I beat myself up too much. I beat myself up because it’s been a long time since the women in whom I have interest have reciprocated my interest. This weekend I beat myself up because I chose to stay at home on Saturday evening instead of braving the cold (and possible poor road conditions) and going to my friend’s birthday party. And I beat myself up because I didn’t make it to the Black Sheep hash. It’s a tough way to live, and I am trying to let it go.
Read Along With Me
Today’s passage from Notes To Myself.
When I get to where I can enjoy just lying on the rug picking up lint balls I will no longer be too ambitious.
To all who have helped me — Thanks.
The Snow Must Go On! Or, I Hate It When That Happens; I Love It When That Happens.
Friday was a frustrating day. On Friday I determined that the hard drive on which I keep my iTunes library was starting to crap out and all efforts to copy my music to another drive were running into problems. btw- Guess who still doesn’t have a functioning backup strategy? After banging my head on the desk a few times I gave up and decided to head up to East Atlanta Village in order to take my mind off of my problems. Earlier in the day I found out that the Yeasayer show at The EARL was sold out so I decided to leave the camera gear at home.
I drove, yes drove, up to East Atlanta Village. In years past I would have walked to the village ten times out of ten, but with much news about increased crime, along with a sketchy weather prediction, I decided to drive. EAV that evening was fucking Hipsterville! I had to circle the village twice before I decided on taking parking two blocks from the village (and about three blocks from my house). Here is what my effort got me…
- The EARL was packed (as I knew it would be): I hate it when that happens
- The show turned out to be a non-smoking show: I love it when that happens
- The bill was flipped so that the band I was going to see was not headlining: I hate it when that happens
- This meant that I’d be home about an hour earlier: I love it when that happens
- People at the show couldn’t keep their damn mouths closed during songs: I hate it when that happens
- Appearing frustrated the lead singer cut his finger during slamming a cymbal during the show and then threw water from a water bottle on the crowd (myself included): I hate it when that happens
- The band (Yeasayer) put on a great show regardless: I love it when that happens
- The girls at the show were young and beautiful: I love it when that happens
- I felt like a dirty old man who knew that he had no shot (nor should he) with them: I hate it when that happens
Just another night in the life of Paulie.
ITP Flickr Pic
Here’s why I decided not to go to the party.
I’m sure that the party was a blast and that a fine time was had by all. I do regret not going, I feel kind of cowardly for staying at home.
I Snow You Are, But What Am I?
In case there was any doubt that I have committed to training; all doubts were squelched as I ran twice this weekend as scheduled. Before I discuss my runs let me tell you how much I love the Champion Fusion work-out pants that I bought at Target for $15 the other day. These pants kept my legs from getting cold during my running this weekend.
On Saturday morning I stretched and ran my three-mile course before the snow started to accumulate. I am not much of a morning runner, which is kind of funny since all races start pretty early, but I figured that the weather was only going to get more dreadful than the cold, spitting rain that was occurring at my departure.
On Sunday morning I decided to let the temperature get near freezing before heading out. Sadly, this decision meant that I would be unable to drive to the Black Sheep hash. I know what you are thinking… “Why didn’t you just run the hash and count that as a training run?” I considered that, but then I remembered that I am training for a road run so I need to get the road running mileage.
My runs were good, but not great; I still needed to stop and walk every once in a while in order to catch my breath and give my legs a respite. It’s possible that my upcoming long runs may be done in the Jeff Galloway methodology.
Meet The “Above 2:00:00” Laptop
btw- Is “Above 2:00:00” best antonym for “Sub 2:00:00”?
Even with great music pumping through my ears running alone gives me a lot of time to think. I’ve been thinking a lot about the MacBook Air and how it may not be the best computer for my needs. I also came to the realization that none of my training runs, even those as short as three miles, have been done at a pace slower than ten-minutes-per-mile, and that will never get me below two hours for a half marathon.
Isn’t she beautiful!?!? Sure she’s not as thin as the girl I introduced last week, but I don’t mind. This should prove once and for all that the reason I am not married is because I only seek super-model good looks.
I will love her; I will take her everywhere I travel; She will get the treatment that those who have passed on me could only hope to get.
And for those wondering why I am not considering a MacBook Pro, it’s all about the screen size baby. A fifteen in screen is too large for travel in my world.
They Picked Up Crabs In Alaska
If you were busy watching the Packers lose to the NY Giants instead of watching the finale of The Amazing Race you probably want to skip to the end.
How much hemp can one million pre-tax dollars buy? I guess that we are about to find out as TK and Rachel have officially won The Amazing Race. While it won’t go down as the most dramatic finish to The Amazing Race it was all even until the final challenge. I was rather impressed at the way the contestants were able to remember the details of their adventures. I suppose that since they lived the race instead of just watching it on tv helped immensely.
Overall I think that this season was a success. There was enough personal drama to overcome what I considered to be a less-than-stellar array of travel and competitions. I think the Speed Bump was okay, but I miss having the “spared” contestants give away all of their possessions and having to beg for money. I’ve not watched all seasons of The Amazing Race so I have a question. Is this the first time that the team who has won it all was last during a non-elimination leg? Did Uchenna and Joyce pull off the same feat?
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – sad and lonely but trying to let it go because I don’t like feeling like this; oh, and I am jealous of those of you who don’t have to be at work today
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Postal Service — “We Will Become Silhouettes”
Website Of The Day – I found out that if I pre-order the new Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks disc at Criminal Records that I can get an account for Buy Early Get Now and stream the record before it comes out. Ver’ cool!
Exercise (b)Log – running, 3 miles Saturday; running, 6 miles Sunday
Monthly Foot Mileage – 37.5 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Monday Morning Weigh In – 201 pounds
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car (can’t be holiday traffic)
Monthly Marta Rides – 6
1) Run no fewer than 50 miles
2) Ride Marta no fewer than sixteen times (eight round-trips) [not going to get there]
3) Read at least one book