2008: The Ugly

Welcome to my annual year-ending “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” series. For the next three days I’ll be recapping 2008. Normally I’d follow The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in that order, except this year I’m doing it in reverse. Don’t worry I’ll sprinkle a little new material in so you won’t get bored. If I had my “stuff” together I’d already have these three posts in the can, it’s not like I just didn’t have five nights to write or anything….

2008: The Ugly
Me, Myself, and I
There were a lot of “Good” moments in 2008, but in the end I have to put myself into the “Ugly” category. Any training essentially ended in September with my knee injury. I managed to lose weight in the beginning of the year but put it all (and more?) back on in the end. I missed more goals than I made, and this month canceled my 5/7ths vegetarian mission.

ITP Flickr Pic
What else did you expect today.
Me At Nearly 43 (I)
Love ya. Mean it. ‘kay? Bye!

0 For 2008
I did not go on a single date in 2008. None. Nada. Zip. Nil. How is this possible? Again! While I’ve not been socializing the way that I have in the past, I still should be able to meet someone. Sometimes I feel like a fucking leper… one that never gets to fuck.

J-E-T-S = Just End The Season
Yesterday my beloved NY Jets finished their 2008 collapse with a loss to the Miami Dolphins; the same Dolphins who:

  • Were 1-15 last season
  • Are quarterbacked by the Jets’ former QB — who was left for dead
  • Beat them in “New York” (the Jets actually play their home games in New Jersey

The Jets’ collapse also mildly tainted the Hall of Fame career of this year’s Jets quarterback Brett Favre.

In fantasy football my East Atlanta Deadbeat Dads won more games than the Detroit Lions, but not by much. Of course the Detroit Lions didn’t win any games this season, talk about ugly.

On Four And Holding
In June I read one of the books that I required myself to read in order to buy a Kindle. I’ve been stuck on four since then. I’ve actually come to the conclusion that I shouldn’t buy a Kindle since I’m not reading. Having said that, 2009 will be a big reading year, but my reading will be done with previously-owned books, or on my iPhone (yeah, you read that right).

It Was An Unusual Drinkmas
Drinkmas was good, bad, and ugly this year. Since I didn’t sum it up on Friday I’ll spread the summary over three days.

There are a few constants on Drinkmas

  • Alcohol (duh!)
  • Bacon
  • Tweety Bird Waffles

The day had an ominous start when Betsy’s Tweety Bird Waffle maker died after making one waffle. Don’t worry, she managed to find another on Craiglist and we gave the dead one a proper burial.
Tweety Bird Waffle Memorial

Later in the morning Reese decided that Nibbles would be a tasty snack, and appeared to want to tear her apart like a stuffed animal. Oddly we believe that it was Nibbles’ Mrs. Claus outfit that saved her from harm.

We watched the obligatory YouTube videos and I drank a lot of beer. I drank so much beer that I managed to spill half a cup in my lap late in the evening.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – ugly
Current Music – listening to the “This Week In Tech” podcast
Website Of The Day – Turn your pretty photos into ugly Polaroids by using Poladroid.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Foot Mileage – 11.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 29 (29)
Vegetarian Days – 13
Carnivorous Days – 15
Marta Rides – 0

Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4

December Goals
1) Lose no fewer than two pounds
2) Drink no soda
3) Run no fewer than 50 miles
4) Completely read no fewer than one book
5) Write at least one program using Ruby on Rails

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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10 Responses to 2008: The Ugly

  1. Martha says:

    I missed the spilling of the beer, most likely because I had fallen asleep on the floor.

    I swung by Betsy’s Saturday afternoon to pick up all the stuff I left, I was even going to grab your cooler. Guess what? Yeap, we started drinking the leftover prosecco, 3 bottles later we went to Graveyard for wings and ended up leaving about half the stuff again (including your cooler). Somethings never change.

  2. Barb says:

    so, do you think Brett Favre will retire and un-retire again?

  3. First, I just ate something with pecans and I don’t *think* that I am having any negative reaction. **hoping all is well**

    My beer spilling occurred some time during Arrested Development watching.

    Beer and wings and I was not invited?!?! WTF, don’t you all read the blog, I’m eating meat again!!! (actually, I’d probably already been to Holy Taco by then)

    Brett’s done. Further, because of his collapse I’ve decided to abstain from writing an “Our Favre” for Cheddarhead.

  4. I’m paranoid, I just popped an Alavert (antihistamine) to be safe. I would have taken Benadryl but didn’t want to be knocked out.

    Holy Crap! I just read that the Jets fired their head coach Eric Mangini after only three seasons! After his first season he was called Eric Mangenius, my how times have changed…

  5. Martha says:

    Ha, I had almost forgot about watching AD.

    The trip to Graveyard was very impromtu and very quick, if we could have gotten food delivered we wouldn’t have left the house. Neither of us were wearing make-up or did our hair…we looks pretty scary for going out on a saturday night.

    I’m trying to set some goals for 2009, I’ve only come up with two so far, but I think at least one of mine needs to focus on professional development.

  6. Okay, throat is scratchy. It saddens me to say this, but I am going to have to give up eating pecans for a while…. perhaps forever. 🙁

    I’m planning an entire goal structure for 2009. It is to be revealed on Jan 1.

  7. Barb says:

    At least you are figuring out that it might be pecans, and hopefully that is the only nut.

    did you tell Enema he has to write his own prayer this year? or pull out an old one?

  8. I ate cashews and another nut at Betsy’s on Drinkmas and had absolutely no ill affects (effects? I always get those confused).

    Hadn’t spoken with Enema. May write a mean Good Riddance poem for the occasion.

  9. Martha says:

    You might want to set up an appointment with an allergist. You can be allergic to one type of nut and not others. However, you might want to avoid walnuts for the time being since there is a stronger chance of a cross-reactivity between walnuts and pecans and walnuts are a more common allergen.

  10. Steve says:

    I think WE should write it…

    Our Farve, who art in Flatbush, hallowed be, you’re not!
    Thy kingdom’s crashed, thy Jets art trashed
    On Sundays, as well as playoffs


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