I’m A Veteran Of Foreign Beers

I was lucky enough to be to be born in the window of opportunity which made me way too young for Vietnam and too old for the current situation under which we find ourselves. For that luck I am more than thankful. This Sunday is Veteran’s Day (November 11th — one of those rare US holidays that always falls on the same date) and I urge you to either thank any veterans that you know, or spend a second or two to think about those men and women who served this country in times of war.

Now if we could only figure out a way to stop losing our civil liberties in the name of “fighting the terrorists….”

Here’s Something I Don’t Say Often
I’m happy today
My commute on Marta yesterday was efficient and pleasurable. While I did have to wait a little while for trains to arrive there was nary a hiccup and my commute only took the standard hour.

So naturally I drove to work today.

On the trip home yesterday I began reading Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3 which arrived from Amazon yesterday. I know. I know. I am the last person in the world who should be buying more books, but this one I plan to read — I swear.

Also arriving in the post yesterday from Amazon was Michael Ruhlman’s The Elements of Cooking: Translating the Chef’s Craft for Every Kitchen. Ruhlman will be in Atlanta next Thursday tonight doing a ($70 per person!) demonstration at the Viking cookware store in Buckhead. In his blog Ruhlman mentioned that if he can hook up with an independent bookstore he’d be willing to do a free book signing as well. Can anyone out there think of an independent bookstore in Atlanta? I cannot.

ITP Flickr Pic
This was taken the other night with my Canon PowerShot SD750 from my seat, well a seat six rows closer to the ice than my seat to be exact.

From My Seat The Players Look Like Ants

I received great news yesterday that on the Friday following Thanksgiving I will be attending the game in a seat much closer! And since it will be after Thanksgiving my self-imposed drinking ban will be lifted. W00t!

Strange Office Matters
Talk about taking an odd idea and running with it. Did anyone else watch last night’s The Office? Perhaps the strangest moment of the show for me was how Jim was portrayed as an up and coming Michael.

Humor is most biting when it hits close to home. Not that I would ever try to combine birthdays or anything…

btw- Happy Birthday to all of you I’ve forgotten about this year!

Obligatory Survivor Spoiler Warning
I for one will miss Jean Robert. His comparisons of Survivor to poker last night were weak, but by-and-large I think that his abrasive personality was good television.

Am I the only one who wants to like Courtney but cannot stand her one bit? She’s a pretty girl, in need of at least thirty pounds, who irritates me constantly. I think that it’s because she’s a 26 year old woman who still seems to act like a high schooler (at least as presented by CBS’ editors).

I felt that Denise got the real screw job last night. Talk about your outsiders… First she didn’t get picked for either team in the reward challenge, which unfairly banished her to the losing team with no hope of reward. Then, she was the only one to vote for Peih-Gee giving further evidence that no one talked to her prior to Tribal Council. Poor “little” mullet-sporting lunch lady from Mass.

While it will never happen my new pick to win is Amanda. Any woman who can look that good rocking the glasses after twenty-four days of Survivor is alright by me.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – better than yesterday because I don’t feel ill
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Pavement — “In The Mouth Of A Desert” (I still have a serious desire to see Malkmus in concert)
Website Of The Day – My friend Maigh just got a Nikon D80 (trumping my camera until my D300 arrives next month). For her I will post a link to a valuable resource for Nikon owners The Nikonians.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing because I felt crappy
Monthly Foot Mileage – 19.5 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
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 I’m A Veteran Of Foreign Beers

  1. Barb says:

    For some unknown reason, my tivo didn’t tape Survivor last night. I turned on the TV at 8:50ish when we got home from dinner (Cerviche – a new mexican place in Old Roswell, prego Trick & CMB says Hi everyone) and there was no little red light on……. So, I watched the tribal council, but it really makes no sense when you don’t know what led up to those votes. I guess i get to surf for a good recap today.

  2. David says:

    The lack of beer must be going to your head…there’s the independent bookstore Bound To Be Read Books is in EATL, and listed on your web site, no less.

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    This episode was all about making fun of Jean-Robert. His team won the reward challenge (handily) and were fed (again!) at an ancient Chinese village. At dinner the team opened the clues and JR was all “Wow, this is huge! I am going to find this thing” while Amanda, Todd, and James smirked all smugly.

    JR eventually figured out where the idol was and thought that he had it (duh, did he not pay attention to Jaime?) at which point he was clued in that James possessed both and that he was shit out of luck.

    He tried his best to blindside James, but Smirky McSmirk-A-Lot (Todd) convinced the group to oust JR.

    Courtney won individual immunity because the challenge was decided by balance. They sat on barrels which were losing water through a spout in the bottom; the more water lost the more unstable the barrel became. It was not surprising that the order of falling seemed to follow the amount of weight possessed by the contestant.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Good point David.

    I did think of Bound To Be Read Books but since I have never been in it (shame on me) I didn’t know if they sold new books or used books.

    I can’t wait until I start drinking again so that I can be smarter. 🙂

  5. Martha says:

    I was going to say the same thing about BTBR…I hate to say I haven’t been in either…I guess a field trip is in order. I do know that they sell both new and used books though…they can order something if they don’t have it.

    Amazon.com is just too easy.

  6. Barb says:

    thanks for the Survivor update – has everyone figured out it is time to get rid of Todd yet? I won’t miss Jean Robert – he was quite annoying.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Amanda is wary of how Todd’s decision making is all over the place, but there is no indication that his name will be written down any time soon.

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