I think we are also just enjoying being in a place that's different. The furniture is not the same furniture we've had at the last half-dozen corporate apartments! The artwork is nice! And the beds are the most comfortable we've ever slept in. (Even though the girls have to share a bed here ... this happens to us every once in a while, living in a place without twin beds)
Living in a hotel is a little unusual, too. There is room service and 24-hour housekeeping and maintenance staff. They deliver mail to our door, and there is a constant changing stream of other travelers in the hallways and lobby. We still have our 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment, and I don't know what the other rooms / apartments here look like. I assume there is a whole range, from regular hotel rooms to penthouse suites.
Every once in a while I come across another TV-free family, but it is rare. If you want any more inspiration to this effect, check out Kill Your Television. (and as I was writing that, I couldn't resist going here as well. Anyone but me remember Ned's Atomic Dustbin? Ah, 1990... it has probably been that long since I heard this song.)
over 70 city streets with a variant of Peachtree in their names. I photographed a nearby intersection of Peachstreet Street NE and West Peachtree Street. While this seems kind of cute and funny at first, in practice this is just a bad system. What city planners ever allowed this to happen?! How on earth can anyone regularly navigate a Midtown where every other street seems to have an almost-identical name?
Speaking of navigation, Atlanta is not proving to be an especially bike- or pedestrian-friendly town, but I'll be damned if this is going to stop me. And every time I am out riding with little Isa on her Trail-A-Bike behind me, fluorescent flag flapping in the wind, I think, maybe I am contributing in some small way to a shift. Maybe the more people who see me and the kids struggling with non-existent bike lanes, zooming traffic on multi-lane roads with no shoulders, and rough sidewalks, the closer Atlanta will get to setting up a better environment for cyclists. (....or, maybe we will just struggle with this on our own for a couple of months and then move on. Change takes time, which I unfortunately don't have.)