Remember That A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

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Friday night wound up being the only one to go as planned…

As planned I made it to the Wine and Gift-Again party hosted by good friends and ITP-Readers Stacy and Phil. And as usual the party was a smashing success. What did I get as a re-gift you ask?

Rock On! ("I Love You")
Shocking, no? I actually stole this from someone (which should give you an indication of the crap brought and I’m as guilty as the rest). This will go quite well with my “Fight the Power” statue already in my house.

From the party I joined ITP-Reader Betsy at The EARL for The Long Ryders show. I had planned for this to be the first of two shows of theirs that I’d see this weekend. Friday’s show was amazing! Betsy and I showed up in time to catch the set done by The Skylarks, who were the second band on the bill. The Long Ryders took the stage at some time around 11:30pm and rocked. With multiple glasses of wine and a couple of 16-ounce PBRs in me I was transported to the 1980’s and had a blast. For Friday’s show the room was never more than half-full, mostly of old-timers, which made for a pleasurable nearly-smoke-free experience at The EARL. I returned home some time near 2:30am, needless to say I was not awake early on Saturday.

Saturday, I Hardly Knew Ye
Woke up late. When I finally got my arse in gear it was to go out and grab some lunch and run a few chores. I had kinda forgotten that I thought about attending a hash on Saturday, but by the time I got out of bed I was already focused on other things.

My first stop was at Urban Outfitters where I was going to purchase a “toy” camera (a Diana+ to be exact). Unfortunately the local Urban Outfitters didn’t honor the sales price listed on their own website, so I passed. After eating a bit of lunch I decided to give purchasing a Diana+ another shot, this time at The Camera Doctor in Decatur where I was pretty sure that I knew what the price would be. I was right, so I purchased the camera.

My chores lasted longer than expected. I sat at home a bit worn out and debated whether to attend the second show put on by The Long Ryders. I feared that Friday’s show was so perfect that I might be let down by Saturday’s and didn’t want that to happen. With the weather being crappy combined with the fact that I’d not heard a peep from the people I was expecting to meet at the show I decided to bag it. At 10pm I closed my eyes “for a minute” — a minute that lasted about three hours. I missed the show, but heard the next day that lead-singer Sid Griffin had lost his singing voice, so maybe my decision was justified.

ITP Flickr (Digital) Pic
You can run but you cannot hide.
On Over!
On our photostroll through Little 5 Points yesterday I stumbled upon the SOB hash trail. Luckily for them I don’t keep flour handy…

It Could Have Been Called A Coldostroll
Let’s just say that yesterday’s weather was lousy, but not lousy enough to deter a hardy bunch to go out and shoot photos, with film no less. That’s right, I shot film yesterday. I have not shot a roll of film in over six years. How’d my shots turn out? I have no idea as I’ve yet to take the film in for processing. I have a feeling I might be reminded why I love digital so much. 😉

After walking around cold, damp streets of Little 5 Points a brisket sandwich was in order for lunch.

Yacht Club
(this photo is not as sharp as I would have liked it, but it was really dark in the Yacht Club and even bumping my ISO to 2000 didn’t help that much.)

From Little 5 Points ITP-Reader Maigh and I went over to the High Museum where I was finally able to use my membership again and we strolled around the permanent exhibitions shooting our digital cameras.

The rest of the evening was spent at home, watching a little football, cooking up some bizarre concoction of — frozen peas, frozen carrots, chicken broth, some crazy small pasta, and spices — and reading.

Terri, my apologies for missing your Hog Mountain trail yesterday.

Back Atcha Roswell
While MLK Day set for next Monday the monthly third-Monday meeting of the Roswell Photographic Society is set for tonight. So, in an attempt to keep my photography-related fun going I shall be in attendance.

Did Someone Say Forty?
Welcome to the club ITP-Reader Bob. Happy 40th birthday buddy! Just remember, it only means that you are one year closer to retirement. Has your hearing returned from the Monster Truck Jam on Saturday night?

