Presidential Greetings To You!

Of course I am at work. Why should I expect to get this Federal Holiday off? 🙁

While I am at work today I will attempt to catch up on the mound of paperwork and emails which have evolved in my absence.

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

There are no absolutes for something so relative as human life.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

I Didn’t Need A Training Run, I Had The Hash
For my first exercise in a week I chose to do the Black Sheep Hash yesterday. My schedule called for an eight-mile run yesterday and while for a brief second I considered doing the eight miles and then doing the hash, a wiser head prevailed (and since I am no Boner Rooter, Bone Hole, or Bitch With An Attitude who can do a Spinning class and Pilates prior to hashing) and I chose only to do the hash.

While differing opinions about the length of the trail were being expressed at the end of the hash one thing is certain for me — the hash was too long for the imminent thunderstorms which began to hit as soon as I got in. I didn’t even have time for a beer before I got into Whiner’s car and we headed back to Atlanta.

Now What!!!
I want my life to stop presenting one difficulty after the next. I am more than a little past my wit’s end, and with each new inconvenience I get pushed further.

As I sat down at my desk this morning I noticed that the top of my hands now have some small red dots as if I am having an allergic reaction to something. Considering that I didn’t eat or drink anything new this weekend I fail to understand how this could be happening today — unless of course I encountered some plant form to which I am allergic during yesterday’s hash.

The Flu Will Keep Me Off Marta
After battling the flu for the entire week last week I came to one conclusion — I do not want to have to battle it again!

Because of this I have decided to avoid the germ factory that public transportation supports and will be staying off Marta for a while. Am I being over-cautious? Yes. Am I being unreasonable? Perhaps. But let me repeat I do not want to have to battle the flu again anytime soon.

ITP Flickr Pic
Your author, one year ago. This was taken at the Studio Lighting seminar I attended at Showcase last year.

Here's Lookin' At You

I didn’t have the opportunity to shoot this weekend, nor did I have time to process the couple of shots that I took on Friday.

How Can You Turn A Reasonable Ticket Charge Into A Semi-Unreasonable Amount?
Buy your tickets through Ticketmaster of course. And when you are the only outlet for buying tickets to shows at venues like The Tabernacle, why not screw the hell out of your customers!

On Saturday I decided to buy a ticket to the April 28th Elvis Costello show at The Tabernacle. I’ve never seen Costello in concert so I figured that it might be a fun thing to do.

The first trouble I ran in to were speed issues with Ticketmaster’s site. I assumed that things were slow because some other band’s tickets went on sale at exactly the same time.

In this day and age of extremely over-priced concert tickets (see also Bruce Springsteen, The Police) I was pleased to see that the tickets were $36 for general admission (I think that there were better, $40 tickets which were part of a pre-sale that I knew nothing about). However, when I finally submitted my purchase my total was $50; there’s nothing like a $14 (28%!) upcharge just to make my purchase. Fuckers.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – bummed by this apparent rash which has hit me
Current Music – listening to the Sound Opinions podcast
Website Of The DayCookThink has been billed as the “Pandora for cooking.” I haven’t had a chance to play with it extensively, but it looks good on the surface.
Exercise (b)Log – hashing, ~8 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 31.7 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0

February Goals
1) Run no fewer than 75 miles
2) Ride Marta no fewer than ten times (five round-trips)
3) Read at least one book

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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12 Responses to Presidential Greetings To You!

  1. Martha says:

    Hey Paulie,

    Well I’m ‘working from home’ today. Since this is my last week I’m doing even less than normal. One project to finish and I’m off to play.

    Elvis C @ the Tabernacle…saw him there several years ago, it was great!! I’d see it again (maybe I will?)

    I was hoping you would mention your breakfast from yesterday. I was a little dizzy from the run (hey I did 6.5 miles in 1 hour, I was tearing up the pavement, lol) but at least one of you guys had a biscut that I can’t stop thinking about! How was it?

    The weather yesterday irked me just a bit. I had expected the storms much earlier in the day so I made plans to help a friend paint a couple of rooms in the afternoon. If I had known the storms weren’t going to hit until 5! I would have squeezed a bike ride into my day. Oh well, I got a FlatIron burger out of it.

  2. Sorry, I was running a bit late (no pun intended) this morning so I had to cut some details out of the weekend’s activities.

    It was good to see you out running yesterday morning. Both Whiner and I had biscuits on our plates. The biscuit was good, but a little on the dry side — butter to the rescue!

    Because I was hosting Whiner Saturday / Sunday I ate out quite a bit this weekend (and meant that I didn’t get at least half of the tasks done that I need to).

    – Saturday night: Dinner at The Graveyard followed by more beer at Gravity Pub
    – Sunday morning: Breakfast at Kasan Red
    – Sunday night: Dinner at Six Feet Under

  3. Stacy says:

    If it makes you feel better, I’m working, too! And “not from home” –grrr; I had to do the drive in as well.

    And I like that pic of you!

  4. The commute might be the only good thing about having to work today, although I’d much rather be getting paid for not working.

    Thanks, I was happy to find that photo while going through a stack of papers on Saturday morning. I had forgotten all about it.

  5. Lurking Lucy says:

    What a really hot photo!

  6. Debbie says:

    I’m working today, too, so my husband is having to represent on the Federal holiday for the whole family. It’s a tough gig for him… actually he has the flu and a fairly long honey do list, so no need for envy.

    mmm, Six Feet Under — there aren’t many good restaurants in the sticks…

  7. Sorry to hear that Steve has also encountered the flu. I certainly know what he is going through.

    btw – I have Yuengling with your name on in. 🙂 I had to purchase a twelve-pack (I’ll split out six for you) at Green’s on my way out of Columbia. Note to self: Avoid packages stores at 5pm on Friday’s when in a college town. I don’t know what I was thinking….

  8. @Lurking Lucy: Thanks! 🙂

  9. Debbie says:

    Yuengling is just what the doctor ordered! Steve probably has a beer factor for the flu. 😉 Will you be at George’s on Wednesday?

  10. I plan to be there this Wednesday. I’ll trade you six Yuenglings for one draft Sierra Nevada.

  11. Steve says:

    I’ll gladly take you up on that offer.. the Doc in a box actually took a culture and confirmed the flu. I think you’re probably right on the money about the “health” of Marta… and it’s not meant to be a dig– when you put that many people into a closed space, germs are bound to be transferred. I only ride in the afternoon for 2 stops (and the bus for 2 hours a day) so I figure that could be a source.


  12. Maigh says:

    Great pic of you!!!!

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