The Creatures Of Habit

During my life I’ve started no fewer than ten bands. And by started I of course mean “thought of names for bands in which I’d like to play,” because not only have I never had enough musical talent to be a part of a band, I am way too old now.

“The Creatures Of Habit” is the latest band name I’ve conjured, mostly because it’s an apt description of myself. And having said that I tried two new things last night…

Duds And Suds
I tried a new laundromat last night! With the exception of the ass-clenching traffic which snarls North Druid Hills Road between Briarcliff and Clairmont the decision to try out the laundromat in Toco Hill Shopping Center was a good one (and of course, with the size of Toco Hill I’m almost surprised that there is only one laundromat in that shopping center).

The laundromat is small, but clean. I managed to swing three differently sized washing machines costing me a total of $7.25 and have all of my wash done in about forty-five minutes.

While waiting on my clothes to cleans I wandered next door to Toco Giant Package Store where I rung up almost $30 in beer purchases, including two 22-ounce bottles of Fat Tire.

I’m thinking that this laundromat may give the one next to Buddy’s a run for its money, at least for a little while.

I Could Have Used The Phrase “Pass The Poi”
That is if any of us had actually ordered poi at Waikiki BBQ. I arrived early (because I couldn’t get an dryers and time was running low), so I initially parked in the parking lot across the road from Waikiki BBQ and browsed inside of Tuesday Morning. For some reason I decided that I should drive across the street (Hey, my ancestors fought the Nazis so that I wouldn’t have to cross Briarcliff on foot!), and of course my laziness was mildly punished when the key fought me when I tried to remove it from the steering column. Since blogging about my car nightmares back in February this issue has arrived sparingly, but still frustrates me each time it does; I guess that it could thusly be called a “nagging condition.”

Once inside the restaurant things got a lot better. First, I was not the only one to arrive, in fact I was one of four Flickrites who ventured out for dinner. I ordered an appetizer of flatbread with a curry dipping sauce (I advise you not to do the same), a delicious Hawaiian BBQ combo (containing short-rib, some other spiced beef, ham (spam?), white rice, and for some reason macaroni salad), and a Sweetwater 420. For dessert I ordered (another) Sweetwater 420 and a platter of sweet plantains. Overall the night was a success as each of us seemed pleased with what we had ordered (with the exception of the flatbread). I can see myself stopping in for dinner on nights where I leave the office late and drive home down Briarcliff Road.

ITP Flickr Pic
I have nothing today…

It’s a darned good thing that I’ll be taking a photography workshop in a couple of weeks because I’m supremely frustrated with my photographic work. Last night I reviewed and completely deleted the two dozen shots that I took last weekend of my burgeoning planter garden. Most shots were “okay,” but “okay” is not good enough for me any longer.

I’m Swimming In A Sea Of Acronyms
And loving it! Although I’ve yet to become the proficient PHP and CSS/HTML developer I desire to become I am waddling on my way toward that achievement. The realization of how much I’ve missed software development was a correct one. I only hope that I can kick the rust and cobwebs from my brain quickly so that I can be doing some real development work again soon.

Rumor Has It I’ll Be At The EARL tonight
For some reason I submitted my name for a free ticket for tonight’s free Dead Confederate show at The EARL. I usually know better than to go to a free show because it always draws a packed house with whom I get frustrated, but it’s been a little while since I’ve seen Dead Confederate perform and rumor has it they are recording a live EP tonight.

I think my plan for the evening is to show up at The EARL camera-less and shortly before Dead Confederate is to take the stage. If I get “lucky” by that time the room will have reached maximum capacity and I will be refused admission. If not you’ll certainly be hearing about the show tomorrow.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – frustrated for many reasons
Current Music – listening to “The News From Lake Wobegon” podcast from last weekend
Website Of The Day – Believe it or not I’ve been interested in gardening for some time. I blame Mel Bartholomew’s clean and organized plan called Square Foot Gardening for my obsession.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing

Foot Mileage – 7 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 17 (17)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 25
Marta Rides – 0

May Goals
Whoops, I didn’t even consider this. Perhaps something will be here on Monday.

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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4 Responses to The Creatures Of Habit

  1. Barb says:

    I just went to a Cuban restaurant over here by my office for lunch, it was quite tasty. It is in the same shopping center as my favorite Ace Hardware store, so I figured we ought to try it out. Ace never ceases to amaze me, they always seem to have whatever I’m looking for, and usually just one of it. (this time I needed a belt for our whole house attic fan). I would have been at Home Depot forever trying to find that belt.

  2. If I could convince myself that I am planning on staying in Atlanta, and in this house, for another five years I’d replace the whole-house attic fan that is installed in mine. It’s never worked as long as I’ve been in the house and I’ve never been motivated to replace it.

    Tomorrow’s post will reveal some information about my future… I believe this is what’s called a “tease.” 😉

  3. RanLiCoop says:

    If you need help looking for a house in the Raleigh area, we know a good realtor…

  4. Funny you should mention Raleigh; it will be mentioned in tomorrow’s blog.

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