My point exactly JG, $2,000 a month for any housing, regardless of location, is NOT repeat NOT middle class. That's a McMansion house payment.
Thank you for considering the seriousness of my comments. I'm not saying the world owes me or anyone else a living as much simple economics.
Since rent control has gone the way of the betamax, people (myself included) are at the mercy of the landowners (some who don't even live in the actual area). When I moved into my current place in 2008, My rent was a healthy $525 a month on a 12 month lease in Valley Ranch where there was a healthy mix of nice, affordable apartments mixed with some McMansions across the creek in neighboring Coppell (where the $250,000 and up income people live). Right now I am at $598 on my current lease and supposedly my one nice but little one bedroom is at a street value of $700 and something. Since then I've had to take on a car payment plus trying to rebuild my savings. Basically, I'm going to have to move in another 1-2 years. Because we have lots of people (mostly Indian) with money moving into the area, the out of state landowners all think everyone has that kind of scratch and can charge rent for the same amount as a house payment. Yes, I consider myself middle class on the account I'm not living in anything resembling section 8 or signed up for any type of government assistance. That said, when I only get paid twice a month and the second paycheck covering rent is 60% of the amount on that check in order for the priviliage to live in a nice area close to where I work, well, I'm just not buying it.
Losing Gunner is not exactly a major loss considering the number of freshmen who have literally stepped up in strides going into their first year. However, I have nothing but great praise for the Ultimate Warrior in the land of tattoo parlors, pawn shops, tank tops, (the now defunct) Uncle Buds, and cops. He may not finish out the season or get to go to the post season but that ring (if they win on Saturday) was five years in the making.
I'm not upset that the Ted will be leveled after they make the move to South Cobb. I mean Memorial Stadium in Baltimore was sitting empty for a number of years after the Colts left although the Oreoles used it briefly until their new facility was built. The thing I find shocking was when the mayor or Atlanta said this:
"We're going to have a master developer that is going to demolish the Ted and we're going to have one of the largest developments for middle-class people that the city has ever had,"
Unless he's planning on building apartment complexes with an average rent of $400-$500 that are really nice and not slum joints I'm not buying the whole "development for middle-class people" nonsense. This is truly not open for discussion.
MJF is up there with Shatner and Cosby in the multi-show catagory. (Leo and Me [Canada TV only], Family Ties, Spin City, MJF show). I watched the hour long pilot and liked it but after how stupid episode three was I'm surprised it's still on-air. Basically it's adults with "adolesent" issues if that makes sense.
"And I think, correct if wrong, they want more and more skyboxes in the new football arena. That is where the money is, not you buying a single game ticket in the upper deck."
I agree, but I also know that can backfire. Just ask Emperor Jones.
When they were selling skyboxes, there was this cosmetic dental surgery company who purchased two if them and apparently someone forgot to check either this company's legitamcy or finances because when it came time to send them the money, they went dilenquent. It was all over the local news for at least two days. XD
A think the weather factor has more to do with it then anything else. The Texas Death Star was less then 2-3 years old when Emperor Jones won a bid to host it only to have Mother Nature and Murphy play havoc with the weather that week (brought back some great memories of Superstorm '93). There is a reason Arizona, New Orleans, and Miami host it the most times. Because in the first of February, 80% of the country it's either snowing or wet and cold. And the "celebraties" who pay top dollar to go to this function (it an't the fans who are attending folks)don't want to go to a host city where there's more ice on the roads then in their margeritas. They use the stadium as an excuse but reality if Green Bay was located in New Mexico, the Super Bowl would host it even though that venue is over 80 years old and has had some rather nice upgrades from the candid shots they show on Fox or CBS. Just an observation mind you.
The only justification about the new stadium is as one Braves fan posted on Facebook "If you take a wrong turn going to the new stadium, you're end up at a Publix. If you take a wrong turn at Turner Field, you may end up in a part of town you don't want to be in."
I'm not saying that part of Atlanta is necessary the old Calliope Projects in New Orleans but high level vigilence is a necessity.
But yeah, there's a reason whenever I go to Rangers game, I arrive an hour early.
Chase- Samford is located on the outskirts of Birmingham hince the short travel time but PLEASE be careful. Speed kills. Period.
Alabama-Birmingham is FBS and has a football team. Yet our attendance numbers is FAR better then theres is. And what's worse is UAB has almost no representation outside of campus. Go to the Galleria in Birmingham and all the local sports stores only showcase Alabama and Auburn. People probably wouldn't even know of Sanford's existance if not for the fact they are in the SoCon. However, they're also a small private school in the shadow of UAB and Alabama which is exactly 50 miles down the road. So yeah, not gonna get much love in the Birmingham market.
Just to let everyone know, the cold front that has a ---lock on Chat-town is not limited to the tri-state area. Tempertures in North Texas are dropping like a rock as we speak.
I was close in the rankings at 18 but was surprised to read the final results in both the Sports Network and the Coaches Poll. Even when I was student, I don't recall the Mocs ever going past 23rd in the nation. Good Times.
Personally, I'm not going to draw an easy breath until the final snap of the Samford game. However, I feel a little bit of confidence reading that Keon will be back to taking practice snaps this week = suiting up for a game if the ankle holds.
While I'm not encouraging people to make any last minute travel plans, I would like to at least remind everyone that Samford is not located in some podunk college town in the middle of nowhere (Looking at you Western Carolina). It is just outside of Birmingham near the Vulcan Statue (if memory serves me well) which means it's a three hour drive and with a 2:00 central kickoff, you can have a good dinner afterwards at Five Points before driving back to Chat-town. I'm just saying people.
Love the "references" to Atlanta traffic regarding the new Braves stadium. Do me a favor everyone, Google "Dallas" and "635". I like to give a James Brown "Heh" regarding the use of the words "traffic" and "construction" in the same sentence.
Longhorns vs. A&M inside Jerry's Death Star. Good thing I'll be watching the Mocs take on North Dakota State on the North end of town.
I like how David Blackburn is hard at work trying secure a home playoff game. Folks, if we land one, let's at least try to surpass 12,000+, thank you.
Welcome to the club. If the Mocs do win the SoCon, there will be some noterity. If they win the National Championship in my backyard, then we'll talk parade.
"As for the Braves, why not. Looking forward to a Braves game where you don't get panhandled on the walk back to the car."
Ahhh..fond memories of 2007-2008 (My first year in Dallas when I took a PT job as a concession runner for the American Airlines Center [where the Mavs/Stars play]). I learned every single trick on how to spot panhandlers at 20 yards as well as how to avoid them while waiting at West End station if I was taking the rail line home.