Archive for December, 2005

Gee, I Hope The Aquarium Is Heated

If not, will the Atlanta skating rink in Centennial Park be moved to the Georgia Aquarium?

Wow, I Still Have Leaves In My Driveway
One of the main tasks I wanted to accomplish this week was raking (or more appropriately, blowing) the leaves from my driveway and walkway. For some reason I couldn’t muster the discipline to get out there and get the job done. Hell, I even turned down an offer from some guy who was working on one of my neighbor’s yard. Oh well, more mulch for the grass I say.

At least I got my Christmas cards written…

Meet The Hashers, Take Second
I am tired of being cold. Therefore the idea of walking around outside and singing Christmas carols with the hash on the Tacky Light Tour didn’t appeal to me this year.

Instead, I joined Meet The Hashers at Johnny’s Pizza in Inman Park for trivia. Sadly, our betting strategy fell short. As much as we tried to disguise our final point wager, the team sitting at the table next to us manage to bet one point fewer and take victory. The victorious team cheered with glee when they realized that they had beaten Meet The Hashers. Sometimes it’s tough being part of such a good team.

Whiner Gift Found!
On January 6th I will be going to my friends Phil and Stacy’s Annual “Wine & Gift Again” party. dLast year I brought the wildly popular Jesus clock; the same Jesus clock that was re-gifted to me on my fortieth birthday.

This year I have something even better in mind! Oh, I could tell you what it is, but that would ruin the surprise. Mark your calendars for January 9th when there will be an entire party recap, with pictures.

CD (You Should Have Purchased) Pick Of The Week
Once again I will be suggesting a CD you should have purchased, but probably didn’t.

Eventhough I wasn’t a huge follower of Pavement back in “the day”, I am a big fan of Stephen Malkmus’ work (with the Jicks). Earlier this year he put out perhaps his finest solo CD to date called “Face The Truth.”

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – not bad
Current Music – Ricky Gervais Podcast, episode #3
Website Of The Day – Andy Hertzfeld is one of the original Apple programmers. He has launched a site called folklore.org to make sure the history of the early PC days is recorded.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I’ve picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on del.icio.us, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as “blogged.”

Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Cheers!
Paulie [eatl/ga]

I Want A New Drug

It’s the final day of my four-day weekend (not really if you remember that I had to go into work on Friday). It seems as if I have gotten nothing accomplished over the last three days except getting drunk and fatter. Where has the time gone?

Today was supposed to mark the return of the Monday Morning Weigh-In, but I am too embarrassed to publish my current weight. January 2, 2006 seems like a better returning date for that feature. :)

I Hate It When I Lose Things…
Both in the traditional and non-traditional sense. It seems that one of my favorite websites for tracking what’s playing on Sirius Satellite radio, ItsOnSirius, has gone away. Hopefully it’s just a temporary outage.

Set Your Phasers To “Break”
What I hate even more than losing things is when I carelessly break things. The other morning I accidently walked into the ironing board (which shouldn’t have still been out, but that’s another rant) and in turn knocked the iron to the ground where it broke. Now I have to buy a new iron. Maybe I should wrap it up and open it mark it “From Santa” to make light of the situation.

Hashers: More Than People With Drinking Problems
On Saturday I participated in the annual Atlanta Hash Holiday Pub Crawl through East Atlanta. Drinking walking-distance from home can’t be a bad thing, right? Um, not always true. I was completely trashed by 6pm (even after doing my best to get rid of the never-ending pizza that was ordered at Grant Central East — this is a story best heard in person).

I passed out sometime around 6:30pm (I think) and therefore missed my friend Sarah’s annual Egg Noggin’ Party.

What better to do the next morning? Run eight miles of course! Believe it or not, I awoke Sunday morning to go out and run eight (slow) miles with a group comprised of mostly hashers. This was more than our bi-weekly runners’ group as well, this was a running cookie swap meetup. Cookie Eaters with a Running Problem? I was completely impressed with the array of delicious cookies baked up by my friends, some of which even contained alcohol! Can a cookie be the hair of the dog?

Here is a picture of my entry, peanut butter cookies

Wait Until Next Year
Much like the idea of me fitting into my 34″ waist pants it looks like the Falcons’ chances of getting into the playoffs are going to have to wait until next year. In what could only be called an inept performance last night in a frigid Chicago, the Falcons had their asses handed to them.

Twofer Monday, It’s Your Birthday Birthday
Today marks the birthday of two of my blogging compadres. Apparently, they are the same exact age!

Biggest birthday wishes go out to Maigh. Miss Maigh gets credit for getting me into the blogosphere (I hate that word, btw). So you can thank her for this daily drivel by going to her site and driving up her hit count on her birthday.

