Even though I felt lousy when I left work and the temperature had dropped more than I expected when I had dressed in the morning, I hopped off the train at Arts Center and started my walk toward George’s. The plan was to have some dinner and and two beers, say my “Good-byes”, and walk the remaining distance to my car.
Unfortunately for me (well, my weight anyway) two beers turned into three, four, and five (and six?). By the time that I was one of the final three hashers in George’s (what has happened to the hash when I am last!?!) I had accepted a ride back to my car.
ITP Flickr Pic
I was smart enough to bring my camera along with me for the walk.
This may sound stupid, but I think that I am finally starting to understand some of this photography stuff. I would like to have had the foreground of this shot a little brighter but then I would have blown out the sky. I tweaked this photo slightly in Lightroom but you might imagine that I didn’t have much time to play around with it when I arrived home.
Momma Told Me “You Better Shop Around”
For as much as I scream to the masses “Back up before it’s too late!!!” my own strategy is feeble. I have started making strides to correct this. I have eliminated one computer from my collection, thus eliminating a place for documents to go, be forgotten, and never get backed up. I have started looking into Apple’s Automator so that I can create an action which will move all documents (read “documents, music, videos, photos”) to a centralized hard drive (my Hammer Storage NAS). And finally yesterday I ordered two external hard drives that I will use as off-site storage (Yes, you need this too. What would happen if your house burned/flooded, or in my neighborhood got broken into?). In my situation burning to CDs or DVDs is not a great option.
My first stop for computer equipment purchases is Newegg, followed by Amazon (because I get free three-day shipping). For the 320GB external drive that I had in mind Newegg provided the best price, but was charging $7+ for shipping (and I planned to buy two). Unfortunately, Amazon did not sell the same item. My next move was to go to Pricegrabber for price comparisons. According to Pricegrabber Buy.com had the same item for about $5 more than Newegg, but they provided free shipping. As seems to happen too often on the internet, when I went to Buy.com they did not have the item in stock. I then returned to Pricegrabber to see that B&H Photo, one of my main sources for camera gear, also sold the hard drive for around the same price as Newegg. With the knowledge that my NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) membership gets me free shipping from B&H Photo I headed over and made the purchase.
A complicated story which took me longer to type for this blog than it did to execute.
Ladies, look out!
In the last three weeks I have gotten confirmation that four different couples have become pregnant — each with their first child. Remember the two weddings I went to last year? They are both expecting.
This just in!: I have just found out that another of my friends is expecting. This will be her second, so make that tally five.
It’s not often that I will tout my inability to meet women as a “benefit”, but I’ve not had the fear of impregnating a women in “some time.” Of course I wouldn’t have non-marital sex without “protection”, that would be silly.
I’m just saying…
Some Dreams Faltering, Some Dreams Forming
The signs are there. My efforts are pointless. Should it be time to move on? I hate this part of my life. Argh.
On the positive side, I am starting my planning for Paulie Tour ’08. Currently I know that I will be in southern Colorado for Labor Day in September attending the Colorado Invihashional. I am contemplating tacking on time in New Mexico following the event to do some photography. Other thoughts are going to Canada’s Maritime region (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island), or Ireland and/or Scotland.
Care to offer some input?
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – deflated mentally, inflated physically
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Akron/Family — “Ed Is A Portal”
Website Of The Day – Because I adore Luria Petrucci (aka Cali Lewis) I will pimp two of her websites today iCali TV and Dear Cali.
Exercise (b)Log – walking, approximately 2 miles
Monthly Mileage – 11 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
1) Find happiness