ChanteSez … It takes two to make a thing go right

The words too, two, and to are small but carry big impact. It’s easy to write one when you meant the other.

Check out these tips to help you pick the right one:

  • Extra o = one extra, as in “She’s coming along, too.”
  • I always look at the letter W and think of two V’s, or I consider the way it’s pronounced, “double-u.” In this case, think two letters = two.
  • To is a preposition. Prepositions connect. Remember, the shortest way to connect = the short “to.”


Elevate pool party starts Sunday

I love Memorial Day weekend for a variety of reasons — my birthday falls on it most years, there’s bound to be a barbecue somewhere, and it’s the start of the Elevate pool party.

Chris Nicholson and Mike Zarin have hosted the event at the W hotel downtown since 2009. Local and international DJs create the poolside vibe. Attendees run the gamut from fashionably fabulous to freshly hungover. All are welcome to don a bathing suit and swim, dance, take in the 16th-floor view, sip luxuriously (read: expensive) yummy cocktails or do it all.

Zarin says there’s been an uptick in the number of condos sold in the building over the last year. In an effort to let the ballers who bought there get their fair share of sunshine, the event will be held from 4-10 p.m. It’s also going monthly.

So schedule the last Sunday of every month for sunbathing and beats at Elevate. Free with RSVP. There’s a capacity limit, so arrive early.

ChanteSez … Either you are or you ain’t

I almost titled this “ChanteSez … Don’t contract a typo.” But there are one too many ways to read that sentence.

So let’s get to it: Contractions are pesky. What’s a contraction? Two words — one abbreviated — joined by an apostrophe.

Here’s an easy way to remember when you really want a contraction, particularly the most pesky one, involving the word “are.”

  • You are = You’re (not to be confused with “your,” a pronoun)
  • They are = They’re (not to be confused with “their,” another pronoun)
  • Are not = Aren’t

Sunday School moves to new location tonight

Tonight, Salah Ananse moves his weekly Sunday School soiree to the Sound Table after nearly a year at the Reserve atop Cafe Circa.

I’m more excited about the event now that it’s at the Edgewood Aveune favorite, just a few doors east of Cafe Circa. Expect fewer cigars, a bit less pretense — although there have always been friendly faces and no formal dress code — and maybe more dancing.

The weather’s gorgeous (and will remain in the 70s till later), so check it out tonight and every Sunday at 8 p.m. until late. No cover.

ChanteSez … Check the time

Better late than never … no matter when on Wednesday the Tip of the Day is posted, it’s always on time! And speaking of time, here’s how to write it.

  • Always use a.m. and p.m. For example: “The show started at 8 p.m.”
  • Noon and midnight are preferred over 12 p.m. and 12 a.m.
  • Don’t use a colon followed by double zeros. This is wrong: “The show started at 8:00 p.m.”
  • For a time range, use a hyphen. Like this: “The performance is scheduled for 9:30-11 a.m.”
  • As you may have noticed in the example above, you only have to reference a.m. or p.m. once. If the time range includes a.m. and p.m., use both. For example: “I was in the meeting from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.”
  • It’s OK to use “o’clock” but it’s best used in prose, or long-form writing. For example: “It was dark and stormy, which was odd for 3 o’clock on a winter afternoon.”

ChanteSez … The Internet has rules, too

Just because you’re blogging (or uploading YouTube videos, or sharing Pinterest photos) doesn’t mean rules regarding capitalization are null and void. Here’s a short list of online terms — some capitalized, others not:
  • Internet
  • the Net
  • the Web
  • website (no space or hyphen)
  • Web page
  • e-mail (always lower-case; Associated Press says it’s always hyphenated, but ChanteSez you can go either way, especially online)

The Gathering helps raise funds for Year of Boulevard project

TED is an annual conference of sorts that asks the world’s greatest minds to share what they’re passionate about, broadcasting these “ideas worth spreading” live and across all mediums.

For more than two years, Atlanta has hosted its own independent TEDx events, inviting Georgia-based thinkers and advocates to speak on an impactful theme such as “community.” That was the theme for March, when I attended. (I was mainly inspired and impressed. Check out my Tweets from the event on March 13.)

Out of that session came an initiative to move TEDx out from the Westside consulting agency where it’s held and into the community.

The Year of Boulevard is a project spearheaded by the Atlanta councilman for the area, Kwanza Hall. Hall is a strong supporter of economic equality and culture — you’re just as likely to see him leading a neighborhood clean-up in the Old Fourth Ward as you are chilling at the Sound Table.

Now you know Boulevard can be a straight mess. “Live Mas”? Not if I have to get food from the Taco Bell off Parkway. Let’s not even get started on the gas station off North, or the corner store just south of Edgewood.

According to the TEDx site, “the TEDxAtlanta Community is working to bring a Summer of Possibility to the kids of the Boulevard corridor through summer-camp scholarships, internships and entrepreneurial mentoring. … Our most immediate challenge is to raise the money needed to cover summer-camp tuition for the kids of Boulevard. It costs an average of $110 to send one child to camp for a week.”

Yes, $110 is steep. But you can contribute by donating a few bucks at the Gathering tomorrow night at Space 2. Kai Alce and Ramon Rawsoul are spinning, along with guest DJ Jamie 3:26 from Chicago.

The $5 admission does not include a donation to the Year of Boulevard, so bring a little extra.

ChanteSez … If you’re semi-sure, don’t use a semicolon

The semicolon is probably the most misunderstood piece of punctuation ever. ChanteSez don’t use it unless you’re 100 percent sure on its proper placement.

The most appropriate use for a semicolon is to group items within a list, and the list should follow a colon. For example:

  • I went grocery shopping today and picked up several things: from Kroger, deli meat, bread, mayonnaise, baby spinach and tomatoes; from Trader Joe’s, some wine, cheese, and chocolate-covered almonds; and from Aldi, graham crackers, bread crumbs and garlic bread.

The other most common use for a semicolon is as a “link” in a sentence when “and,” “but” or “for” are absent. An example:

  • You could tell that the vocalist practices her instrument as much as any lauded pianist; the audience’s response proved it.