Hello June. You Should Bring Your Beaver To The House Once And A While.

Yes, I am juvenile.

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

There is something about compliments that scares me. Part of the reason may be that I am afraid of getting something that can subsequently be taken away. I put myself in the hands of this other person if I let my emotions lean on his statement. Another reason: I am being put on the spot and now must watch my actions to keep him thinking this way about me. Another: There is a part of me that knows I am not as good as his compliment implies. Another: I have often been insincere when saying similar things.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

A 1:00am Bed Time Is Damaging To Early Blogging
Welcome to the “Late Edition” of Inside The Perimeter. After grabbing a few winks here and there while watching tv, and then dealing with warm weather (no a/c) I finally went to sleep at 1:00am. Needless to say I wasn’t very chipper when the alarms went off at 5:30am, and I finally managed to get going by 7:00am.

Weekends Are Made For Allergies Fun
Friday night seems so long ago I don’t recall what I did! Must not have been noteworthy, so I’ll move along…

On Saturday morning I woke early and headed out for my long day. I started the day photographing, first capturing a shot of some secret project that I’m working on, then meeting up with Maigh at Piedmont Park to get a jump start on our People Photography Field Trip. With the Green Market and the Peachtree Jr 5k the park was buzzing with activity even that early in the day. Maigh and I shot until the Field Trip began and then teamed up to shoot the models as well.

With little time to rest I then headed home to get my bicycle so that could head down to Moreland for more fun and festivities. Saturday afternoon saw three of us head out for a twenty-five-cum-twenty-eight mile ride. After a dunk in their pool we cooked dinner, played dominoes, and (I can speak only for myself) drank way too much beer and wine.

On Sunday we all gathered for a run in the country. However, given my physical state on Sunday morning I chose the “Never Leave Camp” approach for fear of tossing my cookies. Now tossing one’s cookies is perfectly acceptable in the city, but country-folk don’t take too kindly to it. After dealing with an incredibly aggrovating allergy attack (ITP needs pollution to survive), eating a wonderful brunch and finishing our game of dominoes, I realized that it was nearly 4pm and I decided it was time for me to return to where I belonged. I drove the majority of our bike route looking for all of the scenic shots I’d seen on the past two rides, but sadly the lighting was crap and didn’t get much. One thing I did “get” was a squirrel in the town of Turin, who made the poor decision of running into the road under my car — city squirrels are so much faster.

ITP Flickr Pic
Maigh brought a couple of people for us to abuse that the People Photography Field Day. This is one of her friends Liz.

Hot Days Require Hydration #2

On the day I shot a lot of run-of-the-mill portraits. I was trying to think “outside the box” but only this, and one other of similar theme really pleased me. I will say that it was nice to have someone act as a lackey (mostly Maigh for me when I shot, and me for Maigh when she shot) to hold diffusers and reflectors in order to remove unpleasing shadows.

If $4/Gallon Gas Doesn’t Increase Marta Ridership, What Will?
On Friday I stopped at QT and put nearly $55 worth of gas into my car. I had the big trip to Moreland on the schedule and I didn’t want to have to deal with finding gas stations in unfamiliar areas.

One of the affects of charing $55 to my credit card for gas is that I realized that I needed to ride Marta more often. Getting up late this morning cemented this idea because I didn’t want to deal with the flood of traffic that was undoubtedly going to be on Atlanta’s roadways.

I was more than a little surprised to arrive at the parking lot for Marta to find it mostly empty. For a second I had a pleasant thought that today wasn’t Monday after all and that I’d be able to return home and go back to sleep, but alas I quickly snapped back to reality. One of the other pleasant Marta surprises today was that I saw photographer-extraordinaire Romanlily on the train. Truth be told she actually saw me, because I was more-than-half asleep holding up the corner of the train-car this morning.

I Once Again Understand Why Southern Migration Increased Upon The Invention Of Air Conditioning
Ugh. I’ve loved and lost. Most of the times when I whine about lost love it refers to women, today however it refers to air conditioning. On the bright side at least I know how to regain air conditioning, it’s just a matter of breaking the budget and calling up a service. In the future I will be easy to spot. I’ll be the guy riding Marta holding a package of Ramen noodles.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – good but sore from bike riding, alcohol consumption, and poor genetics
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Built To Spill — “Strange”
Website Of The Day – I won’t need a service such as Rate Beer for the next day or two, but that shouldn’t stop me from letting you know about it.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing…. in June
Monthly Foot Mileage – 0 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To WorkMarta
Monthly Marta Rides – 1
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 65 (65)

June 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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16 Responses to Hello June. You Should Bring Your Beaver To The House Once And A While.

