GA400 Hospitality Highway?

I like to think of myself as being observant. Today while making my morning commute I saw a sign along 400 that I’ve never seen before; it read “GA400 Hospitality Highway.” Is the new? What does it even mean? Am I being “hospitable” by chucking fifty cents into a tollbooth basket each morning? Is the sign a misprint? Should it read “GA400 Hospital Highway?” At least that would make some sense…

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

If something that you do rankles me I can know that your fault is my fault too.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

It’s Not You, It’s Me. No Wait It’s You, Just Not You Specifically
Like a frightened turtle I shrunk back into my shell yesterday. I didn’t want to be around anyone, so I passed on my (inconsistent) weekly ritual of running at George’s followed by beer drinking.

Instead I ate some really forgettable Chinese buffet food before freeing my camera from its bag to take photos inside this month’s Atlanta Grid Project grid (AM-49 for those of you keeping score at home). I am happy to announce that I don’t think that my camera has “issues” after all, just that the light I was shooting in the other night was much crappier than I thought. The exposure readings shooting in yesterday’s late afternoon brilliant sunshine were spot-on.

After walking around for a while I made the mistake of attempting to drive home using Atlanta’s woefully inadequate surface streets. Of course there was construction on Piedmont near Cheshire Bridge so traffic was a complete clusterfuck. I returned home around 8pm which left me enough time to catch up on some issues, process some photos, and watch some RealiTV before turning in around midnight.

Why Can’t My Officemates Make Coffee?
Seriously. Why is it that 80% of the time that I go into the break room the coffee pot doesn’t contain enough coffee to fill a cup? In this day and age it’s not that hard to make coffee.

  1. dump old coffee grounds into trash
  2. put new coffee filter into basket
  3. open new coffee packet
  4. pour coffee into filter
  5. press start button

See, it’s so simple I can type it into a blog easily. In fact, it took me longer to type the instructions that it would have to perform the instructions.

I just don’t understand people.

ITP Flickr Pic
Taken on my solo photostroll through the grid yesterday.

Suicide Bomb

When I used to take Marta I’d see a patch of graffiti and think “I should bring my camera out here and shoot.” Thanks to the Atlanta Grid Project I now have.

The Red Rocket Is Mounted On The Jackmobile
Boy, that certainly sounds naughty…

This morning I placed my road bike on the top of my car in anticipation of riding tonight. Currently the plan is to join the Roswell ride (OTP?!?), however I reserve the right to back out for one very serious reason — I have yet to get my tax forms back from my accountant because they never called me back the other day. Since my accountant’s office is near Decatur I may have to head toward home in order to get my paperwork and peruse it before having to grab my ankles for Uncle Sam again.

Anyone know what time the Pizza Ride out of Avondale Estates starts? I took the time to take my bike with me, I might as well ride it somewhere.

If You Can’t Stand The Heat, Watch Some RealiTV
Due to my oversight on Tuesday I had a lot of catching up to do.

I first watched Hell’s Kitchen. I love this show even though I know that it is completely blown out of proportions and that life at Hell’s Kitchen can not be as intense and insane as it is edited to be. C’mon, each episode is plagued with errors… “You could kill someone!!!” This episode had the perfect twist which proved to me that this show is as rigged as an off-the-strip Las Vegas roulette wheel. Ramsay picked Corey as “The Best of the Worst” and allowed her to nominate two people to put onto the chopping block. She played “strategery” and instead of nominating the two weakest members for the evening, she nominated two people with whom she has had personal issues, namely Christina and Jen. Ramsay heard testimony from each nominee, which included crying from Christina and a long-winded testimony edited brilliantly to make it appear tortuous from Jen, and then overruled Corey by eliminating a weaker candidate in Sharon. Ramsay praised Corey for attempting the strategy but said that he couldn’t bestow the crown of Executive Whipping Post to someone he couldn’t trust. Next week’s show should be really entertaining….

Turmoil also erupted on Top Chef. King Richard has been dethroned, but by a streak of “luck” not beheaded even though he left numerous scales on his fish. Instead it was apparent that there was too much lesbian loving on inside the house so Jennifer was separated from her partner Zoi as Zoi was asked to pack up her fucking knives and go. The real action started post-Zoi departure however as tempers flared like oil hitting fire when two arguments broke out, one between shattered-lover Jennifer and “Spike”, the other between the night’s winner Lisa and constant-stick-up-his-ass sore-loser Dale. Next week’s show should be really interesting….

A Call To Mac Users
In the Olden Days of computing I used to be able to make auto-fill keyboard shortcuts. For instance, there are certain URLs that I use often in this blog and rather than having to type out the entire URL with its http tag I’d like to strike one key combination and have it get spit out onto my screen?

