It Was The Definition Of A Screeching Halt

Before we get too far along, how was your day off yesterday? Relaxing? That’s fantastic! In case you didn’t know I posted yesterday so you may want to scan it to see what you missed. 🙂

And we’re back…

As the Jackmobile’s odometer topped 70,000 today I thought that I was going to lose her. During my commute in The Connector traffic came to an unexpected halt (and for no reason of course). I had plenty of time and wherewithal to come to a complete stop but as I heard the screeching of tires directly behind me I started to worry. Luckily the person behind me managed to halt his/her car without hitting anything around it us, including me. Yet another reason I should be riding Marta more often, but I’ve got things to do today…

Read Along With Me
Today’s passage from Notes To Myself.

I’m holding this cat in my arms so it can sleep, and what more is there.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

Well, That’s Never Happened Before
Yesterday I fell prey to my own money-making scheme! That’s right, yesterday I wound up buying something from solely because I saw it advertised on the Amazon widget on

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I won’t use my new Le Cruiset 2.75-quart oval Dutch Oven often (especially since I’ve started cooking again), it’s that I decided that I bought it because I saw it advertised that has me flummoxed.

Advertising… it’s what’s for dinner.

ITP Flickr Pic
In a moment of what could only be described as blind optimism I recently bought two tickets to see Paula Poundstone in concert at the end of March.

Paula, With Paulie And Who?

I will either find a (female) date for this show or I will go alone.

Mark Your Calendars, It’s Only Six Months Away
Happy half-birthday to me! As of today I am 42.5 years old and here is what I might be doing on the day that I become forty-three.

– July 22, Atlanta, GA – Rush @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

As I was thinking about this concert when I first heard about it on Friday I laughed because I calculated that if I go to this concert there will have been a twenty-five year span between Rush concerts for me. I have to admit that it will be very strange seeing Rush in concert again, especially since I know that I won’t be able to go into high school the next day and play drums on my desk as if I was Neal Peart the way I did in 1983.

There are a few hurdles in the way of this birthday gift however. First, where the heck is the “Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre?” Is this what I once knew as the Lakewood Amphitheater (or Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater, or Coca-Cola Amphitheater)? Also I am certain that this will be a show whose ticket I must purchase through Ticketmaster. Man, I really hate Ticketmaster…

Well That Was Simple
This week I read a book. Don’t be too impressed however because even though it wasn’t one of the “Dick and Jane” series, it was only one hundred pages long.

The book I read this week is called The Laws of Simplicity (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life) (just a straight Amazon link, I won’t try to make money on this one) which deals with using simplicity to improve products and the ways that consumers perceive products. It wasn’t the most in-depth discussion of the topic (the book was only one-hundred pages) but it did offer enough thought-provoking ideas to make it a worthwhile read for me. As always, you mileage will vary.

CD Pick Of The Week
Given the players involved with which I have some familiarity — Cat Power, Super Furry Animals, Whigs — my natural inclination is to pick the new one from Super Furry Animals. I will warn you that this disc is currently defining “mixed critical reviews” as the critics seem to either love it or hate it.

I’ve not heard anything from the new Cat Power or Whigs, so if you’ve had some exposure to these I’d be interested in hearing from you.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – good; determining how I am going to get a 3.5 mile run in today
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Manchester Orchestra — “Golden Ticket” (They are playing somewhere in Atlanta on Friday night. Do yourself a favor and go see them.)
Website Of The Day The Laws of Simplicity also has an accompanying blog — such a novel idea for a book that is not a novel.
Exercise (b)Log – strengthening and stretching (I still want to improve this workout)
Monthly Foot Mileage – 37.5 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 6

January Goals
1) Run no fewer than 50 miles [on pace]
2) Ride Marta no fewer than sixteen times (eight round-trips) [not going to get there]
3) Read at least one book [done]

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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21 Responses to It Was The Definition Of A Screeching Halt

  1. Steve says:

    Happy 42.5!! I can’t believe Rush is still out touring… probably with their nurses.
    I laughed out loud at you succumbing to your own advertising. And I believe the Verizon Amphitheater is the new venue in Alpharetta.

    I worked yesterday… not at the Fed, but I was working nonetheless.


  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I believe Rush is the latest in the reform-to-milk-a-buck-out-of-an-aging-fanbase crowd.

    Alpharetta? Ick! Oh well, if I must, I must. 😉

    Your farm-living now, you’ll never get another day off my friend.

