Singularity

I stood and looked around last night and realized that I am pretty much the only unattached person that I know. Odd.

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

If I want to communicate with you I must keep you informed of my feelings. A question often hides my feelings. It is sometimes my attempt to discover your position before I reveal mine, or it sometimes hides a criticism I don’t want to risk stating. If I ask you, “Why do you say that?” or “Is that what you really think?” I show you little of what I am feeling. Instead I put you on the defensive without making clear what it is in me I want you to respond to.

The more abstract the question you ask me (“Are you really happy? Do you love mankind? — Your country? — God?”), the more impossible I find it is for me to get in touch with any feeling at all.

I experience the feelings that make me want to open my mouth and speak, not as questions but as demands. My words spring from my emotions and my emotions are declarative, not interrogative. Even my feeling of curiosity is a statement of what I want.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

Good News! All Violent Crime In Atlanta Has Been Eliminated
That must be the case, otherwise I wouldn’t have seen three uniformed police officers walking the tough streets of Virginia-Highland at 8:30pm last night issuing parking tickets to illegally parked cars.

Don’t get me wrong, cars parked illegally should be fined however I think that with a short-staffed police department having three officers walking about issuing parking tickets is overkill.

Phillips HDTV Antenna FTW!
After returning home from George’s I put together the four pieces that went into constructing my new Philips HDTV Antenna and plugged it into my Dish811 receiver and in seconds I had digital broadcasting on my television.

1978 called and wanted its technology back. I won’t let them have it!

When my AppleTV finally arrives I doubt its installation will go that smoothly, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

ITP Flickr Pic
Last Saturday I took a hand-held panorama of the “secret” location in which we were shooting.

Graffiti Panorama

While it’s not a sharp as I’d like it to be, it does look its best viewed larger.

With any luck tonight I will get around to processing the photos I took on Tuesday.

Paulie, Table For One, Seating For One
However, tonight I am doing a singleton-date night. I plan to eat dinner at Fox Bros BBQ and then head over to the Horizon Theatre to see “The Clean House.” Initially this was supposed to be a group outing, but with conflicting schedules and sold-out performances in my way I silently threw up my hands in defeat and decided to (be selfish and) make it convenient for myself and go alone.

And you know what? I am okay with this.

Remember My Big Friday Night BBQ Plan?
It’s been moved to Sunday.

I found out that this is Corndogorama over at Lenny’s this weekend and that my friend Harold will be hosting a corn dog eating / beer swilling gathering on Friday night. What better way to prepare for riding 55 miles on Saturday (weather permitting) than to fill my body with beer and corn dogs the night before?!

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – irked
Current Music – nothing, I am reveling in silence this morning
Website Of The Day – Have a couple of coins rattling in your pocket and not sure what to buy? Take a gamble and buy something from The Something Store.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 22.75 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 38 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car (I was on such a good Marta roll there for a while)
Monthly Marta Rides – 22
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 85 (85)
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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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37 Responses to Singularity

  1. Stacy says:

    ITP, I really wish I could have gone with you to this play! I should have spoke up way earlier about what other days would have worked for me…. but it was just that you take me so often, when it became a group thing, I wanted to give others the chance to pick the day that worked for them instead. Next time I’m going to be much more selfish. Besides, I still owe you a dinner and I haven’t had BBQ since I was with you! (Far too long ago) So next outing, screw everyone else and just invite ONLY ME again. Heheheehee

  2. Barb says:

    City of Atlanta needs revenue, so I’m guessing there has been a push for officers to issue more tickets.

    I’m kind of bummed I’m not making it to the play with you, I think I’ll go ride my bike as punishment (and to get ready for Saturday, so maybe I won’t die that last 10 miles).

    Bob, or anyone else out there, want to meet Allan & I to ride in Roswell tonight?

  3. Yeah, I know CoA needs cash but for the taxes I pay I’d rather see the police fighting violent crime.

  4. Martha says:

    CoA gutted parking enforcement, they fired pretty much everyone. I guess whatever Zone ViHi is in is much safer than our Zone 6…maybe they were part of community policing and issuing tickets was just for fun.

    So Bwana is having a party and I’m not invited? HUMPF…well then, let’s just see if I ever invite him to another boot camp (or maybe that’s why I’m not invited?) 😉

    What time are you heading up on Saturday?

  5. BWanA’s is more of a gathering than party. I got “invited” as I drove him home from George’s last night. I am sure you are welcome, and that you would have gotten a personal “invite” if you had been able to make it to George’s.

    I am not sure what time Saturday. BWanA said that he wants to go up, and that he’ll have to register up there. My car can still only accommodate one bike (it too has singularity), so I might have to get him to drive. You can suggest a time if you go over there Friday, or else I can text you our decision.

  6. Barb says:

    I’m thinking shooting for getting there about 7:30 or so? Michelle (as in Dunkin honuts) is considering going too. So, I’m hoping it will take 45 minutes tops from my house in Marietta. Google maps says 28 miles, 38 minutes.

  7. Having been up there before I say that the earlier you get there the better you are. There is parking, but it gets crowded early.

  8. Martha says:

    I just talked to H and gave him a little hell for not ‘inviting’ me…I am now invited.

    I’m a girl, I pout, I get my way, life is good 😉

    Sweet jesus I just got word he wants to leave by 6 am??? We can fit another bike if needed.

  9. Gentri says:

    “Singularity

    Published by Paulie [eatl/ga] on June 26, 2008 08:37 am under My Daily Life

    I stood and looked around last night and realized that I am pretty much the only unattached person that I know. Odd.”

