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News: New Orleans Saints Fans Are Possibly Retarded


The girlfriend posted a Facebook status update that started quite a chain of comments. The original status update read:

Jenna I’d just like to point out that the Falcons sit atop the NFC South. IT’S LONELY UP HERE, NEW ORLEANS.

This was Sunday after both the Saints and Falcons had finished week 5 of the season. Enter Saints Fan #1. Week after week, this guy has something to say regarding her postings about the Falcons. Week after week, we make him look like an idiot. He tries to bring facts and figures into the conversation…but he’s no match for us. Let it also be known that Saints Fan #1 lives in Georgia in the Mero Atlanta area.

This post received 190 comments in total. I have removed the ones that weren’t relevant to the flow of the conversation. Below this post, please look at the statistics of the conversation featuring number of “Likes”, racial slurs, and general cockitute (cocky and attitude smashed together). Obviously, the names of people have been changed so they wouldn’t cry about this. Enjoy.

Saints Fan #1 I watched the Falcons game today and the one last week. They aren’t exactly blowing people away.

Saints Fan #1 They aren’t playing as well as last year, they have a lot of injuries, and they don’t have a kicker (note the order in which I list those). All I am saying is that the Saints have actually won a Super Bowl while the Falcons are not exactly looking like Championship material. They’re better than the Saints right now, but it is a little soon for people in Atlanta to be designing rings.

Jenna LOL @ folks getting angry at facts. Falcons-Cardinals 41-7…what was the Saints score today? I forget…Oh wait. No I don’t. It was 30-20. Also, the Saints aren’t even top 2 in the NFC South.

Jenna Saints fans are the most humble people on Earth. It’s really a beautiful thing to witness.

Unclear Saints Fan #2 TIME FOR THE SAINTS FANS TO JUMP ON THE LSU BANDWAGON!

Matt The motto for the state of Louisiana should be The Bandwagon State.
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Matt Just because the Saints won a Super Bowl last year doesn’t make them amazing this year. Taylor Swift won a Grammy and she’s horrible. Case closed…new topic. (drops microphone on the ground)

Jenna LOL @ the Saints being the Taylor Swift of the NFL. Beautiful. And true.

Matt It’s a love story…and there’s a lot of similarities between the Saints and awful lil’ Taylor.

Saints Fan #2 Who is the Kanye West of the league then?

Matt Hurricane Katrina…interrupted a whole season.
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Random Guy #1 Matt, I don’t know you…but I like you. You say what’s in my head.

Matt Ha, thanks…I do what I can. If only I could find a way to make money off of it…

Saints Fan #1 A grammy is subjective. They even have a hip hop category, so that tells you all you need to know about that award. Last year the Saints won the Super Bowl by being the best team. Your analogy fails. Don’t use it just because the NFL put her in the French Quarter on opening day.

it is week five and the Falcons have struggled the last three weeks. Like I said, it is a little early to be designing rings.

Jenna Really…the Falcons are the ones struggling? Sometimes I feel like I acquire a mental disability when talking to Saints fans

Saints Fan #1 The Falcons have won, but they’ve struggled. Trust me, that is important no matter what lies you tell yourself. The Saints had been winning, but struggling to get those. All Sean Payton would say is “We’re one field goal from 4-0.” Taking comfort in “W’s” is ill conceived this early in the season

Matt With all due respect, I don’t have to trust you…so I won’t. But it’s a little ill conceived to declare it “Who Dat Nation” after one Super Bowl win just a bit presumptuous. Also makes it hilarious to everyone else when they can’t quite back up the hype they created.

Matt Also… nobody, other than you, said anything about designing rings. Not really sure what your obsession with rings is.

Matt In lieu of designing Falcons rings, lets all group together and come up with a really sweet friendship bracelet.

Jenna How ’bout a BUDDY BAND?!

Matt Rings are overrated…caused Elijah Wood to lose a finger in that one movie

Matt All I know is at this moment the Falcons are doing fairly well for once, the Saints could do better, and Taylor Swift is barely holding on.

Saints Fan #1 Who Dat Nation refers to Saints fans, no one else. You’ve never heard of the “Steeler Nation” or the “Vikings Naton” or the “Lakers Nation…” Sticking “nation” at the end of something is pretty popular in the sports world, even, in the case of the Steelers and Vikings, for teams that haven’t won in a long time.

