GeorgeFromGeorgia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Georgia Admin

25 years old
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from Decatur, GA

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    • When 7-1 Feels Like A Losing Record

      4 days ago

      GeorgeFromGeorgia RT Georgia Admin

      I've never lost a fight.


      In my life, I've had maybe 7 physical altercations and every time, no matter the odds, whether they were bigger, stronger, faster, or more numerous I've been lucky and come out on top each time.


      I hate fighting.


      In my life, whether because of school or what I do for a living or my temperament, I've made a point to avoid as many physical altercations as possible. If I can help it, I try to diffuse situations with my mind. Through clever wordplay, humor, or in extreme cases breaking someone down verbally, those are my tools.


      I've never felt powerless in a negative situation.


      I don't allow myself to feel like I couldn't do anything. If there is a problem facing me and I don't react immediately, it's because I understand there are more factors at play that will allow me to come out on top in the long run. Taking no action in the moment isn't a sign of weakness, it a calculated measure of restraint because I know I'll have a better chance to rectify the issue.


      Yesterday, I felt powerless in a negative situation.


      Two men came in to my bar. One had a scheduled job interview with our general manager. Upon hearing the GM had already left, one went to the bathroom, the other went to look in the music room; it's the main attraction of my workplace. The kitchen manager was in the back on his phone doing inventory and heard someone messing with bottles behind the bar. He walked to the front of the venue where is was working and told me they were stealing alcohol. 


      The two men went to the bathroom to try and zip up the book bag they had with them. I asked my kitchen manager to come with me, but he never got off his phone. Never stopped doing inventory. So I entered the bathroom alone. 


      "Would you kindly open the bag?"

      "It's not my bag."

      "In that case leave the bag where it is so we can figure out who left it last night?"

      "It's my friend's bag."

      "Then would your friend mind if I searched the bag?"


      The friend proceeds to open the two smallest zippers of the book bag. I just look at him. He stars to sweat. He's not a fighter; this wasn't his idea. I could beat him easily, but the other guy would be an issue. He was much bigger which didn't intimidate me. He looked slow, but speed wouldn't help me 2 on 1 in a cramped bathroom. I'd have to talk my way out.


      "I know you have bottles in there. You have 2 choices. Either you can leave the bottles behind and go on your way or you can try to run with them. Just remember the police station is across the street and I anticipate being much faster than you especially with the alcohol weighing one of you down."


      The smaller one starts to open his mouth to respond, but the bigger one speak up instead.


      "What about option 3, where I just go through you."


      "I figured you'd say that which is why I want to remind you that your initial reason for being here is a job interview you applied for and scheduled. I have your name, number, address, and references."


      He clenches his fist, shoves me and urges his friend to leave. They run out the door. It's fine by me; non action in this case preserves the wellbeing of myself, my kitchen manager, and my marketing manager who smartly went quiet as soon as she realized the situation. I'll get them in the end.


      Except I won't. The general manager was "too busy" yesterday to actual give the man an application. He never even introduced himself or asked the man's name. He told him to just show up around noon; most staff wouldn't be in yet, but they could sit and talk.


      So I have nothing. No name. No address. No phone number. Nothing. No one thought to call the police while I was in the bathroom and when we talked to them later the only description we could give was two black males, roughly 5'10- 6'0 tall, short cut hair. Maybe one of the most useless descriptions living in Atlanta.


      I keep telling myself I did the right thing; the smart thing, but how could I let someone disrespect me in my own house? How can I make my staff feel safe again. I know I t wasn't a fight I could win, but what if I had at least tried. There's a chance I'd be seriously injured or worse, but at least I could say I did something. Now all I can do is go back over the whole scenario and find out where it went wrong: what could I have done. I felt... I feel useless. It's like I'm battling my own psyche and I'm losing.


      I've never lost a fight, but I'm currently losing one right now and I don't know how to win. 


    • Yes Man

      2 months ago

      GeorgeFromGeorgia RT Georgia Admin

      If I had to be completely honest with myself, 1992-2016 were fairly "safe" years for me. I always stayed in my lane, very rarely getting out of my comfort zone and always succumbing to the more introverted side of my personality.


      A lot of things have happened in the last year. I have been tested physically, emotionally, and mentally everyday and though it all I've come to the realization that I am much stronger that I thought I was and I miss a lot of opportunities because I doubt myself and let fear dictate a lot of my decisions.


      So, about 3 months ago I decided to change that. 


      I'm going to do me best to say yes to as many things as I possibly can (within reason). So far it has bred a lot of cool experiences: I went to Miami for the first time and went to Ultra Music Festival where I dance with a beautiful Ukrainian woman. I smoked hookah beachside with a couple friends and people I met while clubbing. I played in beach ultimate frisbee tournaments in Destin, Florida and Savannah, Georgia. I got drunk on a party bus to a baseball game and someone came up about $40 richer (still not 100% sure how). I've been actively dating for the first time in my life. I'm typing this from a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina after coming to the conclusion that life was driving me caraway and I neede to get away.


