Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Car Repairs and Fish Tacos, Oh Want a Wonderful Day! / May 12, 2012

I've been looking for a good mechanic that will not take advantage of me. Because I am a female; I’m sure you know what happens.

I think I've done my Mercury Cougar, Ella, (named after the late, great Jazz Singer, Ella Fitzgerald) a disservice.

I’ve been looking for a mechanic that will not overcharge me and treat Ella like a lady for some time now. I think it’s been two year since I got her.
A White, 1987 Cougar that had 37,000 mile on her when I purchased her. She needs desperate repair and brake job. I bought a $20 online coupon last year in December 2011. However, the location happened to be in Alpharetta! I was too excited about the coupon that I didn’t pay attention to the location until after I purchased the coupon. (This place is too far away! I hate driving long distances! That is why I moved to West End and now to Reynoldstown to stay downtown near my job.)

I called the location and I was told they were not open on weekends. I had to find time to take off during the week. Finally, I called back (around February 2012) and was told in fact, I didn’t need an appointment. I drove to the area in Alpharetta. I was told I was at the wrong location! How did I manage to make this mistake! Jeez! What is wrong with me? But the link showed this was one of the locations that accepted the coupon. Oh well.

Since I was there I got Ella, checked out. She needed her belt changed, $100. I didn’t feel like it was a wasted trip.

A couple of months later, I’m finally at the right place but it's still too far away from Reynoldstown. It’s in Marietta, GA. it’s about 30 minutes drive and this is still too far for me. I’m excited to find a place for Ella to get serviced. She needs brakes. The front brakes are trashed. The clerk at the counter tells me the front brakes, pads, and rotors will cost $659. A hit to my spirit and pocketbook; the clerk is nice enough to give me his employee discount.

I decide to get something to eat because of a lengthy process and the clerk gives me a variety of selections of places to eat lunch. I walk to the nearest Mexican restaurant.

The hostess shows me to my seat. I sit down at a booth and check out the scenery. There’s a bar in the corner. At least five flat screens in different locations in the restaurant and plenty booth seats. When the waitress appears, I order my favorite, fish tacos. As I wait on my meal, a camera men walks in with his crew. They wait for a woman who comes out of the back. I assume she is the owner. Wow! An interview. How cool. This turns into an exciting day. I ask one of the servers that pass the table where I’m sitting, what’s going on. He’s not sure himself yet, he goes over to check it out himself. As I watch the owner and crew go into another area of the restaurant, I decide to blog about it. When the guy server comes back to the table I ask him about the restaurant. He says he works with cool people and it gets very busy at night.

If you’re ever in the area, stop by:

Tijuana Joe’s Cantina
(770) 321-1233
690 Johnson Ferry Rd
Marietta, GA 30068

Friday, May 11, 2012

Reynoldstown/ May 6, 2012

Pepper, the dog, is taking me for a walk in our new neiborhood. I notice people standing in a group and someone is holding a purple balloon. My first thought is how cool a party. As I get closer, I asks what is going on. One of the people from the group tells me Georgia State is working on a on-going experimental project which consist of putting an camera in the balloon and it will take pictures every five minutes making a frame by frame map of the neighborhood. The residences of Reynoldstown will be able to see a map of the community if all works out. How cool huh!

Flying Biscuit Midtown/ May 4, 2012

I left my new significant other, Honey, at home to rest and went to the Flying Biscuit in the midtown area for a delicious breakfast. Little did I know as I walk in a ambulance would follow a screaming fire truck. As I sit at the counter, a line of male police officers wait patiently near the woman's bathroom. A customer mention a lady passed out in the restroom. Minutes later, a lady paramedic walks out with the female customer. The lady follows the female paramedic and walks to the stretcher. I think she okay.

Well, this is too much excitement for me and all I wanted was a peaceful breakfast.

Son Getting Ready for Prom Pics/ 2012

Good Phellaz

Son Haircut

Son with date

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My Son's Senior Prom Day 2012

Today’s my son’s senior prom and I want him to look extra sharp! My new honey refers me to his barber, Dunn at Good Phellaz Barbershop. Honey tells me out of three locations, there is one downtown across Georgia State and Woodruff Park. I didn’t realize it until later that I’d walked passed this barbershop for at least two years during the times I took Marta instead of driving to work.

