Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
On the "B List" Again
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Six Years Ago Today...
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
More Fun with Morphing Pictures
I had some more fun tonight morphing pictures of myself, some of my friends, and family. I hope none of you are offended, or feel like I'm poking fun at you. If you think I didn't do you justice here, please send me a photo of yourself and I'll be happy to give it another try. I'm just having fun and working with the few pictures that I have.
Bruce (as Melisha Manchaser):
Monday, May 22, 2006
The Many Faces of Keisha
Many thanks go to my friend Steve for introducing me to a new website and talking me through the process of morphing photos. With Steve's help, I was able to take a normal picture of Keisha and turn it into a works of art! I hope y'all like this one- it only took about 3 hours to get it right!!! I created 4 other versions of this same picture, but this one is my favorite.
Thanks again, Steve!
Here are the other images I created from the same photo:
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Great Dane!!! (and Weekend Wrap-up)
Friday, May 19, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
(Click on the Blog title above for a link worth seeing!)
Today was a day from hell, mixed with a few silver linings!
My day began when I awoke at 3:30am to get ready for a busy day of catering. I was at work before 5am and out the dor with 3 breakfast deliveries to Emory University, Oracle Corporation and GA Tech. I was back in the office just as the rest of the staff were filing in to begin their day- just in time to get ready for the film crew from TV One's "Turn Up the Heat" TV show to film an episode for their nationally syndicated show.
Normally when I work with a "film crew", it's pretty low-scale and unobtrusive-- a director, a camera operator and that's about it. Today's crew was a little different. There were over twenty members of this crew-- producers, directors, cameramen, lights, host, etc. Within an hour they had transformed the Biscuit. Lights were mounted throughout the restaurant and bakery; monitors were set up in several different rooms and cables ran throughout the restaurant. Several of my co-workers were walking around with hidden microphones attatched to their clothing. At least one of them was treated to a make-up session prior to the filming (PJ wearing lipstick and blush-- who would've ever thunk it?). This was the most chaotic and frenzied (yet very professional) production crew that I've had the pleasure to work with.
The set up and filming went slowly, but it was worth it. They captured some great scenes, and the most beautiful food photography that I've ever seen (the cameraman, Hugh, also works on several popular food shows, including "Iron Chef").
I don't think that I will be on the show when it airs. I walked past the camera a few times, in the background, but for the first time I didn't view this as a chance to be on camera-- it was so professionally done that I got wrapped up in the experience of watching true art evolve before me.
Between scenes I was envolved in some major PR. For those that don't know, there was an article in the newspaper yesterday about the Flying Biscuit being bought by Raving Brands. The article wasn't accurate- there was no buy out- rather a partnership. However, our phones rang all day with questions, my email box was filled with over100 requests to buy into the franchise, the restaurant was filled with people coming in to say their goodbyes to the small town restaurant and staff (thinking that we were bought out and taken over). Several faces from the past showed up with bouquets of flowers in their hands and tears in their eyes- facing what they perceived as the end of an era. Several TV, newspaper and radio reporters called me to find out the details of the buy-out. I've never experienced being in the eye of a media blitz-- it's a crazy feeling! Hell, it's just a restaurant- why does anyone care about it? I guess it's a good thing that our diners are so concerned, but it's getting a little annoying already!
I met a lady named Sandy today that was THE original waitress at the Biscuit. She was there on opening day, and for several years to follow. She was the only waitres in the early days and she kept me wrapt with her stories for over an hour. I learned things that I'd never heard before. For example-- the Flying Biscuit was closed on it's 2nd day of operation-- they didn't expect a big crowd on the first day and ran out of food. They couldn't open the 2nd day because they had nothing to serve.
OK, back to the filming--the host of the "Turn Up the Heat" show is Chef G. Garvin. He was there with me throughout the long day and I found him to be a very nice man. He's a little ghetto acting, but very well informed on all types of food and their preperations. G. Garvin (real name is Gerry) really hit it off with our Executive Chef Peggy Jean Dodson-- their interactions on film will be very memorable. He also had a great time cooking omelets with our favorite Line Cook Mayacine Sarr.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
The Little Biscuit that Could...
