Well, dudes - I've moved since last we were together.
I also have a different job and wow, it's been a while since I've blogged.
I've moved to an area of Atlanta just south of midtown - Inman Park/Old Fourth Ward-ish. The area is nice and is a great pedestrian and cycling community. Plenty of trendy hipster places to eat and drink.
You know me, I gotta be around folks. How else do you get the good blog material?
Anyway, back to my 'hood.
So I live on what is known as the Atlanta Beltline (http://beltline.org)
Its a trail that connects several neighborhoods in this part of town and is used by a wide cross-section of people for different reasons.
Many jog and ride bike.
There's a skate park so there are plenty of skate-boarders zipping down the trail.
There are people walking to and from work;
to and from restaurants and bars;
taking the dog out for some exercise; etc.
You get my drift.
There's a lovely park along the trail and it crosses over the Masquerade Music Venue and right by the Murder Kroger.
I personally use the trail to walk to the Murder Kroger (and yes, it's called that for exactly the reason you think it is) and to get in some daily exercise or as a short cut to places like this (the coffee shop where I am currently blogging)
In the Spring they had planted some wild flowers along the beltline in order to beautify it and bring butterflies and birds and what not to the area.
Well, it's Summer now and the shit is overgrown.
The flowers are lovely but the weeds are taller than I am!
Everyday when I'm walking, I think what a nightmare of a snake pit and mosquito breeding ground they have created with all the weeds and flowers and no one seems to care.
What the hell, man?
Now I don't get bitten by mosquitoes but I'm pretty sure snakes aren't quite as picky.
The overgrowth has also encouraged dog walkers to forego the cleaning up after Fido. No one can see it (the poop) or the dog, for that matter!
The other day when I was walking, I noticed a new little sign stuck in the ground that read "Caution: Natural Snake Habitat"
This is your answer to this mess?
Too lazy to keep it groomed and safe so just stick an effing sign in the ground?
Where's the "Natural Mosquito Habitat" sign?
The "Private Dog Facilities" sign?
And the one that I am anticipating most:
"Dead Body Dumping Ground. Use Caution"
Crime in the area happens.
It has had a little spike here recently.
This is Atlanta, after all.
That's when I think all this is finally going to get the landscaping it requires, when someone decides it's the perfect place to dump a body. Or even better, the weeds are tall enough to obscure a predatory criminal looking to mug drunken hipsters.
With Murder Kroger just steps away, you would think someone (besides me) would be keen to this sort of potential risk.
Trim the weeds, dammit.
At the very least, create some sort of low foliage easement. That crazy weed shit comes all the way out to and overhangs the actual concrete path!
I would get out there and do it my own damn self but I would surely get thrown in jail for disturbing the snake habitat.
As Brian pointed out though, "Wait until they're ready to put that rail system in there and then it's 'fuck those snakes'."
Other than the weed situation, I love the area. I dig the new job and my neighbors have all been pretty cool so far.
Also King of Pops ( http://atlanta.kingofpops.net ) is right around the corner - just a few minutes walk.
So there's that.
Come see me if you happen to be in the area or need to dump a body.