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This is for anyone who lives in Atlanta, who has ever lived in Atlanta,

has visited Atlanta, ever plans to visit Atlanta, knows anyone who lives

in Atlanta, knows anyone who has ever visited Atlanta or anyone who has

ever heard of Atlanta, Georgia.


Atlanta is composed mostly of one way streets. The only way to get out

of downtown Atlanta is to turn around and start over when you reach

Greenville, South Carolina. All directions start with, "Go down

Peachtree" and include the phrase, "When you see the Waffle House."

Except that in Cobb County, all directions begin with, "Go to the Big

Chicken and..." Peachtree Street has no beginning and no end and is not

to be confused with Peachtree Circle, Peachtree Place, Peachtree Lane,

Peachtree Road, Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Run, Peachtree Trace,

Peachtree Ave, Peachtree Commons Peachtree Battle, Peachtree Corners,

New Peachtree, Old Peachtree, West Peachtree, Peachtree-Dunwoody,

Peachtree-Chamblee, or Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.


Atlantans only know their way to work and their way home. If you ask

anyone for directions they will always send you down Peachtree.


Atlanta is the home of Coca-Cola. That's all we drink here, so don't ask

for any other soft drink unless it's made by Coca-Cola. And even then

it's still "Coke." A carbonated soft drink isn't a soda, cola, or

pop...it's a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example: "What kinda

coke you want?"


Gate One at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport is 32 miles away

from the Main Concourse, so wear sneakers and pack a lunch.


It's impossible to go around a block and wind up on the street you

started on. The Chamber of Commerce calls it a "scenic drive" and has

posted signs to that effect, so that out-of-towners don't feel

lost...they're just on a scenic drive."


The 8:00 AM rush hour is from 6:30 to 10:30 AM. The 5:00 PM rush hour is

from 3:00 to 7:30 PM. Friday's rush hour starts Thursday afternoon, and

lasts through 2:00 AM Saturday.


"Sir" and "Ma'am" are used by the person speaking to you if there's a

remote possibility that you're at least 30 minutes older than they are.


A native can only pronounce Ponce De Leon Avenue one way, so do not

attempt the Spanish pronunciation. People will simply tilt their heads

to the right and stare at you. The Atlanta pronunciation "pahnss duh



The fall of a raindrop makes everyone forget all traffic rules. If a

single snowflake falls, the city is paralyzed for three days, and it's

on all the TV channels and radio stations as a news flash every 15

minutes for a month. All the grocery stores will be sold out of milk,

bread, bottled water, toilet paper, and beer. If there is a remote

chance of snow, and if it does snow, people will be on the corner

selling "I survived the blizzard" tee-shirts, not to mention the fact

that all schools will close at the slightest possible chance of snow.


The pollen count is off the national scale for unhealthy, which starts

at 120. Atlanta is usually in the 2,000 to 4,000 range. All roads,

vehicles, houses - everything - is yellow from March 28th to July 15th.

If you have any allergies, you will die. But other than that, it's a

great place to live!


There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 live in Georgia.


There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Georgia, plus a

couple no one's ever seen before.


"Onced" and "Twiced" are actual words.


It is not a shopping cart, it's a buggy.


There ain't no such thing as "lunch." There's only dinner - and, then,

there is supper. 'Jeetyet?' is actually a phrase meaning "Did you eat



You install security lights on your house and garage - and then leave

both unlocked.


The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but

need 6 pages for local gossip and sports.


You know whether another Georgian is from north Georgia, south Georgia

or middle Georgia as soon as they open their mouth (Albany = All benny)


Going to Wal-Mart is a favorite past time known as "goin wal-martin" or

"off to Wally World"


Sweet Tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when

you're 2.



If you understand these, forward them to your friends from GEORGIA (and

to those who just wish they were).

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Hi Cazz.

Im very new to this Forum and you are my first contact.I just wanted to tell you how much I loved and laughed while reading your old post.I have been reading all the forums regarding immigrating to atlanta since my husband has cousins in Johns Creek.

We have 'won' the DV GREEN CARD lottery. If all goes well we shoulg go for the interview in March/April 2009. Im just testing the waters at the moment and picking up as much info as possible. you will be seeing more of me in time to come .

Cheers Justyna :rolleyes:


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Hi Justyna, welcome to SAUSA. I'm so glad you found your way to us.


There are lots of South African DV lottery winners on the forum (myself included). We can help with answers and advice, should you want or need it. We've all been there, and understand the excitement, the long wait, the bureaucracy, and the trepidation prior to the interview. Some of us on the forum have brought our pets over (highly recommended), and have shipped our household goods. We all approached this process in our own way, so there is diverse knowledge to draw from.


Thanks for scouring the SAUSA archives, and getting to know us. Go on, start a new thread in the foyer and tell us a bit more about what kind of work you and your husband would be looking for when you land in Atlanta, etc. It's great that you have family in Atlanta. I always recommend 'landing' in a city where you know someone who can share their experience with you. Good luck!

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OK this is great. The little chuckle I had over this "explanation" was what I needed to ease the state of "doubt" I'm feeling at the moment about our upcoming move.... :)

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