I call Dunn and make an appointment. This barbershop is clean with beautiful, black leather chairs. Several work stations and flat screen T.V.’s, and professional staff.

Once, myself having a natural short style, and looking for comfortable space without hearing cursing and filthy language; I’m impressed and I feel very comfortable here.

While, my son gets his shampoo, hair cut and lineup on his teenager mustache and side burns. I talk to the manager, Karl, a nice guy originally from N.Y. about everything under the moon. He’s been a barber for 16 years and a manager for 14 years. Karl greets everyone at the door. And he helps out when needed. He shapes up a new client while I sit there. There is nothing like a leader getting his hands dirty. I love it!

Dunn, the barber, lines up my son’s teenager mustache and side burns. His haircut is complete and he looks extra sharp. I am pleased! The haircut is 15 dollars which took about 45 minutes. How cute! My baby has grown up on me.

If you in the downtown area, please give Good Phellaz a visit. It’s across from the Woodruff Park/ Georgia State. Near Underground Atlanta and close to Five Points and Peachtree Transit Stations.

56 Peachtree St NW

Atlanta, GA 30303

Hours of operation:

Opens 7 days a week

Shop: 404-524-9990

VM: 404 745-8138

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cyclist S-hero Friend New Do- May 1, 2012

I just found out my cyclist S-hero friend, Stephanie, who taught me everything about riding a bicycle the right way, has cut her hair from a beautiful full-shoulder length style to a short crop.

I’ve asked Stephanie is it okay with me posting an interview on my blog about her Big Chop as she calls it. She agrees. I also found out in the interview that she checks the blog on a weekly basis. I guess I better keep this entries coming.

Stephanie: Oh, I got a mini buzz cut Mohawk now.

Colette: OMG! Have u ever done this before? I miss your hair already!

Stepanie: No, this is my 1st time! I don’t miss my hair AT ALL. I’m going to save a ton of money too! Also, I wanted something practically maintenance free like me!

Me: cool.

Stephanie: Ah, you don’t like it?

Me: I loved your beautiful hair; yet the Mohawk will look cute on you as well.

Stephanie: My beautiful hair is still there, just shorter and healthier!

Me: I know. I wore my hair in a short crop style almost 10 years, except there were no chemicals in my hair.

Stephanie: I was addicted to CREAMY CRACK since I was 12! I blame my
parents and grandparents:)

Me: I hear u!

Me: When did you decide to cut your hair and why?

Stephanie: March 3, 2012.

Me. How much did it cost to get your hair straighten The time? How long did it take to style?

Stephanie: 50-60 bucks, an hour and a half. I went to the salon WEEKLY.
It only cost me 12 bucks and that includes the TIP! And a shape up is 7 bucks! Better than 50 bucks a week! I LOVE IT! It takes 10 minutes to wash, condition, and dry!

Me. Do you go 2 a barber or hairstylist now?

Stephanie: At first I went to my regular stylist. You didn’t see me then. I go to lady barber named Tori. She has given other women the BIG CHOP and knew what I was talking about. I told her what I wanted
to do and that I was tired of washing,blow drying and flat ironing my hair. She is located at 71 Barbershop at Lindbergh Marta Station.

Me. When did u transition?

Stephanie: I started transitioning 6 months ago by not relaxing it at my normal intervals of 6 to 8 weeks. I was a SLAVE TO THE SALON.

Me: Having a relaxer in your hair, did it prevent you from doing any exercises?

Stephanie: I didn’t stop me physically since I’m naturally athletic. LOL

Me: How often did you wash your hair cycling and dealing with the sweat and relaxers? Did you have to get more of them because of the activity?

Stephanie: I would have my hair maintained weekly at the salon when cycling and relaxer intervals would be shortened by a week.

I LOVE MY CUT because it saves me time and money, easy to maintain. I shower without a cap now; hats and helmets have a closer fit, ride in care with the top down and not worry about the wind messing up my do. Feel the breeze around my neck and ears. Sleep with my hair uncovered. Eat without hair getting in my mouth, I don’t care if it gets rained on, all I need is a brush, my “get ready time” is DRASTICALLY REDUCED.

Me: Any compliments?

Stephanie: I’ve received tons of positive comments…

Me: Anyone asked you out on a date?

Stephanie: NO one has asked me out, but I do get more attention from younger men.

Me: Thank you for your time.

Stephanie: Okey Dokey!