2008: The Bad

No matter how much of a “Tigger” I try to be bad things happen. Bad things happen to bad people, bad things happen to good people. So without further < insert fancy French word meaning "delay" here >

2008: The Bad
La Casa de Paulie
Let’s face it, the only ill that comes close to bothering me as much as my weight or lack of dates is my house.

In the year 2008 I had numerous problems including the yet-to-be-fixed plumbing fiasco, a tree hitting my roof and doing damage to my gutters (still haven’t investigated this), and the realization I needed a new air conditioning unit which cost be three grand.

Me, Myself, And I
The year started so promising. For the first time in countless years I was training for an event. Me. Training. Obviously I was being optimistic, expecting to break a two hour half marathon and get numerous dates — neither came true. Hope sprang eternal again in Colorado, but here one the next to last day of ’08 neither has come to fruition.

My gimpy knee which flared up again in September really did the majority of physical and mental damage for the last half of the year. To this day it nags me, although as you will read on New Year’s Day (or whenever you read that post) there are big plans for 2009.

My driving has gotten considerably worse, even when you throw out the fiasco which occurred a few weeks ago. I’ve become more impatient, more aggressive, and more frustrated with Atlanta’s traffic. If I could rely on Marta to get me to and from work in a timely fashion (or if gas skyrockets back to $4 per gallon) I’d drive a lot less.

I invested in stocks. I picked a bad time to return to investing. I guess I’ll hold and hope.

Nut allergy? Me? This could be very bad, although the jury is still out on this one.

ITP Flickr Pic
Another from the Me, Myself, and I series from this Summer.
Me At Nearly 43 (Myself)
I promise not to complete the series tomorrow.

Concerts : I May Have Missed More Than I Saw
I love live music. There was plenty of live music to see this year. I missed the majority of it. Why? For one, my tolerance for smoke has diminished making a lot of the venues less desirable. For another, I’ve become lame (also known as “old”).

I’m not sure that I’ll ever return to my old concert-going frequency (I will be 44 next year), but I’ll probably stop beating myself for not doing so.

0 For 2008
Not dates this time, photostrolls with Stacy and Phil instead. For some reason the three of us never got our shit together to go out for one of our photostrolls (with breakfast/lunch involved). Pity. I hope this line item is repeated this time next year.

Le Web, You Can Be The Stink
I am fighting this one as we “speak.” Facebook changed its user interface — I’ve learned to like it. Flickr changed its user interface — I still hate it. Bloglines keeps throwing up on itself — I’m looking for an alternative RSS reader.

Drinkmas Was Good But It Had Its Bad Moments
Like when I tasted this beer (hated it!).
Two Things To Remember On Drinkmas
And then later when I realized that I paid $11 for it.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – bad
Current Music – listening to Leo Laporte’s “The Tech Guy” podcast
Website Of The Day – I don’t want to be a downer so today I’ll choose a funny article from McSweeney called Santa’s Bad 2008.
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) – 30 (30)
Vegetarian Days – 13
Carnivorous Days – 16
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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11 Responses to 2008: The Bad

  1. Martha says:

    well now in defense of 2008, your AC had been dying a slow death for years…

    I’m not going to show you the bright (aka Tigger) side of all these ‘bad’ things, I expect to see you post those tomorrow.

  2. M says:

    You are not alone:

    You should ditch Bloglines and check out Google Reader. I was a loyal Bloglines user, but became frustrated with its many problems. I’m very happy with Google Reader. Import your feeds to Google Reader and try it out for a week.

    Once you become familiar with GR, check out the Helvetireader theme: http://helvetireader.com/

  3. Barb says:

    Gimpy knee means maybe you should spend more time biking? Wheelhopper pub crawl this Saturday might be a good way to start? We will end at a bar that has TVs for those (including me) that want to watch the Falcons game.

    I think Muscle Mountain Mania is still on for Saturday April 18, 2009…….. I’m going to have to start training for that, and see if I can get up Wolfpen without a 100 rest stops this time. I told Janie I wanted to rent a cabin, not sure how many people it will sleep, but we can always put tents around it.

  4. Martha says:

    I forgot to mention JRob got busted last night, his wife, Meg, came out to run with us for the first time. She noticed right away that he was the only dude running…so you need to start coming back out so he doesn’t get in trouble again 😉

  5. @Martha: tomorrow is the “Good” day. As for running on Monday nights, I consider it but haven’t carved out the time yet (not that I am running anywhere at the moment).

    @Barb: I meant to include how clean my bike is in today’s post. 🙂

    @M : I tried Google Reader yesterday and it was dreadfully slow. Is this normal? Granted “slow” is better than “down.” Oh, and that’s a great post about your leaving Bloglines.

  6. Barb says:

    the pub crawl won’t get your bike dirty, unless it is raining……..

  7. Martha says:

    Well I am looking forward to tomorrow’s “good” blog!!

  8. Barb says:

    there is a website to sign up for Muscle Mountain Mania –

  9. Whew, I’d actually have to train really hard in order to finish. Considering I never have finished this ride then I should start training soon.

  10. Barb says:

    but – it is only $45 – how much is that ING race?

  11. ING is $60 for the half now, and going up to $75(?) at week’s end — not that intend to pay to run it this year.

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