Most Sober Day Was At The Beer Festival?

Of Friday, Saturday and Sunday the day I was most sober was the day I went to the Decatur Beer Festival? That seems wrong.

And Now I Remember Why I Stopped Going
The weather was perfect.
The women were stunning.
I had a hankering for beer and didn’t even mind that I paid $33 (with “convenience charge”) to drink it.

And then I entered the “Great” Decatur Beer Tasting Fiasco. After swimming through humanity for a few hours to grab mini-glasses of beer (with no hope to try to take pictures) my friends Phil, Stacy and I decided to leave.

I am stunned that an event so poorly executed continues to thrive. I like rubbing up against beautiful women as much as the next straight man, but jesus even that grows old quickly (if that’s as far as it goes). With Decatur Square’s layout festival planners should push to close a couple of adjoining streets and spread out the festival so that people could enjoy themselves. If they fail to do so, someone should decide that allowing so many people in that small of an area is just fucking nuts.

I’ll make it a little easier for them next year by not attending.

ITP Flickr Pic
For some reason the neon signs under this Decatur parking deck intrigued me.

Neon Parking Sign

Keep Throwing To Alge!
Yesterday brought live professional football back into my life. My friend Harold’s company has awesome Falcons seats (section 249 row 1) so I brought the camera. Even with my longest telephoto lens the action was too far away for my liking, so I doubt I will be keeping any of the shots I took (and it also explains why the sideline photographers have those ginormous lenses).

The game itself was quite entertaining, and quite intoxicating when you start the day getting one at Gorins in CNN Center and then purchase a 24-ounce beer ($7.75!) each bathroom break.

Admittedly I am not a big Falcons fan (although I do not dislike them like I do the Braves), but it was fun serenading the legions of Steeler fans on their way out of the Dome.

Happy Birthday iPod
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the iPod’s introduction. Happy Birthday, iPod! It seems odd that the iPod phenomena is a mere five years old. Somehow it seems that we’ve always had this technology.

It took me until 2005 to break down and purchase my first iPod (I now have two). I wasn’t sure that I would ever use the device enough to warrant its purchase… how wrong I was. Since I have become an Apple reconvert I can never see myself owning a Microsoft Zune. Perhaps I should learn never to say never.

No Amazing Race Update Today
Why? Because I was so whooped when I got home from the Falcons’ game I passed out on the couch. I’ll watch tonight and post something about it tomorrow.

I’ll be away from my keyboard most of today. It’s our semi-annual college interview day in the office. So if you ever wondered why I’ve traveled to such exotic locations like Auburn, Alabama and Gainesville, Florida you now know why.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – tired eventhough I slept mightily last night
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Magnetic Fields — “The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side”
Website Of The Day – Go get your fill of daily news via The Huffington Post. You can read great stories about over-achieving Kenyans who nearly kill themselves winning marathons.
Exercise (b)Log – running/walking, 3.75 miles yesterday. baby steps… baby steps
Monday Morning Weigh-In – not performed; I don’t need to know today

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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6 Responses to Most Sober Day Was At The Beer Festival?

  1. Amity says:

    You’re gonna like what you see on The Race! 🙂

  2. Gentri says:

    You chose…. wrongly! 🙂

    Yo Paulie, sad to hear that the Beerfest was a bust. Looks like EAV’s Notoberfest is the beer fest to hit. Next year you need take me up on my invite to the Eggtoberfest… Now I will admit that there was only one beer truck and only 3 types of mega-brew beers. On the upside however, there was NO line (or a quick one only) for beer, and all the pork, beef, chicken, fish, pizza, deserts, cheese bread, appetizers and anything else people could think to grill on a big green egg! Rat’s Arse showed up and said that he will definitely be back….

    You and Harold are on the hook for cooking with me next year, put it on your calender now!!!!

  3. Oliver says:

    Wish I could have traded my Giants game tix for Steelers game tix. How much different was that from last week… What a great game to go watch. I heard there were a lot of loud Steelers fans. We needed that. I think your assessment of the DBF is 100% on point. Suffocating crowds and long lines = Not a good time, in my book. Paying $33 to be privy to the scene would make me feel like a sucker. I’ll happily sip my $3 pint of Stella at Moe’s & Joe’s instead.

  4. Stacy says:

    Amen! I will not be attending next year either. What I’m confused about is why we didn’t just head back to Twains (or wherever) and do it right??

    That and THANK YOU for not ruining Amazing Race like you did Survivor. 😉 Okay, seriously, you will like the episode you watch tonight…

  5. Smoove D says:

    Thanks for suffering to make me feel good about my decision not to attend.

  6. Guntar says:

    The Amazing Race rawked!

    I saw on the intenets today, on Digg, a CNBC transcript from earlier Monday–
    HOST: I’m curious, have you ever googled anybody? Do you use Google?
    [President] BUSH: Occasionally. One of the things I’ve used on the Google is to pull up maps. It’s very interesting to see — I’ve forgot the name of the program — but you get the satellite, and you can — like, I kinda like to look at the ranch. It remind me of where I wanna be sometimes.

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