Death, Taxes, Laundry

To the best of my knowledge tonight I will be experiencing two of the three things mentioned in today’s title. Having a guest in house all weekend I was unable to spend the time to take care of these.

A few updates of past issues:
– I am still fighting that FAU parking ticket and the fees that have been subsequently leveed. Budget’s customer service has moved at glacial speed and I will be refusing to use their services unless absolutely necessary. Today I am going to contact American Express to pay my bill and dispute Budget’s charges.
– The last remnants of the flu refuses to leave my body. I still cough and am quite congested. This is incredibly frustrating.
– My training schedule will resume today with a five mile run. I figure that if it kills me at least I won’t have to worry about the laundry and taxes.

If I thought that I could have effectively managed to get all of my tasks done today by using a day off I would not be in the office today.

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

For me, thinking seems to act at times as a defense mechanism, a way of avoiding some feeling, or a way of not looking at the situation I am in. I believe this is especially true in social situations, where I lead with my head.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

Have I Seen My Evil Doppelganger?
Driving up the connector in a Jeep Wrangler…

Me: from New York
Doppelganger: New Jersey license plate

Me: New York Jets fan
Doppelganger: New York Giants bumper sticker

Me: University of Florida Gator
Doppelganger: Florida State Seminole cover on the spare tire

This is the person who is probably getting all of the female attention I crave as well… Asshat!

ITP Flickr Pic
Do you remember The Point in Little Five Points?

Sadly I can’t take credit for this photo. It was given to me by (then) Atlanta artist Jason Johnson when I purchased one of his paintings some time ago. He was responsible for painting this mural on The Point as well as the one that used to be on the side of Harry’s in a Hurry in Poncey-Highlands.

Do You Remember The Point?

The Point was the only venue from which I left a show early because I was so bored by the band that I went to see. This story might shock you, so you better sit down. When I first moved to Atlanta in the mid-1990’s I used to get the Creative Loafing each week and pick a show to see (hehe, I guess the only thing that has changed is that I now use the internet). One night I went to The Point to see Soul Coughing. After a few songs I just couldn’t deal with the music and left. To this day I kick myself because I still really like Soul Coughing’s (r.i.p.) music and can’t believe that I would have walked out of their show!

When I got home from work (8pm! because I had to work late so I grabbed dinner on my way home) there was a message from my buddy Whiner. He was the one who was in town this weekend. On Sunday he and I carpooled down to Fayetteville for the Black Sheep hash. It seems that in my rush to get out of his car because I was cold and wet, I accidentally left my “camel back” (it’s not a CamelBak) in his car. He found it as he cleaned out his car in North Carolina. D’Oh! Luckily he said that he’d mail it back to me, which is great since I will need it as my training runs get longer over the next five weeks. Looks like I owe someone a few beers next time I head up Greensboro way.

CD Pick Of The Week
There is a bounty from which to choose today, fifteen new discs drop today (I guess that CDs must make shitty Valentine’s Day gifts).

Of those fifteen, three really intrigue me.

American Music Club has reformed and has a new release called “The Golden Age”. You have to be a long-time indie-head to remember American Music Club, but I do so I am interested to hear what they’ve delivered.

Mountain Goats have a new album “Heretic Pride” hitting the streets today. I’ve been digging the Mountain Goats sound over the last year or two so I just may be picking this up today.

And finally, there is a new release from Mike Doughty, former lead singer of Soul Coughing. Doughty releases an album called “Golden Delicious” (and thankfully not “Crazy Delicious”). It was fortunate timing that I had the mural from The Point, that I had never told my Soul Coughing story, and that Doughty had a new release today. Kismet!

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – sad in a “where did I go wrong?” way
Current Music – listening to the KEXP “Music That Matters” podcast
Website Of The Day – I am slowly getting my data organized. One possible solution I might use for offsite storage is Jungle Disk which uses Amazon’s S3 service to back things up.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
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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8 Responses to Death, Taxes, Laundry

  1. Martha says:

    You reminded me to look at my training schedule…a 9 mile run this weekend? Can that be right?

    I might have to do it Friday because I don’t know if I can do both 9 miles and Wheelhopper on Sunday.

    (FYI I have an extra CamelBak, yes the real deal, if you need on before you get yours back)

  2. I’m scheduled for a nine-miler this Sunday too! Yikes! I will be out somewhere Sunday doing mine. Depending on my state of mind I may skip the Sunday Runners and do it solo.

    Thanks for the CamelBak offer. I’ll let you know by Friday. Whiner said that he’d “two-day” mail it to me at my office so I should have it in hand by this weekend.

  3. Stacy says:

    You two and your 9 mile runs – man! I’m getting tired just reading about it! 🙂

    When are your races coming up?

  4. I am training for the ING Half Marathon on March 30th.

  5. Martha says:


    Plus we have Twisted Ankle in May

    Come on Stacy, join us, you know you want to…all the cool kids are doing it.

  6. I am living proof that all it takes to finish a half marathon is to keep moving your feet for three hours. And, as an added bonus you get to be a part of email threads that have over seventy replies! 🙂

  7. Barb says:

    hey Paul – Wheelhopper is starting in Decatur this weekend – maybe you can stage another run by?

  8. Barb says:

    or – better yet – you could always run the short trail……… hare says it is approx. 10 miles.

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