I’ve Got Mail

Put your mail on hold for two weeks. Go ahead, you needn’t go anywhere, just let it pile up at the post office for two weeks and then have them deliver it. What do you get? A mess. A mess of crap mail sprinkled with incredibly important things like property tax documents and the remaining bills which still arrive via the post.

Now imagine what I did after:

  1. Go onto roof to assess damage caused by tree limb
  2. Start knocking back two weeks’ worth of dirty laundry

You guessed it — sifting through the mail looking for the scant items which matter.

I Got High Last Night
However, the apparatus to get me there was a ladder and not a bong. After putting in my time at the 9-to-5 (which for me is more of a 7-to-4) I headed home and got the ladder out so I could climb onto the roof. Those that know me well also know that the term “climb onto the roof” is not something I enjoy doing, mostly because of my incredible fear of heights. And of course the neighbors tree had to hit the corner of the house which is tallest.

Regardless, I shimmied to the edge (as close to the edge as I could get) to get a bird’s eye view of the damage and to snap a few cover-my-ass-in-case-an-insurance-battle-ensues photographs. In my youth I would have taken a person’s word to be honor, and since I have been (and probably will continue to be) dolling out money to authorities I’ve become a “let’s get this documented” person — although I just realized that I never took a photo of the windshield.

If I can ever leave a weekend free I need to return rooftop in order to clean the gutters.

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
At least the tree limb made it nearly impossible for anyone to steal my new air conditioner while I was away escaping reality. Just remember, if I can’t laugh then all you can do is cry — or drink alcohol.

ITP Flickr Pic
At the top of Mesa Verde the trees are all short and barren (at least they won’t be hitting anyone’s gutters). Other than the fact that they exist in the desert I couldn’t figure out why.
Tree Trunks And Clouds
Another thing I couldn’t figure out is how I could shoot over 600 photographs and like so few. Ah the critical mind…

I’d Rather Be Programming Seaside By The Seashore
One of the “podcasting celebrities” that I met in Fort Collins was Randal Schwartz. To geeks Randal is the one of the knowledge bases of the programming language Perl and was a co-author on the seminal book on Perl Learning Pearl.

On one of the Fort Collins drinking nights where the Geek-O-Meter was cranked to eleven I asked Randal what was floating his boat these days, to which he curiously answered “Seaside” (Wikipedia link). Seaside (official link) is a programming framework for developing web sites around the programming language Smalltalk, or one of its incarnations, Squeak.

This sort of shit intrigues me, and when one of the industry heads mentions it then I think that it warrants my investigation. Hell, if you are not learning then you are dying, right?

If It’s For Free Then It’s For Me
My good friend Maigh has friends who are reopening the bar space in Decatur which formerly housed “The Angel.” The Grange Public House will have its official opening this Saturday, and tonight I get to tag along as Maigh’s “+1” to the soft-opening/dry-run. Woo Hoo! Free food, free beer, free fun! What a great way to scrape away all the ills that have attached themselves to me over the past week.

Hey Music Heads, About What Shows Have I Not Heard?
I’ve been away for two weeks. Other than the Drive By Truckers / Hold Steady show that I will be unable to attend, what has been announced? About what shows should I know? And most importantly, who’s going to the Black Kids show at The EARL?

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – curious
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Language City — “Wolf Parade”
Website Of The Day – Today I will check out Red Bubble as a potential site for selling some of my photos.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 0 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 1 (110)
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4

September Goals
No idea

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to I’ve Got Mail

  1. Shari says:

    Not sure if it’s your cup of tea or not, but Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers (www.sk6ers.com or myspace sk6ers) will be at Smith’s Old Bar (that might not be the exact name, Smith’s something, on Piedmont) on 9/13. Even if you’re not sure you’ll like the music, it’s still worth taking a chance on, they do a fantastic live show, tons of energy and banter and pure enjoyment of performing. Plus there’s a rumor they’re bringing back The Lift, a la Dirty Dancing. That’s worth the price of a ticket right there 😉

  2. Hmmm, I’ve heard of Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers but have never heard any of their music. Perhaps I should check them out.

  3. Stacy says:

    Shari sure is pimpin’ out that concert! 😉 And in her un-asked-for defense, she doesn’t know the name of the bar (even though she got it mostly correct) because she lives in friggin INDIANA but is coming down for the show.
    :waves to Shari – hello!

    And wow I’m way out of the loop. The Angel closed? Hahahaha yeah probably years ago for all I know. The only think I liked there anyway were their bleu cheese chips. Lots of good luck wishes for Maigh’s friends and their new establishment — it’d be nice to see something succeed there!

  4. Oh, it’s that Shari? Wow. Coming from Indiana to see the show? Now that’s dedication!

    The Angel closed as part of the Derrick Lawford Pubs demise (see also the closing of The Prince of Wales, The Fox and Hound, etc). You are not too out of the loop however, as this all went down within the last year.

  5. RanLiCoop says:

    As long as you’re taking recommendations from outside GA, I can add a North Carolina endorsement of the Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers shows – good music and lots of energy – you won’t be disappointed.

    Kudos for actually scaling the roof – perhaps hashing and adventure races have helped diminish your fear of heights???

    Nice Python reference…


  6. I wish that I could daftly say that I have diminished my fear of heights. Perhaps I no longer fear heights, but have a very healthy respect for them? 😉

  7. The Grange Public House link is fixed. Thanks Martha!

  8. Kay says:

    “…steal my new air conditioner while I was away escaping reality”

    The house next door to us just had theirs stolen We interrupted the thieving bastards yesterday and called the police but the got away with one unit. Then just now they came back for the one they missed. Hubs was on the phone to 911 and we could only helplessly watch as the bastards drove off while the dispatcher was still taking information. They even used the same van as yesterday. It’s ridiculous. Fuckers.

  9. I followed that thread you started on The Buzz, Kay and I still can’t believe that they came back for the second unit. Things are out of control!

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