Lunchtime Romance April 27, 2007Posted by Gerry Baron in Places to Go, Restaurants, Things to do.
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Next week I start working in the corporate world again. My wife is ecstatic about my decision. To celebrate, we’ve had a few lunchtime dates that have given us a chance to connect.
On Wednesday we checked out Seasons 52 by Perimeter Mall in Atlanta. What a great experience. The line was a little long to get in. While standing in line we found out that the waiting list for a reservation is 2 weeks. That’s how popular this place is.
Seasons 52 describes themselves as …
… a casually sophisticated grill and wine bar that invites you to discover the sensational flavors of our seasonally changing menu. Our passion is to serve highly flavored meals that are better for you and focus on the best of each season. We use natural cooking techniques such as grilling over open fires to give our food exceptional taste with fewer calories than similar restaurant meals. To complement the flavor and aroma of your meal, we offer an adventurous international wine list of more than 140 outstanding wines, with 70 available by the glass.
Seasons 52 offers a warm and welcoming adult atmosphere you’ll want to return to often.
My wife and I did find the atmosphere to be warm and welcoming. There was wood all around us. The booth was deep and the cushions comfortable.
Our server told us that their flatbread appetizer was a specialty so we tried it. Man was that a good decision. They brought out a flat piece of bread on a plank about 2 feet long. The bread was smothered in baked cheese, onions, and garlic. It was a feast for the tastebuds. We followed this with entrees that were very flavorful and fresh tasting. Dessert was the finishing touch. Each dessert is presented in a shot glass. My wife tried 2 desserts and loved them both.
They tell us that they have live music every night. Check it out.
Our 2nd lunch date of the week was at Smokejack Blues & Barbeque in Alpharetta GA. We missed the lunch crowd by arriving at 1:15 PM.
Smokejack touts themselves as “a casual restaurant and blues bar in downtown Alpharetta serving up quality cuisine with a side of Southern hospitality in a family-friendly environment. Combining a chef-driven concept with neighborhood charm, Smokejack offers the best in barbeque from ribs to salmon.”
The atmosphere was laid back. Country music was playing in the background. The servers were friendly. Both of us loved our meal. My wife’s favorite part was dessert! She is a banana pudding connaisseur and she said their banana pudding was amazing. They advertise live local bands. Another good place to take your honey on a date.
Smokejack Blues & Barbeque
29 South Main Street
Alpharetta GA 30004
Ghost Written Romance April 26, 2007Posted by Gerry Baron in Sweet Nothings, Things to do.
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As Steve and I prepare to write a book, we have been doing research about the process. I was quite surprised to discover that several well-known speakers and authors use ghost writers. A ghost writer is someone who writes on behalf of the author in part or in whole. Considering that many authors are tremendously busy as they travel around the world on speaking engagements to help promote their books (and generate income), the concept of using a ghost writer began to make sense to me.
An author who finds a good ghost writer able to take the ideas that are in their thoughts and put those ideas into words that make the reader respond the way the author intended is incredibly fortunate. The reason is that the ghost writer can focus on articulating the ideas in writing while the speaker/author concentrates on delivering the ideas to live audiences. In essence, they multiply themselves.
What does this have to do with romance?
I have come across a few sites that specialize in writing poetry and love letters for their clients. It got me thinking about whether this is a service that By Husbands For Husbands should recommend to its members.
The story “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand came to mind. For those who haven’t heard of this story, it’s the story of a man with a huge bulbous nose named Cyrano who is incredibly eloquent. He falls in love with a beautiful woman named Roxanne who is much sought after. Unfortunately Roxanne, in turn, is interested in the young and handsome Christian. She asks Cyrano to help hook her up with Christian. Christian, upon finding out about Roxanne’s interests wants to impress her. Unfortunately, he is clueless about how to express himself in words. He enlists Cyrano’s help to write poetry that he can recite to Roxanne. Roxanne falls in love with Christian by virtue of the beautiful words he uses only to later find out that Cyrano was really the man she fell in love with.
Remembering this story solidified my belief that unlike commercial books, sentiments of the heart cannot and should not be ghost written. The person you care about wants to hear how you feel about them in your own words.
I believe that the reason the greeting card industry is so huge and that businesses exist to sell ghost written marriage vows, marriage proposals, love notes, and poems is that people are not willing to invest the time to truly explore their feelings. They allow the hustle and bustle of life control them and convince themselves that they don’t have the time or the talent to express themselves in words.
Our society has lost the fine art of written communication. It’s been taken over by acronyms and acrostics, LOL!
I think that it’s time for us to take the time to reflect on our wives. Let’s think about her attributes that attracted us to her in the first place…her drive, her beauty, her independence, her gentleness, her intelligence, her scent, her voice, … and then tell her about them.
One of our callers left a message about how he wrote about 40 things that he loved about his wife on little slips of paper. He put them in a jar for her to pull out whenever she got a little miffed at him.
How long of a list can you come up with for your wife? Start right now and see how many things you can think of. I can tell you that my wife always softens up when I start to recite the list of things that I love about her.
If your list is notvery long, it’s time to start spending time with her again. Date her, romance her, and woo her once again. Bring back those feelings that got you together in the first place. Get suggestions from some of our other posts and Podcast segments.
It’s never too late!
Hear Rich Mace talk about The JOURNEY for men April 24, 2007Posted by Gerry Baron in Romance Leadership, Romantic Husband.
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Last year Steve and I participated in a men’s group called The JOURNEY. The emphasis of The JOURNEY was to help men deal with some of the issues from our past that stand in the way of us living a fulfilled life in the future. On The JOURNEY we looked at wounds that men often experience that keep them from being authentic men such as “The Absent Father Wound” and “The Overly Bonded to Mother Wound”.
Rich Mace is the Small Group Pastor at Victory World Church, a 5,500+ member non-denominational church in Norcross, Georgia. He oversees The JOURNEY and will be sharing some of his views on what challenges men experience and must overcome in order fully live their lives.
Listen in tonight at 7:00 PM on By Husbands For Husbands Talk Radio (www.blogtalkradio.com/byhusbandsforhusbands). You can also call in with comments and questions on 718-508-9573.