The Important Thing Is To Express Yourself

Sounds like Madonna lyrics, but it was my fortune from the cookie I got last night.

DAMMIT, I Forgot Again!
Today is the fortieth birthday of my former alter-ego wannabe John Cusack. Next year I need to put this into my PDA so I don’t have to update the blog entry.

Stacey, you should pop that child out today so that she’ll have a cool birthday buddy, unless you want to keep cooking until July 22nd…

Kudos, DeKalb County
On Monday I gave registering my car online another shot, and it appeared to have worked swimmingly! Yesterday I received my new $250 sticker in the mail. A one-day turnaround? Very well played, DeKalb County.

Should I Ever Have Another Girlfriend?
As I near the month of my forty-first birthday, I am wondering if it is fitting for me to have another girlfriend. No, this is not my normal rant that I cannot find a woman who wants to be with me (which is still true, just not the point here). Instead I have concerns about the term girlfriend for an adult male.

The term “girlfriend” seems quite natural for those in their teens and twenties. However even with “forty being the new twenty”, or whatever the fuck we are told these days, calling a thirty-plus-year-old woman a girlfriend seems odd to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of these people that gets all uppity when women are referred to as “girls”, or men are referred to as “boys”, it’s just at this point of my life I am not sure if it is appropriate for me to refer to someone as my “girlfriend.”

I’m probably just overanalyzing this…

To The Way-Back Machine, Peabody
Last night I dusted off the memory banks and found something that I thought I’d never find again.

When I lived in Huntsville, Alabama in the early nineties we used to get a radio station from Nashville pumped in via a radio repeater. I was trying to remember a song I heard back then and the only thing I vaguely remembered that it was either done by a band called Government Cheese, or a band called Gorilla Biscuits; it was the former.

Thanks to the internets, I found a website for Tommy Womack, a member of the band Government Cheese, as well as a (malformed, but corrected below) link to the song I was seeking.

Government Cheese — “For The Battered”

Most people will not understand why I think this song is so great. It has absolutely no relation to my life other than I used to listen to it a lot back in the days when I was trying to find alternatives to the other music that I liked at the time (gee, some things never change).

Odds And Ends
Tomorrow, with any luck, I’ll have a blurb about A Fir-Ju Well and their final show published over at Cable and Tweed, a fine music blog produced locally. Admittedly it’s not the award-winning expose that you expect from this space (lol), but I did what I could.

The Photoshop’s up but the PHP is down…. I’ve yet to figure out what I want to implement in PHP, so I’ve decided to start to learn how to use Photoshop (Photoshop Elements really). So far I’m halfway through Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 Classroom In A Book. I’m amazed how much I’ve learned in 150 pages. That’s right, those shitty photographs you’ve been subjected to will soon be getting better.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – blah
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Boy Least Likely To — “Be Gentle With Me”
Website Of The DaySnipshot could have been a site dedicated to vasectomies or online photo editing. Thankfully it refers to the latter. It’s actually a really cool site, but I am still going to continue to learn Photoshop…

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, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as “blogged.”

Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to The Important Thing Is To Express Yourself

  1. Maigh says:

    Worry about the “girlfriend” thing when you get one, b/c it varies from woman to woman. No point investing more energy in something that is subject to change anyway.

  2. dpb says:

    What would be the alternative? ladyfriend? sounds like a prostitute to me.

  3. Barb says:

    Thanks for the reminder, I need to get my Fulton County tag renewed (since I’m just barely older than you). Maybe I’ll try the online thing and let you know how quick I get mine. But – I did pre-pay for one of those Share The Road tags, I wonder if they are in production yet, and how I go about getting it.

  4. InsideThePerimeter says:

    I don’t know what the alternative would be. Perhaps I’ll invent one, when I actually figure out how to date someone for a period longer than two dates.

    No problem Barb. The online process had an option for choosing a specialty plate, but since I didn’t want to give the prisoners more work I decided to keep my old one. Besides, I’d rather see the prisoners out picking up trash.

  5. Beth says:

    OVERACHIEVER! I still don’t have a current car tag (flunked emissions test) … and my birthday was 6/15. I live on the edge!

    Oh … and I was never bothered by the word “girlfriend” … even into my 40’s … I guess it made me feel young 🙂 All of those terms are cumbersome … significant other … date … even wife sounds weird to me. Rhymes with strife and knife and makes me feel like I should be ironing or something. Yeah right.

  6. InsideThePerimeter says:

    One of the only Cockney rhyming slang phrases that I remember is

    wife = “bother and strife”

  7. Oliver says:

    I’ve got some options for “her” moniker. Consider her your:
    Ol’ Whats’erface
    Hey you
    or Lil Sugardumplin

    This isn’t helping, is it? Sorry.

  8. Martha says:

    I had an old BF that called me his ‘one night stand that wouldn’t end’. Guess what? It ended. Hard to believe I let a man like that go.

  9. Maigh says:

    Martha, that is funny as hell…and I might use it.

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