I’m Just Going To Pretend That Today Is Sunday

Can I get everyone out there to do something for me? Can I get you all to agree that today is really Sunday and that I don’t have to take time off from work in order to do the things that are necessary today? Let’s just roll the clock back twenty-four hours, okay? That’s not asking much, is it?

Fill Me Up! My Belly, But Not My Gas Tank.
On Saturday I had the pleasure of tasting eighteen chili recipes, twelve brunswick stew recipes, and twelve chunks of cornbread. I was a judge at the Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off!

Chili (in the containers which were brought to the judges)
So Many Chilis

Cornbread (as left by another judge, who I would have killed to talk to btw; it’s no wonder she stays so skinny if she leaves this much food behind)
Cornbread Remants From The Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off

As I am wont to do I arrived early. My early arrival allowed me the time to wander the grounds looking at all of the teams who were preparing their concoctions. It was quite entertaining, as each team has a name, my favorite play on words being the team named “The Serranos”). Once the competition started food was served in rounds of six samples. If you break down my numbers above you’ll note that my table did three rounds of chili tasting (some of which were really good, others notsomuch), two rounds of brunswick stew (none of which thrilled me), and two rounds of cornbread (probably the most liberal interpretation on the day’s themes — one of which has something akin to bleu cheese!). For my efforts I received free entry to the event (including the park), enough food to fill my belly, a free t-shirt, a half-cup of Miller Lite (all I could stomach of that), and great afternoon of fun.

ITP Flickr Pic
This has been a common occurrence around these parts.
Out Of Gas

Here is the line waiting to get to the one gas station in Little Five Points that had gasoline yesterday.
How Much Gas Was Wasted Waiting For Gas?

Who Cares About The Drought, There’s No GAS!!!
If the above pictures didn’t paint an image of a “problem” then you weren’t paying attention.

It wasn’t until my commute home on Friday that I realized that the much ballyhooed gas “shortage” in Atlanta was real. As I drove down Briarcliff Road I passed four normally-functional gas stations that had none to sell. Since I had filled my gas tank last Wednesday I blew it off as a temporary affliction.

With plenty of gas in my tank still on Saturday I drove to Stone Mountain and back without even considering topping off my tank.

When I drove to Little Five Points to meet up with a group of Flickrites for a photostroll I started to get concerned. Three different stations had no gas, and the one that did had the line pictured above.

Because of this ridiculous gas crunch I decided to put off going to the Dialog In The Dark exhibition until today. I still plan to take Marta, but at least I am more confident that Marta will run on a more regular schedule today.

Whoops There Goes Another Rubber-Tree Plant
Another one of my banks is going by the wayside. Today the announcement came down that Wachovia is to be consumed by Citigroup. I hope that my money transfers (like the one I initiated Friday) and direct deposits/withdrawals will be completely unaffected. Seriously, this shit is happening so quickly that I cannot continue to stay on top of my financial future — that is if I still have a financial future…

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – feel like I’m going to make it a great day
Current Music – listening to last week’s “Sound Opinions” podcast
Website Of The Day – So much shit is going down that I might have to go to iGourmet and buy myself a nice cheese basket. (This will make more sense tomorrow)
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 15.5 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 136 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Monday Morning Weigh-In – couldn’t take because batteries for scale have not yet completed recharging
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 15 (110)
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4

September Goals
No idea

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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15 Responses to I’m Just Going To Pretend That Today Is Sunday

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  2. Martha says:

    there are too many pictures of food on today’s blog…I’m starving. I’m going to inhale my Nick’s today.

  3. Barb says:

    looks like we can comment finally……….

    so, did you actually taste the winning chili? did you take any pictures of the crazy booths? I heard a rumor that the Pirates might have won showmanship, did you check them out?

  4. Sal says:

    Had no problems getting gas in Tennessee this week-end and at $3.39 a gallon!!

  5. @Barb: I still don’t know who won any of the contests, therefore I don’t know if I ate any of the winners. The pirates should have won for showmanship. If they didn’t then it’s a scam. I took no pictures of the booths — that’s just me.

    @Sal: Great to know since I’m driving up to Nashville on Thursday.

  6. Stacy says:

    How did you get that sweet job as judge?

  7. > How did you get that sweet job as judge?

    Luck. (Former dinner-group-member and non-ITP-reader) Bill invited me. He has been doing this with a group of friends for years and they happened to have one opening this year.

  8. sal says:

    And they had Fat Tire on tap at the Mellow Mushroom!

  9. Hmmm, I might have to take back some of my hatred toward Tennessee. From here on I will just concentrate on hating the University of Tennessee.

    Sal, was the the Mellow Mushroom in Chattanooga? If not, which city were you in?

  10. Sal says:

    We were in Knoxville.

  11. Stacy says:

    Regarding UT: I think your hatred would be better directed at Ole Miss this week. 🙂

  12. Gentri says:

    We’ll give you two/three days of no H2O/h2o based drinks/products vs. gasoline/petroleum based products and see what you really feel you need at the end of the last day… I’m guessing your opinion of lowly water might be raised a few notches….

    chili contest sounded cool… was it packed?

  13. Naaah, Ole Miss was only doing what they get paid to do. 🙂

  14. It was very well attended and much fun.

  15. I am getting ready to start Dialog In the Dark. I won’t lie, I’m really nervous.

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