Wow!!! The Flying Biscuit is making all kinds of headlines today!
I found this article in the Business section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution this morning! To summarize, it says that the restaurant where I work was bought out by a big corporation. NOT TRUE! However, the article sounds very credible. We have been in negotions with Raving Brands for a bout a year now, but nothing has been finalized- and their intent is NOT on buying the Biscuit. The plan is for them to partner with us, in order to help with the franchise effort that we are planning over the next several years. RB is a huge corporation and they have people that specialize in opening restaurants- from demographic specialists to real estate depts, etc. They are partenering with us to help us expand and set a thumbprint for future locations, and the goal is to start franchising after we've opened several restaurants and our "theme" is in place. We will continue to seek out hip and funky neighborhoods to open stores in, and the bottom line is that nothing will change-- except for the fact that there will be more locations than there are now. OK-- here are two of the articles that appeared in the paper today (and online-- the online version currently has 82 comments from readers-- some positive/ some negative):
Raving Brands buys Flying Biscuit
By LEON STAFFORD
The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionPublished on: 05/17/06
Raving Brands, owner of Moe's Southwest Grill, Doc Green's Gourmet Salads, and Shane's Rib Shack, announced Wednesday it has bought Atlanta's Flying Biscuit restaurants with the intention of franchising the eclectic eatery into a chain.
Raving, which is based in Atlanta, said the acquisition allows the company to get into the breakfast category, a segment it has not covered with its eight other concepts.
"Flying Biscuit is quirky, genuine, and fun — just right for the Raving fans that have come to love our restaurants' great food and relaxed atmospheres," Raving Brands President Steve LaMastra said in a statement.
Flying Biscuit has two locations in Atlanta, the original store in Candler Park and a Midtown restaurant at 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue.
LaMastra said the plan is to open 50 Flying Biscuit locations in 2007 and another 50 in 2008.
The first franchises will be developed in Atlanta, with locations possible in downtown, Decatur, Sandy Springs and the Cumberland/Galleria area.
Flying Biscuits Everywhere?
By Susan Puckett Wednesday, May 17, 2006, 02:24 PM
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
With its gigantic signature cats’ head biscuits and quirky bohemian charm, the Flying Biscuit Cafe quickly rose to become one of Atlanta’s favorite breakfast eateries after its original Candler Park location opened in 1993.
But would it have the same appeal if there were one located on practically every street corner? Raving Brands, the Atlanta-based owner of Moe’s Southwest Grill, Doc Green’s Gourmet Salads, and Shane’s Rib Shack, just announced that it has bought the beloved restaurants with the intention of franchising it into a chain.
Besides Candler Park, there is also a Flying Biscuit in Midtown at 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue. With this plan, there would be 50 Flying Biscuit locations in 2007 and another 50 in 2008.
Stay tuned~~~ There should be another article in the paper/website tomorrow with a rebuttle; telling the truth behind the partnership with Raving Brands, as well as an annoucement of the location of our 3rd store!
Monday, May 15, 2006
Here are the lyrics to my favorite song of the moment. I love this song, and can see a whole movie written just to showcase this tune. Deep words, deep thoughts:
I'm Moving On
I've dealt with my ghosts and I've faced all my demons
Finally content with a past I regretI've found you find strength in your moments of weakness
For once I'm at peace with myself
I've been burdened with blame,
trapped in the past for too long
I'm movin' on
I've lived in this place and I know all the faces
Each one is different but they're always the same
They mean me no harm but it's time that I face it
They'll never allow me to change
But I never dreamed home would end up where I don't belong
I'm movin' on
I'm movin' on
At last I can see life has been patiently waiting for me
And I know there's no guarantees, but I'm not alone
There comes a time in everyone's life
When all you can see are the years passing by
And I have made up my mind that those days are gone
I sold what I could and packed what I couldn't
Stopped to fill up on my way out of town
I've loved like I should but lived like I shouldn't
I had to lose everything to find out
Maybe forgiveness will find me somewhere down this road
I'm movin' on
I'm movin' on
I'm movin' on
Thursday, May 11, 2006
The Best Thing About Gay Marriage
Gays have been fighting for the right to legally marry for a while now. So far it hasn't happened here in Georgia, but I hope that some day it will. Not that I'm itching for the chance to walk down the aisle. Not that my boyfriend and I are are excited about registering at Crate & Barrell and then throwing a huge wedding blast, knowing that the gifts that we received would add up to more than the cost of the wedding. Hell, I don't even have a boyfriend, but I want gay Americans to have the right to get married for one simple reason. With marriage comes divorce. And when there's a divorce, there's always Divorce Court!
