A Funny Thing Happened This Morning

The Gods have placed a large metallic object in the way of my car so I am unable to get out of my driveway. Oh wait a minute, that’s just a car parked there from yesterday. What’s strange is that I normally would ask people to park in my driveway so that I can get by their car “just in case”; I guess yesterday it just didn’t cross my mind.

“Old Paulie” would have been frantically trying to figure out how to get to work. And if this was two years ago I could have ridden my bike into work. I probably could ride my bike to Marta, but I don’t want to.
“New Paulie” will see it as an opportunity to get some things done around the house and take the day off from work if necessary.

If the car owner is reading this:
1. I am glad that you didn’t drive it home because I don’t think that would have been a good idea.
2. If you make it here around lunch time, let’s get lunch.

[UPDATE @ 7:10am : Car has been retrieved. Damn Yo, you got up early. You could have knocked on the door to say “Good Morning”, but you were probably hoping I didn’t notice that the car was still there and blog about it. Too late. 🙂 Anyway, I still want to stress that I think #1 above was important. Cheers!]

ITP Flickr Pic
What’s for lunch if the car is still there by noon you ask? Well, I could always do a solo walk up to the village, or I could eat some leftovers that I have in the refrigerator.

What's For Dinner Tonight, Paulie?

This is a shrimp and andouille mock-gumbo that I prepared Saturday night. It’s not “restaurant quality” but given the fact that I just threw it all together without any recipe it turned out alright.

OS X Is Driving Me Fucking Crazy!
I want to love OS X.
I really want to love OS X.
But I spent the entire weekend cursing it.

First, the maximum volume for the podcasts I am listening to is way too low. Granted, I am running fans full-speed in the house currently, but even with the system volume as well as that for iTunes maxed out am having difficulties hearing the podcasts.

Then there is Automator. I am a programmer at heart so the idea of using Automator to automate tasks intrigues me. I have one such task in mind that needs to occur ASAP before disaster strikes but Automator seems incapable of pulling it off. Here is what I want to do:

But first some background…
I have a folder called “Filtered Originals” into which I dump all unaltered photographs that have made the first cut. In that folder exists sub-folders which correspond to the memory cards from which the photos are extracted.

Here are the steps I want to achieve:
1. Search “Filtered Originals” and its sub-folders for photos which were Created and/or Modified within a specified date range (generally this will be a week’s time, but I’d like it to be flexible).
2. Burn those photos onto as many DVDs necessary to complete the task.

This seems so simple, but I cannot get this to happen and I have tried multiple times. If you are a Mac user and have tips for me, please leave a comment.

Mmmmm Bop
Is the sign of a successful blogger a malfunctioning keyboard? Lately my iBook’s ‘m’ key has taken to multiplying like Tribbles. The slightest press of the key results in two or more letter m’s strung together.

I tried taking the keyboard out to see if anything is lodged under the key, but could find nothing.

It’s getting a little frustrating going back and deleting the extra letter, although I have yet to start avoiding words which contain the letter. I guess that commes (argh!) next.

Maybe Another Day At Home Wouldn’t Be So Bad
It seems like I didn’t do a whole hell of a lot this weekend.
1) Haircut : Check
2) Lawns Mowed : Check
3) Hashing : Check
4) Half a book read (What, what, what?) : Check

Yes, you just read that I read half of a book this weekend! You might not be too surprised when I tell you that the book is It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff knowing that I am constantly trying to get my life in order.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – confused
Current Music – Listening to the CBC Radio 3 podcast
Website Of The Day – You may have noticed that I am eating more seafood lately. If you are too and are interested in the impact we are making on the environment, check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch.
Exercise (b)Log – hashing yesterday
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car

July Goals
0) Celebrate my 42nd birthday
1) Get my first Ruby / Ruby on Rails program written
2) Get my photoblog up and running

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to A Funny Thing Happened This Morning

  1. martha says:

    You accomplished a lot of stuff this weekend, don’t sell yourself short.

    I wonder who’s car was left in your driveway overnight?? I have a guess.

  2. I may have been an ass by posting all of that about the car, but I was kind enough to let the person remain nameless — whoever he or she may be.

    Unfortunately the car was retrieved early enough for me to go to work.

  3. Barb says:

    Paulie – you could have written that to make us all think that you had an overnight guest…… that would have been fun.
    Martha is my hero, she partied all day both days of the weekend! I’m older, that is my excuse for not making it to Blacksheep. But, I did get a bunch of house stuff done, so it was a good thing. (and I wasn’t hung over, drinking for 12 straight hours somehow makes you sober)

  4. martha says:

    I should have taken a cue from you and NOT head to the Earl after La Castia…I’m feeling a little rough today after a couple more beers with Bwana and Cathy.

    Sorry about the work thing, that’s a bummer. You have to save those days off anyway.

  5. @Barb : every one would have seen through the thin veil that would have been me lying about having an overnight guest. 🙂

    @Martha : Ah, so that’s where BWanA ended up. At least he got a better offer. If the memory of the 4th of July wasn’t fresh enough to be a reminder, the silkiness of the new bathroom rugs I had to purchase because of that incident certainly is.

  6. Stacy says:

    ITP: hopefully if you had a houseguest, you wouldn’t have to look out to the driveway to see if she’s still around!

    Barb & Martha: you’re both my heroes. I think I was fast asleep by 9pm Saturday!

  7. I do have a thing for tiny women. Sometimes I lose them in the bedding and have to seek them out.

  8. Barb says:

    Paulie – you are too funny with that last comment.

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