It’s A Prideful Weekend

If you are gay….. not that there’s anything wrong with that!

A Room Full Of Women, None Of Which Wanted Me
In the late 1990’s I briefly dated a young lady named Deborah. Deborah was an Emory Public Health student, who used to refer to the parties which she attended as “clam bakes” which is the opposite of “sausage fests.”

One Friday night Deborah invited me to join a group of her Emory friends to go to Eddie’s Attic. Who was I to turn down an opportunity to hang out with a group of women? The band that night was called “Halcyon.”

Immediately upon entering the room (which may have been my introduction to Eddie’s) I noticed something very strange — a lack of men. The band, consisting of two women, played and then mentioned how happy they were to be at Eddie’s on the Friday night of Gay Pride Weekend. It all made sense….. I knew Deborah wasn’t a lesbian but the majority of women in Eddie’s that night were.

However for me it was just like any night in Buckhead bar where most of the women inside had no desire to sleep with me.

Signs Of Things To Come
Last night I decided to add two more beers to my growing (hmm, just like my belly) list of beers consumed at Taco Mac. Because I left work a little later than my normal time traffic wasn’t too much of an issue so I decided to hit a Mac closer to home. I chose Decatur.

Unlike the Perimeter location the Decatur Taco Mac was not well-staffed with cute young ladies, but that all went by the wayside when my waiter erroneously brought out my beer in a twenty-ounce mug instead of the sixteen-ounce variety. WooHoo! Four FREE ounces, forty-seven beers ahead of schedule!

I ordered up some chips and salsa, and then upon ordering my second beer I also asked for a chicken taco.

The taco never arrived, but much like the first beer the second also arrived in a twenty-ounce mug! Toward the end of my beer the waiter admitted that he had forgotten to put my taco order in and asked if I’d like for him to do so at that moment. Having finished a basket of chips and salsa and forty ounces of beer I figured that I had consumed enough calories for one sitting so I declined.

I can’t wait until I reach beer #125 and I actually earn the privilege of drinking from a twenty-ounce mug.

ITP Flickr Pic
Well look at that, five days of blogging and five days of photos. Even more amazing is the fact that this one was taken just yesterday.
Skyline Silhouette
My coworker ITP-Reader Rich and I went onto the roof of our office to take a few shots. The time of day wasn’t ideal, but the clouds were so I decided to shoot a silhouette of the Concourse (King and Queen) buildings. Sure, I pumped the effects up a bit in post-processing, but I like the way this turned out.

Christmas Will Come Early For Me
I received an unusually pleasant surprise the other day.

If you’ve known me for some time you may have seen me in a dark green t-shirt emblazoned with the words “Emmet Swimming.” Unlike the story I once told someone in New Orleans “Emmet Swimming” was band and not the swim team from a small college in Nebraska. Now I can say, even if briefly, that Emmet Swimming is a band again.

I first heard Emmet Swimming play in 1996 at the Dark Horse Tavern in Atlanta; they were the opening band for Dayroom that night. The guy at the door convinced me to go in early and catch their show because he thought they sounded good. I agreed.

I followed Emmet Swimming’s career and may have had the opportunity to see them once more (although I cannot remember) as being a band from Virginia they didn’t make the trip to Atlanta often. Sometime in the early 2000’s it seemed as if Emmet Swimming had called it quits.

Bring us to present-day…

For some reason I’ve been singing some Emmet Swimming tunes lately. The other morning I jokingly went to Emmet Swimming‘s website and lo and behold found out that they will be playing some shows in December! They are playing shows in North Carolina (Raleigh on Dec 18th / Charlotte on Dec 19th), so me thinks that I’m going to be spending a lovely Saturday night in Charlotte this December. Hell, if Raleigh weren’t so much of a drive for a day-trip I’d take in both shows.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – still trying to figure things out with my life
Current Music – listening to the latest Wolfmother release “Cosmic Egg” for a project on Monday (that’s called a “teaser”)
Website Of The Day – I want to be the mayor of Beer Town. I probably have as much chance of that as I do meeting the girls of the Bike and Brew Tour. Is forty-five too old to relive your twenties?
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 – 24
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
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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6 Responses to It’s A Prideful Weekend

  1. Martha says:

    Oh yes, I remember my RSPH days…it was a 180 from Purdue. It was also the first time in my ‘adult’ life I had lots of girlfriends, there really wasn’t a choice.

    I’m thinking on heading up to Charlotte the weekend before, Kay (AKA Tasty Pie) told me of a marathon/half marathon (Thunder Road) I might want to try. Plus the added bonus of seeing Sam and Baby Bea.

    BTW, the Magic Hat dinner was great. We were stuffed and a pretty buzzed by the time it was over. With tax and tip it came to $90 a couple…a great deal.

  2. Barb says:

    Oh to be young & foolish and do something like that bike & brew tour……

    Looks like I may be going to Wild Wing – Marietta tonight for wings & beers. I have some friends that want to see the band Departure (Journey tribute band). They are actually a pretty good band, and though I’ve never been a huge Journey fan, I do know all the songs regardless, and it is free. Since Allan is working, I’ll have to order way too many wings and bring some home for him tomorrow so he doesn’t get mad. (okay, he won’t get mad, but he hates missing out on going out for wings)

  3. Just booked a hotel room in Charlotte for Dec 19th. The Carolina Panthers play the Minnesota Vikings on the 20th, I may have to stay the day and try to go to the game. 🙂

  4. Darn, I just found out that the Panthers/Vikings game is the Sunday Night game that weekend. Guess I’ll be heading back to Atlanta to run BWanA’s Christmas Black Sheep hash instead.

  5. RanLiCoop says:

    You can always crash at our place if you decide to do the Dec. 18th show as well.

  6. Hmmm, so tempting. I’ll have to see how November goes before planning any days off for December.

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