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A 25-Year Affair With a Mazda Miata, Still Going Strong

Tom Voelk, who produces the Times’s video reviews, reveals what’s in his garage: a first edition Mazda Miata (you have to disable any adblockers to see the vid…)

Perseid Peeping Its Raining

And it looks like it will either be raining or big clouds will be blocking the direction of the meteor’s origination. I would put it off until tomorrow, but the is supposed to be as bad. Maybe next year…

Tonight is the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower, but it is not a one day affair, so Donna and I thought maybe a trip to see meteors might be fun to do tomorrow when it is not a “school” night.

Even though they say the best time for viewing is after midnight, some say the longest streaks are to be seen just after dark when the radiant is closest to the horizon.

All we have is an idea and a rough plan. We need to be out in the sticks with a view to the northeast, so our first thought was the Georgia side of Clarks Hill Dam. If you are game, meet us at the Baskin & Robbins at 4366 Washington Rd in Evans at 8:00 PM tomorrow night, August 13th. We’ll have ice cream, chat, drive to the dam, watch the sky until we are amazed or bored and then go home.

February Miatas for Breakfast

Place: 778 Boardman Rd, Aiken, SC – map
Meeting Date: Saturday, February 20th
Meeting Time: 8:00 to 10:30 AM

Due to Donna’s recent illness we have not had the time to plan anything. Right now we pretty sure she will be out of the hospital by Saturday and would love to see some people. So here is the tentative plan, we will have a BYOB (Bring Your Own Breakfast) on Saturday morning at our house. Make your own small breakfast to bring along or stop and pick something up on the way.

Event Coordinator: the Bogardi

Lights of the South

When: Friday, December 4, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Zaxby’s at 3031 William Few Parkway in Evans Georgia, 30809.

We’ll meet at Zaxby’s around 6:00 PM Friday (1800 for you militants) for a food then drive to Grovetown Georgia for “Lights of the South”. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $4.00 for children. What is it? Christmas lights … use your imagination! Once there we can walk the path or take a tractor pulled wagon, then gather ’round the fire with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Last year the “show” made the trip worthwhile and there is no reason to suspect this year will be different! This’ll be an OTM-acceptable event for those wanting to bring children or other guests. Dress appropriately, it’s all outside at night. Think about it.

Event Coordinator: J & J Nicholls (803) 278-6724

Gold Rush Days/Octoberfest Trip

Who: Maybe you

What: Three day trip into the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for two festivals in two picturesque towns of North Georgia–Dahlonega and Helen, maybe even fall colors.

When: Gold Rush days in Dahlonega are Oct. 20-21 and Oktoberfest in Helen is the month of October. The current thinking is to drive to Helen on Friday, Oct. 19 and settle in perhaps at some lovely cabins with scenic views and amenities (hot tubs, Jacuzzis, pool tables, BBQ’s, fireplaces) Blue Ridge Cabins 2 and 3 bedroom cabins currently available. Find a suite mate or two and split the cost. Explore Helen: Lunch, miniature golf, go-carts, get a tattoo, get a start on Christmas shopping, hiking to Ruby Falls. Saturday: Head to Dahlonega for Gold Rush days. Crafts, parade, music, gold museum, shopping, fudge shops, restaurants, antiques. Return to home base. Sunday: Brunch at a fine restaurant before heading home.
Plans are VERY TENTATIVE, but because of rooms filling fast we need to get an immediate start on planning so check out the websites and let us know by July 8 if you are interested.
Can’t go on Friday? Nightly rates at the hotels are high, but the cabins, when divided are reasonable when split, but require a two night stay. Hookup with someone going on Friday and splitting total two night stay is less expensive than a one night hotel room.

Why: Because we like you!

Trip time to Helen: 160 miles, 3 1/2 hrs.
Trip Time Helen to Dahlonega: 29miles, 42min.

Event co-coordinators: John and Jackie Nicholls (phone number 803-278-6724), Miller and Gail Butler (phone number 803-279-4718)