STAT OF THE WEEK: Go Tech!

28 Jul

The Capital of the South is teeming with tech. Check it out:

Top 5

Atlanta is the No. 5 city in the nation for tech startups, according to Sungard Availability Services. The average cost per trip, average office price per square foot, tech occupation and startup density were favorable factors for the city.

Top 10

Atlanta ranked 9th out of 50 markets in CBRE’s latest “Scoring Tech Talent” report on the strength of 46.7 percent growth in total tech occupations since 2010.

Top 15

Thanks in large part to its tech momentum, Atlanta maintained the 15th spot nationally in the latest Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship.

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Tim’s Time

14 Jul

Happy Retirement, Timmy!

The greatest NBA power forward ever and my fellow Wake Forest alum bid farewell to the game on Monday after 19 incredibly memorable years with the San Antonio Spurs. The outpouring of love for Duncan this week has been awesome…

Tim’s effect on people and the sport go beyond the numbers, but the following still are mighty impressive:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/article88871492.html

[REBLOG of “Happy Birthday, Tim!” post from late April]

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TagTeam_95Deacs Thanks to this Deacon duo, Duncan and Randolph Childress, my last two years at Wake were championship-quality.

Happy 40th Birthday to my favorite player and fellow alum, Tim Duncan!

I still remember Thanksgiving Weekend in 1993 when I ducked out of a family gathering in Florida to go check out a skinny, unsung Wake Forest freshman from the Virgin Islands in his college debut in Alaska (when he posted zero points but double-digit rebounds.)

I feel so blessed not only that Tim Duncan represented my alma mater, but also that he has entertained and inspired this fan for more than half of my life.

Ryan Nusbickel, my classmate cousin, author and former cartoonist in this blog space, hits the mark like a patented Timmy bank shot: “We’re at college fraternity parties. We’re watching Duncan. We’re partying, single 20-somethings. We’re watching Duncan. Getting married. Starting families. Watching Duncan. He’s always been there.”

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STAT OF THE WEEK: Atlanta’s Growth and Growing Pains

30 Jun

Atlanta led the nation in construction cost increases in the last year, according to CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (and my former employer). The city’s 3.8 percent spike more than doubled the national average.

Across the country, year-over-year construction spending during the first four months of 2016 increased 8.7 percent to $334.8 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce.

On the housing side of the equation, Atlanta magazine asked this week: “Can residential builders keep up with Atlanta’s fast-growing population?” In Brookhaven, with our neighbor’s current house expansion project, the contractor for which was my referral, 40 percent of the houses on our block have been totally redeveloped or expanded (18 and six, respectively) in the last nine years.

 

SMH, GOP

16 Jun
"There you go again," both the Hollywood and political Reagan would say to his party.

“There you go again,” both the Hollywood and political Reagan would say to the GOP.

In more sane times, we would sweep the real, live, actual news posts below into the ‘Goes Without Saying’ folder, assuming they’d even garner a second or two of our consideration. Yet, sadly this is today’s real world or at least the one in which my former party, its big-money interests and other supporters currently reside.

GOP: ‘You can’t ban an entire race or religion from coming into the country’ (The Hill)

New rules say that financial advisers should act in their clients’ best interests (New York Times)

BREAKING: U.S. Senate Republican leader McConnell says it’s time for Trump to stop attacking various minority groups (Reuters)

Trump, GOP lawmakers open door to restricting gun buys for those on terrorist watch list (Fox News)

No Sporting Chance

15 May

Braves_onfireIt is the spring of my sporting discontent. The Atlanta Hawks got swept in the postseason for the second year in a row by LeBron & Company, and my rebuilding Braves are buried in last place. In fact, as mid-May approached the baseball club had the seventh most wins… ON ITS HOME FIELD!

