I Really Shouldn’t Be A Home Owner

At least one that has to care for a yard. This weekend provided ample opportunities for me to do some manual labor around the house, including mowing my lawn, cutting back so shrubs, and cleaning the debris off of my roof; of that list I did none.

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

My saying “and” and “uh” results from my need to answer immediately, to speak without break, as if taking time to think were embarrassing.

Interpreting the pause is their problem.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

The Price Of Gas Be Damned, I’m Going Driving!
Saturday morning saw me wake up later than desired but still early enough to make it to Hamburg State Park in the “Golden Light.” The site was beautiful upon my arrival, and the lake was like glass. I snapped a few choice photos and then took a hike around the lake which was unspectacular. Unfortunately I also blew a couple of great opportunities to enhance my People Photography portfolio because I am such a weenie and would ask the people if I could take their photo.

After getting my fill of the park I started on my journey to return ITP. I traveled through the small towns of Sparta and Eatonton, stopping at neither since it was too early for lunch and I didn’t see a whole lot which interested me. I thought I hit a jackpot when I rolled into Monticello because there was some activity going on in their town square. Being very hungry (oddly my two-fortune-cookie breakfast had worn off by noon) I chose to eat before seizing the bountiful photo opportunities. Monticello didn’t seem to offer much in the way of “cuisine”; I saw a standard Chinese take-out, a Blimpie, and then a small cafe. At first I thought I made the wrong decision by choosing the cafe, but as it turned out the hamburger I ate was quite tasty. To my dismay when I was done eating I found out that the majority of the event had broken down and the people had left the square. Dangen!

ITP Flickr Pic
Part of my travels on Saturday included a stop at Hamburg State Park. The lake was like glass until I stepped out onto the dock to shott my shots. Whoops! This is the grist mill that once ground corn to corn meal. This building is now a small museum.

The Water Was Like Glass

Come to think of it, I have no idea how the two-pound sack of corn meal I purchased on Saturday was ground…

Who Knew The Most Danger Would Occur At The End?
On Sunday I ran the Black Sheep Hash. The hash had a lot going for it — the weather was beautiful, I knew hares Little Easy and BWanA would lay a great trail, the start was relatively near to East Atlanta, and since I had Monday off for Memorial Day I wouldn’t have to worry about drinking too much beer.

The trail was indeed challenging and provided a good time. I even correctly guessed the ending although I didn’t have the guts to shortcut. My difficulty came shortly after I finished trail. Tired and hot, all I wanted was a cold beer. I grabbed a bottle and one of those “bartender’s friend” wine openers and opened a beer. Unfortunately, I also cracked the neck of the bottle and promptly sliced open one of my fingers. (I’ve not had a good six months with kitchen utensils and my hands) The injury is nothing serious but really damn aggravating.

The trail helped identify at least one great photo opportunity. I was going to go out and shoot there yesterday, but a combination of laziness and the thought that I might not want to go hiking in the area with all my gear alone changed my mind.

Crime: It’s The Natural Enemy Of Gentrification (Not Gentrifuckation)
Yesterday a friend of mine had his house broken into and the asshats stole his television. According to a pieced-together time-line the crooks were in and out of his house in fewer than ten minutes.

I have to admit that when I was carjacked nearly four years ago I rationalized the event as an isolated incident. Crime in the “Atlanta Metro area” has no longer become “isolated.” In the past year I personally know at least five people who have either had their homes or cars broken into, or they have been robbed at gunpoint. There are tens-more that I have read about as well. It’s all out of hand and I have seriously considered getting the house ready for sale once the housing market improves. Where would I go? I don’t really know. I do know that crime has really lowered what I perceive as the the quality of living in Atlanta.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – Is it already Tuesday? Cool!
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Raveonettes — “Aly Walk With Me”
Website Of The Day – I normally don’t need anyone to suggest beers to me, but it’s always nice to know that I have Beer Suggest on which to lean in confusing times.
Exercise (b)Log – hashing on Sunday, nothing else
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) – 57 (57)

May 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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19 Responses to I Really Shouldn’t Be A Home Owner

  1. Martha says:

    We are just trying to look on the bright side. Considering 24 hours earlier we were 350 miles away, the dog wasn’t hurt, etc….it could have been worse. Now that I think about it, he’s been wanting to get a bigger tv anyway…what some people won’t do…

    As for you and your cut prone fingers, I’ve been searching amazon this morning for your up comming bday present. I think I’ve found just what you need. 😉

    BTW, no bruise for me this weekend, only one skined knee…not bad for 100 miles of biking.

  2. In Other News (read “Things I Just Remembered”)

    – I cooked a delicious “Beer Butt Chicken” last night, although I didn’t use a beer can in its preparation. It did help me get to Budweisers out of my refrigerator however.

    – Biscuits + Bacon = Blisscuits! (as an aside, the bacon I bought in Summerville may be the *best* bacon I have ever eaten!)

    – Running was supposed to start again today. It will not as I am getting a haircut after work and then headed to Maigh’s in order to do some portrait photography.

    – I did one house project this weekend. I didn’t think it through however and it appears to be somewhat useless.

    – I attempted to resurrect “www.JalapenoBeach.com” yesterday and failed.

  3. All that riding and all that drinking and you didn’t fall? WTF Yo?!?

    I’ve come to the conclusion that I will never have the hand-modeling career I lust after so greatly. I guess that I should not consider a career in music either. Oh who am I kidding, I’m too old for either of those dreams. 😉

  4. Barb says:

    You could come live OTP, I don’t know anyone in Marietta that has been broken into….. Sal, have you? And – since Marietta isn’t super convienent to your job, you could pick another OTP city, like Roswell wouldn’t be bad, or even Norcross. Both of those 2 have little “neighborhood” areas, where you can find food, and other shopping within walking distance of lots of housing. I’m thinking you need to sell and get a condo, or townhouse, or whatever, where you don’t have to do yardwork.

