I Want To Grow Up To Be Leonard Cohen

Good Lord! Leonard Cohen, who is seventy-five, put on a two-and-a-half-hour show last night. Okay, the band took about a twenty-minute intermission, but the man is seventy-five! I thought that the show was phenomenal! I had entertained the thought of hitting The EARL afterward but it was so late when this show ended (11:15pm) that I thought it best to go home and sleep.

One Night Of Joy
Last night I met up with ITP-Reader Michelle and her hubby Drew (better known as “Little Easy”) for some beverages prior to the Leonard Cohen show. Trying to make the meetup as convenient as possible we agreed to meet up a Engine 11, the really old fire station which has been repurposed as a bar. I got to the bar first and (for some reason) chose an outdoor table. I would have changed before Michelle’s and Drew’s arrival if not for the fact that I was being served by one of the prettiest servers I’ve had in some time (go ahead, say it, I’m a dirty old man).

The structure, which was renovated to be a bar by a previous owner, is stellar. The only drawback that I see for this building is that in order to go to the bathroom you must go to the back corner of the first floor, climb the stairs to the second flood, and the wind your way back to the rear of the building to get to them. I guess it’s all about the planning.

We three decided that we’d order some appetizers with our beers; I chose the homemade potato chips topped with bacon and bleu cheese (note to self: this does not constitute a “smart” dinner) and they chose the hummus which is served with (inexplicably) fried pita wedges. For drinks I had initially planned to order a Fat Tire, but was informed that they had *just* ran out. Fortunately they were replacing it with New Belgium’s 1554 which for a cold evening was a better choice for me.

(Shitty) ITP Flickr Pic
My iPhone is not a great camera and turns into a fairly poor camera when used in low-light situations.

This was taken from my seat before last night’s Leonard Cohen show.
What $70+ Buys You For Tonight's Leonard Cohen Show
This view cost me $69.50, before you toss in the exorbitant Ticketmaster charges of $13.65.

Hasher, Hashers, Everywhere
As I sat and awaited the start of the show a couple sat next to me. The guy looked vaguely familiar and when he started to speak I was fairly certain that I knew who it was.

When he stopped speaking to a friend of his who had come over I turned and asked “Can I ask you an odd question? Are you “Dead Root?” “Yeah.” he said surprised since he obviously had no idea who I was. “Hey, I’m “Wee Little Bit” we used to hash together.” We chatted for a few minutes and then the show started.

So in section DLA, row K, of the Fabulous Fox Thatre there were four hashers:

  • Wee Little Bit (aka “me”)
  • Dunkin Honuts (aka “ITP-Reader Michelle)
  • Little Easy
  • Dead Root

How strange is that?

Climb Every Mountain (Thankfully There Aren’t That Many Here)
My friend Joe (aka “Pops”) has calculated that the sun shall set behind downtown Atlanta tonight. He also managed to arrange perfect weather for photographing this occasion, so tonight I’ll be joining a group of hardy souls who’ll be ascending Stone Mountain in order to get the shot.

If you fancy doing the same we will meet near the restrooms near the base of the mountain at 5:30pm. If you want more info about our outing check out our Flickr discussion about this.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – old, sad
Current Music – listening to a Destroyer concert recorded recently.
Website Of The Day – I used to want a Kindle, now I’d rather a Nook. Go ahead and keep my account frozen, Amazon.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check

Monthly
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 – 15
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 Jalapeรฑo 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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17 Responses to I Want To Grow Up To Be Leonard Cohen

  1. Martha says:

    Would you believe, after over 11 years in Atlanta, I’ve never been to the top of Stone Mountain? I’ve only been to the park once, last year when the group of us rode out there. I really should add that to my ‘to do’ list.

    Dead Root? I know the name, not sure I would know the face. I think he was around before me.

    I know you’ve been having issues with Amazon but I have to give them a bit thumbs up today.

    This weekend Jerry brought over his trainer so I could get more bike time in, I’m cutting back on the running a bit until I get my foot sorted out. So Sunday night I ordered the do-dad for the bike that goes with my Garmin. UPS said they delivered yesterday but it is nowhere to be found (and I was home when they said they delivered it). Emailed Amazon this morning, within 15 minutes they send me a reply, they are sending out a replacement today, next day delivery at no charge to me. (UPS still wont let me make a claim for the missing package).

