And So Ends The First Third Of 2008

In case you don’t have a calendar handy today marks the end of the fourth month of 2008. Early analysis is that this year will be a “35 mph – 45 mph” year. Exercise has been good, internal happiness notsomuch.

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

If I see someone I have been criticizing I am usually especially nice to him.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

Scoring Big On Sidney Marcus And Getting Screwed On Cheshire Bridge
Before heading to my first “People Photography” class I swung by the shopping center on Sidney Marcus which has the Home Depot, Best Buy, and Target. I parked the car and was able score a reasonably-sized piece of peg board for a project that I’ll be undertaking this weekend from Home Depot, and a new pair of waterproof headphones from Best Buy.

After the class Maigh and I went and had dinner at Taverna Plaka. Having spent some time near Tarpon Springs Florida, where there used to be a huge population of Greek residents, I have an appreciation for Greek food. While Taverna Plaka’s food is not quite to the level that I used to get in Florida my meal was delicious. My only complaint was that they charged $4.75 for a bottle of Sam Adams beer, granted I chose to pay this price even though I know it’s a complete screw job.

This wasn’t what you thought it would be about from the title, was it? 😉

ITP Flickr Pic
Up until last night this was my take on People Photography.

Hard Night Of Honky-Tonkin'

The next five weeks of assignments are going to be very trying and very rewarding for me personally.

RealiTV Update: Hell’s Kitchen
As a television show progresses I expect it to run more smoothly than when it started. However in the case of Hell’s Kitchen things are becoming more awkward thanks to the gimmicks they continually introduce. I don’t know why they don’t feel that having a show based solely on cooking skills wouldn’t be interesting.

In last night’s episode we had the chefs inventing exotic pizzas. The winning pizza was featured as a special on the night’s menu and the team responsible for it got to go to a restaurant (Square One?) via helicopter and eat outrageously priced hamburgers. That’s just what the ladies did.

The men, who are some of the most incompetent contestants I’ve seen on any Hell’s Kitchen, lost and therefore had to prep for the night’s service while being served skimpy hamburgers for lunch. Later they were to find out that Ramsay started a pizza delivery service for the evening and whipping-boy Ben was going to become a delivery boy.

While prepping for dinner Valerie decided that she couldn’t take trying to work in a kitchen one-handed and quit the competition. I can’t say that I blame her for that decision as it appeared that she was having a really difficult time. Hell, I struggled when I lost the competent use of my thumb, never mind a whole hand.

For the first time this season both teams successfully completed a service. Ramsay decided that no team was a clear loser, so each team sent up a sacrificial lamb. Pulling their best Survivor bullshit the ladies did a “let’s blindside Ozzie” and picked Christina, while the men picked Louross (who according to last week’s preview was supposed to “make some time” with Corey this week but I never saw that happen). Chef Ramsay toyed with their emotion before letting them both breath easier by announcing that Valerie was the only person to get fired from Hell’s Kitchen this week.

Overall the episode was a snoozer for me.

I’ll Be Running By George’s, But Not Stopping
I’ve once again brought clothes in to work so that I can hop off Marta tonight and get in a five mile run to my car. The weather for running should be spectacular, and the ability to go straight home post-run so that I can do some of the bajillion chores on my “To Do” list will please me.

And as for seeing me at tonight’s EAV Singlerama meetup? Most likely not. All you playas with game go get yourself hooked up. I’ve swung that bat far too often and have tired of striking out.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Interpol — “The Heinrich Maneuver”
Website Of The Day – I may be using Twitter more than I expected, but I am nothing like the Kings of Twitter listed at Twitterholic.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 61.5 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To WorkMarta
Monthly Marta Rides – 7
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 31 (31)

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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7 Responses to And So Ends The First Third Of 2008

  1. Hmm forgot to mention this.

    – April foot mileage will be 66.5 miles, 10 miles short of the goal
    – April road mileage will be 0 miles, 100 miles short of the goal
    – April Marta rides will be 8, 2 short of the goal
    – I read many beginnings of books, but none completely
    – I made my bed every day (I slept in it) in April

  2. Stacy says:

    The first time I ever heard of Tarpon Springs, Florida, I was in a bathroom in a theater in Tampa reading the advertisements hanging on the back of the door in the stall. Perhaps the location was what made me read it as: “Tampon Strings, Florida” instead and I had to do a double take.

    Now whenever I see “Tarpon Springs,” (which, amazingly, is more often than one might think this far north), I automatically think: Tampon Strings.

  3. Barb says:

    I’ve only eaten at Taverna Plaka for a group dinner, was it very expensive? Did you have the belly dancers dancing on your table?

  4. Wasn’t cheap.

    My half of the bill was $23. We ordered an appetizer, I had an entree and a beer. Maigh had an entree and a glass of wine.

  5. Steve says:

    Debbie keeps saying she wants to take me there… but so far HASN’T.

    Not that I’m bitter 🙂


  6. Barb says:

    Let’s do a group dinner there, the one time I went it was pretty cool for about $20-25 per person, tons of food. (of course drinks were extra)

  7. Sounds good to me. It was a little strange being there last night because my old company used to have our Christmas parties there in the late 1990’s when it was an Italian restaurant.

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