Hype? Remind me which team hired a has-been actor to make a hype song in the preseason.

Matt Has been? http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000168/

Very active.

Saints Fan #1 Suck on the Saints’ Super Bowl ring.

Saints Fan #1 Oh, and if you don’t like sucking on rings you can go to New Orleans and suck on the Lombardi Trophy.

Matt Does the trophy at least double as a floatation device? Might need it.

Jenna Lucky for you, I’m going to New Orleans this weekend…and please believe, I will be wearing every piece of Falcons apparel I own. And I will run down Bourbon Street with a Hurricane (no offense) in my hand screaming “RISE UP!” I can’t wait.

Jenna So, no…I’ll pass on the sucking of anything Saints-related.

Saints Fan #1 Be sure to visit Champion’s Square and take a look at the Lombardi Trophy. That is the closest anyone in a Falcons jersey will get to the thing.

Matt I’ll refer you to Super Bowl XXXIII…the one in 1999 that the Falcons were in.

Jenna OMG THERE’S A SQUARE FOR A SINGLE SUPER BOWL WIN?!?! LOLOLOLOLOL.

Matt I’m going to go visit that square, wear a giant Falcon costume…and take a huge Dirty Bird dump right in the middle of it.

Jenna And I’m going to go as well and hurl on the trophy in a drunken stupor!

Matt When the Falcons win a Super Bowl, we have plans to erect a giant theme park in honor of it.

Saints Fan #1 It is going to suck when you build that theme park next to the Georgia Dome and Arthur Blank moves the team from Downtown. Atlanta already has one abandoned, hood ass theme park.

Jenna Atlanta has a theme park??

Matt Atlanta is a theme park. New Orleans is a water park. Oh snap.
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Jenna hahahahahahahahkdgkdjdkjfdkljgheiwhodat

Matt That was the sound of a drowning Saints fan laughing at Garret Hartley
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Saints Fan #1 I’d like to point out the irony in people deriding Saints fans as not being humble or classy while they declare their team Super Bowl champions in week five, fantasize about taking a dump in someone else’s city, and make fun of levee failures that killed nearly 1500 people.

Jenna I donated to the relief fund…

Matt So did i…

Matt we never said the falcons were going to be super bowl champions this year. and i will take a dump in that city.

Jenna Have you ever smelled New Orleans? Lots of people take dumps there, sweetie. You won’t be the only one.

Matt can’t be worse than Manhattan on a trash day

Saints Fan #1 Atlanta is an office park. Have you ever been there after 5:00 pm or on a weekend where there are no sports downtown? I also recall some pretty extensive flooding in the Atlanta area that was caused by this place’s disgusting appetite four soulless exurban sprawl.

Jenna I thought that flood was caused by rain.

Matt It was caused by rain…and it was AWESOME.

Saints Fan #1 You haven’t been doing enough reading, Jenna. The AJC actually did some decent journalism for once and ran a story about how the environmental impacts of various development projects were green lighted in spite of reports on the environmental damage they would cause. One culprit was the intermodal train station between Powder Springs and Austell.

“An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis published Feb. 21 found a dramatic link between the increase in man-made, nonabsorbent, “impervious” surfaces in the metro region and the size and speed of floods. Regional shortcomings in storm water planning aggravated the problem, the AJC found. Those flaws included splintered, jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction planning that ignored downstream impact and federal flood maps that didn’t keep up with that development.”

http://www.ajc.com/news/austell-faces-rising-danger-336664.html

New Orleans flooded because the Army Corps of Engineers didn’t build the levees to their own specifications and constructed the MR-GO canal that no one wanted and even fewer have used, giving the storm surge a straight shot to the city. In other words, Atlanta fucked itself. New Orleans got fucked by the federal government.

Matt Lol that’s three whole paragraphs. There’s no way anyone is reading all of that.

Jenna Is it ironic that I stopped reading after “You haven’t been doing enough reading, Jenna.” ???

Matt I quit after “AJC” and “decent journalism”

Saints Fan #2 MTV’S THE REAL WORLD HAS BEEN TO NEW ORLEANS TWICE!!

