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Wait … Y2K Was More Than 20 Years Ago?! A BLAST MY FROM TEENAGE PAST
When I sat down to write this newsletter, my plan was to talk about the 20th anniversary of Y2K and how silly the whole computer programming scare seems in retrospect. Then I realized that this year isn’t the 20th anniversary of Y2K — it’s the 22nd!
You know it’s 2000 because ...
You’re writing notes on your Converse sneakers. Everyone is wearing low-rise flare jeans and tiny T-shirts. Napster lets you download music for free.
Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday that I was a teenager, watching the peach drop with my friends and counting
"WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE? IT SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY THAT I WAS A TEENAGER, WATCHING THE PEACH DROP WITH MY FRIENDS AND COUNTING DOWN THE SECONDS UNTIL 1999 BECAME 2000."
You’re AIM-messaging your friends and picking the perfect screen name.
• Movies still come from Blockbuster (it’s best on Friday nights!). • You’re listening to your favorite Blink-182 CD on a beat-up Sony Walkman. • Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are dating • Frosted tips are a “cool” hairstyle. • You’re waiting in line at Barnes & Noble for “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (it comes out at midnight!). • Christina Aguilera is the Best New Artist at the Grammys, beating out Britney. • The first season of “Survivor” is the biggest hit on TV. • “Breathe” by Faith Hill, “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child, and “Amazed” by Lonestar won’t stop playing on the radio.
down the seconds until 1999 became 2000. I wasn’t worried about a computer code hiccup causing blackouts or messing up mortgage calculations. I was too busy crushing on Britney Spears and Destiny’s Child and rocking out to Green Day’s 1997 hit “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).”
It sounds cliche, but while a lot of things have changed over the years, a lot has stayed the same, too! All the kids these days are wearing flared blue jeans again, and Britney Spears is back in
Man, what a trip down memory lane!
the news (this time for #FreeBritney). I even turned on the radio the other day to a new Green Day song, “Holy Toledo!” If you feel as nostalgic as I do around the end of December, here’s a flashback to a few iconic trends of 2000, courtesy of NovaFM, Bustle, and Refinery 29. These lists brought back a lot of good memories for me when I found them — I hope mine does the same for you!
This year, my family will ring in 2022 much more quietly than I did in 2000. We’re planning to stay home and keep it simple. The kids like New Year’s Eve because they can stay up as late as they want — they’re better night owls than me these days! I’ll keep my eyes open as long as I can, but I can’t promise I’ll catch the peach. Either way, I’ll see you all in 2022.
Happy New Year!
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3 Things to Include in Your Post-Workout Meal
There’s plenty of emphasis lately on what you should eat before a workout, but not so much about after a workout. What you eat after exercising is just as essential for maximizing your workout’s effectiveness. After intensive exercise, many of us will feel hungry and turn to just about anything to satiate our hunger, but the wrong food could negate the effects of our workouts. During your workout, you will use up your body’s carbohydrates and the glucose stored in your muscles. A proper post- workout meal, including the right fluids, is necessary to replenish these nutrients. When preparing the perfect post-workout meal, there are three areas you should focus on. PROTEIN Including protein in your post-workout meal is important to repair and build
muscle. Muscle tissues get broken down during exercise, and protein helps put them back together stronger than before. Eggs, tuna, chicken, and Greek yogurt are great sources of protein and should be implemented into your post-workout meal. CARBS Carbs are essential for replenishing your body’s glycogen levels. Glycogen is the fuel that helps keep us moving and active. If you feel exhausted and hungry after a workout, it’s usually your body telling you that your glycogen levels are low. Including carbs such as sweet potatoes, rice, oatmeal, pasta, and chocolate milk in your post- workout meal will help you feel energized and ready to continue with your day. FLUIDS You should always drink water while working out and continue to do so after
your exercise is complete. Water regulates your body temperature, lubricates your joints, and transports nutrients throughout your body. In one hour of exercise, your body can lose more than a quarter of its water. Continue to drink water or other hydrating drinks after your workout to replenish your missing fluids. Lastly, avoid having a giant fast-food meal after exercising. There are plenty of options for preparing a truly beneficial post-workout meal, so find what makes you feel your best and what you enjoy most and run with it.
Want to Celebrate MLK Jr.’s Legacy in Atlanta? VISIT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Some people view Martin Luther King Jr. Day as just another Monday off from work, but here in Atlanta, Dr. King’s legacy is still alive and well — especially at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. If you’ve never visited, you’re missing out! Visitors can stroll through the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. It’s a stunning display that includes the civil rights hero’s photographs, books
Whether you have young children to educate on King’s legacy or just want to learn more about the minister, activist, and “I Have a Dream” speechwriter yourself, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a great first stop. It’s located at 100 Ivan Allan Jr. Blvd. here in Atlanta, and visitors can stop by from 12–5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, or Sunday, or on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to plan your trip in advance
To learn more about the Center, buy your tickets, check out upcoming events, or take a virtual tour, visit CivilandHumanRights.org. You can also pick up one of the books on the Center’s list of “Recommended Reading” for fans of MLK Jr.: • “African Battleline: American Policy Choices in Southern Africa” by Waldemar A. Nielsen • “Autobiography” or “The Story of My Experiments with Truth” by Mahatma Gandhi • “Education of Negroes in Ohio” by Frederick Alphonso McGinnis • “The South Since Appomattox: A Century of Regional Change” by Thomas Dionysius Clark
(1,000 of them!), handwritten notes, and other items from the years 1964–1968. There’s also a beautiful MLK-inspired art piece in the gallery. As the Center puts it, “‘Fragments’ is an art installation featuring metal
and purchase tickets. Even though the museum is open until 5 p.m., visitors have to arrive by 4 p.m. to get in. MLK Jr. is definitely the star of the Center, but he isn’t the only activist it highlights. If you visit, you can also
shapes engraved with King’s words in his distinctive handwriting. Designed by Paula Scher and Abbot Miller, the piece captures King’s ideas as they developed on paper.”
check out the full history of the U.S. civil rights movement and learn about other human rights struggles around the world.
