My Confederate Weekend

I’m a New Yorker by birth and had my parents not moved me to Florida in 1978 when I was twelve then I probably would have remained a New Yorker my entire life. This weekend I spent parts of Saturday and Sunday around the remnants of the Civil War. On Saturday I got about twenty minutes of shooting time in the Confederate section of Oakland Cemetery, and on Sunday I ran around Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield.

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

I don’t want to listen to what you say. I want to feel what you mean.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

Another Concert Scheduled, Another Concert Skipped
I was supposed to go to The EARL on Friday night to see Shearwater. I really had all intentions of doing so. However, after returning home from a happy hour at Fellini’s near Sandy Springs I felt like ass. I really felt like I was going to hurl so I stayed home.

I am getting peeved at myself for missing another concert. It’s happening too often again.

I was stunned, stunned I tell you, when I realized that I’ve forgotten to blog about this…

Last week I heard that Cheerwine is being introduced into Atlanta stores! Woo Hoo! No more will I have to stock up on my trips to North Carolina. Instead I can use that trunk space to import beer! 🙂

ITP Flickr Pic
This is one of three shots that I was able to take Saturday morning before the sky opened up with massive amounts of rain.
The Tree Probably Lived Longer Than The Soldier
I pride myself on being over-prepared, so naturally I had my huge golf umbrella in tote to protect the camera gear.

RealiTV Update: The Next Food Network Star
Before I start, there was a RealiTV related Iron Chef episode last night. On the episode April Bloomfield, who was one of the three Heavy Hitter sous chefs on last week’s Top Chef finale. Bloomfield battled the newest Iron Chef, Michael Simon, and the judges were Michael Ruhlman, Donatella Arpaia, Andrew Knowlton — who were the judges who anointed Simon as the next Iron Chef. You’d think that the there was no way Simon would lose. You’d be wrong.

Following Iron Chef was The Next Food Network Star. While I am starting to get a feel for thes contestants, I still don’t really know much about them. Last night’s episode was a little oddly structured. The contestants had a QuickFire-style Challenge in which they had thirty minutes in which to prepare a potato dish which represented their cooking style. However no winner was declared, and it was left at that.

For their Elimination Challenge they had to concoct their own “product” which they were going to use in a dish, and the pitch to fifty buyers as well as one very special mystery guest (who we knew was Martha Stewart because they pimped the hell out of that on the commercials). Upon seeing Martha Stewart Lisa and Kelsey nearly pee their pants (actually I think that they did pee their pants but Food Network chose not to show us) and Adam does some embarrassing song for her.

At the Judges’ Table we find out what the grand plan of the day’s events were. The winner of the QuickFire was Adam, who made some bacon cheese fries, and he was given immunity. The buyers who tasted all of the samples chose Lisa to be the best and she was given immunity. Of the tastings done by Martha Stewart, Aaron was determined to be the best and was also given immunity. The elimination boiled down to Jennifer and Jefferey. I’ve yet to figure out how they feel who gets booted, and Jeffery got the boot.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – meh, bloated because I need to exercise more
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Blitzen Trapper — “Wild Mountain Blues”
Website Of The Day – I’ve only heard about Gather this morning. I’ve not had much time to investigate, but it looks like a good place for NPR-style literature and news.
Exercise (b)Log – running/walking, 5 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 10 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 38 miles
Monday Morning Weigh-In – 196 pounds
Mode Of Transportation To WorkMarta
Monthly Marta Rides – 17
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 74 (74)
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 5

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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13 Responses to My Confederate Weekend

  1. D.D.D.Dave says:

    I was wondering what happened to you…you missed a great show!

  2. I figured I did. I also wanted to pick up their disc at the show too. Bummer. Oh well, serves me right for going to a happy hour on a concert night.

  3. Stacy says:

    So does your Twitter mean you’re on your way to earning your Kindle? 🙂

  4. I am on my way! Of course while cleaning this weekend I saw that I own about twenty books (some of which I’ve literally owned for years) that I want to read but have not yet. I think this, along with my need to spend money elsewhere, will push my Kindle purchase back a bit.

  5. Steve says:

    Who is Nick Hornby? I’m not familiar…

    And how has the cemetary faired after the tornado? I was worried the trees might not have fared very well…


  6. Nick Hornby is a British writer. He is probably best known for the novels “High Fidelity” and “About A Boy” both of which were made into movies.

    I got no more than twenty minutes in the cemetery. After the shot I posted today the skies opened up spilling buckets of water. What I did see were some really large trees down. I know that some of the monuments were also damaged, but I was unable to get to those — although I did see one Confederate headstone which was popped completely out of the ground.

  7. Martha says:

    This weekend is the first time the cemetery has been open since the tornado.

    Sounds like the run was fun, sorry I missed it.

  8. For those able to run 5.5 miles the run was great. I not only could not complete that, I got lost! Luckily I had a map and the kindness of strangers to set me right. The liquids were refreshing, the bagels and smears delicious… all that was missing from the meal was bacon.

    Sadly, I know very little of our country’s history. I was astonished and awed to see some of the terrain and the monuments marking the history which unfolded on that land.

  9. Steve says:

    Don’t feel bad Paulie. I have to say I have lived my entire life in the South, and have never been much of a Civil War buff.

    I can only tell you we let the Yankees think they won…


  10. Barb says:

    I’ve was meaning to tell you about the Cheerwine I saw at Kroger on Friday when I was buying the hash sodas, and now it is no surprise. Now if we could just get Yuengling here. We did buy a bunch of Yuengling in Chattanooga yesterday for the wheelhopper hash coolers. (How’s that for a carrot to dangle to get you to a Wheelhopper hash?)

    And – supposedly New Belgium products are now in Nashville, but we didn’t see any at the Food Lion…… maybe someday, Fat Tire and Blue Paddle only 2 hours away…… we can dream……

  11. Bob says:

    New Belguim products only 2 hours away!! I see a road trip in my very near future!

  12. Of course Nashville is seven hours away for me because I follow Jill the GPS’ directions. 🙂 Which reminds me, she has no idea where Office Max stores are in the Atlanta area. I followed her directions twice on Saturday and didn’t find one at either location she brought me to.

    I wound up locating one using my phone and they didn’t have what I was seeking (see tomorrow’s blog post) but I found one at the store on Cobb Parkway yesterday.

    Oh, she also mispronounces “Office Max” as “Offica’max”.

  13. Barb says:

    hey Paulie – I was just thinking 38 55 only equals 93. You need at least 1 other bike ride this month. Dunkin Honuts & I are trying to possibly plan something for this next saturday morning. (also, we are going to meet at Silver Comet on Wed. but that is so out of your way, I know you’d never want to battle that traffic)

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