Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Early Valentine's Day cuteness

So back when J and I first moved to Chattanooga, I was amazed that 99% of the bars there were overrun with college kids from UTC. A guy I worked with at the time told me not to fret because three guys were opening a bar in a building his dad owned, and the bar would be awesome. The name? Hair of the Dog. Fast forward about a year, and indeed the bar opened and it was awesome. They even served Abita Restoration, one of my favorite beers.

When the bar opened, they had this weird concrete statue just inside the front door. They strung a marker around the statue's neck and encouraged people to 'decorate' the poor guy. The result was so successful that they removed the marker about a month later.

Fast forward about another year, to The Wedding. Hair of the Dog is our favorite bar, so naturally we drag all our friends (and family!) there both after the rehearsal dinner and after the wedding itself. More fond memories of the best bar in Chattanooga.

Fast forward two more years, when we're visiting Chattanooga and take a beverage break at our favorite bar. And finally, after three years of secret-keeping, I tell
J about my adventure with a concrete statue and a permanent marker.

Awwwwww.... ;)

Monday, February 02, 2009

Save handmade!

Some of my favorite toys aren't plastic manufactured ones, but sturdy handmade ones. These types of toys are inadvertently being threatened by a well-meaning consumer protection law, which has already been amended to exclude consignment shops but still places craftspeople under an unreasonable burden. If you value the durability and quality of handmade toys, there are a lot of ways you can help protect them.