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – not bad
Current Music – Sirius/XM Channel 26 playing Oasis — “Falling Down”
Website Of The Day – Did you know that there is an organization known as Major League Eating? Amazing…
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monday Morning Weigh-In – not taken

Foot Mileage – 3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 12 (12)
Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 10
Marta Rides – 0

January Goals
– Complete all necessary work on the dining room (not going to lie, I picked an easy room first)
– Lose no fewer than two pounds
– Run no fewer than 50 miles
– Completely read Softbox Lighting Techniques for Professional Photographers, Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas, and How to Be Happy, Dammit: A Cynic’s Guide to Spiritual Happiness

2009 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 190 pounds (today’s weight was 199.5 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
РEarn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalape̱o Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C (iPhone development) and Ruby on Rails (Black Sheep web page concept)
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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16 Responses to Remember That A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

  1. Barb says:

    Happy Birthday Bob!

  2. Bob says:

    Thanks for the birthday wishes! I’m on the downhill slide now, is this where it all gets easier?

  3. Barb says:

    get ready for your body to fall apart……. but sure, it gets easier.
    Laura may want to trade you in on a younger model.

  4. Steve says:

    Yepper, they don’t make ’em like that anymore! Happy Birthday, Bob!


  5. Sal says:

    Happy Birthday Bob….I agree with Barb…get ready for your body to start fallling apart!

    In order to get ready for Mt. Mist in 2 weeks I put in 2 hours jogging in the pool on Saturday…..Hopefully I’ll be able to make the cutoffs. 🙂

    Ate dinner at a Japanese Steak house on Dallas Highway on Sunday.

  6. In case anyone’s wondering about my tardiness today.

    1) I am attempting to work harder at the office.
    2) Our internet connection is horrible today here.

  7. Martha says:

    Happy Birthday Bob!!!

    Don’t listen to them, I have no intention of falling apart in a few months… well at least physical, emotionally I’m always on the edge.

    And Paulie, I don’t know what it is but that hand creeps me out…

  8. RanLiCoop says:

    Happy Birthday, Bob! And remember, now that you are a parent you can blame your physical woes and constant tiredness on the little guy… no need to link any of that to your age 😉

    Paulie, the ASL mannequin hand is awesome!

  9. Mike says:

    Hey, Paulie!

    Thanks for the non-committal shout-out! As Keith Richard(s) said, any press is good press… Hope you enjoyed our set. You did, indeed, see the best night of the two nights. My personal favorite was their awesome cover of “Masters of War.”

    Mike Hunter (and the ’Larks)

  10. Whoops sorry Mike. I actually meant to praise The Skylarks for an excellent set. If you’d ever see how the sausage is made for this blog you’d see that a lot of things get put in and taken out haphazardly. 🙂

    I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of your band before. However, I will be following to see when you play again in Atlanta. Best wishes and thanks for entertaining!

  11. Laura says:

    We’ll be dining at Tony’s in Roswell tonight if you wanna join us. We go at old people’s time, though!

    I’m impressive with the readership of your blog. If you blog about Butch Walker will he post something too?

  12. For those that know me well you will be surprised to read that tonight I’ll be dining at Chick-fil-A. I’m meeting some of the photogs prior to the Roswell Photographic Society meeting.

    You’re impressed, I’m frightened! Thankfully I am usually praising musicians and thespians in these virtual pages. I really do feel badly that I didn’t mention that I enjoyed The Skylarks’ set. I’ll post something about Butch sometime just for you. 🙂

  13. Terri(SW) says:

    Hiya Paulie!

    Sorry you couldn’t make it…what could have been a cluster eff actually ended up being a rather fun trail! The trail went through some woods I swear are haunted by some dead Confederate soldiers…at one point our GPS went haywire and said we were 1-285 and Glenwood Road. We were going to prelay a loop and then do the second half of the trail live…however, those woods weren’t having it. We ended somewhere totally not intended to be our end and the trial was around 3 miles, which was fine considering the weather. Good times.

    Hope to see you soon!

  14. Barb says:

    Damn, I just had a hamburger for lunch, but what time is Tony’s? Allan is working, so if I feel the need to drive to Roswell later, I just may join you. I do have to return the leftovers from the door installation to Home Depot, so I would be half way there……..

    BTW – we have a beautifully installed, and beautiful new front door finally. Damn, it is one heavy solid wood door, it burnt up Allan’s drill while he was drilling the hole for the doorknob.

  15. Michelle says:

    I would’ve been at the Saturday’s Long Ryders show, but according to the guy who answered the phone there Friday night, it was sold out. Hopefully they’ll be back sometime and I can catch them then. (Maybe in another 20 years???)


  16. I had heard that you couldn’t get a ticket, it was one of the reasons I decided to bail.

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