I searched on the Internet months ago, and found no one keeping a blog about events in Columbus, Georgia. (Well, other than a 15-year-old high school student, and who knows how much he pays attention to the news?) So being the hip web-savvy guy that I am, I decided to start a blog of my own - chronicling happenings in the town I've called home for six years, as well as my experiences in it.
But be warned.... I used to have a humor service called LaughLine.Com, so my views may be a bit amusing. And the views are my own; no one has paid me to present theirs. Pressured, yes - but paid, no.
30 SEP 03: CORRIDOR ZZZZZ
For the first time in about a year, I took a Sunday drive down Georgia Highway 520, south of Columbus. Some of you may know it as "Corridor Z" - perhaps because the scenery is so boring, passengers can get plenty of them.
Corridor Z between Columbus and Albany has several little towns, with things that can get your attention. Take Cusseta, where two gas stations sit one mile apart. The Coastal station offered regular unleaded for $1.43. The Chevron wanted $1.59. Shouldn't the Coastal station cost more - since Cusseta isn't near the coastline?
If you drive north toward Columbus and you're desperate for gas, you'll probably stop at the Chevron in Cusseta. It's the first station you'll see. Then you'll drive a mile farther north, pass the Coastal station, and feel like the biggest sucker in Georgia.
(I didn't stop at either Cusseta gas station to ask about the 16-cent price gap. For all I knew, Coastal might have jacked up the price of 20-ounce sodas to make up the difference.)
A few miles south of Cusseta sits the "community" of Brooklyn, notable by only a few businesses. At least in THIS Brooklyn, people who see your car stopped and walk up to your window probably won't try to sell you something.
Richland seems to be a growing little city on Highway 520, perhaps because it's a short drive for tourists from Plains. In fact, it has the only traffic light between Columbus and Dawson - which means either the number of cars is growing, or the police department is trying to catch as many traffic violators as it can.
(Please don't be confused while you're traveling. Richland has a "Wall Street" only a few miles from Brooklyn - but the lack of skyscrapers other than silos should tell you you're NOT in New York.)
On south we went - and Weston in Webster County had nothing significant to note. When the big sport in town is harvesting pecan trees, it's truly a small town.
A few miles later we came to Parrott -- which invites you to visit a big country store and gas station along the side of Highway 520. Why a place with this name isn't endorsed by Jimmy Buffett, I have no idea....
The biggest city between Columbus and Albany is Dawson, the Terrell County seat. Dawson was famous for historic buildings and peanut-shelling - but the current Mayor has changed all that, by getting arrested several times.
Even though it's 20 miles away from Albany, Dawson acts like it's a suburb. There are businesses you don't expect in a town that size - such as a big FoodMax supermarket. How can that stay open, when FoodMax couldn't cut it on Airport Thruway near I-185?
Dawson even has a small airport along Highway 520, adjacent to several baseball/softball fields. It gives a whole new meaning to hitting a "big fly."
Dawson also put the Terrell County Jail along Highway 520. No wait, it's called the "Correctional Institution and Work Facility." It's nice to know there's a place for unemployed people to go - for a couple of different reasons.
The last little town between Columbus and Albany is Sasser. It's in a stretch of highway where you go back and forth between Terrell and Lee Counties several times. They need Confederate battle reenacters to come to the area, and settle this once and for all.
BLOG UPDATE: The Columbus Symphony's "Beethoven Festival" continues tonight with a "champagne and dessert" concert. I'm assuming the RiverCenter finally obtained that liquor license, to do this legally. [1 Aug] Otherwise, the cheesecake is going to taste VERY different.
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