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Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Weekend to Remember

It has been crazy wild since my last blog!  I was so excited about my girl's trip to Atlanta to shop and see Leonard Cohen at the Fox Theater.

If you live in Atlanta, you probably already know how amazing this theater is, but I was totally unprepared. I didn't even take in my camera which turned out to be a major mistake as you will soon read.  
The Fox history is very interesting and you can read about it HERE.  Here's a quote from the article: "a picturesque and almost disturbing grandeur beyond imagination. Visitors encounter an indoor Arabian courtyard with a sky full of flickering stars and magically drifting clouds; a spectacular striped canopy overhanging the balcony; stage curtains depicting mosques and Moorish rulers in hand sewn sequins and rhinestones." 

This was the view above our seats in the balcony.  A totally enchanting visual experience.  Leonard Cohen was amazing.  Seventy-nine years old and able to get on his knees and back up again, unassisted, at least 25 times during the 3 hour concert.  

 Everything was going great, until we came out of the theater and got back to my car.  While we were enjoying ourselves, someone smashed out a car window and stole my backpack with both of my cameras and various other things.  Amazingly, the thief didn't see, or couldn't reach or didn't want to be seen carrying dishes :) all the bags from the Pottery Barn, Wedgewood, Williams Sonoma outlets, and all the boxes and bags from IKEA in the back of the CRV.  The worst of it, was trying to get a police officer to come and take a report at 12:00 AM.  My frustration over being robbed quickly changed to frustration with the Atlanta Police Department as we waited until 1:30 AM in a freezing rain, on a dark street, in an unlocked car.  Apparently, there was an accident around the corner that required three police cars in attendance.  Finally, I was able to convince the officer directing traffic around the accident to file our police report.  As he stood at the window gathering information, I looked over and my crazy friend was gnawing on a chicken wing left over from dinner :).  Our frustration, fear, and anger erupted into laughter, we laughed so hard, we were in tears.  I know that officer thought we were insane.   Driving back to the hotel with no window and temps in the 30s only added to the experience.  Once at the hotel, we had to unload all our packages, finally getting to bed around 3:00 AM.  In the morning I was able to find a mobile glass company at 7:00 AM and as dedicated shoppers, we were back in business and in the stores by 10:00 AM!  I am now in the process of filing the insurance claims and trying to replace everything.  Still it was a great trip, but I will be much more careful the next time in Atlanta.  
Pictures in this post were taken with my phone. 


  1. Dianne, so sorry to hear that you had such a terrible experience while enjoying the concert. Not a fun way to end an otherwise perfect evening. Envious you got to see Leonard. We are longtime fans in this household. Glad that the rest of the trip was fun. It sounds like you girls did some serious shopping. '-)
    Welcome home! ~ Sarah

  2. Dianne, what a horrible experience Atlanta handed you...can't wait to see the new dishes!

  3. I love the Fox Theater but unfortunately smash and grab thefts around that area are not unusual. So sorry that happened to you. Still it seems like you had a great time and I'm so glad.

  4. Oh my goodness Dianne what an adventure! I'm so glad you are safe! My husband and I would love to see Leonard Cohen! We would love to visit the Fox as well!! I'm so glad your insurance will cover your troubles. I once returned to my car alone to see a thief in progress. I was a student and he had my backpack, and I was able to convince him that my school work would be of no use to him! SO nice that you stopped by!

  5. Dianne, I am so very sorry this happened to you. I can also relate to the laughing hysterically. Remind me when we are together to tell you a story about Bonnie and her sisters doing the same thing, but under different circumstances. Glad you are back in business now with a new camera.