Crack(ed) Pipe

Well shit! When earlier this year I proclaimed that 2008 was going to be a very expensive year for me I assumed so because I figured I’d be traveling, buying camera gear and a new laptop, and expected to get a new air conditioner for the house. What I wasn’t expecting was to discover a crack in one of the segments in one of my cast-iron wastewater lines.

Today I wait work from home waiting for the plumber (not Joe) to arrive and deliver the bad news. Oh the joys of owning a fifty-plus year old house! Hopefully this emergency visit will not cause me to have to scrap my new laptop plans (my decision was to be announced today, but I’m waiting for the plumber’s visit now).

Holy Taco, I Still Don’t Know Ya
Everyone says the food is wonderful yet for some reason I can’t get myself to go to Holy Taco.

When I discovered the cracked pipe last night I decided not to go out on my scheduled run and instead make plans with the plumber whose information was given to me by Martha (I’ll pimp his services if he does right by me).

With little food in the house and no ability to wash dirty dishes I chose to go out to EAV for a bite to eat. Being a vegetarian day I didn’t want to ruin the day’s work by eating meat for dinner so my choices were somewhat limited, mostly because I couldn’t resist something like a burger at The EARL. Mexican is always a vegetarian option (at least for us non-strict vegetarian types because I’m certain there is animal fat in refried beans) so I decided to head to Cantina La Casita.

I dined on a boatload of chips and salsa, a couple of veggie empanadas, a mushroom taco, and washed down with a Negra Modelo. While it may not have been the best Mexican in the ‘hood, it was exactly the Mexican I wanted. Olé.

ITP Flickr Pic
My final upload from last Saturday’s excursion
This Is Hard Hat Country
(note: new photo uploaded to Jalapeño Beach)

Trying To Get Back On The Rails
No, not Amtrak (and why doesn’t a Marta train go to the sole Amtrak station in Atlanta?) but rather Ruby On Rails. As I’ve mentioned many times in this blog I really miss computer programming and I am trying to find ways (and time) to get back into the swing (but not Java Swing — HOHOHO! What a nerd joke!)

Any suggestions are happily accepted.

Who’s Up For Thrasher Games?
It’s that time of year again…. HOCKEY SEASON!!! (which of course means that it’s also Gorin’s big-ass beer drinking season again). I’m not a partial-season ticket holder this year but am very open to the idea of going to games. Who’s with me?

Here’s a link to the Thrashers’ schedule

I’ll Flex My Muscle, Well At Least My Brain
Tonight I’ll be joining Meet The Hashers for Team Trivia at Raging Burrito in Decatur. I am the official holder of last week’s gotten gains (read $30 in house cash), because for some reason I was a trusted Treasurer.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – I should be happy, but I’m reserving that for later
Current Music – Leo Laporte’s “The Tech Guy” podcast (#497)
Website Of The Day – Miss Martha was a wellspring of help in yesterday’s blog. To give her more credit, and to remind myself to gather my race medallions, I’m picking the charity Medals 4 Mettle. Those children will get a lot more pleasure from them than I will.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing, I was mentally derailed last night
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) – 32 (110)
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4
Vegetarian Days – 10
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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24 Responses to Crack(ed) Pipe

  1. Stacy says:

    I’m with ya on the Thrashers games! 🙂 And you will be the first I call whenever I manage to snag the company seats this year (so we can wave at Bwana and Gentri waaaaaaaaaaaay up over on the other side).

  2. Cool!

    It’s not nice to make fun of your friends sitting in worse seats… but it sure is fun. 🙂

  3. Andrew says:

    You know that the Thrashers have a couple of sections that are ‘All You Can Eat’ seats?

  4. Stacy says:

    I’m usually the one IN the worse seats, so I am very ok with this! Though, those seats aren’t even really that bad….they’re in the arena, you can feel the cool and smell the ice…And it’s HOCKEY! (of course, it IS easier to feel the cool and smell 10 rows off the ice) 😀

    Your food made me hungry. But mushroom taco, for real? Never would have thought to put that together. How was it?

  5. @Andrew: Perhaps the last thing I need is a seat in the “all you can eat” section. Scratch that. The last thing I need is a seat in the mythical “all you can drink” section.

    @Stacy: You know that I’m usually stuffing TP into my nose to stop the bleeding. 🙂 The mushroom taco was really good. It also had some cheese (always a good thing) and guacamole inside it.

