Top O’ The Morning To Ya!

Being the grandson of Irish immigrants allows me to be obnoxious on St. Patrick’s Day. And don’t ya know I will be.

Top o’ the morning morning happened when I awoke at 4:30am. I managed to get a little reading done before settling in for a “nap” at 5:15am which lasted until nearly 7:00am. Not a great way to start my day.

Encounters Of A Hasher Kind
Yesterday I forgot that I had a lunch meeting, my body-clock was still thinking it was Monday, so a coworker and I headed to the Chinese Food Court. Wouldn’t’cha know that it being Tuesday I’d run into One Ball, BWanA (aka ITP-Reader Harold), and Little Willy eating there as well. It was good to chat and hear news both good and not so good from the lads. (which reminds me, Willy, email me you contact information).

My coworker Duke (of Asain decent, Thai if I remember correctly) and I ordered a lamb hotpot and a chicken with wood-ear mushroom dish. My lunch buddies always joke about the food we order when we go out, and yesterday Duke lamented that we had ordered “round eye” food at the Chinese food court. Wouldn’t you know not five minutes later a wonderful elderly Asian woman came to our table and asked us about the lamb hotpot. Of course she asked Duke, in Chinese, which he does not speak, and the hilarity ensued. “Round eye food?” “I don’t think she thought it was round eye food.” I joked with Duke.

Word on the food street is that green beans are still hard to come by. Dangen!

While I Contributed, I Felt So Far Behind
Last night I attended my first Atlanta iPhone Developers Meetup (ironically, the website for this group is almost impossible to read using an iPhone). The meetup was held in Midtown, and since I knew nothing of the agenda nor the post-meetup proceedings I chose to park in a pay lot (the one which collapsed a few months back I was told). Have I ever mentioned how much I hate to pay for parking? $6 was my fee last night for my three-hour stay.

The meetup was good. Last night there was no real specific agenda to be followed so the assembled nerds conversed about iPhone development, the iPad and what it will mean, and other associated nerdy topics.

Even though these nerds are light years ahead of me when it comes to Mac and iPhone development it felt okay being among them. I had a brief moment of glory as one of the topics last night was how the group was moving to putting stuff on GitHub and since I’ve been teaching myself how to use Git recently I was able to point the members toward Scott Chacon’s excellent online book Pro Git. Nerd pride, to me only falling in love is a better feeling.

ITP Flickr Pic
I get a lot of packages delivered to the office.
Sometimes I Think UPS Hates Me
Sometimes I think that UPS hates me for that.

I’m Thinking Of Taking An iPhone Development Vacation
No, not a vacation from iPhone development (the learning thereof), but rather an intense week of doing nothing but iPhone development learning. I’m thinking of taking some vacation days and going nowhere except to my computer. I’m very serious about learning iPhone/iPad/Mac development and don’t feel as if I’m capable of dedicating enough time to it given the small window of free time I have each day. Unfortunately the earliest window of opportunity which appears on my calendar is late May, around Memorial Day.

Ho’ever Tonight I’ll Be Swinging My Sheleighly At Trivia
Tonight I’ll be joining some coworkers after work for some beverages and hopefully some Team Trivia near the office. Dangen! Had I thought of it I could have packed a bag and slept the night in the office instead of driving all the way home. O’well…

Oh, and if you know me you also know that there will be no green-tinted Bud products going down my gullet tonight. Paulie don’t play that game…

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – o’meh
Current Music – I’m listening to a CBCRadio 3 podcast
Website Of The Day – St Patrick is believed to have driven the snakes out of Ireland. North Carolina had no such luck so the Davidson Herpetology Laboratory has put up a web site to identify the amphibians and reptiles of North Carolina.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 203 pounds
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) – 17 (17)
Vegetarian Days – 2, Carnivorous Days – 14
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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11 Responses to Top O’ The Morning To Ya!

  1. Martha says:

    Nibbles woke me up at 4:00am…just enough time to fall back to sleep before the alarm went off at 4:45, that in combination of Tuesday Night’s Weird-n-Scary Dreamfest I’m dragging today, not sure I can ingest enough caffeine to make it today. Don’t be surprised if I tell the tale tomorrow of how I fell asleep in the middle of yoga class.