  5. Barb says:

    and the fact that Martha got a skinned knee while roadbiking does make me chuckle.

  6. Gentrif*ckation says:

    I cannot help that I have both a good and evil side… it comes with the territory! The perps have gotten very good at the whole kick-in-the-door thing ITP. I guess they must have been fans of the movie “The Thomas Crown Affair” where they time bank robberys so they are in and out in under a set amount of time…. what really sucks is the repair of door etc, may cost more that the TV did… and now you are on their list of places to revisit to get you NEW TV…. nice, ain’t it!?

    Condos, bleach! Given gas prices, moving closer to work wouldn’t be a bad idea! You could stay at your place and just get a yard service… the condo assoc. will get it’s pound of flesh some way if you go that route!

  7. When I flee Atlanta I will really flee Atlanta.

    Are we really sure she got the skinned knee while riding? 😉

  8. Hey Gentri, how was Hedon? Some of your cohorts made it to Black Sheep, I guess you took the “Never Leave Camp.” approach? 🙂

    I still want to put “NO LCD/PLASMA TV INSIDE” signs next to my doors. Seriously, they won’t want the 32″ crt that I own.

    I am not condo or neighborhood with home owners’ associations material.

    A lawn service would be great. Now all I have to do is get motivated to hire one.

    One other thing I failed to mention today…. Yesterday was my 9th anniversary of hashing. To celebrate this momentous day I did nothing but drink beer.

  9. Martha says:

    fact that Martha [b]only[/b] got a skinned knee while roadbiking does make me [b]happy[/b]!!!

    Yes same old story, I clipped out my left foot and leaned to the right side…

    Paulie, just what kind of girl do you think I am??? Wait, don’t answer…

    Come over and check out my yard…maybe you will be inspired. I finally did some much needed work yesterday and I schleped about 10 loads of mulch to the backyard.

    As for the tv…they ripped the entrie thing, bracket and all right out of the wall. I try to keep the tv cabinet closed so they can’t see it. It may not stop them but then that’s where Toby’s specials skills as a speed bump come into play.

  10. Sal says:

    We have had no problems with vandals in our neighborhood. Even left the back door to the basement wide open for a few days…..forgot about it…… another senior moment!

    We did the 47 mile option yesterday in Cedartown…nice easy ride. Guess I am ready for BRAG…been on the bike twice now this year! 🙂

    Nice Photo Paulie!

  11. Steve says:

    Hmmm.. unclipped left and fell right… don’t think I’ve ever done that on a road bike. Now Barbs’ old mountain bike that I own came with special Houdini pedals that require 60 seconds and a black curtain to get out of.

    Those have caused some problems…

    The overachievers might ride after the run on Sunday…


  12. Barb says:

    What pedals are on that bike? we sold it to you with pedals? I’m thinking they are rusty, when was the last time you went mountain biking????

    It isn’t looking good for the roadtrip to Moreland Saturday, we got an offer to go mtn biking saturday and then hang at a pool. It is almost the same as Steve’s offer, except the drive time is cut down to less than half the Moreland trip. (but, the company won’t be quite as good…..)

  13. Martha says:

    Steve, I do that all the time. I get to an intersection, unclip one side but look the other way…boom!! I’m down.

    mmmm we are considering wheelhopper Sunday afternoon but lounging by the pool sounds good too…decisons, decisions….

    It is really hit or miss in the ‘hood, Brad and I have been living in our respective homes the same amount of time, this is his third break in and I haven’t had any problems other than the one time I left my bike in the front yard by accident.

  14. Yeah, the only problem I’ve had was someone taking an umbrella that I left on my porch.

    Oh, and there was that one time that two kids with guns held me up, stole my car, wallet, cellphone, and keys.

  15. Gentrif*ckation says:

    Hedon was… er, Hedon! Lots of fun, more boobies than even I could keep track of, neekid people, skits, olympics, mostly out of Atlanta-ers, so met a ton of new people… of course beer*… and also Mojitos and port and scotch and cigars… I was in rare form on Sat. night! Ask me about my “PSA” sometime. I’ll demonstrate it for you! 😉 Tiki bar rocked the whole time, of course volleyball and chair bocco ball and swimming… that was nice. AH4 ended at the 2crabs pond and Sunday the “nice” neighbor had about 50 of us over for a dip. food was good to middlin’, none of it on time…

    I played enough volleyball to have issues walking and missed Ah4 run due to “nap” time coming along suddenly as I sat on the front porch of the house… which, because my snoring which woke ME up and saved me from “Sharpie time” happening… seriously, two of ’em already had the caps off and were advancing on me!!!!

    It will need to be awhile before I return, but it was fun! On-on to Revolution!!!

    PS *not as defined by Paulie… the closest they got was Killian’s… gone by Sunday!

  16. Sounds like you had a good time at Hedon. Glad to hear that you regained consciousness before the Sharpie’ing began.

  17. romanlily says:

    Earlier this month there was been a trio of men doing quick break ‘n’ enter jobs, stealing flat screen TVs in the Decatur/Oakhurst area. Not sure if that’s where your friend lives — but apparently the Decatur bandits have been caught:

    It does seem like crime in Atlanta is getting much worse. In the past 3 years, I have had my car stolen, had my car broken into, and had my home broken into. Whew! All this for someone who lives and works in “safe” areas. It is kind of overwhelming sometimes.

  18. Wow, I never realized how much crap you’ve been through Romanlily. I heard about the Okahurst thugs getting caught, but I have a feeling there are a lot more out there. 🙁

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