It’s “Cyber Monday”

That means I can just surf the internet all day, right?

It Was A Good, But Tiring Weekend
I spent the majority of the extended weekend hanging with ITP-Readers Randy and Lisa, along with their extended families.

On Saturday I spent the day having lunch at Doc Chey’s Noodle House (The one on Highland because the one near Emory was closed for the Thanksgiving weekend. WTF?) From there we all hung out having some fun before heading out for some afternoon bowling. That’s right, afternoon bowling. The evening was spent making the night a very Star Wars birthday for Randy’s and Lisa’s son Cooper. I’m a little shocked that 1970’s science fiction is still adored by the children of today.

I Shall Not Be Ignored!
Unless I pull next to ITP-Reader Terri driving on GA400, stick my tongue out at her as we drive, and never have her look my way!

ITP Flickr Pic
I wandered around Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown yesterday looking for interesting things to photograph.
Seriously? A Cat In A Tree?
What, a cat sitting high up in a tree is not interesting enough for you? I only wish that I had a longer lens with me so that I could have taken a “closer” shot.

RealiTV Update: The Amazing Race — You Been Here Four Hours!
When we last left our Final Four The Amazing Race teams I was cursing their producers for allowing Team Zebra to remain in the race by staying their elimination. If you remember, they were my pick to get eliminated, thus dashing my hopes of assigning ITP-Readers Stacy and Terri a song which they must purchase, and allow me first pick for the final episode.

Even though I’ve only correctly picked once and you could rightly refer to this season as “The Amazing Cab Ride” I’ve enjoyed it.

For this episode Phil tells use that the teams will start in “Prahgh” (spelled as I hear hear him pronounce it). I’m fully expecting a “Ye Olde TAR FU” where all teams are brought together thanks to a single flight, or business that doesn’t open for hours, but I am wrong!

Instead all teams cab around Prahgh answering telephones, spelling “F-R-A-N-Z” (well, almost all teams did this), standing in a deep-freeze locker for two minutes (Shrinkage? Did you say “Shrinkage?”), and then packing mud onto a boring statue before finding Phil standing on a bridge with a woman with huge tracks of Prahgh.

I think it’s safe to say that “Big Easy” never listened to much Franz Ferdinand back in the summer of 2004. It may be safe to say that this Trash Talkin’ Trotter never won a spelling contest, or will be joining ITP-Reader Betsy to do some crossword puzzles in the near future.

When will Karma come back to bite Team Brotherly Lovers in the ass? Last week they stole a cab from Team Zebra. Last night they, well one of them, agreed to work with “Big Easy” and then reneged on the deal.

The one thing that has really disappointed me this season are the Speed Humps. Back in the Olden Days of The Amazing Race when teams were spared elimination they were stripped of all possessions except the clothes on their body. In this season we’ve seen one team have to “suffer” by taking a five-minute sauna, and last night Team Zebra had to “learn hose to make a proper” Absinthe and drink it. Mind you, there could have been some consternation if one of Team Zebra was a Straight Edge follower, and even though Jeff had never had any alcohol in his life before (and he went to college???) I dare say they were not “drunk” after one shot of Absinthe.

The three teams who will be heading to Las Vegas to try and win a million dollars are (in order)

  1. Team Aryan
  2. Team Brotherly Lovers
  3. Team Zebra

That’s right kids, Team Trash Talkin’ Trotters never spelled “FRANZ” and chose to take a FOUR hour penalty thus costing them a chance to win one million dollars.

Expect that the first flight to leave for Las Vegas won’t leave until the Final Three have all arrived at the airport. It’s The Amazing Race way…

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – confused about life, but this is neither new nor unusual
Current Music – listening to last week’s “Sound Opinions” podcast
Website Of The Day – As we near the end of the year people will start to publish lists. I’ll throw out a website that does that all year long… Alltop.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check

Monthly
Foot Mileage – 4.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 3 (10)
Vegetarian Days – 4, Carnivorous Days – 25
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
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the JalapeΓ±o 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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13 Responses to It’s “Cyber Monday”

  1. Barb says:

    poor Big Easy – how could he not get Franz…… I just wondered if Flight Time figured it out while they were waiting? He was scribbling all over the clue, wasn’t he?

    Love the cat in the tree – did you call the fire dept to come get it? πŸ˜‰

  2. Barb, I too was wondering if Flight Time figured it out.

    I figured that the cat was where the cat wanted to be so I didn’t call.

  3. Barb says:

    Allan’s crew got called out for a cat in the tree a few years back – the Captain told the woman that was freaking out, that cats will come down when they get hungry enough,he’d never seem a cat skeleton in a tree. How’s that for an answer?

  4. Tasty Pie says:

    I spotted a black and white kitty really high up in a tree yesterday too. This one had somehow managed to climb a very good way up (insanely high) and was vertically clinging to the trunk, no branches. As I stopped the car to watch, it seemed to realise it’s predicament, started to frantically claw, slid back down like a fireman on a pole and then just plummeted. I guess it was okay though because after it hit the ground another cat pounced on top of it and they had a good scrap before charging off together. Cats are silly.

  5. brenan says:

    You have to give it to Team Bromance — they single-handedly eliminated one of the toughest teams and perhaps made things a bit easier for themselves next week.

    ps – Amazing Race drinking game suggestion — one shot/drink for every time the one brother whines, “Shut uuupppp!!”.

    Cat skeletons in trees? Perhaps not, but how about cat skeletons on the ground beneath trees? Or cats in trees scooped up by circling hawks.

  6. Barb says:

    OMG – we would have gotten drunk last night on the Shut Uppppps. I think that was way more annoying than Meghan yelling Cheyne all the time.

  7. Yeah, I’m tired of the Brotherly Lovers fighting amongst themselves. If they were a couple instead of brothers I’d give them no chance of staying together post-race.

  8. Terri (SW) says:

    Holy crap…I just read your Amazing Race recap and totally missed the “sticking out my tongue at you” post. Sorry, man! Ignored you again ;)…

    Dude…it was 7am. At that time of the day, I barely notice that I’m driving :D!

  9. Haha, Terri. It’s okay, your lack of response just means that you are a responsible driver. It could have been worse, you could have been singing at the top of your lungs or picking your nose. πŸ™‚

  10. Terri (SW) says:

    That is what I usually do while I am driving…

  11. Debbie says:

    I wonder if that kitty would like to live in my barn?!? Will you go back and ask him/her?

    I had checked out of AR, but am back in now. If he were my brother, I’d have his tongue cut out. Just sayin’.

  12. Well Debbie now that it has rained I doubt the cat is still in the tree. πŸ˜‰

    Also, I wish that I knew how high up that cat was because I’ve recently heard about the heights that cats can fall and land on their feet. (Inside joke)

  13. Debbie says:

    sniff, sniff, you don’t know if you don’t check!

    Cats are clever that way, but I prefer dogs – always loyal and scared of heights, me, too. πŸ˜‰

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