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Keep Your Family Safe on the Road Resolve to Drive Defensively in 2022
DriversEducationUSA.com/resources/defensive-driving-tips/ . That said, here are a few of our favorites.
The secret is out: Atlanta is a dangerous place to drive. In 2018 alone, there were 45,944 car crashes here in Fulton County. They killed 131 people and seriously injured 656 more, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. You may have already been in a car crash in our city, but no one wants to suffer through that trauma twice! To keep yourself and your family safe on the road in 2022, do our team a favor and resolve to drive more defensively. What is defensive driving? According to the dictionary, defensive driving is “the practice of using driving strategies that minimize risk and help avoid accidents, as by predicting hazards on the road.” Basically, to drive defensively, you need to assume every other driver is impaired (by alcohol, lack of sleep, or a cellphone) and may act unpredictably. This puts you on the defense. How can you practice it? There are more than a dozen ways to practice defensive driving, and you can find 15 of them at
1. Maintain good driving posture. Don't slouch and keep both hands on the steering wheel. If your posture is good, you’ll be able to react faster to hazards. 2. Don’t break focus. Defensive drivers minimize distractions, like cellphones, chores (have you ever put on makeup in the car?), and mental to-do lists. It’s not enough to keep your eyes on the road — you have to keep your mind there, too. 3. Scan your surroundings regularly. Look behind you for tailgaters, far ahead for potential problems, and to the side for cars closing you in. If you can, keep your sides free so you can easily change lanes. 4. Pick a lane and stick to it. Changing lanes maximizes your odds of an accident. Pick your lane early and stick to it for the safest trip (except on the interstate, where the middle lanes are safest). 5. Follow the three-second rule. Make sure there is always at least three seconds of driving time between you and the car in front of you to give you space to brake. Add more time if it's raining, there’s construction, or someone is tailgating you.
Chicken and Leek Filo Pie Ingredients • 3 oz unsalted butter, divided • 2 large leeks, finely sliced • 2 large carrots, finely chopped • 1 tbsp flour • 14 oz chicken stock, warmed • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
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• 3 tbsp heavy cream • 12 oz cooked chicken, cut into chunks • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley •
12 sheets frozen filo pastry, thawed
Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. In a pan over low heat, melt 1 oz butter. 3. Add leeks and carrots and cook for 15 minutes, until softened but not colored. 4. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. 5. Gradually add chicken stock, stirring until sauce is smooth, then let simmer for 10 minutes. 6. Stir in mustard and heavy cream, then add cooked chicken
and parsley. Transfer to a large ovenproof dish.
7. In a pan, melt remaining butter. 8. Put a single filo sheet on a board and brush with melted butter. Scrunch up pastry sheet and place on top of chicken mixture. Continue until pie is covered. 9. Bake for 20–25 minutes, until the filo is golden and chicken mixture is bubbling.
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Inside This Issue 1 Kevin Turns Back the Clock to 2000 2 Include These in Your Post-Workout Meal The Best Place in Atlanta to Celebrate MLK Jr.’s Legacy 3 The Resolution You Didn’t Know You Needed Chicken and Leek Filo Pie 4 The Coolest Winter Sport You've Never Heard Of
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Biking ... in the Snow? This Sport Could Keep You Fit Through the Winter
If you visit Long Island this winter, you just might see talk show host Jimmy Fallon zooming through the streets on a fat-tire bike. These bikes look a little silly, but their wide (4–6 inches) tires are grippy enough to let New Yorkers like Fallon commute even on the snowiest days. Outside of the city, fat biking is a popular sport on snowy mountain trails where a street bike would never survive. 3 Reasons to Ride If you already love cycling, investing in a fat-tire bike can help you extend your bike season and enjoy the sport all year round. It’s also a great way to stay in shape! As Bicycling magazine puts it, “On a fat bike, you can burn up to 1,500 calories an hour
in soft conditions — seriously. But you’ll also recover faster than if you went for an hourlong run.” Finally, zooming through the snow on a bike is just fun. As Singletracks writer Michael Paul says, “They make you feel like you’re 8 years old again — you’ll be hard-pressed to wipe that grin off your face!” Trouble on the Trail In some ways, that boundless joy is warranted because winter fat biking can actually be safer than summer mountain biking thanks to the deep snow that cushions falls on trail sides. That said, it’s still important to choose your route wisely and take precautions. The International Mountain Bicycling Association suggests bringing along ice fishing picks and rope
if you ride across ice and watching the weather to avoid slush. Bikers should also bring provisions, dress properly, and use proper trail etiquette depending on where they ride. Visit IMBA.com/Node/1865 to learn more. A Final Reality Check The biggest downside to fat-tire biking is the expense: “Budget” bikes start at over $500 and quality rigs can cost more than $3,000! Fortunately, you can rent fat-tire bikes by the day in most mountain towns and ski resorts. Also, fat bikes aren’t just for winter — if you invest in one, you can ride it all year round. For a full beginner’s guide to fat biking, visit FatBikePlanet.com/how- to-ride-a-fat-bike-for-beginners.
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