Thursday, October 8, 2009

Southern living demo derby and Southern Living

Caution: Never before attempted: Magazine Review and Demolition Derby report in a single blog post. Design fans can read the yellow boxes.

Hooked on Houses is hosting her "Hooked on Fridays" blog party; I hope y'all will click here and have look. I'm hooked on southern living and the new Southern Living Magazine
This is Southern Living.This is southern living.
The new, improved Southern Living Magazine.Classic southern living at the 2009 Henry County Fair Demolition Derby. Micheal with 1st place trophy.

Miranda Lanzillotti
Time Inc. Lifestyle PR Group sent me the October issue of the new, improved Southern Living Magazine hoping I would blog about it. Thanks Miranda.
Stockbrige Emission Center made me an honorary member of the Demolition Derby Pit Crew. Thanks Bill, Jason, Lamar, Micheal, and Rick. What a great week!
So here is my man-blog review of 2 kinds of southern living.
Demolition Derby - preparation
Remember the Stockbridge Emission Center Pusher Car? No? Here you go:

My Stockbridge Emission Center buds converted their pusher car for demolition. It's for a good cause: helping promote the Kiwanis Club sponsored Henry County Georgia Fair and the opportunity to win $500. Nice intimidating tu-tone paint job:

Southern Living Magazine - the giftI've been scanning Southern Living since the very first issue in 1966. My dad was a gentleman farmer and got Progressive Farmer. I think my mom suggested we switch to Southern Living (same publisher). So I've been scanning Southern Living for 43 years. Right now my kids' Grandma gets it so I scan it on family visits. Grandma always invites to take it home.
southern living derby and Southern Living Magazine
The great thing about the magazine: If you read it long enough, you find a home, an event, a restaurant, a shop, a personality, right in your own neighborhood. I don't know if they've covered the Henry County Fair yet, but they just might.
Demolition Derby - getting ready
Before the Derby, the crowd got acquainted with the cars and drivers.PA071100-Pre-Race-Fan-Chat
Southern Living Magazine - the scan
I've developed my scanning routine. Feeling a little sleepy-eyed from Grandpa's huge dinner - often including dumplings and chocolate pie - I head for the sofa and grab the latest issue. I do a straight front to back page scan mostly looking for colors, places, and food that catch my eye, and places I'm familiar with.
Then I go back and read the articles that interest me. Usually there are an handful of pictures that I show to the wife, kids, and anyone else in the room. They humor me and say, "That's nice Terry."
Southern Living Magazine - the dog-earOn my second time through, I dog-ear the pages I want to follow up in person or on the Internet.
Demolition Derby - drivers' meeting and the "pen"
The drivers meeting was serious. I mean they are going to crash cars on purpose, man. But these guys were about to have one of the best times of their lives.
The crowd started moving up from the midway, the rides, the corndogs, the livestock auction. There were far more than I can show in the picture. They were ready for a good time.
The big machine made a pen from New Jersey Barriers. The derby cars drove in and the machine sealed the pen behind them. You can see the Stockbridge Pusher blur its way in.
Southern Living Magazine - the followupLast month there was a landscape article about a tiny yard in Midtown Atlanta. I dog-eared the page. When I got home I Googled the homeonwer, the landscape architect, and tried to find the house in I found the owner and architect but couldn't find the house. So the next day I did a drive-by and there it was. I'd driven by it 100's of times. Southern Living helped me to look more closely.
Just like the magazine? Yes and no. The yard wasn't freshly manicured but still looked great and tiny. The house looked better in person. Seeing the house in context with it's neighbors and from different angles is something you just can't get in pictures.
Demolition Derby - crash, bang, boom...
The cars were sealed up in the pen, noses to the wall.
Then we had 9 minutes of real southern living ecstacy: roaring engines, belching smoke, red mud flinging, powing, banging, and crunching, the crowd screamed, squealed, ooh'd and aah'd with delight...
Until the only car still moving was the Stockbridge Emission Center Pusher Car! But it was a little muddy.
Southern Living Magazine - stuff that caught my eyeI'll need a bit more scan time at Grandmas to get through it. Here is what caught my eye this time:
  • Pansies on page 17 (I man-plant the pansies at our house)
  • Catfish dinner with slaw on page 31
  • The Benjamin Moore ad on page AL3
  • The blue bar color on the "Great Escapes" pages.
  • Black columns in antis on page 48
  • Bedroom with maps page 56, man maps
  • Our Favorite New Cottage page 64 costs too much to be called a cottage but it's a beauty with it's red roof.
  • Dear Southern Living page 72. New feature? Very nice graphics for getting points across.
  • Garden section starting on 80. We're too lazy to plan. This is nice though.
  • Build an Outdoor Fireplace page 90. The one picured costs more than my house.
  • Plant Zones page 92, a Southern Living (and Progressive Farmer) standard.
  • Bishops House page 94. What details! Personally I don't need so much stuff inside but I like how industructable it looks.
  • Food pictures.....
  • Baptism at Moon Lake page 112. This is a new type of feature I think.
  • Healthy Living page 119. This is the anti-southern living. Pass the butter and salt please.
  • Two Great Auburn Galleries page AL 6 because Auburn is a cute nearyby college town.

