Happy Erection Day!

Huh? Election Day? Goddammit, that’s what I get for hiring overseas scab comedy writers during this writers’ strike.

Sobriety Test
Last night was the second night of my sobriety test. I am attempting to go alcohol-free until Thanksgiving Day (that’s November 22nd for those not following the US calendar). Will it be hard? Yes. Will it be the hardest thing I have ever done? No, actually far from it.

Activities that will make this slightly difficult

  • Hashing: although I have actually hashed without drinking
  • Hockey games: those Gorin’s big beers will be awfully tempting
  • Concerts: I can’t recall the last time I didn’t drink while at a show
  • George’s: shouldn’t be too hard, it’s not like the beer flows for free

I will allow myself to cook with alcohol, but not drink it. In the end I hope to lose a few pounds, gain a little self-confidence, save a little money, and experience life a little differently.

ITP Flickr Pic (Twofer Tuesday Style)
I see a lot of myself in this tree

Hang In There Baby

Although things do not look great for it, it has not yet given up trying to hang in there..

As an added bonus this photo also encapsulates today’s feelings

Good Advice

“Stop before it’s too late and you head over a cliff.”

A Lot Of Hard Work For Naught
For the past week I have been going back to every ITP post turning off comments in an attempt to stop comment spam. Somehow those asshats have figured out how to comment on posts which have comments disabled because I received an email asking me to moderate a new comment which was posted on a previously-altered entry. Crap! Crap! Crap!

I am attempting to fight this by starting to blacklist some words. So far the blacklist only contains the brand names of medication commonly found in spam comments. I apologize to you for having to do this, but I don’t want to spend the time fighting off these motherfuckers one comment at a time.

I Believe (That I Will Be) In Blueland
Do you think that Philips Electronics is happy that the Thrashers refer to the arena as “Blueland” instead of “Philips Arena?” After all, they did pay a lot of money for the naming rights.

Regardless I will be in the building tonight watching “our” Atlanta Thrashers take on the Washington CAPITALS (oops, that was a typing pun as I accidentally hit the Caps Lock key as I was typing the first letter.)

As you have just read I will not be drinking tonight. However, I will be down in CNN Center early enough to grab some dinner before the game. Look for me, I will be the one in the Thrashers baseball cap. If you don’t see me in CNN Center then you can always look for me during the game. Here’s a visual of where I will be…

(photo credit: Gentri)

Except the “my” in that photo does not refer to me, and to be completely honest, I will actually be in a nose-bleed section on the other end of the ice.

CD Pick Of The Week
I really don’t recognize much of what’s being released today. I am familiar with Sigur Ros but can’t say that I really enjoy it. So, therefore this weekend I am going to suggest something completely different. This week I suggest going to Amazon and trying out their mp3 download service. If you need a musical selection to download, why not get that new Okkervil River “disc” called “The Stage Names”.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – crummy
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Okkervil River — “Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe” (what a coincidence, no?)
Website Of The Day – I wonder if NY Girl Of My Dreams would work for me when I ride Marta?
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 14.5 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To WorkMarta
Beers Consumed Since 11/03 – 0

November Goals
1) Run no fewer than 25 miles
2) Not worry about running the Atlanta Half-Marathon
3) Read at least one book

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to Happy Erection Day!

  1. Martha says:

    So no drinking??

    I know a few other people that are ‘on the wagon’ until Thanksgiving…I hope you do better than they are doing.

    ‘ itÒ€ℒs not like the beer flows for free ‘ – that’s one of the reason I stopped going…it does seem like the beer flows for free, maybe you just don’t flirt enough? πŸ˜‰ Ah, who am I kidding, I’ll be there tomorrow night!

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Yep, no drinking. After the last two weekends I am not surprised that I am not alone (at least with not wanting to drink too much).

    Actually, as I typed that I thought how wrong it was. George’s is the only time hashers are so willing to part with beer. πŸ˜‰

    I *should* be there tomorrow night — weather and business meetings willing.

  3. Barb says:

    I won’t be at George’s tomorrow night, I know that shocks you πŸ˜‰
    I’ve been thinking I should stop drinking for a while, just to do it, but I know I would fail. I have no will power if I’m around others drinking. So, maybe just cutting back is a better idea. I can convince myself to not drink out & about when I have to pay for the beer/wine, but if it is free…..

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’m sure it’s hard for you to stop drinking with that entire refrigerator filled with quality beer. πŸ™‚

  5. Gentri says:

    You thought so little of my seats! Have fun at the game, even that high up, it’s still always been fun! πŸ˜‰

    Moderation is always good to try and attain! With beer at $5 bucks a pitcher at George’s I think I can afford to “splurge” and skip a $5 dollar pint somewhere else, that bargain won’t be around for ever!

  6. I’ll agree that $5 per pitcher that won’t be around a long time. If money was the only issue I’d be practicing moderation rather than abstinence. I should weigh myself tomorrow morning to see if I lose any weight during this time period.

  7. Tessa says:

    You’re inspiring me to follow in suit. I declare right here on ITP that I will not drink until Thanksgiving! This may prove to be quite difficult. There will be lots of Shirley Temples in the upcoming month. πŸ˜‰

  8. Bravo! You can do it Tessa! πŸ™‚

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