My Mind Is Like A Clean Slate

Hmm, I have no clever addition to “It Feels Like Starting Over” week.

I Am The World’s Worst Petty Thief
It is rumored that Panera Bread is the only place that you can get black drinking straws. Why would one want black drinking straws? To construct a snoot of course!

I have searched the internets to see if I could purchase black drinking straws at a reasonable quantity and price, and could not. I even visited numerous party supply and craft stores in the area with no luck.

So last night I ate dinner at Panera Bread (and found out that it was like an epicenter for laptop-laden business meetings). Luckily for me there is a Panera Bread very close to my office, so at least I didn’t have to go far out of my way to claim the straws. I tried to do the “right” thing and justifying my theft by ordering a meal and soft drink, but I still felt like a schmuck when an employee saw me walking out of the store with a small handful of straws. I don’t know why I didn’t bring in a bag or briefcase to conceal my booty. I guess that I am just a lousy criminal.

ITP Flickr Pic
Yep, another from last Saturday’s kickboxing event
This one is different — it’s black and white.

My iPhone: More Than A Phone, It Helps Me Be Smart!
Yesterday the folks at released an iPhone dictionary/thesaurus application. Oh glory day! You may not know this, although if you’ve read this space for any length of time you probably do, but I have a limited vocabulary and poor spelling skills. I blame both of these on my lack of reading.

Therefore the application will be a blessing for me when I am not laptop-enabled. Oh the joy of looking up a word to find its meaning, or to make sure that I am using the proper word for a given situation.

And oh, did I mention that the application is free? iPhone, I lurve you!

RealiTV Update: The Chopping Block
NBC was not making it easy to get my fill of their canceled series The Chopping Block last night. First, they didn’t release a new episode to Hulu until late in the evening, and attempting to watch the video off of their site was painful at best.

I arose way early this morning and fired up the laptop so that I could watch the show. The Chopping Block would have been better-named The Teeter Totter as my love for the show appears to be following that pattern.

In “last night’s episode” the remaining teams were to prepare and Italian lunch for Marco Pierre White and his guest Mario Batali, as well as some of the former cast members of The Sopranos (nothing like laying it on a bit thick). Each restaurant struggled mightily but it was the black team to get it in the end. Although I am no fan of the bawling that occurred by Dean and Shari (we get it, you left your kids to come to the show and you miiiiiiss them!) but I was an unapologetic hater of the constant attitude that spewed from Angela and Samantha. In fact, it was almost refreshing to hear Marco Pierre White break them down with insults after he dismissed them from the show.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – strange, I know I keep saying obtuse things like this but it’s the only way to describe my mood at the moment
Current Music – listening to this week’s “MacCast” podcast
Website Of The Day – Beer? Radio? Together? I’m in! The Brewing Network
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

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

April Goals
none, and this is not an April Fools joke

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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9 Responses to My Mind Is Like A Clean Slate

  1. Barb says:

    I”ll bite…… what’s a snoot?

  2. Martha says:

    okay, I’ll bite. What’s a snoot and why do you need to construct one?

  3. Ha! Look at you two!! JINX!

    Technically the straws make my snoot a grid. A snoot is really just a tube that attaches to a flash and concentrates the light to a smaller area. A grid is like a honeycomb inside a snoot that further directs the light. Black straws make the best homemade grid because it doesn’t adversely color the light in any way. Had I actually finished mine last night I would have taken a photo of it for today’s post.

  4. Martha says:

    Looks like I owe Barb a coke.

    I think I’m sorry I asked. However, I have a box of neon straws if you need them…you could make a limited edition ’80s snoot’

    Oh and you should have just stuck the straws down your pants, according the CL Blotter that’s how all the top thieves do it.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    When in doubt just assume it’s a crazy photography thing and keep moving. 🙂

  6. debbie says:

    You need to close the loop with Here’s its definition for snoot:

    snoot   /snut/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [snoot] Show IPA
    –noun 1. Slang. the nose.
    2. Informal. a snob.

    –verb (used with object) 3. Informal. to behave disdainfully toward; condescend to: New arrivals in the town were snooted by older residents.

    It would be hard to construct either a nose or a snob with black straws. Although a snob might only use black straws and you can stick black straws up your nose which would cause people to behave disdainfully toward you.

  7. Hehe, that’s nice. I take no discredit for the name snoot, that’s just what it’s called in the photography world.

  8. Bob says:

    Best…….Website of the Day…..Ever!!!!!

  9. Steve says:

    Get your karma back on track and go back to Panera and offer to pay for the straws, or at least put something in the tip jar. I’m still not quite getting the snoot- maybe you better take a picture, unless you need a snoot to take a picture of one, then you have to build 2. After all the materials are FREE!!


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