Ten Years After

I am not sure how this has happened, but today marks my tenth anniversary with my current employer. Technically it’s ten years and three months because I contracted with the company who later hired me as a full-time employee ten years ago today. And technically it’s really only eight years with my “current” employer because I was a member of the company who hired me when we were all acquired eight years ago. Isn’t math fun?

Even More Super Bowl Leftovers
How Do They Stay In Business?
I may have muttered aloud here once before wondering how Satellite Records in L5P stayed in business. I am well acquainted with Criminal Records and Wax n Fax (NFWS?), but had never stepped foot inside Satellite (hell, for a long time I didn’t even know that it existed).

I no longer have to wonder, as on Saturday I saw that the store was closed and cleaned out. The note on their door mentioned their web presence, and when I get around to processing the pictures that I took that morning I might look them up.

Ain’t That A Kick In The Pants
You know that big party I threw Sunday (with massive help from others, of course)? You know, that one that raised money for this year’s Muscle Mountain 50 Mile Bike Ride Against ALS just like two year’s parties before it? Yeah that one. Yesterday my friend (and ITP reader) Barb informed me that she has heard that the ride is not going to occur this year. Fuckity, fuck, fuck, fuck! Nevermind that one of my goals for 2007 was to finish the damn ride, no mind the fact that the Atlanta Hashers ponied up over $400 for a donation. Sure, we can turn the money over to ALS research in the name of the Hash, but it’s just not the same. Phooey!!! This is officially the last year that I do a Super Bowl Sunday hash followed by a Super Bowl party fund raiser. Next year there will just be the party. Mark. My. Words.

Domesticated Paulie
Want to know how wild I was last night? How does vacuuming the basement, discarding all trash from the Super Bowl party, cleaning the bar area, and doing three loads of laundry (one of which remains in the drier) sound? Oh, I know how to live!!! Tonight will probably be more of the same. But you want to know the sick thing? Having a clean house makes me happy. It’s sick I tell you. See ladies, I do have a redeeming quality after all…

ITP Flickr Pic
I fucking love this shot! However it has generated no interest on Flickr.

Another Senseless Murder

Every time I look at it I laugh. Perhaps I’m just a sick bastard.

There’s Something Going On In L5P
My first clue was the completely-filled parking area at 7:00am. My second clue was the camera person standing on the corner of Moreland / Euclid. My third clue was the amazingly bright set constructed in the Homeless Zone of L5P.

I have no idea what was going on, but I wished that I had the time to take my camera gear out and take pictures of them.

If you know the details, please enlighten us with a comment.

I Fear The Gas Man
While it was refreshing this morning to exit my abode and not shudder from the cold, the last three weeks have been bone chilling. My house, which is now fifty-one years old, wasn’t constructed with the world’s greatest insulation. Double-pane windows? What are those? This is the time of year when I dread the bill notification from Scana (or whoever is my natural gas provider at the time).

I try to be frugal when it comes to heating my house in the Winter. I wear sweaters, and hats occasionally, however I draw the line at putting gloves on inside my house. Keep in mind that I’m the only one in the house, so any suffering is only inflicted upon me. I figure that if I can save $50-$100 dollars on the cost of heating that money can be spent elsewhere, you know, like on beer, toys, and hookers camera gear.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – glad I am not fucking freezing today
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Forward Russia — “Nine”
Website Of The Day – The people at Super Bowl Monday are trying to get the Monday following the Super Bowl declared a National Holiday. I support their effort 100%!
Exercise (b)Log – cleaning house for an hour, that was exercise enough

February Goals
1) Lose two pounds. (starting weight ~205 lbs)
2) Run no fewer than fifty miles.
3) Do twenty push-ups and fifty sit-ups at least three times a week.
4) Read two books.
5) Go to the Center For Puppetry Arts.
6) Use Marta for commuting at least one day per week.
7) Get all 2007 information into Google Calendar.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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10 Responses to Ten Years After

  1. Gentri says:

    At least you didn’t sit there reading a book, drinking bourbon and waiting for someone to pick up a box of rocks… no, I’m serious about the last part.