Can you imagine "Gay Divorce Court"? It would be a hoot! I can see Judge Maybelline officiating over the case of "Smith-Johnson vs. Johnson-Smith". I think it'd go something like this:
I think it would go something like that! I can only imagine all of the hand gestures, theatrics and character witnesses! It would be a hoot! Please remember this the next time that you get a chance to vote for or against gay marriage-- it'd make for some great TV if nothing else!
Judge: Good afternoon. Today we are trying the case of Randall
Smith-Johnson vs. Kenneth Johnson-Smith. I understand that you are
a divorce on the grounds of mental
That's right, your Honor. It all
started a couple of
years ago. I had
just gotten the best haircut of
my life! I went
down to Le Cut and my
hairdresser, Matthew, wanted to
try something new. He
Is there a point to this?
Randall: Oh dear,
I'm so sorry, Judge.
But... Matthew is a genious when
to hair and he talked me into
getting a butch military cut.
He said I
could use some hair product to
make it spikey and fab, which I
bought some product, about $50
for a small jar. I have to
tell you, it
worked! My hair was
Judge: That's very nice, but again--
is there a
Randall: The point is-- I looked fab-u-lous!!!!
It was great until about 6
Judge: What happened 6 months
Randall: That BITCH started using my
gasps) He went to see Matthew at Le Cut
and got the same
didn't buy the product. He came into the
gym with MY
haircut and MY
product in it! He got lots of attention and
my gel EVERY
DAY! Did he ever pitch in when it was time
to buy more
NO! I also think I saw him wearing one of
my new Abercrombie
tank tops to the gym one day
Judge (turning to
the defendant): How do you respond to this allegation,
Kenneth: That was MY tank
top!!!! I let you
borrow it a couple
of times, but I bought it.
It was on the clearance
rack (audience gasps
very loudly) at The Boy Next
Door. I paid $79.95
for that tank top. As
haircut-- GIIIRRLLL!!! He forgot to tell
you that he was
an affair with Matthew, his hairdresser!
Randall: Shut up, Bitch!!! You know it wasn't an affair. I slept with
him a couple of times to get a discount on hair product after YOU started using
it. Besides, if you knew how to satisfy me, I wouldn't have had to go
looking. If you'd just paid your share for the hair product, that
would've happened, anyway.
Kenneth: Like you chipped in on the Mary Kay Instant-Action Eye
That cost me a pretty penny and I didn't have to sleep with my Mary Kay rep
to get it, either!!!
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Feral Dog Pack Kills Gator In Florida
At times Nature can be cruel, but there can be a raw beauty, and even a certain justice, manifest within that cruelty. The alligator, one of the oldest and most savage of animals, often considered the "apex predator" in its natural ecosystem, can still fall victim to well-implemented "teamwork" strategy, made possible by the tightknit social structure and "pack mentality" bred into canines over several thousands of years through Intelligent Reconsideration. Note that the alpha dog in the photo has a muzzle hold on the alligator, thus preventing it from opening its mouth. The alligator's jaw strength resides in the clamping/closing muscles, as professional alligator wrestlers will attest, so this is a very sophisticated attack strategy. The rest of the pack prevents the beast from rolling, so that it cannot bring to its defense the powerful tail, capable of bone-crushing blows. The attached photograph is reproduced from Nature Magazine. Not for the squeamish! I strongly recommend that you preview this to determine suitability for younger audiences.
Monday, May 08, 2006
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Speaking of Cats...