Blame It On The Rain, No Blame It On Dave

I missed my first micro-goal last night, but for good reason. Last night I joined ITP-reader D.D.D.Dave at The Plaza Theater for The Flaming Lips’ Christmas On Mars. To call this movie “weird” is rather an understatement; it’s probably best seen stoned. As a Lips fan I was very glad to see the flick, but I was also very glad that it cost me nothing to do so. Afterward we went next door to The Righteous Room for a beer. I’d forgotten how much I liked The Righteous Room, and its clientele, and how much I hate smokey bars.

I’d Like To Replace The Word “Littering” With “Shittering”
I’ve been meaning to talk about this for some time. I am sick and tired of litter. As I run through Atlanta all I see is litter, and regardless of the neighborhood it makes the area look like shit. What’s sad is that littering is a problem that is easily solved if we could convince people to give a damn. Unfortunately, at least for me, this will never happen and I’ll live the rest of my days rarely seeing pristine land.

ITP Flickr Pic
I got nothing! I even tried to take a self portrait this morning but I hated everything that I shot.

note to self (again): Use your fucking camera! Update Jalapeño Beach!

How Am I Doing So Far This Month?
If my knees hadn’t revolted I’d be doing very well achieving my monthly goals. I’ve taken the last two nights off from running in an effort to let my knees recover, but I still don’t feel 100%. The Red Rocket (aka my road bike) is also in for a minor overhaul so I am temporarily unable to ride.

The vegetarian days are proving to be a cinch. Of course, I’ve currently had as many meat-eating days as I’ve had vegetarian days.

To date I’ve not consumed a single beverage other than water, coffee, or beer. Go me! Now if could only cut back the number of beers I consume…

…which would also help me lose weight instead of gaining weight as I did last week.

Planning For The “Future”
With the economy firmly planted in the shitter these days it may seem odd that I am trying to decide how I should spend the near future — but I am.

If Christmas cards are already on store shelves, and they are, I can start planning New Year’s Eve. Normally I can’t stand New Year’s Eve since it’s a complete CoupleFest. Last year I had a good time seeing Band Of Horses at The EARL, so I’m thinking about seeing them again this New Year’s Even at the Variety Playhouse.

I’m toying with the idea of taking a photography workshop in Bar Harbor, Maine next September. Hey Mainers, to where would one fly in order to go to Bar Harbor? Boston? I’m also considering knocking off a trip to the maritime regions of Canada if I attend this workshop.

Another photographic opportunity was discussed the other night with my friend Maigh. We were chatting about the possibility of going to Moab, Utah. Sure, the beer will suck ass but the photography would be fucking phenomenal.

Re-Do, Well More Like Re-Moo
Yesterday I placed another order of business cards with Moo. It’s not like I’ve burned through the fifty, which turned into one hundred, cards that I originally ordered; it’s that I didn’t fall in love with the text that I placed on those cards. I think I will be much happier to pass out these cards when they arrive because they are more “professional” than those previously ordered.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – good, but I wish my knees were so tender
Current Music – listening to yesterday’s c|net “Buzz Out Loud” podcast
Website Of The Day – Since I’ve yet to commit to buying a Kindle I still have paper books in my life. If you do too, you might be interested in Paperback Swap.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Foot Mileage – 25.5 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 25 (110)
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4
Vegetarian Days – 4
Carnivore Days – 4

October Goals
1) Lose no fewer than three pounds
2) Drink nothing but water, coffee, beer, wine
3) Run no fewer than 75 miles
4) Bike no fewer than 125 miles

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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16 Responses to Blame It On The Rain, No Blame It On Dave

  1. Steve says:

    They have Fat Tire, as well as fat tires in Moab. May I recommend Zion National Park as well. In the other corner of the state (SW vs. SE) but well worth the trip.


  2. Really? I thought Utah was all about The Mormon and not drinking. Shows how ignorant I can be… Thanks for the further suggestion.

  3. Barb says:

    Oh yeah- Moab is supposedly Mecca to mtn bikers, though I personally like more forest. Utah has plenty of good beer, even if the Mormons supposedly don’t drink it.