How can I do this on a Mac? I’d be willing to buy something if that’s what it takes.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – okay, although I need to stop being lazy
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Whigs — “Right Hand On My Heart” (another Georgia band on Sirius)
Website Of The Day – This week I’ve been snacking on samples of LaraBar bars that I picked up at the ING Runners’ Expo a couple of weeks ago. The opening page of their website leaves something to be desired, but their product is good (although I didn’t enjoy the Key Lime Pie flavor because unbeknown to me it contained coconut — I should learn to read labels)
Exercise (b)Log – nothing, again
Monthly Foot Mileage – 21.5 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 10 (10)

April Goals
1) Run no fewer than 75 miles
2) Ride no fewer than 100 road miles
3) Ride Marta no fewer than ten times (five round-trips)
4) Read at least one book
5) Make my bed every day

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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21 Responses to GA400 Hospitality Highway?

  1. Steve says:

    I would expect the Pizza Ride should be at its’ usual time of 6:30. There is certainly no need to be getting on the road much earlier than that.

    Running last night was quite warm, considering the number of times we’ve been able to run at temps above 65. And except for… what was her name… she lives down there in the ‘hood and used to be a regular on Wednesdays.. that’s it, Martha.. and yourself, I think we had a full house.


  2. Figures that there was a full house when I am not there.. Wait a minute, that’s exactly what I was trying to avoid. Score!

    As for Martha she’s turned into a monster. On Monday night she left the bar having only consumed a single beer. As BWanA would say “I don’t know who she is anymore!”

  3. Bob says:

    I have seen that hospitality highway sign many times and always wondered what it meant. A quick Google search brought me to
    Quite odd if you ask me.

    And the coffee thing? My office has removed a step, we have coffee packets so it’s even easier. Just drop the packet in the coffee maker and hit start. It kills me when people don’t make more after taking the last cup.

  4. Sometimes I think “Hmmm, why didn’t I just Google that?” The I remember that I’d have little to blog about if I did.

  5. Barb says:

    Who wasted time on that silly website……
    I don’t even drink coffee, but I think I could handle making it with those instructions.

    Tonight – keep your fingers crossed that Allan & Timmy get the grout done early enough, so Allan can join us. (I need him to help push my slow ass up the hills)
    With this pollen count at 2809 today, I may be weezing.

  6. martha says:

    Who is this Martha and why is she so lame??

    Yeah, I know…with the new job it is harder to get to George’s by 6 to run with you guys…and thoughts of my fat ass make it hard to justify just going there to drink or to just have a good time (including that second beer on Monday).

    I even bailed on running last night, I did manage to get the lawnmower started (something called gasoline seemed to help) and mowed the back 40.

    At my last job there was a poster in the break room with directions on how to make more coffee, when to make it and how much to make …

  7. Andrew says:

    You should search LifeHacker ( for a solution to your autocomplete problem/desire. That seems right up their alley.

  8. Bob says:

    Just leave the Googling to the experts there Paul, we’ll help you out 🙂

    I hope you can make it tonight, although we may have to wear masks. If Barb, Allan, and Amy make it we will have a nice “D” group ride.

    Martha, are you going to venture OTP for a ride too?

  9. Barb says:

    hey – I guess we ought to call Sgt Shrinkage as well, to make that D group complete…..

  10. Martha says:

    >Martha, are you going to venture OTP for a ride too?

    Wish I could but if I can’t make it to George’s there is no way I can make it back up to Roswell.

  11. It’s looking bad for me tonight. Sorry, but I need to head in the wrong direction in order to do the Roswell ride.

  12. Barb says:

    Next thursday 4/24………. put it on the calendar. maybe the pollen will be better by then as well.

  13. Next Thursday is the 17th, Barb. Which Thursday do you mean?

  14. Barb says:

    shit – okay then, how about both Thursday’s then? (yes, I can usually read a calendar…….)

  15. Hehe. I’ll definitely commit to next Thursday because I’ll have the following Friday off again! W00t!

    And at that time we can all raise a glass to Bob & Laura’s new bebe.

  16. Martha says:

    Paulie don’t forget next Thursday is the buzzer wine ‘tasting’, it would be cool if you came.

  17. Oooh, I didn’t realize that a date had been set.

    wine >> biking, especially OTP biking

  18. martha says:

    See I can still be a bad influence….

  19. Barb says:

    if the baby isn’t here yet, we will have to go out for eggplant parmesan….. old wives tale is that makes the baby come out!

  20. Smoove D says:

    That website is fucked up. This is the most ridiculous case of blatant lying I’ve ever seen. I’ve been to both ends of GA 400 and seen none of the things they mention. The background photo is also nowhere on GA 400.

    Why aren’t you riding Marta any more?

  21. > Why aren’t you riding Marta any more?

    Mostly laziness. My morning commute in my car is approximately 30 minutes, whereas Marta consistently takes 60 minutes. The commute home is about equal Marta v. Car depending on what time of evening I leave the office.

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