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Day Two: I’m A City Boy (We’re Here For The Weekend)

Posted in 5D-II, Free Liu Xia, Free Pussy Riot by Knutsvik on January 30, 2013




Tuesday, 29th January 2013. Atlanta, Georgia.

I’ve never felt so much like a fish out of water before. the International Poultry Exhibition has been held in Atlanta for 65 years and is a tradition in town. I’m a city boy. I’ve never even once been to a working farm.

the crowd feels white. even the Chinese companies who are here to sell their feed additives look white. some of the farmers are hillbillies and some look like they’re Amish, and DuPont and Aviagen look like bigshots.

we meet a friendly bartender after hours. he serves real homemade burgers and mean chicken cheesesteaks and offers up at least two local craft brews on tap. one of them’s done less than a mile down the road from the bar. he tells us they offer tours of the brewery on Friday afternoons, and suddenly Georgia feels warmer. we’re here for the weekend.

as darkness falls rain starts to pour over Atlanta. Hooters has a roofed over smoker’s lounge. we’ve smugled Cubanos into the US and light up in the darkness. the black waitress looks like gold and pours generous glasses of Maker’s Mark.

I’m a city boy. we’re here for the weekend.

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  1. z ... said, on January 30, 2013 at 8:34 PM


    Hahaha I just love it !
    In my wildest Fantasies
    I could not imagine you MK
    on the Farm either


    • Knutsvik said, on January 30, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      hahaha, ay, Zamoysky, My Polish Princessa, there wouldn’t be no dead poultry on the tables for people to eat if Farmer K was in charge 😀

      (thank God for hillbillies! 😀 )

  2. MT said, on January 31, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Skikkeleg stilige bilder.Ei varm atmosfære i ord og bilder.
    Fiskane såg verkeleg litt molefunkle ut , bluesen har tatt dei 🙂

    Eg trur eg må kome meg meir ut i verda.


    Hei forresten 🙂

    • Knutsvik said, on February 3, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      ay, Marie, og hei på deg!

      fiskane svømde rundt og såg fjerne slektningar ende opp som sushibitar på restaurantborda rundt seg – ikkje rart dei kjende litt på bluesen 😀

      litt reising no og då kan ikkje skade, tenker eg, det er berre å bestille billettar og komme seg avgarde!

      hepp oooooooooog klem på deg og!

  3. hobokollektiv said, on January 31, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    “You take a boy out of the country / He’s a country boy still / He looks down at the city lights / From his Hollywood hills / He’s a Hollywood hillbilly his stereo is blaring Willie / Johnny Cash, Hank and Lefty down to Sunset and Vine” (Dale Watson)

    And then the city lays down before us while our minds drown in the smoke of great cigars & our thoughts learn to swim in that straight Kentucky Bourbon whiskey.

    “Broke my heart to leave the city / I mean it broke what wasn’t broken in there already / Thought of all my great reasons for leaving / Now I can’t think of any / It’s true it was a hard time that I’ve come through / It’s made me thankful for the blues” (Magnolia Electric Co.)

    And suddendly we all are hillbillies. Thank God for the picturess & the hillbillies. Thank God.

    All the best & safe travels, Fritsch.

    • Knutsvik said, on February 3, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      haha, ay, Fritsch, buddy, where would guys like us be without those hillbilly hellraisers who roamed the deep South in the 50ies, 60ies and 70ies – oh, and neo-hillbillies like the great Dale Watson, too? where would guys like us be without them?

      I’ll sink a shot of bourbon for them and for you and for pictures tonight, pal!


  4. Silje said, on February 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Of all the weird things we attend and do, Knutsvik…The International Poultry Exhibition…?! Why does my head fill up with animated Chicken Run pictures…?

    But the photos are great. You can just get lost down there in that tunnel and it’s only a week until I dive into that big blue aquarium with happy fishes…and not a maki roll in sight. 😉

    • Knutsvik said, on February 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      hahaha – ay, Cheeks, the poultry expo was strange, and not a place that lets industry outsiders in easily 😀

      oh well, we lived to tell, and now I’ve seen Atlanta too!


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