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Old 03-16-2009, 10:14 PM
 
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Im sorry if some of you are upset at me for criticizing your city. I wasnt being facetious or cynical, I just wanted to let you know how I felt. But thats besides the point. Whats important is what I thought about it before and after I left....

Now, I had left and returned about a week later. Although I only stayed 1 day the 2nd time around, I can say this...Atlanta has a vibe different from most other cities I've been to in the southern corridor. I noticed how 'non-whites' are treated (atleast in the stores, resturaunts/hotels etc.) There's more normalicy when it comes down to that. There isnt this whole 'alienation' feel as in other southern cities. However I wont jump to conclusions and say all Atlantans are nice, friendly people because they arent...and here's why.

Driving: Im sorry but there wasnt a single person who would let me pass. Each time I risked getting rear-ended because I had to literally force my way into the next lane...Was it because I had a florida tag? We're supposed to be neighbors right? I guess not. Sorry if I cut you off but you didnt seem to want to let me pass in the 1st place!

Otherwise, Atlanta is NOT on my list of chosen cities. I visited again due to work matters but otherwise I dont see returning there again unless I magically win a house in the mountains. I love you all's hills and stuff its so pretty lol. I just have to learn how to change gears when driving them otherwise its fun.

And one more thing, Once I got 20 miles outside Atlanta I couldnt understand a word people said! The accents are hilarious. Backwoods country talk lol.
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:45 PM
 
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My brother recently moved to Dekalb County this summer.
My neices cried cause they didn't want to go, but now they love it!

Of course, they have a larger home and yard.

They like the weather, the schools and extracurricular school activities, their neighbors and friends.

They said their friends and neighbors are from Queens, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Connecticut....




activities, their eh.
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Augusta GA
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Atlanta does have some VERY aggressive drivers. I always dread having to drive there! Sometimes you just have to force your way through I suppose.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Acworth
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Im sorry if some of you are upset at me for criticizing your city. I wasnt being facetious or cynical, I just wanted to let you know how I felt. But thats besides the point. Whats important is what I thought about it before and after I left....

Now, I had left and returned about a week later. Although I only stayed 1 day the 2nd time around, I can say this...Atlanta has a vibe different from most other cities I've been to in the southern corridor. I noticed how 'non-whites' are treated (atleast in the stores, resturaunts/hotels etc.) There's more normalicy when it comes down to that. There isnt this whole 'alienation' feel as in other southern cities. However I wont jump to conclusions and say all Atlantans are nice, friendly people because they arent...and here's why.

Driving: Im sorry but there wasnt a single person who would let me pass. Each time I risked getting rear-ended because I had to literally force my way into the next lane...Was it because I had a florida tag? We're supposed to be neighbors right? I guess not. Sorry if I cut you off but you didnt seem to want to let me pass in the 1st place!

Otherwise, Atlanta is NOT on my list of chosen cities. I visited again due to work matters but otherwise I dont see returning there again unless I magically win a house in the mountains. I love you all's hills and stuff its so pretty lol. I just have to learn how to change gears when driving them otherwise its fun.

And one more thing, Once I got 20 miles outside Atlanta I couldnt understand a word people said! The accents are hilarious. Backwoods country talk lol.
Some of this needs massive clarification.

What do you mean let you pass? You mean merge?!

No, you dont flick the blinker on and wait. What is that nonsense.. you should know better. Here you ensure it's safe to move, flick the blinker (or not) and MERGE. blinker doesnt mean permission. it means "i AM going there". When i see people sitting there with the blinker on I ignore them. When I see them not taking advantage of an opening given to them expecting a 50 car lenght window, I just carry on and leave them to wait. Its so simple and effective of a way to operate in traffic I am not sure why some people have an issue with it. I know florida drivers too well... i lived there half the time few years ago so I can tell you the problem is you. And yes, people see your tag and freak out. FL tags generally mean

1. left lane hogger
2. doesn't know where they are going
3. 10 under on a 2 lane road
4. random stops in the middle of the interstate
5. HOV lane isn't actually the pedestrian lane, contrary to ou tof state belief.


So yes, people tend to want to speed up past you so they don't get caught behind you.

Funny accents? Right... not like central/inland and northern florida is crop de creme. Please I can walk 5 minutes out of miami beach and swear I am in waycross GA.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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^Right on!

I see a Florida tag (and I lived there for half my life), and I give them a VERY wide berth.

Driving here is no different than any other major metro - except our freeways tend to be more modern.
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Old 03-17-2009, 02:27 AM
 
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Default Ha!

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And one more thing, Once I got 20 miles outside Atlanta I couldnt understand a word people said! The accents are hilarious. Backwoods country talk lol.

I nearly died laughing on this.
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:33 AM
 
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Im sorry if some of you are upset at me for criticizing your city. I wasnt being facetious or cynical, I just wanted to let you know how I felt. But thats besides the point. Whats important is what I thought about it before and after I left....

Now, I had left and returned about a week later. Although I only stayed 1 day the 2nd time around, I can say this...Atlanta has a vibe different from most other cities I've been to in the southern corridor. I noticed how 'non-whites' are treated (atleast in the stores, resturaunts/hotels etc.) There's more normalicy when it comes down to that. There isnt this whole 'alienation' feel as in other southern cities. However I wont jump to conclusions and say all Atlantans are nice, friendly people because they arent...and here's why.

Driving: Im sorry but there wasnt a single person who would let me pass. Each time I risked getting rear-ended because I had to literally force my way into the next lane...Was it because I had a florida tag? We're supposed to be neighbors right? I guess not. Sorry if I cut you off but you didnt seem to want to let me pass in the 1st place!

Otherwise, Atlanta is NOT on my list of chosen cities. I visited again due to work matters but otherwise I dont see returning there again unless I magically win a house in the mountains. I love you all's hills and stuff its so pretty lol. I just have to learn how to change gears when driving them otherwise its fun.

And one more thing, Once I got 20 miles outside Atlanta I couldnt understand a word people said! The accents are hilarious. Backwoods country talk lol.
1. that is any big city

2. lol. so true
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Old 03-17-2009, 03:40 AM
 
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I am curious. What part of Florida produced such an eloquent writer as yourself?
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:53 AM
 
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If you forced yourself into a lane then you're driving as in any major city. Most people here will find it amazing that you tried to use your blinker for 'permission' to merge. Dont leave your blinker on for an extended amount of time and wait for permission; it's only necessary for a 2 second period of time followed by a sudden jerk of the wheel.
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Dont leave your blinker on for an extended amount of time and wait for permission; it's only necessary for a 2 second period of time followed by a sudden jerk of the wheel.
funny, but so true! I was just talking about this the other day. Ready or not here I come!
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