And Me Without A Toothbrush

I suppose that at the end of my last trip (Miami? Raleigh? Cordele?) I tossed my travel toothbrush and forgot to replace it. I think this because last night there was no toothbrush in my toiletry bag. Fortunately the Comfort Inn in which I stayed had a spare (yes, new) toothbrush for me to use until I can make it to a store to buy a new one.

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

I always say to people “I always do so-and-so,” or “I never do so-and-so,” as if my individualness depends on such banal consistencies.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

Alpha. Bravo. Charlie. David?
I’m far from an expert on the phonetic alphabet but isn’t the fourth letter supposed to be represented by the word “delta?” I ask this because when on the shuttle at Hartsfield yesterday I noticed that for each concourse the shuttle’s voice used the proper phonetic alphabet representation until we reached Concourse D when it announced “D as in David” instead of “D as in Delta.” While I can understand the desire to not confuse the general populous by using the name of an internationally known airline which happens to be based in Atlanta, “delta” is the appropriate word to use according to the phonetic alphabet.

ITP Flickr Pic
I’d buy that for $1 (less than retail)! I haven’t yet but I will. And when I do I am sure to save one dollar on the $1300 laptop by shopping at

I'd Buy That For $1 (Less)

Okay, I admit I didn’t take a real photo to make this image, but I did do the screen capture…

I took a few snapshots down in Gainesville, Florida yesterday but didn’t get around to transferring them out of the camera.

Holy Toledo Tienda That Was Good
The flight from Atlanta was at least a half-hour late leaving (image that — a flight delay from Atlanta). When my co-worker and I got into Gainesville (love their small, convenient airport!) we drove to our hotel which is situated next door to a Mexican restaurant.

Mexican food happened to be on the top of the desired food list. Normally, I would simply walk to the restaurant next door but I had recently heard of Mexican restaurant called La Tienda. Man, what a great decision it was to try it!

What you see below are two blurry cameraphone photos of the food that I ordered. Had I known what I was in for I would have dragged in the real camera with me.

My Al Pastor burrito
La Tienda Lunch

A side order of fried japalenos (what isn’t better when fried?)
The Menu Said "Fried Jalapenos"

I know that the photos are shit, but the food was fantastic!

Oddly, La Tienda also seems to double as a convenient store because there were all sorts of oddities for sale within the restaurant. I probably could have purchased a toothbrush there had I known that there was no longer one in my travel kit.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – good, although my sleep last night was messed up
Current Music – listening to the latest Coverville podcast.
Website Of The Day – If you find yourself traveling soon you may want to reference Hotel Chatter.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing, life got in the way
Monthly Foot Mileage – 59.7 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My (rental) car
Monthly Marta Rides – 6

January Goals
1) Run no fewer than 50 miles [done]
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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13 Responses to And Me Without A Toothbrush

  1. Steve says:

    When you fly on United, they have an audio channel that allows you to hear cockpit to tower radio traffic. The controllers use DIXIE for phonetic D in Atlanta- and I’d guess other places to avoid possible confusion.

    I’m glad the toothbrush wasn’t recycled.


  2. Laura says:

    I love you to death, Steve, but you’re in the only one I know that would listen to that channel and be proud of it! You’re awesome.

  3. Barb says:

    I’ve never listed to that channel, but I bet other ITP readers are geeky enough to listen to that channel.

    Laura – glad to hear you are doing better. Maybe we will get Bob to ride that bike, and not let him have a beer sometime soon. I’m sure there is a math formula for that too.

    In the transportation business, people just use about any word to make sure we know what letter they are saying. Now I have to look up the “official” words. Why isn’t that the website of the day, to make it eaier for me?

  4. Barb says:

    listened ….. not listed. I can’t type.

  5. Steve says:

    Hello…. my name is Steve, and I’m a geek.


  6. Steve says:

    One of the things I remember doing as a kid was going out to the airport and watching planes… my dad was an electrician on B-17’s during WW2 (in Brazil !!- nice work if you can get it.)

    I come from a long line of geeks…


  7. Elizabeth says:

    Paulie – I have that thought almost every time I ride the train at the airport. My dad was a ham radio geek, and if I ever flew United, I would listen to that channel!

  8. It takes one to know one! 🙂 Man, internet-capable cellphones are the coolest things!

  9. I’m not sure I want to know what the pilots are saying, some things are better left unknown.

  10. Gentri says:

    flashback to the LH days! Alpha, Bravo, Cat….. uhh, wait, what?

    Nice link Elizabeth.

    You probably know this Steve:

    Paulie: Kinda like the surgeon joke:

    Scalpel, retraction, suction… oops.

    Pilot: Flaps, heading, rudder… oops. TMI!

    Let’s ask PP, I’m sure he’s got a few we don’t want to hear!
    (although taking off in the jumpseat of a 747 from Dulles was cool!)

  11. RanLiCoop says:

    The Observation Park at the RDU airport pipes in the tower-pilot communication as well – sometimes you can even pick out which airplane is broadcasting – neat geek stuff while watching your 2-year old point out all the airplanes.

    Those fried jalapenos look fantastic! Btw, the other goods available at your mexican restaurant might be explained by fact that “tienda” = “store”.


  12. Oooooh, aren’t we Mr. Bilingual! That’s fantastic, and I probably should have known that. 🙂

  13. Steve says:

    Nice link Gentri, thanks. That picture of the 747 coming in hot is pretty cool!!


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