I Need A Weekend To Recover From This Weekend

Hey, Yoo Hoo!
On Friday I met up with ITP-Reader Barb and her husband Allan for a ride from their house to Kennessaw Mountain. Note that I said to and not up because I could only muster to pedal up one third of the mountain before bailing on the climb.

On the route home we stopped in a nearby bar (Barb, remind me of the name) for a few cheap, cold adult beverages. As I sat there in my Yoo Hoo! jersey, completely unaware that I was facing a gigantic billboard for Nestle Quick chocolate milk, I was jokingly confronted by one of the regulars. As we joked about the juxtaposition of chocolate beverage advertising we struck up a conversation about the bar and its history. The bar was once a drive thru liquor store and is now flanked by a tin-roof porch; about the only thing which has seemingly been unchanged is its clientele.

Post ride/bar/ride I got to enjoy much wine and dinner with Barb and Allan, as well as ITP-Reader Sal who stopped in for a beer and some conversation. (Sal, how did Saturday’s 5K treat you?).

One Busy Saturday
Take a quick look how I spent Saturday

  • 0800: breakfast meetup at the Majestic
  • 1030: photostroll up and down Peachtree St, starting at Colony Square
  • 1200: post-stroll lunch at Tap
  • 1330: stroll the High Museum
  • 1600: much needed nap
  • 2000: dinner at il Localino with Black Sheep MisManagement and long-time Black Sheepers

Needless to say, I slept like a rock Saturday night.

ITP Flickr Pic
A close up of a statue across Peachtree from the High Museum.
Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego?
I have a lot of shots to process, but it’s taking me some time as I wait for a new harddrive on which I will configure my photo library.

I Knew Better, I Knew Better, I Knew Better
Because I had decided to pass on the sausages being served up at the Black Sheep Hash I knew that I would need to eat on my way home from Newnan. The only problem was that I had no footwear that I wanted to place on my feet to go into any store/restaurant.

Against my best judgment I decided to go through the drive thru at the Burger King where I ordered an “Angry” Whopper with fries and Coke. It was one of the worst meals of my entire life! The burger was okay, but the fries (and the “onion rings” mixed in) were stone cold and the Coke was flat.

In retrospect this may be the best thing ever to happen to me as I will certainly once again avoid eating fast food for some time.

This morning I noticed that there is a toll-free number printed on my receipt under the heading “How Was It? Tell Us At…” Hmmm, perhaps I’ll talk to one of the King’s representatives today.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to a “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” podcast from a few weeks back
Website Of The Day – If you were a fan of Mystery Theater 3000 then you should be a fan of Rifftrax.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Friday: 18 miles cycling; Sunday: 4 miles hashing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check

Foot Mileage – ~8.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 83 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 5 (7)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 16
Marta Rides – 0

August Goals
– Not get fired from my job
– Restart work on house, actually making progress this time

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
– 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

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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27 Responses to I Need A Weekend To Recover From This Weekend

  1. Barb says:

    the Beer Barrel.

    Timing is everything with fast food – cold fries do suck. (but they are good for the diet, it is hard to eat them)

  2. sal says:

    The 5k was hard! πŸ™‚ Placed 1st in my age group though.

    Barb: thanks for the beer. Next time, I’ll have to join in on the bike ride. I have never been to the Beer Barrel.

    Ran 11.5 at Red Top State Park on Sunday….and ate way too much……Wes, even made chocolate covered strawberries!

  3. Thanks. For some reason I was thinking “Beer Bucket.” πŸ™‚

    It was about 6:30pm so there was no excuse to have such terrible fries. I’ve had mostly bad experiences with fast food in and around my neighborhood so I rarely even consider it. I would have stopped for some Chinese, but my lack of footwear excluded that option.

  4. brenan says:

    You could have sucked it up and put on your cold muddy running shoes;)

  5. Had I truly believed that my Burger King meal was going to be so lousy I would have!

  6. Barb says:

    I’m sort of hoping it is raining this evening….. Allan wants to ride up that mountain again tonight. But – he had a long night at the firehouse, so I’m hoping after working all day at the other job, he will change his mind. (I’m guessing he will be sleeping when I get home from work, so we won’t have to go).

  7. bob says:

    Oh man! You stopped at the Beer Barrel? I love that bar! I should have blown off the in-laws and rode with you.

  8. Barb, I’m sort of hoping for some rain tonight too as I’ll be doing laundry when I want to be riding my bike.

    Bob, yep stopped in for two beers and multiple stories. In addition to the aforementioned Yoo Hoo! story there were these:

    1) There was a young woman giving us odd looks because we were in cycling gear. My comment to her table was “My doctor said I needed to get more exercise, but he never said anything about giving up drinking.”

    2) There was a guy there with a laser thermometer. He was point it at everything to take the temperature. When the pretty bartender walked up someone said “Point it at her, see how hot she is!” and the guy proceeded to point the thermometer right at her chest.

  9. Martha says:

    I didn’t eat at the hash either, I kept looking at the fast food places as I was driving home (and then later to Jerry’s) but I just couldn’t do it, I knew I would regret what ever choice I made. So I didn’t eat anything, which I also regreted.

    I think I’m just going to hit the gym today, not chance running or riding in the rain…I swam yesterday, so I won’t feel too bad about skiping the pool tonight. One more session isn’t going to make a difference at this point anyway.

    Paulie, have you checked out Calavino’s yet? We went on Sunday. To be honest, I’m not quite sure what the hoopla is all about. It wasn’t bad, I’d go back but…the place was FREEZING, it took well over 30 minutes to get our food, and while okay, I had the cajun gravy and biscuts (it was a little odd) and grits (the grits were a bit lumpy) the food wasnt spectacular. Maybe we should have ordered one of the specials instead of off the regular menu. Coffee was good, I drank 3 cups trying to stay warm wait for our food.

