Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tidbits from Atlanta

Next post will the last on our Atlanta visit.  It will be about our tour of CNN Headquarters.  I think I have bored you all enough.  However, I have a few tidbits to share from our visit to Atlanta. 
 
We stayed at this name brand hotel.  They have a nice customer service.  If you are going to a touristy place (like CNN Headquarters), the hotel van will drop you.  When you are ready to return to the Hotel, call them and the van will come and pick you up.  One morning we were boarding the van to go some place.  The driver is a black gentleman.  My wife (LG) boarded the van first and she was going towards the back seats.  I asked her to sit in the front seat.  The driver heard this.  He told my wife:
 
Please sit in the front madam. Those days are OVER.
 
He was very emotional and the way he said “OVER” was louder and more pronounced.  (Remember Rosa Parks' story? She refused to sit in the back of the bus in South when non-whites were not allowed to sit in the front seats.) (I had a chuckle.)
 
Remember on the last day we were held up in our hotel room and could not go anywhere because of heavy snow and ice storm!  That evening we went to the hotel lounge to have a drink.  How long we can stay in the hotel room?  (We later found out that the Police Officers working in that area could not go home due to heavy snow.  They were put up in our hotel with an instruction that they are on 24 hour duty.)
 
We entered the lounge and sat in a corner.  We saw about 10 Police Officers nearer to our table and drinking orange juice.  I originally that it was vodka and orange juice.  I had an eye contact with one of the officers.  He smiled.  That is enough for an extreme extrovert like me.  I smiled back.  And, I said: Hey guys, this is the safest place in Atlanta now.  They had a question mark in their faces.  I said I am glad Atlanta’s finest is here to protect us. Full of smiles all over.
 
Then I offered to buy them a beer.  One of the officers said: “Thank you sir.  But we are on duty now.  May be some other time.”  I replied: Yeah sure.
 
I want to end this post with a photo.  So here is a photo of Georgia Dome, the home of the Atlanta Braves, a professional American Football team in Atlanta, Georgia.  I know, unless you are a die hard American Football fan, you won’t give a damn about this.  Seating capacity: 74,228.  This is the largest indoor sporting facility in the United States.



 

30 comments:

  1. If you had offered free beer to Indian policemen, they would have been very happy to oblige you:)

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  2. nice anecdotes about your travel :)

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  3. Not at all boring,very interesting instead. Indian police would have snatched it from you.Enjoyed reading.

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  4. Did he say that, really? Still the hurt is there, I think.

    Good officers!

    Waiting to read the CNN post!

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  5. Thanks for your comments Renu. You are right.

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  6. Thanks for your comments Krishna. I am glad you found this post interesting.

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  7. Thanks for your comments Rajlakshmi. I am glad you liked this post.

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  8. Thanks for your comments Sarala. You are right.

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  9. Thanks for your comments Sandhya. Yes, some people still feel the hurt.

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  10. Imagine the kind of discrimination that he might have seen in his younger days, that made him say 'Those days are over'. Looking forward for that CNN post.

    Destination Infinity

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  11. Thanks for your comments Rajesh. I am sure he still has those bad memories.

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  12. It feels good when you come across people dedicated to their duty, I wonder how the scene would look like if it were Indian police instead. The dome must be fascinating structure, but cannot hope for bad weather to help cover-up bad performance in that case :P

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  13. I am really loving this series SG since I have never been to Atlanta. Thanks for the virtual tour. I am amazed at what the driver said. Makes you think how it was in those days.
    Largest indoor sporting facility? great. I had no idea there was so much to see and do in Atlanta.

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  14. Thanks for your comments Reshma. You are absolutely right. They cannot blame bad weather for poor performance in this indoor stadium.

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  15. Thanks for your comments Ash. Yes, the driver was kind of emotional. Georgia Dome is so huge that during 1996 Summer Olympics they used this for Basketball, Gymnastics, and Handball.

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  16. Enjoyed reading! Interesting to know about the culture and living in the American continent through your posts :)

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  17. Such lovely tidbits, I really enjoyed reading them. The America of the past is no longer there atleast in many parts, they had to change, and now we have so many people from so many countries proudly making a living there.

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  18. nice travel anecdotes, made a good read. My son is a football fan, he will enjoy seeing these pics. will show it to him.
    Thumbs up to people like Rosa parks.

    will await your CNN post.

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  19. That made for an interesting read!!
    The policemen's response... WOW is what I said, when I read that!! Super like :)

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  20. Thanks for your comments Sindhu. I am glad you liked this post.

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  21. Thanks for your comments Rama. You are correct. Nowadays, USA has got people from many different countries.

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  22. Thanks for your comments Asha. It is people like Rosa Parks were responsible for civil rights.

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  23. Thanks for your comments Shilpa. Yup those Atlanta elites were super.

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  24. You were treated like royalty there with the Police Protection and all :-). I remember once I met with an accident and the Police Officer in charge of that junction helped me with my scooty and reprimanded the other person who had come on the wrong side. The Police Officer also waited till my parents came and refused to take money and even refused when my dad offered to buy lunch saying he was on duty. This happened in Chennai.

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  25. Thanks for your comments Ashwini.
    Glad you were treated very well when you had an accident. Looks like good cops are everywhere.

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  26. Hats off to the policemen..very interesting post SG..

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  27. Thanks for your comments Ranita. I am glad you liked this post.

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  28. @ I liked that bit about the driver asking your wife to sit up front. And about the police officers, what a vast difference from our friends here in India!!!

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  29. Thanks for your comments Meera. That driver was a nice guy - a little emotional too.

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