It’s Cold, But At Least It’s Dry

This is more like the Christmastime weather I remember.

Five Of The One Hundred Simple Secrets Of Happy People
I am currently, and deliberately slowly, reading a super-easy read called The 100 Simple Secrets Of Happy People. Each morning I read three of these “secrets.” (Remember when I mentioned exercising my mind?)

Here are five “secrets” on which you can ponder

  • Learn to use a computer
  • Try to think less about the people and the things that bother you
  • Keep your family close
  • Eat some fruit every day
  • Enjoy what you have

You may find this hard to believe, but I’m trying to live my life under the concept that it’s the only one I’ll ever have so I better enjoy it.

You Wanna Rock? I’ll Give You Some Rock
First, a cd suggestion. A few weeks ago I was listening to a KCRW podcast. This podcast was a in-studio session from a band called Anya Marina, named after the band’s leader. The music played during this in-studio blew me away. In fact I enjoyed it so much that I wound up purchasing their latest album “Slow & Steady Seduction : Phase II.” If you are looking for some new music go to Anya Marina’s website and check it out.

Oh and if you want some free Christmas music, twenty free songs in fact, then follow this iTunes link and download them. (I’ve never tried to link to an iTunes album, so I hope that works.)

On the live music scene I don’t have too much planned. On Saturday I’ll be visiting Charlotte, NC to hear one of my old favorites Emmet Swimming perform a rare concert there. And if you are familiar with Charlotte and can recommend a great dinner location I’d certainly appreciate it.

Yesterday I purchased a ticket for the Dead Confederate show at The EARL on January 8th, 2010.

ITP Flickr Pic
I didn’t think to ask my optometrist for a copy of the photo of the inside of my eyeball this year.
Let Me See What I Can See
so instead a photo of this instrument inside the optometrist’s examination room will have to suffice.

There Must Be A Site
With my pending trip to Florida I started wondering about if they have a State law banning the use of cellphones while driving (they do not). With my pondering I thought “Certainly there is a definitive state-by-state list of cellphone laws on the internet.” but I am unable to find a really good one.

The best list that I found, and I believe that it is up-to-date, is this one I found on Edmunds.com.

Do you have a better suggestion? This information interest me greatly since I think that I’ll be doing a lot of driving next year.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – disappointed
Current Music – listen to “The Moth” podcast
Website Of The Day – I really need to start exercising again. Perhaps I’ll peruse Yoga Today for inspiration.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check

Monthly
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 3 (10)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 14
Marta Rides – 0

December Goals
– Not get fired from my job

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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10 Responses to It’s Cold, But At Least It’s Dry

  1. Sal says:

    You could go to http://www.ghsa.org

    Happy Wednesday!!

    Good news: Cathy was sprung from the joint yesterday.

  2. Sal, that’s great news about Cathy!

    Good site, Sal — here is their page regarding cellphone laws.

    Oh, and if you have a hands-free bluetooth device like one from Blue Ant, please let me know how well it works. Thanks.

  3. Barb says:

    I have a bluetooth device that goes on your sun visor – it seems to work pretty well – but not sure about on the interstate. I need Allan to call me using my phone so I can hear how it sounds. (I bought it one day using your Deals Of The Day). I don’t drive as much as I used to, so I don’t use it all that often.

    “Spracht AURA Mobile Hands-Free Bluetooth Speakerphone”

  4. Martha says:

    Great news for Cathy!!

    Drop Tasty Pie a note the Allen Clan has been there about a year now, I’m sure she knows of a few places to grab a bite, she might even have a good Veggie option for you.

    Amazon is also giving away Holiday music, but it looks like you have to download them one by one.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=dm_gw_25days?ie=UTF8&docId=1000453281&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=right-1&pf_rd_r=0CMV2VFVE305JR7FREFX&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=505691771&pf_rd_i=163856011

  5. Andrew says:

    A better suggestion for a site listing state laws governing cell phone usage while driving? Is “just don’t do it” not an option?

  6. Abstinence is always an option Andrew. Of the people you’ll meet I’m one who will use his phone the least… as a phone. I use my iPhone as a tiny computer and media device far more than as a phone. Much like knowing whether a “right on red” is legal in a given state I want to know the cellphone laws.

  7. Barb says:

    Now people that text (or mess with their iPhones) while driving scare me, but for the most part the people that are just talking on the phone don’t. I mean really, if you’ve got an automatic car, do you really drive with both hands? And, if you have a manual transmission, you can’t drive with both hands. To me talking on the phone isn’t that different that talking to the person sitting next to you in the car.

  8. brenan says:

    I’ll have to respectfully disagree with you on this one Barb. Whenever I come across someone driving like an absentminded idiot, 8 times out of 10 the person is yakking away on their cell phone — oblivious to the world around him or her.

  9. Barb says:

    Well – I don’t drive much anymore – my 1.5 mile commute doesn’t give me much of a chance to observe 😉

  10. Martha says:

    1 Brenan, but I think only 8 out of 10 is being pretty nice.

    Study after study has shown that talking on the cell (with or with out hands free) is far more distracting that talking to the person sitting next to you. However, I’m just as gulity as the next when it comes to talking and driving.

    Use to date a guy that would text on his iPhone while driving all the time, it make me so nervous, I would ask him to stop all the time but he never did.

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