By Walter GeigerDecades ago, a pending trip to Atlanta brought excitement. Back in the 1970s, Atlanta was electric. Now, not so much.I’m older. Atlanta has changed.I still go to the place we used to call the ‘˜Big A’ but, as B.B. King would say, ‘˜The thrill is gone’.Soccer carries me there more than anything else these days but there remain trips for the occasional special dinner or sporting event. Still, Atlanta is more hassle than haven – more pain than pleasure.Case in point. Not long ago we took our kids and several other kids to a football game at the Georgia Dome, riding MARTA from the south side. I honestly feared for our lives while on the trains and vowed never to make that trip again.But, Atlanta has finally done something right.Over the weekend, I had to make my first ever trip to the new international concourse at the Atlanta airport.I like flying but prefer small airplanes and airports. Going to Hartsfield is worse than a root canal. Parking is a pain and don’t even get me started on the TSA screening process which I consider to be government run amok and an absolute invasion of privacy.Watching your four-year-old wail while going through ‘˜enhanced’ screening will do that to you.The international terminal, however, is an entirely different ball game. I left home dreading the trip but drove straight into the hourly parking area, parked just paces from the door and went down one escalator to the place I needed to be which was not crowded at all.Once my business was done, I was back in my vehicle and out of there. Parking cost me a scant two dollars and I was on I-75 headed home in minutes. Even the woman in the parking kiosk was pleasant, spoke English and smiled as she made change.Honestly, I was shocked. I expected to spend hours doing what took me all of twenty minutes. It was a breeze.Leaving the area, I saw a big sign that I missed on the way in.The new terminal is named for the late Maynard Jackson who served two terms as mayor of Atlanta.Under his watch, the airport was rocked by one of the largest corruption scandals in city history. His airport commissioner, Ira Jackson, resigned in disgrace.I ruminated on that and what it says about priorities for a time then shrugged it off.The terminal bearing Maynard Jackson’s name is run like a well-oiled machine even if his administration was not. Walter Geiger is editor and publisher of The Herald Gazette and the Pike County Journal Reporter.