I was beat when I arrived in Atlanta, made my way in to work, played trivia last night, and when I woke saw the alarming news that I currently weigh 205. Time to “right the ship” again.
Well, That Was Unexpected!
I went to New York to get away, to visit my brother and sister-in-law, and to go to the Guggenheim for the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit. What I wasn’t expecting was meet one of the contestants for The Next Food Network Star.
My brother’s house is on a small island in New York known as City Island. As it turns out, City Island is where Michael Proietti and being a small island, everyone seems to know everyone else.
The food at the restaurant — which is billed as an American Bistro — was good, not great mind you, but good. The meal started with complimentary flatbread which was served with a tasty dipping sauce. When Michael heard that some City Islanders were at our table he sent out some complimentary chicken wings which were phenomenal. For my entrée I had a bleu cheese burger (stupid me, I should have ordered the Mulberry Burger, the burger that one the burger challenge on the show) which was cooked a little more than I had requested. [side note: I don’t know why people even ask to which temperature I’d like my burger cooked because they never seem to get it right.] Michael came out an socialized briefly. And then upon seeing who was present at the table he sent out a complimentary desserts including New York cheesecake, red velvet cake, and some sort of fruit tart (which I obviously passed on since I really can’t describe it.)
All in all the evening was a blast. Our company that night, friends of my brother and sister-in-law, were incredibly entertaining, the food was good, and I got to put another notch in my Foodie Cred Card. However, looking the photo it’s evident that I need to lose weight, and it should be noted that I was not pissed off even though my expression suggests differently.
ITP Flickr Pic
Before joining some friends for team trivia last night I stopped in to Decatur’s Brick Store Pub. At one point in my life I considered myself to be photogenic — no longer.
Sure, this photo was a off-the-cuff, snapshot-taken-with-a-cellphone, and I should have smiled but I didn’t so there!
Shoes On, Hands Up, For Safety
I can’t believe that we still have to take our shoes off in order to board a plan. What a fiasco! While I am not a fan of silly rules, I am going to encourage the FAA to implement a “Hands Up For Safety” program. And here’s why…
I am not normally confrontational. However…. as our plane was getting ready to pull out from the gate the young
bitch woman/girl seated next to me pounded out text messages. When the announcement came to turn off all devices she continued to message. When flight attendant walked down the aisle she’d hide her Blackberry under her armpit and return to messaging when the coast was clear. Her Blackberry was hidden when the person in the seat ahead of her was instructed to turn off her phone. She then continued to message. Her Blackberry was hidden when the person in the seat to her right was instructed to turn off his Blackberry. She then continued to message at which point I had enough.
Me: Okay… the person ahead of you was asked to turn off her phone. The guy next to you was asked to turn off his phone. Would you please turn off your phone.
Her: Why don’t you mind your own business.
Me: They’ve been instructing us to turn off all devices for minutes but yet you continue.
Her: Why are you talking to me? You can shut up now.
Me: I’m talking to you because you refuse to follow the rules. And I am minding my own business because my safety is my business.
Her: Why don’t you shut up and relax.
Me: All I’m trying to do is get home safely. I am relaxed, but you are making me nervous.
Her: You can stop talking now. Shut up.
Me: I’ll shut up once you put away your damn phone.
And then she put her Blackberry away.
I was trying to be civil with this arrogant woman/girl and did not want to snitch on her. And I tried to remember the tenet that it’s my job to obey the law, and not enforce the law. However, this woman/girl clearly knew what she was doing was wrong and couldn’t care less.
So for all future flights I’ll suggest that we are all forced to raise our hands in the air, open palmed, to prove to the flight attendant that we are not trying to hide anything. Seriously, I’m more afraid of arrogant asshat passengers that I am of terrorists.
Damn Hashers Are Everywhere!!!
This is actually a spillover topic from last week. I used to take pride in knowing most of the serious hashers in the Atlanta hashing scene. That day has long since passed so when I see an On-On sticker on a car I am not surprised when I don’t recognize the driver.
On my commute to work up The Connector last week I saw a vehicle with an On-On sticker. I passed the guy a couple of times, but it was evident that I did not know him and that he did not know me.
Yesterday when we stopped in the Park-And-Ride lot I noticed this.
From the coloring of the sticker I gather that this vehicle belongs to a Wheelhopper hasher, and since I haven’t done one of those in many years I’m pretty sure I don’t know its owner.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – the “Mac Geek Gab” podcast
Website Of The Day – Looking for photographic inspiration? Check out the many photography sites cataloged by Blogs Of Photogs.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 205 pounds
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 65 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 1 (7)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 12
Marta Rides – 0
– Not get fired from my job
– Restart work on house, actually making progress this time
– 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