I’m Not Leaving On A Jet Plane

Today was the day that I was supposed to be flying to Chicago for my Chicago/Milwaukee trip. I must admit that I am bummed that I won’t be taking the trip. I will be making the best of my remaining in town, and the trip’s cancellation means that I can head to the Moreland Day Spa this weekend and ride in the Wilson 100 (100-38 for me).

Backup, Phase 1: Complete
Well it took until 1400 (2:00pm) EDT for my damn data backup to complete. In the end it was a twenty-hour process. Yikes!

With the first phase (local storage to network attached storage) done, the next step is to perform a network attached storage to external hard drive which is stored off site.

Off site? Yes, off site. I’ll have to still live under the assumption that my house will be burgled again, or even worse, that a natural disaster may occur. Therefore, the only way that I can be certain that my data is recoverable is to maintain an off site copy. If your data is important to you, you may want to consider doing the same; external hard drives have never been a better deal than they are today.

Ride, Paulie, Ride!
Last night I took the opportunity to use my day off from work to make it to Avondale Estates by 6pm to ride with (ITP-Readers?) Sarah and Ray’m. The three of us headed out for a twenty-three mile ride along the Dekalb Path system to Stone Mountain and back.

One of the rewards of doing such a ride is enjoying a beer or two and some food from Avondale Estates’ newest resident Savage Pizza (or as was overheard “Salvage Pizza.”) I had a delicious bottle of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and a meatball sub.

ITP Flickr Pic
Back in the office, so I have access to my photos. I don’t do many product shots, but this is one I took at the High Museum a few weeks ago.
Knoll Chair
A few weeks ago? Now I realize that I need to take more photos…

btw – does this photo look slightly tilted to anyone else? Is it just me? Please let me know with a comment.

Ride, Paulie, Ride! Cont.
The Red Rocket is strapped to the Jackmobile in anticipation of another ride tonight. My current plan is to ride from the Candler Park Marta station around 5:30pm with ITP-Reader Melissa.

Tomorrow night I’ll be re-joining Sarah and Ray’m for a ride from Avondale Estates starting at 6pm (I think).

In case you haven’t figured it out, I really like bike riding and that activity has supplanted running as my exercise of choice. My love affair will continue with non-freezing, non-raining weather in anticipation of doing much more riding next year.

Declaring (Magazine) Bankruptcy
I’ve come to the realization that I have so many magazines that will never get read. This weekend (this realization was supposed to be a part of yesterday’s post) I decided to give up on some of them and send them to the great recycling bin in the sky.

Remarkably, this decision lifted a huge weight from my shoulders. No longer will I look with guilt at the stack of glossy paper which I should be read, but never does.

Next up, those books and games in the book shelves. Then, it’s on to kitchen utensils. Then, clothing. Etc. Etc. Etc…

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – sore, but good sorta wishing I hadn’t taking a day off from work yesterday, but happy I made the best of that situation
Current Music – listening to a “Kindle Chronicles” podcast
Website Of The Day – I doubt that I’ll ever own an old car again, but if you have one, or are a fan of car nostalgia, then you should check out Old Car Brochures.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – cycling, 23 miles
Morning Weigh-In – forgot to weigh-in

Monthly
Foot Mileage – ~12.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 157 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 13 (13)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 24
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 JalapeΓ±o 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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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23 Responses to I’m Not Leaving On A Jet Plane

  1. bob says:

    I was about to give you all kind of hell until I realized I mis-read the top of your post. I thought you were saying the Wilson 100 = 38 for you. I’m still on the fence between metric and full century.

  2. Yeah, I couldn’t come up with a good way to indicate that I wasn’t going to ride the full century. πŸ˜‰

    I’m *hoping* that I’ll be okay for the 62 (or whatever) so I can recuperate at the Day Spa for a while before having to drive back ITP.

  3. Barb says:

    I looked at the maps – you have to decide on the full century at the first rest stop – 20.9 miles. The split for the 54/65 is not too far past that. Allan was hoping it was closer to 30 or further. Unless the weather is perfect, and I don’t drink too much, and eat too much the night before, I don’t see that full century in my future. I think 65 will be more than enough.

    and – don’t throw out any kitchen utensils – I love that stuff, bring the box & the rest of us could just fight over it all.

    Glad you are riding again & again – we will figure out that knee pain. I’m going to Silver Comet tonight – I nice night of pedalling & pedalling & pedalling.

  4. bob says:

    Wow, that is tough. I have to be feeling REAL good at 20 miles to decide to go 100. I know for sure I’m doing 65, we’ll just have to see.

  5. Since sixty-five miles will be twenty more than I’ve ridden at any one time this year I think it will be more than enough for me next Sunday.

    Barb, when it’s time for me to get rid of kitchen stuff I’ll mention it here so ITP-Readers can have a crack at taking it. I foresee this blog turning into my personal freecycle. πŸ˜‰

    My knees feel pretty good today. Let’s hope that I don’t do something silly like tweek them getting out of my chair.