Matt MTV is in season 2 of Jersey Shore. Relationship matched.

Saints Fan #2 Is anyone pumped up to buy the SITUATION’s book???

Matt <— this guy. Wanna see what makes him tick. It's a coloring book right?

Jenna I love coloring books. And I love New Orleans. But I hate Saints fans because they are ungrateful. Even so, I will go to NOLA this weekend and help restore the city one Big Ass Beer at a time. You’re welcome.

Matt I’ll be right there with ya. This will be well documented.

Saints Fan #2 The only people more annoying than Saints fans are LSU football fans….

Jenna SEC football fans in general.

Matt Agreed.

Jenna OMG I’M ABOUT TO BREAK MY RECORD FOR NUMBER OF COMMENTS ON ONE STATUS. THIS IS THE DAY THE FALCONS/SAINTS STATUS BECAME MORE IMPORTANT THAN MY SUPER-INFAMOUS GLOBAL WARMING STATUS. Basically what all this means is that I’m really, really popular.

Matt You are so popular baby…you’re the homecoming queen of the facebook status 🙂

Random Guy #2 I’m sorry but I gotta address the comment about being in Atlanta after 5pm or on a weekend without sports. I lived there for several years and Atlanta has a lot to offer. I was never bored while living there. Atlanta can’t help it if your only source of entertainment is being a spectator at sporting events. There are other things to do.

Jenna Amen! FOREVA I LOVE ATLANTA.

Saints Fan #1 I’ve spent several days walking around Atlanta taking photographs, and I make a point to drive through whenever I have class in Decatur. The place has no soul and it has no culture (unless you count complaining about when Sherman burned it to the ground).

Jenna Jesus man…just leave Atlanta.

Saints Fan #1 I will as soon as possible. Off to the land of good food, good music, drive through liquor (even on Sunday!), and a Super Bowl winning football team!

The only thing Atlanta has going for it is its popularity as a setting for zombie movies.

Jenna You’re right…there’s no good food or good music here. It must suck to be such a bitter, old man at such a young age. There are lots of things to enjoy in Atlanta. Don’t blame the city because you can’t see it. Open your damn eyes.

Jenna LOL…you really don’t pick up on internet sarcasm, do you? I thought we were making it fairly obvious but apparently not.

Saints Fan #1 I ask you to come up with some examples of good food and good music, and the best y’all can manage are sarcastic references to mediocrity. And I’m the idiot?

Matt Yes

Matt Ok, seems I’ve missed a lot…I don’t feel like reading all of this. Someone catch me up to speed…

Jenna Atlanta sucks in Saints Fan #1’s opinion and there’s absolutely nothing to do here…no good food or music. You’re all caught up.

Also, I’m going to three concerts within the next month…each part of a completely different genre. So it seems those bands think Atlanta is important enough to stop by for a day

Saints Fan #1 I called Atlanta a glorified office park and was rebuffed with vague platitudes. When I asked for examples, all I got were sarcastic references to Atlanta’s mediocrity, which would indicate that my judgement is correct.

Matt I’m not going to look up what platitude means. But I have the feeling you’re going to tell me.

Matt Actually I don’t care…I will say that if you hate Atlanta so much, then leave. Nobody is holding a gun to your head forcing you to be here…unless you’re in a bad part of town.
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Matt Good music venues, decent comedy clubs, good food…and traffic. It’s got what every good city has.

Saints Fan #1 At least you admit Atlanta has to import its “culture” for 24 hour time periods.

Jenna That’s how tours work…if you liked music at all, you might understand that.

Matt we have plenty of “imported” culture from the katrina refugees thank you very much

Saints Fan #1 Are you seriously going to pretend Atlanta’s crime problems started in fall of 2005?

Matt lol no…in fact I didn’t say that…anywhere…at all. You have a wild imagination.

Matt Seriously…tell me where I said that our crime problem started in 2005.

Saints Fan #1 You’re right. You didn’t say much of anything.

Matt Good one?

Saints Fan #1 You tell me what you were referring to when you said “we have plenty of ‘imported’ culture from the katrina refugees…”

Jenna There was really no hidden meaning there…what don’t you get? Crime has not been mentioned once in this status…hidden or otherwise.

