Well the first 1,000 miles are behind us. A short hop via the Biloxi beach drive and. Were in Fairhope Alabama. some of our neighbors who are familiar with this area gave us the low down so we weren't completely in the dark. We were instructed to check out Manci's and we did. like an upscale Gilhooley's sort of place and the people were as sweet as the tea. Exactly what I'd expect in the Heart of Dixie. I had the spider sandwich. On to Orange beach. We managed to spend a little time in the afternoon and a good piece of the next day before the rain ran us off. Not a problem since we got to spend some quality time with the Reverend Jim Batchelor and his lovely wife Lynn of the Loxley United Methodist Church. Source of our big smoker behind the clubhouse.
A beautiful drive up Hank Williams Hwy exiting on to Alan Jackson Hwy and we ducked in to the Stone Mounain Marriott just as the daily rain caught up with us again. I can do this. On to our reason for this road trip, the worlds largest, The Georgia Aquarium.
Before I go lets talk about P&Z. I managed to get a quick peek while rolling through Montgomery at who is currently on the P&Z committee. looks like there is only one member and his time expires in a few weeks. First congrats to Craig Ward for steping up and I won't mention that it's about time. Next people, the fact that the entire committee is non existant is sad. Pathetic really. It's time for the rest of you to step the hell up. It's not hard and i don't want to hear any whining. Your city needs you. All the great things that made you want to move here did not happen on their own. It wasnt magic, it was because of the efforts of those selfless citizens who saw the need and responded. Reasons aside, Mrs McIntye recognized the need and responded. Time for you to do the same. I quoted an Island original last year and every time I repeat it it just makes more sense. Neighbor Chuck suggested that before serving on any committee a person should have to live here for 10 years. That way they "get" the island and aren't as anxious to change it the newer folks can be. Works for me. Good job Craig.