Creature Of Habit

Or “The One Where I Prove That I Am No Bob”

I made it into George’s Bar last night early enough to see ITP-reader Bob (I’m sure this is not how he wishes to be referenced, but this is my blog….) get five minutes of his fame on a news piece done by WSB. The sound was down and the closed-captioning off, so I didn’t hear what he had to say, but from the way they cut that piece they made it look like he had to ride and entire leg of the Tour de France in order to get to work. Remember dude, get it on YouTube and I’ll embed the video in a blog post.

Today I was supposed to emulate Bob by doing my own bike commute. Two funny things happened along the way to getting there however. First, I woke up a little run-down and sniffling (not a good way to start a fifteen-mile ride) and unlike for the past three weeks the temperature actually dipped into the “cool” zone last night, so I wimped out.

At least I took Marta today…. I got that going for me.

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

I am afraid of your silence because of what it could mean. I suspect your silence of meaning you are getting bored or losing interest or making up your own mind about me without my guidance. I believe that as long as I keep you talking I can know what you are thinking.

But silence can also mean confidence, And mutual respect. Silence can mean live and let live: the appreciation that I am I and I you are you. This silence is an affirmation that we are already together — as two people. Words can mean that I want yo make you into a friend and silence can mean that I accept your already being one.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

These Are The People You See On The Marta Train (Again And Again)
For all of the people who ride Marta you’d think that you’d rarely see the same people more than once. However, I guess it’s that we all seem to get out of the house at the same time, many of us transfer at Five Points, and we tend to get into the same train car (whether it be front, middle, or back) repeatedly. Today I saw the two postal workers that exit the train in Midtown and the really pretty girl (who you’d never pick out of a police lineup because she is totally not my “type”) who gets off at Buckhead on my ride in. However not seen recently is the guy who gets off the train at Medical Center and intrigues me to the point that I want to do a long-term photo project of him. I wonder if they notice me, and if they would describe me?

And then there are the people I’d like to see more often like ITP-reader Romanlily.

ITP Flickr Pic
Slim pickings in the old photostream right now because I haven’t shot in days.

Fallen Soldiers

Is it the weekend yet? No? Shit, I’ll have to figure out a way to get some shots in before then I guess.

You Snooze, You Lose, And Sometimes You Save
Yesterday I decided to torture myself by looking at that expensive lens online again so that I could admire it much like a child admires all the candy in a candy store (Do candy stores still exist, or have they gone the way of the full-service gas station?).

My torture didn’t last long, or more specifically it turned to dismay as I saw that in less than a week’s time the lens is no longer in stock. There must be a lot more people more confident in their financial future then me for it to sell out that quickly.

Speaking Of Snoozing, Did Anyone Else Watch The Top Chef “Reunion” Show?
Talk about false pleasantries… I lost forty-two minutes (which would have been sixty if not for my DVR) of my life watching the Top Chef reunion show. Atlanta’s own King Richard Blais was not with the rest of the cast because he remained in Atlanta to be with his wife as they gave birth to their first child, a girl.

The only thing which might have provided amusement was the unveiling of this season’s commemorative t-shirt bearing the infamous Andrew quote “I’ve got a culinary boner.” First, I don’t ever remember hearing about t-shirts from past seasons (was this the first time I’ve watched a Top Chef reunion), and why exactly would I want to wear a shirt that says “I’ve got a culinary boner.” on it?

On the show we learned that Top Chef Stephanie was also voted “Fan Favorite” and won another $10k for her pleasantness. Not a bad season for the Chicago lass.

Did I Really Forget To Pick A Website Yesterday?
And no one called me out on it?! The only reason I know now is that I copied yesterday’s template into today’s post and saw that the “Website Of The Day” was empty.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – meh, but sad
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing My Morning Jacket — “Evil Urges”
Website Of The Day – Have you ever tried to use something you own but have no idea where its manual is? If this happens in the future try searching Safe Manuals to see if they have it.
Exercise (b)Log – running, 4.75 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 18.75 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 38 miles
Mode Of Transportation To WorkMarta
Monthly Marta Rides – 19
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 77 (77)
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]

This entry was posted in Comments Disabled, My Daily Life. Bookmark the permalink.

