Let's start Chatter this week over in beautiful Phenix City -- God's Country, as Mayor Eddie Lowe reminds us from time to time.
Well, over in God's Country they have a license for everything. And they proved it Tuesday morning at the city council meeting.
Council approved a dancing license for the new Courtyard Marriott that is getting ready to open just north of the 14th Street bridge.
That's right, dancing.
The dancing license was approved along with the beer, wine and whiskey licenses.
"If you are going to have people drinking and dancing, you got to have a license for that," explained Phenix City Finance Director Steve Smith.
We all know what dancing and alcohol can lead to. Come to think of it, maybe some individuals should have to acquire a license for that.
Another day, another honor: Movoto, the same real estate blog that recently ranked the 15 best restaurants in Columbus, has now named Phenix City one of the most exciting places in Alabama.
Sixty-four cities were ranked according to eight criteria -- including amount of young people per capita -- with those rankings then averaged "into an overall Big Deal Score."
Phenix City comes in at No. 9 for "a ton of active life options and restaurants per capita."
Movoto stresses that just because Columbus is so close doesn't mean Phenix City "that it doesn't have plenty to offer on its own, thank you very much."
The latest thing the city will have: a zipline across the Chattahoochee, which starts in Columbus.
The remaining 54 cities are ranked as well. The least exciting city in Alabama, according to Movoto?
Now here's an honor that's actually worth mentioning
Events don't get any more inspirational than the awards ceremony for the Springer Theatre Academy, where children learn life skills through stage skills.
Saturday night's celebration of the 2014 sessions was extra special.
Columbus artist Garry Pound honored academy director Ron Anderson with a heartfelt and humorous speech on behalf of all the parents. Pound's portrait of Anderson then was unveiled to a standing ovation.
After hearing Anderson read the graduating high school seniors' essays about what the academy has meant to them, if your eyes weren't teary already, then the traditional closing Salutations must have put you over the top.
The hundreds of academy students and staff filled the Springer Opera House stage and demonstrated their daily ritual: silently performing synchronized tai chi-like movements, accompanied by the soaring strings of Pachelbel's "Canon in D Major."
Anderson calls Salutations the academy's "way of honoring the past, acknowledging the present and saluting the future."
Well, thanks to the amazing Anderson and his super staff, the Columbus community's past, present and future shine brighter.
Here's some very practical advice most of us in Chatterland can use, and it comes from the Columbus-area Better Business Bureau.
The bureau said Wednesday it has fielded several complaints from consumers who received phone calls from individuals claiming to be Microsoft support employees.
The caller "alerts" the victim that their computer is uploading viruses to the company's server. They then ask for your computer information so that they can remotely access it and get rid of the problem for you. Sometimes the caller will even ask you to go to a website, such as www.win32.us, as "proof" of their legitimacy.
The BBB says nothing can be further from the truth.
This is an old scam on the rise again, with the perpetrators trying to get victims to provide them access to their computers so they can steal private information on their hard drive.
That can include saved documents, scans, pictures and possibly logins and passwords to various sites, including financial institutions.
Here's basic advice the BBB has for those receiving such a call:
Hang up immediately.
Do not try to call the number back.
Do not provide any information that allows remote access to your computer.
Contact your local BBB for assistance. The Columbus-area number is 706-324-0712.
If you already allowed the caller remote access, immediately contact your bank, check your credit and change passwords.