Demolition Derby - the winner and tow truck ride of honor
So Jason took the trophy
The whole team celebrated...
And while some competitors didn't fare so wellPA071145-LIft-Truck-Romoving
The winning Pusher Car rode home in honor.
Thanks to readers, Southern Living, and to the Stockbridge gang. What a week.
And thanks to "Hooked on Fridays" blog party; I hope y'all will click here and have a look.

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  1. I love it!!! Great side by side review. :) Very clever! Stopping by from Julia's party. :)

  2. Whoa! I bet Southern Living never expected this - but I loved it. I forgot to get back to them when they sent me an email, but I could never have done it justice like you did.

    By the way, I have been asked to write the home profiles of the homes featured on the Cathedral Tour of Homes in January, and the Bishop House is one of the homes featured. I am going to ask for a personal tour in order to get a feel for the house before writing about it! Love the doors that my blog literally and figuratively open for me.

  3. I know nothing about the Demo Derby - but I sure know enough about Southern Living. I have received Southern Living as a yearly gift from my wonderful step-mother for as long as I can remember. My girls enjoyed it when they were living at home, and now enjoy it as adults. My sister-in-law has been getting as a yearly birthday gift as well. I received my latest issue about two weeks ago, and was thrilled to get it from the mailbox, it was not lean, it was fat! I was so excited. Sorry to overshadow the Derby.

  4. TOO Funny!!! The best picture is where you can read the "Sexiest Man Alive" t-shirt. Great review!!!

    They haven't asked me to write anything! Wonder why? Never mind - I'll take the hint.

  5. That night, as winner, Jason was "Sexiest Man Alive."

  6. How fun!

    If I was Southern Living Magazine I would be all over your list of things that caught your eye...great marketing info.

    The derby stuff...never really understood that but have a couple of guys in my house that would have enjoyed every word and

    Have a great day!

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  7. Great side by side reviews indeed. Oh Terry to live your life!! Great stuff ~

  8. looks like fun!!

    ps. thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to leave a comment.

  9. Wow, I think I'm more of a "curl up with a nice magazine" than a "find a car to crash on purpose" kind of girl!

  10. LOL... there are definitely different kinds of Southern Living!!!

  11. Great stuff! I don't mind the old crash 'em up derby sort of thing, although we don't do it much over here in Australia! I went to one about 15 years ago and it was a real hoot! Thanks for dropping by my blog!

    Linda. :)

  12. Very funny Terry. I love your interpretation of the south, though I'll not be visiting any time soon I don't think:) However, I would buy the magazine.

  13. Oh it's been so long since I have been to a southern derby!! 4 years ago - before I left Texas. Thanks for the memories! I'm hosting a giveaway at my blog of genuine Cross Bottles valued at $175. It ends Monday, so hurry over. I think you'll love them!

  14. I have never been to a southern derby but this post cracked me up! I am a northern girl who moved to the south and married a southern boy over 8 years ago. Stop by my new blog! :)


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