It’s that time of year again, time for a six-month dental check-up. At least this time I don’t have a bike strapped atop my car so that I can damage my bike rack. I seriously hope that I don’t have to blog about my dental failures tomorrow.
Read Along With Me
Today’s passage from Notes To Myself.
When I swear, I am being something rather than saying something.
To all who have helped me — Thanks.
People Photography Class = FAIL
It saddens me to say but I am not getting much out of this People Photography class at Showcase. The instructor is a really nice guy, perhaps too nice when critiquing students’ work. My real issue with the course is that there is very little teaching occurring. I figure that when I pay $150 to an instructor, he/she should instruct. Instead we spend about an hour-and-a-half looking at shots taken by the people in the class, and then spend the rest of the time looking at shots either taken by previous classes or scanned from a magazine. I could do the same thing for free on the internet.
It goes without saying that I won’t be taking People Photography 2.
Air Conditioning = FAIL
I am hoping for a cool summer because it appears that my air conditioning has failed again. If you turn the clocks back to last summer’s temperatures which were 100+ degrees you’ll remember that I finally caved and had someone come out and “fix” my air conditioning. At that time I knew that the “fix” was merely temporary. I fear the cost of a new air conditioner and all of the additional costs that will undoubtedly occur upon installation. I have the money, but I’d rather spend it on other things. 🙁
Given today’s title I really should have uploaded one of my shitty photographs for the sake of the blog.
RealiTV Update: Satellite Dish = FAIL
When I put a new roof on my house four years ago (really, has it been that long?) I took the satellite dish off the roof and planted it near the driveway. Over the past four years trees have matured and, in certain atmospheric conditions (read “rain”), the branches hang down and take away my view of the sky.
Such was the case last night. When I arrived home from photography class, which was followed by an awesome dinner at Little Bangkok, I found out that the branches had made it impossible for my DVR to record Hell’s Kitchen. Dangen!
I even tried using my old trick of recording off a West Coast channel (employment at a satellite tv company has its privileges) but my view of the sky was still obscured at 10pm and I just couldn’t be bothered.
I’ll see if I can watch it tonight using Teh Internets (either legally through Hulu or Fox, or illegally using the popular download technology BitTorrent).
Decluttering = FAIL
My house is an annoying mess. Over the next few months I plan to make another concentrated attempt to rid of the massive amounts of shit that I own. The long-term goal is to reduce the amount by half. Sound crazy? Yes it is, but it will be so rewarding when I am done.
Life’s current path projects me to be an “empty nester” who never had anyone leave his nest. My next home, where ever it shall be, will not be as large as my current house. In fact, if life continues on its current path it’s going to be an awesome bachelor loft which could not possibly hold all of the shit I currently own.
Mets = FAIL
Tonight I’ll be making my first 2008 trip to Turner Field for a Mets v. Braves game. I was all stoked to go to the game until I realized just how bad this Mets team can be. I am debating bringing my camera because I am walking to the stadium from Grant Park. Since I’ve yet to complete the process of getting a personal property insurance policy I just might err on the side of caution. I hate that I have to think this way.
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – okay, not perfect, and fearing my dental check-up
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Duke Spirit — “The Step And The Walk”
Website Of The Day – Fail Dogs is a funny blog with photos that are guaranteed to help you forget about your own failures.
Exercise (b)Log – FAIL
Monthly Foot Mileage – 25 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 25 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 13
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 51 (51)…. no FAIL yet. 🙂
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
Let us know how you dispose of stuff during your decluttering. I have a tremendous amount of stuff that I don’t need and simply don’t know the best way of getting rid of it. You can only give so much stuff away to friends and family before they start to catch on.
Will do Andrew.
I’ll have a good idea as I start to gather items. I am assuming it’s going to be a combination of Goodwill and trash, with perhaps a garage sale thrown in.
Try Freecycle.com. It’s an email list where people post unwanted items and in the spirit of one man’s trash is another man’s treasure you match up with people who are looking for just that very thing. It’s a lot of emails and some are rather annoying, but you will get rid of stuff quickly and it beats adding to the landfill.
I tried Freecycle for a while but grew tired of the the email. Shoot, in my neighborhood all I really have to do is drag crap to the curb.
I seem to be constantly de-cluttering the house, I just keep finding more crap…I always clean when I’m upset so sometime I toss stuff I don’t mean to…whoops.
I really need to get pissed off so I can get my kitchen organized…that isn’t a task for when I just miffed at someone.
The game tonight sounds like fun, I really thought about going with you guys but me baseball = drunk!! I can’t do that right now. How I wish I had some self control.
PS Thanks for yesterday.
Yeah, drag crap to the curb and put a note on Craigslist that you have crap at the curb and it will soon be taken away. One person’s crap is another person’s “free shit, woo hoo!”
Deb and I have been talking about doing a garage sale for ages. If only there were a convenient place for us all to do it together.
Hey! Be lucky you only lost TV privileges. We were without power for 12 hours. And by “we” I mean my roommate because I high-tailed it out of Woodstock right before the storms and spent it in a full-powered house drinking ice-cold martinis. 🙂
I don’t need to get mad, I probably need to hire a cleaning service.
They sell beer at the ballpark? Wow, who knew? 😉
re yesterday: twern’t nuthin’. I am sorry that you had to say good-bye to such a good companion. I realize that death is a part of life, but it doesn’t make it any easier to cope with loss.
> I high-tailed it out of Woodstock right before the storms and spent it in a full-powered house drinking ice-cold martinis.
Oh really? Do tell… 😛
Oh no, it has nothing to do with any dates or anything. 😐 Just my friend Julia, but she makes a mean dirty martini AND hates olives, so I got to eat them all and used them like ice cubes in a sodapop! (i.e., fill up with olives, pour martini over)
Martha, sweetpea, I’m sooo sorry to hear about Ruben. I know there’s not really anything I can say, but please know you’re in my thoughts. I just lost my kitty last summer (after 10 years with him) and it’s still heart breaking sometimes. Your little guy had such a wonderful life with a wonderful mom….I’m sure he’s smiling down loving you from that big farm in the sky. 🙂
That website is too much… I’m adding another one to my list.
yeah – where was Stacy drinking martini’s last night?
I spent whatever of the storm hit East Cobb while at Kroger, missed the whole thing, no power outage or anything. But – all the traffic lights were out on the drive home, so I was nervous that I would miss NCIS with the power failure. Luckily, all power was working, the storm was gone so the satellite was working too. I love that show, good season finale, in case anyone cares.
Barb – What happened in the finale? We watched up until the shoot out in the dinner and then our power went out and our cable stayed out. 🙁 email the scoop if you don’t mind!
Martha — I left a note on your blog, but I’m so sorry about Reuben. He was such a sweet, handsome boy and so lucky to have you for his mom.
NO CAVITIES! W00t!!!!
I vote GARAGE SALE! You might earn enough to buy another lense or electronic toy or, gasp, even fix the AC! What a concept! Plus, anything that doesn’t get sold, gets donated and you take the write off….
Don’t even remind me of the dentist…..
Your other blog posy mentioned something about not swearing. Sometimes wearing is just a way to freely express yourself and what the fuck is wrong with that? And no epic fail. Bah!
Fucking fantastic! 🙂
Word on the street is HVAC d00dz are cutting some deals trying to unload inventory – the subprime mess is fucking up their programs.