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CLUB LATEST: Atlanta Edition

Brian Taylor

Posted on December 16, 2018 17:08

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An MLS Cup Final Away day sparked the third installment of Club Latest.

Last year I had the unique privilege of meeting some of colleagues who make THE LATEST tick, including our esteemed CEO Jeff Hall. It was a fun afternoon and really spoke to the heart of what makes THE LATEST so amazing and why I've believed so strongly in what we do. 

After making a euphoric and slightly delirious decision to book a flight to follow my beloved Portland Timbers to the MLS Cup Final, I found myself heading to Atlanta, home to Atlanta United, but also the hometown of our Co-Managing Editor/Newsletter Editor/Admin/HR/All Everything Cindy Brown.

Last Sunday, feeling much less euphoric, a little less delirious, but just as excited as when I booked my trip, I was able to meet Cindy and her husband Pete for brunch in Midtown Atlanta. Seated in the corner mafia booth of Einstein's, we decided against initiating a hostile takeover of THE LATEST, but did have an opportunity to discuss, among many other topics, the somewhat improbable rise of soccer in Atlanta and how the city had really gotten behind Atlanta United, the affordability of the city and how that compares to the West Coast, and our upbringings and subsequent life as transplants.

Cindy naturally wore her Atlanta United shirt to represent, but did graciously accept my Timbers Army No Pity scarf to initiate her collection.

Later, Pete and Cindy gave me a tour of the city and took me to Scofflaw Brewing, one of their favorites, where even my Portland beer snob tendencies couldn't find fault with their Vanilla Milk Stout. And while we didn't get to sit on Santa's lap (yes, Santa was at the brewery), we did get the next best thing.

 

Naturally, we talked a lot about THE LATEST and what we enjoy most about the site. One of the themes that came up is the sense of community that we've built with our writers. Even though I was meeting Cindy for the first time in person, I've felt like we've known each other for years because well, through the occasional Skype call and reading each other's TLT's, we have.

That's how we feel about our writers as well. Even if we don't get a chance to meet for brunch or beers, we feel like we know a lot of you on that personal level through your amazing work in your TLT's. That's what makes logging onto the site each day so special for me.

Currently, we're trying to build up a base of interested participants to do more Club Latest meet ups. Robin Alexander is currently heading up this effort, so if you're interesting in joining us when the opportunity knocks, please contact her at [email protected]

So, who do we get to meet up with next?

Brian Taylor

Posted on December 16, 2018 17:08

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