  2. Debbie says:

    I love my Kindle, but I’m contemplating cheating on it with the Nook. I’m going to wait to see if my attraction to the Nook is fleeting or if it could develop into something more.

  3. Dead Root was probably finishing his (Atlanta) hashing days as you started, Martha. He was in that group that I met as I first started.

    I want to like Amazon again, but I’m on day ten with no access to my account for an issue that I did not create. My credit card company informed me that it may take up to thirty days to resolve this issue. Perhaps if Amazon would follow up with my repeated calls with something more than an email telling me that I need to call them I’d be a little happier. Yesterday I downloaded an album from iTunes (trying to get that Apple stock price back over $200 so I can sell my shares) and am thinking of keeping a running total of how much money I’ve spent elsewhere because I cannot buy from Amazon. It will quickly surpass the $50 charge which started this whole nonsense.

  4. Admit it Debbie, you really want a little nooky but are ashamed to admit it. Tell you what, if I make the plunge (which is not likely as yet) and have it by the Winter Wonderland Day Spa Gathering, I’ll bring it and you can compare and contrast. I think B&N is planning shipping in November.

  5. Barb says:

    Dead Root used to be my dentist when I worked in Forest Park, but when my job moved to the north side (and his office staff pissed me off – he is/was part of a group a dentists in one office), it was just too far to go. Nice guy – I’d actually like to see him, I wonder if he is still flying ot the west coast at least once a month to see his kids.

    I’d like to go see the laser show at Stone Mountain again, (its been at least 15 years), I think we should plan an outing next summer.

    Paulie – are you climbing up the mountain, or taking the gondola?

  6. brenan says:

    Small world/city. We also ran into Dead Root last week at the Kingsized show in Candler Park. Always surreal to see him every year or three as it reminds me of my virgin hash that ended at his pre-divorce pool over near Emory. An unless I’m mistaken, that also happened to be the very hash where ITP-reader Lisa was named, who……etc……., who crashed into the car of Kevin Bacon’s pool cleaner.

  7. Easy said that Dead Root was at George’s a few weeks back. Dead Root also told me that Swab the Dick was in the crowd last night; he’d come down from DC to see the show.

    Brenan, I was at that hash as well and I believe you are correct that ITP-Reader Lisa became “Cheese Infection” that evening. I’ve never heard about the “Kevin Bacon pool cleaner” story. Perhaps if she reads today she’ll enlighten us. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Me? Climb? Need you ask? I’ve never taken the gondola (although it might provide nice photos).

  8. brenan says:

    Sorry — no pool cleaner story — just took poetic license to illustrate the small circle of hashing life we have here in ATL.

  9. RanLiCoop says:

    Lisa Cheese is working today, and she sounded busy when I talked to her, so don’t be disappointed if she doesn’t enlighten you today. I’ll let her know tonight that she was featured on ITP and maybe she’ll comment tomorrow.

    Btw, she’s never mentioned Kevin Bacon’s pool cleaner, so I’m inclined to think that Brenan was making a joke…

  10. brenan says:

    While on the subject, you (or Lisa) wouldn’t happen to recall the approximate date of that particular hash, would you? I wasn’t taking very good records back then. I know it was a Moonlight hash. Perhaps late 98 or early 99? Any help is appreciated.

  11. Damn you people and your clever jokes! Don’t force me to think.

    Hmmm, that had to be 1999. I started the Monday following Memorial Day in 1999 and met the Cheese Sisters soon thereafter.

  12. brenan says:

    Thanks! I thought it might have been May 1999 but your info now leads me to believe it was probably June or July.

  13. debbie says:

    LOL, Steve will be thrilled to see Nook-y on my Christmas wish list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Debbie, I think Steve is the only one who can legally give you a little Nook-y for Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Lisa says:

    Shows how well you know me, Randy! Kevin Bacon’s pool cleaner and I used to have quite a thing…. that’s how the car crashed into the pool. Hah! Glad I was lurking today. That was the has where I was named. I would have to have bee around July/August 1999.

  16. Steve says:

    Seems like the A group was running a few Wednesdays ago and passed Dead Root somewhere out for a walk. Glad you had a good time at the show. I can’t imagine a 75 year old performing for 2 and a half hours without a nap.

    Take a flashlight.. it’s bound to be pretty dark when you walk down. Not much moon at the moment.

    Nook-y… don’t get me started. Does that mean I get the Kindle?

    -FP

  17. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Thanks for the tip, a headlamp is part of my camera box for just these sorts of occasions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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