Taking A Lesson From The Trees

Each Winter deciduous trees drop a portion of their past and generate anew each Spring. I am trying to do the same. It’s time for me to shed some of my past and concentrate on generating something new.

I’m Contemplating The Separation Of Twitter And Facebook
I’m finding that following the actions of so many people, many of whom are on both Twitter and Facebook, has been chewing up a lot of my time. I’ve decided that I do not wish to spend so much of my time pursuing both of these endeavors and am contemplating dropping people in Twitter who I also have as Facebook friends. This seems like a severe severance of ties but may be the only way that I can effectively use both tools.

Have you encountered this problem? What was your solution.

ITP Flickr Pic
I am fascinated with old utilities, especially those emblazoned with their manufacturer’s name and city of operation.
Murdock Mfg & Supply
For me this speaks of a simpler time.

I May Be Falling For Baseball Again
And the iPhone may be playing the roll of Cupid.

For part of my drive home yesterday I listened to the afternoon baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sadly the LA Dodgers play-by-play was not being done by Vince Scully when I was listening and the audio dropped out when I entered an area only served by AT&T‘s EDGE network, but while I was listening all was magical and it was like being a kid all over again.

Digital Download Of The Day
This recommendation is going to cost you money, a mere $4 if you act today. Today Silversun Pickups release a new CD called “Swoon.” I’ve heard one or two of the songs and think they are good, but truth be told I am buying (and recommending) this CD today because of how much I enjoyed their last CD “Carnavas” and the fact that if you download it today from Amazon it will only cost you $4.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – harried
Current Music – listening to yesterday’s “Buzz Out Loud” podcast
Website Of The Day100 Abandoned Houses is a photo exhibit documenting, you guessed it, one hundred abandoned house, in Detroit.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Monthly
Foot Mileage – 3 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 14 (14)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 13
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
– 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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26 Responses to Taking A Lesson From The Trees

  1. Steve says:

    I would buy that app (if I had an Iphone, which I don’t) soley to hear Vin Scully to do play by play. One of the last great broadcasters… one less after yesterday.

    And I hope all you ITP readers still have all your trees standing. We didn’t see anywhere near the wind on the farm. Wierd, huh?

    -FP

  2. Yeah, baseball actually lost two legends yesterday — longtime Phillies’ announcer Harry Kalas, who I had the pleasure hearing call a few games because the Phillies have Spring Training in Clearwater, and flash-in-the-pan Mark “The Bird” Fidrych.

    All trees seem to be fine in my part of Atlanta, but there seemed to be many a downed tree elsewhere. It’s weird, but good, that Moreland didn’t experience the wind.

  3. Martha says:

    Ormewood and Grant Park looked good yesterday when I went for a run. Decatur and Oakhurst were another story. At least three roads in Oakhurst were closed because of downed tress and there were a few stop lights out in Decatur yesterday evening when I went to pick Haley up from the vet.

    One of my GFs (Slopes) was told she wouldn’t have power back until tomorrow.

    Paulie if this was facebook i would have tagged your opening line with an “i like this”, inspite you using the word anew? πŸ˜‰

  4. What’s wrong with “anew?” It’s a word, and I think I may have even used it in the proper context. πŸ™‚

    Does Slopes not live in the hood any longer? I’ve really lost touch since I stopped living on The EAV Buzz.

    I did see some outages of stop lights along my travels yesterday, but thankfully no tree damage.

  5. Martha says:

    Nope Slopes moved over to the Decatur area. She wasn’t really on the buzz much, that was more RP’s domain, I doubt you would have found it out there anyway.
    She stopped coming on Mondays, that’s how I found out. Not sure what happend, haven’t had a chance to catch up with her in awhile.

  6. Well, poop! I hate it when the hood loses attractive women.

  7. Barb says:

    We’ve got tons of trees in our yard up here in Marietta, but not one came down, and we did have some awesome wind yesterday morning. A few branches here and there are lying around. Luckily we have until 4/30 to burn them, but we need to get to it soon, I need to get my garden planted, and that is where the huge burn pile is.