      Next weekend I'm going to Canada for the first time for the wedding of 2 incredible people (friends I made here in the community!) and 2 weeks after that I'll be in Austin prepping to PA for someone at RTX.


      RTX London is in my future as is the potential to be truly happy for the first time in a long time. 


      Fortune favors the bold is my motto for now and while things are still scary and I still second guess myself a lot, saying yes to more things have taught me how to manage my fear. So here's to more amazing adventures, incredible mistakes, and a veritable life-brary of stories I'm sure to accrue.


      Cheers!

    • Remember that one time the spotlight went to my head and I had to learn to humble myself... Good times...

      5 months ago

      GeorgeFromGeorgia RT Georgia Admin

      BOW TO ME MINIONS!!!!!


      ...cough cough... 


      Sorry, I mean oh my god I'm featured user. I'm so surprised; I've got nothing prepared...


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      I've always wondered what it took to be a FU. Why others got it and I didn't. Was I not well known enough? Was I not active enough? Did I not matter? It bothered me for a while, but after being a member here for 5 1/2 years and a fan for many more I came to a realization. As cool as it is to be the FU, it's way cooler to be a part of this family. 

      The community of people who love and support each other even while (in some cases) never meeting face to face and being spread across the globe is incredible. Every last person on this site is important. A commmunity can only exist with the presence of multitudes and you can't have a featured users without other users.


      Although I am the site featured user today, all the friends I've made are my FUs of the past and all the ones I will make are my FUs of the future.


      Thanks again; peace and much love to you!

    • Stressed Is Just A Major Typo Away From Blessed

      1 year ago

      GeorgeFromGeorgia RT Georgia Admin

      Hello family!


      This past week has proven to be one of the more stressful ones in recent memory. To put it frankly, work has been kicking my ass! I've been buried in so many emails and so much paper work that I'm almost certain there's a sentient bot out there trolling me.


      While my first inclination is to crumble under the weight or complain profusely about the work load, I've come to a very important realization. I'm sitting here alive and well, typing this post. The work I've done may have tired me out mentally, but I'm fortunate to be in the position I am right now. I work with some incredible musicians and meet some fascinating people for a living. A couple days ago, I witnessed a vocalist who I first saw 5 months ago on a small stage in front of 165 people perform to a room of 650 people, one of which happened to be an actor I hold in very high regard. The cherry on top? I got paid to do it!


      The perks and privileges I'm afforded because of the work I do isn't something I thought I'd have a year ago. I've worked hard and fought my way to where I am, but I'd be follish to think there wasn't quite a bit of luck involved.


      So although it's perfectly fine to complain a bit (sometimes you feel so much better afterwards), never forget that while the stress may feel weightier than everything else, if you take the time to add up the little wins along the way, you may surprise yourself with how the scale balances (and even tilts) out.

    • Birthday Thanks!

      1 year ago

      GeorgeFromGeorgia RT Georgia Admin

      I'd like to sincerely thank everyone for the birthday wishes. You tend to forget just how many different people, places, and experiences have come into your life. It's days like today when you realize that even through all the madness, you've enjoyed a nice life. Thanks for being part of the last 24, here's to you being part of the next!

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    • Losing a Friend: TLDR - It takes learning from great men to become a great man.

      1 year ago

      GeorgeFromGeorgia RT Georgia Admin

      December is always a hectic time. Family is flying in from god knows where, people are stressed out as they finish important task like finals or quarterly reports or Crossy Road. between all that plus the seemingly endless parade of holiday parties, it's easy to get lost in hustle and bustle that is December.


      That is until something forces you to stop and usually it's something tragic and this last month, it was. Before I had a chance to start drowning in holiday spirit, I (along with the world) lost a great friend. His name was Alex Cooley. I'm going to assume most of you have no clue who that is so I'll tell you...


      Alex Cooley was (and will remain) a music legend in the Southeast. Back in the late 60's early 70's big music acts didn't want to come to the south because they believed it was nothing but a bunch of bluegrass loving rednecks. That's when Cooley stepped in. in 1969 Alex and two partners created the Atlanta International Pop Festival. Imagine all those videos you see of Woodstock from that era, except in Georgia. As a matter of fact, the Atlanta Festival was actually more than a month before Woodstock even happened. Alex convinced acts like Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Led Zeppelin (who Woodstock couldn't get), Jimi Hendrix (giving Hendrix the biggest audience he would have in his lifetime), B.B. King, and the Allman Brothers to come to a sleepy Georgia town and play a festival. He brought rock to the south.


      In that same year he was 1/2 of the team that created the Texas International Pop Festival in Dallas and later brought his festival to Puerto Rico.


