I Am A Clutterphobe

I have finally figured it all out. After months of espousing the virtues of Peter Lynch’s book “It’s All Too Much” and talking about how good it felt to round up crap to get out of the house, I’m surprised it took me this long. I hate clutter. I have always strove to be a neat person, but I didn’t realize how much of a Felix Unger (Wikipedia’d for the younger readers in the audience.) I really was. In my world “uncluttered” is synonymous with “perfection.” This knowledge explains so much about me it’s almost frightening.

Another Failed Relationship
It’s the same old story…

Boy meets girl.
Boy sees girl for some time.
Girl leaves boy unexpectedly.

Except in my case the relationship was the one between me and the woman who has been cutting my hair for over a year. On Friday I received a call informing that Stephanie was no longer with the company and that my appointment had been turned over to Mark. I’m now in search of a new hair cutter. Let’s all hope that I find one much quicker than I find new girlfriends.

ITP Flickr Pic
I’ve got nothing better

If Only I Had More Time For This

Some days, like today, it feels that I am dragging toilet paper around with me.

Turning An iMac Into An iNsomniac
This was almost a perfect computer upgrade weekend. I completely wiped and reinstalled Mac OS X on my aging iBook (it’s good to clean out the entire system occasionally says the clutterphobe). I installed Photoshop Elements 4.0 on to the iBook and my old Windows machine. I installed iLife ’08 and iWork ’08 onto my iBook and iMac. And I installed Photoshop CS3 and my new Wacom tablet onto my iMac. Only the last of those tasks has caused me grief that I have been unable to fix.

Before installing the Wacom tablet I let my iMac go into power-saving sleep mode on its own after a specified period of inactivity. Sadly, with the Wacom tablet the system no longer does this. It has even taken to occasionally also not signaled the screen saver to start. Argh. My current solution, which is less than desirable, is to manually put the iMac to sleep when I am done using it.

If anyone out there has experienced this and conquered it, please let me know.

Time To Defend That Championship
Oh you think that I am talking about the Men’s NCAA National Champion Florida Gators? Nope. I am referring to the East Atlanta Deadbeat Dads. Yes, it’s fantasy football time and it’s time for the Fightin’ Double D’s to defend their crown. Sadly my team looks far inferior to last year’s bunch, but I’ll see what I can do with this rag-tag team of misfits.

CD Pick Of The Week
According to my source there are only three relevant CD releases out today. Of those I have only heard of one of the people in the list, that being Patti Scialfa. Not having heard a single thing from this release makes me think that I should take a pass for the week and suggest that you save your hard-earned pennies for a later day. (psst- there will be a shitload of good choices next week)

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – worn out (and it’s only the first day of the work week!)
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Spoon — “The Underdog”
Website Of The Day – By now you should know that I love food. Chow is a food site that I heard about over the weekend.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car

September Goals
1) Get my first Ruby / Ruby on Rails program written
2) Lose 5 pounds (if at first, second, third, fourth, you don’t succeed….)
3) Take another load of stuff to Goodwill

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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23 Responses to I Am A Clutterphobe

  1. Stacy says:

    Now I know I’ve been away too long. When on earth did you change your theme?

    BTW, we were all discussing your blog as the online “meeting place” this weekend. 🙂

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I updated it yesterday. I don’t know if this will be a long term change.

    I like being a “meeting place” for my friends. It turns the site into a virtual party. 🙂

  3. Martha says:

    Just a small note…the font for the comments if pretty hard to read…can you change it to something a little bigger? Okay maybe it is just my eyes, now a year older, giving out on me 🙂

  4. Stacy says:

    Laughing at Martha! But I agree with you. It’s not only the size but the font itself, I think.

    Of course, my eyes have recently turned older as well!

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I am struggling with it as well. I will have to play with the stylesheet.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I love Annette at A Natural Buzz (same shopping center as Melton’s App & Tap), and some of my guy friends have gone to her as well and have been happy. Sofia is also good, she rescued me from a very bad haircut that was the result of not being able to get an appointment with Annette one week and going elsewhere (bad idea).

    That reminds me – I need a haircut.