Matt you said we had to import culture referring to concerts coming into town. I said we had plenty of imported culture from the katrina refugees. It’s pretty simple. I really don’t see how you could take that any other way.

Saints Fan #1 Because I’ve been hearing this bullshit for the past five years: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&expIds=17259,18167,25567,26794,27007,27015&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=katrina+crime&cp=11&pf=p&sclient=psy&aq=f&aqi=g4g-o1&aql=&oq=katrina+cri&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=9f2370386c77b788

Matt Awesome dude, another link…that has NOTHING to do with what I said.

Matt I’m going to take this conversation in the direction of Pancakes. Let’s see how long it takes to come back to you being an idiot.

Matt Pancakes are delicious.

Jenna I had IHOP (another fine dining establishment in Georgia) on Saturday. They were yummy. Complete with warm maple syrup.

Jenna And by they, I mean my pancakes. Figured I’d make that clear since we’re all having trouble understanding each other.

Matt mmm that sounds delicious baby…I haven’t had pancakes in far too long. Waffles are a close substitute to pancakes…I haven’t had those in a while either.

Jenna You know who makes waffles??? WAFFLE HOUSE. Georgia says “you’re welcome, assholes.”

Matt Oh good call…and by Waffles, I meant black people. Just in case there was any confusion.

Jenna Shit just got real.

Saints Fan #1 You’ll have to forgive me if after your derisive comments about New Orleans and sarcasm about the flooding of that city lead me to believe you’d continue making comments of the same vein. I had no indication that you had stopped being sarcastic about human suffering and decided instead to make a serious comment.

Matt Too wordy…next comment.

Jenna I have several friends that were directly affected by Katrina. They joke about it a great deal. Maybe you should lighten up.

Matt For real

Matt Meanwhile let’s all hold onto those memories of the Centennial Park bombing…because that does a lot of good.

Saints Fan #1 You know how you’re supposed to be black to use the n-word? Joking about Katrina works a lot like that.

Matt So let me see if I can think like you for a minute…since you say you’re “supposed” to be black to use the word…that must mean you in fact use that word. Right?

Saints Fan #1 Now who is reading words that aren’t there?

Matt well if you would read the words the ARE there you would have picked up on my “let me see if I can think like you for a minute” as a stab at you. Wow you are stupid.

Random Guy #2 Waiiiiiiiit a second. Do you not remember where you made a comment about Sherman burning Atlanta to the ground and referred to complaining about it as our culture? If you’re gonna call people on making offensive jokes, maybe you should try not to be such a hypocrite in the process.

Matt Nice one man. Can’t believe I didn’t catch that one myself.

Jenna No, no Random Guy #2…you misunderstood. He can joke about it because he was directly affected by it. Duh.

Mattr Oh yeah…no wait, she’s right.

Saints Fan #1 Sherman burned Atlanta in 1864. Give me a break. You make the same mistake as people who argue for reparations for slavery using as an example reparations to the Japanese interned in America during WWII.

Matt …What?

Jenna Ok…now I get it, y’all…there’s a time limit on this sort of thing. We have to wait several hundred years in order to talk about Katrina in a joking manner.

Matt ‎ 22.3 years according to South Park
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Jenna And THAT, my friends, is more official than any textbook you’ll ever read from.

Matt Word

Saints Fan #1 I was going less for a time and more for a generational thing. Although I must confess some hypocrisy on this. John Witherspoon (the dad from Friday and the granddad from The Boondocks) is hilarious with his 9/11 joke at the end of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiDrn_TUnAU

Matt I’ll click the link despite the condescending listing of his credits assuming you’re the only person who’s ever heard of John Witherspoon.

Matt By the way…let it be known that the results of my Pancake experiment are in…under two minutes. Not bad.

Jenna God I love pancakes.

Matt And waffles…the food not the people.

Saints Fan #1i I thought about not including those considering y’all seem to be well versed in the wisdom of South Park…

Matt South Park = Brutally Honest Truth…other than that I have NO clue what you’re talking about

Saints Fan #1 At least the Brett Favre fest is going to end soon.

Matt …right…?

The results are pretty clear-cut. If this were a venn diagram, it would prove that all Saints fans are racists idiots who are not awesome.

