I Miss Being Happy

I am constantly being reminded that I am the only one who controls my happiness. I don’t believe that to be true for there are too many external influences driving my mood southward. I figure that those who are happy either lead charmed lives, deal with shit much better than I do, or hide your sadness really well.

One Curt Critic
Last night I headed up to Roswell for the monthly critique night for the Roswell Photographic Society. Last night’s critic was a local photographer who admitted that he was a bit tired. His tiredness really showed as he raced through many of the photos ranting mostly about misguided composition and common subject matters.

I suppose that there were about thirty or so photos shown last night, most of which I thought were “okay” and very few which “wowed” me. I guess I can’t be too critical however since I didn’t even manage to submit a photo for review.

ITP Flickr Pic
Working on it. I decided yesterday that I’m going to buy a monitor to aid with my photo editing. This is proving to be a much harder task than I had anticipated.

One Guy Eating At Five Guys
Last night I had my first burger and fries experience at Five Guys Burgers and Fries. I have to say that it was rather decent, but kind of on the expensive side. For eleven dollars I received a bacon burger (topped with some of their free toppings), french fries, and a Coke.

One of the selling points for Five Guys is that their single hamburger is actually a double burger and is made-to-order from never-frozen beef. Five Guys offers a staggering array of free toppings for their burgers as well.

Five Guys’ fries are also cooked (almost) to-order and cooked in peanut oil. I guess as a marketing ploy to remind you that their fries are cooked in peanut oil Five Guys also offers up free roasted peanuts on which to snack while waiting for your burger to be prepared. I guess at this point some lawyer-type should chime in with the warning “CAUTION: Restaurant contains peanut parts.”

One Night At The Fox
Tonight I’ll be at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theater for the Leonard Cohen show. I’m thrilled to be getting the opportunity to see/hear Cohen perform because I’m not sure how many more tours he will perform and if tonight’s show is anything like the live album he released this year it should be quite a treat.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – pissed
Current Music – nothing
Website Of The Day – You can usually tell that I’m hungry when I link to awesome food blogs such as Scanwiches.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check

Foot Mileage – 8 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 5, Carnivorous Days – 14
Marta Rides – 0

October 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
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalapeรƒยฑo 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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18 Responses to I Miss Being Happy

  1. Barb says:

    I love Five Guys Burgers – but I am a sucker for the free peanuts while you wait. And – I think there are signs about the peanuts on the door or the wall or something. It is expensive, but the fries are enough for 2, and the smaller burger is pretty damn big.

    I think the key to the happiness question is deal with the shit better – you just have to not care so much when dealing with incompetence (or just others unthoughfulness). Allan was all pissed last night we had to drive across town to get the wheelhopper hash coolers last night, due to someone just being “forgetful” (and that term is being nice) and going out of town. I’ve tried for 2 weeks to set up a time to meet & get them. I decided getting angry just wasn’t worth it. But – paybacks are a bitch & I’ll remember this if & when this person ever needs me to do something for them.

  2. Barb, I was impressed with the Five Guys (HAHAHAHA I mistyped that as “Guts” twice!) food and shall return. There has been a Five Guys in Edgewood Retail District since it opened and I think I might pay it a visit soon to see how it compares to the one in Roswell.

    I spoke with Chase this morning and they said that it can take up to thirty days to get my Amazon situation straightened out. Thirty days? What is this, 1969 or 2009?

  3. Barb says:

    BTW – which Five Guys did you go to? The one by Northpoint Mall? Or is there another one in Roswell? (there are none over here near my house – closest is up by Town Center Mall, or over in Smyrna).
    We made Bison burgers at the house last night, the Ore-Ida baked in the oven fries don’t compare, but the burgers were damn good.

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  5. Barb says:

    I didn’t know they put one in there….. we might just have to test it out one day. thanks!

  6. Steve says:

    Good morning to all. I’m back from the land of the kilted and glad to be back at work so I can get some rest! While Saturday was a bit too authentic for Scottish weather, Sunday was a stunner. Get it on the calendar for next year.

    Paulie, I guess I missed the explanation of LEAF.. is this “Burning Man” East?

    And happy belated birthday Sally.


  7. LEAF is more like Virginia Highlands Summerfest on steroids and with camping in the mountains than Burning Man. For example on Saturday night the Squirrel Nut Zippers were the main musical act. If I weren’t so cold, old and ready to fold (think poker metaphor) I would have gone down to the stage to see them.

  8. sal says:

    They make drugs now for “Happiness”….better life by pharmaceuticals….

  9. Barb says:

    hey Steve – yes, Saturday’s weather was to ugly for me, & Sunday I had to go to Wheelhopper. Can anyone caber toss? Allan wants to try it. Or at least he says that, when he doesn’t think they’d let him ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Hopefully next year we can actually make it out there.

  10. Steve says:

    I have keys to the trailer where the cabers are stored. Some day we can go out and he can give it a try!!

  11. Sal, I’m not one who believes that happiness can be found in a drug and if I were I’d probably turn to one of the illegal varieties.

    Caber tossing for all! Just make sure that your health insurance is paid up and cover hernias. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Sal says:

    I was just joking Paulie….glad you don’t want to find your happiness in a pill bottle! ๐Ÿ™‚ You need to join GUTS and come run with your friends on the trails!

    Steve: can I try too? And thanks for the belated birthday. Went out to Arizona to run in the depths of the canyon!!! It was awesome!

    One of the girls in the office made me an orange cheesecake….guess that will be my lunch!

  13. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I am a GUTS member, Sal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Barb says:

    a Caber Tossing party….. what could be more fun!

  15. debbie says:

    We need a winter sleepover party theme for the Day Spa. I think caber tossing would work nicely! Y’all in?

  16. Steve says:

    I can imagine what the equines might think of cabers flying… but we do have a selection of candidate cabers.

  17. I wonder how much I’d need to drink before I thought that caber tossing was a good idea?

  18. willy says:

    Isn’t “Caber” just a fancy word for telephone pole?

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