I’m not going to try and paint myself as the biggest fan of Pavement. Sheepishly I have to admit that Pavement is one of the handful of really popular indie bands (see also: Sonic Youth) that someone all-but missed my radar “back in the day.” I guess I was doing more of the punk and grunge things back then. However, this won’t stop me from being one of the masses who hit Ticketmaster’s website to buy a ticket, and get reamed with “convenience fees”, for the show at The Tabernacle later this year.
Beware Of The Ides Of March
Last night I placed an order for AT&T’s U-Verse service. Once installed on March 15th I’ll be subscribing to AT&T’s 12Mbps internet service as well as digital phone service with unlimited minutes throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. These two services will cost $80/month (before obligatory taxes and fees) and will cost me another $149 to have installed. Why do it?
Well, first and foremost my current DSL delivers 1.5Mbps at best for $60/month, I have an analog landline (for the DSL and alarm system) which costs about $30/month, and I have a long distance calling plan which costs $6/month plus a fairly nominal per-minute charge for long distance calls I place. So, in theory I’m getting better services for $16 less than what I’m paying now. And as a bonus I will only have to pay one provider instead of the three with whom I currently do business. I like!
There are one or two concerns I have however. First, unlike analog telephone service digital telephone service requires electricity from the home. Therefore, if the power goes out, I better be getting cellphone service so that I can call Georgia Power to reinstate services. Second, I will have to contact my alarm company to make sure that their service can be used with a digital phone line. If not, this may be another opportunity for me to change companies and lower my monthly fees.
RealiTV Update : Survivor — The Race For Immunity Is On
For some reason it’s difficult for me to remember what happened last night. It must have something to do with the fact that I was working on my computer all night while the tv played in the background.
I do remember that it was a rather lackluster episode.
I do remember that each team received a fairly straightforward “clue” to the location of an Immunity Idol at their camp.
I do remember Tom finding the Immunity Idol at the Heroes’ camp.
I do remember the Villains winning immunity.
I do remember Tom cleverly playing his Immunity Idol, which probably saved his ass from elimination.
I do remember the joy of hearing that Cerie was voted off. I’ve never liked her for some reason…
I Won’t Be Fooled Again
I’m looking at the weather forecast for Atlanta this weekend, a weekend of sun with a high of 57ºF on Saturday and a high of 61ºF on Sunday. Perfect bicycle riding weather, right? Not so fast, my friend. Check out the lows this weekend 28ºF on Saturday and 38ºF on Sunday.
I might have to wait another week or two before getting the Red Rocket back on the road.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, feeling a bit ill but hopeful that it’ll be out of my system by tomorrow
Current Music – listening to the “Grammar Girl” podcast. If you’ve read this space for some time you know that I should pay more attention to this podcast.
Website Of The Day – A Is For Atlanta is a real estate blog that I stumbled upon while contemplating loft rental the other day.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
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) – 5 (5)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 3
Marta Rides – 0
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Get the new LLC moving…
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 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
– 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
– 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