ATLANTA explained

MEEThinks   October 29, 2015   16 Comments on ATLANTA explained

This is for anyone who lives in Atlanta , Georgia, has ever lived in Atlanta, has ever visited Atlanta, ever plans to visit Atlanta, knows anyone who already lives in Atlanta, or knows anyone who has ever heard of Atlanta. And it’s for everyone who has a good sense of humor (especially those who live in Atlanta).  I have family in that part of the country, and I’m thinking they’ll smile at this. And I hope the rest of you do too. Thanks for the fun! (And be sure to catch the last picture, which shows my favorite spot in Atlanta).


Atlanta is composed mostly of one-way streets. The only way to get out of downtown Atlanta is to turnaround and start over when you reach Greenville, South Carolina. All directions start with, “Go down Peachtree” and include the phrase, “When you see the Waffle House.” except that in Cobb County, where all directions begin with, “Go to the Big Chicken.”  Peachtree Street has no beginning and no end and is not to be confused with: Peachtree Circle – Peachtree Place –  Peachtree Lane –  Peachtree Road –   Peachtree Parkway –  Peachtree Run –  Peachtree Terrace –  Peachtree Avenue –  Peachtree Commons –  Peachtree Battle  – Peachtree Corners –  New Peachtree –  Old Peachtree –  West Peachtree –  Peachtree-Dunwoody –  Peachtree-Chamblee –   Peachtree


Industrial Boulevard. Atlantans only know their way to work and their way home. If you ask anyone for directions, they will always send you down Peachtree.  Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola. Coke’s all they drink there so don’t ask for any other soft drink unless it’s made by Coca-Cola. Even if you want something other than a Coca-Cola, it’s still called Coke. The gates at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are about 32 miles away from the Main Concourse, so wear sneakers and pack a lunch.


The 8 a.m. rush hour is from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The 5 p.m. rush hour is from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 pm. (Don’t forget the lunch time rush hour!)  Friday’s rush hour starts Thursday afternoon and lasts through 2 a.m. Saturday. Only a native can pronounce Ponce De Leon Avenue, so do not attempt the Spanish pronunciation. People will simply tilt their heads to the right and stare at you. The Atlanta pronunciation is ” pawntz duh LEE-awn.”  And yes, they have a street named simply, “Boulevard.” The falling of one raindrop causes all drivers to immediately forget all traffic rules. If a single snowflake falls, the city is paralyzed for three days and it’s on all the channels as a news flash every 15 minutes for a week. Overnight, all grocery stores will be sold out of milk, bread, bottled water, and toilet paper.


I-285, the loop that encircles Atlanta which has a posted speed limit of 55 mph but you have to maintain 80 mph just to keep from getting run over and it is known to truckers as “The Watermelon 500.”  Don’t believe the directional markers on highways: I-285 is marked “East” and “West” but you may be going North or South. The locals identify the direction by referring to the “Inner Loop” and the “Outer Loop.”  If you travel on Hwy 92 North, you will actually be going southeast. Never buy a ladder or mattress in Atlanta. Just go to one of the interstates and you will soon find one in the middle of the road.


Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.  There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 live in Georgia. There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Georgia, plus a couple no one has seen before. If it grows, it sticks. If it crawls, it bites. If you notice a vine trying to wrap itself around your leg, you have about 20 seconds to escape, before you are completely captured and covered with Kudzu.


It’s not a shopping cart, it’s a buggy. “Fixinto” is one word (I’m fixinto go to the store) – also can be pronounced “Fixinta”. Sweet Tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you’re 2 years old. “Jeet?” is actually a phrase meaning “Did you eat?” “How’s Momma-nem” means: “How’s Mother and all of the other children and other members of the family doing?” If you understand these jokes, forward them to your friends from Atlanta, Georgia, and those who just wish they were.  I have to say that I LOVE GEORGIA! And my license plate for 9 years was UGA 555. Yes!  Bulldogs arise!  AND NOW FOR MY FAVORITE SPOT/PLACE IN ATLANTA





16 thoughts on “ATLANTA explained

  1. Nancy Taylor

    I served in the Georgia Atlanta Mission from 1990-91, (after hearing you speak at the MTC). It’s great to see that so many of my memories of the wonderful parts of GA are still alive and well. (Except the bugs.) I loved the people, hated the bugs. I was so thirsty, until my companion convinced my to say yes to an offer of a Coke, to which the kind gentleman said, “What would you like?” Apparently any cold beverage is a Coke in GA!!

  2. Annalee

    Greenville, South Carolina was where I was born! I know this really doesn’t have much to do with the post, but it was so great to see it mentioned!!!!!!! Thanks! I forwarded this to my cousin who served her mission in Atlanta.

    1. MEEThinks Post author

      A cousin served in Atlanta! Hooray! I’m writing a book for and about SEEESTER MISSIONARIES, and I hope it gets published before you and Lily go on your missions!

  3. Donna Anderson

    This is so correct! Being in MN now, these “truisms” make me extremely homesick. My most influential teacher was my Latin teacher who was from GA. So, in teaching very elementary Latin to my nieces, they understand that the plural “you” in Latin actually means “ya’ll.” As it should be.

    Thank you for being YOU and for the walk down memory lane!

      1. Annalee

        Yes! We study Latin and when I heard about y’all I was like “Yes!!!!!!!!!” Except that in Latin they try and make it be a 2nd person plural, when in actuality, “y’all” is SINGULAR and “all y’all” is plural! 🙂 A Southern factoid for all y’all!

  4. Leanne Anderson

    I thought you might have included The Blue Willow Inn as a runner up to your favorite place in Atlanta!!!

  5. fran ottewell

    sounds like my home town, the streets change names 4-5 times going across town. its a leftover from amalgamation, nobody wanted to give up ‘their’ street name. as a newcomer, it made life interesting years ago. I’m used to it now.[after 30 years].

  6. Ida Hartman

    Oh, this is priceless. I have lived in Atlanta 38 years and it’s all true. Thank you for the tribute. Wish you were going to be here for TOFW next Friday.

    1. MEEThinks Post author

      Fun to hear you say it’s all true – And I really DID mean it to be a tribute. OH! I wish I could be there for TOFW too!! I’ll be in St. George (near my home-town of Cedar City)


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