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OTP vs. ITP

OTP vs. ITP

Oct 29, 2014

By Michelle Knapp So it may not officially be a rumble, but can’t we all just get along? We’re talking about the usually friendly debate between ITP’ers and OTP’ers. We would be lying if we said we have not, at least once, had to hear the joke: “Did you bring your ITP passport” for when we have ventured into Atlanta. Or this one: “No, I can’t go to that Taco Mac, I only go to the original.” Please, it’s time we all acknowledge OTP as a viable destination. Maybe you won’t be relocating there, but there is no reason not to visit. Don’t get us wrong. We are well aware that Atlanta is a thriving, cultural hub, even referred to as the “Hollywood” of the South. And we love the many offerings that the city has to offer: fine dining, theater, professional sports, world class museums and the aquarium. Nothing compares to seeing a performance at the Fabulous Fox Theater. And every out-of-town member of my family has gotten a tour at the World of Coke. But wait… doesn’t OTP (specifically OTP North) offer similar amenities, plus great public schools and less traffic? Is it really that much of a negative just to reside outside of the 285 loop? We have award-winning restaurants, with new establishments opening almost weekly. Thanks to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, we can see nationally-acclaimed performances without having to go too far. And the charm of some of these smaller, local theaters can be a very pleasant alternative to fighting your way downtown. We don’t have the Chastain for outdoor concerts, but the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta puts on a great show, too. And if you haven’t seen the development of OTP cities such as Marietta, Roswell, Woodstock, Acworth and Alpharetta, then you are missing a large part of Atlanta Culture. These are thriving, vibrant streets that bring unique, chef-driven restaurants, independent boutiques, and entertainment opportunities to the suburbs. There are events all the time such as First Fridays, Art Walks, Food Truck night, and many other various festivals. The Braves coming OTP in the future is sure to make Cobb County a destination area for sports...

NEVER OPEN THE DOOR FOR A STRANGER

NEVER OPEN THE DOOR FOR A STRANGER

Jan 7, 2013

“Never open the door for a stranger.”  These are words that all of our parents have told us; however, speaking the words is not enough.  We need to role play with our children in order for them to be prepared for the unexpected.  If Mom is in the shower and Dad is not at home (or perhaps your child is at home alone and waiting for you to arrive from work) and a stranger knocks at the door, what are kids to do?  We used to tell kids to be quiet and the stranger would go away.  Today that may not be the wisest strategy. Many times strangers are casing neighborhoods out; when they think no one is at home, they break in.  Most of the time when “strangers” see that children are present, the strangers run away — which is a good thing.   They are primarily interested in robbing the home, not harming the children.  So a good strategy for the child to use in a situation like this is to scream through the closed door, “My dad said he doesn’t want any.  Go away.”  When they hear that the person will go away for two reasons: They think Dad is home, and they realize Dad is in a bad mood.  So the strangers do not want to come in.  They’ll move on to another home in the neighborhood, leaving your child alone. Does your child know what to do in a similar situation?  Have you role-played the above situation with your child?  Take the time to do this; give your child the decision-making skills he or she needs to handle situations with unknown people. By: Larry Bullard – Appalachian Karate Academy Atlanta 404-644-2973...

15th Annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta

15th Annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta

Sep 20, 2012

Held on October 17-20 at Road Atlanta, the 15th Annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda will be an epic battle in all five classes of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. The prestigious 1,000-mile (or 10 hour) season finale on October 20th could determine the 2012 ALMS champion drivers and manufacturers. There is so much to see as the GT battle is more intense and competitive than ever. Grey’s Anatomy star, Patrick Dempsey’s newly formed team will be competing, and Petit Le Mans will field the final round of the 2012 European Le Mans Series adding even more International teams to an already impressive lineup! Road Atlanta is recognized as one of the world’s best road courses. The multi-purpose motor sports facility is situated on 750 park-like acres in the rolling hills of Northeast Georgia. Located 35 miles north of Atlanta, Road Atlanta’s facility is utilized for a wide variety of events, including professional and amateur sports car and motorcycle races, racing and driving schools, corporate programs and testing for motorsports teams. In addition to Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta is host to major events like Superbike Showdown and is home to the Skip Barber Racing School and the Saab Aero Academy. So if you’re looking for something different to do in Atlanta, this is a thrilling event with friends or even for the whole family. For a complete event schedule, click here. WHEN: October 17-20 WHERE: Road Atlanta 5300 Winder Highway Braselton, Georgia 30517 Ph. 1-800-849-RACE TICKETS:  Purchase 1 Day: $60, 2 Day: $70, 4 Day: $80 or VIP here. Kids under 12 get in...

