It’s my birthday month. Of course, all that really means these days is that I have to get my auto tags renewed, have to pay my car insurance, should be getting ready to pay part of my property taxes, yadda, yadda, yadda. I need to get myself moving in order to accomplish all of my tasks before my age increases in a few weeks.
Getting the Jackmobile’s Emissions Checked. WTF?
The other night I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone by getting the Jackmobile’s annual emissions test performed as a quick interruption on my travels to Thinking Man Tavern. I planned to use the station that I went to last year, the one the stands on Briarcliff across from Sage Hill, because I rarely see anyone there when I drive by and I figured that I’d be in and out in no time. Of course on this day when I pulled in there were four cars ahead of mine! WTF?! I had no other choice than to abandon the plans and continue with my journey.
It Could Have Been Worse, I Suppose
Yesterday I heard of three different car problems which occurred to friends of mine.
ITP-Reader Sal’s car had a flat tire. Thankfully she was able to get it fixed and from what I understand has prepared brownies for the person who helped her out.
ITP-Reader Martha’s car window was smashed by some asshat while it was parked in her office’s parking lot. According to Martha it sucked, but she said that it could have been worse since someone’s car was stolen from the lot that day.
While I was puttering along I-285 in failed attempt to hit I-85 North for some trail scouting I passed an accident (one of three I saw on the stretch of I-285 from Chamblee-Dunwoody to Spaghetti Junction) and thought that I saw my friend non-ITP-Reader Steve standing on the inside shoulder. When I gave up on trail scouting and stopped to get some dinner I caught up on my Twitter feed I read tweets from him describing his fender-bender on I-285. Luckily, no one was injured.
Hope you all have better days today.
One More Thing To Fix At The ITP Homestead
Yesterday while hanging outside on my deck (whose needed staining is another project on my list) I noticed something I’d never noticed before. I believe I’ve found one of the ways that my attic residents are gaining entry.
While gazing at the old nest which was built upon the curvature of my gutter’s downspout I noticed and oddity when looking at the corner wood crown moulding which completes the soffit. It appeared as if the corner was missing, and when I fetched a flashlight to shine on the spot, my eyes were proven to be correct. Those sonnabitches have completely gnawed a doorway into my attic. Dangen!
I want to propose a question, one which has been discussed with others but I’m seeking additional opinions. I’m considering taking the gutters off my house. Why should I not do so?
At Least This Made Me Laugh
Even though I’m trying to ween myself off the social networks I have to confess to reading a little Facebook this morning.
Here are three consecutive actual updates that I read that made me literally laugh aloud
“can’t believe I am up at this hour” (posted at 7:30a)
“cannot believe I’m up this early…” (posted at 7:00a)
“I HATE mornings!!!!!!!!!!” (posted at 7:00a)
Early? I routinely get up around 5:30a and wonder why they slept so late! 🙂
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – off
Current Music – listening to music from the radio station KCRW
Website Of The Day – While it’s almost a bit creepy, the cartoon Garfield, Minus Garfield (in which Garfield cartoons are reproduced with Garfield removed) is pretty funny.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I forgot. I need to move my scale so it’s in my morning path. If I had to guess based on the mass quantities of food that I ate yesterday I’d guess I weigh a little over 202 pounds
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 6 (6)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 8
Marta Rides – 0
– Regain interest in my life
– Not get fired from my job
– Plan and lay a successful Black Sheep hash on July 19th
– 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