  1. Martha says:

    If I’m not mistaken your 28 wheel miles occured in May. You can’t cheat, we are always watching.

    Ugh…I hit the road well after 5 (maybe almost 6 by the time I realized I forgot my shoes and GPS and drove back). I almost fell asleep drinking a glass of wine at Brad’s…and yes I DID need one last drink!

  2. Steve says:

    Thanks to all who braved the trip South. I believe the mizzus is still recuperating from Saturday nights festivities as well… lighweights.

    And for those who decided it was not worth the trip, I have only these words-

    – Bacon
    – Sausage gravy
    – Yuengling

    See what you missed?


  3. Barb says:

    Damn Steve – RUB IT IN WHY DON’TCHA!!!!!! When is the next OTP adventure? Hopefully we can make it. We did do a 25 mile hilly ride in Roswell as punishment, the hills sucked, and I got a little sunburned on my shoulders.

    Paulie – we turned on the A/C finally Saturday morning, anticipating the 88 degree forcast, and got home to find it is blowing air, but not cold air. Reliable Heating & Air is coming by this afternoon for a sevice call. Hopefully it won’t cost too much.

  4. Martha says:

    Barb and Paulie,

    I would be happy to give you some of the cold air in my office. They must have the ac cranked up to the artic setting…I can’t feel my toes …. if I don’t make it tell Toby I love him.

  5. @Martha: Dammit, you are right! May does have 31 days, doesn’t it. 🙁

    @Steve: Even with the allergies, hangover and subsequent bodily problems that I won’t detail I had a fantastic time. You and Debbie are wonderful hosts (not a new revelation of course) and you are selling the weekend’s food spreads short.

    @Barb: Let me know how it goes. I will not be waiting for the thermometer to hit 100 this year before I act — regardless of the cost.

  6. debbie says:

    If how fuzzy I feel today is any measure, the weekend was great. 😉 Thank you to everyone who came down and got our summer off to the right start. Barb, we’ll catch you on the next OTP bike, swim, run, gorge, drink adventure fest. Give me a few days to get over my “subsequent bodily problems” (an excellent catch-all euphemism for hurting myself with red wine, thanks Paulie) and we’ll schedule the next one.

  7. Gentri says:

    Sounds like you had a great time!

    My last gas fill up totaled out at $73 bucks…. welcome to MY RAMEN NOODLE WORLD, WLB, I’ve been here awhile on the account that I don’t want to ride MARTA! 😉 Sacrifices are to be made…..

    still got a window AC available.

  8. Bob says:

    A $78 fill up over the weekend prompted me to get my ass back on the bike. If all goes as planned the truck will be parked all week.
    I want to say oil companies suck but they are forcing me to ride my bike to work and get in better shape so who is really winning?

  9. Yeah, we’ll show Big Oil by getting fit! Oh wait, I’ll probably just wind up eating and drinking more.

  10. Martha says:

    What I’m concerned about is that if more people start taking Marta, riding bikes or telecommuting…what is that going to do to our air quality.

    I for one am concerned about Paulie if the air in Atlanta improves…I saw what happend to him after only 24 hours of ‘clean country air’

    I may try the Marta/bike commute this week…I’m telecommuting one day a week as well.

  11. Don’t worry Martha, I’ll always have Manhattan and Los Angeles as options. 🙂

  12. Barb says:

    if only I could get up earlier to ride my bike, you know, that 2 mile ride would mean getting up 15 minutes earlier……. damn I’m lazy…….

  13. Martha says:

    Yeah, so here is my crazy commute plan…

    ride my bike to boot camp, then ride from grant park to downtown…take marta to Chamblee, ride from marta to my office…shower, change clothes and get to work…I have no idea what time I would be starting work. Probably sometime after I take a nap.

  14. @Barb – look at Martha make fun of your laziness! Actually it appears that she is going to get more done by 9am than you and me combined!

  15. Barb says:

    she can make fun of me all day long, I don’t care!
    Hey – A/C fix was relatively cheap, some wires were pulled out of the outside unit (probably happened during the throw old tile, flooring, etc. out the window part of the bathroom remodel). I did need some freon ($50/lb) but only needed 1 lb. So, plus $85 for the service call minus my $10 coupon from the internet, and he was in & out in less than 30 minutes.

  16. Lucky you, Barb. I know for sure that my system is going to cost much more. 🙁

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