Back To Being Me — Running And Forgetting Yeungling

The Jews have a menorah which symbolizes oil which was predicted to last one night but actually lasted seven eight. I have a case of Yeungling which has lasted two months because I cannot remember to put it into my car to deliver it; it’s not much but at least I’ve got that going for me…

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

No one is wrong. At most someone is uninformed. If I think a man is wrong, either I am unaware of something, or he is. So unless I want to play a superiority game I had best find out what he is looking at.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

One Busy Night
Yesterday twelve hours of my life were consumed by j-o-b, this includes the traveling to and fro. I also made a pit-stop at the Kroger on Briarcliff Road on my way home in order to pick up a “few” items needed to prepare a couple meals this week.

I convinced myself that I really needed to start running again and am glad to report that I did. Last night I ambled around my five-mile Grant Park course finishing fairly strong to boot.

After showering it was time to cook dinner. The idea was to make a potato gratin (which I freestyled and perhaps shouldn’t have) and some flank steak. I realized that it was already 8pm and I wasn’t that hungry so I 86’ed the steak and just made the potato gratin, which wasn’t completely done until 10pm(!) — so much for a quick meal.

After watching Hell’s Kitchen on my DVR (more on this below) it was off to slumberland so that I could wake up and do it all again today.

My First $50+ Fill-Up
Ugh! πŸ™

I was dreadfully low on petrol this morning and I forked over $3.49 per gallon at the Exxon close to work (which for all that live/work in the Perimeter Mall area know as “the only goddamn gas station within a two-mile radius of the mall”).

Fourteen gallons and $51.25 later I had a full tank of gas. Guess who will start riding Marta again next week?

American society as we know it cannot continue with these conditions much longer, can it?

ITP Flickr Pic
I kept trying to get a photo of Betsy’s dog Reese but every time I got close she moved.
Reese Protecting "Her" Tent
Bitch. No really, she is a female dog.

OMFG I’ve Created A Twitter Account
I broke down yesterday and created a Twitter account. Twitter is known as a “micro-blogging” site because people post status messages up to 140 characters long (think “text message”) and people who are “following” that user see these posts, usually on a mobile device. I have no intention of becoming a constantly-updating Twitterholic, I joined to follow a user that’s been set up to post crime and suspicious activity information occurring in East Atlanta.

If you care to follow me, which will be less than thrilling I admit, my user name is “InsidePerimeter” (because Twitter has length restrictions on their account names.)

RealiTV Update: Hell’s Kitchen
Talk about your inevitable outcomes. Who couldn’t predict that Jason was going to get ousted last night?

It was another catastrophic evening at Hell’s Kitchen. Cooks couldn’t dissect chickens, cook meat and fish, or even remember the dessert menu in one case. Seriously, I don’t know that I’ve got the chops to hang in a production kitchen, but you can bet your sweet ass that I’d have that menu memorized once it was given to me; twice now guys have been unable to tell Ramsay what’s on their own menu.

Hey Hell’s Kitchen, 1986 called and they want their mechanical bull back. Huh? What the fuck? And can someone look me straight in the eyes and tell me that they didn’t think that Aaron wasn’t a complete “plant”? Holy Jeebus the producers of these RealiTV shows are hard up for content.

Next week on cook (notice I don’t call these people “chefs”) burns his or her hand so badly that he or she many never cook again! (Or so the producers would like us to believe….)

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Editors — “Smoker Outside The Hospital Doors”
Website Of The Day – If I am going to keep buying things on the interwebs (and the likelihood of that is high) I’m going to have to check out RetailMeNot before I pull the trigger in order to see if they have any coupon codes.
Exercise (b)Log – running, 5 miles (whew, back at it!)
Monthly Foot Mileage – 29 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 16 (16)

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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20 Responses to Back To Being Me — Running And Forgetting Yeungling

  1. stacy says:

    I know. The gas situation is starting to make me cry, too. I had parked at the Dunwoody MARTA to ride to the airport before my trip, well aware I was at about 1/64th of a tank left (read: running on fumes) and needed to fill up the second I returned. There really are no gas stations around there, are there?! I actually pushed the issue and fumed it over to 75 and a Race Trak… it wasn’t much better there. $45 later…. :p

    *I* had no idea Jason was getting kicked out last night. Then again, I don’t watch the show.

  2. The Exxon is really the only gas station nearby. And once I make the decision to take 400 to come to work I am committed to buying gas there if I am really low.

    *I* had no idea Jason was getting kicked out last night. Then again, I don’t watch the show.

    *GASP!* Your loss πŸ˜›

  3. betsy says:

    Re:my female dog. No, really. She’s a bitch. Great photo, nonetheless. Will add to the portfolio.

