Driving to lunch along Hammond Drive the other day it happened again. I was stopped and saw something that looked suspiciously like a blob of flour on the curb. Driving down the road I saw a blob on a telephone pole, and then an arrow at the corned. I was on-on.
While I am far from the most regular hasher (Memorial Day will mark ten years and I’m stuck at ninety-nine Atlanta Hash), but my eyes have been tuned to see flour. Stumbling onto a trail is the strangest, and yet one of the coolest, experiences that occurs in my life.
Junky Yard Wars ’09 : My Mower Is Going To Need A New Blade
Last night I fired up the mower and tackled the backyard to the mockingbirds’ delight. The grass in the “back forty” had gotten tall, but the mower made the job almost simple — almost. With my success on the grass side of the back yard I decided to throw caution to the wind and tackle what had become the ivy (privet?) side. Surprisingly, the mower made quick work of that side too, probably because the vines sat atop a bed of spikey balls from my neighbor’s gigantic Sweetgum tree.
During the mowing process I hit a few hidden branches, and at one point “found” an old plastic planting pot (ooops!). I think it may be time to replace the mower’s blade, unless someone knows of a service which resharpens them.
I am pleased with the start of my backyard work. If I can get my chainsaw running, borrow one in the near future, or get a little help working the back, the next task is to open up the backyard by taking down a bunch of the bushes and scrub trees, and chopping up downed limbs.
RealiTV Update : The Chopping Block Is Over And I Feel Cheated
If you’ve been reading along you know that I’ve had a love/hate relationship with The Chopping Block. Last night Hulu had the finale posted so I decided to reward myself with a little “tv” time.
Last week we saw Lisa and Anapol do battle with Kelsey and Vanessa. This week the teams arrive at the old restaurants to find them gutted (a standard trick pulled by RealiTV shows). The teams were given three days and a boatload of money to rebrand the spaces as their own. Lisa and Anapol opened “Bite Me” and went with garish red/Asian, while Kelsey and Vanessa opened “Restaurant C” and went with the contemporary, and overused, light blue, white, and brown.
Each restaurant seemed to have their head up their asses when it came to food presentation. “Restaurant C” had a taco emergency when Vanessa dropped a taco and “Bite Me” inexplicably put tall glasses on plates — always a serving nightmare.
As expected Vanessa kicked Anapol’s ass when it came to the front of the house. Anapol should not be interfacing with customers. Surprisingly, I think Marco Pierre White preferred Kelsey’s food over Lisa’s, mostly because Lisa made her food too complicated — something MPW has constantly warned people about.
I will admit to no one’s surprise that I think Vanessa is stunning. It may also come as no surprise to believe that Kelsey and Vanessa were the winners given all of the difficulties Kelsey displayed in the kitchen over the eight week season. In the end I can’t imagine that is going to make a good chef, she just doesn’t seem to have the personality to drive a kitchen.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to Leo Laporte’s “The Tech Guy” podcast
Website Of The Day – The internet is wonderfully strange. Go to Sometimes Red, Sometimes Blue to see what color is showing today.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – an hour of yard work
Foot Mileage – 3 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 4 (25)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 29
Marta Rides – 0
none, and this is not an April Fools joke
– 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 Jalapeño 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