I spent (too) many hours working the back yard this weekend. I worked hard, and even harder than expected, due to my chainsaw’s inability to keep its chain on its blade. About three times I had to stop to return to chain to the blade. At one point I was so frustrated that the chainsaw found its way to the trash can, only to be saved by my inability to find a reasonably-priced replacement on Saturday night. On Sunday I repaired it once again, only to have it jump the blade an hour or so in to the work. At that point I gave up and decided to start pruning the limbs I had taken down and leaving those too thick to prune.
The backyard is starting to look good. I made good progress as the three-or-so-foot of branches and brush will attest. Not being that great with time estimations I throw out a WAG by saying that I have about three full days of work left before I can throw a “Paulie Ten Year House Anniversary / Rechristen The Back Yard / Hoooray, The Plumbing Is Fixed” party. Oh yeah, I guess I’ll have to get the plumbing fixed too.
It’s A Small Twitter World After All
On Friday my office building had a fire alarm, which I cynically called a “fire drill” given that it was May 1st and I saw no fire trucks arrive to investigate.
About an hour after returning to the building I read the tweets I had missed only to read one from a guy who mentioned being on the ninth floor during a fire alarm. His tweet was timestamped a mere two minutes from my tweet about the fire alarm! “What are the odds?” I thought. So I sent him a direct message asking where he worked and indeed we are in the same building working for different companies. Life is strange and random.
ITP Flickr Pic
I took a few “before” shots of the look off my deck, but determined that they were nothing spectacular and never took any after shots. So, here’s another from the Inman Park Festival. Oh joy!
At the Inman Park Festival I did a lot of “shoot from the hip” photography. Believe it or not, this is one of the better shots.
RealiTV Update : The Amazing Race – “Millionaire Port-a-Potty”
We’re down to the Final Four on The Amazing Race and pick up from last week’s “To Be Continued…” ending. Off go the redheads (whose names I’ve never bothered to learn), then Margie and Luke, then Tammy and Victor, then Keisha and Jen. I was once again frustrated that no real-time clock is present letting us know the time separation of the teams.
Off they go! The Amazing Taxi Race is back on! Immediately the redheads frustrated by China because the Chinese refuse to recognize their beauty and double-back on themselves like Cirque du Soleil acrobats to help them win. The racers head to a shopping district to look for the Travelocity Roaming Gnome, heretofore known as the only product-placement schlock of which I approve.
With the Roaming Gnome in hand, um arms, the teams race through Tienanmen Square on neato electric bikes and then back into a cab to head either to the Beijing Opera house, well except for the redheads who go to the National Opera house first, or to a Chinese restaurant. Since Tammy and Victor speak at least on dialect of Chinese they choose to do the restaurant option of the detour in which they have to take a food order in which is spoken in Mandarin and successfully relay this order to the chef. The rest of the teams go play makeup and make each other look like drag queens after a rough night at the Clermont Lounge.
Uh oh, a non-nekkid U-Turn!!! Tammy and Victor get to the U-Turn first and U-Turn Keisha and Jen and write
“Take that, bitches!” “Sorry, we can’t outrun you.” on it. Keisha and Jen now have to return to take and place food orders and for some reason interpret everything as “Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the following counties…” While Keisha and Jen fumble with Mandarin the redheads start getting on each other’s every last nerve because they can’t even find the U-Turn.
From the U-Turn the teams hit an infamous “eat a local delicacy” Detour. In this instance one team member had to eat starfish, grub, scorpion, and cricket — suddenly I think eating dog would be preferable. Victory munches, Margie munches, and sometime later Jen drinks copious amount of water while munching, and Redhead #1 munches quickly and oddly stating that it all tasted like quarterback penis — huh, who knew?
Tammy and Victor smash the competition and finish first. Margie and Luke finish second. As we see Jen and Redhead #1 munching together we know that they are going to finish neck-and-neck. And then Jen starts whining about having to pee because she drank too much water whilst munching. The two ladies finish at about the same time with Keisha and Jen leaving for the Pit Stop first.
As Keisha and Jen race to the Pit Stop Jen decides she needs a pit stop at a port-a-potty first. Are you fucking kidding me? You are racing for one half of a million dollars! You know how close the other team is (unless it’s clever editing). Pee on your damn leg for $500,000! Because Jen’s small bladder Redhead #1 and Redhead #2 and finish in the Top Three.
Here is the irony of all ironies….
Last week we thought Keisha and Jen were going to be eliminated by water — because Jen’s inability to swim. This week Keisha and Jen were eliminated by water — because Jen drank too much at the Detour. Life is strange and random.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – frustrated (about private matters)
Current Music – listening to the “Tips From The Top Floor” podcast
Website Of The Day – More from the strange and random internet — What Color Is The Empire State Building? Apparently the Empire State Building has different colors symbolizing different events.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – yard work, yard work, yard work
Monday Morning Weigh-In – 198 pounds
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 1 (2)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 2
Marta Rides – 0
– 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