  10. I’ve not eaten at Calavino’s yet. In fact, it’s been some time since I’ve eaten or been drinking in EAV. I think I’ve soured on my own neighborhood which is probably fueling my now-constant wanderlust.

    On Saturday I looked with interest at the two Honda Elements that my Flickr friends own. I know everyone thinks that Elements have been beaten with an ugly stick, but I’ve gotten confirmation that a bicycle, sans front wheel, can be stored within, and I’m sure that it’d make a more comfortable (when compared to the Jackmobile) “tent.”

  11. Martha says:

    Yah, I understand. I’ve had a real hard time getting excited about eating out in the Village. Though I am thinking about Nick’s for tonight?

    Did you get a chance to drive one of the Elements? I took Wil’s for a spin one day, I didn’t care for the way it handled but, I do like the idea, easy to clean, lots of space, etc. I did check out the cash for clunkers sight and my car qualifies, but I think it still maybe worth a little more than $4500.

  12. Jenka says:

    I’ve been to Calavino’s a couple times. Yes, the specials are definitely better than the regular menu items, although the regular menu items are also good. My absolute favorite, though, is the dilll havarti mac ‘n’ cheese. It is SO GOOD. I’m not really a brunch person, though, so I usually go somewhere where I can get a burger or something.

  13. I didn’t actually drive one I guess because deep-down I know I’m not ready to ditch the Jackmobile yet. I’ve never owned a truck, van, or SUV so I don’t know how much I’d like sitting high up.

    Jenka, dill havarti mac n cheese may get me to try Calavino’s.

    Speaking of nearby restaurants, I’m sure you’ve all read/heard that Redfish on Memorial closed and another Mexican restaurant will be opening up. Yeesh!

  14. Barb says:

    Actually Paulie – once you start sitting higher up, it will feel very weird to be lower to the ground. I’ve been trying to decide what to get for my next car, and since hopefully the CRV will last many more years, it is between a convertible (Honda S2000) & a Jeep – basicall a fun 3rd car. Both have pros & cons, but I am leaning towards the Jeep because it is higher off the ground, and easier to take biking.

    Most everyone that has the Element loves it – but you really can’t hose it out.

  15. I’m sure you are correct Barb, it’s all what we get used to.

    What do you mean by “hose it out”? All I’d want to do is figure out how to securely store stuff (since it’s all glass on the sides) so that I have enough room for me to sleep inside.

    If I become a Highway Hobo I might have to get a van and travel like an indie band.

  16. Steve says:

    The Element is Buttuglyum… I’m just saying.

    And for all you actual hash types that still run, yours truly will be the hare for Atlanta this Saturday. While it won’t end at JEFDSDR, we will do the on after there. Come down and enjoy a little south side (not much) shiggy. Start is the Lowes at exit 47 (that would be the main Newnan exit) Left off the ramp, then just on your right.


  17. Well, it appears as if I am free this Saturday — which will be my 100th Atlanta Hash (that is if their stat keeper still has me in their database). Now I wish that I had remember to pack my hashing clothes with the dirty laundry this morning.

  18. Martha says:

    My car runs just fine, the reason I want a new car is mine is so trashed. Years of big dogs, being beermiester, hauling hashers and leaving the windows down when it rains has taken its toll on the interior.

    It is strange going from a car (I had a Mercury Capri before the Escape) to the truck, plus you start to see things you don’t want to see (several intesting stories I can tell). Now it seem strange when I drive Jerry’s Saturn…I don’t know if I want to go back to sitting on the ground.

    Steve, I’ll be in PTC for the tri, maybe I’ll just swing down after and hang out by the pool for a bit πŸ˜‰

  19. Martha says:

    Paulie, if you need the hash clothes washed just drop them off at my place, I’d hate for you to miss a hash for such a lame excuse :p

  20. Oh, and I agree that the Element ain’t sexy but if/when I buy it then I will have definitely given up on ever partnering up. Actually, my current health has pretty much made that decision for me. πŸ™

    Martha, I didn’t mean that I wasn’t going to go — just the opposite. Weather permitting I’ll be going South for photos and then the hash. Weather not permitting I’ll be going South just for the hash.

  21. Barb says:

    hose it out – wasn’t that one of the things people said at first about how durable it was? Just open the doors & use the hose to clean it?

    Hmmmm – hashing on Saturday – interesting concept. Allan’s working…..
    Sarah (aka Piss Pour) wants to do a 1 Gap bike ride, (thought I’m not sure where to ride only 1 Gap). I wonder if I can convince her there is a Gap in Moreland?

  22. Barb says:

    oh yeah – Michelle & I saw that hearth that Steve mentioned long ago by Cochran Mill Park (just off South Fulton Pkwy). did you ever take a picture of it?

  23. Ah, I see what you mean now Barb. I don’t recall ever seeing commercials for the Element so I don’t know if that was one of the early “features.”

    I took this near Cochran Mill park

    A Funny Thing Happened When Looking For Hashing Territory

    I think that was the hearth previously mentioned.

  24. Barb says:

    yep – that’s the one. I was telling Michelle about it as we rode & said I thought it was right near where we were, and then, there it was!

  25. Steve says:

    There is a 1-gap ride near Moreland… it’s called Pine Mountain! You could park at Warm Springs, do a little diddling around, then do an out and back up the hill. I’ve wanted to do that for a while. Screaming downhill into WS.

    Martha, I’m sure you can come by and keep the mizzus company. I will call you out for overachieving if you come to the hash. After all, that’s what friends are for.


  26. Barb says:

    good idea Steve – let me see what Sarah says……

  27. Sarah says:

    Steve: more specifics on the route please πŸ™‚

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