Today’s Post Is Brought To You By “Fate”

Many of you may know that I can fall asleep at the drop of a hat. Such was the case again last night. Most times this is an incredible benefit, unless of course you lit a candle while you were working in bed. I awoke around 4am with the candle still burning neatly, no hint of any danger — except for the fact that there was a fire in my bedroom as I slept! Note to self: DON’T DO THIS AGAIN!

Snooze You Lose, And Sometimes You Save Money
I am notorious for delaying purchase for days (or more). Many times in the past I’ve dwelled on a purchase for so long that I’ve either decided that I didn’t need the product after which I’ve lusted (hmmm, this might be the crux of my lack of love life) or the price of the object is lowered (because most of which that for which I lust is technology).

This week something else happened. For the past few days I’ve been trying to pull the trigger on a new monitor; I’ve had one in a virtual shopping cart since Sunday. Today I went to finally buy it, but just as I was ready to click the purchase button I found that the three-day free shipping offered was gone and I’d have to pay ten dollars for shipping. It doesn’t take much to make me change my mind when it’s taken a long time for me to make a purchasing decision, and this simple $10 charge has done just that.

I’m now still considering whether I need a monitor or not. Decisions. Decisions.

Snooze You Lose, And Sometimes You Make Money
Yesterday I received a letter informing me that I was entitled to a small amount of money based on the three shares of Intergraph stock that I apparently still own. Intergraph is the Huntsville, Alabama company for which I worked back in the early 1990s. When I left the company it was struggling and I (thought I had) liquidated all of my stock. Apparently I was wrong. I have received a few annual reports and such from Intergraph over the years, but I assumed that was an error.

The letter yesterday stated that Intergraph had been purchased, and from what I can gather has gone “private” and I need to turn over my three shares before they become worthless in December. Now it’s time to see if I still have the stock certificates. If not I can claim they are lost and still receive compensation minus a small fee per share because they are lost shares.

Pretty cool, eh?

ITP Flickr Pic
This might be a good time to exercise your imagination. Picture a new lcd monitor on a desk where once stood a 20″ iMac.

Stick To The Plan
This morning I did something that I don’t get to do nearly enough — I stopped into Joe’s Coffee Shop for a cup o’ joe. Long gone are the days when the lovely Ellen worked at Joe’s, but I still like their coffee and the feeling I get supporting a neighborhood I once loved implicitly.

Today as I stood waiting for my cup of java I made the mistake of eying the plate of pumpkin bread sitting under a clear dome. I’ve not had the chance to get my fill of pumpkin pancakes at Java Jive, so I decided to get a piece of pumpkin “bread.” Ugh! (read “Delicious!”)

In the future I must remind myself to enter, buy coffee, and leave. No sweets as a meal for me until I lose the weight I want to lose!

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, but things could be much better
Current Music – listening to an interview with the photographer Chase Jarvis
Website Of The Day – You’d think a blog titled 944 would be about Porches, but it’s not. Instead it’s a blog/magazine about fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle. [At the moment it appears to be a website/magazine that’s not responding. DANGEN!]
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) – 3 (5)
Vegetarian Days – 4, Carnivorous Days – 13
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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8 Responses to Today’s Post Is Brought To You By “Fate”

  1. bob says:

    Pull the trigger on the monitor, you won’t be disappointed. I finally ordered a new one at work, just got a 22 inch wide screen LCD. I have no idea how I used to stare at that old CRT.

    And I didn’t have time to post yesterday but, I loved Remote Control. 80’s MTV was my era, I watched it all the time when the used to actually show videos.

  2. Sal says:

    Well, I’m glad you didn’t burn down your house…although, sometimes I think you wish it would happen…(without you in it, of course).

    The pumpkin bread sounds delicious….might have to make some!!

  3. Funny, Sal. My house needs an attentive homeowner/caretaker; I do not qualify as one.

    The pumpkin bread was incredibly delicious. I should not make one for fear of eating it all, rendering the belt I’m wearing today useless.

  4. Michelle says:

    I’ve been eating a lot of pumpkin bread myself lately…sort of a rite of Fall. Yum!

  5. Jenka says:

    (I hope you’ll forgive me because I know you are a lifetime student of grammar as I am.) From one grammar nerd to another: “because most of which for which I lust is technology” should be, “because most of that for which I lust is technology.” 🙂

  6. Forgive you? I applaud you! 🙂

    I was going to use the “I wrote that in haste.” excuse, but honestly even though I’ve heard that Grammar Girl podcast in the past I doubt that I would have caught that error.

    ***off to make a correction***

  7. Steve says:

    You did accomplish laundry last night (I assume) and I can vouch for the fact that we had dinner at Lee’s Bakery. Paulie speak the truth about those amazing $3 sandwiches. Might have to try the Pho as well.

  8. Laundry and dinner were both successes!

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