Bah Humbug, Target!

It’s my own fault that I’ve waited so long to get the last couple of Christmas cards that I need to mail. This morning I was expecting Target to open early (7am) during the final push toward Christmas, but my plans were foiled when I drove up and found out that they didn’t open until 8am.

First Place? Ver’ Nice!
What do three people who attended UGA and one person who attended UF have in common? We were all winners last night at Team Trivia. Against all odds we managed to take first place with the final question — beating a team that had gotten every question correct until that point!

I’ll take no credit for getting the final question correct, but I don’t have to; that’s why it’s called team trivia.

Twelve Days Of ITP Flickr Pics
Each day through Christmas I will be picking my favorite photo for each month of 2007.

Today: October
Down But Not Out

In October I visited Cordele/Vienna for the Big Pig Jig, partied hard on Halloween, and witnessed Georgia’s drought firsthand at Sweetwater Creek State Park.

While driving around southern Georgia I saw this tree standing all alone in the middle of a field. I couldn’t help but stop to photograph it, even though the weather outside was fairly crummy.

Putting Money Where My Ears Are
I have become a huge fan of This American Life (although I wish they wouldn’t recycle so many stories). Rarely am I around a radio when TAL is broadcast so I’ve subscribed to its podcast feed. Yesterday I finally decided to help make sure that TAL is continued to be delivered to my iPod by donating money to the cause. I feel a little better about myself, and will have a nice small tax deduction come next April.

Too Much Online Security
“What?” you say? That’s right, I’m here to say that all of these added layers of “security” that online institutions are adding are nothing more than a hindrance to usage.

I consider myself to be an internet ninja, and if I cannot remember how to log onto my accounts because I have to hop through two or more layers of entering passwords, identifying pictures, or answering “personal” questions then how the hell can the casual internet user?

And for fuck’s sake if I finally get to the point where I am making my payment, the system better fucking work. I’m talking directly to you AT&T!

Maybe This Will Get Some Of You To Comment
What is your favorite adult beverage? More specifically, if you were to into a package store (say Green’s, Tower, or Toco Giant in Atlanta) what is the one thing that you seek out for yourself?

For me? I love beer, but not just any beer mind you. If I was in a part of the country in which New Belgium’s products were available then I’d definitely buy one of there beers. However, I live east of the Mississippi River so that is not an option. Therefore, if I am entering a liquor store for beer then it better be something that I can’t get in my local Kroger; I’ll be looking for something from La Trappe.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – all things considered, fair
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Nirvana — “Negative Creep” (I hope that this describes my weigh in 2008)
Website Of The Day – The Big Pig Jig is very different from Atlanta’s Macy*s (nee Rich’s) Pink Pig — warning sound plays, including a voice with a Southern accent that hasn’t been prevalent in these parts for decades.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 20.1 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 11

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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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33 Responses to Bah Humbug, Target!

  1. Martha says:

    Oh, lots to say today!

    As a continuation of yesterday…as luck would have it, Scott and I watched ‘The Last King of Scotland’ last night. It was pretty good, a little long, 120 minutes, the last 30 minutes are pretty intense…had to bury my head in his chest on a couple of occasions, you can imagine how much I hated that 😉

    You didn’t miss anything at Target, I was there on Tuesday and the card selection was pretty skimpy…Thankfully I only had to get one card.

    As for the beer, when I go to Green’s I usually pick up a few Golden Monkeys from lately I’ve been trying to pick up something new each time I go. I guess that would explain the surplus of beer at the homestead. I would stay away from the Horny Goat…not good. A big bottle of vodka makes an appearance every few months also.

    Congrats on the win…I think I’ll start trivia back up after the new year…I’ve been thinking about trying to get a team together in EAV, if anyone is interested.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I failed to mention that we only missed one question last night — another damn question about “Will & Grace” a tv series about which none at our table had any idea.

    As long as you keep the comments “above the belt” I am happy to read their contents. 🙂

    I only need one or two cards, but they must be mailed today. That’s why I was hoping Target would save me.

  3. Brody says:

    Bourbon (Eagle Rare to be specific) is my drink of choice but it’s usually requested that I stick to beer. Apparently, my friends think that bourbon makes me “mean” and an “a$$hole.” When bourbon is not an option, I go with Guinness.

  4. Barb says:

    so – what was the final question?

    sorry Martha, most likely Allan & I wouldn’t make to many EAV trivia nights. Charlie G’s isn’t too bad to get to, but going all the way thru the downtown connector & I-20 would get me back to the road rage attitude.

    I’d have to say Purple Haze or Turbo Dog. Everyone sees those in the beer fridge and has a fun comment.

    Rite-Aid (formerly Eckerd) has a large card selection. Or CVS, or Walgreens. Parking & checkout is much quicker at those places. I hate the big box stores for the most part.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Welcome to the comments, Brody! I just went to your blog (which I liked) and realized that I never added my Flickr widget back when I changed themes. Looks like I have another task to tackle.

    @Barb: Working near Perimeter Mall is the worst for “convenience.” I might have to fight my way over to the mall for the cards instead of making it over to Target. The closest pharmacy is a short (in distance, long in time) drive from the office.

  6. Bob says:

    My attitude towards drinking has changed since my little hiatus (sp). I no longer will swill down 10 or 12 Budweisers just to do it. I’m going to say I graduated to higher quality, higher gravity beers.

