• Happy Hour,  Writing

    Happy Hour Explorers: Public Kitchen

    The Public Kitchen is a busy place. At the corner of Bull and Liberty, there is always someone going somewhere in Savannah. That sounds like a ridiculous thing to say, but I’m serious. There’s a trolley, or a walking tour, or a wedding party passing by. Sitting outside (when the weather is bearable) to people-watch the traffic is pretty great. Want to know what else is great? Public Kitchen has a Happy Hour. Monday through Thursday, 3-6 pm, they serve $4 craft beers, $5 glasses of wine, and $6 specialty cocktails and martinis. Specialty cocktails? Don’t mind if I do! They also serve a good snack menu to go with your…

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    Preparation

    To make ready beforehand. Preparation. The word has a Latin etymology, and of course, an Old French ending. Perhaps the origin of a word doesn’t matter much, but we take in words with so much invisible baggage we aren’t aware of how we judge our hodge-podge language. Judging only by the word’s origin, we attribute the sound of it to be more florid, fancy, a bit more high-falutin’. But “preparation” isn’t a fancy thing, quite the opposite. Preparation is working in the dirt, long, late hours, years of toil. So perhaps we should shorten preparation to “prep work,” as this has Dutch and German origins, and sounds more populist because of it.…

  • Happy Hour,  Lifestyle,  Writing

    Happy Hour Explorers: 9 Drayton

    Nestled in downtown Savannah on Drayton, almost to Bay Street, is 9 Drayton. In the place that I will forever think of as Zunzi’s 2, is a new, upscale restaurant. The menu looks pretty fancy,and when in a fancy bar, I order a fancy thing. The Happy Hour at 9 Drayton is Tuesday through Sunday, 4-6 pm. Their website claims they have “fabulous drink specials,” but from our exploration, we found that the Happy Hour deal was only $2 off drinks. This means that while the beer is affordable, specialty cocktails are still going to run about $10. I chose the Little Hummingbird, which is a champagne cocktail, because it was a…

  • Happy Hour,  Lifestyle,  Writing

    Happy Hour Explorers: Moon River

    On a hot day in downtown Savannah, walking by Moon River Brewing Company’s beer garden can be a blessing or a curse. With overhead fans and open picnic benches, stopping for a quick drink is a pleasure. If you have places to be, however, the promising oasis is nothing but temptation. If the stroll happens to occur between the hours of 4-7 pm daily, then you are in luck, for the strain won’t be on your pocketbook.   Here’s the deal: $1 off draft beer, 1/2 off house wines, and 1/2 off well liquor. If you just need something to quench your thirst for cheap, might I recommend a gin…

  • Adventure,  Inspiration,  Travel,  Writing

    Big 5 Dive: Afterword

    It’s been a week now, since twenty people stayed awake for more than 24 hours, drove over 1000 miles, and dove in all five Great Lakes. We followed the hydrology of the lakes, echoing the natural flow of freshwater, but also mindful not to encourage the spread of invasive species that threaten the balance in the lakes. Thanks to Meaghan, I bought myself a glass water bottle, in the hopes I don’t have to buy another plastic one ever again. Sunday morning, after the dive, I walked around Olcott, NY, a cute town that seemed like a charming place to station oneself and go wine-tasting or visit Niagara Falls. I…

  • Adventure,  Inspiration,  Travel,  Writing

    Big 5 Dive: Dive 5!

    The sun set for the second time on our adventure. We were in New York, driving in our two-van caravan, hoping we were going in the right direction. We had an address and a GPS, and we drove the 250 miles, ending up in a chain of small towns, each smaller than the last, until we finally saw the sign for Olcott. At least there was finally a sign for the town the hosted our last dive. So we drive to the even smaller town of Olcott, and we park at the beach, and we see no one. Calls are made, and we get back into the vehicles, driving around…

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    Big 5 Dive: Dive 4

    The drive from dive 3 to dive 4 felt infinite. We hadn’t slept in over 24 hours by then, and being dry was a new kind of luxury for me and Kyle. We had managed our dives in Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron, but dive site 4 was the most unknown of all the areas. No one really knew what to expect, and the weather was showing three-foot waves on Lake Erie. We drove through rain, and I worried that our adventure would be shut down by weather. Jessica and Tami switched off driving responsibilities, allowing me and Kyle the opportunity to nap sitting up and shove food…

  • Adventure,  Inspiration,  Writing

    Big 5 Dive: Dive 3

    The sun was rising. Dawn came as we pulled into the parking lot of 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, site of dive 3. This time as we pulled our caravan into the parking lot, there were other people out. This particular wreck, the Joseph S Fay, I had written about a month ago in preparation for this adventure. Kyle and I had already scuba-ed this site earlier in the week, and we knew it was the longest surface swim. I had struggled with my surface swim on the previous wreck, tired from the searching we had done trying to locate the buoy the connected to the site. But this time, I spotted…

  • Adventure,  Inspiration,  Travel,  Writing

    Big 5 Dive: Dive 2

    It was not quite three o’clock in the morning when we arrived at the Headlands Dark Sky Park. I had gushed about this place not long ago, imagining this moment. Our caravan drove down snaking roads, narrowly avoiding some of the Dark Sky Park attendees walking back up to where they had to park their cars. Kyle and I were still in our wetsuits from the first dive. The tarping of the van had seemed like a smart idea, and now that we were in practice, tarps had been nothing short of genius. Both of us kept our feet up on the large blue plastic tub that had become the de…

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