First Restaurants in Weaverville NC Win!

Here is a photo of the Weaverville, New Stock Pizza Hut. i don’t know about you, but i have never had a good experience here. Last time i was “forced” to go, I did not get my drink for 45 minutes (being nice, it was really 50 minutes).

Some great options have opened in North Asheville, but we are still lacking. If a better managed chain like Cracker Barrell came, it would be an immediate hit/hero for the area. These are the 6 actual restaurants in Weaverville that have never let me down. Here they are: 1. Stoney Knob Cafe, 2. North Star Diner, 3. Blue Mountain Pizza, 4. Sunnyside Cafe, 5. Weaverville Milling Company, 6. Athens.

Pinch Me… a message from Michael Moore

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
Friends,Who among us is not at a loss for words? Tears pour out. Tears of joy. Tears of relief. A stunning, whopping landslide of hope in a time of deep despair.In a nation that was founded on genocide and then built on the backs of slaves, it was an unexpected moment, shocking in its simplicity: Barack Obama, a good man, a black man, said he would bring change to Washington, and the majority of the country liked that idea. The racists were present throughout the campaign and in the voting booth. But they are no longer the majority, and we will see their flame of hate fizzle out in our lifetime.There was another important “first” last night. Never before in our history has an avowed anti-war candidate been elected president during a time of war. I hope President-elect Obama remembers that as he considers expanding the war in Afghanistan. The faith we now have will be lost if he forgets the main issue on which he beat his fellow Dems in the primaries and then a great war hero in the general election: The people of America are tired of war. Sick and tired. And their voice was loud and clear yesterday.It’s been an inexcusable 44 years since a Democrat running for president has received even just 51% of the vote. That’s because most Americans haven’t really liked the Democrats. They see them as rarely having the guts to get the job done or stand up for the working people they say they support. Well, here’s their chance. It has been handed to them, via the voting public, in the form of a man who is not a party hack, not a set-for-life Beltway bureaucrat. Will he now become one of them, or will he force them to be more like him? We pray for the latter.But today we celebrate this triumph of decency over personal attack, of peace over war, of intelligence over a belief that Adam and Eve rode around on dinosaurs just 6,000 years ago. What will it be like to have a smart president? Science, banished for eight years, will return. Imagine supporting our country’s greatest minds as they seek to cure illness, discover new forms of energy, and work to save the planet. I know, pinch me.We may, just possibly, also see a time of refreshing openness, enlightenment and creativity. The arts and the artists will not be seen as the enemy. Perhaps art will be explored in order to discover the greater truths. When FDR was ushered in with his landslide in 1932, what followed was Frank Capra and Preston Sturgis, Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck, Dorothea Lange and Orson Welles. All week long I have been inundated with media asking me, “gee, Mike, what will you do now that Bush is gone?” Are they kidding? What will it be like to work and create in an environment that nurtures and supports film and the arts, science and invention, and the freedom to be whatever you want to be? Watch a thousand flowers bloom! We’ve entered a new era, and if I could sum up our collective first thought of this new era, it is this: Anything Is Possible.An African American has been elected President of the United States! Anything is possible! We can wrestle our economy out of the hands of the reckless rich and return it to the people. Anything is possible! Every citizen can be guaranteed health care. Anything is possible! We can stop melting the polar ice caps. Anything is possible! Those who have committed war crimes will be brought to justice. Anything is possible.We really don’t have much time. There is big work to do. But this is the week for all of us to revel in this great moment. Be humble about it. Do not treat the Republicans in your life the way they have treated you the past eight years. Show them the grace and goodness that Barack Obama exuded throughout the campaign. Though called every name in the book, he refused to lower himself to the gutter and sling the mud back. Can we follow his example? I know, it will be hard.I want to thank everyone who gave of their time and resources to make this victory happen. It’s been a long road, and huge damage has been done to this great country, not to mention to many of you who have lost your jobs, gone bankrupt from medical bills, or suffered through a loved one being shipped off to Iraq. We will now work to repair this damage, and it won’t be easy.But what a way to start! Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of the United States. Wow. Seriously, wow.

Yours, Michael Moore Email:

Our New President Has Time To Thank US!

This an email the Obama/Biden campaign is sending out. I am very proud to be a part of this moment in history. I know I am ready for change!
I’m about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first.
We just made history.
And I don’t want you to forget how we did it.
You made history every single day during this campaign — every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it’s time for change.
I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign.
We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I’ll be in touch soon about what comes next.
But I want to be very clear about one thing…
All of this happened because of you.
Thank you,

When one minute counts

I knew I had to get to the post office on Saturday morning before Noon, and made sure I left at the last minute. I noticed the impatience I had while trying to get there. A car on the side road quickly cut out in front of my vehicle and decided to go 10 miles per hour after (you know how that works). I selfishly asked myself “doesn’t this guy know I have to be at the Post Office in 3 minutes?” I got so stressed about the drag that I started thinking… “there are times when every second counts, every word takes its fix, and every moment is a determinator”.

How can one word, one step, one move be so permanent. It depends where you are in your life and the seriousness of this step. If I missed the post office, I would have two things I had to deal with. I would have to take this same trip again on Monday, and I may have a few mad Ebay buyers. No biggie. But I can recall many times in my own life where 1 minute was a life or death factor. Not just physical; but mental, social, occupational, sexual, influential, relational, and spiritual. Have you ever been socially dead? You feel as if you do not fit in anywhere you go? Or people make you feel uncomfortable? Or maybe it is influential? You once had some sort of influence on society, friends, people, children, students, etc. Now you are not “giving” that great influence you once gave out freely. Maybe you have lost your outlet? Search for another. Revive yourself. Maybe it is spiritual? You once had a faith, somehow lost it, and now you are living in regret. You are holding a talent inside that could profit you and many others. Open up and reach out. You might have been deeply hurt by someone or something and remember that 1 minute… and will never forget it. We all could use our lives back in one area or another.

One word I could have bridled. One good deed I could have done. One conflict I could have diffused. One smile I could have given. One hand I could have reached out. One minute of ignoring my pride. One last action I could have made. One friend I could have made.

At certain times in my life, maybe I have brought peace or hope to some. Maybe I have hurt others. There are many minutes I wish I could retrieve and redo. Don’t you? On the other side… 1 minute of good does wonders too! I have way many many of them also. You take the good minutes with the bad minutes.

World Trade Center – Twin Towers 9/11 update

Here is an updated photo (about 4 weeks ago) of the World Trade Center site. Some of you know Janet from She actually retired from the FDNY (Fire Department NYC Engine 237 to be exact) and now lives down Reems Creek. Many of her close friends and co-workers lost their lives in this tragedy. It is a place of suffering and pain.

Some people visit there regularly to get a sort of closure or to finally come to terms with what happened to their family, friends and loved ones on that terrible day. Here is a photo Janet brought back to Asheville with her.