Picking My Battles

We are only given so many waking hours with which to work. Unfortunately for me there are not enough hours to accomplish all that I desire to accomplish.

I’m Out!
I knew signing up for the Black Sheep Hash Black Rock Mountain campout was risky at best. It was a $50 gamble that I was willing to take. It will be a(nother) $50 gamble that I will lose.

This morning I decided to pull the plug (again) on my Black Rock campout experience. Time is the biggest factor, followed closely by weather.

This has been an incredibly busy week, even if you don’t factor in all of the attempts I’ve been making to improve my software development skills. Monday night I (briefly) attended a concert. Tuesday night was consumed by laundry. Last night I spent the evening with my Atlanta Photography Exhibit friends and, while I enjoyed myself, was bushed by the time I walked in the door. Tonight I have not one, but at least two options — tonight is the annual Black Sheep Founders Day hash, and I have a ticket to the Cymbals Eat Guitars show at The EARL. Even though I am only scheduled to work a half-day tomorrow there is no way that I’d want to rush home, pack, drive to Black Rock Mountain State Park, and sit around in the predicted thunderstorms; I have another plan up my sleeve. And yes, I feel guilty for backing out of camping…

I’ve made an executive decision to not sign up for any more events in 2010 as they seem to handcuff me and make me feel guilty when I can’t/don’t participate..

ITP Flickr Pic
Yeah, another car shot from Sunday.
Honda S2000
I have about two hundred more if you are interested…

I’m In!
One of the discoveries that help to make my $50 hash donation palpable was noticing that David Barbe’s band is opening up for Drive By Truckers this weekend. I’ve been a hugh fan of Barbe’s music for nearly twenty years.

Not familiar?

David Barbe was the bass player in Bob Mould’s band Sugar.

David Barbe had his own band called Buzz Hungry for a while. Buzz Hungry was the band who introduced me to the seedier part of Atlanta — Dottie’s (old school!).

During the recent past Barbe has concentrated on producing other people’s music. Recently I heard that Barbe had started playing out again and had been hoping that he’d be doing an Atlanta show sometime.

That time is this weekend. And since I don’t know when the next time I’ll be able to see Barbe perform I’ve decided that his performance trumps hashing.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – bothered
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – In photography timing is everything as Perfectly Timed Photos will prove.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 204 pounds (WRONG DIRECTION, PAULIE!)
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 52

Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 20
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 10 (10)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 9
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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10 Responses to Picking My Battles

  1. Hahaha! I posted on the Black Sheep’s website that I was backing out of the camping trip and have already received an email from someone calling me a pussy (again). I love my friends. No seriously, I do.

  2. Steve says:

    There is something seriously un-fun about camping in the rain.. even if you are prepared for it. And it’s one thing to have rain on a long camping trip, but to have rain on just a weekend trip- pass.

    So what exactly was the event with all the cars? Some sort of street car time trial?


  3. The event was/is called Autocross. This one was held in one of the parking lots of Six Flags, in the near future they’ll be holding them in the parking lot of Turner Field.

    Essentially a track is marked out using cones and people can drive their street-legal cars around the track and get timed. I knew three people driving last weekend (none of the photos of them have been posted yet) so I went out to see what the event was all about.

  4. brenan says:

    They held what I think was an autocross at the Turner Field parking lot last fall. I think what we saw/heard may have been called “drifting”. It was very loud but very cool — amazing that nobody crashed into the light poles scattered throughout the lot. Perhaps you could leverage your nice shots from this recent shoot into a spot in the passenger seat for some interesting POV shots? It would be one helluva ride!

  5. Steve says:

    Seems like an old friend who works at Road Atlanta tells a story of something similar on that track. A guy thought he was hot $hit and took his new Datsun 240zx out… and promptly rolled it. Insurance won’t pay for something like that.

    That would have been a nice call to make to your wife.

  6. Barb says:

    You set your self up for being called a pussy…….. I think you wanted them to call you that 😉

    Should have just emailed Sani direct (or whoever is in charge of it).

    I’ve got tons of work to do, but I’m so not in the mood, since we are leaving tomorrow morning for NorCal.
    Any suggestions of places to go in San Fran monday afternoon/evening? Our hotel is by the Wharf somewhere. Friday thru Sunday will be filled with wine (barrel) tasting in the Russian River Valley.

  7. Perhaps Barb. Perhaps. Though I wanted to make sure no one went out on trail looking for me like they had to at Lake Hartwell last year. 😉

    I keep hearing about a SF bar called 21st Amendment. I’m not sure where it is, but it may be a destination for you.

    Brenan, there was drifting at Turner Field two weeks ago. I was considering shooting it, but then found out it would cost me $10 to do so. Eff that! I think there are four or more autocross events scheduled for Turner Field this Spring.

    Steve, I joked with my coworkers that I was only there to shoot for the insurance companies.

  8. Jenka says:

    I wish I knew about this autocross business earlier! Hubby would love to see it. Is there a website/schedule?

  9. I’m surprised that you didn’t already know about this, Jenka.

    The “main” website is Sports Car Club of America — Atlanta Region

    The event which I attended last week, as well as a schedule of upcoming events can be found at Solo Atlanta

  10. Jenka says:

    Awesome, thanks so much!

    BTW, it’s possible hubby does already know about it and just didn’t tell me because he knows I don’t care. But I’ll pass this on to him just in case. Thanks!

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