Tim Chitwood: Valentine's Day games: Catching fire

February 9, 2014 

You swear you've heard it before as it slowly rambles on: It's Monday Mail.

Heart

Today's opening is from "An Old Fashioned Love Song" by the band Three Dog Night, here employed as a warning that Valentine's Day is Friday.

Fire

And that's not all that's coming up this week, as noted in this email from Jenn Collins:

Throughout history, fire has played a key role in shaping the natural landscapes of Georgia. Today, prescribed fire is an important tool used by land managers to create healthy forests in the Chattahoochee Valley and across the South.

Join Malcolm Hodges, director of stewardship for the Georgia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, for the next program in the Spencer Environmental Lecture Series as he reveals why "fire in the forest" is important locally. Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road. Admission is free.

Then explore the splendor of the Fall Line ecosystem with a visit to "Nature on Fire" at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. Learn more about longleaf pine and how prescribed fire is used as a land management tool in the region, Saturday at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road;

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., free activities and exhibits.

• 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., "Reptiles of the Fall Line" with Jason Clark ($3 fee).

• 2 to 3 p.m., free prescribed fire demonstration (weather permitting).

Dear Jenn:

What a wonderful idea for a Valentine's weekend event! You should give it some spin that conveys a fiery passion, like "light up your love," or "rekindle your romance," or "tell your ex to burn in hell."

Ice

How about that snowfall that shut down Atlanta last month, huh? That was the subject of a Feb. 2 column that prompted this reader to call to say:

My son got caught up there in Atlanta. He was stuck for 22 hours.... u going to send this article you wrote because I nearly fell in the floor about when you said "add ice and snow to 'normal' Atlanta traffic.... It was crazy. It was really crazy. He lives up there in White, Georgia, off I-75. He hasn't called yet, but I'm going to send this to my son.

Dear Reader:

If ever I have to drive through snow in Atlanta, I'm packing the trunk with survival gear, including whatever will suffice for a toilet. I don't know how motorists stranded overnight handled their restroom needs. Maybe car passenger compartments should offer toilets now.

Just don't put them under the driver's seat or motorists will be trying to do that, too, while they talk on their cellphones.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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