atlanta are a little bit dumber, so you don't have to corrupt them. New Jersey generally has a lot more crime so they know the bribe rate. But being in the South, you have much more gun privileges — so Atlanta cops would be much faster to draw their... | more...

Street Talk

Saturday September 5, 2009 01:47 pm EDT
image-1Kristen: I hate football with an intense passion because my father is obsessed with it. He always got so into it during holidays that he would scream and yell, and we would have to compete for attention. I played with Barbies. I remember my father and his brothers and how much they yelled. They were like zombies. When I hear the sounds of football today, I think of angry men yelling... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday August 30, 2009 12:25 pm EDT
image-1Jennifer & Neil, Chicago: We're Helga & Olav from Stupendgarden. We’re a beer girl and beer boy. We're really impressed with the ambassadors and the greeters. We've never seen that before. It was very welcoming. We went to McDonald’s in Buckhead and people were very accepting of our differences. Chicago has three comic book conventions, but because it’s so large and... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday August 23, 2009 12:23 pm EDT
image-1Ed: Because I hate the Beatles. Ringo's music is terrible. The Monkeys were way better. Their haircuts were better, their outfits were way better, and did the Beatles have a TV show? No, I don't think so. The Monkeys, dude. How could you deny my little Davey Jones? John Lennon partied too much. Yoko brought them all down. I don't listen to them because of Yoko. She was the ninth Beatle,... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday August 16, 2009 12:56 pm EDT
image-1Jay: We can cook better than other chefs in other cities. It’s a great town for chefs, especially for entrepreneurship. You name the top ten restaurants in Atlanta right now, and probably six or eight of them are owned by chefs. That’s not the way it is in other cities. Good restaurants can last around here. Some cities are very fickle. You have great restaurants, and five... | more...

Street Talk

Sunday August 9, 2009 12:37 pm EDT

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Matthew, 10: It's cheating, and it's just not right. It's not good for your body, either. Just not smart. I'd be very disappointed if any of the Braves used them. I'm a big fan and I'd hate to lose any of them, but if they're caught they should be suspended for a little while — but then be able to come back and play. I would have liked Manny Ramirez a lot more if he hadn't...

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Street Talk

Sunday August 2, 2009 12:54 pm EDT
image-1 Crab Louie: I played music before I understood the Beatles. Once I got the Beatles, understood the musicianship, it was easily a redefinition of my approach to crafting songs, to instrumentation, to you name it. Even my bass playing. White folks never heard bass being played like that. It was nothing short of a complete overhaul of my understanding of how I should approach the... | more...

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Sunday July 26, 2009 12:13 pm EDT
image-1Cait: A Bocce tournament. It takes skill, determination and certainly an amount of humility that most people just don't have. I'm not interested in politics. Just another face with the same story. I'd like to see a politician play Bocce. I actually challenged a candidate to play Bocce and to talk and have a beer and throw some balls around. Whoever the candidate is, it would show they... | more...

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Monday July 20, 2009 01:44 pm EDT
image-1 Mitch: When my horn is clear, my spirit is high — and everything is all right. The tips come with it. I just let the spirit carry me. My music is a spiritual thing. It's not like a car. If my music touches people, it's a done deal for me. If I would have let the economy affect me, my music would be depressing. My tips are dependent on my level of performance, not on how the... | more...

Street Talk

Saturday July 11, 2009 01:08 pm EDT


Little Kathy: Very sad. I've been working here for over 20 years. I came here when I was in my 20s. I can't even imagine life without the Clermont. I've always had a positive thought that everything will work itself out and that we'll be OK. If there are new owners, they will take into consideration that lots of people love the Clermont. They come from all over the world. It's a landmark. We...

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Sunday July 5, 2009 01:59 pm EDT
image-1Tuck: Atlanta Eagle on Wednesday. It's the only straight rock 'n' roll dance party at a gay club. Good-looking girls, bad-ass boys, fat men with skid marks on their underwear with nothing else on, and rock 'n’ roll. You got young hipster girls that are just all fucked up as hell and don’t know how to dance. They’re white as hell, you know what I mean? They look like a... | more...

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Sunday June 28, 2009 01:20 pm EDT
image-1Annelise: My father reads the Declaration of Independence every 4th of July out loud. We have it on our door. He pulls it down, reads it out loud to my mom, the dog and me. He’s a lawyer. It’s why our country was started, so we should remember it. I had a friend over last year and he read the Declaration of Independence. It was great. Then we went to the Waffle House afterward.... | more...

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Sunday June 21, 2009 12:25 pm EDT
image-1Orlando: Never. I’m from Havana. Everybody plays baseball In Cuba. I was a catcher. And we all grow up loving the Yankees. The Yankees have been a winning team for years. They’ll spend the money. The Braves won’t. They let Rafael Furcal go and John Smoltz go. He had plenty of gas in the tank. If you let them go, you don’t know much about baseball. The Yankees are all... | more...

Street Talk

Saturday June 13, 2009 01:00 pm EDT

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Pam: Grant Park in the middle of the night. There’s a hole in the fence on the east side. Go through some bushes, cut through the fence and you’re at the pool. You have to have a couple of reinforcement cocktails to break the law like that. It’s a chain linked fence but there’s enough of a crawl space to shimmy under it. Never been caught. It’s a nice pool...

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Street Talk

Sunday June 7, 2009 12:21 pm EDT
image-1Arthur & Mack: He’s more than paid his debt. It’s time for him to play ball. We've all messed around on some occasion. The punishment was a little excessive. They’ve done damage to his entire career. I would have bought season tickets if the Falcons got him back. For him personally, he should do something for dogs just to show people he’s not the tyrant they portrayed... | more...

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Sunday May 31, 2009 12:48 pm EDT
image-1Jennifer (with Ava & Ellie): You should allow the strollers, because for people with small kids, it’s just not practical to go to a street festival without a stroller. With a small child, you can lose track of them. Even though we love our dog, it’s better not to have them at the festival, because they are unpredictable and they can poo on your foot. Even though my dog  is very... | more...