The Greater Atlanta Men's BBQ Club & Support Group

The GAMBBQC&SG held its first annual party. The significance of this is that for men; if you move away from your college buddies, get married and have kids it is extreemly difficult to make new friends as an adult. I did several searches and there's not much out there on the subject of men and friendships. I did find this article Best Life:
  • In June 2006, sociologists at Duke University and the University of Arizona, for instance, provided the most recent statistical analysis of the problem. Their report, "Social Isolation in America: Changes in Core Discussion Networks Over Two Decades," announced, among other things, that the number of friends with whom Americans discuss important matters has shrunk as much as 33 percent over a span of nearly 20 years. This problem is particularly acute for young, educated men, who have lost an above-average number of "discussion partners"—down from 3.5 in 1985 to 2.0 in 2004—according to the study. Friendship, the report suggests, has taken a serious dive across the culture, and guys like us in particular are shedding companionship faster than anyone else. (read more)
This makes it more important that men have groups like the GAMBBQC&SG to have interaction and develop new friendships and not become isolated. We're fortunate to have someone in our neighborhood that has the skills and personality to take this on and keep the group together.

Thanks for your effort Kenyon.

Oh yeah, how was the party? Eric Campbell provided fantastic BBQ. Music by Chicago Joe Jones was fantastic and the side dishes were great.
The President (Kenyon) to the left of the photo.

The Party Place.

Chicago Joe Jones


End of Summer

Last week was spent on the beach at Tybee Island, Georgia. This was the hooray for Simon and Isabelle before school starts on August 10th. Tybee Island is a laid back beach town 18 miles from Savannah.

Tybee means "salt" to Native Americans, but the name of this low-key seaside resort now brings to mind words such as "sun","surf" and "fun". Located 18 miles east of Savannah, this small barrier island boasts a wide, 3-mile long beach that's backed by seaoat-covered sand dunes and is perfect for sunbathing, people-watching and frolicking in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
The island's south-end pier and pavilion is a splendid venue for strolling above the ocean,people watching and fishing.

Although vacationers are lured to Tybee mainly because of what it provides in the way of recreation and relaxation, those with a love of history won't be disappointed. Tybee offers: Fort Screven, The Tybee Island Lighthouse (dated 1773), an intriguing museum, and Fort Pulaski National Monument which is just west of the island on Hwy 80. (read more)

Most of our time was spent on the beach relaxing, reading or swimming. I did however, manage to get in three good workouts. One that included a 1k swim in the ocean. My Father in law spent his time building a pile near our base camp.

We were never able to have a Mylie sighting but saw the area where the movie was being filmed on the South end of the island.

We had a great time, but we're (Allison and I) glad that tomorrow starts another school year and we can get into our fall routine.