Thirty Minutes, Fast And Free

I’ve but a small window of free time this morning — about thirty minutes to be exact. This post will win no Pulitzer, but you will get a photo.

Interview, Sanitize, Repeat
This is the first major gathering to which I’ve been post H1N1 (Swine) Flu arrival. The organizers assured us that it would be okay not to shake hands with candidates, but forty-four years of social education are not going to be outdone that quickly. So, I took the other, now socially acceptable route — I brought hand sanitizer with me.

Whenever a break in the action occurred I’d sneak behind my booth setup, squirt a small dollop of sanitizer on my hands, and rub away.

Truth be told, I’m not afraid of getting H1N1 at this sort of event. I’m more afraid of picking up a common cold. And when you shake someone’s hand you are also shaking the hands of all the people that hand shook previously.

Only time will tell if my hand sanitation worked. I’ve done it in the past, I see no reason why it wouldn’t be affective now.

ITP Flickr Pic
Yesterday I worked a career fair at Clemson University. Before the event I snapped this with my iPhone.
Littlejohn Coliseum
I could have, and probably should have, also taken a photo of the whiteboard that listed the companies which had “Cancelled” their trip to the career fair? “Why?” You ask? Because “Cancelled” is properly spelled “Canceled” and if there is one place that this should be properly spelled it’s on an America’s campus of higher education.

If There Is One Thing I Love About College Towns
It’s their beer prices.

Wait a minute. If there are two things I love about college towns they are

  1. their beautiful young girls
  2. their beer prices

Yes, that looks like a more accurate statement.

Last night I ate dinner at one of Clemson’s “Fancy-Eatin’ Places” called Calhoun Corners. I let my coworker, a Clemson grad, choose the dinner location and this was his selection.

In addition to the coquilles de maison

Sea scallops sautéed in roasted garlic Chardonnay butter with mushrooms, bacon and cream, then dotted with broiled bits of Swiss and Brie cheese.

which, at $21, were predictably delicious I had two Thomas Creek Appalachian Amber Ales costing me a mere $3.75 each.

Luckily I get to write off $20 of the meal as a business expense!

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – struggling today
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – I doubt that the Food 52 cookbook will have a recipe for coquilles de maison but I will be interested to see what this competition produces.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check (thankfully)

Foot Mileage – 5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 136.7 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 3 (10)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 15
Marta Rides – 0

September Goals
– Not get fired from my job
– Take at least one photo every day
– Restart work on house, actually making progress this time (note: not successful during August)

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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15 Responses to Thirty Minutes, Fast And Free

  1. Martha says:

    You have another open bold this morning…it starts with your picture of the day…

    When I go home, I can’t say I’m all that impressed with the pretty young girls (okay there maybe a boy or two running without a shirt on that catches my eye) but I do appreciate the low cost of going out a Midwestern college town provides. I’m always a little shocked when I get my bill.

    I got to work today and there is a big warning sign posted at the door about flu season, if you have any of the symptoms listed, contact your supervisor and go home…I’m really tempted. I know I don’t have the flu, just a nagging cold/upper respiratory infection but another day at home wouldn’t be so bad.

  2. Perhaps I was a little too fast this morning… It’s been so long since I posted a photo that I forgot how to un-bold the header. DANGEN!!!

    Who would want to look at boys?!?!?! That’s GROSS! 😛

    This “cold and flu” season should be an interesting one. I’m going to bitch loudly if people in my office get extra sick days and those of us who don’t get sick don’t also benefit. Just sayin’ — which of course means that I’ll be the first to get sick this year.

    (on a interview day intermission)

  3. Barb says:

    Scallops – yum. Since we only go to the camp ground, and then to where the mountain bike trails are in Clemson, I’ve never even seen the University, or any real restaurants. Maybe next trip we ought to explore a little.

    I’m going to be a rebel this year & get no flu shot, & no H1N1 shot (if & when it ever comes out). I never take sick days (unless they are fake)- so what the hell I say.

  4. The town is small, but nice. I’m busy planning my “back road” return to Georgia. Our interviewing will be done by early afternoon and I’m looking forward to taking a slow roll back to the big city.

  5. nplts says:

    There’s some debate on the canceled v. cancelled thing … just sayin don’t think them morons

  6. Michelle says:

    Actually, ‘canceled’ and ‘cancelled’ are both correct.

    Enough of this rain already….I wanna ride my bike!

  7. Martha says:

    Michelle, how are those aircrafts documents coming along?

    Yeah, I’m done with this rain as well between the rain and this cold I haven’t ran in two days.

  8. Steve says:

    Martha, you’re such a slacker.. 😉 It is hard to get motivated to exercise in this weather. I thought about riding my rollers last night, but just could not do it.


  9. bob says:

    I hear ya, 2 weeks before 6 gap and I can’t ride? I’m getting nervous.

    Barb, I’ll be in Marietta tonight, you and Allan want a quick beverage at the beer barrel?

  10. Barb says:

    Bob – I don’t see why not – but call Allan – he went to Dahlonega to ride the 3 Gap part (Neels, Wolfpen, Woodys) this morning – didn’t get rained on at all. Now he is running errands. I think that means going to Cycleworks and spending more money.
    I want him to go sofa shopping with me this evening, but a beer before (&/or after) might help us to make a decision.

  11. bob says:

    Damn, I’m going to tie a rope to Allan and have him drag me up the gaps next weekend. He is serious about his training.

    I’ll give him a shout.

    Sal? or any other OTPers want to meet up at the beer barrel?

  12. Barb says:

    Bob – you have a fast bike, you will be just fine. It does SUCK that Hogpen is the 4th gap (not until about mile 56), and I have to say it has to be the steepest), then Wolfpen starts at about 75. Glad I’m doing just 3 gaps.
    And – Allan wasn’t serious about training until this past weekend, so don’t think he is all that much more ready than you.

  13. Hey all, I’m back!

    Cancelled gets an error underline on my Mac. says it’s primarily British spelled as such but then again I don’t type colour or centre either. 🙂

    Wait until you all read tomorrow’s blog…

  14. RanLiCoop says:

    Just a quick note: Cooper has come up with a mashup that you may feel free to use in the future:

    hand sanitizer = hanitizer

    Around our house it is not uncommon to hear one of us ask the little guy, “Did you hanitize or wash with soap and water?” since CJB has not figured out that hanitizer does not sufficiently clean hands that have been digging in the back yard.

  15. Wait, it doesn’t clean sufficiently? 😉

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