Sleepus Interruptus

I wasn’t getting the night’s best sleep when I was rudely awaken at 4am by a sound that I managed to avoid before moving to East Atlanta, and one that has become far too familiar since — gunfire. The sound is unmistakable really, BANG… BANG. BANG. BANG. I only knew the general direction from which it came so I didn’t even bother to call 911 since I could provide no details. I don’t think that it was very close, but was close enough, and too close for my pleasure. My tolerance for East Atlanta and perhaps Atlanta in general is thinning.

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

I love people when I love them for being people, and not for being young or old or beautiful or hip. I wish I could love what man has built just because man has built it: streets, telephone poles, buildings, cars. It is easy to love nature. Why? I have been taught that nature is lovable. But form, rhythm, grace, melody, color are subjective. Why isn’t traffic music to me, and music noise?

I love myself when I am myself.

To all who have helped me — Thanks.

Whoops, I Did It Again
I once again fell prey to my own devious plan to get you all to purchase things from Amazon and make a slim profit from that purchase. Yesterday I saw the college hoodies on sale for $15 and succumbed to buying one for the University of Florida.

ITP Flickr Pic
I’m dreaming of wide open spaces. I’m dreaming of getting the hell out of Atlanta.
Downtown Atlanta At 10mm (15mm Effective)
A temporary solution comes soon. I am dreaming of a permanent solution.

I’m No Don Draper
I have been spending a lot of time catching up with the rest of the world in regards to Mad Men. I’m now about seven episodes into the first season with about six more to go and an a partial handful of season two episodes parked on the dvr.

The storyline of many of the episodes seems to be a bit far-fetched on occasion, but at the end of each episode I am wowed and ready for the next.

I realize that it’s been forty-eight years since this fictional ad agency was in existence, but I cannot fathom an office life filled with smoking, swilling hard alcohol all day, and denigrating women the way these characters do.

So far I’ve only recognized one kink in their Forrest Gumpain armor. In one of the episodes the elevator operator refers to the out-of-service elevator as being “down.” Was that common terminology for a broken device in 1960? For some reason I thought that was a relatively-new, as in the last thirty years, phrase used for electronics which has spilled into the mainstream for use on anything. Anyone have proof to the contrary?

One Audiobook Purchased, Still Considering One More
Last night I bought the audio version of Randy Pauch’s “The Last Lecture.” The book, while inspired by the “Last Lecture” he gave, is more about living life to its fullest. Heh, that’s not a bad idea.

D.D.D.Dave, I looked for “The Kid Stays In The Picture” but couldn’t find it in the iTunes store.

I am now considering plunking down too much money to get David Sedaris’ ”
When You Are Engulfed in Flames.” If I was a Kindle owner I could buy it for half of the price of the audio download. Dangen!

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – ready to pack up and leave
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Fleet Foxes — “White Winter Hymnal”
Website Of The Day – Sure the internet can be used for watching porn. I prove that daily. However, it can also be used to spread photos of Georgia bank robbers! That’s what they are doing at Georgia Bank Robbery.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
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) – 26 (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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17 Responses to Sleepus Interruptus

  1. D.D.D.Dave says:

    The Kid Stays In The Picture is damn near out of print, its hard to find without massive searching (not on iTunes or Amazon

    If you want, the first two discs are posted on my blog with more to come.

  2. Heading there to provide you with an archival copy now. [UPDATE: Getting a MediaFire invalid file error]

    Hey Dave, did you hear about Bradford’s little internet problem the other day?

  3. Gentri says:

    What direction might your “lack of tolerance” for ATL take you in?

    You packed for CO yet?

    Gunfire? good times…

  4. No idea. If the housing market would improve and some sort of Technology Circus would roll through town I’d just run away.

    Not packed, will happen tonight (because it has to).

    Seriously it sucked. I had gotten back to sleep no more than an hour before and my first alarm rings at 5:15am.

  5. Martha says:

    Paulie, go south…I’d recommend Puerto Rico 😉

  6. Gentri says:

    HA! Take me with you… although I think I would prefer the Stripper Circus…. thought maybe you had a particular place where the wind would whip through your hair or the ground rock you gently to sleep… I want water again… too soothing and a great playground.

  7. If I didn’t have a house to fix up and sell, and knew exactly how much money I would need for the rest of my life (or when I knew when I was to die), an Action Plan would already be in place.

    Until I either figure out those details or am forced into a change of lifestyle I guess I will be holding down the fort in East Atlanta.

  8. D.D.D.Dave says:

    I did hear about it on Brooklyn Vegan. I feel bad for him. I spoke to him a few weeks ago and we were talking about the new album… told him how much I loved Microcastles and he was so happy to have this secret album that he was recording and he wasn’t going to tell anyone but his friends…no sticker, no blogs, everyone would find out about it on the same day, and he kept it for a while…guess its ruined now.

  9. Steve says:

    Paulie runs away with the Geek Circus… strikes a vision doesn’t it? I see monkeys and laptops…

    I hear gunfire all the time.. of course, what my neighbors shoot at doesn’t shoot back (generally).

    And look at the bright side, it didn’t take you 3 hours to get to work today (I hope).


  10. That would be the bright side today. My commute this morning was a swift twenty-eight minutes.

  11. Barb says:

    Steve – if you and TJ would just take over the USCF you could probably work from home……

  12. Steve says:

    I don’t want it after an fairly poor showing in Beijing. The only medal is Tyler’s’ bronze. But they can waste some money trying to “buy” some speed with better technology, instead of focusing on the engine.

    Don’t get me started…. (too late!!) 🙂


  13. Oh we had riders in Beijing? I hadn’t noticed. 😉

  14. Andrew says:

    Have you checked out The Gaslight Anthem? It’s sort of The Hold Steady & Springsteen-ish.

  15. Have never heard of The Gaslight Anthem. I will look into them tonight however. I did purchase the Butterfly Assassins CD “Sylvia” digitally last week; they are a Queen meets Billy Joel (or perhaps Cold War Kids) mix. I’m digging it a lot.

    Which The Gaslight Anthem disc do you recommend?

    And speaking of The Hold Steady. I am bummed that I will not get to go to the Drive By Truckers / Hold Steady show at the Tabernacle on November 1st. Rats!

  16. Andrew says:

    I like the first full length disc by The Gaslight Anthem. Sink or Swim. The new disc (The ’59 Sound) is more rock, while Sink or Swim is more punk. Honestly, both discs are more rock than anything else. It’s worth checking out and all of their stuff is on emusic.

    I didn’t want to sound like an advertisement, it’s just that it’s “new music tuesday” so I thought I’d throw that out there.

  17. Don’t worry about sounding like and advertisement, I am always on the lookout for new things.

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