  7. Barb says:

    Since it is officially the meeting place – Hi everyone!
    Stacy (or anyone) – is it triva again tonight at Charlie G’s? You’d left Martha’s before I had a chance to ask. Allan & I “might” be up for the roadtrip, I say might, because it is ITP & all……

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Hmmm, I forgot about trivia. I have committed to dinner with some Flickr folks tonight.

    @Elizabeth: I’ll have to look into A Natural Buzz. Thanks.

  9. Barb says:

    Did you ask where Stephanie went? (I’ve had hairdressers call me with their new place before) If I ever talk to Rachel, she might still keep in touch with her. My hiardresser is in Duluth, I know you don’t want to up there just for a haircut. I don’t either, that is why I keep my hair long so I can go months between cuts.

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I didn’t think to ask. For some reason I have a feeling that she didn’t leave on good terms.

  11. Martha says:

    I can’t make triva tonight, I promised someone a ride home from the airport at 8:30…and my liver could probably use the rest. However, I would be up for next week if anyone is interested.

  12. Stacy says:

    D’oh! I completely forgot it was Trivia night. I think it’s this weird week, being Tuesday “already” and all! I can’t make it; I’d forgotten about another obligation too. I’m certainly not going to bitch about days off from work…but having yesterday off has thrown me off a little now myself!

    Dean, Amy and Annie won 1st place last week and I am pretty sure they were planning on going back this week. $50 bar tab to split among whoever shows. I’ll see if he’ll throw something on the AH4 forum if he’s going.

  13. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I gave mine a break yesterday. Now if I could only get myself to exercise…

    Did you and Betsy drink at your place yesterday? Did you go to the hash?

  14. Martha says:

    @ Paulie, I did neither. I finished cleaning up from Saturday and then had a few beers with a friend later in the evening.

    Hey I was thinking about a run/walk tonight before I have to go to the airport…are you up for it?

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    No. I am headed to the Flickr dinner meetup straight from work.

  16. Gentri says:

    Holy Benedict Arnold, get out the bifocals Batman! Design fine, font size not so much!!! I couldn’t take it anymore today and had actually jacked up the font size on my work computer… this size is making my eyes water!

  17. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I have listened! Here is the newest of my new choices…

  18. Barb says:

    much better on the font…………

    now for something new to mess with. What happened to the time stamps on the comments? I like to know how far behind I am in commenting on a comment.
    Not that you need something else to tweak, but…..

    Did ya hear? Winter Park, CO won the bid for InterAmericas 2009……… so if we can swing it, that will be 3 straight Labor Day weekends in Colorado!!! I can’t wait.

  19. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’ll have to hack the code for the timestamps. I remember I had to do that for the old layout.

    I hadn’t heard. I’ll have to consider if I want to make that many trips to Colorado. I have many more places to visit. 🙂

  20. Barb says:

    but/and – Winter Park is MUCH closer to Denver (not even an hour & half drive from the airport), and to Fort Collins for the trip to Mecca as Allan likes to call it (New Belgium Brewery). Lots of places to see in Colorado, each trip can seem very different.
    For example – this next summer Colorado Invihash is SE colorado, closer to fly into Albuquerque & go see Taos & Santa Fe.

    And yes, for all of you wondering, I’d love to live in Colorado, but my firefighter husband thinks he has to stay at the AFD until retirement. Oh well, just lots of vacations & no snow shoveling this way.

    p.s. – thanks for the time stamps, I feel much better now.

  21. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’ve not ruled it out. I do have a while before I have to decide.

    Adding timestamps proved to be an easy fix.

  22. Cory says:

    I’ve had a few wacoms, including the newest line (on a mac right now). I haven’t seen this problem on a mac, but I diagnosed something similar for someone on a PC. Probably totally obvious, but just check to make sure neither the wacom pen or mouse (assuming it came with one) aren’t near the tablet. Short of that, possibly uninstall and reinstall the driver. I have no issues with my mac going to sleep and a wacom (latest OS and Wacom driver builds), FWIW.


  23. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I think that you’ve hit the nail on the head Cory. I was talking to someone at work and they asked me if I left the pen on the tablet. I have not, but I was leaving the mouse on the tablet. I was going to test the theory tonight by removing the mouse from the tablet and then seeing if the mac would go to sleep.

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