Back On My Feet

I ran a solo 5.5-mile loop with a couple of necessary short walking breaks from George’s last night. The customary “B” group was not in attendance at 6pm so I chose to try out a new(ish) course and hobbled my way around. I was surprised and disappointed that my feet and legs hadn’t recovered better after two days of rest, and shocked to think that I am about to immerse myself into the latter half of the training routine I just completed so that I will be sufficiently prepared for Twisted Ankle in May.

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

The way to be most helpful to others is for me to do the thing that right now would be most helpful to me.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

File Under: Strangely Entertaining
Thanks to BoingBoing this week I have started listening to a new podcast, Ask Mr. Biggs. The premise of this podcast is that it is a weekly question-and-answer radio show put on by a not-too-bright, Italian-(mob)-sounding, nightclub owner named Mr Biggs which was started to promote Biggs’ nightclub called Wizbangs (“Where the fun never ends and the party’s never ending”). The show also features a meekish co-host named Roger who is responsible for driving the show.

The podcast wins big points for recycling actual talk radio call-ins into each episode. I will warn you that I am finding that it has taken me a few episodes in order to buy into the premise, but I am feeling rewarded for my commitment. I am currently listening to episode #7 of the 17 which have been produced to date.

ITP Flickr Pic
Another package has arrived from Amazon (I have a slight addiction)
Seriously... Amazon? UPS?
Another box partially mangled by UPS.

Tomorrow I will reveal its contents and show you an unboxing.

Alarming Annoying
For months my Samsung Blackjack phone doubled as a backup alarm clock. I’d have two alarms set (one for 5:45am, the next for 6:00am) in case I slept through my alarm clock. For the past week or so my phone has decided not to ring the alarms. I know that I am not sleeping through them because there are screens which must be dismissed after the alarm has sounded (and they have not been present) and a few times I have been awake in bed when the alarm should have sounded but hasn’t.

Chumby arrives next week so maybe my problems will be solved then.

RealiTV In The Kitchen
I couldn’t believe that I had forgotten! While sitting in George’s I heard my friend Betsy mentioned that Hell’s Kitchen was on Tuesday. Luckily for me I had the wherewithal to set my DVR so that I knew I had the episode recored at home. The premiere episode was classic Hell’s Kitchen with unprepared cooks and over-the-top accusations. I am once again hooked on the show and can’t wait for each episode to show. In the end it was 43 year-old Dominic from Catawba South Carolina getting the boot; too bad because there was something that I liked about the guy.

In the Top Chef world it was another episode that had me scratching my head. First, there was the statement “If you don’t know who this is, you should probably leave the kitchen now.” — I would have had to exit because I have never seen, or even heard of, Daniel Boulud. In the QuickFire Challenge if was King Richard nearly taking the prize (supposedly his tenure in Boulud’s restaurant had nothing to do with the outcome), but was nudged out by “I’m not Hung” Dale. From the editor’s preview of next week it appears King Richard is dethroned; he is head-and-shoulders above the other chefs there and I think that will bring his comeuppance. King Richard, CrackHead Andrew and “I’m not Hung” Dale, teamed up for the Elimination Challenge in which contestants had to prepare one course of a meal, and that course had to be based around a movie title (how clever because Chicago-based movie critic Richard Roeper was a guest on the show). Richard’s team chose “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory” as their movie and won the challenge thanks to bizzaro techniques and flavor combinations. Poor Manuel was booted from the show because he chose to follow his teammate Spike’s idea to make a Vietnamese Summer Roll and then choose the movie title “Good Morning Vietnam” because it had the word “Vietnam” in it. If it was up to me I would have chose the movie “Super Size Me” and served up some artery-clogging fried food for the judges to consume.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Flaming Lips — “She Don’t Use Jelly”
Website Of The Day – I’m not doing much cooking these days but I still enjoy really good food / cooking blogs such as The Kitchn.
Exercise (b)Log – running, 5.5 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 5.5 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 3 (3)

April 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
4) Make my bed every day

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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4 Responses to Back On My Feet

  1. Martha says:

    Well at least you got out an ran…I’m still to scared to try to run on that stupid blister. Heck I just put on real shoes for the first time yesterday. I did take the road bike out for a very, unimpressive 12 ride through the ‘hood. Yeah, 40 miles on Sunday is going to be fun, not!

  2. Yeah, that blister does not look like it’s been much fun.

  3. Mr. Biggs says:

    Wow! Thanks for the kind words!

    I’m more than a little shocked that you started with episode 1, and have made it thru 7!

    We’re about to release 0018, and the show has improved, in our opinion, remarkable in the last 6 episodes or so.

    Don’t feel like you HAVE to listen in order. We try to make each episode stand on it’s own, with few continuing threads.

    Thanks for spreading the word!


  4. My pleasure Biggs! Your podcast is incredibly entertaining and I want to listen to them in order even though I’ve realized that each stands on its own.

    I have been laughing all week and get to laugh all over again each time I try to explain the show to someone else.

    Thanks for the quality entertainment.

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