A birthday shout-out also goes to Mark who is also the owner of the fledgling Bloggers And Beer website. Whenever I get my shit together I will be posting over there as well.

Oh Jesus! It’s Almost Your Birthday Too!
Six days until Christmas and I still have no Christmas spirit. I’ve tried everything I know, buying gifts, sending cards, getting drunk, watching “Very Special” editions of lousy tv sitcoms, yet nothing seems to be hitting home. Oh, if there was only an icy bridge that I could go jump from.

I sincerely hope that all is better in your world.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – slovenly and overly-melowdramatic
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Grandaddy — something from “The Diary of Todd Zilla” but I can’t remember the title.
Website Of The Day – I have no difficulty finding beer. Apparently it’s a more difficult task in Canada. I’m not one to surpress technology, so I present to you The Beer Hunter.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I’ve picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on del.icio.us, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as “blogged.”

Exercise (b)Log – running, eight miles

Cheers!
Paulie [eatl/ga]

I’m Not Supposed To Be Here Today!!!

Technically I am not at work yet, you are getting this blog live from the Paulie “Basement-o-Love” (it’s called marketing, people).

Yeah, on my day off I have to go into to work for a meeting. I volunteered for this assignment since it is an important meeting, and hey, ’tis the season for giving…

Wanna Christmas Card?
Seriously, ’tis the weekend I’ll be writing cards. Send me a private email using that gmail account over there —> and I’ll send you a card. Ain’t I fucking sweet? Jews, Muslims, and other Non-Celebrators are elegible although I warn you up front that the card will have a Christmas theme.

Hey Look! More Shows!
I will keep pointing out all of the shows you should be attending. Yesterday I pre-ordered a ticket for The Hold Steady. You have two months to learn about them. Begin.

I keep mentioning these because I want company, especially if you are an attractive female. I’m just sayin’.

Death To The Printed Word!
A printer cartridge costs the same as a tank of gas? And that doesn’t account for the color cartridge! Twenty-Nine dollars? What? Where is the fucking logic in this? Every time I go to buy a printer cartridge I nearly shit a brick.

And as far as you know, I would never consider printing out personal documents at work… not even if I was going in just for a meeting.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – cold, hungry and can’t believe that I don’t own any crystal
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Like — “What I Say And What I Mean”
Website Of The Day – I know a lot of you are like me (sick) and are looking for videos for your iPod. Zoom And Go has videos “Built By Travelers For Travelers.”

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I’ve picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on del.icio.us, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as “blogged.”

Exercise (b)Log – nada

Cheers!
Paulie [eatl/ga]

Icicles. Icicles.

The trees are filled with icicles…

Today’s a busy day, so this will be brief.

Slim Crowd With Which To Eat
Last night’s George’s running crowd was predictably small, in number not necessarily in stature. Having walked the previous two nights and knowing that I wouldn’t be able to make it there by 6pm I gave myself a “pass” last evening.

My goals were simple. Eat. Drink. Get laid. Be merry.

Well, two out of three ain’t bad. Right?

And For My Next Trick….
As of now I think that I will be playing trivia at Raging Burrito in Decatur tonight. The Chattooga County All-Stars are scheduled to gather at Raging, I’ll see if they follow through.

Friday Will Be My Day
No workie for Paulie tomorrow. Anyone interested in lunch? Holla at me.

Of course I really should be doing the 1001 tasks on my To Do list instead. Perhaps I can complete a couple of them to reduce the amount of guilt that I will have if I don’t.

Why Can’t My iPod Do This?
I was always under the impression that I could plug my iPod into any computer with iTunes and play the music or watch the videos through the connected computer.

When I tried this the other night, iTunes warned me that the iPod’s library had been synched with a different library and asked me if I wanted to replace the data with the current library. I answered “no” of course.

At that time I could see all of the stuff on the iPod, but I could not play any of it. When I tried using Quicktime to access the library, it didn’t even see any of the music or videos.

Anyone out there know what I am doing wrong?

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – wet and cold
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Test Icicles — “Boa vs Python”
Website Of The Day – Those of you who have mocked my photography skills (myself included) will be happy to see that I’ll be checking out Kodak’s “Top 10 Tips for Great Photos” later today.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I’ve picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on del.icio.us, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as “blogged.”

Exercise (b)Log – nada

Cheers!
Paulie [eatl/ga]

Sometimes You’re The Bug

And Sometimes You’re The Windshield
I was the victim of some bird’s target practice today

I knew I’d have a picture to share today…

Same Walk, Different Police Activity
Last night the traffic through Little 5 Points was horrific. Being on foot, I really didn’t give a rat’s ass. :)

It seemed that someone wanted to play bumper cars with a Atlanta police car in the middle of Moreland Avenue, forcing the police to re-route traffic.

