An Almost Perfect Weekend

Whew, it was a strange, and almost strangely productive and fun weekend.

I Wrote A Blog Entry For Atlanta Metblogs
Called “Turning Back Clocks”.

I Fixed My Plumbing (Just Not That Plumbing)
Earlier last week I noticed that one of my toilets had once again developed a leak from its water supply line. I mentioned this last week to when I couldn’t find the proper replacement at Lowe’s.

Friday had such incredibly nice weather that I chose to walk over to the Home Depot at lunch time and was able to find the proper supply line. It was at that time the decision to stay in Atlanta and “get things done” instead of trying to drive down to Warm Springs / Pine Mountain was made.

After doing my laundry I headed home to take care of some plumbing business. I successfully replaced the supply line and inner-workings (using a replacement part purchased months ago). On Saturday morning I was pleased to look at a dry, empty bucket under the toilet and packed up for a day of hashing and camping with a clear conscience.

If only all plumbing issues were that easy to fix.

It’s A Car! It’s A Tent! It’s Both!
On Saturday morning I drove down to F.D. Roosevelt State Park for a day of hashing and a night of camping.

The weather was perfect as we trudged up and down the “Mountain” from which Pine Mountain gets its name. A small, but friendly group of fourteen hashers had a marvelous time attempting to kick the keg of Sierra Nevada purchased for the weekend. There was fear that the task wouldn’t be completed but thanks to the near night-long efforts of a handful of hashers, yours truly not included because I took shelter in the Jackmobile around 12_30am, the task of kicking the keg was completed on Sunday morning.

Here’s a tip for you economy-minded readers. If you decide that you want to purchase a Georgia State Park annual parking pass see if they offer the parking pass bundled with all sorts of other offers like a night of free camping for $45. For some reason when the price of the parking pass alone skyrocketed from $30 to $50 all other pricing stayed the same, therefore the “package deal” which used to cost $15 more than the price of the parking pass alone is now $5 cheaper. Well done, Accounting Team. Well done!

ITP Flickr Pic
We in the Black Sheep Hash really know how to rough it when we camp. Multiple percolators making coffee, Halloween candy, and bacon.
"Roughing" It
Not pictured : keg of Sierra Nevada

Whatever You Do, Don’t Order The Fried Okra
On the way home from FDR State Park four of us stopped for “Hot Crispy Chicken” in Pine Mountain, GA. Harold and Jill ordered first, I ordered second, and Bill ordered third. As we sat and waited my number was called first. A few minutes later Bill’s number was called. As Jill sat there wondering why hers and Harold’s meal had not been delivered I joked that it was Harold’s fried okra that was slowing things down. When their food finally arrived we all had a good laugh when the guy said “Sorry this took so long, we had to wait on the fried okra.”

Good News: I’m Going To A Photography (Marketing) Seminar Tonight
Bad News: It’s being held at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead.

Tonight I’ll be attending David Ziser’s Digital Wake Up Call seminar. Unfortunately this will be held at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead which charges $20 to park (ripoff!). If you have suggestions on where I can park legally for cheaper, I’m all ears.

fwiw – the event runs from 5pm to 10:30pm so MARTA would be a good option for getting there, but maybe not that great for getting back to my car.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – gob-stopped
Current Music – silence at the moment as I decide to what I care to listen
Website Of The Day – I have a Google Wave account ( but don’t really know how to use it. Perhaps I’ll read The Complete Guide To Google Wave to figure it out.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday: hashing, probably 4.5 miles
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check

Foot Mileage – 4.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 1 (1)
Vegetarian Days – 3, Carnivorous Days – 5
Marta Rides – 0

November Goals
– Not get fired from my job
– Restart work on house, actually making progress this time (note: not successful during August, September, or October)

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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4 Responses to An Almost Perfect Weekend

  1. Barb says:

    What a perfect weekend for camping. I was jealous.
    (but, I wouldn’t have been much help on the killing of the keg, Sierra Nevada is too hoppy for me)

    I was at the Decatur wine fest Saturday afternoon – our table was in the sun, but luckily it was beating on our backs, but damn it was warm for a November day. It was really hard to keep the red wines cool enough, but we poured enough to usually be close to the end of the bottle before the wine was too warm.

    Is the Grand Hyatt there at the corner of Peachtree & Piedmont? Park over at the Disco (that isn’t disco anymore) Kroger & walk across the street.

  2. A perfect camping weather weekend indeed. I was Surprised that it was so warm that bees / yellow jackets still came out during the day.

    The Grand Hyatt is near Peachtree/Piedmont. I always worry about getting booted / towed in parking lots. I suppose I could grab a beer somewhere in that area and park/walk. Well, I was going to say that I’d grab a beer at Rock Bottom Brewery, but I just found out that they have closed.

  3. Martha says:

    I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend to spend outside. It was just a perfect weekend, too bad it had to end and I didn’t take another day off to recover. The drive home was a little rough yesterday, I finally had to stop for a bite to eat and some caffine.

    Paulie, you aren’t going to give yourself credit for the 4.5 miles (all up hill) that we ran on Saturday?

  4. Martha, I just updated that as I certainly want the credit. 🙂

    It should also come as no surprise to anyone that my pants are a more than a wee little too tight this morning. Now where did I put my discipline again?

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