Happy Dead Presidents’ Day!

Or is it Merry Dead Presidents’ Day? I can never remember.

The cold weather this weekend really screwed with my plans to do things. I wound up spending nearly the entire weekend in the house — no running, no hashing, and no photography. I did plenty of cooking, television watching, and podcast listening, with a smattering of reading instead. Somehow I also managed to spend a shitload of money this weekend. You’ll read the details of my purchases over the next few months.

Britney Shears
How could I not start with what was the obviously the biggest news story from the weekend (forget that people are dying all over the world, because that is old news)?

To further prove that I am a little more than left-of-center when compared to the rest of society I have a different slant on the Britney Spears story.

Everyone seems to be stunned that Britney has shaved her head. I have admitted that I am attracted to women with short hair, although this is a bit extreme even by my standards, so I am not too flipped out by this. People seem to forget that her hair will eventually grow back, or she can adorn a wig whenever she desires. What no one else seems to mind was that she followed this action by going to a tattoo parlor and permanently embedding ink into her body.

So what I gather from the publics’ reaction is that temporary bodily disfigurement bad, permanent bodily disfigurement good. No sir, I just can’t agree.

And The List Keeps Growing
Over the weekend I read yet another post from a blogger who is hanging up the digital bits. I have decided to start tracking the deaths of my favorite blogs over in a new section called “Blog Dead Pool.”

To balance the news I went to my domain registrars and re-upped my domain names. I’m not going away any time soon.

There’s A New Nuke In Town
On Saturday morning I quickly figured out that outdoor activities were not in my future. I decided to use the time to go out and purchase a new microwave. I did some research on the microwaves offered by Sears, Best Buy, and Lowe’s. Before trekking out to Northlake Mall I headed to Edgewood Retail District to compare the in-store offerings of Best Buy and Lowe’s. I arrived at ERD around 9:50am to find Best Buy closed (they open at 10:00am), so I headed directly to Lowe’s. When I left Lowe’s I had a microwave in hand. The moral of this story? Stores should open early on Saturdays if they want the early-bird business.

ITP Flickr Pic
I did a lot of cooking this weekend

A Dinner Inspired By Friends

This was a chicken curry dish from Real Simple magazine. It was good, but could use a little more oomph!

It’s On Like Donkey Kong
Oh CBS, you tried hard to fuck things up but I was too clever for you this time. Now that we are out of football season I saw no reason to believe that the Amazing Race would start late, but for some reason it did.

With but one episode in the books I am hooked! Because I was a late adopter of the Amazing Race (season seven I believe) I am not familiar with all of the All Stars. I was a little startled to see that Eric and Danielle have hooked up. I remember their flirtatious ways, but figured it was nothing more than a showmance.

Look Who’s Going Out Tonight
Tonight I’ll be braving whatever cold exists to head up to The EARL to see guitar legend Dick Dale. I am hopeful that this will be the great display of guitar playing that I imagine that it will.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Shins — “New Slang”
Website Of The DayUrban Curators is a pretty neat movement. These people are going into areas of urban decay and making makeshift art galleries with them.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

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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12 Responses to Happy Dead Presidents’ Day!

  1. Barb says:

    Is no one working today but me?
    Amazing Race was delayed by a golf tournament playoff, Phil Mickelson lost. (I know you care, so I guess I better addd that Charles Howell III won.)
    I would like Danny & Oswald (team cha cha cha) to win, they were my favorite team from years ago & I still liked them last night.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I think we are the only ones toiling away today, Barb.

  3. Barb says:

    okay – so are you on the Beauty Queen bandwagon to win? One cute girl gone last night, there aren’t too many choices this season.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I guess. Most of the girls on this season aren’t “my type” so I haven’t picked a favorite.

  5. Terri (SW) says:

    1. I totally forgot to watch the AMAZING RACE as I am trying to catch up on Oscar films before next week (JESUS CAMP is amazing and scary). How was it? I don’t know if I can stand wasting any more hours of my life watching Rob and Amber (Romber?).

    2. You got a problem with tattoos, homes? Or just on former Mickey Mouse Club members? I bet Annette Funicello has some ink…she was pretty bad ass.

  6. @Terri:

    1) The Amazing Race was very good. I happen to still be a fan of Rob and Amber, so I guess one thing that I have going for me.

    2) I really don’t like tattoos. I think that the human body is beautiful and don’t think that embedding ink within the skin makes it better looking. Besides, there has never been any image that I’ve wanted to carry around with me for the remainder of my life. I realize that I might be the only person under the age of 45 who will die tattoo-less, and I’m okay with that.

  7. Isole says:


    See the comments regarding nuking the discs–it’s OK really!!

    RE: hair vs. permanent ink–YOU said it first, “temporary bodily disfigurement bad, permanent bodily disfigurement good.” That thought was reiterated on The View yesterday morning–they were being serious I think!
    You said, “… I might be the only person under the age of 45 who will die tattoo-less, and Iā€™m okay with that.” Well you’re not the only one! They’re weird.

  8. Terri (SW) says:

    It’s sad to think that tattoos have become the standard for those in “Generation X” **shudder**; however, as one who has ink, I do think tattoos are beautiful if they are meaningful and are well-rendered. Unfortunately, many ding-dongs just get tatts to get a tatt.

    I’m sure Britney Spears falls into the latter category.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    @Terri, I think my attitude toward tattoos was formed by two things…

    1) My dad had them from WWII. Admittedly they were crude tattoos from the 1940’s, but I saw what happens to them when we turn older. (That mermaid no longer danced the way it did when he had been younger).

    2) “In My Day” criminals had tattoos (I suppose by this logic my dad was a criminal, but let’s not explore that here). Tattoos were, and still are, identifying marks used by law enforcement. Why in the heck do I want to identify myself any more than I already do?

    *warning stepping on a political soapbox*
    note that my pseudo-Libertarian beliefs think that people who want to get tattoos should, I just don’t find them to be that attractive. I hold the same belief for smoking…

    @”Isole”, thanks for the props. I’ll whoop the asses of The View any day! šŸ™‚

  10. Terri (SW) says:

    I got my first tattoo when I was 17. My dad’s only response- “I was in the Navy and I never got any tattoos.”
    My mom- “At least it’s not a nose ring.”

    I know what you mean about tattoos “melting” or “fading” with age. When I got mine, I made sure they were placed in places that a) did not receive much sun and b) were less likely to stretch or get saggy with age (my shoulder blade and my ankle). All the chicks with lower back tattoos are going to regret it once they download…stretch marked tribal tattoos morphing into black blobby things.

    But yes, everyone has aesthetic preferences. Nothing wrong with that!

  11. Stacy says:

    I think the Blog Dead Pool needs a little photo of a tombstone. I’m just sayin….

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Good suggestion. Now I have to figure out how to do that. šŸ™‚

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