Home Run

I’m skipping George’s tonight; I’ve got my reasons. Instead I am going take all evening as “Paulie Time” and do a solo run followed by a lovely, yet undetermined, vegetarian dinner at home.

Take A Picture, It Will Last Longer
Yesterday I signed up for a Food Photography Workshop being offered by Atlanta Photography on Saturday October 25th. I’m really looking forward to the event as it will be held at South City Kitchen and I’m hoping that some of the food will be safe to eat.

Good Times, Bad Times
Here’s a smidgen of the “entertainment” last night at the Graveyard Tavern.

Spell “annoying”

Combine annoying, somewhat drunk people screaming at the top of their lungs into a microphone, with $0.40 wings which look as if Graveyard Tavern has eliminated East Atlanta’s pigeon population and you had the makings of a rough evening.

Then there was the fact that for the better (worse?) part of the evening there was but one waitress because the rest of the waitstaff called in. After waiting at least twenty minutes for service I went to the bar to order my own beer. In the waitress’ defense she was severely in the weeds taking care of the entire restaurant. However, when at the end of the evening she erroneously accused us of leaving a $1 tip on a $89 bill — we explained her error to her — you’ll understand why I believe that the Graveyard Tavern is dead to me.

Lance Kerwin, Wherefore Art Thou Lance Kerwin?
One of the positives of the evening was watching part of a painfully slow movie called Salem’s Lot staring David Soul (“Hutch”) and one-time childhood star Lance Kerwin (who for the older-folk in the crowd was “James” of “James At 15”).

For the life of my I thought I had made “James At 15” references within the confines of this blog, but all searches produced no evidence of this. “James At 15” was one of those television shows that I watched in my pre-pubescent years in order to find out what life was going to be like when I turned fifteen. Would you be surprised if I told you that my life turned out nothing like James’; I figured that you wouldn’t.

Today I Am Wearing What May Be The Ugliest Race Shirt I Have Ever Received
Those of you who rode the Wilson 100 back in September(?), have you looked at the shirt we received? Honestly until today I had not even though it has been through one laundry cycle.

The Wilson 100 shirt (not pictured because my point and shoot’s battery needs to be recharged and I keep forgetting) is so busy that it is rather hideous. Think NASCAR. There, now you have the idea…

Now pictured thanks to Martha!

ITP Flickr Pic
There is a lot of abandoned machinery near the abandoned copper mine in Ducktown, TN.
Old #22
I have a feeling I broke a law or two while walking around the area, but at least I left with a few shots that please me.

Apple Has Left Me With Much Confusion
Announcements were made yesterday by Apple and now I don’t know what the hell I am going to buy. The new Macbooks look nice, but also carry a hefty price tag. Old Macbooks came down in price, but not nearly enough to warrant their purchase. And the original option of purchasing a refurbished (now old) Macbook still lingers.

I guess that I will do what I always seem to do…. wait.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – frustrated
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Jay Reatard — “My Shadow”
Website Of The Day – In these tough economic times who doesn’t want free books? Check out the selection at ManyBooks.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing, although I did walk a little.
Monthly Foot Mileage – 32 miles
Monthly Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Monthly Marta Rides – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 31 (110)
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4
Vegetarian Days – 9
Carnivore Days – 5

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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26 Responses to Home Run

  1. Martha says:

    I uploaded a photo of the shirt for you (working at home rocks), use it if you like. I swore I had an uglier shirt but I can’t seem to find it, maybe this was the one I was thinking of.

    Last night was disappointing, on a few levels. It was a nice group of folks, but everything else was a little substandard. I’ve been that waitress before…trying to take care of an entire bar, it sucks, but there isn’t much else you can do but keep moving forward. A manager should have been out helping her but they never are.

  2. Martha says:

    Oh, I think that Lance Kerwin found god and is now a minister or something…

  3. Will update post to include photo of shirt. Thanks.

    Last night was as annoying as forgetting a / and have everything blockquoted. (which has now been fixed).

    I was “pro” waitress until she accused us of leaving her a $1 tip. I never got mad that I had to get my own beer because I could see that she was in the weeds and running her ass off. Someone should, and finally did, chip in to help but it was way too late.

  4. Barb says:

    I’m very confused by the entertainment from last night – was it karaoke?

    Well – not to rub in in, but the wine tasting at Violette’s was awesome, I tasted a few (or way) too many wines. And yes, I have a slight headache today. The appetizers were plentiful and amazing, it was quite the deal at $15. I’d really like to go eat there some day.

    Bike is all fixed – lunch is set for noon for the trade off Monday at Tasty China. Stacy, and anyone else that can be in the neighborhood is invited to join us.

  5. Andrew says:

    I ordered a mac book pro last night. I had been waiting for the new mac books to be announced for months, so this should have been a “no brainer” but it wasn’t. I don’t expect to see any significant updates until this time next year, so it’s either these or nothing.

