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In early March, 2/3s of my lovely future in-laws came down for a visit for a week. It was nice getting to show them around Atlanta and do tons of touristy stuff. And eat out for a solid week. My waistline wasn’t too happy about that.

Both the fiance and I had to work (me moreso than him), so I only got to really spend time with them on the weekend. We visited the new world of coke, which is INFINITELY better than the old world of coke; no wood paneling in sight!

The new world of coke building from the aquarium walkway

Once you enter this world of coke, you get to sit through a mildly entertaining 10 minute commercial/movie that’s quite possibly one of the most bizarre wastes of money i have ever seen. The entire audience sat there with total “wtf??” faces after it was over. Then the screen lifts up and you walk into an atrium full of natural light. It’s really a beautiful space.

Wall art in the main "atrium" of the building

It still has all of the old junk from the old one, grouped in a way that makes a lot more sense.

I love old vending machines

And cute old cars! (or trucks in this case)

After the kitschy old advertising paraphenalia, you walk through a functioning bottling plant that’s running at a reduced speed. After you walk through the tasting room, you actually pick up bottles that were bottled at that plant. It’s pretty cute.

Part of the conveyor in the bottling area

This is the crazy packaging robot that puts empty bottles onto the conveyor and takes full bottles off.

I spy a barcelona chair!

After exhausting the world of coke (which takes a while. I could sit near the Europe kiosk and watch people drink Beverly all day), we headed over to the aquarium.

The aquarium. Taken from the world of coke.

crazy lighting in the main area

These little worms are the best part of the aquarium for me

I love you cuttle fish!

Jellyfish are gorgeous

I think these jellyfish tentacles kind of look like cherry blossoms. So lovely.

Reminds me of home :)

I don’t believe I’ve ever mentioned the fact that my future sister-in-law is TERRIFIED of alligators. I can’t wait until my aunt wins in her quest to bring my in-laws down to south Georgia and she loses her shit because I basically grew up in a swamp.

And here is an otter basically using another otter as toilet paper:

After future Mom #2 and sister left, fiance and I decided to use up the rest of their city passes and visit the High and the zoo. The High was really interesting because there was an exhibit on John Portman (the guy who designed Peachtree Center).

Backstory: A few years ago, I was bumming around Sea Island on my way to St. Simons and saw this crazy house. I thought for sure that it was some sort of private resort based on how… utterly insane the pool area was. I snuck onto the beach behind the house to get a better look.

Crazy house on Sea Island

Well, it turns out that this crazy house is actually John Portman’s second home, Entelechy II. I read that he had a residence on Sea Island and immediately thought “I wonder if that’s the crazy house??” and I turned the corner, revealing the scale model of none other.

After the High, we took in the zoo. It was… zoo-like. Stinky and full of animals.

wart hog!

Adorable elephant:

pensive gorilla

orangutan being personable

I think Kimodo Dragons are adorable

When I was in middle school, I played flute in band (and was first chair for the longest time). At one of the concerts we did, we played a song called “The Dragons of Kimodo”. Whenever I see Kimodo dragons, I hear that song in my head now.

naked mole rats!

You probably don’t want to watch this. This is a snapping turtle during feeding time.

Oh pandas, you are cute but I have no respect for an animal that won't fuck to save its own species

crossposted from fuzzdecay.com.
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On April 29th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
i don't know if they eat sand, i just saw them picking particles out of the water?

i got tons of good cuttlefish pictures. was hard to choose just one.
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On April 21st, 2010 11:26 am (UTC), delspf commented:
jelly fish are evil
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On April 29th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
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On April 21st, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC), tenshihitomi commented:
Lovely pictures! I adore aquariums, especially rooms where you can sit right by the glass. I've found that even though the glass is present, it's still rather frightening to have a shark swim right by your face.
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On April 29th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
i wish that there were less people in the ga aquarium. having to fight for a place in front of the glass really takes away from the experience.

i LOVE the tunnel, though. It's amazing being completely surrounded by so much water.
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On April 21st, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC), feachador commented:
heh, this is almost the same post I'll make in a little while!
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On April 29th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
you're actually going to post something somewhere?
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On April 29th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC), feachador replied:
Good point.

But I do have pics of all these places from Kat's visit that I'm planning on at least posting to flickr eventually.
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On April 22nd, 2010 02:28 am (UTC), artificialworld commented:
That cuttlefish is pretty much the cutest thing EVAR.
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On April 29th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
:D i love cuttlefish!
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On April 22nd, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC), all_hail_duke commented:
1. i appreciate that you don't use an apostrophe in '2/3s.'

2. i drove by the world of coke once but never went in.

3. i think it's interesting that architects are unlike some other experts in a field in that mechanics drive shitty cars, salon stylists have dumb or boring haircuts, and so on, but architects always have interesting houses.
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On April 29th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
1. i do not subscribe to the "apostrophe = OH SHIT! HERE COMES AN S!" school of thought. I see my work as a designer a way to correct other people's atrocious grammar.

2. The only good reason to go to the world of coke is to sample the sodas from around the world. everything else is pretty "meh".

3. I had never really thought about that, but you're definitely right. i wonder if it has to do with the difference between architecture being a creative field as opposed to a technical one?
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On May 1st, 2010 01:27 am (UTC), fiduch commented:
1) you fail at reading the comments on your site. :p

2) what's all this "i" business?? i was at sea island too!
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On May 1st, 2010 01:34 am (UTC), fuzzdecay replied:
i got the email notification, i just never replied :P
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