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Auburn area Studs and Duds

March 4, 2010

Here at the desk of Joe Auburn, we don’t get much fan mail. We’re happy to get comments on our posts, new fans of our facebook fan page and retweets via Twitter. We’ve also been known to get a few jabs from time to time and those are just fine too.

And every so often we get emails asking us to check out a new spot in the Auburn area or a request to find someone or just to vent about a poor experience. So, call this experiment the first of what we hope could turn into a recurring post on a monthly or quarterly basis or as the mood strikes.

And first, “The Studs”

Ben Tate – Loyal readers know Joe has been a fan of Ben Tate since he was a high schooler in Maryland. Heck, you don’t get shirts made for your family that say, “Two thousand Tate: the year of Ben” if you aren’t borderline obsessive with watching Ben run the rock on Saturdays in the fall. But, we’re talking about former Auburn RB Ben Tate now. As strange as that sounds, get used to it. Ben will be running the rock on SUNDAYS in the fall after his performance at the combine in Indianapolis last week. He’s got a fan page and Twitter following himself and he gets big ups and mad props for his level of interaction with fans plus some cool contests.

Mrs. Brown – The Tiger Town Chick-fil-a would be too easy a choice, so we’re instead giving a shout out to Mrs. Brown. She’s the woman who graces the aforementioned dining area by going table to table asking if you need a drink refill or if she can clear your used wrappers and such. She’s got a great sense of humor and you’d have to have a heart the size of a ‘Bammers brain to not smile after she pauses at your table.

The Strutting Duck at the Olde Auburn Ale House – Joe isn’t a long time Duck fan. Joe feels somewhat ashamed he only found the Duck after they moved into the former Ale House. Joe has been trying to make amends since he discovered the Duck late last fall. Overall, they have good, not great food at excellent prices and a beer selection that would make Sam Adams go back to the proverbial drawing board. Most of the wait staff is very knowledgeable about their beer selections, friendly and a rarity in Auburn – they actually eat the food they recommend.

Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum – Okay, this is a freebie. If you spend just over 41 years a fixture on the Auburn University landscape AND post a win in your debut and exit, you have to make some sort of good list. It doesn’t hurt that Wally Tinker shows up and makes his basket in front of almost 10,000 screaming fans from nearly the same spot he did 41 years ago in a win over LSU. Rest easy, Beard-Eaves, rest easy.

And lastly, “The Duds”

The Opelika Police Department – A nine-month pregnant woman has her car hit in the Kroger parking lot in an accident not her fault. Her proof of insurance card isn’t up to date. The Opelika police officers who arrived at the scene make her stand in the 41 degree, windy weather and threaten her with a ticket for not having a recent paper copy. She calls her insurance company, who then offers to speak to the officers to confirm her insurance is current. Heck, they go so far as to offer the ability to fax them a copy. What happens? The officers, in their infinite wisdom, decide to tell her, “No. Our policy says we have to see a paper copy or we have to write you a ticket.” She calls her husband who is incredulous at the situation. The officer at this point tells the pregnant woman, “If he isn’t here in 15 minutes we’re writing you up.” She’s in tears at this point. The husband arrives and after hearing both officers throw policy in his face responds, “We have policies where I work too, but I know how and when to apply common sense.” The officers fall silent, the husband and wife go grocery shopping.

In Italy Bar In Italy Restaurant Speakeasy Bar & Grill – They should have left this one alone when it first opened as the trendy place where the beautiful people go to drink. But like most good things, they eventually come to an end. Sadly, the end for In Italy the Bar was when In Italy the Restaurant opened upstairs. You could poll 10 people in Auburn and get 15 who would tell you the food was awful. Then they shut down. Then they reopened as Speakeasy Bar & Grill. The poll numbers on the restaurant aren’t much better, even though they changed their menu to guess what? Burgers and chicken – just what Auburn needs more of downtown. The real travesty is knowing the owner stuck the company who built the original website (since removed for obvious reasons) with a tab that ran in the thousands of dollars, lost in court and still hasn’t paid up. Apparently, Speakeasy means “I don’t have to pay my bills,” In Italy.

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