Memory, Like The Dark Corners Of My Mind

The mind is a great database. Sometimes I think mine needs to be rebooted.

From The Mediocrity Department
Last night I met up some of my Flickr friends at Chick-fil-A (where “Meatless Monday” went to die) before heading down to the Roswell Photographic Society.

On Sunday I reluctantly submitted an “abstract” photo for critique; reluctantly because the photo I submitted was not one about which I was enthusiastic. (It was a larger, more color-enhanced version of this one.) The critic last night rightfully called it out as something that “we all shoot” but at least complimented the shot for being technically correct. As I would have predicted mine was not chosen as one of the top submissions. Oh well, there’s always next year…

Just Where Is A “Better” Place?
On Saturday morning I did some work with one of my (all too many) external hard drives. Essentially I came to the conclusion that the cheap external housing I bought for this drive was less-than-stellar and decided I wanted to add it to the growing “Get This Shit To Goodwill” pile. In order to extract the drive I needed my handy-dandy tiny screwdriver that I’ve kept in a desk drawer since purchasing it.

When I was done with the chores I decided to store the screwdriver in a “better,” “more logical” place (a thought that enters my mind even more since the burglary), so I did. Of course when I needed to pack that screwdriver to take with me on Monday morning I couldn’t remember where I had placed it. Had it been where it had always been I would have had no problem finding the screwdriver, but in its “better” place I was unable to do so.

After much consternation last night I finally remember the screwdriver’s new resting place. In doing so I also located a pack of four padlocks that I had purchased a couple of months ago — I guess I can return the four-pack of the same exact style of padlock that I purchased a few weeks ago.

My mind — sharp as a dull thumbtack.

ITP Flickr Pic
Again, no photo. I haven’t forgotten, I just haven’t been inspired. I will be attempting to rectify this soon.

I Guess It Comes With Growing Old
My mother and I were talking on the phone the other night and she mentioned that she had uncovered a photo from her past in which she was the only one of the six people pictured still alive. She has one of those high-numbered “divisible by ten” birthdays coming up next year so it’s not unusual for a person of her age. As a forty-four year old I’ve encountered the passing of people I know, but thankfully it has happened rarely.

Yesterday I heard a news story about the death of Ken Ober at the age of fifty-two. Name doesn’t ring a bell? Did you watch MTV in the 1980s? Did you watch the game show “Remote Control?”

Kenny wasn’t like the other kids
TV mattered, nothing else did
Girls said “Yes,” Kenny said “No”
And now he’s got, his own game show
Remote Control

As a admitted game-show freak and MTV junky in the 1980s Remote Control was one of my “must watch” shows and Ober was its host.

While I never actually knew Ober the news of his death was shocking (he was only eight years older than me) and was another loss of something that reminds me of my past.

Queue The Latino Music, It’s Laundry Night!
Any hope of recovering from my “Meatless Monday” failure with a “Meatless Tuesday” were dashed when I recalled that tonight is laundry night, which also means that it is Lee’s Bakery dinner night. What sort of barbecue pork sandwich would I have if I eliminated the pork?

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – listening to last week’s “le Show” podcast
Website Of The DayPigeon: Impossible is an awesome animated short that’s available to watch online. If you get six minutes free today, go watch it.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
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) – 2 (5)
Vegetarian Days – 4, Carnivorous Days – 12
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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3 Responses to Memory, Like The Dark Corners Of My Mind

  1. Barb says:

    I HATE when I put something somewhere that I know I won’t lose it & then can’t remember where. That happened with my Road ID wrist band. Now that I know where it is, it is now with my watches, which is the common sense place since it goes on my wrist. I won’t lose it again (I hope).

    Didn’t watch MTV tht much as a kid, we didn’t have cable, but then we also were sent outside a lot, or actually, the golf course.

  2. Steve says:

    Did you remember to throw the converter in the car?

    I purchased a Sprint 4G wireless card and attempted to get actual 4G service in the apartment… fail!

    There will be a trip to Best Buy tonight. Maybe I can meet you for sandwiches.

  3. Believe it or not the converter IS in the car. 🙂 At least I’m not completely brain-dead (thanks to the fact that I gathered everything as soon as I got home and placed it next to the door).

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