Today is my last day for this week and next week as well. Somehow my Winnipeg vacation is almost upon me (and thanks to United Airlines I’ll be up at the buttcrack of morning in order to make my flight.)
As luck would have it my sole tomato and first cherry hot pepper are probably two days away from being perfect as well… I guess that it’s true, timing really is everything.
Even though it’s far from Mecca, I’ll be using this getaway to Winnipeg, and the days spent alone, to answer a lot of questions about my life. I do know one question’s answer already however….
< begin ode to Ed McMahon and Johnny Carson >
Carnack places sealed envelope to his forehead.
Carnack: Hmmm, the answer is “No.”
McMahon: The answer is “No.”
Carnack: That’s what I said, “No.”
Carnack tears open envelope and blows into it in order to extract the question.
Carnack: “Will Winnipeg be a candidate to which Paulie will consider moving?”
< end ode to Ed McMahon and Johnny Carson >
I know my loathing for snow and bitterly cold weather and I know that Canada gets its fair share of each.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it, but I’ve also decided to pass on the activity that convinced me to go this time of year — the Canada Nash Hash. In the end I decided that I really didn’t want to spend three days camping with hashers and that I’d rather make this trip entirely about relaxation and photography. Also, starting tomorrow this will be the only space updated for a while. I have no plans on announcing my trip via Twitter or Facebook because I don’t need to broadcast this information any farther nor do I feel the need to play the “Hey, look at me! Look where I’m going!” game that has become all the rage on social networks.
Greatest. Plan. Evah!
(until I ordered and ate too much food.)
The last time I stopped for a Vietnamese sandwich at Lee’s Bakery on my way home from work I noticed that there was a laundromat next door. A plan emerged!
“The next laundry night I should combine my love of Lee’s Bakery sandwiches with the need to do wash.” I thought. Last night I executed that plan and things couldn’t have been much better.
The laundromat (or “lavandería” as some of the Buford Highway residents may call it) was large, clean, and cheaper than the other two laundromats that I’ve been frequenting since my plumbing fiasco arose. Sure, I wasn’t going to see the Midtown indie-hotties that I’d been seeing at the laundromat across the road from Manuel’s Tavern. Sure, I wasn’t going to see the Emory underage-hotties that I’d been seeing at the laundromat in Toco Hill Shopping Center. But this time I had something better, a cheap, delicious, and quick dinner option.
I loaded my dirty duds into three washing machines that, unlike the machines at the other laundromats, told me that I had exactly twenty-three minutes until they were done. And then I exited one door, entered the next door, and ordered a pair of crazy cheap sandwiches (which were slightly more expensive than they were in the past).
Two sandwiches consumed, I headed back into the laundromat to find the first machine I started already done and the two others close to completion. When the three machines completed I packed up my wet clothes and headed home, belly full of Vietnamese sandwiches.
ITP Flickr Pic
Back to Old Car City…
This is a top-down view of an old hood ornament. I found it amusing that many ornamental features on cars were shaped like planes. I guess flying was the “big thing” then and that it made the car appear as is if it was so fast that it could fly.
How Much Does It Cost To Use One CCF Of Water In The City Of Atlanta?
The answer is $18.09, unless of course you want to pay online using a credit card because there is now a “processing charge” of $4.50. What a bunch of bullshit.
Because of my inability to wash my clothes or do any real cooking at the house, my water bill is “low” and breaks out like this
- Water Base Charge – $4.63
- Water Usage Charges – $1.81
- Homeland Security Surcharge – $0.15 (this still chafes me!)
- Sewer Base Charge – $4.63
- Sewer Usage Charges – $6.87
This month I’ll begrudgingly write and mail a physical check to make my payment instead of paying online with a credit card as I’ve done for years. Assuming that there is no “processing fee” for paying using a bank draft / electronic check, I’ll start paying using that method starting in July.
Oh yeah, also starting July 1st water and sewer rates will increase by 12.5% in order to help pay for nearly one hundred years of the City of Atlanta’s sewer mismanagement.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – nervous, and realizing that I have so much shit to do tonight because there will be absolutely no free time tomorrow.
Current Music – nothing because I’m downloading new podcasts
Website Of The Day – Which is “better” A&W root beer or Dad’s root beer? Drake’s Devil Dogs or Little Debbie Devil Cremes? Go to Second Rate Snacks and vote because it’s up to you to decide.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Foot Mileage – 4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 24 (24)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 23
Marta Rides – 0
– lose four pounds… plain and simple (not going to happen)
– 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