It’s A Small World After All

But driving it for six-to-seven hours at a time is rather tiring.

A Lot Of Driving, But A Really Fun Time
Raleigh, or more generally the Raleigh/Durham area, is a really nice place to visit. I’m still not sold on ever living there, as I’ve yet to experience a modicum of snow and wonder about their traffic situation.

From Atlanta the drive to/from Raleigh takes me, He Who Fears Speeding Tickets And Often Sees Cops Pull Onto Roadways After Him, about seven hours. Of course last night there was construction on I-85 South about fifteen miles from the South Carolina / Georgia state line so I got a little extra time behind the wheel than I had bargained for.

The weekend was a nice getaway, complete with spending time with friends, being constantly amazed at the energy output of a near three-year-old child, all while learning the ins-and-outs of vegetarian food ordering, and the wonderful world of Locopops.

Thanks again, Lisa and Randy.

It’s All About The Details With Me
One of the benefits of making a trip to the Raleigh area is that I often get to ride around and not have to drive. On Saturday as we drove along I was looking at all of the cars we passed as we headed to Chapel Hill to shop at A Southern Season a really neat kitchen and food store there. One particular car white caught my eye because it had a British flag bumper sticker and a Minnesota license plate.

After shopping for a while we headed to the American Tobacco Historic District, an old large Lucky Strike cigarette factory and warehouse complex now converted to a hip office/retail complex in Durham, for a snack and adult beverage. Upon leaving the restaurant we walked back to their car in the parking garage where I noticed that the car parked next to theirs was a white car with a British flag bumper sticker and a Minnesota license plate.


ITP Flickr Pic
Sugar is the dog of my friends Randy and Lisa
Sugar And Pine Cone
Every time these two have a guest bedroom they go and have another child. Are they trying to send me a message? Before I know it I’ll be sleeping wherever Sugar sleeps when I visit.

The Amazing Race: Good Riddance, Ugly Americans!
Proving that the term “Ugly American” is not reserved for those lacking physical beauty, I was pleased at punch to see the catty divorcees get the boot on last night’s The Amazing Race. I’m sure that Nick and Starrrrrr will be shown smiling next week…

Nick: “Shape of a huge grin!”
Starrrrrr: “Form of a big ‘Look who’s crying now, bitch?'”

I was having a rollicking good time watching the perfect-zeros get covered in colored powder, while failing to even read the clue. Another incorrect envelope returned, another guttural from yours truly. What in the hell possessed them to try and scare people while in the cab? And then to watch them have a guy bike them around as the tried to find the numbers on the power lines sealed the deal. I was temped to fast-forward to the end of the show to see if they were spared just to try and watch the episode with out having to hope that they’d get eliminated.

Of the remaining teams I think Dallas and mom are my favorites. I can’t pull for the Wonder-Twins, the “You owe us” attitude of Tina has really not endeared her to me (although I was impressed that they managed to finish fourth last night), whiny-boy from NY and his girlfriend do nothing for me, and the frat boys would have a hard time finding breasts in a Hooters.

Hey Smile On My Mac!
Every time I get ready to buy more copies of your software Text Expander the software FAILS! What gives?

This is really fucking annoying!

I’m Paying To Be Lectured Tonight
Tonight I’ll attending a lecture at The Margaret Mitchell House, a first for me. The lecture will be put on by Shirley Corriher in support of her newly-released book “BakeWise.” Also scheduled to appear is Alton Brown which is not surprising since he has had Corriher appear on many episodes of Good Eats.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – meh, questioning everything
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Wilco — “What Light”
Website Of The Day – Perhaps it’s because I struggle with my creativity and photography but I love websites dedicated to art and art projects. Environmental Art is cool site I stumbled across this morning.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monday Morning Weigh-In – 201 pounds (man, do I ever fluctuate…)

Foot Mileage – 12 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 10 (10)
Vegetarian Days – 7
Carnivorous Days – 2
Marta Rides – 0

Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4

November Goals
1) Lose no fewer than three pounds
2) Drink no soda
3) Run no fewer than 75 miles
4) Bike no fewer than 100 miles

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to It’s A Small World After All

  1. Barb says:

    Since it was either the dumbass girls that can’t read clues going home, or the dumbass frat boys that are just dumbasses going home, I was very happy with the outcome of the show last night. I really don’t like Tina, but at least she & Ken aren’t stupid.

    did you pose that pinecone in front of Sugar? or was Sugar trying to ge some extra fiber in her diet?

  2. Yeah, I chuckled as each team kept bringing back numbers and that guy scorned them. It was even funnier as the one bimbo picked up a cloth to make sure that Tina didn’t see their list and Tina called her out on it!

    Sugar was gnawing on the pine cone…. until I got on the ground to take a photo of her doing so! However, she did stay still long enough for me to take a shot.

  3. Bob says:

    I was laughing my ass off at the bimbo getting pelted with powder! I am happy to see them go too, WAY too full of themselves. I also like Dallas and his mom, they seem like good people.

    Hi Lisa and Randy! I see you made front and center in the blog. Hope you had a nice weekend. Will we be seeing you for Thanksgiving or Chedderhead?

    Oh, hey to you too Paulie. I’ll be in your hood on Saturday for the soapbox derby, we should grab a beer.

  4. Bob, I doubt that I will be in my hood on Saturday. If all goes “to plan” I will be at Providence Canyon. If something changes that I will be shooting at the soapbox derby and definitely have a beer with you on Saturday night.

  5. sal says:

    Nice looking dog! Glad you had a good time.

    I still don’t know how the dumbasses continue to always get second to last! Eventually they have to go! I think my favorites are the mom and son as well. And I too was laughing my head off when the stupid divorcees didn’t even read the clue and then were getting pelted!! I can’t stand the whiny ass dude with paint up his nose.

  6. Barb says:

    Yes – the whiny marathon runner guy trying to get the paint out of his nose was one of the best moments of the whole show.

    Oh yeah – Hi Randy & Lisa!!!!! I heard a rumor from Sani you might be here for Thanksgiving?

  7. They better come to Atlanta for Thanksgiving! I completely forgot to take my $5 bar of chocolate. I knew that I should have bought the one with the bacon strip in it!

  8. RanLiCoop says:

    We’ll be in ATL for Thanksgiving, complete with Paulie’s candy bar (or at least a replacement if the temptation provided by the current one proves too much…).

    One of Sugar’s favorite games is to toss pine cones to herself. She tosses them up in the air, then chases them down and either gnaws or rolls on them – and then she does it all over again – she can honestly entertain herself with this game for 10 minutes at a time 😉

    Glad you made it home OK, Paulie. We, too, had a great time this weekend! See you all for Thanksgiving.


  9. saul says:

    recently discovered your blog love it – that might be the most striking / attractive dog I’ve ever seem – stunning – love the idea of posting your monthly goals _ may have to try that.

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