A Mostly Bicycle Edition

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

If I need your approval I can’t see you.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

I Got All Cultured And Shit
I jumped off the Marta train last night and walked over to the High Museum to attend the members’ preview of the exhibits that are opening soon. Included in the exhibits are some amazing documentary photography of the Civil Rights movement, and small collections from four of America’s best sub-culture photographers. I carried my camera outside its bag almost begging for confrontation because after all if photography had been denied everywhere none of these exhibits would be possible. Oh, I was proper and did not take any photos in areas where I was not supposed to.

The exhibits were very good, if you are into Civil Rights and/or analyzing photography,if not a bit overwhelming I plan to return at a later date to reexamine, but I will wait until the crowds are non-existent.

ITP Flickr Pic
I uploaded a plethora of photos for you to peruse on my Flickr account. I uploaded the forty best photos that I took on my “Hundred” Photo Walk Wednesday night.

Perhaps my favorite…
The Vortex

The entire set can be seen here, and for the map lovers in the audience each photo has been tagged with an approximate map location where it was taken. Now you know what I did most of last night.

Riding In The Hood
The annual Brownwood Bike Rally in East Atlanta is happening this weekend on Saturday from 9am-2pm in East Atlanta’s Brownwood Park. In addition to the rally there will be a fair, food and beverages, biked rodeo, as well as a stunt bike show. The proceeds from the rally go to the East Atlanta Kids Club.

Perhaps I’ll bring my camera and do a few ride-by shootings.

Riding In And Out Of The Hood
On Sunday I think I am going attempt to kill myself with exercise. Some people I know are gathering early in the morning to do a Stone Mountain ride like those I used to do when I was much thinner. The loop from East Atlanta to Stone Mountain and back is thirty-eight miles. Since I am planning on riding fifty-five miles in a few weeks I probably should join them.

As an added bonus, Sunday is a Black Sheep Hash day! The hash will be the annual Colonel Cl*t Birthday hash. The good Colonel usually lays one hell of a trail and has been the source of many of my wishes to die while hashing. If he ever posts a start I am sure I can expect more “fun.”

Riding Way Out Of The Hood
If you were reading carefully above you saw me write “planning on riding fifty-five miles in a few weeks.” That’s right, I’ll be returning to Cartersville, Georgia for a third time to ride the Cartersville Century (of which I plan to only ride fifty-five). I don’t think that it will kill me, but I am sure that riding that far unprepared will provide plenty of blogging fodder.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – pretty good
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Magnetic Fields — “I Think I Need A New Heart”
Website Of The Day – There is a really interesting blog called My Bike Lane that takes and posts photos of people who park in bike lanes. Here’s Atlanta’s page.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 5 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To WorkMarta
Monthly Marta Rides – 7
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 66 (66)

June Goals
1) Run no fewer than 75 miles
2) Ride no fewer than 100 road miles
3) Ride Marta no fewer than twenty times (ten round-trips)
4) Read at least one book
5) Make my bed every day
6) Eat out at a bar/restaurant no more than twice in one week

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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17 Responses to A Mostly Bicycle Edition

  1. Steve says:

    Can you post the pics from last weekends’ festivities??

    Several nice pictures from the stroll… nice light… the Majestic is looking good.

    Have a great ride this weekend…


  2. Martha says:

    If I could make the happy claping smiley I would….

    Yeah, Paulie is going biking with me!!!

    I had forgot about the Col’s birthday hash…I have no memories of last year but two years ago, on my tummy, crawling through the swamp, trying to box around that tunnel, only to find Burnt…ahh good times….

    So many choices for Saturday morning, I haven’t figured out what I’m doing yet.

    Will I see you tonight?

  3. Yeah, I’ll post photos this weekend. I’ve been slow to do so because I have been staying away from my un-air-conditioned house as much as possible and therefore not doing much with the photos I’ve taken. The forty I posted last night are pretty much as they were taken. Normally I’d painstakingly go through and tweak anything I upload. Don’t laugh! It’s true. 🙂

  4. Tonight as in Michelle’s 30+10 Birthday Party? Heck Yeah! I might even have a gimp in tow. I spoke with Betsy on Wednesday at George’s and agreed to give her a ride tonight if she needs one.

