So Many Choices. I Can’t Decide.

Here were the potential titles for this morning.

“Paulie Is An Idiot”
“Stupid Is As Stupid Does”
“Paulie The Alchemist”
“My Teeth Are Fine, My Bike Rack Notsomuch”

Yesterday I brought my bike in to work with the intention of meeting up with my friend Barb so that I could have her husband take a look at it. All things seemed to work out well because I also had a dentist appointment yesterday so I had to drive to work.

I vaguely remembered that my dentist’s office had one of those low-hanging beams used to stop trucks from parking in their lot. When I pulled up I obviously was cognizant of my bike so I slowed down. I noticed that my handle bars hit the bar, but it was mounted with wires so I was able to carefully pull through. However I had forgotten that my seat is positioned must higher than the handlebars. Needless to say at this point, but I didn’t make it. A loud noise came from my roof (one I never wanted hear) as I yanked one corner of my bike rack from the roof of my car. Fuck. Me. I found out that I made (at least) a $78 bad choice as it appears that I destroyed one of the bike rack’s feet and caused some minor damage to the Jackmobile.

Yesterday Paulie The Alchemist turned hiking boots into part for a bike rack. I am a complete idiot. For my next trick…

Living In My Own Bizarro World
Jill correctly led me and the Jackmobile to Barb’s house without incident. Jiven that I call my car the Jackmobile it now seems even more fitting that I’ve chosen the voice of Jill for the gps (get it? Jack and Jill). However, the disturbing part of this naming is that I take Jill’s power plug and insert it into Jack’s receptacle. I know that it has been “a while” for me, but doesn’t that seem backwards?

Welcome to My World…

Tasty China X 3
Tasty China is the type of nondescript name for a Chinese restaurant which sits in a nondescript shopping strip that would make me pass this place ten times out of ten. However, if you find yourself in The Marietta (and my best wishes to you if you do) near Franklin Road and see Tasty China, make all efforts to eat there. Here’s a short list of reasons for doing so…

1) They have no liquor license and they are okay with you bringing in your own alcohol. That’ll save you a chunk of change right there.
2) The woman working there was refreshingly honest. She said they didn’t want a liquor license because it encourages people to hang around and occupy tables on the weekend. She also steered me away from my original entree choice (although I’d still like to try it). And, she admitted that the cook had screwed up and prepared my dish (more about this in a second) with pork instead of beef, and that if that was not okay she’d get me something else.
3) “Spicy and Numbing Beef Roll” — No I didn’t mistype that, it really was numbing. It took me a second to figure out what was going on until I remembered my friend Tony describing the numbing sensation of Schezuan peppercorns before I ingested a pinch a few months ago. This beef roll contains these peppercorns. Yum!
4) #99 — That was the number of the entree I eventually ordered. I think that the description was “Beef with Wild Peppers” (I was drinking wine so I don’t quite remember the description). Even with the “beef” being turned into “pork” (Hey the chef was some kind of alchemist as well!) this dish was fantastic. As best as I can tell it was stir-fried pork with jalapeno pepper strips, seeds and veins included.
5) The portions were large, and since Barb doesn’t eat leftovers I have lunch and dinner already set. Sweet!

Now if I could only get them to relocate inside the perimeter…

ITP Flickr Pic
Also taken on my walk early this week.

Colors 1, 2, 3

I’m pretty sure Betsy (and of course Reese) know where this is, but does anyone else?

Hey Look At Me, I’m Going To A Concert
It seems like it has been forever since I went out to see a show. Tonight I’ll be haunting Smith’s Olde Bar to see the Joseph Aurthur show with Stars Of Track And Field opening.

I am going to bring the camera because with any luck I’ll be able to bring it in without difficulty.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – okay, but nervous about something that I cannot put my finger on
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Joy Division — “She’s Lost Control”
Website Of The Day – I yammered about food so much today I feel I need a food-related site. No problem, today I’ll send you to The Food Guru. I’ve started downloading his two-minute-long video podcasts and they are pretty decent.
Exercise (b)Log – none
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car

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 So Many Choices. I Can’t Decide.

  1. Stacy says:

    oooh ooh! I know where that church is!! But really only because I clicked on the picture and read it on your Flickr site. 🙂 Yup, I cheat. I’m a cheater.

    You’ve made me hungry today.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    CHEATER! Oh wait, you said that…

    I’m still full from breakfast, but am counting down the minutes until lunch regardless.

  3. Steve says:

    Well, if Betsy and Reese are the clue, it has to be the church at Highland and Ponce.

    Your roof rack story can be topped (pun intended). I had teammates that went to Masters Nationals and rented a condo with a garage. No, they didn’t drive into the garage with the bikes on the roof, they put the bikes on the car while still in the garage!! Oops. Not the brightest of lads.


  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    You are correct about the location Sir.

    One of the most frustrating parts about my roof rack saga is that it would probably have been faster to jump out of the car, take the bike off, pull under, and park as it did for me to try and creep under the overhang.

    I’ll be stripping the Jackmobile of its roof rack tonight and will be making a final analysis on the damage done soon.

  5. Barb says:

    Paul has heard my roof rack story (as has most of the hashers that were there that fateful day in N. GA at the tubing hash) – but mine was much more expensive, I think the whole new system that Allan wanted cost atleast $500, maybe $1000. Not to mention the Bike parts that were needed. Paul, you get no sympathy from me, you got off so cheap! But, I do like having you in the club……

  6. romanlily says:

    Yeah, unfortunately you are not alone in the bike rack saga. I have never done it myself (only because I don’t own a bike rack or a bike that would fit on it), but a couple I know pretty much destroyed both of their cycles by sailing full-speed into a parking garage while both bikes were on top. Apparently this type of thing is not at ALL uncommon — so don’t feel bad.

  7. Stacy says:

    had one of those low-hanging beams used to stop trucks from parking in their lot.

    Well, either that or it’s there to get amusement from watching folks run into it with their bikes on the top of their cars. From what I’m reading, it probably happens often!

    (okay, but seriously? I had no idea that’s what that bar was for!)

  8. recoveredDHBC 'member' says:

    the building in yer pic is the last church I ever went to–for churching–now I go to churches for the smoke, pomp, and entertainment. Ol’ DHBC turned me off churching fer good! Sure is pretty though.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    For a while, I had a job that occasionally required driving people around in a 15 passenger van, with a small luggage rack on the top. One day at GSU, I discovered that either A) the clearance of the van did not include said luggage rack and/or B) the clearance listed in the parking deck did not include the navigational signs. Oops!

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