The other night while surfing the networks, on HBO I think, we came across the movie KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES.
It was an funny entertaining spy movie, like a tongue-in-cheek James Bond or MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E type of movie.
After watching it just a few minutes we figured out a husband and wife spy team lived next door to the average nerdy yuppie family. Suddenly the spy's family's house blew up. Of course the fire trucks came. On side of the fire trucks were ATLANTA FIRE DEPARTMENT. Then we perked up. Interesting.
The movie's climax scene took place in the Regency Hyatt Hotel in downtown Atlanta. We recognized it immediately. On the top of the Regency is the big circular blue Polaris lounge that slowly rotates.
It brought back memories. Whenever one of my ex-Navy friends would come through Marietta we would take them to the Polaris. Then, many stories up you could see miles in any direction. Now, it is surrounded by even taller buildings, so I am not the long range view is still there.
It also reminded me of Billy Mann. Billy Mann was a Postal mail handler through the night and in the evenings he was the bell captain at the Regency Omni Hotel. He is a tall person. He wore a maroon suit and a beige cloth top-hat.
In his evening working attire he reminded me of the voo-doo witch doctor in one of the James Bond movies. He had style, had a youthful face, and was making his own visual statement constantly.
And he did so at work also, always smiling and laughing and in control of his environment. Good for Billy Mann.