  6. Barb says:

    I have a line on 2 FREE Thrashers-Devils tickets for tonight. Unfortunately (for me) we can not go, as we are off to the mountains for the weekend. My in-laws will have them, in East Cobb. I offered them to Kevin Beebe, but he isn’t sure if he can use them.

  7. Rats, and I’ve committed to trivia (and since I hold the money…)

    Barb, is Jamie playing this year?

  8. Barb says:

    As far as I know Jamie will be playing tonight. It sucks we have to miss the game. The Devils will be back later in the season, hopefully we can make that game.

  9. The plumber is here (actually out to go get parts) and the job is going to cost at least $350. Fuck. Plus, I was planning on asking him for quotes on two other plumbing jobs I need to have done in the house. New laptop on hold…

    In other news, I cannot locate my little black “To Do” book which also holds my Magnetic Fields ticket for tomorrow night.

    This is turning out to be a really shitty day for me.

  10. Sal says:

    Hey Paulie: You have to run marathons in order to get marathon medals to donate! 🙂

    Great site, thanks. Currently I give mine to Kira to use for her Girls On The Run Program and her kids in her elementary class.

    Barb: I would you up on the Thrasher tickets but I don’t feel like navigating steps etc on beer and crutches. I have already fallen at least 4 times as it is.

  11. If they won’t take my half-marathon medals then fuck ’em. 😉

    I’m still cantankerous about the plumbing cost, even though I have managed to find my black book containing my Magnetic Fields ticket.

  12. Martha says:

    Okay, I’m here! What did I miss??

    Word of warning…if you have a headache and plan to just lay down for 5 minutes…set the alarm! I just got to work. Lucky for me nobody noticed. I’m still a little off right now and my coffee is sitting on the couter at home.

    So…I’d be up for a Thrasher’s game pretty much whenever…I got nottin’ going on.

    I’ve got two half marathon medals (3 if you wait until after Tday) I can toss into the mix when you are ready. I believe they take medals from half, fulls and tri.

    George’s was okay, I was a little late so I was left to run with little easy, he was nice enough to keep it in 2nd gear for the almost 5 miles. I had a veggie burger, two beer and was home by 8:30.

  13. We could wait until Thanksgiving and send them a boxload from all the people who decide they don’t want theirs.

    Johnny (not Joe) the plumber is here working on my house. First estimate is $350 which means there probably be no laptop purchase today. 🙁 And, I was planning on asking him to fix a few other problems, but I am going to wait on those (again).

    I fell asleep almost immediately after returning home from La Casita last night. I slept so well that you’d think that I was either drunk (I was not) or that I had exercised (I had not).

  14. Martha says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention the newest mexican resturant to hit the ‘hood.

    As I was driving by the old Six Feet Under location I saw a sign stating Tin Lizzy’s Cantina will be coming soon.

  15. Awesome! That’s show those Mi Barrio people!!!

  16. Gentri says:

    Woo Thrashers! Ah, the good times! Mocking others from afar! Took me awhile to dig up my Paulie’s “opinion” picture again! Always good for a laugh!

    Is he having to replace the whole pipe or what? Sorry I got to this late, as you may have been able to add a compression fitting around the crack if not too big. Was this on a pipe in the ceiling? i’ll be replacing mine soon also, so I feel your pain.

    Call me on this shit first, I’ve been digging up a few new helpers for stuff at a good price point!

  17. @Gentri : Will call you next week to get together and discuss some things.

    And I don’t recognize that bearded thug you are passing off as me. At least not for another few weeks…

  18. tony says:

    “Awesome! That’s show those Mi Barrio people!!!”

    Yes, it’ll show us what soulless buckhead mexican is all about. I think the retarded name says enough.

  19. Terri(SW) says:

    Tin Lizzy’s is about as Mexican as Phil Lynott.

  20. Jenka says:

    Dude. We were at Cantina last night, too! We didn’t get there until about 8:15-8:30-ish, though. Mmmm, cheese dip.

    @Martha: don’t forget Matador going into Glenwood Park!

  21. Your stalking skills are slipping, Jenka… 😉

  22. Gentri says:

    “And I don’t recognize that bearded thug you are passing off as me. At least not for another few weeks…”

    Ah yes, your annual growing in of your winter pelt!

  23. Dude, I’m late this year. It’s already mid-October and I’ve yet to let myself go to pot.

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