Originally created 01/31/05

The week ahead



What is up with this weather? Man, it's been cold! But if you walked through the mall or most clothing stores, you'd swear it already was summer. Aren't these stores crazy?

Forget making money by keeping a large stock of clothes reflective of the temperature.

It seems they'd rather slash the prices on items reflective of the temperature and move them to clearance racks in exchange for the need to be the first to get spring and summer fashions out.

However, this works out in my favor. Their incessant competitive ways just mean more money in my pocket, because now I can buy discounted clothes that are actually in season - the cold season. The way the weather usually is around Super Bowl time. And watching Super Bowl XXXIX is my pick of the week.

I would've made going to rather than watching the game my pick, but I decided to focus on what was feasible for most. For me, the fun is more in getting together with friends and family than just watching the big game, especially since the Dirty Birds didn't win.

I don't even know if I'll watch much of it, except maybe to see if Terrell Owens plays. And I'm not a drinker, so I don't care about the drinks.

But I'm a lover of comedy, and watching a roomful of men who've put back one too many scream unintelligible commands at players on the other side of the TV screen is rather amusing. And there's a chance for plenty more laughs because the funniest commercials are shown during the Super Bowl.

Also, this year's game probably won't cause such a media stir as did last year's. With Paul McCartney performing at the halftime show, I'd say it should be pretty safe.

Read on for other things to do.

Tuesday

GET ON BOARD

City Attorney Steve Shepard's contract plus airport and utility bond issues are up for discussion at the 2 p.m. Augusta Commission meeting at the municipal building. The Columbia County Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Evans Government Center Auditorium.

'RAY' OF SUNSHINE

Buy the DVD Ray, being released today, and see Jamie Foxx give his best performance ever. Then call such Hollywood trade papers as Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter and demand an apology for the movie misrepresenting your state by fabricating a Georgia ban against Ray Charles.

Wednesday and Thursday

IF YOU'RE NOT TIRED OF ICE YET ...

The Augusta Ice Hockey Association is scheduled to open its adult spring season, with its first games at 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Augusta Ice Sports Center, 1249 Augusta West Parkway. Games are free for spectators. Interesting in joining a league? Call (803) 278-6345.

Friday & Saturday

IF YOU'RE STILL NOT TIRED OF ICE ...

You've got two chances to see the Lynx play the Florida Everblades, at 7:35 p.m. both nights at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Saturday

DRIVEN TO HELP

Need a car? Go bid on one at the Salvation Army Auto Auction at the Salvation Army, 1384 Greene St. After previewing the vehicles from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, get there at 8 a.m. today and pay $5 to register. Bidding starts at 10 a.m. All proceeds go to the organization's shelter and other programs.

PLAY SOME GOLF, FOR A CHANGE

Play a game of disc golf for a good cause at Ice Bowl 2005 at Patriot's Park in Columbia County, which benefits Golden Harvest Food Bank. The Augusta Disc Golf Association's annual charity tournament begins after 9 a.m. registration and is free for spectators. To compete, take $20 and canned goods. Questions? Call 798-3383 or 306-9115.

DATE WITH DAD

This is a great idea for daddies' little girls, young and old! There's plenty of time to go out on romantic dates, but how often do you go out with your father? Do it tonight at the Girls Inc. Daddy Daughter Dance, 7 to 10 p.m. at the Augusta Towers, 2651 Perimeter Parkway. Reservations are required, so make them now. Call 733-2512.

Reach C. Samantha McKevie at (706) 823-3552 or samantha.mckevie@augustachronicle.com.