Greg Giraldo: 1965-2010


I am an avid fan of stand-up comedy and have been for the past ten years. I don’t know what draws me into it, but I admire anyone who can get up on stage, grab a mic, and attempt to make people laugh. Many people try, most of them fail. However, a few go on to be great.

One of my favorite comics, Greg Giraldo, passed away yesterday from an overdose. The news surprised me, however the cause behind it did not. Edgy, hostile and witty, he was one of the few comics that possessed the ability to take a room full of strangers, brutally offend them, and still have them laughing hysterically by the end of his set. Some of his credits include numerous appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Last Call with Carson Daly, Last Comic Standing, and of course the Comedy Central Roasts. I’m not going to do a full bio on the guy because if you care enough you can Google him and read up for yourself.

On my list of comics that I’ve wanted to see perform the most, Greg Giraldo was at the top. I remember he came to Atlanta not long ago and I was unable to go to the show. It didn’t bother me too much because I had the “I’ll catch him next time” mentality. The same thing happened with Mitch Hedberg before he died. This is why you don’t procrastinate.

To me, the coolest thing about him was that he was a lawyer before quitting to become a stand-up comic. I’m not sure of the accuracy of this tid bit, but Wikipedia has him only being an active comic since 1999, which by industry standards is impressive that he achieved so much in so little time.

In summary, if you respect and appreciate something/someone…do yourself a favor and go see it in person. You’ll regret it if you don’t. Just a suggestion, but a fitting tribute to Greg Giraldo would be a Comedy Central roast in his honor…just saying.

You can check out some of his work by clicking the link below:
Greg Giraldo’s Videos on ComedyCentral.com

Here are a couple worthwhile videos from YouTube:
Just For Laughs

Jimmy Kimmel Live

If you have anything to add, or any corrections…leave a comment. Thank ya.

Recording Update #4


* Note: I’m no longer calling these a “Milestone”…just simply an update *

Looks as if we are finished recording “Obvious Mistake”.  We decided to go back and re-record all guitar and bass parts.  Worked out for the better becuase I think everyone is very happy with how it came out.  Now we just have to have Chris put his vocals into it and we’re ready to send it off…or do whatever with it.

I believe we are also finished with “Bring Me A Reason”.  The only think left to record from our end is the guitar solo.

“Selling Out For You” is being worked on this week along with “So Much To Me” (at least I think we’re going to attempt that one this week).  We are planning on doing “So Much To Me” acoustically which would keep it true to the way we recorded it for the demo.  Plus we don’t have to pay for a drummer to record it…win win.  Should be great though!

I’ll post a sneak peak of what “Obvious Mistake” sounds like before the vocals.

Perfect World Holiday Plans


I like to think of things in “a perfect world” situation (god I hate that word now…Jersey Shore has ruined that word forever).  Naturally when deciding my weekend Holiday Plans I like to think of what I would like to be doing if this was a perfect world.  My plans would be as follows:

Wednesday:

Get off work around 3pm and go home

Drive to Athens, GA for my girlfriend’s Sibling Christmas 2009 Extravaganza

Thursday (Christmas Eve):

Drive back home to Atlanta (home by 2pm)

Record music for about 3 hours

Drive to my Aunt’s for the annual Christmas Eve shindig

Get back home at about (10pm)

Record music for 2 more hours

Play NBA 2K10 on PS3 for 2 hours

Watch some It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and eventually fall asleep

Friday (Christmas):

Wake up and get to my parent’s at around Noon

Do the Christmas thing…eat some food

Possibly Drive to Athens to see the girlfriend’s family around 6pm

Drive home to Atlanta and get home at 11pm

Record more music until I’m tired

Saturday & Sunday:

Buy 20 scratch-off lottery tickets and win on each one

Buy a professional sports franchise

Eat a burger

Go to bed

Realistic enough isn’t it?

Apparently It’s Almost Christmas?


It’s that time again…and it feels no different to me than any other time of year.  It’s colder.  That’s about it.  When I was a kid I could smell Christmas in August and that’s a scientific fact.  Now it just seems like a formality…and it’s odd because I used to love Christmas.  I guess it’s because I haven’t done anything exciting for X-Mas in quite a while now.  When I was little we used to go visit family in Iowa and that was always a fun time.  Now it’s Christmas in Atlanta…every year…and the South doesn’t exactly scream Christmas.  It does, however, scream racial slurs during sporting events and parades.  So we’ve got that going for us.

