You Can Sleep, But Please Don’t Snore

On most mornings it’s the sound of loud music played through cheap headphones sounding like a swarm of mosquitoes that bothers me on Marta. This morning it was the cell phone conversation in which a woman asked how someone’s “chill’run” were doing and another woman who had fallen asleep and was snoring loudly, that got the better of me. I wish Marta had a designated “library / quiet” car on which no talking, cellphones, or iPods were allowed.

If Only…
Also in my dream world I meet and date intelligent and beautiful women like C|Net‘s Veronica Belmont.

(picture stolen from her Flickr account)

Hey, it’s my dream world. Go get your own!

An Almost Star Studded Walk Home
“Jane Fonda has a big movie premiere tonight.” was the answer I was given when I asked the security guard what was going on. I had to inquire because unlike every other time I walk past the Woodruff Arts Center there were a lot of fancifully-dressed people, tv cameras, and cars pulling up as if it was a red carpet affair in Hollywood. I didn’t see any of the celebrities who were arriving (I really didn’t wait around either), but according to our local fish wrapper celebs and well-to-do people did attend.

I did see a celebrity of the ITP variety later in my walk however. While walking through the Virginia-Highlands I saw one of the dudes from Gringo Star (A Fir Ju Well) walking down the street. I should have stopped him and asked him why two of the six songs on the new CD were reworked post-consumer recycles from previous releases, and why I was charged $10 for a six-song CD when I could have purchased each song individually for $0.99. However I really like the band and am terrible with small talk so I just walked on by. Besides, he might have wanted to shake my hand and you probably know my concern with that…

According to their MySpace page Gringo Star is due to tour Europe starting Friday. So if they are already over there then I am completely wrong and the dude in Gringo Star has a minor-celebrity look-a-like in Atlanta.

Because I Am An Adult
Because I am an adult I can eat a Double Chocolate Crisp (flavor) Power Bar “Nutrition” Bar for breakfast. Because I am trying to lose weight I am okay with this because it contained only 250 Calories (not great calories, but only 250 nonetheless).

ITP Flickr Pic
It could be worse

I Suspect Foul Play

I could be eating ice cream for breakfast.

What Have You Been Up To?
This is the question I get from my friends and relatives that haven’t seen me recently, and who obviously don’t read this blog.

My usual answer is “Not much.” or “I don’t really know.” My new answer will be “Commuting.” Now that I have incorporated Marta and walking into my (mostly) daily routine my commute has soared to three hours. I takes one hour to commute one way completely via Marta, and roughly and two hours to do the Marta ride combined with a four mile walk (settle down, I’m slow and running is not quite in the picture right now). And that’s on a day that Marta doesn’t have mechanical difficulties…

Throw in the fact that I’ve started cooking again, and there goes at least another waking hour comprised of grocery shopping, cooking, eating, and cleanup.

Add in at least eight hours making money time in the office to support my habits.

Toss in a hour of “personal hygiene” time, and at least one more for hobbies (internet, tv, reading, photography, finances, etc)

And that about sums up my life.

Arizona Dreaming
It’s past time for me to start planning the content that will make up my Arizona trip in a few weeks. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

CD Pick Of The Week
It would have been fitting if Dream Theater had a new CD dropping today; I would have picked it sound unheard (which I believe is the audio equivalent to sight unseen).

Instead I’ll be picking the new release from Maximo Park. I’ve heard but a couple of cuts of the “Our Earthly Pleasures” disc, but I do like what I hear.

You were expecting me to pick the Bjork release? Keep dreaming.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – lost
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Husker Du — “Something I Learned Today”
Website Of The Day – Ever wonder what your dreams meant? Try Dream Moods to see if they can help you figure them out. Hell, it was either that or point you to the home of Dreamland BBQ.
Exercise (b)Log – walking, 4 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – Marta

May Goals
1) Lose two pounds. (starting weight 200 lbs)
2) Exercise at least five days per week.
3) Read two books, specifically
3a) “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York”
3b) “The Evolution Of Useful Things…”

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to You Can Sleep, But Please Don’t Snore

  1. Stacy says:

    Dreamland (the BBQ variety) is just a couple miles from work. I just may have to go have a big slab o’ meat for lunch. I really need to stop reading your blog first thing in the morning. It gives me food cravings half the day!

    What’s with the no shaking hands? This I do not know.

  2. Stacy says:

    Oh, phew! Luckily the link’s missing a letter….yes, I tried to go there to drool over the meat already. 🙂

  3. martha says:

    Lately I’ve been snacking on Luna Sunrise Bars, they have both blueberry and strawberry, yum (I’m not a big chocolate fan and I can’t stand peanut butter/nuts) . They are only 180 calories and really help get me through a workout/run. I’ve been known to eat them for breakfast when I forget to make my smoothie.

    While the are marketed “nutrition for women”, I doubt they will make you grow boobs or want to buy shoes for no reason.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Something is fouled up with my communications link. I was wondering why no one had commented today until I finally went to my own site and saw that there were three comments. Darn technology!!!

    Stacy, the link is fixed — drool away.

    Luna bars, like iPod Nanos, are for girls. (okay, in Borat it was an iPod Mini but they are so 2005). I might not grow (bigger) boobs and I already buy shoes for no (good) reason, so I’m not willing to take my chances. 🙂

  5. martha says:

    I forgot this part:

    Re: women soring on the train

    The guy that sits next to me falls asleep at his desk about every other day. You might think he is just leaning back resting his eyes until he starts snoring! I mentioned in passing this to my boss and she asked me to make sure I wake him up so he doesn’t get in trouble!?! That isn’t in my job description. I just place my cell phone close to his desk and call it. That usually does the trick! I was told by another cowork the other day that he has also been ‘heard’ sleeping in the bathroom stalls. Good Lord…

  6. My personal favorite on the train were the American Idol rejects that sang along to their horrible music.

    I highly recommend taking your own music reproduction device on the train, it makes life so much more pleasant. Does the talkative blind guy still ride?

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I haven’t seen a talkative blind guy yet.

    I always have my iPod on hand, but I can’t read and listen to music at the same time (too distracting for me). And since I am trying to read….

    I guess I could jam something into my ears to block the noise. It’s not like I need to hear any of the Marta driver announcements.

  8. nick says:

    well…we’ve been gone from atlanta since wed the 9th of may, if that helps, but to answer yer question, 2 of the re worked songs, were reworked because we wanted to refine them a little, not to mention we can’t even get cds from I-Hits without buying them for about 5 times what it cost them to make’em. future gringo releases will however be moving forward completely…and the reason we charged $10 for ’em is so we can survive. sorry for any inconvience. next time stop us and say “hi,” if you see us.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Hey Nick,

    No inconvenience, I’m just being an ass because this is my blog. If you guys search around for “A Fir Ju Well” or “Gringo Star” you’ll see that I’ve seen you guys a few times and dig your music. In the end I try to buy discs of local bands at their shows in hopes that they make a larger profit on the sale.

    Thanks for leaving a comment. Best of luck in Europe.

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