And I am unprepared on many levels. It’s bad enough that I know that I’ve not trained enough between the ING Half Marathon and now, but I’ve also haphazardly packed my camping gear so I am not 100% sure that I have everything I need.
Read Along With Me
Today’s passage from Notes To Myself.
The need to “build myself up” is probably what makes me, Paul, etc., talk excessively. The fear that I’m not much prompts me on because my experience tells me that in the past the right words have wowed people — “If I can just say the right words these people will like me.”
To all who have helped me — Thanks.
I Am More Than Just A Sports Encyclopedia
Normally my participation in Team Trivia is limited to sports questions and occasionally a music question. Rarely am I called upon to supply a movie answer (with good reason since I average seeing about one movie a year in the theaters), that job usually falls upon the shoulders of Bill or Vandy Beth.
Last night “Meet The Hashers” came one question away from scoring a perfect round. Going into the final question we possessed a three-point lead and then were asked this “Of the movies that have won a Best Picture Oscar, only two have had their plot occur in Los Angeles. Name one of those two.” Bill jotted down a couple of guesses, Vandy Beth a couple of more, and I almost-jokingly wrote down “Crash” thinking that one of those two would have written it down as well. It turns out that they hadn’t, we correctly turned in “Crash” as our answer, and won the battle.
As an aside for fans of Lagunatis Brewing Company‘s CENSORED Ale — like many places around Atlanta (or Decatur I guess in this case) Raging Burrito has it on tap, and last night my pint cost me a measly $2.95.
ITP Flickr Pic
From last Saturday’s stroll around Atlanta Botanical Garden.
I like the graphical nature of my shot. The color of the flower is nice, and I am alway intrigued buy the fanciful patterns found in nature.
File Under: “Are You Serious?”
For way too long I’ve let BellSouth / AT&T reach into my pocket and take money. When I connected my phone line (and for the purposes of this argument consider I still need a landline) I was a new homeowner and consented to their $5.95/month “Inside Wiring Plan.” This plan is a unregulated charge so over time it has crept to its current price of $7.55/month and I’ve had enough. Further I’ve finally realized that if anything goes wrong with my phone wiring “inside the house” I have the skills to fix it.
Yesterday I tried to cancel this “feature” using BellSouth’s website. Not surprisingly, they make this task (nearly?) impossible as I could find no way to do it. If looks as if I am going to have to call them to cancel this “feature.” Why am I so sure that they BellSouth will be experiencing “higher than normal call volumes” no matter when I call and will have to wait on hold for a long time just to talk to someone? Dangen!
In yesterday’s comments Andrew asked how the Chumby was doing.
My experience with my Chumby has been what I expected and frustrating at the same time. As platforms go Chumby is fairly rock-solid, which you’d expect because it’s a Linux-based device. I’ve never had to reboot it (yet) and the only times it’s been off is when the power went out for a while. Upon turning the device on it recaptures the necessary settings and current date and time and is running again.
The widgets for the device are still in their infancy. For example, the baseball scoreboard widget that I have loaded could be extremely useful if it would only go out and fetch the latest data correctly. Also I attempted to load a Twitter widget but could never get it configured correctly.
In my opinion the music interface is clunky. Because my internet access point is far away from Chumby the connection goes in and out so I’ve connected an old iPod to one of the USB ports. There is no granularity for picking music on the iPod which, given the Chumby interface is no less limited than the iPod’s, confuses me. I’ve yet to find a way to play music for a certain length of time so that it will shut off after I go to sleep.
There are only two brightness settings for the Chumby’s display — bright and not-so-bright; why a variable slider wasn’t implemented confuses me.
My final concern with Chumby is that they’ve gotten around to selling advertisements and inserting them into my content stream. The folks at Chumby warn you this is going to happen as a “way to keep the service free” but I envision that this could get out of hand as I have no way of limiting the number, or the amount of time each displays on my Chumby screen. I’d rather pay a nominal fee to have total control, especially since the device itself wasn’t subsidized in any manner.
If You Are Not Camping With Me This Weekend You Are Missing Out
First, I will be making my first attempt to set up my new tent “in the wild.” Can you say “Cheap Entertainment.”? I knew you could.
Tomorrow night I will be using all of my culinary skills to make a campground jambalaya. And as a bonus I promise to add no part of my own appendages into the dish! Yummo!
My goal for the remainder of the year is to camp at least one weekend a month in State Park in Georgia or one of its surrounding states. Even with the price of gas you can consider it to be cheap entertainment.
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Flaming Lips — “Do You Realize??”
Website Of The Day – During my travels I will certainly be consulting Roadside America to make sure I don’t miss out on anything cool. You can be assured that I’ll be stopping to take photos if I find anything interesting.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 12 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 25 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 13
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 46 (46)
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