How Can A Four-Day Work Week Feel So Long?

My schedule has been hectic this week. I am ready for a semi-relaxing weekend. The plan is simple. Tonight — ignore everyone, clean my house for Sunday. Tomorrow — organize my life, discover the cure for cancer if time permits. Sunday — run, cook breakfast for myself and friends, eat, drink, drink, drink, watch football whilst drinking, pass out alone (by choice) with a drink in my hand. This is all I want; no more, no less.

Traffic Shaping
A lot of tax dollars are being spent in order to “improve” the flow of traffic. Have you been to the top side of 285 lately? Traffic signals are being installed on the on-ramps.

Yesterday I read that they are proposing underground traffic near North Druid Hills Road in part because of the new Sembler “mini-city” that is to be constructed where it intersects with Briarcliff Road. Two words — Cluster. Fuck.

Long ago I realized that traffic in this town has completely shaped my life, if not my body along with it. Trips around town are planned, and heaven forbid I try to go anywhere quickly around 5pm. If I want to be in the Highlands by 6pm I’d better get out of work by 4:30pm so that I don’t have to rush or experience road rage (note: and that wasn’t even good enough as my 12-mile back-road commute took me ninety minutes).

This isn’t part of the American Dream that I was sold in the 1970s…

As Long As The Crack Of Dawn Is The Only Crack I’m On, Then I Am Alright
I must have dropped off to sleep some time around 10 pm. I know it must have been early (by my standards) because I awoke at 4 am this morning and was wide awake. Getting out of the house by 6:00 am certainly makes for a better commute, and with any luck will also mean that I am out of the office before traffic becomes a Friday afternoon cluster fuck.

ITP Flickr Pic
I am failing miserably with my goal to shoot more. So, today I’ve plucked something out of my archive.

I Always Thought These Were Self Explanatory

This is from back in a better time…. May.

Feeling Regular
Yesterday I spent the latter half of the day at an office in Suwannee. Suwannee is what the old-timers would call a “fer piece” away from where I normally conduct my life. The fifty-plus minute drive back inside the perimeter was fairly unspectacular, but by the time I got itp I was hungry. I have been trying to be better with my eating habits lately, but last night I couldn’t resist the pull of New Century Chinese Buffet on Scott Blvd in Decatur. It was conveniently located, the food was decent, and the best part is that the woman recognizes me and is friendly to me.

I used to be a regular client at some of East Atlanta’s haunts and get “regular’s service” back then. However, in recent years I’ve become too infrequent of a customer at most places and get treated just like every other unknown.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – pudgy
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Shins — “One By One All Day”
Website Of The Day – If I didn’t have a face and body made for blogging then I could become my own little cooking star at Im Cooked.
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 now fewer than three photos a day
4) Listen to (and review) one CD a day in September

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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10 Responses to How Can A Four-Day Work Week Feel So Long?

  1. Barb says:

    Paulie – if on Saturday morning before you start on the cure for cancer you would like to test out that fixed up & improved mountain bike, I’m taking Martha out to Yellow River to see what she thinks of trail riding. (wow, I need the grammer police to tell me about that sentence, I don’t think it is correct, but I’m no english major).
    Let us know……..

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I will consider it, but will let you know that it is highly unlikely that I will join you. *If* I go out Saturday morning it will most likely be to shoot photos.

  3. Martha says:

    I have to say I was surprised to see you on line at 4:30 this morning…glad to know I wasn’t the only one.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Online and somewhat incoherent. Just because I am wide awake doesn’t mean that I am fully engaged. 🙂

  5. Martha says:

    That’s understandable…I used the term makin’ bacon this morning. Obviously I was not in my right mind.

    Yum Chinese food, i’ve been wanting more since Monday.

  6. stacy says:

    Between you and Barb, I’m now craving Chinese too! (I’d mentioned to Barb now that I’m up in Marietta, I need to check out that Chinese place y’all have been raving about.)

    Okay, when we all gettin’ together? 🙂

  7. Martha says:

    Stacy if you went riding with us tomorrow we could have Chinese for lunch!

  8. Barb says:

    Come on Wisconsin girl – I know you can bike!!! all us midwestern girls know how to ride a bike. And Paulie doesn’t want to ride with us.

  9. romanlily says:

    Geez. Thanks for the link to that insane story about the developer. I had heard a vague rumbling about the plans to build a ton of new properties at that N. Druid Hills/Briarcliff intersection, but I didn’t realize the plans were moving forward this quickly.

    That intersection is rough as it is right now. I wonder why developers don’t realize that our roads simply cannot handle an infinite amount of activity and congestion.

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    > I wonder why developers don’t realize that our roads simply cannot handle an infinite amount of activity and congestion.

    I think the facts that they will never live in the neighborhoods in which they build and make millions of dollars off of each project win out.

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