That Scale Lies!

Only this morning it lied in a polite way…. 197 pounds.

How you all doing. It feels as if I’ve been away forever, probably because I missed my interactivity on Friday due to work issues.

Sometimes It’s The Things You Don’t Do That Make Things Better
I was supposed to be in Tybee Island all last weekend. It was Pirate Fest as well as the Georgia/Florida hash weekend. However, plans for my travels fell through, in large part because I was required to be in the office all day on Friday, so I canceled. Did anyone see the weather radar this weekend? It appeared as if it rained in Tybee Island / Savannah for the entire weekend.

Three-State Saturday
On Saturday I was on a mission which led me places that I had no idea I would go. The original mission was to get the hell out of town and head north seeking Fall colors. I knew that it was probably too soon in the season for such a trip, but with nothing pressing on my schedule I decided to follow through. My travels took me up I-575 toward Ellijay, and I kept driving. I kept moving toward Blairsville, where I wound up driving along side their town parade. Somewhere around that time I saw a billboard for a “downtown” “pizza / salad buffet.” Getting hungry and swearing off meat for the day I thought this would be the best place to stop and eat lunch. I commanded Jill to find the place and she returned with Angelo’s Downtown Pizza, fifteen miles from my current location. Fifteen miles seemed far away for a billboard, but as I’ve incorrectly done in the past I followed Jill’s lead. Jill indeed took me to Angelo’s Downtown Pizza which was in Hayesville, North Carolina! Need I tell you that this was not the pizza buffet advertised on the billboard?

Considering the day was a complete lark to begin with, I decided to roam Hayesville, which didn’t take long, and the aim the Jackmobile toward Tennessee. Ducktown was the original target. After getting my fill of copper mine lore, I whisked myself to the Ocoee river to take photos of whitewater rafters.

The next thing to check off from my nonexistent agenda was to snap shots for my “Home Was Where The Hearth Is” photo collection by shooting the two freestanding hearths that I saw while biking on the Beautiful Backroads Century. Sadly I realized that I did not possess the cue sheet for the ride and therefore would have no hope of relocating them on that day.

ITP Flickr Pic
Told you I went by the Ocoee on Saturday.
Whitewater Rafters
Jeez, when will you people believe me?

Sunday, Buzzing Sunday
I was scheduled to run ten miles yesterday. But, fearing doing serious damage to my knees I decided to rethink that plan. My decision was made when I heard that there would be a local contingent of hashers carpooling to the Black Sheep Hash.

The trail yesterday took us up and over Arabia Mountain (note to self: bring camera and shoot) and wound up at the old Southerness Golf Club (note to self: bring camera and shoot). Along the way we all encountered at least two swarms of yellow jackets (or were they really bees?) which happily stung many a hasher. I received two such stings which, along with my other bodily ailments, hurt like a motherf……..

The trail was reported to be 6.5 miles long (credit duly taken below) which was a little long for my tastes. As we entered the old golf club property I offhandedly joked that we’d probably end at the old club house and then get kicked off the property.

Not two-thirds into our ritual circle a park ranger arrived and informed us that we’d not purchased required parking passes, were breaking the law by having alcohol in a state park, and that we were to leave the property immediately. Just call me Nostradamus.

I Now Know Where To Buy A Lawn Jockey!
Years ago when I had a live-in girlfriend, yes I once did, we discussed placing a statue in the backyard. I jokingly said that I wanted one of those tasteless lawn jockeys, naturally she rebuffed this idea.

On Saturday I saw a ceramics/statue dealer on US411 that sold lawn jockeys! Yes, I’m considering it…

I Dream Of A Day Of Running Which Is Not Followed By A Day Of Knee Pain
Today my right knee is the one hurting. I am seriously over feeling injured after each and every running outing.

I will have to see if this knee pain is significant enough to keep me from attempting a run tonight.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – sore, bored, and completely ignored
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Rolling Stones — “Child Of The Moon”
Website Of The Day – Have you ever wanted to be a movie director? Go try your hand at xtranormal.
Exercise (b)Log – hashing, 6.5 miles
Monthly Foot Mileage – 32 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Monday Morning Weigh-In – 197 pounds
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 29 (110)
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4
Vegetarian Days – 8
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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22 Responses to That Scale Lies!

  1. Stacy says:

    What exactly is a lawn jockey? In the tacky lawn art department, I myself have always wanted one of those big shiny colored balls that sit on a pillar.

  2. Stacy says:

    Oh and hey! I just noticed: how come no link to Jalapeño Beach from your blog? I think you should check it out… you’d really like it. 😉

  3. Barb says:

    Someone said they were going to revive the circle at the cars yesterday, and I thought, getting caught with beer at a elementary circle is even worse than getting caught at a closed down golf course. so, we thought it best to just go home…..

    I’m too lazy to look at last week’s weigh-in, is the 197 mean you are 3 pounds lighter?

  4. Yeah, I couldn’t believe that people would consider drinking on school grounds (a Felony) after getting kicked out of a state park. Hashers ain’t too bright.

