What a Saturday! Jill had a Christmas gathering at her cousin Jane Pitts Bayer's home at 11 a.m., so we slept until we awakened sans alarm. Nice way to start a Saturday during the holiday season. I took a hot, slow bath, gave myself a tight shave, fed and watered the animals, cleaned Garth and Bernie's litter boxes and checked my watch. Over two and a half hours before I was scheduled to meet Jill at Wal-Mart on the 280 Bypass to ring the Salvation Army bell for St. Matthews in-the-Pines Episcopal Church.
I am a downtown Columbus guy. I spend most of my time in downtown, I write about downtown and we do a lot of events in the downtown area not more than three blocks from our magazine offices on 10th Street and 3rd Avenue. This is my third trip "out of town" in my own home town in the past few weeks. One Friday night a couple of weeks ago Jill and I headed off to the north end of town after work. There is a lot of road construction going on up there and when you add significant traffic, I didn't enjoy the experience.
the other thing we discovered is robust patronage at restaurants and retail establishments. This city is booming. If you don't believe me, take your family out to ride one night and go exploring like we did. Columbus, Georgia is a happening place.
This morning, I had a propane tank refilled, filled up the truck with fuel and started thinking about someplace new and interesting for lunch.