After The Flood

Lone Justice? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

So how is everyone today? I’m pleased to say that the architects and builders of my house did at least one thing right — they made a house that takes in a minimal amount of water during ridiculous rain storms. Well, I’ve got that going for me today. I know that some of you were not so lucky and I’m sorry to hear it. Best of luck getting everything straightened out.

Sometimes I Get It Right
I spent a long time at work yesterday. After having my fill of office life I drove over to Perimeter Mall in order to eat some cheap food (quality, not price) for dinner and hit up Radio Shack for a stereo connector cable that I need for work (I almost got what I need, but I think that I got something that will work). I was amazed that I managed to stay out of the Apple store, and my bank account thanks me for that.

When I decided that it was time head toward the homestead and check out the damage I saw that I-285, even knowing that all was fucked up by I-85N, was my best option. And was I ever right! My commute home took no more than thirty-five minutes, with about ten of those slowly passing the long line of cars waiting to get on to I-85N.

Of course when I arrived home I found that I had:

  • mail — YAY!
  • no electricity — BOO!
  • a fairly dry basement — YAY!

Will Paulie Ever Ride Again?
It saddens me that I’ve ridden 136 miles this month — none of which have occurred in the past nine days! Nine days without riding! I feel as if I’m losing all of the momentum that I picked up in August and early September. I’m seriously hoping that I can get my groove back before the colder weather arrives. Without a committed routine I don’t stand a snowball’s chance in Hell of riding through the Winter if I don’t.

ITP Flickr Pic
What, you expected me to risk my life to go out and shoot something? “Who has the time?” I say.

Dear Surviving Beatles: Help A Brother Out
Thanks to a brother who lived during The Beatles heyday I grew up loving The Beatles. With the hoopla of the September 9th release of The Beatles’ catalog which has been remastered, including an editions of the original mono releases, I was excited to update my collection. However, I’ve been stymied because they still do not offer their music digitally.

Yes, I’m considering plopping $200+ for the entire collection, but not until I can do so and not have all of those cds cluttering my domicile.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – frantic, rushed, way behind schedule
Current Music – listening to last week’s “Sound Opinions” podcast
Website Of The Day – Want to know what I feel about life these days? Go to and use Big Long Now (it’s okay it’s SFW).
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check

Foot Mileage – 5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 136.7 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 2 (10)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 20
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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9 Responses to After The Flood

  1. Barb says:

    No water in my basement either – I guess those builders in 1958 (& whatever year yours was built) do know how to build a house.

    I did drive over to East Cobb last night (the in-laws had a little water in their basement, and we have a wet/dry vac that they needed). It was amazing to see the little creeks that you never notice almost up to the streets, and to see the families out walking around looking at it. The Chattahoochee was pretty amazing to watch up so high.

    It sure is too bad all these people don’t walk around their neighborhoods more often, it is good to see kids outside walking/looking around as opposed to texting & playing their handheld video games.

  2. My house was built in 1956/1957.

    I figured that my basement didn’t leak (much) since I still have the shag carpet that was laid sometime in the 60’s/70’s and it’s not completely filled with mold/mildew.

    No one was walking in my neighborhood even though no one had power on my block. Perhaps they all went to the houses a block or two away which did have power.

  3. bob says:

    You can’t worry about 9 days off the bike when it rained for 6 of those days. So you have only been off the bike for 3 days by my count. It looks like the sun may even peek out today so why not get a ride in? I was able to ride in to work today, I had to take the roads though or I would have needed a jet ski, it was great to be back on the bike.

    I went out yesterday to take some photos and I noticed all the families out too. I had the same thought as you Barb, too bad these families don’t to that more often.

  4. It only rained on six of those days? 😉 I will say that I was out of town for two, so I can take that into account.

    Sadly I don’t think that I’ll be headed home in time to get a ride in before dark. Things are starting to pick up at the 9-5 and I think that the 9-5 (which is already the 7-4ish) will start to become the 7-5, 7-6, etc…

  5. Barb says:

    Bob – did you ride the old bike so the new one doesn’t get dirty?

    BTW – any riders out there, TJ is thinking about selling some of the 5 billion tires (both mtn & road) that he has stored in the basement. No idea exactly what kind, but I’ll guess they are all Maxxis ones left over from all the events he goes to. I told him to get a list & some prices together, but I’m sure you can play “lets make a deal” with him before that if you need anything soon.

  6. Hahaha, that’s funny Barb. I like it!

    Hmmm, if I ever consider riding my mountain bike again, which needs pedals since I’m using its pedals on the road bike, I should consider new rubber.

    btw- I chatted with Kat and Mango Saturday. They were volunteering at the beer tent for the East Atlanta Strut. I sort of challenged Kat to have a maintenance night in October.

  7. bob says:

    Does TJ have any mtn bike frames laying around? I’m looking for somebody to give me another bike so I can make a single speed bike for cheap.

    And yes, the new bike is tucked away in the garage staying clean and dry for now. If it does not rain after work today I will have my own bike maintenance night in Roswell.

  8. Barb says:

    Bob – does he have any frames laying around? Of course he does (silly question), but does he have any he would part with is the real question. Maybe some night we can just ride over to their house from the river and put him on the spot……. 😉

  9. bob says:

    I like that plan!

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