You Are Not Going To Believe This

Last night I ate two slices of pizza at Grant Central Pizza in East Atlanta Village and I actually thought it tasted good.

I Am Nervous About The Print I’m Going To Donate
One week from today is the Atlanta Photo Exposure‘s fund raising auction at Eclipse di Luna (Miami Circle) from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

I’ve received my print and am quite pleased with it. However, I don’t know if I’ve printed it correctly? I had it mounted on matt-board, should I have? Did I print it large enough? Should I invest in a matt for a photo I have no intention of keeping? So many uncertainties.

I will be attending the event (at least for a little while because I am also going to see Jason Isbell at The EARL later that evening) to see how my work stands up to others’ and to learn what I did wrong and right with my printing decisions. I’m so nervous about this. It’s the first time I’ve ever attempted to “sell” one of my photos.

Cookies: They’re What’s For Breakfast
Sure, I knew buying cookies at Costco yesterday was a bad idea. But they looked so damn good!

Yesterday I tagged along with a coworker (who is a Costco member) for lunch where we each picked up whole, cooked chickens and I added a box of cookies. While I’ve not gone an eating binge I can already tell that I will not be keeping these cookies nearby for very long. I know just how horrible they are for my waistline, so I think it’s high time I share the wealth with my coworkers.

ITP Flickr Pic
I like to call this shot “We’re Not Dumb, We’re Pleasantly Plump”
Stupid Americans
(alternatively titled “Stupid Americans”)

Investing In Myself
It is often said that in “troubled economic times” the best thing one can do is invest in themselves, where “investing” in this case relates as much to knowledge as it does to money. I am proud to say that I am doing just that.

The other day I checked out continuing education at Southern Poly Tech in an effort to percolate my brain’s juices. Unfortunately it appears that their program is centered around Java which, while being a fine programming language, is currently not the one on which I want to invest the majority of my time.

Alternatively I’ve decided to take the ground-up approach of reading books, reading websites, and struggling by writing code in order to learn both Ruby on Rails as well as iPhone development. Anyone need a coding apprentice? 🙂

One Night Of Freedom
I’m going ca-razy tonight! Yeah. Boy…. I’m only going to work until 7pm and then I’ll be joining a group for dinner and drinks at Six Feet Under. I know! Crazy! Here’s to another productive eleven-hour workday (not including lunch, of course).

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – don’t know, waiting for the stupid settop box to reboot
Website Of The Day – Due to common sense and other financial obligations I’m holding of on a Kindle 2 purchase. Until then I’ll rely on LexCycle’s “Stanza” application for ebook reading on my MacBook/iPhone.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing (hmmm, I guess my “100 Days of Exercise” is completely shot)

Monthly
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 11 (11)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 9
Marta Rides – 0

February Goals
– Complete all necessary work on my bed room
– Lose no fewer than one pound
– Run no fewer than 30 miles
– Completely read Softbox Lighting Techniques for Professional Photographers, and Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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10 Responses to You Are Not Going To Believe This

  1. Barb says:

    Did you buy cookies since you weren’t going to the play?

    What about the other “tech” schools? Chattahoochee Tech is over here not too far from Southern Poly, Allan is now working on his Fire Science degree there, exciting stuff, first class is about sprinkler systems ;-). Or, were you looking at Southern Poly so you/we could go to Tasty China more often?

  2. I bought the cookies because I needed something to lift my spirits.

    Southern Poly’s proximity to Tasty China is a delicious coincidence. I was looking at them because I assumed they’d have reasonable continuing education. I could look at Chattahoochee Tech, or Georgia State. Mind you I am not looking for a degree but to resharpen my programming skills and learn the vast amount of technological advances since I left UF at the end of 1991.

  3. Martha says:

    Paulie, we’ve all seen your work and it is great, I understand being nervous but the picture is great. I may skip my run and swing by to check thing out myself.

    You want to talk crazy, I stayed in last night (didn’t work out, AT ALL) and watched a movie. About an hour into it I realized I had already seen it…oh well, I was too lazy to get up and put another DVD in so I just finished it.

    Any info on bands playing in EAV Saturday night? A friend from OTP would like to check out the Village, but I have no clue on the ‘music scene’.

  4. Looks like The EARL is having a special show where multiple people sing the songs of Jeff Buckley. This could be an interesting show.

    I’ve not located a listing for 529 yet

    I’ve never heard of any of the bands listed for Ice House.

  5. Martha says:

    Thanks…I figured The Earl a safe bet, but I’d like to check out the other venues also, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right…

    Finally found it

    http://www.529atl.com/ (It’s a pretty sorry site)
    Abby Go Go?

  6. Steve says:

    Paulie, I second Martha. Chill. It’s a great shot and it doesn’t matter how it’s printed or matted. Whoever buys it will take care of the details.

    And your other education option is Ga. Perimeter College- North campus in Dunwoody. I don’t know what tech programs they have, but it would be the most convenient to your office.

    Barb- isn’t Chattahoochee Tech in Acworth? Long way OTP. I’m just saying.

    -FP

  7. Barb says:

    Steve – Chatthooche Tech in over not too far from Dobbins.
    I think you are thinking of Kennesaw State.

    And – for all of you ITP readers that care (hahahaha) – Allan will be being transfered to the Buckhead station #21 in March. He’s not thrilled (he likes being busy in SW ATL), but it is only 12 miles from the house, so once he is there, he will start biking to work. That means he’s really going to be smoking me when we ride.
    And, I’m personally wondering how big their parking lot is, because if & when I go to Buckhead, I don’t want to pay for parking.

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    This would have been convenient had it occurred before I stopped going to Buckhead ten years ago. 🙂

  9. Barb says:

    now Paulie – didn’t go to a concert at the Roxy some time in not to distant past?

  10. I haven’t been to a concert at the Roxy in some time. If I think about who I took to that concert that must have been four/five years ago now.

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