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Secrets To Parking Downtown Asheville

Secrets To Parking Downtown

Welcome to a Insider Asheville here at AshevilleBlog.com. In this monthly post, I’ll spill the local secrets, and what better place to start than where to park when you’re heading downtown?

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Top 10 Reasons To Avoid The Asheville Mall This Holiday Season

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In this issue of Insider Asheville, a monthly feature here at AshevilleBlog, I drop a deuce on the corporate entities that feed off the good people of Asheville. Don’t get me wrong; the big box and little box stores at the Mall aren’t all bad. Most aren't even evil. The Mall employs a lot of people, even if they are mostly minimum-wage jobs, and the Mall management only occasionally practices racial profiling.

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Honking at the Vance Monument

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Welcome to a new regular feature here at AshevilleBlog.com., where I spill the beans and let the cat out of the bag without hanging around long enough to clean up the mess. Here is what you need to know. Asheville is a friendly place. People smile here. They wave to each other. Parking lots are littered with loitering companions, either unwilling to leave each others’ company or unable to find a gap in the conversation long enough to say “Goodbye.” Honking your horn in this town is just plain rude. But what if someone asks you to? Pack Square has long been the city center … and a rather confusing intersection. I suppose that’s the reason dissidents flock there. It’s an inviting and visible place to exercise your constitutional right to free speech, and drivers must slow down to navigate the traffic lights. But outspoken protesters aren’t satisfied unless they can coerce you to exercise your rights as well, assuming you agree with them: “Honk if you love Jesus.” “Honk to stop the war.” “Flash your lights if you’d rather be hiking.” “Flash your breasts to annoy the conservatives.” I’ve seen (and heard) my share of drivers join the protests, but while civil disobedience can be the seed of …

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Dark Farm by Asheville Brewing Company

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Dark farm by Asheville Brewing Company

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Experience Required?

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The other day while at work, I struck up a conversation with the man next to me. We were both at McDonald’s letting our children wear themselves out. We were talking about his situation and he said that Asheville is a more expensive place to live than the plains of Texas, which is where he and his family moved from not to long ago. After chatting awhile longer, we realized that we both had something in common, we both are searching for a job in Asheville. He being an educated man, with a four year degree in journalism and I with my extensive years in childcare thought that we would land replacement jobs in no time. However, we both came to the realization that both of our lines of work had limited opportunities in the area. That leaves us with having to apply for jobs outside of our field. We quickly discovered that we are both at a disadvantage, as most job seekers are now days. Most if not all job postings will say, sometimes in capital letters, EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Some go as far as to say, “Do not waste my time or yours by applying if you do not …

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Keeping Up With The Joneses

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 GOD has just freed the Israelites from the powers of Egypt  and called upon Moses to come to the top of Mount Sinai, the above scripture is part of the new system of laws that GOD is giving to Moses for the people.

After reading the scriptures above, one would stand to reason that it is not right to want what others have.  Yet in our society today it is hard to find someone who truly does not want what others have.  In fact, it is now a way of life, hence the common idiom "Keeping up with the  Joneses."  We as Christians, and yes I am not immune to this, are all guilty in some form or another.

As I was folding the laundry for the family that I work for a question popped into my head. Why do you buy the clothes that you do?  Is it because you like it or that it is fashionable, or is it because of the name?  

If you by clothes because of the name, why?  How am I to know who the designer of your certain piece of clothing is?  The only way someone would actually know is if they asked you personally, or the name was in a very visible place on the article itself.  Buying clothing because it is fashionable is not as questionable as buying for the name brand.  However, it would stand to reason that you are buying the item to be on trend with everyone else.  You will sometimes here people say "oh that style is so last year", which in turn makes most people want to go and buy the latest styles just to keep up.

I say buy something because you like it, not because of who made it or if its the latest rage in fashion.  Honestly I'd rather be comfortable in something that isn't currently in style, than be uncomfortable in something that is.  Not to mention the cost of keeping up with the current styles.

That brings me to another part of trying to "keep up with the Joneses".  Cost, have you seen how much things are costing now days.  It seems like the less fabric there is to an item, the more it costs.  Not to mention paying for someones name on the item, once you add a certain name to it the prices doubles.

Does the higher price mean that the item will last longer.  Well in my experience, that is  not true at all.  Somethings maybe more durable at a higher price, but for the most part, they all wear the same and need replaced about the same time.  I can say though that I have run into a few name brand items that have actually worn out quicker than those with a significantly lower price tag.

It's funny to see how people act about having a name brand item.  It's like it makes them a better person, and can fix any of their flaws.  I hate to tell them that it isn't true at all.  The saying, "Clothes don't make the man, it is the man who makes the clothes", would apply here.  People who are infatuated with name brands seem to worship them. Which would bring me to three other laws that GOD gave Moses while on Mount Sinai:

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Blue Sky Cafe Review

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Blue Sky Cafe 3987 Hendersonville Rd Fletcher, NC 28732 We visited the Blue Sky Cafe on a Friday evening with high hopes as it came recommended by a friend who had heard nothing but praise. The full parking lot as we arrived seemed to confirm that this was a good choice for dinner. The cafe is obviously a refurbished fast food restaurant that had undergone a kitschy blue theme inside and out. The “mom and pops” decor had a sort of Bob Marley meets Cape Cod feel to it. The sign on the door stating take a menu and be seated added to the “this is a little different” feel of the experience. Once seated we were quickly greeted by our server and our drinks were promptly delivered. The menu fare of burgers and wraps with entrées of the same caliber were moderately priced. We ordered a plate of onion rings with chipotle sauce for an appetizer, one “black and blue” hamburger plate which was a blackened hamburger topped with blue cheese and one blackened chicken breast plate. For sides, we both chose a Caesar salad and with the chicken I requested their autumn couscous which I was informed was …

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West Asheville Walk for Safety

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Where: West Asheville Who: Citizens of the West Asheville Neighborhood What: A walk, using proper crossing places, to increase and show awareness of pedestrians and bikers in the area Why: Increasing traffic and inattentive motorists are making walking and biking in the West Asheville community dangerous at times. This walk is to remind everyone of where the proper crossing places are, and promote safety. You can check out the Facebook event here : Walk for Safety  

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