    Sounds like you were productive to me. I got nothing done except scraped one of my single pane windows that was painted this weekend and hosed off a rug. That took a whole 5 minutes. Now I have to caulk/re-seal them, as wind literally blows through and I’m sure this is the 1st time it’s been done in their 83 years….

    I feel your pain on the gas bill thing. This is the 2nd year in a row that I have NOT turned on my gas and heat my place to a balmy 60-ish with electric baseboard heaters in 2 rooms only. The electric bill jumps $40-50 bucks, but still better than my insane gas bills from a few years ago. I love budgets… sigh.

  2. beans says:

    i would also love to know what was going on in L5P this morning. my only contribution is that i saw a sign on the rollaway fence that blocks off the covered parking lot next to Front Page News that said “Contestant Holding Area” but i couldn’t make out a show logo or anything at my speed as i was running late to work and still needed coffee.
    btw, i also purchased a blackjack about 6 weeks ago and am still very iffy about it. the battery life is just awful, but i did order an extended battery which should arrive soon, so i’ll let you know how that works. oh, and the flash/java issues also suck. samsung has crippled the web video capabilities of the phone at the request of cingular so that only the cingular videos will play, so no youtube, etc… since you are a web savvy guy, do you have any ideas on a possible workaround for this?

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    @beans: I’m less than “iffy” with the BlackJack. The battery life is killing me… to the point that I have to carry the charger with me so I can recharge it during the day. I’ve turned off Bluetooth, but I still can’t get an entire day’s use out of it. I can’t even imagine watching video, what would we get, thirty minutes of use?

    What good is a phone if I cannot use it?

    @Gentri: A box of rocks? Who came over, Charlie Brown? I’ve thought about getting one of those heaters, but cannot commit to buying more stuff I have to store in the house right now.

  4. Gentri says:

    Get the long ones that have the thermostat and timer built in. You could just shut the bedroom door and let the rest of the house drop to above freezing, with no risk to plumbing!

    NO storage? What’s that big space underneath your main floor?! Uh, a basement! If I had your storage room/basement, there’s no doubt I would have one to cut my heating costs! They only cost around $50 max! Maybe you just need some industrial sized shelving to get shit off the floor? I’d give my left nut for full basement!

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    One of my lifetime goals is to make sure that just because I have a large house, not to attempt to fill it will stuff. I am not doing well right now. I think that I need to learn how to sell some of my old things…

  6. Gentri says:

    I can understand that sentiment. My problem is tools and supplies which I can’t keep outside as my shed has gotten broken into before. Floor to ceiling shelving in your storage area might help.

    Honestly, I would say that your house is very spartan, and what stuff you have can’t really be classified as junk. Maybe some condensing of areas i.e. only one area for computers and peripherals, sports equipment, would help you weed out duplicate stuff…..

    Ebay, baby, ebay! Craigslist? Or if you just want to ditch it, put it on the curb….

  7. Gentri says:

    PS I think the problem with the pic is that no one else knows what that figure really is?

  8. Stacy says:

    That’s it! I’m coming over with an armful of plastic wrap and will Saran Wrap your abode into some less-expensive heating bills.

    Okay, no not really, but I wonder if it would work.

    Oh, and yes: I so can make “Saran Wrap” a verb. 🙂

  9. Steve says:

    I think Stacy has the right idea… she can Saran Wrap you and leave you to stay fresh until the thaw… whenever that might be.

    Sad about the ALS ride. We just might have to ride it anyway.. after the thaw.


  10. Barb says:

    Janie is very upset about cancelling the ride, but she doesn’t have time to do it all, and Emory was well….. not helping…. would be a nice way to put it.
    We are going to go up there FOR SURE sometime this late spring/early summer – you will be joining us. We have to conquer Wolfpen, or at least just get up it without totally dying.

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