    Hell’s Kitchen is stupid, but I keep watching it like a nimbot. They’re not only using silly plants like Aaron, but resorting to hot tub cavorting like it’s Temptation Island. I miss Heather and that bitchy chick from Texas.

    I rode my bike to work three times this week and have only been narrowly killed by angry and/or distracted motorists twice. good odds! i’m saving money and reducing my carbon footprint. And even though i might end up a smear on the road, it’s worth it just to feel environmentally smug πŸ™‚

  4. Yeah I agree that Hell’s Kitchen is stupid, but like a bad accident I cannot stop watching. Someone should start a pool to guess when Ramsay is going to have a brain aneurism.

    I’d still ride my bike to work if we hadn’t moved ten miles further from my house than we used to be. That would double my commute and therefore is no longer practical for me. I’ll remember your environmentally smugness when we gather for your wake.

  5. Steve says:

    I’ve been watching the price of diesel and in a week it jumped 18 cents at the station I frequent.

    Betsy, just remember to be as visible as you can and stick to the neighborhood streets. During my old commute in from Tucker, I would occasionally see a guy commuting on Ponce, in the area around Fernbank. While this guy was perfectly legal, it doesn’t mean he wasn’t an idiot, what with the pleasant riding options available.

    And Debbie pointed out to me that we had gone all week and not mentioned Yuengling. I thought I was going to have to resort to desperate measures…
    thanks for coming through Paulie!

    -FP

  6. I try. “All week?” Jeez, it’s only Wednesday! πŸ™‚

    I just found out that my forgetting your beer might be a moot point. I have just been “invited” into a meeting at 5pm tonight. DANGEN!

  7. Bob says:

    Good on you Betsy! I rode my bike to work all last summer, makes a tank of gas go a long way. I plan on doing it again this summer once Laura downloads this baby and we get settled in.
    Alpharetta soccer moms wielding SUV’s usually make for an interesting commute. Like Steve said, make yourself as visible as you can.

    Paul, you can increase your monthly wheel mileage by riding to Marta. It’s a win win, wheel mileage and Marta commute :).

  8. Barb says:

    Paul – you can take the bike on Marta….. then you don’t have to drive the car at all.

    I’m really loving my 2 mile commute these days, if I could get my butt out of bed earlier, I’d ride my bike. Since the pollen count has gone back down, maybe I’ll start making that effort.

    We are going to buy a BUNCH of Yuengling this weekend in NC….. since it is cheaper than most of the beers we like, and Allan has a big truck.

    I finally watched Survivor last night, I so wish they would have gotten rid of Cirie, but no one seems to realize she does nothing. I thought she would have been the first out of that immunity challenge.

  9. I’ve seen people bring bikes onto Marta, what a royal pain in the ass!

  10. Sally says:

    Barb: I think you should post your weekly dinner menus so I know which nights to come over!

    Paulie: I believe it was 8 nights, not seven.

  11. willy says:

    Paulie, 51 bucks is cheap…..the truck goes to the 75 dollar range for a fill-up. Whatchagonnadoo?

  12. Barb says:

    Sorry Sal – only leftovers tonight, but I will be cooking some stuff to take to NC this weekend for our biking trip to Tsali.
    I’ll let you know the next time we are cooking, and you can check out bathroom, it is finally looking like it will be finished someday soon.

  13. @Sal: I guessed at the nights, but now thinking about the Adam Sandler movie “Eight Crazy Nights” I realize that you are correct. Oh well, what does a pork-loving agnostic know about Judaism?

    @Willy: Sadly $51 is cheaper not cheap.

  14. Steve says:

    I guarantee when I fill up “The Beast”, it will make $51 look like a bargain!!
    Sad, very sad. I pity the truckers… there is no way they can recoup those costs.

    -FP

  15. Barb says:

    We are paying 35%-40% fuel to our truckers these days, and we charge our customers 37.9%. And many of them say that still isn’t enough. And people wonder why milk and groceries have gotten more expensive.

  16. Who says my blog is not educational in addition to being entertaining?

  17. willy says:

    Yeah, WHO?

  18. Kay says:

    Hubby works in Midtown and is ditching his parking pass and switching to a MARTA pass at the end of the month. I always laugh at the price of petrol comments when folks whinge about them over this side of the pond, but it’s really biting into our budget and I’m (a bit) more sympathetic now!

  19. We are a spoiled lot…

  20. Smoove D says:

    I once had the privilege of working in that special corner of hell known as Perimeter Center. I feel you pain regarding that piece of shit Exxon. To add to the fun, of course the only gas station is on the most congested road in the whole area. It seems odd to me that there is only one station, as the vast majority of people in Perimeter Center get there by driving. Now I work in Smynings, and there are gas stations out the ass, including 2(!) Quicktrips.

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