TOP FIVE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT ATHENS SO FAR (excluding family, old friends, etc.):
5.) Full-fledged thunderstorms
4.) The Campus Green — it’s beautiful.
3.) $3.50 Red Bull and Grey Goose at The Crystal
2.) You always run into someone you know at Kroger — Athens’ only full-service grocery store (and home of the only Starbucks!) The other day, I ran into Ms. Farrar, my fifth-grade teacher!
1.) $1.50 beers just about everywhere!
TOP FIVE THINGS I DON’T LIKE ABOUT ATHENS SO FAR:
5.) The humidity. That’s at No. 5 today because it is just beautiful here today.
4.) Technological weirdness: My voicemails don’t come through for a few days (spotty service?) No internet service at my parents’ house… so I use the iPhone to tether… and it’s sloooooow. DirecTV comes in splotchy quite a bit.
3.) There is no recycling for those who live on the outskirts of town. (No voicemail, no internet, no recycling? Do my parents live in a cave? No, but apparently close enough to one!)
2.) You always run into someone you know at Kroger.
1.) From what I can tell thus far, there is only one bar — of the two dozen! — in Athens that has Directv’s NFL Ticket and has decent seating to actually watch a game. That would be Buffalo Wild Wings (that everyone here calls “BW3’s,” for some reason.) ** If I’m wrong about this, someone please tell me. ** I went to find the Steelers-Redskins presason game the other night and only Pawpurrs, Pigskin and BW3 had satellite. Pawpurrs was packed with obnoxious college kids. Pigskin had its jukebox cranked, so I settled in at B-Dub’s. Could be a long college/NFL football season…
TOP FIVE THINGS ABOUT ATHENS THAT SHOCK ME:
5.) People ride around on motorcycles — without helmets.
4.) Alcohol, gas, food at restaurants and home prices are all really inexpensive; but rent is really high.
3.) More people seem to care about Ohio State athletics than about Ohio University’s, even though OU is an NCAA Division I program with nice facilities right here. (Fuck the Buckeyes.)
2.) The roads are horrible, which really should make motorcyclists really rethink the no-helmet deal! There aren’t just potholes on major thoroughfares like Richland Ave., E. State St. and Stimson Ave., but there seem to be full-fledged obstacle courses of potholes, bumps, cracks and other intrusions. And don’t even try to ride a bicycle down neighborhood streets! If you’re looking to open a small business here, I’d have to think tires and/or shock absorbers would be the way to go.
1.) I live here again!