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!