My Baby Weeps
Today I finally reached my breaking point and said, “Damaged front fork and torn upper back muscle be damned, I’m going scooting!”
For the past two weeks, my scooting has been hamstrung by these two things mentioned above, the latter being by far the more serious of the two. All I can figure is that one of my Wednesday runs went a little awry, and 3 days later I’m at a walk-in clinic just shy of moaning in pain. The issue with Victoria’s front fork, while making my ride currently a little bumpy, has only made me gun-shy from scooting because the last thing a healing back needs is an even bumpier ride.
This weekend has been nothing shy of beautiful with clear skies, temperatures in the low 80s, and the better half of Atlanta’s driving-impaired population somewhere else; there really was no excuse to not go for a ride. I descended the hill of doom with a plan.
1. Hit REI to see what their Labor Day sale is like.
2. See if 5 Seasons Brewery is open.
3. If 5 Seasons is closed, start working on the long list of coffee shops I must visit.
4. Drink beverage and write about it.
With these thoughts in mind, I hit Peachtree Rd. and was in awe of how vacant it was. I have taken this road in both car and on scooter for years at all times of the day, and never have I been on this road with no fewer than two or three cars around me. Today was the first time I have ever looked at the road in front of me and seen nothing. For those of you who do not live in Atlanta, this street is one of the main bloodlines of the city that is not an interstate or highway, and to top it all off this shot (to your left) was taken at noon.
After literally two miles of it just being me, I started to wonder if sometime last night someone working a late-night shift at the CDC didn’t have a “woops” moment, and if this now meant that I would be forced to don crazy post-apocalyptic gear, grab Laurie and our dog Gus, and drive through the streets of Atlanta looking for food while Laurie kept her trigger finger ready to take down the now flesh-eating citizens that had been turned by “the sickness.” Luckily for me and all of humanity, I discovered that most Atlantans were actually feeding on the final remains of yet another Labor Day sale. It was with a great sigh of relief that I headed further north toward my first goal, but I did make sure to keep an eye out for any suspicious flesh-eating activity.
About half a mile shy of REI, I took a wrong turn down an office park drive, but I knew that if I could just make it to the other side of the building I would pretty much be there. Normally in this situation I would just make a quick u-turn and backtrack, but today being Labor Day gave me a golden opportunity. I pulled back on the throttle and entered the un-gated parking deck letting my Prima Pipe echo through its nearly carless interior. Three flights of roaring fun later, I found myself being spit out on Abernathy Rd., and one turn after that I had made it to REI (which aside from the fun ride there ended up being a complete bust).
With task one being complete, I turned my sights toward the second most important liquid substance on earth: beer. Since January of this year I have been the proud owner of a mug from 5 Seasons Brewing Company. This stylish mug allows me to get one free beer every day for the rest of the year. Granted, living near the city center, making this a daily venture would be a little bit excessive, but I do tend to find reasons to head up to Sandy Springs from grabbing a can of paint at Lowe’s to the more primitive,”need beer now” excuse.
Sadly, my sudsy dreams of hoppy joy were crushed when I found out that like so many other things on Labor Day, 5 Seasons was closed.
Hellbent on finding a purveyor of beverages that was open, I soldiered on and headed back towards Atlanta. While I knew that there was a 99.9% chance that the #1 coffee shop on my list, Coffee Snobs, would be closed I headed toward another location that I’m only starting to know, Octane.
Even though I’ve been in Atlanta for over ten years, I still have only scratched the surface of the coffee culture here in Atlanta. Octane contains about 90% of what I’m looking for in a good coffee place. First and foremost, they have amazing coffee made by skilled baristas. The staff behind the counter actually can be seen stepping aside to get a nip from their own mugs to satisfy their coffee demons. My only issue deals with the uncomfortable industrial style seating that covers most of the location, with the exception of one area that contains a few coveted comfy chairs. That being said, if I wanted comfy seating I would have stayed at home. I came for good coffee; in this area they do not disappoint.
Today for example, I walked into Octane and ordered a simple cappuccino, which like some of my other favorite coffee places only comes in one size. This is not because they’re trying to screw you over, it’s because they want to make sure that the quality of this cappuccino is as good as the last one you had. This little piece of tasty artwork was made by a guy who unironically wore a “New Zealand Barista Competition Finalist” t-shirt. I sat on my bar stoolish seat, sipped my very tasty and well-made drink, and read my book (Geek Love by Katherine Dunn)as I casually observed the nice cross- section of humanity that too had stayed in Atlanta over Labor Day.