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01/07/2004 Archived Entry: "New Years Eve - December 30, 2003-January 1, 2004"

Our Skate Into The New Year
On Wednesday Night – December 30, 2003 thru
Thursday Morning – January 1, 2004!

A number of APRR gathered at the Carter Center to bring in a tradition – skate to Underground Atlanta, watch the Peach drop, consume lots of beer, and watch yourself fall. This year, Ken O devised a plan. We were to gather as a usual Wednesday Night Skate, per our usual 8:30 PM time. We’d skate for a while and regroup at 10:30. Head to Underground, watch the Peach drop, and then make our way back to the Carter Center, via whatever bar was to get in our way. What actually transpired this night… no one really knows.

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Uwe is nothing more than a gentle snowman to
all of APRR, but he's most definitely abominable
toward all other, competitive skaters. APRR can
melt in his arms: the other, competitive skaters
melt at his feet.

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Equipment check at Park Street and Monroe.
“Anyone got ahh’ 5mm wrench?,” Tomas P asks.
Tom S merely had curiosity, but lent a helping
hand anyway.

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Midtown Atlanta per view of the Weblog camera.
(We set up for a group photo here, but, well, um…
dead batteries.)

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Official inauguration of the 17th Street Bridge.
Tom S in front
George W , Thomas P, Ken O, Lisa M, Mark D,
Keith, ???, Chuck O, Jim M
Uwe in back

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(photo by Tom S) I can’t quite remember the name
of this bar, off Peachtree Street. I’ll attempt to return
to this line once I determine where it was that we were.
But the bar maid was most kind, and wished all of us a
most wonderful and safe New Year. We made time for
one more drink before heading up Peachtree Street and
toward the dropping Peach.
(George, Keith, Ken, Mark, Chuck, Jim, Marc)

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(photo by Tom S) APRR skating its way
through hoards of people at Underground
Atlanta, just prior to the New Year.
(Tom, Keith, George, Ken)

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(photo by Tom S) More of APRR
(Marc, Jim, Keith, George, Ken to right)

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(photo by Tom S) Final moments of 2003.
We were already drunk.
(Tom, Marc, Jim, and Mark in background)

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(Photo by Tom S) Keith and Tom counting
down to 2004 at Underground.

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(Photo by Tom S) The dropping of the Peach.
And it went FAST !!!

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(photo by Tom S)

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With a bottle of bubbly open,
APRR brought in 2004!

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(photo by Tom S)
Marc and his new friend exchanging
some early 2004 kisses.

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(photo by Tom S)
Although we were already drunk,
it was now time to start drinking.

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(photo by Tom S)
After lots of bubbly,
Chuck understands everything A-O-K.
(Mark D to left)

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(photo by Tom S)
Conserving table space at Hooters
– making room for good things to come.

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(photo by Tom S)
The smile that melted our hearts, filled our eyes,
and baffled our brains.

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(photo by some drunk)
Group Photo!!!

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(photo by Tom S)
It really was a wonderful night!
Chuck (in front), Mark, Anne, Jim

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(photo by Tom S)
… and Lisa came by to rescue us guys from Hooters!…

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(Photo by Tom S)
Mark and a stolen kiss from some guy’s girlfriend.

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(photo by Tom S)
Keith and Marc trying to survive the Urban Jungle.

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(photo by Tom S)
Saved from Grace...
These two angels were like pilots,
and flew us to Heaven.
(Lisa & Elizabeth)

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(photo by Tom S)
The late night flight to Heaven.

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