  8. I can’t burn where I plan to put my “garden.” Well, I could but then I’d have to hire someone to come out and build another deck.

  9. Barb says:

    wait- Paulie – are you going to plant a garden? really?

  10. I’m planning on growing some tomatoes and perhaps peppers this year.

    Little known Paulie facts:

    1) As a child I always had a small garden, whether we lived in New York or Florida. Mind you, I never ate what I grew then, but I enjoyed gardening.

    2) I have always wanted to start a Square Foot Garden in my current yard, but have been far too lazy.

  11. Barb says:

    Will you go get a topsy turvy tomato plant? I have no where to hang one, but I want to know if they really work. Yes, occasionally I do watch commercials.

  12. debbie says:

    Yay for gardens. Steve built two fantastic raised garden beds for me and I planted one over the weekend and will do the other next weekend. I’m so excited about my little gardens. We may go crazy with these beds if I have as much fun with the first two as I think I will. So far I have tomatos, peppers, lettuce, herbs and a lone squash plant. Next up beans and another squash.

    Paulie – Steve’s an expert at building raised beds now if you need help getting that Square Foot Garden going…

  13. Ha! I’ve actually considered the Topsy Turvy thing. πŸ™‚

  14. debbie says:

    My parents have the topsy turvy tomato going. I’ll report. I don’t really have a place to hang it for full sun… and certainly no lack of ground.

  15. RanLiCoop says:

    Paulie, thanks for the good wishes last week. I’m catching up with ITP after being on paternity leave last week (I would complain about it lasting only a week, but I know that’s better than most companies). Nolan has been a fantastic addition to the Beebe family, usually only waking up once or twice a night so far. He seems pretty laid back – I hope that continues for the next 20 years πŸ˜‰

    With any luck, I’ll have more pictures on the blog later this week.

    OK, enough baby talk. Have a great day, everyone!

  16. Steve says:

    Woo Hoo Randy (and Lisa)!! Congratulations on the addition!

    And I will build raised beds… for beer.

    -FP

  17. Martha says:

    I got a few plants in the ground on Sunday. Peppers, tomatoes, basil and some onions. Plus broccoli and carrot seedlings and lettuce are coming along on the deck. I have a few raised beds, I’ve been wanting to put another large one by the fence/gate but just haven’t gotten around to it, I will pay much beer for anyone that wants to help out. While you are at it I could use a tressle for some beans and cukes also πŸ˜‰

  18. Who are you, Martha Stew… oh wait, never mind. πŸ˜‰

  19. Barb says:

    All we need is someone to start raising chickens, so we can get some fresh eggs. We almost ran over some crossing the road on the Wheelhopper Sunday, Doo Doo stopped to ask them why they were crossing, but they didn’t seem to want to answer him.

  20. Well I did hear some roosters on Saturday morning near Cabbagetown.

  21. Martha says:

    I would LOVE to have a couple of chickens in the back yard…it is legal to keep them within the City of Atlanta….anyone want to build a chicken coop also?

    When I lived in Grant Park I would see a roster walking around Boulevard every morning when I would walk the dogs. There use to be one a few houses away from me, but I haven’t heard him in a long time. Chickens are cool in town, roosters not so much.

  22. Barb says:

    http://www.meetup.com/chickens/
    go to the message board – looks like it is legal in Atlanta.
    If you get some chickens, I’ll come steal (or maybe even buy) some eggs from you.

  23. Don’t look for me to have chickens, remember I’m the guy who thinks a dog is too much work and commitment.

  24. Steve says:

    We put the chickenhouse up in a frame on Saturday… next we have to figure out the yard and get the chickens. Eggs will be delivered at Georges on Wednesdays.

    How did I get to be a farmer?? Oh yeah, it’s coming back to me now… ” Do you Steve, take this woman….”.

    -FP

  25. Oh that’s how? I thought it was because you wore overalls and a straw hat well.

  26. Martha says:

    I think Nibbles would make a fine chicken hearding dog (do chickens need to be hearded? Doesn’t matter, it would be fun to watch).

    I’ll share my chicken eggs with anyone that want to help me get the chickens set up.

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