  6. @Martha: photo stolen and posted, credit to you given. 🙂

    @Barb: They were doing a spelling bee. I guess I should have been more clear on this fact. Quiet trivia would have been a godsend.

    The wine tasting sounds fantastic. I haven’t been to one in some time.

    @Andrew: Good on ya! As I mentioned I’m still hemming and hawing. I will buy something once I settle on the one I really want.

  7. Lisa says:

    At least you did the “ugly shirt race” to earn the shirt. I sure would HATE to see that Raleigh Marathon shirt again. I hope you burned it, or that it made its way out of your T-shirt rotation. UGH!!

  8. Oh Lisa, do you know how much I cherish your friendship? 🙂

    Sadly, if I remember correctly, the Raleigh Marathon t-shirt went into the Great T-Shirt Shop In The Sky during the ING Half Marathon this year. I believe that’s when I stripped it off and tossed it to the roadway at one of the mile-markers. That shirt served me well for over seven years….

  9. Martha says:

    Some homeless dude is now sporting a tshirt HE didn’t earn.

  10. And technically I didn’t earn this shirt either since I only rode sixty-five of the one hundred offered. That’s the complete course that I chose to ride, but still not one hundred. 😉

  11. Barb says:

    Yes, that is an ugly shirt. Now I really don’t feel bad that I missed it.

  12. Gentri says:

    … cause it’s all about the shirt, you know!

  13. Lisa says:

    Well, don’t let me see you wear that thing either (HA!) if you didn’t earn it!!

  14. How cold will it be in Raleigh the weekend I’m coming up? 😛

  15. martha says:

    I wish these ride/races had an opt out option where I wouldn’t have to pay for another freakn tshirt that I can’t wear.

    I got 3 tshirts for the 2 day walk, none of them are even close to a size I can wear. The only shirt(s) I ever get any use from are from the Atlanta Women’s 5K. They are always technical shirts in women’s sizes…they are great!

    I can’t wait for that race again, I need another shirt, I’ve just about worn out last year’s.

    I’m trying to think about what sort of give away I would like to get?

  16. I’m with you. Being a guy I actually fit in the shirts properly, but since I already own at least 75 shirts, another t-shirt is the last thing I need.

    In addition to t-shirts in the past I’ve received:
    – a denim shirt : ugh
    – hats : they’re okay but I already own enough
    – medallions : completely unwanted by me
    – bags : okay, but I already have enough

    Things I wouldn’t mind getting (even branded):
    – some sort of water bottle
    – wool/technical socks
    – shorts
    – reflective vests
    – RoadID sort of item customized with my name

  17. Martha says:

    I hate to toss the shirts but they take up so much space that I don’t have.

    I’ve gotten socks in my swag bag before, that was nice.

    A bag would be nice, I only have two I could use another one.

    It looks like shorts will be available at Providence Canyon so be ready.

    As for the medallions, I read about a doctor that collects race medals and gives them to (I think) cancer patients. They have to be medals won/earned. He won’t take extra ones from race directors.

    here’s the site…


  18. Wow, I hadn’t heard about that. I’m sensing that I know tomorrow’s Website Of The Day, 😉 , and that I might be spending some time tonight digging up old medallions.

  19. Barb says:

    You want/need water bottles? we have plenty……….. I’ll give you some 😉
    Has anyone ever done shorts for a race? I can’t imagine that the sizes would ever come out right. I just take the t-shirts to Goodwill, or Allan uses them as rags.

  20. I have some water bottles, but I always tend to lose them.

    Ultimately I think I’d like a “no swag” option which saves me $5 or so.

  21. Jenka says:

    I agree on the t-shirts, both that I have way too many, and also that I can’t wear them because even the smalls are too big! Why can’t race organizers figure out that at an athletic event, people are more likely to be fit, and therefore they should order smaller shirts? Argh.

    At the Strut 5K the swag bag had a bunch of good stuff in it: coupons for EAV eateries, a Eucerin Aquaphor sample and coupon, chocolate, a protein bar, and my favorite: a velcro wrist holder thingie, big enough to hold a credit card, house key and (smaller) cell phone around your wrist.

    If given the choice, though, I would always choose a cheaper, no swag option.

  22. Stacy says:

    Okay, I gotta ask… you really did leave her at least $2, right? What was her mistake?

  23. We left her a little more than 20% tip, which is why I was ticked that she thought that we only left her a buck.

  24. Stacy says:

    Yeah, on a whole, we’re a good tipping bunch of friends. I don’t get how she thought it was only $1 though. Huh.

    Another thing, for real… yeah, it would suck. But should a waitress/waiter really SAY something when this happens? I dunno…

  25. We think she failed to include a credit card receipt in the amount.

    This is only the second time that I’ve been confronted. Admittedly though I am a good tipper.

  26. Michelle says:

    We have two of those ugly Wilson 100 shirts in our house. They are destined for yard work wear or the rag bag.

    I could use a few more technical shirts but I’ve only gotten one from a race event that really fits me right. I think socks are great swag, though!


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