Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

Thankfully this has nothing to do with dentistry.

In March of 2008 I will become a nine-year resident of East Atlanta. In that time I’ve seen a lot of businesses come and go. This month I have decided to increase the amount of spending that I do in the village in order to support my ‘hood.

On Friday I ate lunch at Flat Iron, walked to the Post Office to ship off a Netflix movie and buy stamps (I know this isn’t really a local shop), dropped into Bound To Be Read books (bought nothing because I can’t read what I already own), and went into Traders where I bought a couple of Christmas ornaments and a Christmas card for my mother.

On Saturday I ate breakfast at Kasan Red, walked to Ace Hardware and purchased a gift to donate to a toy drive, and the headed to Joe’s Coffee shop where I dropped off the toy and bought a gingerbread latte (for some liquid Christmas spirit); I decided not to get my photo taken with Santa Claus. At night I stopped into Grant Central East to eat a sandwich and drink a soda.

On Sunday my only support was to stop at the local Wendy’s on my way home from the hash. I was really tired and stunk to high-heaven so I felt that it was best to use a drive-through and head straight home.

Scan-O-Rama
About a week ago I found out that my scanner works much better now that I’ve installed Photoshop Elements on my Windows laptop. I spent the better part of Friday night going through my shoe box of memories and scanning in some of the better photos. For the most part I realized that photos from the 1970s were really blurry (at least those taken by my family) and have a tendency to fade.

Every once in a while I’ll be including one of the photos scanned in this blog. You probably will never see the truly embarrassing ones of me however.

Twelve Days Of ITP Flickr Pic
From today through Christmas I will be picking my favorite photo for each month of 2007.

Today: January
Mmmmmm Donut

This was taken on a downtown photo stroll that I did with my good friends Stacy and Phil.

World’s Worst Trivia
I was supposed to go to Eddie’s Attic on Saturday night to see Josh Joplin (pictured below from a 2001-ish photo I scanned in on Friday night)

Josh Joplin Group

Unfortunately due to circumstances out of my control I didn’t go. Instead I took up an offer to go to the Corner Tavern in East Point to join a trivia team in a tournament. It was perhaps the worst set of trivia that I have ever experienced. Out of sixteen questions not a single one dealt with sports. The only sports-related question (“In which year did Magic Johnson reveal that he was HIV+?”) was one part of a ten-part bonus question. Further, of the sixteen questions there were two about presidents of the United States, and there was one five-part bonus question about the Bill Of Rights. Ugh.

Needless to say we didn’t fare well.

How Is A Hash Trail Like A Vagina?
I can’t seem to master either? No, nice guess though.

On yesterday’s arduous trail, most of which I spent alone, I concocted a brilliant analogy between how that trail was like a vagina

  1. It took a long time for me to find (it started about 45 miles away from my house)
  2. Like all good ones it was well-groomed
  3. I knew that I was not the first person on it
  4. Regardless, I was up and down on it for two hours
  5. I will probably never be on this one again
  6. When I was done with it I just wanted to go to sleep
  7. Hopefully during the next few days I won’t discover that I’ve contracted a disease from being on it

I’M HERE ALLS THE WEEK! TRY THE VEAL!

Perhaps my brain got fried by the trail or the two beers that I consumed before the trail trial started, because when it was my turn to recite my cleverly crafted monologue I blew it. Hmm, that sounds familiar as well.

The Amazing Race 12: Watch Jennifer And Nate’s Relationship Melt Like A Snowball In Southtown
I get a perverse pleasure watching relationships disintegrate on The Amazing Race Bitter? Me? Perhaps a little.

We finally had our first Amazing Bad Luck Screw Job last night as teams flying through Prague missed their connecting flight. I know that this is all part of the game, but much like when a team experiences a mechanical breakdown I feel that they get screwed. However, I was laughing my ass off when Jennifer and Nate lost out on first place because the taxi driver refused to take them because they were wet. Jennifer’s subsequent meltdown, in addition to the one she had when Phil sent them back to take “official transportation” to the end had me in stitches.

I am becoming more impressed with Christina. While Moronald will never become the father she’d like to have they are working better as a team and she is getting better at getting him to shut the fuck up. Christina’s comment about how nicely Moronald acted toward the ticket agent and that’s how he should act toward her was spot-on. SPOILER #1 I never would have expected them to finish first.

SPOILER #2 And who would have expected Gramps and Donothan to beat A&H (I can’t be bothered to spell out their names any longer)? I picked A&H to finish in the top three.

We’ll have to wait two weeks for another episode (thanks to Survivor: China‘s hurry-up-and-get-this-shit-done double shot this week), when apparently we’ll see more relationship strife — this time it will be Goth Strife!

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – all things considered, not bad. the thumb is nearly back to normal; I’ve an optometrist appointment today; this week I need to fight the double-billing associated with my physical six weeks ago (argh!)
Current MusicWOXY‘s Holiday Mixer
Website Of The Day – Who knew that the East Atlanta Village had a website? Not me, until now…
Exercise (b)Log – hashing, ~5 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 15.3 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 4

December Goals
1) Run no fewer than 50 miles
2) Ride Marta no fewer than twenty times (ten round-trips)
3) Read at least one book

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

  1. Gentri says:

    … and now in the “as usual, not giving himself any credit” corner, is Wee Little Bit, ready to go 9 rounds with his nemesis “bad Paulie”! Your analogy was funny as shit and the whole circle was laughing! Finding them is easy enough, it’s the gnawing off my your arm to escape that you wouldn’t find nice… not that there is anything wrong with that either!!! 😉

    The trail was great but those 6 miles kicked my a**… it was a one beer hash for me, an event never before seen!

    FYI I highly recommend Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” at the Shakespeare Tavern, just, like “dude” don’t forget your Smoking Bishop like Bwana did!

  2. Martha says:

    Yes, trivia did suck. I’m guessing my problem was, that due to the slow service, I have never played trivia that sober. As you can see from the pictures later in the evening I recitified that problem.

    You should have come out, it was a lot of fun and you missed Jangels the shot pouring elf. Oy Vey!!

    FYI Scott was Santa at Joe’s

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I felt like ass driving home. I seriously thought that I might fall asleep. I followed Jill’s (the GPS) advice and went down US41 to Barrett Pkwy before hoking up with I75. I thought that it was a good call for getting food, but nothing appealed to me that early on in the drive home.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    > You should have come out, it was a lot of fun and you missed Jangels the shot pouring elf. Oy Vey!!

    I was asleep by 9pm on Saturday night. Sad but true.

    > FYI Scott was Santa at Joe’s

    Then it’s a good thing that I didn’t sit on Santa’s lap, I would have crushed him.

    BTW- It looks like my email notifications are still FUBAR, that is why I am slow to respond today.

  5. Martha says:

    Hey, he’s tougher than he looks!

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    That may be true but I don’t want to be labeled as the guy who broke Santa Claus. Think about the kids for once, will ya? 🙂

  7. Martha says:

    If anyone is going to break Santa it is me 😉

  8. Stacy says:

    That donut picture is still one of my favorites. 🙂 And like you said on Saturday, I still can’t believe that was JANUARY of last year!

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