To top off the sporting depression, my favorite player and fellow alum, Tim Duncan, may have just played the last game of his stellar 19-year career with the San Antonio Spurs…

You might say that I’m carrying a lot of emotional sports baggage:

  • My college football team hasn’t had a winning season since I became a father. (My oldest daughter turns 8 in the fall.)
  • The Diamond Deacs, my alma mater’s baseball team, haven’t made the NCAA tournament since 2007 despite our coach – no lie – donating a kidney to one of his players. Come on, karma!
  • My basketball program, which produced the likes of Duncan and Chris Paul, has gone 75-115 (.395) since 2010 when it fired a coach with a .663 winning percentage.

Hmm, maybe this is the reason my wife let me get a kegerator?!?

I take solace in my daughters’ smiles, long walks (no, not on short piers!) and the occasional relaxed round of golf. And when things seem too bleak, I tell myself: At least I didn’t have a North Carolina Tar Heel April!

They got a name for the winners in the world

I want a name when I lose

They call Alabama the Crimson Tide

Call me Deacon Blues.

— Steely Dan

 

Great Moments in Guzzling

5 May

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Boston Beer-Helmet Party!

(aka my bachelor party at Fenway Park)

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In honor of St. Patrick’s past and the March Madness gatherings to come, here are some top moments in guzzling:

#5 A fraternity brother and I (seems right to start with this stage in life) won the “Beer & Pizza” contest at Sigma Chi’s Derby Days — a proud accomplishment made all the sweeter by the fact that Hank and I were by far the smallest contestants in the timed competition.

#4 On senior trip in Daytona, Fla., in 1992, a high school friend quite vehemently defended his supply of “Georgia beer.” Ya see, it was believed (but I’m not sure ever confirmed) that a Georgia Busch Light had higher alcohol by volume than the same from the Sunshine State.

#3 My wife’s aunt thoroughly enjoyed our wedding reception, so much so that she grabbed a whole bottle of wine on her way out of the venue. When stopped…

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Happy Birthday, Tim!

25 Apr
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Thanks to this Deacon duo, Duncan and Randolph Childress, my last two years at Wake were championship-quality.

Happy 40th Birthday to my favorite player and fellow alum, Tim Duncan!

I still remember Thanksgiving Weekend in 1993 when I ducked out of a family gathering in Florida to go check out a skinny, unsung Wake Forest freshman from the Virgin Islands in his college debut in Alaska (when he posted zero points but double-digit rebounds.)

I feel so blessed not only that Tim Duncan represented my alma mater, but also that he has entertained and inspired this fan for more than half of my life.

Ryan Nusbickel, my classmate cousin, author and former cartoonist in this blog space, hits the mark like a patented Timmy bank shot: “We’re at college fraternity parties. We’re watching Duncan. We’re partying, single 20-somethings. We’re watching Duncan. Getting married. Starting families. Watching Duncan. He’s always been there.”

Timmy D.’s basketball accomplishments are well known, including five NBA championships and almost too many player-of-the-year/MVP trophies to count. Did you know though that the “Big Fundamental” is the only player ever to be selected to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive teams in every one of his first 13 seasons as a pro? Amazing.

Duncan somehow manages to build on even that Mt. Olympus of resumes. He does it with class and integrity. Timmy rises above so many things — hype, greed and all the other ubiquitous pulls from this culture of short-term self-gratification — but the effect isn’t to detract from his relatable-ness. The college player of the year once signed the bar tab of my other classmate cousin. Many years later, he took the time to call a friend and former suitemate’s wife to wish her a happy birthday when her husband was thousands of miles away serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Want a unique story? Read about Duncan’s swimming prowess as a youth and how his attention turned to basketball only after Hurricane Hugo destroyed the one Olympic-sized pool in his hometown of St. Croix.

Want loyalty? Duncan could’ve been the No. 1 draft pick after his sophomore season at Wake, but he stayed in college all four years. And all basketball fans know about his 19-year career in San Antonio

Want integrity? The classy, old soul, who could never be altered by our greedy, mass-marketed, look-at-me pop society, repeatedly took less money so that the Spurs could remain a competitive team. (Click here for a comparison of Kobe Bryant’s 2016 salary versus Timmy’s).

“Good, better, best: never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best.”

Timmy, you’re better than the rest. THANK YOU and Happy Birthday!

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Mar 3, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) against the New Orleans Pelicans Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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