While I briefly considered stopping and taking photos of the activity as well as one of the Votrex’s skull wearing a Santa’s hat, I was too cold and weary to do so.

It’s Not Beginning To Feel Much Like Christmas
Even with the Vortex’s skull in the spirit I just can’t seem to get into the Christmas spirit. The weather is Christmas-like, but nothing else about my life is at the moment.

Rat’s Pack
Dammit! I thought that I had my “Christmas with the Rat Pack” CD (which I cannot find at home) ripped onto my iPod. I was really in the mood to try and put myself in the Christmas mood, but I could not. Rats!

I am way late this morning, so I’ll act like a Christmas gift and wrap up here…

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – still meh
Current Music – none, listening to Adam Curry’s “Daily Source Code” podcast
Website Of The Day – Here’s one for the yarmukle wearing crowd, My Menorah.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I’ve picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on del.icio.us, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as “blogged.”

Exercise (b)Log – walking, 4 miles

Cheers!
Paulie [eatl/ga]

On The First Day Of Christmas

On my walk to my car last night I saw that The Vortex in Little Five Points was closed. Anyone know why? They are normally open seven days a week.

I Was Ready For Some Football
To be over! Seriously when the fourth quarter of a game starts at midnight there is something completely fucked up. My buddies and I left sometime in the fourth quarter.

Because some moron decided to schedule the last Falcons home game the same day as Cheddarhead 2006 last night’s game was the last one that I will be attending this year.

Look Who’s Talking
Apparently I am not the only one who sees the flaws in the Monday Night Football scheduling. While listening to the end of the game on Dave FM I heard a reported talking who didn’t realize that his microphone was hot (on). He was complaining about how late that he would be getting out of the dome, and was talking about sending someone home because of the time. It was really funny and lasted only a few minutes before someone in their control room realized what was happening. When the station returned from momentary silence all was fixed.

What’s In A Name?
If you were going to open a hair salon would you name it Grow? What about Helmet? These are just two names of places here in town that confuse me since they seem contrary to the service that they provide.

What do I know, I still expect restaurants near office buildings to be open for lunch…

Another CD You Should Have Bought This Year
Yep, I’m doing it again. There is nothing released today (that Metacritic reports) that thrills me, so I will enlighten you to a CD I bought this year that you probably did not.

My CD Suggestion Of The Week is The Faint’s “Wet From Birth”. Technically I believe that this CD was released in 2004, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from buying it. “Wet From Birth” is an upbeat (in rhythm not necessarily in emotion) CD that I listen to when I need to be charged up (yes, I listen to it often).

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Athlete — “Wires”
Website Of The Day – This one goes out to all my friends who are giving birth soon — Diaper Free Baby: How to toilet-train before two.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I’ve picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on del.icio.us, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as “blogged.”

Exercise (b)Log – walking, 4 miles

Cheers!
Paulie [eatl/ga]

Wrong Ways To Start The Week

Let’s see…. I woke up late. Marta was experiencing “difficulties”. I’ve got too much to blog about today, so I’ll stick to the basics.

Colony Squared
After a nice time sitting around Joe’s Coffee Shop, where I ran into my neighbor Val and saw Jenny from the band Charm School (whose website is unreachable) I drove up to Colony Square to continue my day. Drive? Yes, while I had intended to Marta I changed my plans and used the auto.

I had notification that my new glasses (which I am having some minor issues with the switch) so I conducted my business in Colony Square which allowed my to get validated parking. Sweet.

Free parking was even sweeter because I could then walk to the High Museum. With the exception of busloads of school children that swarmed the Wyeth exhibit the museum was vitually empty! What a pleasure it was to set my own pace and not having people step in front of my view. I spent nearly two hours at the High on Friday and perused about two-thirds of the museum. I can see myself playing hookey and going back again.

A Five-Course Square Meal
Stuffed into a pair of slacks I met up with my dinner companions Friday night for drinks and dinner. As I mentioned Friday, dinner was at Lumiere – the restaurant run by Le Cordon Bleu.

Dinner at Lumiere is more than a meal, it’s an experience. The menu is price fixe ($32) and based around five courses; drinks cost extra. For each course the diner has at least three options from which to choose.

