I’m Trying, I’m Trying

But first, let’s start with a one-question quiz…

Q: What has two thumbs and failed to pack any warm clothes for Winnipeg?
A: This guy!

Yeah, it’s gotten a bit, quite a bit, chillier up here than I expected. I’ll assume that packing for Canada during Atlanta’s 98ºF heat wave is an excuse, but I honestly never expected to be cold again this quickly. I’m trying hard not to buy a new fleece or hoodie since I already own too many of each. Dangen!

I’m Such A Juvenile. Oh, And A Bit Of A Dick Too
One of the rivers that slices Winnipeg into its pieces is called the Assiniboine River. I can’t help myself by read that as the “Ass-In-Bone River.”

Yesterday I briefly referred to people around here as “Assholes in Ass-In-Bone.” Many of the neighborhood four-lane roads allow street parking. So, when traveling in the right lane you often need to get over. Yesterday I tried to get in front of some big truck and he nearly ran into the back of my car. As we all started again I got in front of him and had opened a fairly wide gap between us.

I must now admit that traveling in metric speed is giving me grief. I’m afraid of speeding in a foreign land so I started traveling slowly and was looking at the stores I was passing. And then I hear this loud honk from behind me — my “buddy” in the truck. I pulled over and let him by giving him an arm sweep as he did. Had we been in the United States I would have told him what I thought of him and let him know where he could shove that horn.

ITP Flickr Pic
I couldn’t find much to shoot yesterday so I wound up going to the Assiniboine Park Zoo.
I'm Not Going To Pay Attention To You
I have much to learn in order to properly use this fancy-pants lens and lens extender. I took about one hundred photos yesterday. I deleted about ninety of them.

I’m Wondering If Winnipeg Is The Idaho Of Canada
I came to a realization last night, as I ate dinner at the same restaurant for the third out of four nights — long story, that I’ve had french fries with every dinner that I’ve eaten here. Not only that, each of these meals has come with a huge portion of fries. Don’t get me wrong, I love fries as much as the next person but I will be trying my hardest to eat a dinner tonight that is not accompanied by french fries.

Too Pooped To Take Myself Out To The Ball Game Again
I’d been going all day. With the weather finally clear I considered walking over to the baseball field to take in another Winnipeg Goldeyes game, but was far too tired to put out the effort. I suppose that I also would have felt compelled to bring the camera and attempt to replicate Sunday’s shots (in addition to trying a few new techniques). By the time I finished dinner I had determined that there would be no baseball in my future for the evening.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – uneasy, this trip has not been very successful at relaxing me — and, my body’s malfunctions are getting me down
Current Music – listening to “The Tech Guy” podcast from Leo Laporte
Website Of The Day – Have you ever needed an older version of a piece of software? Check out Old Version to see if they’ve archived it.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – n/a
Exercise (b)Log – not much

Foot Mileage – 4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 25 (25)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 29
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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10 Responses to I’m Trying, I’m Trying

  1. Steve says:

    Canadians play baseball? Who knew? I just thought they were all about hockey, poutine and Tim Hortons.

    Glad the Skype phone is working out.


  2. They play baseball here, and because they were playing a team from Fargo, ND they sang the “Star Spangled Banner.” And then, when singing “Oh Canada” they young lady transitioned from English to French mid-song.

    Crazy Canucks!

  3. sal says:

    All the walking around you do…can’t you count that as foot mileage?

    After eating beans, carrots, squash of several varieties and tons of cucumbers for days on end………I finally have some eggplant ready for picking…something different 🙂

    How long are you going to be up there in Maple Leaf country? A cold front came through here as well….only in the low 90’s now.

  4. I’m not giving myself credit for walking because I don’t think I’m walking all that much. In fact the baseball field and the three places I’ve eaten dinner are about the only things other than stores that are within walking distance — that is considered a “safe” area. Apparently the area north of the main street named “Portage” is rough, and having driven through it a few times already I can see why.

    Later this morning I will be huffing it to The Bay (neé Hudson’s Bay Company) to buy something that will keep me from getting cold during the chillier temps; tonight’s low is supposed to be 49º F). The Winnipeg flagship store is still located downtown and is only a six or seven block walk along Portage from my hotel.

    I return South late on Friday; way too late to attend Painful Member and hopefully not so late that I can’t wake up early enough to get out and shoot photos of the Peachtree Road Race.

  5. More WTF to talk about today…

    • Yesterday I found out that Billy Mays died!?!?
    • There was a partial parking garage (or as they’d say here “parkcade”) collapse at Georgia Tech?

    Things better right themselves soon! Don’t make me turn this vacation around!

  6. Barb says:

    Sal – my beans aren’t producing that much, I’m disappointed. The squash is the only thing producing like crazy, but some tomatoes are starting to finally starting to turn red. Hooray!!!!!

    Paulie – I can’t believe that the Canadians didn’t let you know about Billy Mays.

  7. Gentri says:

    Yeah, celebrities are crashing left and right. Better check your dead pool!!!

    Collapsed parking garage was by same company that built the bridge that collapse at the ATL Botanical Gardens…

    $1 Canadian coin is nicknamed “Loonie” for the bird on one side… “toonie” is new to me.

  8. Barb says:

    Parking deck – Allan got home this morning completely exhausted – said the real work didn’t/couldn’t begin until all the chiefs and other higher ups finally went home & they could just work. Before that they did some work, but more of hurry up & waiting while people assessed the situation. LONG DAY out in the heat. So far, no people alive or dead found, but he said they really aren’t sure about the very bottom layers yet. He thinks this was a engineering problem, which means BIG LAWSUIT later on.

    And – if you read it, the report was correct, some Cheetah girls were out there giving htem water.

  9. Same company? Uh oh, me thinks they better start planning a new career.

    Barb, it’s all about the Bob & Doug McKenzie here. 😉 All kidding aside on Saturday I actually watched part of a “Bob & Doug McKenzie” animated series.

    Okay, I’m going away for a little while today. Time to shower and then go to Winnipeg’s The Original Pancake House so I can cash in the coupon for three free pancakes that we all won at the baseball game on Sunday.

  10. Steve says:

    They have OHOP and Tim Hortons? What a country!!


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