Traveling Far And Wide (At Least By My Standards)

Saturday and Sunday started with different concepts, but oddly turned into somewhat mirror images of each other. On Saturday I set out to find potential hashing land and stumbled upon a photographic opportunity. On Sunday I set out for a photographic opportunity and stumbled upon some potential hashing land.

But First, An Unexpected Pleasure
Over the past ten hashing years I have met a lot of great friends. I still keep in contact with many of them. even though some have achieved Atlanta’s escape velocity. When it was seemingly all-the-rage to leave Georgia for North Carolina my friend Suzanna (aka “On My Knees”) went and got married, and then moved to Raleigh.

In the “olden days” (read “2000”), and in a very small window of time, Suzanna and I did a lot together — we both ran the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, later that year we went to Manhattan together for a weekend to visit her friend Erin, and then we — along with über-runner Little Easy — went to Hell, Michigan and “ran” the Dances With Dirt 50k (for the records, I believe we were the first Atlanta hashers to participate in that event).

In fact, here we are at the finish line–

–note the beers in our hands.

I even drove the (then unnamed) Jackmobile for its first long-distance trip to Orlando for her wedding (at which I had a good chuckle when one of her bridesmaids asked me if I was in love with the bride — my answer was of course “No, we are just good friends”).

On Saturday morning I received a Facebook note from Suzanna that she, her husband Mark, as well as as our friend Mindy, husband Scott, and very-little-one were headed to the Silver Skillet and that she’d like for me to join. Because I am a notoriously early riser I was more than happy to make the journey to midtown.

It was great to catch up with someone who, even though you haven’t seen each other in years, makes you feel as if you had just hung out together the other day.

ITP Flickr Pic
For today’s photo I thank either ITP-Reader Debbie or ITP-Reader Michelle, and I apologize for not remembering who.
A Funny Thing Happened When Looking For Hashing Territory
After breakfast I headed out to a patch of Georgia that I identified as “potential hashing territory” using Google Maps — which is not a really good method for finding locations because Google’s satellite images are woefully out of date.

Driving around, driving around, driving around, WAIT, a free-standing hearth, SCORE!. Because I had camera in tow I stopped and took the above photo. I was stoked that I happened across a free-standing hearth while driving around.

When I got home I uploaded the photo and went to place a pointer on my Free-Standing Hearth Google Map — only to find that this hearth had been identified for me months ago and I had obviously not gotten around to go shoot it.

Take Me Out To (Half) A Ballgame
On Sunday I checked the weather report and decided to take my camera to the afternoon Gwinnett Braves game. It’s a bit of a drive for this reporter (exit 115 on I-85 to be exact) but I figured that it would be worth it for some minor league baseball photo opportunities.

Once again I left the house early, so early in fact that I was able to eat breakfast at an IHOP, do a little Goodwill shopping, and drive around Gwinnett looking for hashing territory before the game.

For $3 parking and $15 I scored a great seat inline with first base and about ten rows up. With the sun (supposedly) out all day I purchased some sunscreen and a Gwinnett Braves baseball cap (neither of which were ultimately necessary — read on). As is turned out, my seat was pretty much under cover and the weather was not going to be as nearly as sunny as I was led to believe.

Through four innings I snapped many photos, some of which will be highlighted here, before checking the weather radar. What?! A huge rain storm headed our way? I decided that it might be in my best interest to start the commute home.

For the record, it never rained. The storm system broke up before hitting the area.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – behind even though it’s Monday
Current Music – listening to the “Daily Giz Wiz” podcast
Website Of The Day – As once-prolific podcasts seemingly peter out I find myself looking for new entertainment. This weekend I found one that’s a resurrection of 1950’s radio called This I Believe.
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) – 15 (15)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 14
Marta Rides – 0

June Goals
– lose four pounds… plain and simple (not going to happen)

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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14 Responses to Traveling Far And Wide (At Least By My Standards)

  1. Martha says:

    The area where the Col. and I laid trail was rotten with hearths…we found another one (but I didn’t have my GPS, so I couldn’t mark it) while driving around looking for…you guessed it, Hired.

    What are you drinking there? Sam Adams? My how far you have come 😉

  2. I started to drive to the area where you identified those hearths, but decided to hold off for another day.

    Yep, Sam Adams. I remember we stopped in some sort of General Store for beer, so the fact that I got Sam Adams was okay by me

    Where are our BRAGgers? Catching up on work today? 😉

  3. Steve says:

    Barb, I hope that case of road rash you caught Saturday is getting better. That darn Service better keep his back wheel out of your way!!

    (Glad the only damage was to your pride.)


  4. What, what? Road rash? I’ve not heard the story yet.

  5. Martha says:

    Dude it was on Facebook, how could you not know?

  6. I’m weening myself from being addicted to Facebook and Twitter. Besides, with so many people updating things often fly past my radar.

    I’ll go look at Barb’s history now.

  7. bob says:

    I thought you already knew. Allan took her out with a sweep move with like 5 miles to go. At least that is the story I’m telling since Allan does not read this 🙂

    I’m sure Barb is buried under email and a weeks worth of crap on her desk. Or maybe she can’t type yet.

  8. Steve says:

    Le jury des commissaires Allan relégué en cas de non à tenir sa ligne
    The Jury of Commissaires relegated Allan for failure to hold his line.


  9. The problem with having 200 Facebook “friends” is that the weekend updates are fast and furious. I must have missed Barb’s update whilst napping yesterday.

  10. Martha says:

    Yeah, I know. I actually got a text about it, otherwise I would have missed it since I wasn’t on FB much this weekend.

    Another great reminder to always wear your helmet!

  11. I haven’t ridden w/o a helmet in some time. (HAHAHAHA! Of course I haven’t since I’ve not ridden in some time!) If I did it would feel as weird as driving w/o wearing a seatbelt does today.

  12. Martha says:

    “Someone” was saying this weekend he would look way cooler riding without a helmet, I told him I would accept the sacrifice of him looking slightly less cool to avoid seeing his brains on the road.

    Right now my bikes are being used as a clothes line…I need to get back out on mine also.

  13. bob says:

    “Safe is the new cool”

    That is a statement made from somebody I know who is currently wearing a halo for a broken neck and is recovering from a brain injury.

  14. Barb says:

    HERE I AM!!!! Finally got thru 1200 emails – with maybe only 50 at the most that mattered. Being away from work for a week is not fun in this transportation business.

    I am alive, road rash isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, though my knee is missing some skin, so that still hurts ALOT. The scratches on my shoulder & arm really look at lot like I’ve been hashing thru some major briars.

    Here’s the story:
    Allan decided to sprint past me to a damn green county line/city limit sign, like I’m playing that game……. I was sort of in the middle of the lane, thinking I should get to the right a little further, so he could fly past me on the left. WELL – he decided to go to the right of me, surprised me, and I turned right into his real wheel. He has a whole lot more skill than me, cuz he didn’t go down. IF I can get around to it, maybe I’ll take a picture of the broken helmet. Front wheel is out of true, I need some new handle bar tape, but that is all. Thank GOD, that bike is too expensive to mess up.

    BTW – Bike Maintenance night tomorrow night at Mango & Kat’s…….

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