18 Responses to Creature Of Habit

  1. Bob says:

    Wow, make it on the news AND get blogged about. This has been a good week!

  2. Steve says:

    Today would have been a perfect day to ride… slightly crisp to start and would never get too hot. Sorry you weren’t feeling on top of your game.

    And no website of the day 2 days in a row… what gives?


  3. Steve says:

    Oops.. I sit corrected.


  4. Since I didn’t get to hear anything you said, what did they ask you?

    The segment also showed Clark Howard walking somewhere. It appears that Clark has been hanging around the $1 Menu at McDonald’s a little too often.

  5. Bob says:

    I noticed that too, Clark is getting a little pudgy. He needs to walk to work a little more often.
    Here is the text version of what I said.

  6. Wait, you didn’t refer to yourself as Bob? Hrmph! 🙂

    Are you making cash from the Clean Air Campaign? I signed up years ago (back in the Olden Days when gas was less than $2 / gallon) but never cashed in because they assigned me the Winter months when there was no way that I was going to ride. I went to re-up the next Spring only to find out that you could only sign up once.

    Oh, I’m am going to update my WSB link above to point directly at the story.

  7. Bob says:

    I thought about trying to give a full on podium speech thanking all my sponsors and all the little people that helped make it happen but couldn’t do it.

    And yes, they are paying me $3 a day. I would have collected the whole $180 max but I took time off when Travis was born so I will probably get around $130.

  8. Martha says:

    Damn, I told the old man (not my old man, THE old man) that you didn’t show up for bootcamp but you were riding your bike to work…I wont repeat what he said because I’m pretending that I’m a lady.

    Wil showed up, JRob also with his better have. As we were on our hundreth or so push up I ask if he was going to file for divorce (is it weird that everytime I type that word an old county song pops in my head? Anyway) he’s not sure but he does have a whole new respect for her.

    I guess I should sign up and see if I can get some cash back also. That almost pays for Marta.

  9. I am bummed that I didn’t ride, but I was trying this thing that called “common sense” that I’ve heard people discuss. Regardless of my mode of transportation to work, if I wasn’t up for riding then I certainly wouldn’t have been up for boot camp.

    This being “Bring your friends to boot camp” day completely explains the pleasant morning. You think that you’ll get this weather for the duration of your boot camp, drop the $300+, and then get screwed by heat and humidity afterward.

  10. Bob says:

    I found the video on the WSB website.

  11. Barb says:

    I’m thinking it might be on the weekend morning news too, when they run for 3 hours or more. You all are making me feel guilty, maybe I should start riding my bike for my 2 mile commute.

  12. willy says:

    Paulie, How much for the camera?


    For $450 I’ll sell the Nikon D50 body, two batteries, a battery charger, the 18-55mm kit lens, the manual, and the D50 Field Guide that I bought afterward. I can look around and probably find the USB cable and CD which came with the the camera as well. Heck, I think I still have the original box! And you don’t have to pay sales tax!

    What says you?

  14. willy says:

    Paulie, Deal . Do you accept cash?

  15. Cash from you? Sure! 🙂

  16. Steve says:

    Willy, I thought you were making a comment on Paulies’ non-use of his camera!


  17. @Steve: Nice… Nope, last night Willy told me that he was considering purchasing a DSLR. I told him that I happened to have one for sale. The D50 has seen little action since it was replaced by the D300. And I can justify selling it in the name of “decluttering.”

  18. Gentri says:

    Nice video Bob, quite a lot of footage there!

    Paulie, saw this and thought of you for some reason!

    Gotta love the onion!

Comments are closed.