It’s Pavement (ticket buying) Day

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.

ITP Flickr Pic
Last Saturday I went abandoned car hunting based on a tip given to me by my friend Jill (aka “Supersuck”).
Dude, Where's My Car?
This gem was located up in Norcross.

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.

Spoilers Follow
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 DayA 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

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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6 Responses to It’s Pavement (ticket buying) Day

  1. Barb says:

    I really wanted you to get the U-verse TV service as well – I want to know how well it works. I’d like to switch to U-verse, but I really don’t have a problem with my DirectTv, so I hate to mess with something that isn’t broke. Since I already ahve AT&T phone & internet, the price didn’t make much difference unless I added in the TV service.


    I’m happy about Cirie being gone & Rupert & James (aka big dumb guy) are idiots. Jeff had a great time at tribal council giving them crap.
    The Coach breakdown made me laugh, I was really hoping he’d quit & that Tyson would talk him into it, instead of out of it.

  2. You may be disappointed to know that I’m not getting the tv though, Barb. I still get “free” tv from Dish Network so I see no reason to pay AT&T. Besides, I’m upping my internet speeds so that I can download and watch my Netflix movies.

    I agree with you on your Survivor comments.

  3. Ugh. Whatever cold started working on me Wednesday night is getting nasty. Right now I’m sneezing, tired, and blah. All this after I mentioned that I was starting to feel better physically the other day.

    As the kids say FML.

  4. Barb says:

    I still have a sore throat & as my co-workers tell me, a good 1-900 voice again today. I don’t feel that super bad, but definately not 100%. I’m hoping a cold bike ride Saturday morning in Roswell, followed by a FREE wine tasting in afternoon will take me over the edge one way or the other.

  5. Steve says:

    No one said you had to go ride at daybreak… the afternoon will be fine. Sorry you aren’t feeling any better.


  6. Thanks. My day/health doesn’t seem to want to get better today.

    I’m usually “into something” by noon or early afternoon. History shows that I’m much more likely to ride early in the morning or late in the afternoon. My health, or lack thereof, will most likely be the deciding factor regardless.

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