    I’ve found a bug in this software. When I enter a plus sign (as I did above between the 30 and the 10) it gets taken away when I initially submit the comment. When I edit the comment and save it, it remains. Interesting…

  5. Kay says:

    I’m glad you went to the High preview, thanks for the little review. We got an invite too and wanted to go but didn’t RSVP in time as we were hoping to be on holiday in Florida this week.

    Sam and I go to the High every week but I don’t get to see much of the exhibitions with him in tow. His attention span is long enough to go to the toddler room, get messy with some art, then get the hell out of there! We are creating quite the collection for our own home art exhibition though.

    Was the Civil Rights exhibition just photography, or any other media too?

  6. I believe that 98% of the exhibit is photography. The other 2% are artifacts from the day such as police records, fingerprints, etc.

  7. Martha says:

    The GIMP with be out…another round of happy claping smiley!!

    Kay next time I have the urge to see some art I will come over and check out Sam’s masterpieces. 😉

  8. Stacy says:

    Cartersville! You’ll be up in Cartersville! Any plans forming for a post-ride meet-up? Because I would certainly join you. Or even come out to support you, but I’m not sure how that works. See you off, go grab some beers, come see you back in? Is that how it works? 🙂

    And thank you very much for the map tagging in Flickr. It tickles me!

  9. I hear Sam is an accomplished artist; he works equally well in oils, markers, mud, and ice creams.

    I can certainly do a post-ride meetup. I will need a beer afterwards. Fifty-five miles should take me between 3:00 and 3:30.

  10. Stacy says:

    Excellent! Is the Barb and the Allen doing this one with you? Since it’s, well, close enough to the neck of our woods anyway (but YES, I still have to drive north to get there) 🙂 That should be about lunchtime, I’d think… when it gets closer, let’s be sure to plan something!

  11. Martha: I *think* the GIMP will be out. I’m waiting for her to contact me in order to arrange things. Of course she doesn’t “need” me, I am sure she has a million offers to give her a lift.

  12. Barb says:

    first- no hangover for me – I think the 150 degree heat with very little breeze or clouds made it tough to absorb any of the alcohol.
    A good time was had by all. What a crazy tailgate party.

  13. Martha says:

    So Stacy, I guess now that you are OTP you don’t care if I’m going to be there? I’ll go off to my corner and cry just a bit…. 🙁

    We will be there with a fully stocked cooler if there is anyone that does care!

    55 miles…that is going to take me AT LEAST 3:00, I’m not fast, you will see for yourself on Sunday.

    I need to take Sam out for ice cream again…just so I can get a picture this time.

  14. I don’t know if it fits into B’s & A’s schedule. We’ll finalize plans closer to the day!

  15. Barb says:

    I’m probaby slower than Martha.
    And since Paulie is signed up, I guess I need to mail in my money as well.
    Allan is working – so I’ll be solo. I’ll be ready for lunch and beers!

  16. Martha, I’m thinking we’ll average somewhere around 15-16 mph. Three hours at 16 will get us 48 miles; toss in 30 more minutes and we’re at 56. Then we have to factor in time spent at rest stops and intervals of speed due to downhills and adrenaline — that’s how I came to the 3:00 – 3:30 estimate. 🙂

  17. Martha says:

    I meant for that to say at least 3:30….

    I finished up the creek (45 miles) right at 3 hours, my average pace, according to the good folks at Gramin was 15.5 mph…I tried to remember to turn off the GPS at sag stops.

    Brad moved the handles up on my bike (per a suggestion from Allan), I think I will be much more comfortable now, maybe it will help me pick up some speed as well. Damn me and my short arms….

    Yes, Barb, if Paulie is there you can’t miss it. Also congrats on the no hangover…I hope I can say that tomorrow morning.

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