  6. martha says:

    I’ve done a pretty good job over the years of culling crap from my house. I use to move around so much I didn’t keep anything I didn’t need. After staying put for 7.5 years, its starting to pile up.

    The Big Three are books, clothes (I can’t/won’t wear) and DIY supplies. If anyone is interested I will be getting rid of a few dozen cookbooks and cooking magazines. Paulie, I only get one mag, Bon Appetit, but I don’t eat like that anymore…I can’t remember the last time I cooked anything out of it. I’m hoping Labor Day weekend will give me the chance for some cleaning, I guess I need to start making room for a tri-bike πŸ˜‰

    I ran a slow four last night and I thought I was going to die…plus I hate my new running shoes, I need to get another pair (they discontinued the ones I really liked, the replacement model is killing me).

    Bob it isn’t the first time Paulie’s math has confused me as well.

  7. Sarah says:

    I’m definitely in for the metric. And I’m starting early so I can finish early so I can get back to the pool early πŸ™‚

  8. and the beer and revenge dominoes early. πŸ™‚

  9. Barb says:

    Martha – I’ll take any cookbooks you want to get rid of.

    I don’t know what time we are starting (Bob, are you & Laura riding together?) – but I may try to start before Allan, so if he decides to only do the 65, he won’t have to wait on me all day (cuz you know, the teststerone will kick in, and I’ll be left in the dust, especally if there is a green city limit sign).

  10. Barb, I’ll let you know when bookcase whittling involves cookbook removal.

  11. And I’m disappointed that no one has commented about my photo today (re: whether or not it is crooked).

  12. Barb says:

    I didn’t think it looks crooked.

    When we remodel the kitchen, I want to have a bookshelf of some sort with lots of cookbooks – so I’ll take any cookbooks anyone wants to get rid of.
    Allan has other books, I figure I’ll have cookbooks.

  13. Steve says:

    I have to say the only mag I subscripe to is “Outside” and I always find interesting articles in it. Please don’t bring your unwanted utensils to the day spa… we have plenty already.

    And was it decided that the map from this past Saturday will work for your pre-lube this Saturday, or did you want something else?

    -FP

  14. Debbie says:

    Soooo, If y’all are starting early and it looks like most folks are doing 65, what time might I expect most of the group to be back at the Day Spa?

    I’ve got to get the burgers, dogs and BACON steaks* cooked in plenty of time to hold down a (winning) seat at the dominos table.

    (*Our neighbor is dating a meat peddler and his hot new product is Bacon steaks, so we’ll be trying those on Sunday. Woohoo.)

    I don’t think the chair looks tilted. It’s a cool shot; I like the perspective.

  15. Steve, I would never consider thrusting my unwanted stuff onto those who do not ask for it.

    The map was decided to be perfect for our needs. And now that I corrected my initial error and have ridden the route once to identify the trickier turns, all should be set for Saturday. Now all we’ll need is nice weather next weekend.

  16. BACON STEAKS? DID YOU SAY BACON STEAKS? Aw yeeeeah, now I know that this will be the Best Weekend Ever! πŸ˜€

    I’m thinking that 65 miles should take me (and I’ll only speak for myself) four hours. If I remember from last year, the drive from the school to the day spa is on the order of 30 minutes?

    If we start at 7:30(ish) I’m thinking that I’ll be back to the Day Spa around 1:30pm.

  17. Barb says:

    I’m slow, and it depends on how we carpool to the start – but I’m guessing 5 hours (hopefully less) for me, gotta add in rest stop time.

  18. martha says:

    Jerry and I aren’t riding, so I guess we will meet you all at the Spa. I need to run first but otherwise we’ve got nothing else going on. Debbie, do you need help setting things up? I/we can come by early and help out. I even have an extra set of dominos.

    The photo is cool and doesn’t look crooked…plus I love that color green.

  19. Debbie says:

    Marth, c’mon on down and hang out with me. I’m going to ride my horse first thing and then I’ll just be twiddling my thumbs til everyone gets back. We can do a warm up dominos game.

    Everybody might want to bring their hash chairs.

  20. sal says:

    I will chime in and say, yes, it looks a little tilted.

    Not sure what I am going to ride…..if I carpool with Barb and Alan I am at their mercy!

  21. Barb says:

    wait Debbie – aren’t Jude & Greg coming to hang out too? Or – do they have bikes?

    Sal- you could be done with the full 101 in about the same time as me doing the 65….. but wait, maybe not if Marty isn’t there to draft off of πŸ˜‰

    and Paulie – I think the reason you put left out of the start was just looking at the map, you see a left. You weren’t thinking about being in the driveway.

  22. debbie says:

    Jude says they have bikes this year!

    I’m kind of leery of the Bacon steaks. If you had a plan for world domination, bacon would be a good starting point and bacon steaks might be taking to a whole new scary level, or you know, they could suck. Either way, we’ll find out on Sunday!

  23. Len Edgerly says:

    Thanks for listening to my podcast!

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