Is It Friday Yet?

No? Dangen!

Rain, Rain, Stay Away
At least that what I was chanting last night as I went out for a bike ride. The plan was to get in a twenty-mile ride, but I managed to force myself into going twenty-three.

Because I am used to riding in traffic the ride was very uneventful, although for a stretch it seemed as if I was getting caught for every traffic light that I encountered (although I will admit to not waiting for each to change back to green).

ITP Flickr Pic(s)
Today you get two, two, two photos for the price of one!
How The Other 1% Lives #1

How The Other 1% Lives, #2
I bet you that those house have awesome, fully-functioning kitchens although they do have to worry about being robbed by pirates.

RealiTV Update: Top Chef x Two
Last night was an awesome night in the lives of Top Chef viewers.

First, we had the season premiere of Top Chef – Las Vegas which includes three cheftestants from Atlanta. Representing Atlanta during this season are chefs from Eno, Woodfire Grill, and Pura Vida. I’ve eaten at the latter two, but I ate at Woodfire Grill before Kevin Gillespie became the chef. Speaking of Gillespie, he has quickly risen to the top of my Top Chef cheftestants favorites list. He seems to be somewhat down-to-earth and enjoying the hell out of what he is doing. All three Atlanta cheftestants made it through the first round, and Gillespie won the night with a very delicious-looking arctic char plate.

Following Top Chef – Las Vegas we were treated with the awesome finale of Top Chef Masters. It is rare when I am envious of those chosen to judge the meals created for Top Chef, but last night I certainly was. The judges were treated to twelve plates of fantastic food. Each of the three chef finalists prepared four courses:

  • A course inspired by their first food memory
  • A course inspired by their first restaurant
  • A course inspired by their current life
  • A course representing where they desire to go in the future

Man, oh man talk about Foodie Porn!

The battle for the title of Top Chef Master was an extremely close one. In the end it was Mexican food virtuoso Rick Bayless taking the title and the $100,000 for his charity of choice.

Did any of you watch either/both? What did you think?

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to last week’s “Car Talk” podcast
Website Of The Day – I’m not one of the Great Brewers, but I’m glad they exist.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – cycling, 23 miles
Morning Weigh-In – still don’t want to know

Foot Mileage – ~8.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 106 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 8 (8)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 19
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
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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5 Responses to Is It Friday Yet?

  1. Barb says:

    23 miles huh…. we only did 22.3. It never even looked like rain on the Silver Comet.
    No food reality TV for me….. sorry – Hell’s Kitchen ruined it for me, couldn’t take the screaming, so never really bothered to watch any of the others.

  2. Steve says:

    23!! Go Paulie. I managed to suffer through the Reach run last night, then sat in traffic half an hour on the ride home while the DOT opened some of the new and improved I-85.

    Yesterday, I reported a possible PI index of 3.5 on my trail for Saturday. I’d like to ammend that slightly and simply say I still didn’t see much, but I think somehow I unwittingly managed to smear what I did run into all over my legs, as I’m suffering mightily. Be warned.

    And for those who are coming to either the hash or the on-after, contributions of beer are always welcomed.


  3. Barb says:

    Steve – of course I will be bring some beverages…….. I personally feel it is rude to show up empty handed, even if I’m told to show up with nothing.

    so – does that mean 85 south is not 100% orange barrels anymore?

  4. I really should write my blog earlier so that I have time to proof-read it. Upon doing so now I realize that it’s a bit scant today. 🙁

    My twenty-three felt great. I sweated like a demon (banshee perhaps?) and there are some nice up and downs on the Pizza Ride section that I covered (Avondale Pizza to Ray Rd and back with the rest of the mileage consisting of to/from home/Avondale Pizza).

    No that this will convince you to watch Barb, but “Top Chef” is 180 degrees from “Hell’s Kitchen;” it’s all about the cooking and not about the drama.

    Thanks for the head’s up Steve. I’ll be laundering my shiggy-block tights tomorrow night in anticipation of your trail.

    Of course I’ll be bringing some libations with me for the on-after. I have a refrigerator full of beer, and probably some in the basement as well.

  5. Steve says:

    Barb- word is that they are almost ready to open up from exit 47 south to the full width (no more barrells). Currently, you are using the finished roadway and they still have to do the final grinding and striping on the far left new surface. Should not be much longer.

    There is still a fair bit left that has to be done between the PTC exit and Newnan, but the SAY they are ahead of schedule.


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