The Only Thing Running Is My Nose

This is a rare instance that I admit that what you are about to read (at least this first section) was written last night…

You know that dementia which leads you to believe that it’s a good idea to steal something from a bar?

You know that dementia which leads you to believe that it’s a good idea to roll somebody’s house with toilet paper?

You know that dementia which leads you to believe that it’s a good idea to book a vacation to India?

That’s the sort of dementia that I am suffering right now. I suffered mightily all day. It was a full day of interfacing with college students who were brought into the office to interview. I was not at my best. I am still far from my best.

It amazes me how quickly the night passes when you don’t return home from work until 8pm.

fast forward to the present

I managed to fall asleep quickly last night, thus avoiding a major purchase in my demented state. I still don’t feel very well this morning.

Isn’t Irony, Well, Ironic?
This is (was) to be a very busy week for me. Yesterday I orchestrated a day-long interviewing event at the office, tonight I am (was supposed to) go see Robyn Hitchcock perform at Smith’s Olde Bar (note to self- need to update calendar).

To make sure that I wasn’t sick this week I avoided the activities which wold put me at risk. I stayed indoors on a very cold Saturday morning, and then skipped a hash which was certain to take us through some cold water. “Prevention is the best medicine” they say. Bullshit. As you well know I have been completely miserable the last two days. My body feels like a sack of potatoes that has been beaten repeatedly with a baseball bat. My energy levels have been as low as they have been in a long time. And, it has gotten to the point where I just want to lay down (or is that lie down? Dammit I learned this once!) and ignore all that is happening around me. For about thirty minutes I laid stayed in bed absorbing the blissful sound of complete silence. If not for work I’d still be there.

I Got Out Of Bed For This?
By the time I convinced myself that I needed to get out of bed the morning commute had gone to hell in a handbasket. For some reason a police car was blocking Highland Av, which forced me to turn around and find and alternative route to the interstate. Then once I made it to The Connector it was moving at a snail’s pace.

btw- If this state wants to generate some revenue they should park a dozen cops along The Connector and pull over those assholes who don’t believe that the HOV lane rules applies to them. I counted no fewer than ten cars occupied by a single person pass me as I impatiently waited in traffic.

ITP Flickr Pic
They say that even a blind squirrel can find a nut.
I say that even a blind photographer can take a good picture when you subject is this pretty.

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Introducing my friend Betsy, the rock star.

Bye Bye Ze
Saturday marked the final “The Show With Ze Frank”. We all knew it was ending on March 17th, because it has been known from the start that it was to be a one-year show.

“The Show With Ze Frank” was nothing short of brilliant. Sure it had its silly days, and its days which were so politically deep that I didn’t completely understand them, but in the end it will go down as one of the best things to have occurred in 2006/2007.

I’m going to miss it, but look forward to see what the next big on the internet will be now that a hole has been created by Ze’s departure.

CD Pick Of The Week
Finally, a week with decent releases. Unfortunately, there are three that I like but only one can ascend to the heights of “CD Pick Of The Week.”

My favorite titles from the week are
LCD Soundsystem – “Sound Of Silver”
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – “Living With The Living”
Modest Mouse – “We Were Dead Before The Ship even Sank”

Normally I’d just jump out and pick the Modest Mouse disc. However, I have really been getting into some Ted Leo recently. If you go with the critics’ picks then the disc to get is the LCD Soundsystem disc.

Therefore I am going to declare this a three-way tie for last. (Anyone get this reference? Anyone? Anyone? Terri? Beuhler?)

Here is some bonus material for you to ponder. I know for certain that both Modest Mouse and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists will be coming through Atlanta soon. If not for the fact that I’ll be OTP on the night that Ted Leo plays I’d already possess a ticket for that show.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – still feeling like ass
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Beck — “Cellphone’s Dead” (and I feel like I wish I was as well)
Website Of The Day – All the cool kids are playing with Musicovery. Why aren’t you?
Exercise (b)Log – Are you kidding? The dead don’t exercise!

March Goals
1) Lose two pounds. (starting weight ~205 lbs?)
2) Run no fewer than thirty miles.
3) Do twenty push-ups and fifty sit-ups at on Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays.
4) Finish February’s book and read at least one more.
5) Take Marta to work at least ten times.
6) File my Income Taxes.
7) Wear “nicer” clothes to work at least one day a week.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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10 Responses to The Only Thing Running Is My Nose

  1. Stacy says:

    If it makes you feel any better:

    1) everyone seems drained right now. Everyone’s snifflin’ and sneezin’ and wishing they were dead. I’m constantly exhausted myself and have been falling asleep before 9pm each night. Hang in there! Spring sucks; summer’s gonna rock. (it’s sort of like the showers-bringin-flowers kind of thing)

    2) no one knows if it’s “lie” or “lay” (well, er, except me but I dn’t count) 🙂 and you did exactly what Grammar Girl advised and just used a different word to get your point across (well done!).

    3) you don’t have a VISA bill for a trip to India (unless I misread somehow?) nor a police ticket for petty theft from a bar.

    Oh, and when you update the dates over there on the right, don’t forget to update your Taco Mac beers too! 🙂

  2. Beth says:

    I’ve always been told not to try to teach the difference b/w lie and lay — especially to seniors. Blame your HS English teacher 🙂

  3. Martha says:

    At least you were out this weekend, I spend most of my free time hiding in the gym or sitting at home alone.

  4. Barb says:

    Blame the no energy feeling on POLLEN. It is kicking in, my eyes itching are a sure sign that a yellow coated car is soon to be in my future. Gives me a new excuse to stay inside and not exercise……. I hate giving myself excuses that actually have merit.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    @Stacy: luckily I fell asleep prior to making any purchase or doing anything silly.

    @Martha: I figured you’d be out hashing in the good weather.

    @Barb: I thought it was pollen, and perhaps it is, but I think that I’ve been smacked with a cold instead. Like I need another excuse not to exercise. 🙂

  6. Steve says:

    Well I hope you aren’t taking that stuff that makes you shop/cook/drive while asleep. No telling where you’d end up…

    And everyone has committed a little petty theft from a bar, except me.


  7. Martha says:

    I did hash on Saturday but for the rest of the weekend I couldn’t find anyone to run (cough, cough), have a drink or dinner with…pretty sad.

  8. Stacy says:

    Lie vs. Lay — to paraphrase Grammar Girl: remember the song, “Lay Down Sally” by Eric Clapton? That is INCORRECT grammatically. It should really be “Lie Down Sally” if you want Sally to rest herself in your arms.

    See? Now you won’t forget (again). 🙂

  9. Terri (SW) says:

    Ah! Beautiful! The Minutemen!

    I feel like caca unless I take my over-the-counter allergy meds…which, I found, helps me overcome the lack of energy I experience when I run more than ten minutes.

    Just to be a grammar nerd:
    Lie- intransitive verb. No object receives the action. You cannot “lie” something.
    Lay- transitive verb. Needs an object. You can “lay” something…**snicker, snort**

    Going back to my geek-hole…

  10. Terri (SW) says:

    Oh…and Betsy is a total hottie!

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