Ah, The Cost Of “Improving” One’s Self

In case you missed today’s “other” blog entry, I want to warn my early-morning readers that this blog will be showing up a little later on your “doorstep” than it has in the past. I’ve joined a daily 7:00am mentoring group and as such will be unable to blog at that time for the near future.

More Minutiae From The Weekend
This weekend I noticed that Walmart has changed its logo. WALMART! What is going on when one of the nation’s leading retailers undergoes the cost of changing its logo? Think of the cost incurred to do so? Is this really the economic time to execute such a maneuver?

Last Night I Went To Hear Words With A Bunch Of Food Nerds
I arrived in Midtown around 5:30pm last night. The “plan” was to have a beer and some dinner at Taco Mac before the lecture across the street at the Margaret Mitchell House. That “plan” was discarded when I noticed a line forming for the outside the doors which were to open at 6:00pm. I got in line. My early entry into the line got me a primo seat for the lecture, but one thought kept bouncing through my head Why didn’t I bring my camera with me?.

As I watched the crowd file in I also started noticing something depressing. With the exception of one or two of my “type” of women, the number of cute, single women attending the lecture was very low. In fact, the majority of the attendees were nerds! Holy crap I need to change my social circles if I ever want to meet women…

One person I thought I recognized was the night’s “official” photog. If I am correct, she was the same photog who shot my friend Joe’s wedding a few months ago. I should have gone and asked her, but she was busy working…

The lecture was incredible. Alton Brown and Shirley Corriher sat on stage and performed a seemingly unscripted routine of questions and answers that were no less entertaining than Burns and Allen. Shirley Corriher has a child-like enthusiasm for, and a PhD-level knowledge of, food science; her answers were entertaining as well as informative.

Signed books were on sale, and though I had intended to purchase some and have them signed, I couldn’t fathom the thought of waiting in long lines to do so.

ITP Flickr Pic
Shooting children is tough…
Near Miss (Near Hit?)
…they never seem to stay still.

Eating A Fast, Vegetarian Breakfast Is Really Difficult
I hate the current location of my office. It could be worse, there could be no Marta train nearby, not that I ride the train all that much any longer.

On my drive in today I noticed that I should get gas before returning ITP later today. There is one, and only one, gas station near Perimeter Mall. That station is currently selling regular unleaded for $2.13 per gallon, at least five cents more than stations in my neighborhood — which I consider to be a rip-off zone.

Since I was making a stop for gas and wasn’t going to have much time prior to my mentoring session I thought I’d go inside the Food Mart to purchase a snack for breakfast. Today is a vegetarian day, so I thought I’d be able to pick up a biscuit or breakfast burrito with some coffee. Let’s see…. sausage biscuit; ham, egg, cheese biscuit; burrito with egg and sausage; bacon, egg, and cheese burrito; and that’s it! WTF??? Not a single vegetarian option existed! So, I was forced to pick up a blueberry muffin. The mass-produced muffin was horrible, it was like eating blob of sugar and fat…. I threw half of it into the trash.

An Error In My Accounting
This morning I noticed that had incorrectly added three days to my carnivorous count, when I should have added those days to my vegetarian count. My error has been corrected.

I Have One Hundred Friends On Facebook
Do I really have one hundred friends in “real” life?

And Tonight I’m Going To A NerdFest, And Am Okay With That
Tonight there is an Atlanta Tweet-Up going on down at The Bureau (which, btw is a really shitty name for Googling) on Edgewood. I’ll be sucking down a few brews and snacking on a vegetarian appetizer while doing a little networking. If you want to see me, make sure to get there early as I’ll be heading home at a “respectable” time so that I can test my plumbing by doing some laundry.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – listening to Adam Curry’s “Daily Source Code” podcast
Website Of The Day – There’s a lot going on in the world. If you feel you are not getting the straight dope from conventional news outlets, check out World Press for alternate views.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Foot Mileage – 12 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 11 (11)
Vegetarian Days – 7
Carnivorous Days – 3
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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8 Responses to Ah, The Cost Of “Improving” One’s Self

  1. Barb says:

    wow – gas over here in OTP land is $1.99 or less…….. but can you blame that gas station? They know they are the only choice, why not make a few extra bucks. Isn’t that what we learned in Economics class – Supply vs. Demand?

  2. Yes, I can blame greedy gas stations. However, I blame the city planners more. The only other option for miles is Costco which I believe you must be a member to purchase their gas.

  3. Barb says:

    Or – when you get to the pump at Costco, you look at the person next to you, and say “Damn, my card is in my jacket at home, can you swip your card for me?”. That has happened to me more than a few times at Sam’s.

  4. Stacy says:

    Re: Children? If you would go out to target practice more often, they’d be much easier to shoot. Sexy, single women often buy guns to protect themselves (what with no men around the house), so you’d find them there too. See? Two birds, one stone.

    Barb — I think you agreed to do that for me once! 🙂 I think by time lunch was over, we forgot though.

  5. tony says:

    dude the hotties were all at the chili cookoff in front of my booth. Ok well the chili was good at least

  6. I’m sure your booth was swarmed. I was bummed to have missed Chomp & Stomp. I will be missing the Soapbox Derby this weekend as well.

  7. Shari says:

    I’ve definitely noticed the lack of meatless options in the “instant breakfast” category at convenience stores – as someone who doesn’t eat pork, I have exactly the same options available as a vegetarian :/ Which is what the doughnuts are for, I suppose.

    Yesterday I added my 100th friend on Facebook too 🙂 A quick scan-through shows me that I only have 5 that I’ve never met in person. Seems to be a good mix of high school, college, work, and current friends represented.

    Remember when you’d have been overjoyed to pay 2.13/gallon? It’s running about 1.80 here in Indianapolis.

  8. $2.19 is still cheaper than the $2.30 I was seeing in Raleigh. My problem is that I am old enough to remember sub-$1.00 per gallon gasoline.

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