A great time to be in Athens

 

Uga VII ignored? (University of Georgia)

Uga VII ignored? (University of Georgia)

While off last week, I managed to spend a couple of days in Athens, which is always a good way to get rejuvenated, especially this time of year.

My daughter and I made our usual rounds, including Butts-Mehre to pick up the new team posters and wander through the museum, which is badly in need of updating (the exhibit on the mascots only goes up through Uga VI). Hope they’re not planning on waiting until the expansion of the facility is finished in early 2011.

We also made our usual visit to the UGA Bookstore, where I noted that those No. 7 jerseys that were so hot a year ago are now down to $15. Why not grab one now and call it an Orson Charles jersey instead of a Matthew Stafford. I have a feeling this time next year they’ll be selling for full price ($60) again. 

While at the bookstore, we made a brief foray into the cavernous $60 million Tate II student center expansion. It has a post office, a copying center, lots of meeting rooms and restaurants, but interestingly no game room with pool tables. I don’t know about you, but the idea of a student center without pool tables seems downright un-American to me. Instead they plan on opening up a Dawg Pen soon with Wii, Playstation and Xbox. So I guess you can at least play virtual pool.   

One plus: They plan on showing the Dogs’ football games in Tate II for those fans who don’t have a ticket. 

We also checked out one of the newest additions to Athens’ dining scene, the Royal Peasant, a British-style pub located where the Mean Bean used to be on South Lumpkin Street in Five Points. It’s a tiny venue that quickly fills up (especially at lunch time) and it doesn’t have much parking, but the fish and chips were some of the best we’ve had this side of the Atlantic. 

Best of all was just soaking up the atmosphere of Athens and UGA once the students are back and football season is imminent. Anyone of the Red and Black persuasion owes it to themselves to spend a day wandering around Athens and the campus when it’s not a game day and you don’t have to deal with the football crowd and traffic. 

You’ll find yourself more primed than ever for action Between the Hedges!

36 comments Add your comment

Another Dawg

August 24th, 2009
2:14 pm

1eyedJack

August 24th, 2009
2:17 pm

Live in south georgia so I’ll just have to live vicariously through you Bill.

Can’t wait for toe to meet leather. Go DAWGS!!!

cb

August 24th, 2009
2:52 pm

Only a few years removed from Athens, I couldn’t agree more. There was no feeling like getting back to town a few days early before classes started and enjoying the city. GO DAWGS!!!

LaGrangeDawg

August 24th, 2009
2:59 pm

Seeing the red and black in Athens is better than seeing white and gold in Atlanta! I take that back. Finding white and gold in Atlanta is tougher than finding Waldo! Go Dawgs!

UGASlobberknocker

August 24th, 2009
3:14 pm

In my 40 years of experience..the only bad time to be in Athens is January when it seems to rain every day..by mid Feb its warm and the ladies are fine. Feb-Dec, Athens is a little slice of heaven.

Spike

August 24th, 2009
3:20 pm

Let’s get ready to rumble!!

Saint Simons

August 24th, 2009
3:23 pm

Yes its time for the Jerry Springer show in Athens!!!!!!!!

LaGrangeDawg

August 24th, 2009
3:27 pm

saint simons, are you upset because there’s no star trek reality shown on?

LaGrangeDawg

August 24th, 2009
3:30 pm

saint simons, are you upset because there’s no star trek convention in town, or did your pocket protector get stolen?

Saint Simons

August 24th, 2009
3:34 pm

UGA has a bookstore!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahaha

Saint Simons

August 24th, 2009
3:47 pm

British-style pub in Athens!!!!! i bet that works good! hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

LaGrangeDawg

August 24th, 2009
3:49 pm

saint simons, don’t get mad at uga because your mom didn’t take the crust off of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich or put a juicy juice drink in your lunch box. get mad at uga because they OWN your sorry team! bragging about a team that has only ONE win in EIGHT tries is funnier than the bookstore comment!

LaGrangeDawg

August 24th, 2009
3:53 pm

I guess its time for Beauty and the Geek in Atlanta. But none of the beautiful UGA girls want to be around the tech geeks!

Voice of Reason

August 24th, 2009
3:59 pm

do you mean that “works well” Saint Simons? Must be a tech grad.