      That's how he made is name and from there, he kept building. He stepped away from festivals to focus on creating venues. Atlanta natives may have heard of a few: the Electric Ballroom, the Capri Ballroom, The Roxy, The Cotton Club, and The Tabernacle. He booked shows at The Omni, the Great Southeast Music Hall, and the Fox (even helping to save the it when it was going to be demolished in the mid-70s)!


      Probably the biggest impact he's had on Georgians is the creation of Music Midtown. Aside from bring us awful traffic for a couple days it is THE quintessential Atlanta music festival. Without Alex's contributions to music in Georgia, we wouldn't have festivals like Counterpoint or Tomorrowworld.


      Eventually, Alex sold his empire to a little company that was trying to grow its presence in the south called Live Nation. He was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, then somewhere along the line he bought a small music venue in Atlanta called Eddie's Attic. There he hired a young man to be a doorman who he fired 6 months later. Then he asked him to come back and wait tables. Then he took him aside and told him he had potential and could do great things. Then he promoted that man and made him the Production Manager of that venue, adding his name to the list of people who became something in those walls (John Mayer, India Arie, Sugerland, the Indigo Girls). Then a week before Alex passed he took, that man aside and said, "I'm proud of the man you are and the man you're becoming. You've grown since I first brought you on and I appreciate all the work you put in.You will be great."


      I hope I can keep making him proud.



    • 1st World Problems

      1 year ago

      GeorgeFromGeorgia RT Georgia Admin

      Prepetually torn between the urge to leave the house and the desire to not get out of bed ever...

  • Comments (28)

    • DLGR FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold TheTallLoud1

      5 months ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE!!!!!

      • GeorgeFromGeorgia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Georgia Admin

        5 months ago

        Dammit I knew I missed one somewhere! Thank you Marcie!

    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      6 months ago

      Happy FU Day!

      Also, how were we not friends on here!?!

    • ShadowSham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The 3rd Guardian

      6 months ago

      Happy FU my good man! See you this summer! :)

    • Stealth7500 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Jake

      6 months ago

      All glory to the FU, dude! Stop being wonderful

    • 1TinSoldier FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Big Red

      6 months ago

      FU AGAIN! :P

    • dizzyblinker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Loud person

      9 months ago

      HAPPY FU!

      • GeorgeFromGeorgia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Georgia Admin

        9 months ago

        Thank you! Love you bunches!

    • DLGR FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold TheTallLoud1

      1 year ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GEORGEEEEEE!!!!!!111!1!!1

      • GeorgeFromGeorgia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Georgia Admin

        1 year ago

        Thank you Marcie!!!

    • ShadeKing FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      George, We Fans in Georgia have to meet up, also was wondering if you wanted to play some xbox games together depending if you have the Xbox One. smiley0.gif

      • GeorgeFromGeorgia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Georgia Admin

        2 years ago

        Absolutely! And yes, I have do have an XBOne and a 360. Just add me and we can get something going.

    • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

      3 years ago

      Geoooooooooooooooooorge! Thanks for being our line guy last weekend smiley1.gif

      • craZboy87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian Hat

        3 years ago

        You did a great job of keeping people happy and making sure the lines were in order. Also had fun with that little staring contest. Think I surprised my guy more than anything else.

      • GeorgeFromGeorgia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Georgia Admin

        3 years ago

        Thanks for having me. I had a lot of fun.

    • thegovna FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian

      3 years ago

      Flight Buddies! smiley13.gif

      • Eunoshin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        I'm sure it'll make me feel sympathetic for taxi drivers.

      • thegovna FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian

        3 years ago

        I can't wait to get shit faced on the flight and make @eunoshin pick us up.

      • GeorgeFromGeorgia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Georgia Admin

        3 years ago

        Honestly, great idea. Kudos

    • McSpanky1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      #PerfectHarmony2014

      • McSpanky1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        But it's guy love!

      • thegovna FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian

        3 years ago

        You guys are LOSERS

      • DaphneLlama

        3 years ago

        what a loser

    • SnakeNUrBoot FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Hey. If you got nothing better to do with that weekend pass I know somebody down in Austin who'd really appreciate it. I know this is weird coming from a complete stranger but if you've got nothing better for it I'd appreciate it.

    • trueblueoval FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      saw you where going to RTX from Georgia, im going from South Carolina and gotta drive through big GA so if you wanna ride im sure i could pick you up along the way. The more people to cheaper it will be for all of us

      • trueblueoval FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        But I'm waiting on a few others to reply

      • trueblueoval FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        3 years ago

        Got one guy who rode last year but he doesn't know if he can make it this year. Got plenty of room if you know anyone else though.

      • GeorgeFromGeorgia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Georgia Admin

        3 years ago

        This was just the kind of thing I was looking for; sounds good to me. Am I the first person you've reached out to or do you already have a few people in your group?

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