    Yeah, what’s up with the green beans. Even at YDFM they were $3.99/lb, tomatoes were only $2.99 and there’s a world shortage tomatoes. Jerry had to settle for frozen this week.

    When we go to any Asian restaurant Jerry says “I’ll do the talking”? Okay he doesn’t even speak Tagalog, much less another Asian language, heck he doesn’t even have the “hard core” Asian look (his words). Well that’s just Jerry 😉

  2. Barb says:

    I’m dragging today, but that is because of 3 hour time difference, & you just get used to it & have to come home. 7am was 4am to me this morning.

    3 days of wine tasting & then 1 day of beer drinking in San Fran is enough for me, I think I’m going to have to go on a no alcohol diet. I’m sure this feeling won’t really last too long…….

    Paulie – I’m assuming you are wearing green today? I am…. no getting pinched for me today.

  3. Ew, that sounds rough Barb. Glad to hear that you had a good time even if you are starting a self-imposed no alcohol diet.

    Green shirt is on. Oddly I pulled it out yesterday and thought, “Don’t be stupid, wear this shirt on St Patrick’s Day!”

  4. Barb says:

    It really wasn’t all that rough 😉
    Well, the beer drinking all afternoon/evening was, I don’t drink much beer anymore.
    But – over all the trip was a BLAST, if anyone wants to do some wine tasting, I highly recommend this barrel tasting event. For $20 for a wrist band, we had 80 wineries to pick from, and most regular days, it is $5-$20 per winery to taste. And – they had appetizer type food at some of the places included. You don’t have to buy anything, but probably will.

  5. Steve says:


    “Being the grandson of Irish immigrants allows me to be obnoxious on St. Patrick’s Day. And don’t ya know I will be.”

    So what’s your excuse the rest of the time? R R R I crack myself up!!

    I’m wearing the closest thing to green in my current wardrobe. I will be at George’s tonight and I think the beverage of choice will be Guiness.

    So is your Iphone vacation an actual boot camp, or just you studying at home?


  6. The iPhone vacation would be at home. I’ve heard of the Big Nerd Ranch, which offers an iPhone boot camp, but I’m hoping that I have the discipline to do it on my own if I set aside the time.

  7. Martha says:

    I just checked on how far back my one (that I know about) Irish ancestory goes…that’s when I realized my great-great-great Grandfather was Scottish…oh well. My g-g-g-grandmother’s last name was MacIntosh (sounds Scottish to me as well). There goes that.

    Thomas Riddell came from his native country (Scotland) to America, with a relative, when he was but twelve years old, stopping in the state of New York where he grew to manhood and married. His wife dying, he returned to Scotland; then came again to America and located in the state of New Jersey, where he remarried. In 1839 he came to Indiana, locating in Clay County, entering land in Jackson Township. For some years after coming here he taught school. His second wife dying, he married the third time. In 1852 he was elected county recorder, and was re-elected in 1856, and died on the 16th day of September, 1860, within less than two months of the expiration of his second term of service.

  8. Lisa says:

    Not to brag, but we have green beans here and not too expensive. Maybe that will tempt you into another visit to NC (or better yet even a move!). Also, we had that wire static problem after we had something done with the internet (not as fancy as yours) and I think they had to come back and put some filter on the line so we could use the phone again. Ask Randy, maybe he’ll remember what we had to do.

  9. Some wacky herpes laboratory and green beans? You North Carolinians have it all!

    btw- funny light saber fight. 🙂

  10. RanLiCoop says:

    The little guy would not leave me alone until I came up with a way for the light saber to “fly” to his hand.

    We did have to install a filter to rid ourselves of phone noise due to our old DSL(obtained from Earthlink and installed by yours truly – so yes, it’s easy to do).

    I’ve seen the Boont Amber on menus and taps ’round these here parts. Let me know when you are next headed this way and I’ll make sure we locate specific sources.

  11. Ha. The light saber flying back to his hand was pretty funny.

    I have filters installed. I’ll be checking it all out this weekend along with my computer setup — a long story.

    Okie dokie, I’ll start scouring my calendar and confer to make sure that it works with yours. When do the Durham Bulls start their season? When will it be warm enough to enjoy their games?

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