An Action Packed Weekend

I think only Chuck Norris could have gotten more accomplished this weekend.

It Wasn’t A Bad “Bad Date” But It Wasn’t A Great “Bad Date” Either
My friend Stacy and I went to the Horizon Theatre to see “Bad Dates” on Friday night. Being currently (and perhaps permanently) “unattached” I think really want to wallow in the misery of someone else’s tales, no matter how fictional they may be.

As we both found out that night, the play was a one-woman, one-set affair. I think that the play would have benefited from at least one other actor because playing off the audience didn’t seem to work all of the time. Both Stacy and I agreed that the actress did a fine job and that at some point we stopped seeing her as an actress playing a part and more like the person to which this was all happening.

I’d recommend you go see “Bad Dates” however the show has now closed. Don’t fret, Horizon Theater is now kicking off their 2007 season so you have plenty of opporunities to support local theater there.

One Goal Done, One Goal Dashed
As we near the mid-month update for my February goals I am happy to announce that I’ve accomplished one already, and have all but thrown in the towel on another.

On Saturday I met up with my friends Stacy and Phil for a breakfast / Survivor watching / photostroll / lunch gathering. Due to Survivor recording circumstances we gathered at my house early in the morning and headed up to Honey’s Kitchen for breakfast. Breakfast was good, although I do wish that Honey’s ran a little more efficiently.

Back to my house the three of us watched the first episode of The Apprentice: Fiji Survivor: Fiji. I enjoyed the episode even with the silly new twist thrown into this season. However I was very disappointed that one of the only two women that I looked forward to seeing for a long time, Jessica (the other being Rita), was booted immediately. To further drive the stake into my gut Phil correctly picked Jessica and will be assigning Stacy and me a song to purchase from iTunes.

Once Survivor ended the three of us headed out for some picture shooting. With the chill in the air, and a secret desire to mark off one of my February goals, I suggested that we head to the Center For Puppetry Arts. The lack of light in the building combined with the restriction against using flash (although I saw people do so regardless) made it a very tough photoshoot. I also realized that I’d like to go back someday without a camera because I felt I was too concerned about the shots and not as concerned about taking in the beauty of the puppets.

Sunday morning found me questioning my sanity because I was once again starting my training for the ING Half Marathon at the end of March. I ran 4.5 miles miles at a comfortable pace before heading back to my friend Betsy’s for some Tweety Bird waffles and beer. (side note: Betsy was this week’s host for our Sunday morning runners’ group) At the end of the run I felt the inner part of my left knee twinge a bit. I thought little of it. When I went to sit down I twisted the same knee awkwardly and felt considerable more pain than a twinge. I thought a lot about it, but hoped that it was nothing more than temporary discomfort. My knee still bothers me this morning when I twist it in certain ways. This is not good at all. I don’t think I’ve damaged the knee badly, but I do think that I’ve damaged my ability to train for the half marathon.

ITP Flickr Pic
From the Center For Puppetry Arts.

Gumby Says "I Didn't Fucking Do It!"

I didn’t get many quality shots there, it was rather a tough place for me to shoot.

But The Brick Store Doesn’t Sell Bricks
There is really only one answer when someone asks me the question “We are meeting at the Brick Store, do you want to join us?”

I met up with some Flickrites at Brick Store in Decatur for a few fantastic beers and as much people-watching as I could take in.

I learned something quite important to the rest of my life on Saturday night. I am a disturbed man whose appearance scares even me. There is a picture of me taken that night which helps me understand why the women I want to date have no interest in dating me. I’d link to the picture, but you may be eating a meal right now and I wouldn’t want to ruin that for you.

Dying alone…. here I come.

I think it’s time for me to re-read the manual for my camera. I’ve been really frustrated by my shots lately and think that either I am doing something wrong, or at least could improve upon my skills by using some different settings.

Tonight is the last night for my Composition Class. While I’ve enjoyed it, I think my current frustrations have limited my participation. Over the next few weeks I am going to re-read the handouts I received from the class to see what pearls of wisdom I missed the first time around.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – defeated
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Arcade Fire — “Intervention”
Website Of The Day – You have two more days to find love before V-Day. If you’ve exhausted all of the other online meeting sites, give Kizmeet. Don’t look for me though, I’ve thrown in the towel.
Exercise (b)Log – Fri, Sat, Sun; none, none, running, approximately 4.5 miles

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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11 Responses to An Action Packed Weekend

  1. Woo! You can check off #5 (how will you do that, by the way? a strike-thru?) and at the rate you’re going will get to #2 in no time. Your Sunday was much more efficient than mine, as I only managed a walk around the neighborhood before settling in to catch up on some TV.

    Thanks again for the “Bad Date!” – wow. Not usually something I thank folks for. But from the tasty cows before hand to the sudsy brew wrap-up after, it was most enjoyable (but for the wicked cold…egads!).

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I had a great time Stacy sans ‘e’. Although I still can’t figure out why El Myr has DJs come in to spin music on Friday nights. That place is just so damn small!

  3. And I still can’t figure out what a “Myr” is. What on earth is a Myr anyway?

  4. Barb says:

    hey Paulie, I went mountain biking both Saturday & Sunday. You ought to dust off the bike, especially if the knee is hurting. We went to Yellow River on Saturday, the county (not sure if it Dekalb or Gwinnett) changed it a lot from years ago, but it is nice for beginners or people that don’t want a tough ride. It isn’t super technical so I really enjoyed it. It is just the other side of Stone Mountain, so it isn’t an all day adventure. Sunday’s ride was another story, we went to Sope Creek, and I didn’t have much fun. I really need to get in better shape.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    @Barb: I think that I need different eyewear before returning to mountain biking. A while ago I realized why my riding got worse, I couldn’t tell what the hell was in front of me. I plan to get new glasses soon (see a future post), but have no intention of getting sports glasses, contacts, or lasik.

  6. Gentri says:

    Glad to see the “I’m not going to die alone Paulie” is back… . 🙂

    I was at the Brickstore Friday nite with Jim, the place was packed! Good suds and ok food… as usual, if I wanted good food and bad beer, I’d go somewhere else. But for awesome beer and ok food, it fits the bill! Apparently there will be a new Brickstore at Confederate and Ormwood in Grant Park in the not so distant future. cheers!

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I am just being a realist brother…

    I expect my bars to have beer I like. If they also serve good food, then that is a bonus. I forgot that Brick Store is branching out. I wonder if the clientele will be the same.

  8. @Barb, Sope Creek sucks. I hate that place. I rode once, and never went back. It would be okay, if it wasn’t for all the fucking clueless hikers.

    @Paulie – step away from the manual. Go shoot some flicks. You’ll learn far more shooting than you will reading.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Still planning on shooting a lot Smoove D, but I’ve been unhappy with my results and think with a little insight about some of the cooler features of the D50 I can fix some things.

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I seem to be under-exposed. I usually wind up tweaking my shots in iPhoto.

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