Come on over

August 24th, 2009
4:08 pm

Bill, no reason not to work from home, move on over to Athens and see why we call it Gods’ own country.

LaGrangeDawg

August 24th, 2009
4:27 pm

when is it a great time to be in atlanta? never!! well, only if you’re in the sec game that is.

ToccoaDawg

August 24th, 2009
4:44 pm

Bill I walked outside this morning and felt the cool air hit my skin. I immediately thought to myself. Its time for the big dawgs to be turned loose.

ToccoaDawg

August 24th, 2009
4:46 pm

Oh and welcome back Bill

LaGrangeDawg

August 24th, 2009
4:46 pm

ToccoaDawg, you are so right! and it’s time for gas to be poured on that jacket nest!

LaGrangeDawg

August 24th, 2009
4:50 pm

i notice the tech banner stating that there are tickets available for the clemson game. i guess they will have to give away dungeon and dragons action figures along with hotdogs to have the nerds fill the stadium.

ToccoaDawg

August 24th, 2009
4:53 pm

LaGrangeDawg dont worry tech will fill those seats with Clemson fans. Tech will be a sea of Orange for that game.

ToccoaDawg

August 24th, 2009
4:56 pm

Atlanta tourism could promote the clemson game to clemson fans as a weekend in Atlanta to help sell the tech tickets. But then again who would want to spend a weekend in Atlanta.

DawgGirl32

August 24th, 2009
5:13 pm

Ugh Bill you just made me so sad!! I just started a job here in Savannah where I’ll be basically working my life away. I’ll probably only get to see 1 or 2 home games this year which is really depressing since I’ve only missed 2 in the past 3 years. Athens in the fall is like no other. I miss it every day.

Saint Simons

August 24th, 2009
5:25 pm

just a reminder 45 – 42 !!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

snot bubble

August 24th, 2009
5:29 pm

Welcome back cousin Bill……Pass the spit cup !!

Funny

August 24th, 2009
5:44 pm

Just a reminder: 51-7!!!!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Mark

August 24th, 2009
5:51 pm

Too many people worry about that team in Atlanta, or rather its fan. The best day of the year is less than three weeks away. The first home game of the year in Athens. A chance to eat and drink with friends, watch the ladies, root for the dawgs, and go home with a southern belle. Heaven has a hard time matching that.

Spike

August 24th, 2009
6:00 pm

I hope all you big mouth Tech pencil necks are around to run your pieholes after the Dawgs get revenge on you this year.

Bill King

August 24th, 2009
6:07 pm

DawgGirl:

My son can relate. He probably will be able to make it down from Washington for only a few of the games.

But you’ve got a lot of years of Dogwatching ahead of you. And eventually, I’ve found, all roads lead back to Athens!

Good luck in Savannah (a pretty nice city, even if it’s not Athens).

Kendawg

August 24th, 2009
7:02 pm

After I got my MBA at UGA, I lived in Athens for a couple of years. It’s a great city, especially if you’re an alumnus of UGA. I was transferred against my will, which embittered me against my company. I didn’t last with the company but another six months, and leaving was the best thing that could have happened to me. My next job was a huge improvement over the Athens job, and I retired happy.

Cuz

August 24th, 2009
7:42 pm

My buddies and I would show up a full week before class to reunite, wander around Athens and well, get drunk. I spent two summer quarters attending classes and those two were the best summers of my life.

AltamahaDawg

August 24th, 2009
11:06 pm

DawgGirl32, you’ll be in great company in a town full of Dawg fans at least.
Cuz, come on..we have all done a summer (quarter back then), so we know that “classes” is code for signed up for 3 and dropped 2.

DamnGoodDawg

August 25th, 2009
8:24 am

Lets get it on!!!!!

MattInSTL

August 25th, 2009
10:07 am

I’ll be there Thurs.-Sat.!

SuperB

August 26th, 2009
7:11 am

Thanks for getting me fired up! I live in Rocky Mount, Va. and don’t get to Athens anymore… but say– Go Dawgs!!!

ConcernedUgaFan

September 1st, 2009
10:37 pm

Uh, did the Bookstore charge admission to get in? That place is a rip-off.