Everywhere I go I seem to run into someone I know. This morning I saw a woman at Curry Honda who runs at George’s and sits at the “Reserved” table in the back. If she recognized me she didn’t let on to that fact. (I know if I showed up to George’s more often then she would have easily recognized me.)
Guy Fieri And I Finally Have Something In Common
On Saturday morning I ate at the Silver Skillet. Much to my surprise when I turned on Food Network on Sunday afternoon they were showing Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and were was he going? The Silver Skillet.
I had originally planned to eat at Java Jive, but there was no parking remaining in their lot, so from there I headed over to the Silver Skillet. I was also going to practice my food photography with my point-and-shoot, but the blinds were drawn and the place was so crowded I felt a bit intimidated.
Have We Been Together For 90k Already?
Well, almost. The Jackmobile is about to rollover its odometer to 89k and with a pending trip out of state on the calendar I thought it was high time I get it into the shop for its 90k (read “at least $650”) maintenance. June 2009 will some how mark the seventh year the Jackmobile and I have been an item (well, save the six weeks that the bad guys had it back in 2004). Hard to believe that it’s been so long since I paid off the black 1996 Nissan 240sx and got new car fever a mere five months later. I have no such desires with the Jackmobile, hell it’s been payment-free for about four years now. And if you are wondering, I’m hoping to be typing up a blog some day when good-old-Jack and I celebrate 190k miles.
As it stands now my relationship with the Jackmobile is my longest relationship to date.
Introducing The “Seven Day” Project
I have been kicking an idea around in my head for a little while. The idea centered around spending and unemployment. While at the art auction last week I was in a really interesting conversation with Tami who runs the incredible food blog Running With Tweezers.
The conversation was about food, more specifically the cost of eating well. She mentioned that she was going to make an effort to budget $30 for an entire week of eating (apparently she discovered that $23 is the national average for a person receiving Federal assistance.) I mentioned that I was thinking of doing something similar, and lo and behold the idea was consecrated.
If you remember some time back I used to watch a show called 30 Days, which was created by Morgan Spurlock. The premise of the show is that a person would change his/her lifestyle drastically for thirty days. I cannot commit to such a long period of time (and forget that Lent starts Wednesday) so I have decided to commit to a lifestyle change for seven days. I have registered the domain name Seven Day Project (don’t go there yet as I’ve not set up the blog yet. I’ll announce that later in the week); sadly SevenDay.com, 7Day.com, OneWeek.com, and 1Week.com were already claimed.
Each Monday on Seven Day Project I will announce the task for the week and each day I will post my progress. This website could be really intriguing or really boring, only time will tell.
This week’s Seven Day Project is to eat for $30 this week. I will admit that this is going to be incredibly hard for me to accomplish.
The Amazing Race : I Hope She Never Tries Hashing
The Oscars? Pish-Posh! Week Two of the The Amazing Race was on last night.
It’s evident which teams have been observant views of past seasons as they request a cell phone from their cab driver and make plane reservations as they travel to the airport. The teams are headed to hang-glide off the side of a mountain and I’m assuming that this season will be all about scaring people like me who are afraid of heights. The caveat of this Road Block is that if they wind doesn’t cooperate, the contestant can bail on the hang-gliding and run down the mountain trail instead. All teams but one choose the “run” option, and somehow Linda gets lost running down the path. This is going to cost them, I’m sure.
Once down the mountain the teams head to the next Road Block where they choose to either trow pies in each other’s face until they find one with a cherry filling, or maneuver a Segway through an obstacle course. Once completed they must find a little which slices a piece of wood which alerts them to head to the Pit Stop. This brings about the best part of the night when the two flight attendants misinterpret the challenge and wind up in a stable where they find a piece of wood that they intend to cut. HA!
The hardest thing for most teams appeared to be driving through Austria. The major frustrations of the night were between team members who argue about directions, as well as when to stop and ask for help.
For the first time that I can remember the show makes mention of how long it has been since the day started. At one point the show flashes up that it had been fourteen hours since the race started that day. More than that I am amazed the time duration between the first team to finish the leg (Tammy and Victor) and the last team to finish (Linda and Steve). Of course this only being the second leg of the race Linda and Steve are eliminated from the race.
Tammy and Victor blew away the competition in this leg, which should provide them a big advantage next week — at least until they hit a closed park/business or airline issues.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – scared, things don’t seem to be the way they should with me
Current Music – listening to Leo Laporte’s “The Tech Guy” podcast
Website Of The Day – Ever struggle to remember a word? Try Tip Of My Tongue to see if it can help you out.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car / service van
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monday Morning Weigh-In – 199 pounds
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 23 (23)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 22
Marta Rides – 0
– 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
– 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
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the JalapeÃ±o 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
– 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