Prior to the meal selection each of us were given an scallion as a starter. This was a nice surprise and was quite delicious. For my “official” starter I chose the conch fritters. The fritters were fried nicely and served with a mildly-spiced picante. The salad course I chose was warmed spinach leaves served with bacon bits. My choice for the soup course was my only disappointment. For my soup I chose the shrimp bisque. Unfortunately this soup was heavy, flat in flavor and never thrilled me. I tried moving the soup throughout my mouth hoping that different areas of my tongue would change my mind, but it did nothing for me. At this point the dinner we were all given a tasty scoop of pear sorbet to cleanse our palates.

The entree I selected was lamb served with a tart shell filled with sauteed vegetables. The entree was cooked to order and very tasty. I was also able to taste the osso bucco entree and was extremely impressed with it.

And for dessert? My choice was a special sweet potato pound cake; this too was very delicious. Other desserts I tasted and enjoyed were a chocolate souflee (sp). and a creme broulee. The mystery of the dessert course was that we were never asked if we would like a different beverage such as coffee or tea. I would have loved a nice hot coffee with my dessert.

Overall my experience was fantastic, although admittedly not as fantastic as it was for the couple who got engaged there that evening.

Hashing Squared
For some reason I decided to double my hashing pleasure by hashing both Saturday and Sunday. Perhaps I am a glutton for punishment.

On Saturday our Atlanta hare (MC Hasher) thought she’d be clever and lay a YBF (you’ve been fucked) at her house which directed us to run back to the start which was the true ending. Luckily for me I got lost on trail and wound up running into people who were on their way back to the start. Therefore I didn’t have to run the entire trail.

On Sunday I should have known better. Well, I did know better but it was a Black Sheep Jubilee (#400) so I figured we’d be in for some fun. There are a lot of things you can encounter running a Black Sheep trail including forest, swamp, railroad tracks, tunnels, water crossings, and briar. Black Sheep #400 contained ALL of them. By the end I was so tired and poked-up from a fifty-yard walk through a briar patch (that’s where the trail went) that I really wasn’t in the mood to drink. Add in that I had to sit on the ice for a down-down for no apparent reason [btw- my bare ass is not a sight that you really want to see], it was a truly great hash.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – hurried
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Big Star — “February’s Quiet” (which imho sounds just like a Matthew Sweet song)
Website Of The Day – Square your life away be setting up your own personal homepage at Protopage.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I’ve picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on del.icio.us, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as “blogged.”

Exercise (b)Log – hashing

Cheers!
Paulie [eatl/ga]

I’m Getting High

Unlike Señor Shoobie I am referring to the museum, not the cannibis. That’s right, it’s Friday and I’m taking a day off. W00t! In addition to picking up my new glasses, I’ll be visiting the High Museum today.

And Apparently I Need Those Glasses
On my walk home last night I think I crossed paths with someone out for a run who looked a lot like Maigh. In my defense, I had taken off my glasses because of the mist, so that’s why I am not entirely sure.

Lydia Continues To Prove Being Useless Is Useful
I’ve not said much about Survivor (yes, I am still a viewer). However, watching Lydia continue to get by while contributing nothing has really infuriated me!

Serenity Now! Serenity Now!

Business Casual, Neither ‘Business’ Nor ‘Casual’
Those of you who have had the same waist size since high school can skip this section. You just won’t understand.

Tonight I will be dining with some of my friends at the restaurant run by Le Cordon Bleu. I am excited by this.

Unfortunately for me, the dress is “business casual.” Those of you who have met me know that I am really a blue jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers kind of guy. I own nice clothes, but I rarely wear them. This can be problematic.

Because my waist has grown again this year (contrary to my one goal) digging through my wardrobe to fing a pair of “nice” pants that fit was quite a struggle. More than anything else this just depresses me.

I know the solution (have you noticed that I have walked at least two miles every day this week?), but this solution doesn’t help me NOW. I’d have more luck robbing a bank to get money than I would losing enough weight by tonight in order to be comfortable.

Serenity Now! Serenity Now!

Sweatering To The Oldies
In honor of my friend Kat’s post the other day I am donning a sweater today. Unfortunately it’s not one of those ugly ones like those seen at this Ugly Sweater Xmas Party.

I was looking for the site of that guy who has pictures of the many ugly sweaters he owns, but instead stumbled on the party pictures which are just as priceless.

Serenity Now! Serenity Now!

It’s Birthday Time Again (That I Have Finally Remembered)
Oh, have I been remiss in wishing birthday greetings to my friends. Well, today is one of those days and I want to wish a very Happy Birthday to my friend Stacey. She has everything a woman could ask for including a fantastic hubby, Andy, whose birthday on November 27th I failed to acknowledge in this space.

Some other people I have missed because I never transitioned all of my data into my new(er) PDA until yesterday. Shame on me! My must humble apologies.

