Early Rising

For some reason I’m up early and ready to take on yet another overly-busy day. I wish the day included a trip to get someone to look at the SRS light in my car — you know, before I go for a long drive tomorrow — but it doesn’t. I’ve come to the conclusion that life is too complicated for one.

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

  • Take care not to harshly criticize family and friends. [Good advice for this weekend.]
  • Some people like the big picture, and other like the details. [Call me Mr. Details.]
  • Do the things you are good at. [Like not ending sentence in prepositions.]
  • Go visit your neighbor. [Well, one just moved out and I did see one at 5:30am this morning at her mailbox.]
  • Smile. [😀]

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.

Ho, Ho, Ho, That Was Funny!
Last night I fought Atlanta’s notorious traffic to make my way to the Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points. I managed to weave my way to L5P in time to have a brisket sandwich and beer at the Yacht Club before attending “The Santaland Diaries.”

In its eleventh year, I’ve now attended twice and wonder why it’s taken me so long to return to see “The Santaland Diaries.” The play, adapted from a David Sedaris short-story, is about Sedaris’ Christmas job as a Macy’s Christmas elf and is outrageously funny. The play was well-performed by a handful of actors and has had some modifications made to update the comedic references. Be forewarned however, that if you sit near the front you may be Crumpet’s victim, the man (or woman?) who is brought onto the stage and humiliated in front of all.

The play runs through January 3rd, 2010. I’m sure the plays this week are sold out, but if you can get to see it before the runs end I highly recommend that you do so.

I Don’t Belong, Especially With The Pretty People
For the first time in recent memory the Horizon Theatre was filled with younger people, many of which were pretty young ladies. Huh. Normally I look around the room and think “Really? I wonder if I’m one of the youngest people in this room?” but not last night.

I sat and listened to a few conversations around me and realized that I just don’t “belong,” especially with those blessed with the “pretty.”

I was reminded of a few other things last night

  1. I have no ability to initiate a conversation, especially one involving small talk.
  2. I have no “game.”
  3. I believe that I will never pair up.

It’s become clearer why I am so at peace when I’m writing code.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – good, but rushed still
Current Music – listening to last weekend’s “This American Life” which is all about the strange, drunken world of Penn State University.
Website Of The Day – How random? This Random.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 9* (10)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 21
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
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalapeño 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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9 Responses to Early Rising

  1. Barb says:

    Allan has told me many stories of “the strange, drunken world of Penn State University” – I’d really like to get there someday to see the place.

  2. Martha says:

    I saw The Santaland Diaries two years ago, LOVED IT. I wish they had a xmas eve matinee, it would give us something to do tomorrow. On that note, anyone have a suggestion on how to spend the day tomorrow? Looks like it is going to be raining and chilly. I’ll go stir crazy just sitting around the house.

    Paulie, I’ll be in the office next Tuesday and Wednesday if you want to get the car check out when you return from Florida.

    just remember this

    “Whether You Think You Can or Can’t, You’re Right”–Henry Ford

  3. B-Bob says:

    I’d like to think that I was instrumental in molding that “stange drunken world”, having spent 5 years there – 4 years in school and 1 year trying to:
    – find my way home in the morning
    – find my car in the morning
    – find my way out of this stranger’s apartment in the morning
    – find an excuse to go to class
    It was a great education and the school part was OK too.

  4. Martha, I will be taking it there Tues or Wed (assuming it makes it back from Florida).

    Bob, I roomed with three PSU grads when I moved to Atlanta. We went up for a game and it was insane — even for the thirty-some-odd-year-old that I was back then.

  5. Barb says:

    hey B-Bob – I didn’t know you went there too. Interesting & enlightening…. 😉

    Martha – I have to work a half day, then Allan & I have no plans as well. We do have a new Wii that I need to learn how to play, and are planning on having some steaks at the house for dinner. Come on over…… we have PLENTY of wine too.

  6. Steve says:

    As I was never a fan of “Seinfeld” I didn’t realize that today was Festivus.

    Happy Fesitvus, everyone.


  7. Thanks Steve! I was a huge fan of Seinfeld but forgot to mention today was Festivus. As I air my grievances on a daily basis I guess that every day is Festivus for me. 😉

  8. Martha says:

    I’m taking tomorrow off…now wishing I had taken today off as well. We are going to workout in the morning, I told Jerry I wanted to run home from the gym but I’ll wait to see what the weather is like. Getting up and out for Crossfit has been way easier then it was for bootcamp. I think not freezing my butt off has something to do with it.

    We are going to spend Christmas eve at Jerry’s…he’s even planning on packing up the tree and taking it home with him tomorrow.

    I’ll let Jerry know about tomorrow, maybe we can swing by and try out your game before I spend more money…that is if my hands stop hurting long enough to hold the wheel…anybody want to get me workout gloves for christmas????

  9. Barb says:

    Martha – I bet bike gloves would work????

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