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Wistful and missing people

I've got a little case of holiday wistfulness ... a mild dose of college homesickness.

Right now, I wish I were in Athens, GA with old friends eating at the Mean Bean and perhaps a little later in the day, munching some chocolate-covered pfeffernusse from the Black Forest Bakery while chatting over a cup of hot tea as the temperature drops and we are warm and safe in simple places.

It feels a little strange to be old enough that the specific Athens of my college years exists only in memory. It has changed much (the Downstairs and the Flamingo Room are long gone, as is The Orient, source of the best hot and sour soup ever), but a few things remain intact. Fortunately, the Bean is one of them. I should make a trip there sometime in 2008. It has been too long.

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catarzyna
Dec. 3rd, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
The food sounds wonderfully comforting. I'm lucky my college town is one town over. We moved back to this area 2 years ago. So if I feel sentimental I have a short drive. :-)
pointedview
Dec. 3rd, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
That is lucky for you! Athens really is only about an hour and thirty minutes or so from where I am. Just need to find the time to go, and my spouse isn't really interested in making the trip, so we generally don't. I should grab goodjoan or someone with similar ties to the city and take a road trip. :)
goodjoan
Dec. 4th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
Oh heck, you know I'd go! Dan would be painfully jealous though! I miss having the excuse of all those prenatal visits to drive out there...though if you ever decide to have kids, I can recommend a great OB ;)
goodjoan
Dec. 3rd, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
I had my "bachelorette" party at the flamingo room! When my dad heard that we going there he got all upset because he said it sounded like strip club! I had to reassure him that the only sinful thing we'd be doing was eating hot fudge cream cheese brownies!

The last time I was near there, this summer, I had the camper with me so I didn't try to get to the Mean Bean, but glory did I try to figure a way I might be able to haul the camper through town and find a place to park it so I could go! At least my knock off veggie chili is easy to make when the weather turns cold.
pointedview
Dec. 3rd, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
That's hilarious! I never knew your father had that reaction. I'd take a hot fudge cream cheese brownie with mint ice cream over a silly strip club any day! Man, those were good brownies.

Too funny about the camper! Perhaps they've intentionally made camper parking difficult, so as to ward off hordes of alumni on game days? :)
goodjoan
Dec. 3rd, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
The alumni problem is a good one! That may very well be why it is so hard to park! My camper is small enough that I could probably tuck it out of the way in the bells parking lot, but not having been there in so long, I wasn't even sure that was still there! I wish they still had the east side Mean Bean! That place had a huge parking lot!

My dad was a hoot. He overheard us talking about our plans for the night (he was staying at the hotel before the wedding) and I guess it does sound like some dive bar! He was all scandalized that I would go do "that!" I think he secretly went around to other students the next day and asked about it to make sure I wasn't lying about it NOT being a bar!
pointedview
Dec. 4th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
Too funny about your father!

Have been thinking about it ... maybe I should send out e-mail to friends who were Demosthenians that I know are in the metro Atlanta area for some sort of Athens reunion sometime (I can never make the ANM). It appears that Steverino's is still open, too. Mmmm, their Philly steak and cheese was a fave of mine.
mumpish
Dec. 4th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
I recently went on a photo shoot out east of Athens, and out of curiosity I took a detour through downtown. I found it depressing - most of the downtown area is now given over to boutiques and antique shops carrying crap students can't afford and don't want, which kind of destroys the old walking community that it used to be. I miss it.
pointedview
Dec. 4th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of merchants got all excited about students with unanticipated disposable income coming in because of the lottery scholarships, and went upscale. When I was there a few years ago, the funky vibe that I remember was hard to find.

Still, it might be fun to get friends in the metro area who were Demosthenians together there sometime. I never can do the ANM, unfortunately, because it always falls between the weekends we celebrate my father's birthday and my father-in-law's birthday.
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