I’m sure once Christmas gets a little bit closer (even though it’s in 3 days) I’ll feel more into it.  Maybe some snow will help.  Time to check the weather.

Weekend? What weekend…


So yeah the Columbia show went very well.  The curse has been lifted.  We will be back there in mid January (16th I believe).  It’s an easy 3:30 drive from Atlanta so it’s not all that bad to make it out to Columbia.

But yes…two shows this past weekend and photography work for a holiday party on Sunday evening.  I feel like I should get an extra long weekend this weekend to make up for this last one. However, it’s the life I chose…and I made good $$ this weekend.  So I really can’t complain…but it’s fun to.

Later,

M@

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Movin’ On Up: My Deluxe Apartment in the Sky


So, I just recently moved to Atlanta.  I was living out in Carrollton, Georgia.  I was out there for college and stuck around a little too long.  Atlanta is nothing new to me though.  I work in here and I’ve lived in metro Atlanta my whole life, minus the last 6 years.  It’s great being back in the mix of things and being no more than 15 minutes away from EVERYTHING you could ever want.  The only beef I had with the whole thing was the moving process itself.  You can keep that.  I now understand the importance of hiring professional movers.

I used to think the job of being a professional mover was ridiculous.  I would wonder why anyone would pay someone for something they can do perfectly well themselves with a few friends.  I sit here 3+ weeks since moving in and I say this, ALWAYS hire professional movers.  It was the greatest idea ever not to hire movers until I moved the second or third box up three flights of stairs to my 3rd floor apartment.  Then we get into awkward furniture moving…and the best thing in the world…washer and dryer. 
I don’t regret moving to the 3rd floor because it definitely has its advantages.  I just don’t plan on moving again for a few years now because of how much of a pain that whole process was.  Making 140 mile round-trip runs to Carrollton and back got old really quick too.  
In short…hire a moving company.  I don’t care if you’re moving next door…hire a moving company.  You can’t put a price on people doing all of your work for you.

Daily Dilemma: What’s For Lunch?


Every day I am faced with an extremely difficult decision.  I sit and think, sometimes for half an hour, about how to solve my problem.  I don’t want to choose the easy path, because it’s often the least satisfying way.  I also don’t want to choose the hard path, because it often takes too long and costs too much.  I don’t want to make a bad decision because it affects the outcome of the rest of my day.  If I make a bad decision I will regret it for the rest of the day and I will be left wondering…what might have been. 

Of course, I’m talking about lunch. 

You can’t sit there and tell me that you do not have the same problem.  We’ve all been there and had the unsatisfying lunch that just leaves you feeling depressed and longing for something more.  I know I have.  It happens all the time.  I’m trying to put an end to it, but it’s slow going. 

Below are a list of Restaurants and Eateries of various sorts that I frequent for lunch.  These are the places that have NEVER let me down:

       Five Guys Burgers and Fries

       Willie’s Mexicana Grill

       Moe’s Southwest Grill

       RuSan’s (Sushi)

       In-N-Out Burger (West Coast…You need to come EAST!!!)

       Taco John’s (Midwest…Needs to come here as well.)

That’s the list right there…the places that have never let me down.  In-N-Out burger only makes the list because out of the 3 times that I have ever had it…it was memorable, consistent, and amazing. 

I am trying to come up with some sort of lunch pitching rotation so that I can take my lunch break every day of the week and never be let down.  Since there are no In-N-Out Burger or Taco John’s locations in Atlanta, GA…I need a replacement.  I would prefer a 6 “Man” rotation so that I can mix my days of the week up. 

Here is the current rotation:

1)   Willie’s Mexicana Grill

2)   Five Guys Burgers and Fries

3)   ——-INSERT HERE——-

4)   Moe’s Southwest Grill

5)   RuSan’s (Sushi)

6)   ——-INSERT HERE——-

It’s up to you to select #3 and #6.  Good luck and I will keep you updated on the results!

– Matty B.

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