  3. Stacy says:

    Happy Half Birthday! In grade school, all the summer kids always celebrated their half birthdays so we could have our own special day just like the school year kids. Of course, “our own special day” usually meant Mom having to bake cupcakes for a class of 30.

    Sorry to hear about the close call – I’m glad you’re safe! Man, that certainly does wake a person up in the morning though, doesn’t it?

  4. Steve says:

    “Your farm-living now, you’ll never get another day off my friend.”

    Thanks for the reminder. I’d enjoy the chores if there weren’t so many repair issues…


  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    @Stacy: Thanks!

    @Steve: Repair issues? You know, as I certainly do, that those aren’t isolated to farm living.

  6. Martha says:

    > repair issues

    I’m sitting at home right now waiting on a call from the plumber…

  7. Barb says:

    That new ampitheatre is so close to my old house. And IF you ever went to the Tour De Georgia final when it was in Alpharetta, you would have been right near there. I guess you will have to crash at Check My Bag & Trick’s house after that show, they aren’t but a few miles away. It could be a fun show. I might even be interested, I think I saw Rush in 1983 as well. (Which isn’t surprising since I’m a whole 6 days older than you, but I was up in Iowa where we didn’t get all the cool concerts)

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    @Martha: Obviously that new water meter is letting too much water into your house. Sorry to hear about your leak.

    @Barb: Me thinks that this show would appeal to Bob and not-so-much to Trick — she can stay home with the bebe and Bob and I will ROCK! On second thought this show may not be Rednecky enough for Bob. Bob, what says you?

  9. martha says:

    I guess I was lucky…I just happend to hear something strange in the crawl space when I went out to the car yesterday. I didn’t notice any change in water presure, etc…

    Well the first plumber I called can’t come out until tomorrow, I’ve left a message for the second one…

  10. npts says:

    Rush has been around continuously since the late 60s. So they aren’t reforming to bilk anyone. From Wikipedia:

    “As a whole, Rush boasts 24 gold records and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records. These statistics place Rush fifth behind The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Kiss and Aerosmith for the most consecutive gold and platinum albums by a rock band”

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    What was the last Rush album you can remember being released, nevermind purchasing? For me it was 1984’s “Grace Under Pressure.”

    I may have heard one song off of any of the eight releases that they are credited with since then. That’s why I thought that they were reforming.

    Even the most diehard Rush fan would have to admit that their heyday spanned the ten years between 1974 and 1984.

  12. npts says:

    Last one I bought was Test For Echo.
    As for heyday, they should tour as long as they are commercially successful. They sell a shitload of albums and they play large venues. Radiohead should stop touring if we’re limiting bands to heydays.

  13. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    > Radiohead should stop touring if we’re limiting bands to heydays.

    On this we shall agree.

  14. npts says:

    speaking of, they (radiohead) are coming through atlanta this summer yet, but I guess they haven;t picked a date yet?

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’ve heard no specifics yet.

  16. betsy says:

    Wait…(wait, don’t tell me) I don’t get the “blind optimism” part of the paula poundstone comment. are you thinking there might be a reason for her to cancel the show?

  17. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Ooooh, well played!!

    I am sure that Ms Poundstone will have no reason to cancel.

    My “blind optimism” is that I can convince a woman to go on a date with me to the show. History has proven this to be a very difficult task for me, so I am being “blindly optimistic” that I can pull off this feat in a scant ten weeks.

  18. Gentri says:

    Littly Easy/Gasshole party was awesome! The beer great, the food even better!

    BSH3 was 6 miles (up the hill, down the hill;up the hill, down the hill) Gentri boxing a bit = DFL and an 8 mile trail… At 3 hours out, I think I’m now ready to try a Half Marathon!

    RUSH = Highschool era… I think Styx might be out there again now too?!

    Plenty of time to get a date Paulie! Why you gotta be sinkin’ the Battleship before you have to? I think the optimism from the previous days would have you getting a date no problem, today’s level…. not so much!! 😉

  19. Bob says:

    Rush was one of the bands of choice for the mullett sporting, Camero driving rednecks I hung out with!! And since this concert is less than 2 miles from my door it won’t take much arm twisting to get me to go.

  20. Gentri says:

    Check out some of these old-a** abandoned buildings!

    Too cool!

  21. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    @Bob: The least you can do in July is give Laura a night alone with the infant. 😉 We’ll talk when tickets go on sale.

    @Gentri: Like with everything else I have my good days and my bad days. I should at least get props for buying two tickets and entertaining the thought of getting a date.

    Very cool website! I will be spending a bit of time checking it out.

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