    Why do you always have to throw it in our faces how much smarter you are than the rest of us!? We get it! 😉

    Ah corndogs… never understood the love… although BR does!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/82068747@N00/1873199771/in/set-72157602932053580/

  10. Dude, I have to keep reminding myself. Besides, I need to find someone who will help me count all of the money I’ve saved by not dating… 😛

  11. Gentri says:

    My friend G’s sister is an “ac-count” (rimshot!) manager and is into the local music scene… at least she would motivate you to show up and use your tickets!

  12. Martha says:

    Oh Paulie, it isn’t necessary to spend money on someone when you’re dating…even poor people date.

    If I can’t convince B to start recycling I may be single again too 😉

  13. Poor people spend money, just not much…

    So you are going to recycle him if he doesn’t start recycling? :O

  14. Barb says:

    Who wants to leave at 6AM? Bwana or Brad? I’m thinking it will only take you all an hour & 15 minutes at the most to get there. I hate hurry up & waiting to start riding, but at least it won’t be cold.

  15. Martha says:

    Well I’ve already recycled him once

    I told him last night he was going to find me digging through his trash if he didn’t start…I don’t think he believed me until I grab the empty wine bottle and water bottle on my way out the door…it was pretty funny.

  16. Martha says:

    That would be Brad, Mr. OCD. Only I could find someone more anal retentive than myself. Mapquest as one hour excatly.

    Looks like there is a decent chance of rain though.

    Ugh, I need to start planning the cooler. Any requests kids?

  17. Barb says:

    water, gatorade, soda….. oh wait, I mean beer…….and more beer. Maybe some snacks too? Do you think we can bring our beers to the post ride meal? I don’t like hoppy beers, but of course, I’ll be bringing a small cooler as well.

    A little rain won’t be bad, but downpours suck.

  18. I’ll be toting up some beer, and dry clothes.

    I really hope the rain doesn’t come, I really don’t enjoy riding in the rain (or snow).

  19. Martha says:

    I’m not a big fan of the hoppy beers either, I’m excited to try all the summer beers I bought the other day at Green’s.

    Reminds me I need to get my good cooler back from Skin Flute…

    I forgot about the ‘post ride’ meal, what is it?

  20. post-ride meal = beer. 🙂

    I like to “reward” myself after riding so I will suggest something fattening like bbq or bad-Mexican.

  21. Martha says:

    >I will suggest something fattening like bbq or bad-Mexican

    and that’s why I love you man!!!

  22. Steve says:

    There shant be any talk anti-rain talk.. except for getting dirty, riding in rain these days would be a real treat. Doing anything in the rain these days would be a real treat.

    I’m even thinking a nice slow ride Sunday morning from Martha’s would be nice. Any takers?

    -FP

  23. Falling in the rain would not be fun. If rain is imminent I might have to make a tire change before riding.

    I’m not rooting for another drought but it would be nice to have it not rain on the days that I plan to do outdoor activities.

  24. Barb says:

    hey Steve – if I still have legs after the 55 miles, I might be interested in a sunday morning ride. Or/but, we might go up to lake Allatoona with some friends with a boat. Such decisions I have……

  25. Martha says:

    Barb, did I mention there will be drunken dominos on Sunday? We have to play that way, I’ve never played sober…doubt I could figure it out.

    Steve, you’ll have to forgive Paulie bad-mouthing the rain…I think the few times it has rained in the last month he has always been standing outside.

  26. Martha says:

    Steve, I just heard from Michelle and she is bringing her bike on Sunday also.

  27. Steve says:

    @Paulie.. you have specific rain tires? I raced for a few years and I NEVER had rain tires. Just let a little air out and you’ll still be able to corner!
    @Michelle.. I might have to clean my bike up and look presentable if I’m going to ride with you!

    -FP

  28. The tires I have on now are complete slicks, nary a hint of tread on them. I have slightly-“treaded” tires that would handle water much better.

  29. Barb says:

    You know, for a guy that doesn’t ride his bicycle very often, Paulie has lots of extras. I don’t have any spare set of tires for my bike, and you all know who I live with.

  30. old tires dry-rotted from lack of use. bought two different styles then.

  31. Gentri says:

    Yes Barb, but you have a bike for every season AND weather type, and last I checked (pardon me, Service) you only had ONE a**……. now who’s got the “extras”??? 🙂

  32. Martha says:

    I don’t even have an extra tube for my mt. bike, a fact that caused me a little distress as I passed two folks with flats on the last wheelhopper. Got to get that man to fix me up, letting me ride without the proper gear…geez I thought he liked me 😉

  33. They just want to save a damsel in distress.

    In other news this Fox Bros BBQ is delicious. I’ve already finished 6 smoked wings, and am working on my Tomminator and second Red Hook ESB.

  34. Martha says:

    Ha that’s funny it is usually the men that distress me

    BBQ sound much better than the fritatta I’m going to have…enjoy the play.

  35. Barb says:

    Now Gentri – a bike for every season & weather type – wrong! A road bike for pavement, and a mountain bike for trails, and the silly cruiser bike that I rarely ride. that’s it…..

  36. Smoove D says:

    The cops make total sense if you understand how Atlanta works. Virginia Highland is a rich neighborhood full of white people. Therefore, they have an oversupply of police to fight crime – we wouldn’t want the rich white people getting robbed at gunpoint, you know. The officers you saw were just bored, it was a slow night.

    I live in Zone 5, which is [1] poor, and [2] non-white. Even if we installed a donut shop, no cops would show up. Now I did see a couple of cops walking a beat last night on the Art Stroll in Castleberry Hill. While this didn’t fit the paradigm, after looking around I realized why they were there. Most Art Stroll participants where clearly white, and probably rich (as poor people such as myself don’t buy art). Hence, police HQ dispatched a few to patrol.

    In conclusion, if you would like cops in your neighborhood fighting crime, convince an overwhelming number of rich white people to move in.

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