Self-Discipline For Children

Self-Discipline For Children

May 14, 2012

What is self-discipline?  Self-discipline has been defined as the ability to make yourself do what you know you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like or not!  A disciplined person knows what has to be done and does it.  They don’t put it off until latter or allow themselves to be easily taken off track.  And, most importantly they prioritize and focus on being self-disciplined with activities that move them toward their goals.  There’s a big difference between having self-discipline with tasks that don’t move you toward your goals and doing very well what need not be done at all.  It’s usually the more challenging activities and tasks that will help you reach your goals than those of less importance.  This concept is easily confused so be careful which activities you exercise your self-discipline in. When teaching children self-discipline it is important to have fun and keep in mind that the idea is to establish routines that are followed for the entire week without deviation or distraction.  We want our children to pick up after themselves, to clean their rooms without being told, to study and do their homework on their own, and to be responsible for their extra curricular programs as well.  We demand a whole lot from them! First explain to them that there are two kinds of discipline; Parent discipline- We constantly tell them what they need to do! And Self-discipline- They take care of certain things without reminders from us!  Sometime just understanding that can point them in the right direction!  Next list out all of their responsibilities that have to do with, school, home, extracurricular, and leisure time.  Have a discussion about all their responsibilities in those areas.  Then, with their input, teach them how to prioritize. In other words make sure they know that homework and studying are more important than chores.  Remember the self-disciplined person does the more important goal-oriented activity first. When your child understands what’s important by the goals you and him have set it will be easy to establish a comfortable routine for everyone to follow.  Your routine should include all the activities on your list. The more regimented you...

2012 March Madness Bold Spicy Bracket Challenge

2012 March Madness Bold Spicy Bracket Challenge

Mar 13, 2012

WIN A BOLD SPICY NEWS T-SHIRT! Join our group on ESPN: http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/en/group?groupID=157577&entryID=3500027 Share with your friends and family and let’s see who has the best bracket.  Are you up for the challenge?  When you have completed your bracket call 678.667.00BS or just message this post with your real name and your user name if they are different.  All brackets are just for bragging rights and trash-talking is required. Any side wagers or real money pools using this group’s page are considered separate and unaffiliated.  Any mention of a $10 buy-in and a winning bracket ‘take all’, are merely a coincidence and may be related to just monetary representations and not real money betting. We also have another Group on:  http://bsnews.mayhem.cbssports.com/e and the password there is...

Grayson Vs Brookwood

Grayson Vs Brookwood

Oct 27, 2011

Some years ago, when I was in High School we had a relatively diverse and cohesive student body, but this new rivalry has created something amazing. Two Impressively Flawless and Professional Videos. Cliques have always existed just like the 80’s movies ‘Pretty In Pink’ and ‘Weird Science’. None more historically divisive than that of the three groups; Athletes, Musicians, and the Audio/Visual Club. Even though most schools had an innate allegiance to their aegis, there has never been such a memorable combination of all three groups, as both schools bring their Friday Night Football Rivalry to the world of YouTube and social media. Here is the original Grayson video that has almost 200,000 views! Brookwood Where You At? httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6NMA7lAnGs&feature=share and of course the reigning champions’ response. Grayson Step Your Game Up httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On1uwi6UMgc&list=FLJIJsM-L8EKzEtdhE4Lq_fg&feature=mh_lolz …of course creative license defends all of the dangling prepositions in both videos and their...