Coding, No Cycling

Welcome to the Paulie that almost none of you know — the driven, workaholic Paulie. This is a version of me that loves to write software. Granted I am not the greatest software developer so I don’t get things done amazingly quickly, but I am a yeoman who loves to see things to completion. It’s this trait, I won’t call it a fault, that causes me to forgo all activities except for work. I suppose this is just a long-winded way for me to say that I am not riding, and definitely not running, tonight.

No Tac O’Mac For Me
I left the office about 8:40pm. I had intended to eat Mexican, but really just wanted to get somewhere fast and eat. My first thought turned to having a beer or two, so Taco Mac sprung to mind. However Taco Mac had been transformed to Tac O’Mac thanks to it being St. Patrick’s Day. On any other Tuesday night at 9pm I’d be able to wander in and quietly enjoy a meal and beer, but that’s not the case on St. Patrick’s Day.

I poked my head inside to get confirmation of the St. Patty’s Day mayhem, and immediately turned around and walked to a nearby Tin Drum.

So while I didn’t successfully complete the “St. Patrick’s Day <-> Cinco de Mayo” switcheroo I did manage to find a place to get a half-decent meal without the green-beer drinking crowds.

Let Me See The Light
I’ve just seen through the grapevine that my friend Maigh has purchased a new Nikon SB-600 Speedlight. Yesterday I decided to walk down a different path.

Recently I’ve been following (in the figurative sense) a guy name David Hobby, better known as The Strobist. Hobby, who happens to be about the same age as me and a fellow University of Florida graduate (although our paths probably never crossed since I was a late-“bloomer”), has been making a name for himself by preaching the gospel of cheap, manual-settings strobe lights.

Yesterday I decided to take a chance and purchase a new flash known as the LumoPro LP120 Manual Flash from Midwest Photo Exchange for $130 (yes, that constitutes “cheap” in the photography world).

I’m excited to get the new flash and start playing with it.

ITP Flickr Pic
Perhaps the new flash will pry me from the keyboard and get me to take photos because I’ve nothing to show at the moment.

The Carnivore Has Overtaken The Vegetarian
After a week of vegetarianism it seemed as if I’d finish March eating vegetarian more days than not. However, here on March 18th I’ve already returned to my carnivore ways so completely that my carnivorous days have already surpassed my vegetarian ones.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – alone
Current Music – listening to last week’s “This American Life” podcast
Website Of The Day – Want to know why I’ve become a workaholic? Because I’ve never been the subject of one of these letters found at I Love You For Ever And Always.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Monthly
Foot Mileage – 2.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 15 (15)
Vegetarian Days – 8, Carnivorous Days – 9
Marta Rides – 0

March Goals
– Complete all necessary work on my kitchen
– 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
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the JalapeΓ±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

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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16 Responses to Coding, No Cycling

  1. sal says:

    You could always run from the Phidipiddes store in Sandy Springs. They have a group that runs there every Wednesday night at 6:15 and usually the store will have munchies and beer for afterwards and if you eat at Meehans you get 20% off your meal….

    Janice and I will be running from there tonight….GUTS is hosting a trail safety clinic at 7:00.

  2. Not tonight however, as at 6:15 I will either be eating dinner before returning to the office, or at the office knocking out code.

    I haven’t mentioned, but I am pushing for a Friday deadline and am going to transfer some of these skills to a Java-based Black Sheep Stats program which will eventually be re-written in Ruby On Rails as a learning opportunity.

  3. Barb says:

    someday we will see Paulie on his bike again…..

    and, being a workaholic right now is probably a good thing, just in case the company starts seeing a need to lay people off, they usually don’t pick the ones that are working hard.

    and – your amazon deal of the day made me laugh – the complete Dukes Of Hazzard TV series…… I’m picturing who would buy that.

  4. Ha! Barb, you just beat me to the mention of the “Dukes of Hazzard” boxed-set. Who wants it, especially if you have to pay $94?

  5. Steve says:

    Hell yah!! Git me that there Dukes of Hazzard DVD!

    (inbred, slope head, low brow humor has always been at the top of my list- not!)

    Keep banging that code out- we like the employed Paulie!

    -FP

  6. My mortgage company loves employed Paulie
    My other creditors like employed Paulie
    I know I like coding Paulie
    I (think) I like employed Paulie

  7. Bob says:

    No need to picture that Barb, I already own season 1. The Dukes of Hazzard was my favorite show growing up, right next to CHiPs and Knight Rider.

    Not that this would surprise anybody πŸ™‚

    Keep on coding Paulie, we’ll get you out on your bike one of these days.

  8. Debbie says:

    Bob – apparently we had the same three channels growing up, because those were all my faves too. I guess I’ll send Steve’s Easter surprise of the boxed set of Bo and Luke back. πŸ™‚

    Paulie did you read any of the letters on the website of the day? May be better off single than attached to some one who is soooo grammatically challenged as most of those letter writers appear to be.

    (Now’s when I read this closely three times to make sure I didn’t make any stupid grammatical errors. πŸ˜‰ )

  9. Steve says:

    Honey, should I send back your Easter gift of the first 3 seasons of New Yankee Workshop? I know how you have a thing for Norm… tall men with glasses covered in sawdust.

    -FP

  10. Now, now children. πŸ™‚

    I read some of the letters previously, not very recently however. I think they are hilarious and doubt that today’s teenagers have better grammar.

  11. debbie says:

    mmmm, is it worth $94 just to call your Norm bluff… prolly not.

  12. debbie says:

    I bought my own dang Easter present and it’s all your fault Paulie!! Tomorrow morning I will be the proud owner of a Kindle 2; I’ll be sure to post an ITP exclusive review.

  13. Fault? Fault? C’mon, you can’t blame me. And if you happen to not like the Kindle2 I will gladly purchase it from you for the tidy sum of $3 when I am down on the farm the next time. πŸ™‚

  14. Steve says:

    What a guy..

    -FP

  15. What?

    I only said that I’d buy it if she didn’t like it, and I would have to drive allll the way down to Moreland — that’d cost me at least $10 in gas.

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