Monday, September 24, 2012

The Weekend that WAS for me and COULD HAVE BEEN for Chandler...

So I know I may be drinking the Kool-Aid and bragging what a great town Atlanta is since I've come up here. But I do miss the guys golf weekends, bowling mondays and kickball Thursdays in Tpa. And of course the verbal abuse I receive from most of you. So as I left I extended the invite for whomever wants to come visit is more than welcome to.

Well the stars seemed to aline this past weekend as there were 2 great events going on here. So I enjoyed a 3 day weekend (I'm the Boss) and enjoyed the following:

Friday: Fed-Ex Tour Championship at East Lake Country Club
If you were living under a rock (or gave up watching golf cause football is here) this event is the Final Stop for the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. Only the top 30 in the standings are invited and the winner of the Fed Ex Cup gets awarded 10 million plus another 1.x mil for winning this tournament. The top 5 golfers had a chance to win the cup so unlike the Pods err now Transitions Tournament at Copperhead I got to see all the top golfers feel the pressure of a tournament that had a feel of a major. I found discounted tickets online and also gained "championship club access" where they had a hospitality tent on the 17th fairway (the one Snedeker hit into the stands on Sunday but free relief and ended up chipping in for birdie). I also sneaked a pic of Phil teeing off on #3 and got scolded at for doing so. oops.
Friday Evening I hit up the Sweetwater Brewery where they have THE BEST happy hour special around. For $10 you get a pint glass (that you keep) and 6 tickets for "samples" Well the sample sizes they fill ur glass 3/4 or more full (so 12+oz) of good tasting high octane craft beer (5.5% and up). The place fills up with eye candy and if you are really into the beer, they conduct tours every 15 min where you get an extra pour for participating. (Picture below is to reference to souvenir glass and size pour)
Saturday I awoke to some awful background noise when tuning into college game day. Florida State you REALLY have to tell the band to learn more than one tune. And headed to a house party to watch the Gators vs the Kittens. After a comfortable size lead at halftime we all walked to Piedmont Park to enjoy Music Midtown. Friday's lineup which I did not attend included Joan Jett, T.I. and Foo Fighters. Saturday had a bigger lineup and included Garbage, Adam Ant, Ludacris, Neon Trees, Florence and the Machine, and Pearl Jam. Ludacris mentioned 30 times that hes from Atlanta and pretty much played every hit song he makes a guest appearance in. I think you had to be high to listen to Florence but Pearl Jam by far did not disappoint. He played 6 songs from the Ten Album and then a ton of other hits. Here's their set list:
  1. Why Go
  2. Save You
  3. Animal
  4. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
  5. Corduroy
  6. Got Some
  7. Amongst The Waves
  8. Wishlist
  9. Better Man
  10. Do The Evolution
  11. Even Flow
  12. Know Your Rights
    (The Clash cover)
  13. Nothingman
  14. Supersonic
  15. Jeremy
  16. Porch
  17. Encore 1:
  1. Crazy Mary
    (Victoria Williams cover)
  2. Given To Fly
  3. The Fixer
  4. Rearviewmirror
    Encore 2:
  1. Unthought Known
  2. Black
  3. Alive
  4. Rockin' in the Free World
    (Neil Young cover)
and here's a picture of the crowd gathering when Florence was on:
 
 
So after stumbling my way home I spent Sunday recovering and watching the final round of the Fed Ex Tournament on TV. Probably couldve found my way onto a golf course but I figured to save the tennis elbow deterioration of my right arm for another day.
 
So the weekend was eventful and one Mr. Brown was claiming to come up and participate in. His loss and I'll open the invite up once again to come visit anytime, before you heart fills with regret. I may even have you come play a golf course with real terrain as it seems they're aren't any under a 130 slope.