Train Blogging

Oversleeping and a nearly-empty tank of gas convinced me that today should be a Marta day. Sure, it would cost more (in the short term) than driving in, but it would save me the hassles of commuting, right?

Is there an official phobia name for the fear of a turnstyle not turning after coin insertion? If not there should be. I have that fear every time I encounter a Marta turnstyle.

I had hoped to be able to blog (sans WiFi) on my commute via Marta but I have realized that most of my train commute time is spent standing waiting for the train. Throw in a transfer at Five Points and the actual train time is diminished. If I started blogging on the North Springs train I’d barely have enough time to get the computer out and start typing by the time we hit Dunwoody.

Today marked the first time I was approached by a homeless person asking me for money on Marta. He no sooner posed the question when a Marta security guard boarded the train and escorted him out. My question is how did he pay for his fare? Does he get a good return on his $1.75 if he attempts this daily?

Hatfields v. McCoy’s, Bloods v. Crypts, MetroBlogging v. AtlBloggers?
Is there a new turf war to be fought here in the Atl? Just when I thought I had it all sorted out, the waters got muddy.

It seemed that everyone in the Atl was joining up to be MetroBloggers. Sure, I first heard about MetroBlogging via an invite to the “Alanta People With Blogs Who Get Together To Drink” meetup, but I didn’t see the two as separate entities really. Then, after the last meetup (attended by many-a-Metroblogger) the APWBWGTTD started their own blogrolling website, AtlBloggers. This could make the next meetup rather interesting….

A Tale Of Two Bourdains
This is the summer of Bourdain — two television shows related to Anthony Bourdain. I predict that one of the shows will be fantastic, the other notsomuch. For those who have not heard of Bourdain, he is a chef who own’s Les Halles in New York.

The first show is called “No Reservations” and is being shown on the Travel Channel. “No Reservations” is nearly identical to Bourdain’s show “A Cook’s Tour” which aired on the Food Network a few years ago. Basically, Bourdain will be travelling around the world eating and drinking the most bizarre things he can find. In the first episode, which was based in Paris, he drank Absinthe from a bottle produced in 1910. This is the Absinthe sought out by those who really want to encounter the hallucinogenic feelings brought about by the liquor.

The second show is called “Kitchen Confidentinal” and is being shown on Fox. This show is based on Bourdain’s book by the same name. In the series Jack Bourdain (because calling him “Anthony” would be too real for Fox) is a chef in New York. I believe the show will be a comedy. I also believe the show will be a trainwreck.

I Will Call Them Threezer
Because I was sent an internet presale code for the Weezer / Foo Fighters show in September I just *had* to buy a ticket. The free Weezer show a few weeks ago left a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth. This show will be held in Gwinnett (*gasp*), let’s see what going OTP to see this concert does to my sensibilities.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – not bad
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Granddaddy — “Now It’s On”
Website Of The Day – You deserve some Happy News. Go Get You Some!

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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5 Responses to Train Blogging

  1. glenn5 says:

    One of the stars of Kitchen Confidential is Nicholas Brendan, formerly Xander on Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

    The Buffy fans will for sure be tuning in, at least at first, so don’t count the show out yet.

  2. Anonymous says:

    My grandmother just brought me a sampler pack of absinthe from Prague. Unfortunately(?) the alcohol content in modern absinthe is so high, that you would die of alcohol poisoning long before you felt the effects from the wormwood… But, I’m sure there’s gotta be some eurotrash rednecks somewhere in central Europe brewing up some new age “shine” that packs a trippy punch. Can’t wait for his show.

  3. and i thought they were all the same people. interesting. i can’t say i wouldn’t love to see blogging tech nerds go at each others throats though…

  4. Paulie says:

    I’ve been sharpening the point on my compass and the edges of my protractor just in case…

  5. katlanta says:

    Confucius say: “He who go through airport turnstile sideways, always going to Bangkok.”

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