What’s That Old Saying About Insanity?

Something about repeating the same process and expecting different results?

Well, today I’m replaying the “Waiting for the electrician game.” It turns out, so I was told, that the electrician had written me in for 8am today and not yesterday. So, with an apology and an offer to do the work at a discount I decided to see if we can get this deal done today.

As I watch today’s Flickr pic crawl its way onto the internet I can only hope that a switch to U-Verse will make my internet experience much more enjoyable. Dangen! The first attempt to upload the photo failed.

Oh, and it’s now 5:30am and I’ve been up since about 3:30am. This doesn’t bode well for me today. I see a nap in my future.

I Found The Night, Now I Need To Find Some Game
The “Plan” last night was to see the play “Shooting Star” at Horizon Theatre. The “Sub-Plan” was to see if I would at least be close to the median age of the people in attendance. It was the suggestion of ITP-Reader Lisa, who used to go to the Horizon when she was an Atlanta resident many years ago, that younger people (read “women”) would more likely be in attendance during the week when ticket prices were lower.

She was right of course, though early returns had me believing that I’d never see a show at the Horizon at which I wouldn’t be one of the youngest patrons. Last night there were two groups of women who were in attendance, the younger of which were adorable but way too young and perhaps out of my league, the elder of which were all married and talking about children. Of course I wasn’t feeling well last night either with a dry cough and some intermittent chest pains. Of course none of that matters as I have no “game” and would have done nothing even if I had felt on top of the world.

The play was very good. Acted well by the only two people in the play, it ran for eight-five minutes without intermission. If you don’t know the plot of “Shooting Star,” it’s a about a chance encounter of two former lovers (twenty-five years later) who are stuck in an airport waiting for a huge snowstorm to subside so that they can catch their flights — coincidentally to each other’s home town. The two people’s lives have gone in opposite directions, he, has become corporate businessman with a wife and daughter while, she, has attempted to maintain the hippie lifestyle they shared those many years ago. Of course each is suffering at the present time and an attempt to rekindle the old times, perhaps the only awkward portion of the play, when the airport shuts down for the evening proves to be fruitless. There is a major plot twist toward the play’s end which I shan’t disclose in case you want to see the play, which gives it an air of “ABC AfterSchool Special” which I found unfortunate. Overall I’d recommend the play if you can handle plays which are not necessarily comedic.

ITP Flickr Pic
I should have known better than to believe that Pomegranate Fruit Bars would be made from pomegranates.
No Real Truth In Advertising
RELATED: I don’t read packaging well.

Too Much Of A Good Thing Is Not So Great
Yesterday was a weird food day even by my standards. I started the day with a “breakfast bar,” which is not all that unusual.

When my regular lunch crew decided not to go out for lunch I chose to stay in as well, eating a bowl of shredded wheat cereal, banana, and “pomegranate” bar.

I didn’t budget nearly enough time for eating dinner before last night’s play and wanting to chalk up a vegetarian day I unfortunately ate another “pomegranate” bar and a different brand of cereal bar for dinner.

Hungry when I arrived home post-play, I made a cup of tea and ate the final two spoonfuls of peanut butter straight from its jar.

Too much sweet, not nearly enough savory. Not good.

I Wish I Were Handing Out Happy Birthday Greetings Today
Today would have been my father’s 87th birthday had he lived to see it. I think I should call my mother tonight to see how she’s doing.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh, life is not thrilling me at the moment
Current Music – listening podcasts when I should be sleeping
Website Of The Day – With a switch to digital phone service I might also make the leap to a digital alarm company such as Next Alarm.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car, at least it will be when I go in to work
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 52

Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 4 (4)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 2
Marta Rides – 0

March Goals
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Get the new LLC moving…

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 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
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
– Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in PHP and CSS
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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7 Responses to What’s That Old Saying About Insanity?

  1. Steve says:

    This will be a great weekend to work on one of your March goals- ride at least 100 miles. I would be working toward that as well, but I’m working a race in Albany.

    I would think that mid-week theater would be a target-rich environment. Sorry for the “no joy”.


  2. Barb says:

    I hoping (unless this sore throat gets worse) we will do a road ride Saturday mid morning in Roswell by the river & maybe a hill or two, then we are off to a friend’s grand opening of a wine store in Lawrenceville (with a tasting from 1-3pm).
    Anyone can join us at both or either………

    Sunday will be a mountain bike day – not sure where, gotta check the websites & phone lines to see what is closed & open.

  3. Okay, electrician is done. New outlet installed and the kitchen light problem was a worn out light switch.

    Speaking of worn out, I’m fighting off some sort of cold right now. My dry cough from yesterday has turned into a worn out, blah sensation. If I can recover by Saturday I’ll be filling the tires of the Red Rocket and taking it out for its maiden ride in 2010.

  4. RanLiCoop says:

    Congrats on yet another vegetarian day!!! 😉

    Statistically speaking, attending one mid-week play doesn’t really tell you much about the average attendee. I say try a couple more and see what happens – oh, and listen carefully, maybe not all of the “older” women are married with children – maybe some of them are going to plays with their married friends in the hopes of meeting eligible bachelors…

  5. Thanks man. I doubt that I’ll ever give up meat entirely, but it’s kind of fun to challenge myself to be meatless occasionally.

    I will agree that more experiments need to be run before I can even consider making statistical arguments. However, there were fewer couples and “elderly” people last night and I found out that the Horizon has some special Wednesday night deal for the “Under 30” crowd — which doesn’t help me much.

  6. bob says:

    I hear you on the insane part, I go to work every day now saying “today will be a good day”. I leave every day feeling like I just went a few rounds with Tyson. This project will be the death of me.

    Oh, and your father and my mother share a birthday. Which reminds me I need to call her.

  7. Wow, cool. Happy birthday to Bob’s mother then!

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