One Day In A Row

I must be dedicated to training now. How do I know? When I went to change in to my running clothes last night I realized that I forgot to repack a pair of shorts into my running bag. And, instead of giving up, I stopped at Target on my way to George’s and bought (yet another) pair of shorts. In addition, if you see a video of me totally checking out a woman while riding the up escalator at the Buckhead Target don’t be surprised. There was someone there who I could only assume was using their phone to take a video of the shopping cart escalator, and I just happened to be enthralled with an attractive young lady at the same time.

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

Something within me will not let me rest with a bad opinion of another person. Dislike is for me an unpleasant sensation. It distresses me to hear someone criticize another person he knows, and I feel uneasy when I join in. Hatred seems to be its own punishment, but something in me rejoices in a new-found appreciation. As an act of faith, as a response to something that feels very deep in me, I believe this about another human being: Regardless of his present mood (and I want to respect that, whatever it is) he wants to be my friend. For no other reason than I am also a human being, he wants to feel love for me and wants me to feel love for him. Deep within him he wants us to be close.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

The Cafeteria Crashers
We have a small cafeteria in the building in which I work. The food at our cafeteria is okay, but the selection is limited and they have a habit of repeating their offerings every week. Last Friday on my way to happy hour I was in a conversation with a coworker who mentioned that he had gone to his dentist’s office that day, which is nearby, and noticed a cafeteria in their building. I then mentioned that every time I walk past the building next to ours I look into their cafeteria and consider going to it. We both laughed and then thought aloud “Want to do it?”

Yesterday was the day. He and I walked to the building next to ours only to notice brown paper on all windows of their cafeteria. “You have to be shitting me!” I said. We tailgated into their secured building to find “No Entry” signs on the cafeteria’s doors.

“What’s Plan ‘B’?” I asked. “We don’t have one.” he answered. Which he then followed with “We can try that one in my dentist’s office building, but it’s a bit of a hike.” “Fine with me.” I said.

Food Obtained Cafeteria Crashing

That is the chopped steak with onions and brown gravy, with sides of mixed vegetables and macaroni and cheese, and a biscuit. With the exception of the vegetables, which had obviously been frozen and were not thoroughly reheated, the meal was good.

While walking back to our office building we stopped into another and found another open cafeteria for the next time we are feeling adventurous.

ITP Flickr Pic
Fort Mountain State Park is rather unusual because it contains both a mountain (hence its name) and a lake.
Lake Waters Of Fort Mountain State Park
fwiw- the water isn’t really that blue, I got a little crazy adjusting the photo in Lightroom, and wound up liking the effect more than the original.

My Reward For Exercising Tonight Will Be A Concert
If I can manage a run early enough to shower and get down to the Variety Playhouse for The Faint concert then I will. I should have packed my camera in anticipation of success, but this morning I thought it prudent to get my ass out of the house and off to work instead.

Why Do I Continue To Download Updates To Software That Works?
I have worked with computers for twenty-five years. You would think by now I would learn to leave well enough alone.

TextExpander has been working swimmingly for months and then the other day they released a new version and like a drug addict in need of a hit I went and downloaded it.

Did it see my token “hrefvp” for the Variety Playhouse above and magically insert the html code as its supposed to? Hell fucking no! Christ, the application has one job! It should always be able to do it. I wonder if I have the last version still and can “downgrade?”

I was considering buying another $30 license for my iMac at home. I guess I’ll hold off on that purchase.

And Then There’s Maude .Mac
I had broken up with .Mac last week. But this morning I was having thoughts about the good times we had, and the promise that .Mac had changed for the better. So I tried to get back with .Mac today and this is how I was treated.
Someone Remind Me Why I Am Paying For This?
.Fuck .You .Mac

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – tired, frustrated, confused, lost, sad
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Sea Wolf — “You’re A Wolf”
Website Of The Day – My friends Frank and Max have started a non-profit for Atlanta Photography. If you guessed that they called it Atlanta Photography then you are one smart cookie.
Exercise (b)Log – running, 5 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 5 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 50 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 22 (110)
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4

August Goals
1) Run/Walk no fewer than 75 miles
2) Ride no fewer than 150 road miles
3) Ride Marta no fewer than ten times (five round-trips)
4) Read at least two books
5) Make my bed every day

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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29 Responses to One Day In A Row

  1. Steve says:

    So if I wanted to see your pictures on Flikr, how would I do it? Maybe I’ll post some comments.


  2. I’ve not hidden anything (that isn’t overly incriminating) on Flickr. Almost every photo I put into the block is clickable and will take you to my Flickr account.