    Have you tried Hennepin from Ommegang? That is currently one of my favorites.

    If you want a superb local brew try this years Sweetwater Festive Ale. Awesome batch this year!

    I think I may even take the brewing equipment out of retirement and brew a batch of beer for my birthday.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    > I no longer will swill down 10 or 12 Budweisers just to do it. I’m going to say I graduated to higher quality, higher gravity beers.

    Welcome to adulthood Bob. It’s about time you joined the rest of us. 🙂

    I’ve had a lot of different things from Ommegang and have enjoyed them all. I’ll have to try the ’07 Festive. I just consumed the ’06 last Sunday and it was quite tasty.

    You have a birthday coming up soon? Man it seems like just yesterday I made the trek out to Roswell…

  8. Martha says:

    >Welcome to adulthood Bob. It’s about time you joined the rest of us

    When did this happen??? I’ll try to remember this come Christmas Day.

    I promise to keep my comments PG

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Hey, adults have been known to dance with dogs. I’m just sayin’

  10. Bob says:

    Yeah, I had to drag myself into adulthood. I was kicking and screaming the whole way. It’s not too bad over here, I’m starting to like it.

    I may have to have another get together up here OTP. Since Laura is bed ridden it’s not looking like she will be seen ITP until baby arrives.

    Maybe when the home brew reaches fruition I’ll have a ‘tasting’.

  11. Steve says:

    I just want to say I was amazed at the number of comments and the variety of people who are actually “working”. I thought I would be the only one around today.


  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’ll keep my eye on my email for an invite. 🙂

  13. Stacy says:

    I’m with you, Barb. Charlie G’s is easy enough coming from da Norte [sic]. EAV would not-so-much-be. And that’s putting it nicely. I’m still game for the G’s on Tuesdays and my roommate might start joining us too!

    Paulie, if your quesiton was what Will and Grace’s last names were, we had that one a few weeks ago. 🙂

    Adult beverages….hmmm. It’s easier to name what I don’t like: white wine (love the red), Budweiser products, anything cherry flavored, Jagermeisther, Rumpleminz, and Goldschleiger. Most of what I don’t like is something I’ve had a major “incident” with in the past. Also not a big fan of the “Pete’s Wickeds.” Not sure why with those though.

  14. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Steve, I was thinking the same thing!

    Nothing brings people together like the discussion of alcohol. W00t!

  15. Stacy says:

    P.S. I think Bob should register his website.

  16. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Oh yeah?! Maybe EAV doesn’t want you outsiders. 😛

    The question was something to do with who played the mother of Will’s child.

  17. Martha says:

    Yeah…EAV is pretty exclusive, we don’t just let anyone in…

    Wil didn’t have a child, Jack did and it was Rosie O’Donald (I think)

  18. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    > Wil didn’t have a child, Jack did and it was Rosie O’Donald (I think)

    You are correct, and I have further proved that I never saw that show.

  19. Lisa says:

    Just to prove I occasionally look at your blog I decided to pipe in! Yep, alcohol will cause quite a discussion. My favorite beer… Highland Kashmir IPA or Cottonwood Endo. I’m really not that fancy but my favorite alcohol is red wine of the Austrailian varitey. I didn’t want to say anything about the dog comment, but come on! Sugar made the 12 days of pictures or whatever you call it. Not to mention she LOVES you!

  20. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I play well with

    – dogs
    – children
    – the mothers of the girls I date (which has become a much smaller population since I have gotten old and haven’t been able to find anyone to date in a long while)

  21. Steve says:

    Lisa?? Lisa CHEESE? Nice to see you lurking.


  22. Elizabeth says:

    Bourbon for me… Maker’s Mark is pretty much my standard.

  23. Martha says:

    >bourbon makes me “mean” and an “a$$hole.”

    I’ve seen that happen with another…malt liquor will do it too.

  24. Lisa says:

    Yep, that’s me, FP! “Lurking”… you make me sound so naughty!

    Paul, I can say with firsthand info I agree you play well with both dogs and kids. And even though I never dated you, my mom likes you!

  25. willy says:

    F P….. Judging by the number of comments ;many folks at work…..little work actually being accomplished!!!! Willy.

  26. Martha says:

    Now come on…I’m here working my fingers to the bone for the Feds. Your tax dollars at work.

  27. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    All of these comments have made my day. However, apparently no one has found the Easter Egg (which seems odd around Christmas time) that I have placed into today’s entry.

  28. Cory says:

    >”…no one has found the Easter Egg…”

    I won’t ruin it for everyone else, but my answer to the implied easter-egg question is “They aren’t.” But I’m horribly biased. 😉

  29. Martha says:

    I found it, the hint gave it away.

  30. Barb says:

    okay- what is the Easter Egg??? I know I won’t find it.

    Hi lurking Lisa! See you at Cheddarhead? Maybe we will actually get together this time, Allan is working NYE, so we can make it to the hash.

    Allan likes Booker’s, but it is expensive Boubon, so he drinks Maker’s Mark.

  31. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    The Easter Egg has something to do with that bastion of higher education to the east of Atlanta.

  32. Barb says:

    now I get it……. and I’m not most of the time.

  33. Elizabeth says:

    Hey Martha – I’m a Fed Contractor…you work in SNAFC?

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