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Posted on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Dave!Work was supposed to end at 10:30 last night. I finally finished at 4:40am this morning. It's not a big deal... just the way the job goes sometimes... but it left me in a seriously debilitated state when my alarm went off at 7:00am. That's two nights in a row with no sleep.

This did not bode well for my drive back to work to turn in my badge and car. Especially since a nasty fog had descended on the Georgia countryside...

Foggy Georgia Morning

But I survived the trip so no harm, no foul.

When I arrived back at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, I checked into my hotel, did not pass GO, did not collect $200, and collapsed onto the bed. Nothing would have made me happier than to sleep the next ten hours, but the last thing I wanted was for my sleep schedule to get screwed up, so I forced myself to stop at just two.

Then it was time to head downtown and see what kind of trouble I could get into.

And eat dinner.

And get really, really wet.

When I exited the MARTA train stop at Peachtree Center, I was immediately assaulted by pouring rain. This caught me by surprise, because there was no hint of it when I left my hotel. After just five minutes I was soaked to the bone. This made for a miserable dinner, but I didn't want to waste the 35-minute trip so I wandered through Centennial Olympic Park. World of Coke Without Lime looked kind of cool in the dreary Atlanta rain...

World of Coke Without Lime

John Pemberton, Inventor of Coca-Cola!
It's John Pemberton, the inventor of Coca-Cola!

Since I was already wet, I walked around town for a while and ended up back at The Westin. With nothing better to do I decided to take another trip to the top and see the city at night, which I had never done before. Unfortunately, the windows were covered in rain, but the photos I took looked kind of cool anyway...

Atlanta at Night

Atlanta at Night

Atlanta at Night from the Westin Hotel's Sun Dial revolving restaurant.

Then across the street to see if the Hard Rock Cafe had any cool pins I couldn't live without...

Hard Rock Atlanta at Night

Atlanta Rainy Streets Reflections

And that was all I could manage. Mostly because my feet were getting all wrinkly.

Back to the MARTA train...

MARTA train stop escalator

...and my warm, dry, comfy hotel bed.

Tomorrow I'll be flying on the busiest travel day of the year. I wonder if I'll end up with anything to blog about?

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  1. Sybil Law says:

    The first picture of the city at night, in the rain? I LOVE it.

  2. the muskrat says:

    Hope you have a safe trip. Last night, we were dropping off the rental car at the airport at about 11pm, and I said, “Hey, I bet Dave’s staying somewhere nearby…want to give him a call and see if he wants to come out” Deb had apparently read your tweets yesterday and said you’d be too tired, so I didn’t bother you.
    Glad you got to enjoy our rainy city a bit. Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Poppy says:

    All of the photos in this post are gorgeous, but the first one is my favorite. It reminds me of both an Elvira, Mistress of the Dark movie and of Vermont.

  4. Göran says:

    Sorry about the long hours 🙁
    LOVE the fog picture!

  5. Jeff says:

    I’m sure you will have something to blog about after you are “manhandled” by the TSA.

  6. whitenoise says:

    It’s funny how you take a place for granted- I used to layover in ATL 3 or 4 times per month. Then, all of a sudden- the flying went to a smaller airplane and now I haven’t been to ATL in 7 or 8 years. I’ve stayed at that Westin, eaten in that HardRock a bunch of times, walked past many of the places in your photos, now not likely to ever go there again…

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