  3. Stacy says:

    Is it TextExpander then that’s making us all yell at each other by making this all bold? 🙂

  4. Huh? What? I am lost. My browser is showing the post correctly. I’ll dig into the html and see if I messed something up.

    Found a missing closing bracket so the problem should be fixed. It’s interesting that Firefox was not showing any problems with the html.

  5. Barb says:

    what is a Manga avatar? (from the twitter feed)

  6. Stacy says:

    I must confess I Manga avatared yesterday! I didn’t post it though because no way did it look like me… probably more like what I wished I looked like (in my animated world anyway).

  7. Martha says:

    Stacy, I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours.

    Paulie, I’m proud of you, you had a perfect out and you went for the run anyway. I tried working out to a Crunch video…While he was nice eye candy, not a great workout.

  8. @Barb: some company made a program that allows you to create your own likeness and have the cartoon sent to you. It’s spread like kudzu all over Flickr.

    Not only did I have to buy shorts, I couldn’t find my iPod so I had to run without music. I did so well last night I should quit. 🙂

  9. Stacy says:

    Oooh Martha, you siren, you! My Avatar is headed your way. 🙂

  10. Barb says:

    I did so well last night I should quit……….. ????
    Does that mean quit running wiith your Ipod?

  11. Jokingly kidding around about quitting running altogether. Although it was nice to find out that I did *need* the iPod in order to run.

  12. Martha says:

    didn’t *need*…right?

    Yeah, Sunday was the first time I ever rode with my ipod…it was just so damn boring on the SC by myself…and I was in a bad enough mood that I think I was even ‘singing’ a few songs.

    So Paulie, have you been to Holy Taco yet, or are you still waiting to be the last person to try that also.

    @Stacy, I just sent mine to you.

  13. I thought that I was all alone in Florida and started singing a bit, only to be passed minutes later by another rider. I felt a little bit silly.

    Not been to Holy Taco yet. I went to La Casita the other night and had tacos there instead.

  14. Barb says:

    1 good way to entertain yourself on the Silver Comet – ask people “where’s your helmet?” Especially when it is parents with kids. You get nasty looks, silly excuses, etc. I like to extra piss them off and tell them it is the law for kids to wear helmets. You might have to ride fast away, but you are out there for exercise – right?
    Or – ifyou are feeling non confrontational – just start counting how many people are out there without helmets. It does help pass the time.

  15. Martha says:

    I noticed quite a few parents, without helmets, and kids with helmets. Thoughts did pass through my mind about what a great example they were setting for their kids (one couple had the helmets on the handle bars, lot of good they do there). I was thinking, you’re fat, old, bald, have kids…wearing a helmet is in no way going to make you ‘less cool’ than you already are.

    Only saw one kid without a helment, his folks had theirs on???

    Paulie, I think when you are balancing on 20 lbs of metal, wearing spandex and a foam ‘hat’; singing isn’t going to make me looks any sillier.

  16. I suppose it depends what you are singing….

    When I passed the young couple and I was singing “I Hate My Fucking Job” ( that was cool.

    When I was passed by the unknown rider and I was singing Los Lobos from 1983, mebbe not as cool.

  17. Martha says:

    The Clash (cool) and Bare Naked Ladies (no so cool)…

    My shuffle has some of the worst music known to man on it.

  18. Stacy says:

    Martha – we can always avatar Paulie ourselves…. oooh that sounds kinky. 🙂

  19. Martha says:

    Excellent Idea!

    I’m sure there is an ‘old curmudgeon’ template somewhere 😉

    When was the last time Paulie had two women ‘take him on’…

  20. Work really has you two all tied up, doesn’t it? 😛

    I suggest using this photo as a reference

  21. Martha says:

    Oh, I’m thinking of one I should have used….

    but I used this one instead…

    Results will be ready soon….

  22. RanLiCoop says:

    Paulie, looking forward to seeing all three/four avatars in tomorrow’s post 😉


  23. It’s up to the avatar’s authors to make them available to me.

  24. Martha says:

    Mine is ready and waiting to be shown to the world!!!

  25. Were you not able to post an image in the comments? I can, but then again this is my blog so I should be able to.

  26. Martha says:

    I was scared to try, figured I would just end up posting messed up html code.

    I’ll try, delete it if it doesn’t work….

    (fixed it for ya — Paulie)

  27. Stacy says:

    Martha’s much better at avitaring than I am (yes, I am trying to use AVITAR as every form of speech), but I gots one coming your way too based on:

    Not that it isn’t always, really….but I’m feeling an All-About-Paulie blog coming on tomorrow!

  28. Stacy says:

    Well poo. I emailed it to me but it never came through. 🙁 There’s a Paulie lost in cyberspace.

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