Getting A Late Start On The Day

Like most people in Atlanta right now I’m loving the cooler morning/late-evening temperatures. I’m not sure that I’ve been saving money by not running the air conditioner and running three or four fans to circulate cooler air instead, but getting the fresh air has been, well, refreshing.

Ride, Hash, Swim — My Idea Of A Triathlon
I kept hearing about certain overachievers who did a “proper” triathlon on Saturday. As for me I was content to join ITP-Readers Barb and Michelle for a twenty-eight-mile bike ride before heading to the Atlanta Hash which was laid by ITP-Reader Steve. After the hash we all headed back to the Moreland Day Spa where we refreshed in the pool before eating burgers and hot dogs prepared by ITP-Reader Debbie and then holding Circle.

As could be expected with an Atlanta Hash held in Newnan the pack wasn’t large and consisted of “experienced” hashers. The day was a virtual Old Timers Day as probably eighty-five percent of those in attendance hashed when I first started ten years ago.

The day was long, made even longer by my desire to stop for gas and locate my driver’s license and credit card before heading too far out of Moreland, but was a blast. I’d return to the Day Spa for a fun day any time, like this coming weekend when the Wilson 100 is held down that way.

ITP Flickr Pic
No photo today. It’s not (necessarily) because I shot nothing this weekend, but rather because my data storage situation is still in limbo. My photos currently reside on my laptop at the office, and since I’m not there yet today (explanation below) I have nothing. So you can thank the asshats who stole my computer for today’s lack of photography.

And About That Data Storage
As I’ve mentioned before, with the arrival of a 1TB hard drive I was set to once again get my shit together for my data processing and backup. On Friday evening I moved all of my photos and videos to the 1TB drive and yesterday morning I performed an iTunes library consolidation to get all of my music and podcasts on to it as well. The next step in the process was to perform a backup of all of this data to another hard drive.

After moving some things around I kicked off the backup around 1800 (6:00pm) EDT yesterday. The backup is being performed by my old PPC iBook so I expected it to take “a while.” As I am writing this at 0722 (7:22am) EDT it has yet to finish and I am wondering when and if it ever will.

Unfortunately for me this is the first of two backups which need to be performed on this data set, so it appears as if I’ll have another painfully slow waiting period to endure before I can be certain that my data is backed up securely.

ITP-Reader Hank, once that second backup is done I’ll wipe my primary drives and get with you.

Is my backup procedure overkill? Perhaps, but I need some assurance that, oh I don’t know, someone breaks into my house and steals my computer (and data) that all is not lost. It’s important to me. If your data is important to you then I suggest that you have at least one current backup somewhere — just in case.

Summer Is Almost Gone, Where Has Summer Gone?
While it feels to me like it’s been August all summer I’m finding it hard to believe that Labor Day is but two Mondays away.

If I were to look back on my itinerary and blog for the months of June, July, and August I might be pleased with all I have done (of course none of that is tied to getting the house fixed up) but it still feels as if I’ve done nothing this summer. Does anyone else feel the same way?

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – the sounds of fans whirring
Website Of The Day – On Saturday I was presented with an Ale-8-One that ITP-Reader Steve picked up while in Kentucky. In case you don’t know, I’m always looking for regional sodas. In case you were wondering, Ale-8-One is a very tasty ginger ale.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check, and that whole calorie counting thing is too damn difficult for me.

Foot Mileage – ~12.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 134 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 12 (12)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 23
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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8 Responses to Getting A Late Start On The Day

  1. Barb says:

    It was a great time on Saturday – nice to have a relaxing day.
    Sunday’s wheelhopper went well too – you know it is a good trail when everyone makes it in except Asspacker. Actually, in the end we find out he had a mechanical issue (his seat broke), but still, it gave us plenty of laughs.

  2. Unfortunately I wasn’t up for Wheelhopper yesterday otherwise I would have ridden.

    My turn of events (slow backup) today have forced me to take a paid day off from work. To turn this into a positive I’m going to fix my bike pedal and ride with Sarah and Ray from Savage Pizza in Avondale tonight at 6pm.

    Some itching has started on my left arm where I was scratched by briar on Saturday. I’m hoping it’s not the start of poison ivy. I would have thought that the swimming would have cleared out any chance of getting it, but with my body one never knows.

  3. Martha says:

    I guess I’m one of those ‘overachievers’ you are referring to? It was fun, except for the part where I hit the pavement at 20mph and some dude tried to swim right over me. sounds like your tri was much less eventful.

    I wish we could have met up with you guys but I was beat and bored just hanging out waiting. I went home, had a couple of beers and passed out. The 4:30 am wake up call didn’t help.

    Asspacker broken seat = too many jokes!!!

    Summer has just flown by, the cool weather this weekend took me by surprise, even though I have taken notice of the later sunrise the last few weeks. September is going to be a very busy month.

    Barb I need to find a time to drop off my bike for a super special Allan once-over so I can ride again.

    Paulie, thanks for the comments via e-mail option…I’m going to try it out now (so someone better respond 😉 )

  4. Martha, you are indeed one of “them.” How’d you manage to crash?

    Not sure if the comment subscription works, I didn’t write it and had no way of testing the plug-in.

  5. Martha says:

    It works!!! Yeah…many hours will now be saved not flipping back to .

    Ah, the crash…according to the race information

    *On Robinson Road there is a ledge between the paved road and the curb. Use caution here so you do not get stuck in the small drop off.

    I did not heed that warning, dropped into the ledge and crashed as I tried to get out of it. In spite of the time lost I was pretty happy with my bike and run times. My swim time was terrible, there is a lot of room for improvement.

  6. Steve says:

    I’m glad we had such a nice turnout Saturday. And the
    wheelhopper was out of the question, as Debbie’s office came down and enjoyed the day spa on Sunday.

    I believe the next goal for me will be laying a Wheelhopper down “closer to Moreland”. You may guess where the end will be- but I think that will have to wait until next year.

    Martha, glad you didn’t get hurt any worse. Those little grooves can catch you and trash the wheel.


  7. Barb says:

    Martha – I’m single tomorrow night – we can hook up & I’ll take the bike home for Allan to fix up. Let me know if you are going to be in Smyrna, I could do a Silver Comet ride, or somewhere more convenient….. (I need a pedicure again, how about you?)

    Steve – I’d love to do a Wheelhopper in Moreland – we could always make it a roadbike friendly hash… unless you know of some good off road sections. It would have to be next year, I think we are all booked up until it is WAY TOO COLD for the pool.

  8. Steve says:

    A few dirt roads are possible.. we could go past Sarah’s dream house, but mostly pavement. Shame to have everyone come all that way and not enjoy the great paved roads. And dogs.. really friendly dogs.


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