    Yep, three pounds lighter. Just goes to show you that weighing one’s self can be bad data.

  5. Lisa says:

    Sorry about not sending the stretches. I forgot, but I’m working today and could fax them to you (I’m in a very low-tech office so I can’t scan or e-mail anything), or I think Randy may be able to scan and e-mail them on Tuesday. This may be a dumb question, but when was the last time you got new shoes?

  6. No worries Lisa. I should be more proactive and be reading up online too.

    New shoes? Hmmmm….. I have new shoes, I’ve just not started wearing them yet. I guess that I’m so used to not running that I forgot that I need to replace those old shoes.

  7. Gentri says:

    All you missed at Tybee, according to LA, is the 2nd coming of the Ark… I think her best adj. used to describe the weekend was “monsoon-ish”… and you know that ain’t good when you want fun in the sun! Yaaaaaarrrrrr!

    I declined BSH due to no info posted on Friday and EAV Pillagers softball game… also, as of late, due to the joys of plumbing and electrical work! Since you clocked it at 6.5 miles, I am no longer sad I missed it!

    One fun note to my weekend was last night, where I “tested” some of the recipes for the Eggtoberfest coming up this Saturday with my cooking group! Gonna be yummy! This year they actually have posted that they are sold out…

  8. While I whined about the length of Black Sheep, and failed to whine that for a while we thought the only beer available was Miller Lite, Budweiser, and Michelob Ultra, the worst part of the day was getting stung by the bees and/or yellow jackets.

    I still don’t “get” Eggtoberfest. Since it’s sold out again I guess I won’t this year either.

    How’d the Pillagers do?

  9. Karyn says:

    A local seller of lawn jockeys is on Abernathy just east of Roswell Road…. if it’s still in business. I went in on one for a friends wedding- at her request- for their new house (8 yrs ago). He was “unfinished,” but still kind of cute.

  10. Oooh, perhaps you mean Hammond? I work not far from there. I need it to be painted though, since I’ve neither the skills nor the time to paint one myself.

  11. Martha says:

    The bees have followed me home. I was working in the yard, cleaning up my veggie beds and they are everywhere. I did managed to finish my tasks and get back inside before being stung again. Actually, I have no swelling and it just itches a bit, not that I can scratch it while out in public!

    I thought there was going to be a riot yesterday until Bwana pulled that extra cooler out…wow was everyone pissy (yours truely included). I was a little glad at first, I thought what a great excuse to not drink.

    @ Lisa, I tore my ACL last year, did PT for 6 weeks and managed to avoid surgery. We did lots of strength training for the muscles surrounding my knee…do you think that would also help Paulie? I’ve been pretty lucky so far and do not suffer from any knee pain due to running.

  12. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the because of the initial dire beer selection I actually drank my first soda of the month (a Sprite) because there was also no water at the end.

    There was almost an uprising when two of the hash dogs got into a fight. Where they found the energy to fight still puzzles me.

  13. Gentri says:

    Eggtoberfest: Think of an all-you-can-eat “Taste of Atlanta” including beer… it doesn’t suck, and is WAY cheaper with better food when you get down to it! The only caveat is, naturally, all cooked on the BGE and not a lot for non-carnivorous guests, but people definitely are bringing their A game to show off with! There are giveway bags and a raffle also included in entrance fee!

    Not a big fan of getting stung or any of those beers… any reason they were slacking!?

    The Pillagers were successful in the beer drinking & playing ball categories, not so successful in the winning a lot of ball games category… we are looking at it as a rebuilding season… but I had a blast and will definitely be playing again in the spring season!

  14. When put that way Eggtoberfest sounds alright.

    There was one cooler with good beer in it that miraculously appeared after the hash dogs got into a fight and hasher tempers flared. That beer was swarmed upon as soon as it was opened.

  15. Lisa says:

    @ Lisa, I tore my ACL last year, did PT for 6 weeks and managed to avoid surgery. We did lots of strength training for the muscles surrounding my knee…do you think that would also help Paulie? I’ve been pretty lucky so far and do not suffer from any knee pain due to running.


    While Paulie may benefit from strengthening 🙂 my guess is that he doesn’t stretch much. That combined with not knowing when he last wore new shoes may be the bigger problem!

  16. I stretch the truth quite often. That’s not enough?

  17. Gentri says:

    The “website” is really, really sad… but was dang easy!

    check out our recipe list on the left!!!!

    I told them they needed to stick with the KISS principal for the food… but that went out the window very quickly!

  18. Lisa says:

    “I stretch the truth quite often. That’s not enough?”

    Ha, tell me how’s that working for you?

  19. Anything involving Darren C Poole and Gary Steiger cannot be good for Society.

  20. >> “I stretch the truth quite often. That’s not enough?”
    > Ha, tell me how’s that working for you?

    I thought it was the key to getting laid, but it’s still not working for me.

    Gentri: “Wrapped In Meat” sounds like a great hash name.

  21. Gentri says:

    Come on now, we’re not THAT bad, even when together!!!

    Yeah, somehow we ended up with a “team” name and BBQ names…

    /points finger at Gary

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