    On the littering subject- yes, people are slobs, but IF the city or county or whoever would put out garbage cans on the corners, I think there might be less littering. And, if they would put recycling bins as well, can you imagine what might happen? People might use them. Allan’s parents said over in Spain & Italy there were both on almost every corner, and a lot less litter.

  4. Although sometimes I wonder…

  5. Sal says:

    Bangor has an airport but I doubt you will get a good fare there. Watch fares into Portland, its a small airport but fares do go on sale…otherwise you’re looking at Boston. Ran the Mt. Desert Island marathon which started in Bar Harbor. Lobster rolls for every meal…even McDonald’s sells Lobster rolls. Maine also has a lot of good breweries and I would suggest a few brewery tours and my favorite store LL BEAN.

    I second Steve’s suggestion of Utah. Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon woud give you plenty of photo ops.

  6. Vic says:

    I went to Bar Harbor from Nashville in the 70’s (yikes!) I flew to Boston, then flew on Bar Harbor Airlines’ puddle jumper to Bar Harbor. It was beautiful up there!

  7. Barb says:

    okay – I did say MIGHT. Some aren’t taught – and Allan has re-inforced this fact to me by telling me of the living conditions of some houses he’s had to visit in SW Atlanta. Even if you are poor, that doesn’t mean you can’t be clean. (or at least tidy)

  8. I wasn’t try to say you were incorrect Barb, as well as finally working in a photo for today. 😉

    Thanks Sal and Vic. Since the trip would be eleven months away I’ll have plenty of time to investigate your information.

    ::off to check out

  9. Bob says:

    I’m with you on the littering thing, it just makes a town look like crap. I especially hate that just about every corner in the metro Atlanta area has a thousand cigarette butts laying around.
    What kind of internal justification do you go through to roll down your car window and toss something out?
    Must be such as we U.S. Americans are just selfish lazy fucks.

    ***whew, I feel better now.***

  10. brenan says:

    First post attempt got nixed. Here’s the condensed version…
    How about this for an out-of-the-box travel itinerary?:
    Fly into Portland (and avoid the hellhole that is Logan Airport).
    Take the Cat Ferry ( over to Nova Scotia.
    Take the same ferry over to Bar Harbor.
    Rent a car or just hop on the free L.L. Bean shuttle busses to get around the “island”.
    You’ll love BH, especially in Sept. after most of the tourons have left — plenty of scenic photo, trail running and micro-brew drinking ops.
    Oh, and btw, it’s Mainiacs, not Mainers.
    And in a strange bit of coincidence, here’s a post to an article in today’s NYT:

  11. Mainiacs? Really? I thought for sure that it was Mainer. However, you would know! People from Massachusetts are still referred to as Massholes, right? 😉

    With so much to do up there why would anyone leave? Oh yeah, it gets bloody cold…

    Thanks for the info, keep it coming folks.

  12. brenan says:

    Well, Mainiacs is sort of the tongue-in-cheek version. Technically you are correct using Mainers. And yes, it does get fucking cold up there in the winter – the place is nearly a ghost town. Those handful of locals who do remain simply spend their seasonal unemployment checks and time at The Thirsty Whale — the only bar that stays open year-round.

  13. Martha says:

    I have an Aunt that lives in Biddeford…never been, always wanted to go.

    Kat and Mango went to Moab not long ago, it looks like fun for us mountain bikers. I also saw recently an article on the C&O Canal bike trail sounds like a really nice way to see some of the mid-atlantic states.

    BTW, you got me in trouble Paulie…thanks!! 😉

  14. > BTW, you got me in trouble Paulie…thanks!!

    Not sure how? You can shoot me an email if you wish to elaborate. I might even apologize if I know what I did.

  15. No photo today?

    Check this out. I caught ITP at the High Museum.

  16. Kay says:

    Littering –

    What really makes me livid is when I see people cleaning out their cars at red lights and just dumping their rubbish out the door and driving off. I see that far too often around here. People are disgusting.

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