Serenity Now! Serenity Now!

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – I am cold!
Current Music – whatever jazz is playing in the coffee shop
Website Of The Day – I am feeling a bit 60’s retro today, and if you are too you should visit the World of Kane blog.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I’ve picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on del.icio.us, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as “blogged.”

Exercise (b)Log – walking, 4 miles

Cheers!
Paulie [eatl/ga]

Out With The Old

Ta Ta Hotmail
Many, many moons ago I created a Hotmail account. For a long time I continued to check it because some people still sent mail to it. Now I find I spend more time deleting spam, so as of tomorrow I will no longer be checking that account, forever. If you read this space and still send email to that account, please stop asap. You can send email to the account listed over to the right, or if you know my Yahoo mail account feel free to use it. Thanks!

Death To A PDA Too
This morning I dug up my old, formerly trusty Palm III. For years this was my technology workhorse, keeping me on schedule as well as containing all contact information. I’ve struggled over the last year to copy my life to my new PDA, with very limited success.

With the ousting of the Hotmail account, I’ve decided to make a last-ditch effort to divorce myself from the old Palm III as well.

This will be a very carthartic week.

Festivus For The Rest Of Us
With the exception of the cost of the beverages last night ($5 for a pint of beer) and a lack of free parking, McCray’s Tavern was a great establishment for the Drinking Bloggers to get together. I will be updating the Who’s Who in my right galley as soon as I see the picture of the sign in sheet.

With the passing of the Festivus Pole each of us got to air our grievances. What was mine? You should have been at McCray’s to find out, shouldn’t you…

Pie Oh Pie
The wind was just right for smelling the delicious scents emitted from the Edward’s pie bakery. It’s just not fair to have to start the day smelling delicious pies but not getting to eat said delicious pies.

Corrections, Damn Corrections!
My walk last night showed me that I got the name of the company responsible for the billboard storefront wrong. The responsible party is Peroni, not San Pelligrino as I mentioned the other day. Call me what you will, but a liar will not be one of them…

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – none, I am listening to Ricky Gervais’ podcast
Website Of The DayThis is an awesome website containing pictures of a 1949 Candy Retailer Book. Go to the website and see what delicious sweets were being pushed 56 years ago. You might be surprised how many are still sold today!

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I’ve picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on del.icio.us, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as “blogged.”

Exercise (b)Log – walking, 4 miles

Cheers!
Paulie [eatl/ga]

C’mon Marta Get Things Fixed!

This morning I nearly missed the train because none of the turnstyles would read my Marta card! This is fucking insane! I am trying to be a customer, your facilites should allow me to be one.

Apparently Marta Thought I Needed More Walking
I should have known that when I decided to ride the eastbound train last night that I was in trouble. All the signs were there

  • The platform was very crowded
  • A shorter shuttle-train went through Five Points “out of service”

But no, I got on the train anyway.

After five minutes of waiting to depart the King Memorial station, we were all instructed to get off the train and board the one that was on our tail. Yeah right, like all of us were going to be able to get on the next train. It was at that point I decided to walk.

From The Office Of Redundancy Office
While walking home on the southside of DeKalb Avenue I had the following thought- “Hey I don’t remember this sidewalk being here when I walked the night the guy tried to kill himself.” And I was right! As I kept walking I encountered the newly poured section (no, I did not write anything in it).

Why the fuck are they pouring a second sidewalk when a sidewalk already runs the length of the north side of DeKalb Avenue? There are soooo many places that need a sidewalk (Buford Highway, perhaps?) why are they pouring this one?

I Spoke Too Soon About Starbucks
Yep, yesterday I was in error. On my walk to the Sandy Springs Marta station last night I saw that there is indeed a Starbucks in the shopping center that contains the big movie theater. Bummer!

Doh! I Forgot Yesterday Was Tuesday
Eh, there weren’t any new releases that thrilled me. So, much like last week I’ll point you toward another cd I purchased this year.

This week’s CD Purchase Of The Week goes to The Zutons, “Who Killed… The Zutons.” Oh, I know of at least one Zutons hata out there, but she of course is wrong.

Which Means Today Must Be Wednesday
And on this Wednesday I will be drinking with the bloggers at McCray’s Tavern in Midtown. Come join us, won’t you?

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – none, I am listening to Harry Shearer’s “Le Show” podcast
Website Of The Day – Oh you knew dating would leap to the iPod, right? PodDater is a dating service for iPodders. btw- don’t look for me, you won’t find me because I have given up.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I’ve picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on del.icio.us, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as “blogged.”

Exercise (b)Log – walking, 2.4 miles

Cheers!
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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