And Then There Was A Crack In The Weather

Yesterday morning there was a crack in Gainesville’s lousy weather. I got a chance to go around campus and shoot some shots. Unfortunately I seemed to have a tendency to tilt every shot (I was not drunk so I don’t know how I fucked up all shots) so I have to wait until Monday before I can upload them (this is read “I don’t feel like dicking with Apple’s iPhoto or Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 4.0 in order to straighten them”).

I Went Back To Gainesville, And My City Was Gone
One of the biggest shocks I’ve had on this trip to Gainesville has been the closing of Joe’s Deli (after 32 years!), the changing names of University Book and Supply (next to Leonardo’s), and the demolition of the northwest corner of University and 13th Street, the one that used to house Burrito Brothers Taco Co. The icons of my time are leaving. R.I.P Whirylball, Purple Porpoise, Skeeter’s, and now these.

It’s been sixteen years since I left this town as a student. Gainesville has grown up and I don’t like it one bit.

A Man Walks Into A CD Store
Yesterday I hit a Gainesville CD store in search of some local music. The guy said that he didn’t have much in the way of new local music but that he might have some old local things that interest me in the $1 section. After digging around and giving up I decided that I wanted to buy the CD that they were playing in the store (good marketing scheme). Unfortunately the guy said that he only had the one promo disc that he was playing and none to sell (bad marketing scheme). I asked if he knew anything about the band and he said that their bio said that they were from Atlanta (and yet somehow I’ve never heard of them).

The band in question is Warmer In The Wake. Anyone heard of them? I’ve sent them an email asking for a disc to review. I’ll have to wait and see what happens.

ITP Flickr Pic
Beer for the room? Was that wrong?

Gainesville Has Yuengling!

Last night I found myself in my hotel room very early. Not wanting to go out an drink alone I decided to hang in the hotel room (this turned out to be a good idea since it rained like a mofo last night). I also decided that I should drink. I walked to the nearest convenience store near the hotel (because the liquor store near the hotel had been demolished) to see what they had to offer. Their stock wasn’t very robust, but I did manage to find Yuengling.

Has Anyone Who Gets On Survivor Watched Survivor?
Because of my early room return I was able to watch Survivor: China. This is Survivor’s fifteenth series and yet they somehow manage to find contestants who dress inappropriately and are baffled when they are told that they need to leave their stuff behind. Last night the losing team also seemed surprised and relieved that they were being granted fire at the end of their elimination ceremony. While this act of kindness may have not always occurred, I don’t think that this is the first time that the losing team was given fire.

Last night we also had a woman who didn’t label herself as being “religious” yet she couldn’t stay in a (reportedly) non-religious Buddhist welcome ceremony because in the Bible it says that she should not bow to any other God but Jesus Christ.

We also had a “Southern girl” (who is living in Atlanta) named Sherea who said that she wasn’t much of an “outdoor girl”. You are going on Survivor for fuck’s sake! After fourteen Survivor seasons you should know that you will be outdoors! This ain’t Big Brother!

Here comes the spoiler
Dick Donnato won Big Brother 8
The game no longer tastes like Chicken. In what I can only describe as a “we are voting you off because you are older, talk funny, and not one of the cool kids” move, the guy who calls himself “Chicken” was voted off. Would it have been cannibalism if they had killed him and eaten him? His name was Chicken afterall… I loved how mad he was when Jeff told him to take his torch and shove it up his butt.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – I feel fat and need to go on a diet. Beer sales in this country are sure to plummet.
Current Music – none
Website Of The Day – I loves me some breakfast food. Why I didn’t start a website like Mr. Breakfast still confounds me.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Mileage – 6.5 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – N/A

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 And Then There Was A Crack In The Weather

  1. Stacy says:

    Yay for spoiler alerts (ya little snot!). I’m going to once again try to get back into Survior season this year, having quit it halfway through last year. Due to TNDG, it’s sitting on the DVR once again, but I should have time this weekend to watch.

    Yuengling has a “black and tan?” Oh, of this I did not know! Because you were drinking good beer, it is more than acceptable to have in the hotel room: in fact, it really should be mandatory.

    I know how you feel about your college town turning around. When I went back up to UWSP last fall (the first visit back in 12 years), it was really kinda sad how much I didn’t recognize. It made me think: wow. I wonder if this is what the graduates a dozen years before ME went through when they came back to visit and it had changed so much for them? And I, of course, was merely just a freshman wandering around campus, oblivious to how it had ever been before, to the point that it never occurred to me that there WAS a before.

    Now I’m getting nostalgic. 🙂

    Screams went through much of that when we visited Ga.Southern this summer – all the bars we wanted to visit (that he had partied at when he was there) were no longer there. 🙁

  2. Amity says:

    I was kind of grossed out by everyone coming to the Immunity challenge in their underwear–esp. Sherea in the straight-up bra and panties! I wish that Gwen Stefani-lookin’ chick from New York would have gone. I know already she’s going to annoy the sh*t out of me. Ah well, Chicken, you sealed your own fate. When you’re asked your opinion, give it! My early favorite is the grave digger dude, followed by the ex-model (new tribe leader?).

  3. Barb says:

    I don’t think the grave digger can/will win, unless he is hiding his social skills. He is a stud though, best body this year by far. I’m thinking maybe the gay flight attendant could be interesting, if the poker player doesn’t mess up his game. Wasn’t the bleached blonde Gwen Stafani chick on the winning team?

  4. Steve says:

    Ba$tard!! Tempting me with a bottle of Yuengling!! Anytime I’m in Florida, (and for some reason, that has been quite often this year) I always drink it. Why can we get it in Georgia? Beats me.

    They even sell it in Alabama!


  5. Barb says:

    They sell in in SC, they sell it in NC too. We buy al least a case or 2 or 3 everytime we go out of state. Excellent cheap beer, it was only $8.59 a 12 pack on Brevard in July.
    Steve – I guess we better start making plans for a Skyline/Yuengling night……

  6. Stacy says:

    Ooooh, Paulie! You drove, right? I sense a great “black market” opportunity for you here with that beer…. Load up your car before you head home and you could make a hefty profit setting up a beer stand in your driveway! (I know I’d be right there in line)

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Didn’t drive, I flew this time. In fact we just landed at Hartsfield.

  8. Steve says:

    Now you’re talking Barb… we ate Skyline last night… oh so good.


  9. Nic says:

    hey paulie,
    hope you’re well!
    your blog friend theleila likes warm in the wake…

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Hey Nicola,

    I heard that you have gone through with your plans to move to the Northwest. Hope things are well with you as well.

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