AtlantanKnight Blogs: Be Nice

Hey y’all, AtlantanKnight here. I’ve just got to get this out there because I feel like there’s a real problem nowadays. Be nice! It’s not hard, but no one seems to do it much anymore (myself included sometimes).

Being nice isn’t really an action; it’s a lifestyle. It’s an attitude. Being nice is the idea that you would willingly and voluntarily go out of your way to help someone without expecting anything in return. This “someone” could be a stranger or a friend, any age, any race, any sexuality, and any gender. It doesn’t matter who they are, but if they are a human being and need help, offer your help if you have any to give. If you can’t offer help, maybe offer a kind smile or some soothing words. Don’t be apathetic.

Apathy is one of the real problems. In Western culture, individualism is encouraged. While that’s a positive overall and does wonders for personal advancement, it hurts our mindsets. We don’t feel like helping anyone because it’s “not our problem.” Well, guess what? ItĀ is our problem. A stranger’s problem ought to be your problem.

Now, I’m not saying that we should be intrusive. If you offer assistanceĀ for any sort of problem and your offer is declined, that is their choice. Don’t press the issue. Just be on the lookout for the community around you. Help people out just a little bit, be nice, be a better person. If we all do this together, the world will become a little bit friendlier bit by bit.

It’s a culture change we need to change the mindset. Be independent, but take it upon yourself to help others that cannot help themselves. And with your friends, do them something nice every once in awhile. Make them smile. Encourage them. Just be nice.

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Restaurant Review: Pizza Time in St. Augustine, Florida

Crammed into St. Augustine’s bustling St. George Street alongside dozens of other shops and restaurants, the aptly named “Pizza Time” restaurant is home to some pretty serious pizza. My quest to find the nation’s best food has led me to some great spots before, and I’m happy to say that Pizza Time is now one of 4 pizzerias from TripAdvisor’s list of top 10 American pizza spots that I have visited.

The eatery proudly displays its recognitions from various media sources on the windows and the walls. Needless to say, I had some fairly high expectations. They sell pizza by-the-slice, and their slices are genuinely pretty huge. I decided to get some garlic knots and a slice of the lasagna pizza (as pictured).

Pizza Time makes some gooood pizza. Not my favorite, but definitely a worthy member of my top 5 favorite pizzas. You can taste the quality in the ingredients, and they have extremely good crust which complements the saltiness of the cheeses and meat. The garlic knots are good, too, but they need marinara sauce for dipping (which you can obtain, just ask) or they’ll be a bit dry.

Overall, I had a very enjoyable experience at Pizza Time. I’ll probably go back and try some of their other pizzas the next time I find myself in St. Augustine.

Rating: 8.8/10

AtlantanKnight Blogs: Stargazing

Do you ever just take a moment to lay down at night and stare up at the stars? For me, the night sky represents the future. Someday, if we all work together to advance science and technology, people will be able to sit here at night on Earth and point to some of those specks of light in the night sky. They’ll point to those specks of light and say to their kids, “hey, you know there’s people living up there?” That’s the dream. The night sky is enthralling, and stargazing is a way to glimpse into the future.

I also love it because it’s a look into the past. Those lights up there I’m seeing aren’t today’s views. They’re the views from 15, 25, 50 years ago. Those stars are all so far away that their light takes many years to get here. It’s just crazy to think about. 

We think we’re so important down here on Earth, but we’ve not done anything yet. We sell ourselves short and take so much for granted. We need to be better so that one day, we can watch that first spaceship blast off towards another star, carrying humanity with it. This is what I think about when I look at the night sky, but when people ask me what I’m doing, I just call it stargazing. Maybe next time you look up at the night sky, you’ll start stargazing, too.

~AtlantanKnight

Restaurant Review: Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah, Georgia

I was recently at the popular ice cream shop, Leopold’s Ice Cream, in Savannah, Georgia, so I figure it’s a good time to type up a short review while it’s still remembered on my tongue. This was my second time to visit, and their ice cream was as good as I remembered from a couple years ago.

Leopold’s is quite possibly the best ice cream I have ever had. I had a butter pecan ice cream in a cup as pictured, and it was like no other I’ve ever tasted. The pecans are reminiscent of traditional Georgia flavors, and the ice cream itself is extra-creamy, savory, and just the right consistency. Leopold’s also serves some light food options, all of which, as far as I have heard and experienced, are good. The egg salad sandwich I can vouch for: it’s very solid. Order one as an ice cream appetizer.

