Five fire stations closed temporarily yesterday in the City of Atlanta due to increased number of Atlanta firefighters who called in sick on Superbowl Sunday. A total of twenty-seven firefighters ditched work yesterday, contributing to the temporary closure, or brownout, of five fire houses.
Ladder No. 25 (Cascade/Beecher, Southwest), ladder No. 26 (Moores Mill/Howell Mill — North Buckhead), engine No. 12 (Dekalb Avenue/Little 5 Points), engine No. 30 (Cleveland Avenue/ Lakewood Heights area), engine No. 22 (Bankhead/Hollywood Road, Northwest), engine No. 26 (Moores Mill/Howell Mill — North Buckhead) and engine No. 36 (Kimberly Road/ Cascade Road, Southwest outside perimeter) were all affected by Sunday’s brownout, said Cochran.
“Our goal is not to instill panic, but we are definitely stretched very thin,” added Cochran
Atlanta was shut down last night between the hours of 6pm and 10pm as dayum near everyone was somewhere watching Superbowl XLIII. The 2 Live Stews of 790 The Zone held their own shindig down at Luckie Food Lounge and the event, sponsored by Crown Royal was where several ATLiens chose to view the game. Celebs spotted chillin in the VIP were Fantasia Barrino, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Quincy “Q” Parker of 112 and more. Former Atlanta Falcons, Chuck Smith and Bob Whitfield were also spotted watching the game and drinking up all the free liquor.
I honestly had no idea who was in the Superbowl this year. (I know…I suck!) but once I actually watched this game I was screaming with the crowd. Today’s pic of the day is of Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes’ game winning 4th quarter touchdown. He managed to keep his feet in bounds as Cardinals safety Aaron Francisco defended the play with a mere 42 seconds left to play. The touchdown gave the Steelers the 27-23 lead and thier sixth Super Bowl title. Whoop Whoop!!
My favorite celebrity photographer, Derek Blanks unveiled his new and improved website last weekend during an event hosted by NeNe Leakes of the Atlanta Housewives. The event was held at 595 North Friday evening and the walls were ablaze with Derek’s masterpieces. From Jennifer Hudson to Monica…From Akon to Usher and from T.I. to David Banner. Derek has shot them all.
I managed to arrive LATE and without my memory card in my camera! The life of a blogger… *sigh* but I love Derek so much that I prepared a lil montage video from the event in his honor. Check it out below:
Shouts out to Derek’s assistant, Robert Ector and make-up artist Toni Acey!
Derek’s photography is nothing less than spectacular and he’s well known for turning images into art. I’m still saving my pennies for my Alter Ego photoshoot (and currently taking donations!) but you can hit up Derek at his new site, DBlanks.com to view his work and/or to contact him for your next shoot.
CLICK HERE to view photos from this event and more in the gallery.
Check out the video for Ciara’s “Never Ever” which features Young Jeezy. The song, produced By Polow Da Don is CiCi’s official first single off of her third studio album Fantasy Ride and is scheduled to be released April 6, 2009. The video is directed By Chris Robinson and you’ll spot several A-town favs chillin in the background. Enjoy!