From three lanes to two on Peachtree Road?

I don’t live in Buckhead but I drive through the area several times a week, traveling along the path mentioned in this CBS Atlanta video on road and traffic improvements on Peachtree Rd just south of Piedmont to Midtown (aka Rooms to Go to SCAD).

My drive down Peachtree typically begins at this shopping center (on the right) and heads south towards Midtown.

Since I know that it takes quite a while for cars to turn left from the far left lane in either direction, I tend to stay out of that lane unless I need to turn left into a shopping center.  I’ll even re-direct my route so that I can turn right into said shopping center.

Off Topic: Today’s Verse 73

Sometimes I can grip the sides of the bobsled with as much determination as a leopard,
other times I throw the sled into the back of a truck, the words “Gary Cooper was here”
rusting on the right edge of the license plate;
and there, you are,
hanging ‘neath the low branches of a magnolia tree;
inhaling the diamond backs, velvety for a seven merry three
sides make a triangle sticker,
picture of a bobsled,sloshing along the turnpike
of Anna Karenina’s knees.

– yiqi 21 feb 2014 11:54 pm

Off Topic: Today’s Verse 72

Mission Statement:

Merry the bell goes round,
and round the bend it goes,
whistle, gristle, the animal splayed for you
Terracotta soldiers buried deep beneath
the bayou,
covers up the suffering in a grandiose tapestry,
Light the burners, pile the plates,
Dark alleyways ensue,
Bite the breath, wet with incandescent
robbers through and through.

– yiqi 3 feb 2014


Be water.
Formless and every form
falling flat in the history aisle,
Take back the knight
whose sword is stained by omission
and blind loyalty to fiefdoms left and right,
Shallow banks, building blocks,
all fade in ancient alchemy,
I was there to see your rounded table nights,
I saw you pull down every girl’s hair,
longer than your claims to wealth and power.
To father righteous,
and mother forgetful,
Take the pill and crush it between your wooden pallets,
and then begin all over again.

– yiqi 3 feb 2014

Between Sleep and Waking

Divine grace came to me as an animal totem in the form of a bald eagle as I lie curled up in bed.  In a state not even between being asleep and awake, as Burning Lights played on my discman, I saw a giant, majestic bald eagle in my mind’s eye.  He knelt down in front of me and let me get on top of the nape of his neck.  He took to the air and we soared over canyons, forests, and rivers that glistened.  I felt calm, safe, and powerful.

There were scenes where I was in a ski lodge and I’d look over to a window and see the eagle tapping on the window.  I’d go outside and he would take me to the skies again.  Curiously, just when the vision included flight, the song “Sovereign” began to play.  I think it was quite apt, lyrically speaking.

I call it divine grace and not just an animal totem because I had been calling out to the Judeo-Christian God that night.   I’ve called out to this god many times before in my life and had never experienced such a one-to-one correlation of the Judeo-Christian “ask and ye shall receive.”  I had been asking for help with strength, perseverance, and guidance.  Low and beholdIf an individual has been going through a hard time, eagle not only signals a new beginning, but provides that person with the stamina and resilience to endure the difficulties. If eagle has appeared, it bestows freedom and courage to look ahead. The eagle is symbolic of the importance of honesty and truthful principles. Summon the eagle when you are about to embark on a challenge, a massive life change or a creative endeavor.

Previous encounters of unseen-force-intervention always leaned more towards serendipity, ancestral action.

Learn more about the bald eagle here.