Rating: 9.0/10

Site Update/Newsletter 6/16/17

Hello everyone, AtlantanKnight here.

I’d just like to thank everyone for the support. I’d also like to apologize that the site still looks rather hideous despite my previous promise to make it look somewhat prettier. I’ll try to find a friend who can help with that.

I’m also still trying to find additional writers because in an ideal world I’d like this site to be putting out a handful of posts per day coming from multiple authors. Seeing as how I’ve just gotten back into the swing of things, that’s not happening yet… but maybe in the future? Who knows.

As always, hit me up on Twitter @ATLknight7 or at the blog Twitter @MidknightWatch if you have any feedback, questions, or comments. I’m also still very much active on Reddit as /r/AtlantanKnight7, although I’ll probably respond faster on Twitter.

Just keep on the lookout for more (and hopefully better) content in the next couple months. Thanks again for everything.

~AK

Quick Update 1/10/17

Thank you all for your initial wave of interest. I’d like to know your thoughts about the content I’ve posted so far and what you’d like to see covered on the blog in the future. I’ll be adding some new writers on shortly, I think. Stay tuned for that!

Also, spread the word if you like the posts so far. Follow the blog @MidknightWatch on Twitter to keep up with the latest news.

Cheers,

AtlantanKnight

Why Do Southerners Seem to Get so Excited About Snow?

Why does everyone seem to love the white stuff? Sure, maybe people in cities like Atlanta dislike the traffic debacles snow causes, and no one loves having to shovel a driveway. But Southerners do seem to get a little giddy when snow is in the forecast.

The simple answer: people like things that are different. Here in Georgia and other Southern states, we get a proper snow only once every few years. I can personally count on one hand the number of snowstorms I can recall where we got over three inches of snow. Snow is the one type of weather that seems to change the entire landscape. Where rain just makes trees into soggy trees, snow makes trees into winter dancers swaying in the wind. Where rain makes grassy fields into mushy mud flats, snow makes fields into blank canvasses for snow angels. Where rain clogs storm drains, snow creates snowmen.

I guess what I’m getting at is… don’t make fun of the Southerners right now who are alll giddy about Winter Storm Helena. I’m sure they’re just trying to have a good time.

Why I Haven’t Been Posting and What’s to Come

I realize that I don’t exactly have regular viewers, but for those of you from the future: hello! Allow me to explain the preceding gap in publishing.

I made this site as a way to compile my thoughts in one place and perhaps have fun with friends and make a little money. However, I only ever meant for the first couple of weeks there to be a trial run to get a hang of things. i knew that my schooling would keep me busy with college applications and such, but with all that behind me (yes, I know, huzzah), it’s time to get to posting! I may start slower this time, but I’m sure to have content and posts aplenty in short order. The real fun is yet to begin.

 

Cheers,

AtlantanKnight

Must-Eat Food: Toasted Ravioli

If you’ve had toasted ravioli before, you’ll know why I’m making this post. If you haven’t had toasted ravioli, then you need to go find yourself some toasted ravs!

Toasted ravioli is somewhat of a delicacy in the city of St. Louis, Missouri, but it’s definitely not a delicacy in the sense that it’s some high-and-refined food or anything. Toasted ravs are literally just fried ravioli. The picture here depicts some clearly luxurious toasted ravs with marinara on wax paper that I ate at the Saint Louis Zoo a couple years ago (which is also a fantastic place to visit; that’s another story).

I genuinely don’t know how to describe toasted ravs beyond what I’ve said already (fried ravioli). They can be any type of ravioli: cheese, meat, or otherwise. They can be crunchy or a bit soggy depending on where you’re getting them and how exactly they’re prepared, but they are usually served with marinara sauce on the side. I can’t remember if you eat them with a fork in the restaurants or not, but at more casual eateries such as at the zoo or at a sporting event, you needn’t worry about utensils.

Another thing to note is that I haven’t really seen these outside of St. Louis, so you’ll need to make the most of your visit if you ever go there. The best place for toasted ravioli or any other kind of Italian cuisine in St. Louis is definitely The Hill. The Hill is St. Louis’ historic Italian neighborhood and one of America’s great bastions of authentic Italian food, so I highly recommend stopping by even if you aren’t particularly interested in the toasted ravs. But if you are interested, and if you do happen to be in St. Louis or any other place fortunate enough to have toasted ravioli… TRY SOME!