Chucks To Be Me

My new Chucks are on their maiden voyage today. Perhaps a photo tomorrow.

A Good Day To Be A Quitter
Yesterday’s Black Sheep Hash was intended to be tricky. Tricky it was. In fact, it was so tricky that by the time a handful of us found that we’d been circle-jerked back to the start we decided to read the directions to the end and drive to it.

It was a great day to be out, even if out was in some county way OTP. As we sat at the end of an abandoned cul de sac waiting for those who ran the entire trail to arrive we were treated to beer, the wafting of dead animal stench, and an incensed man who was obviously owed money from a guy named “Chris” who this man was certain that one of us would know. Why wouldn’t I want to pick up and move OTP?

ITP Flickr Pic
Because of Saturday’s amazingly terrible weather a trio of the FlickrRPS photogs headed to the High Museum to take in the “Lure of the Automobile” exhibit.
"SLR" Doesn't Always Mean "Single Lens Reflex"
Surprisingly, “real” cameras are allowed. Unsurprisingly, I found it really difficult to get decent photos especially on a crowded Saturday morning.

RealiTV Update: The Amazingly Stretched Out Race — In Memory Of Pingping
It had been two weeks since the last The Amazing Race. Somehow it felt much longer, and almost a little difficult for me to get back “into” the race. A short recap reminding how much I disliked Team LezBe Friends snapped me back into shape.

Down to the Final Four:

  • Team Brokeback
  • Team Model Citizens
  • Team Thing One, Thing Gay One
  • Team Clouseau

with this week’s activity deciding which teams would be in the Grand Finale!

A leg of the race with two Road Blocks? Whoa, those Amazing Race creators are sneaky! Once again all teams were able to catch up because of a single flight. Let’s fly to China…

In China teams must deal with another language that none of them speak, and taxi drivers which may or may not know how to get them to where they need to go.

At the first road block Team Model Citizen arrived first to make some noodles in the presence of the (then) smallest man in the world Pingping. Team Brokeback arrived second and quickly came to the conclusion that noodlin’ wasn’t much different that ropin’ — no problem! While Team Clouseau arrived last they have a little Italian in them do noodlin’ wasn’t very hard for them either.

From the Noodle Block each team whisked their way to a human paperdoll dress up factory where, because there are so many people in China, they have no need for mannequins. Each team had to dress their little China doll up just like the sketch they had to use as a guide. You figure Team Model Citizens and Team Thing One, Thing Gay One would have no difficulty with fashion, but I guess cowboy attire never goes out of fashion and Team Brokeback was able to whip through the challenge.

And now for some chicanery, a second Road Block which must be performed by the slackass who sat out the first Road Block. Again one of the benefits of having Billions of citizens is the ease of finding nearly four hundred who will sit in a stadium on a blustery China day doing nothing more than watching four Americans attempt to assemble puzzles. What Fun! For a second I thought I was watching Survivor. I felt badly for Team Brokeback and Team Model Citizens as their puzzle pieces kept getting picked up blown across the stadium. I was a little nervous when Team Brokeback started undressing and using articles of clothing to hold puzzle pieces in place — only Jeebus knows what China’s obscenity laws are.

Once puzzle assembly and distribution were completed the teams found the mysterious “Metro” and bullet-trained their asses to a ginormous science, history, and General Tsu’s Chicken factory where they found Phil and four adorable China dolls dressed cute little outfits as if we were still in the 1960’s. All I could say was “Mao, oh Mao!”

Team Brokeback finished first, from which we found out that after the race the two brother have no plans to ever see each other again.

Team Model Citizens finished second and were mad that they once again didn’t finish first.

Team Thing One, Thing Gay one came in third.

Team Clouseau finished last and where summarily eliminated from the Race given a stay of execution. Oh for fuck’s sake, can we not continually stretch this season out? CBS, if you want to make this an eighteen-week show then just add a couple more teams already!

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, but still majorly concerned about some things in my life
Current Music – listening to the “This Week in Tech” podcast
Website Of The Day – I never heard of Jailhouse Brewing. Hell, I never even heard of Hampton, GA before. btw – the beer I had on Saturday at Six Feet Under was pretty good, and I found that Jailhouse’s beer is also available around East Atlanta Village.
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 – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 1 (11)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 24
Marta Rides – 0

April Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, 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.
– 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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8 Responses to Chucks To Be Me

  1. Barb says:

    hey – you were in Gwinnett county OTP, don’t be comparing it to my Cobb county OTP 😉

    The cowboys are too awesome – I really wonder how long the noodle thing took.
    and – watch Survivor copy them & do a huge puzzle like that some day.

    Hampton GA is where the Nascar track is……. how could you not know that?? I barely do either, but I’m pretty sure it is where the FAA & some air space/traffic stuff goes on, and Rear Approach, old time wheelhopper guy, works down there.

  2. “Hampton GA is where the Nascar track is……. how could you not know that?? “

    How long have you known me? Have you ever heard me mention NASCAR? 🙂

    I’ll agree that the part of Georgia (which hardly felt like the Georgia I know) was nothing like your Cobb County OTP.

  3. sal says:

    What a great week-end….okay, so it rained a lot on Saturday…but those Bison burgers at Barb and Allan’s sure made up for that!!

    Sunday was just awesome. Went to Amicalola Falls…a lot of water in the falls….great day to be outdoors….

    I love the cowboys….they play it so cool. I was really hoping they would have narrowed it down to just 3 teams though.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Steve!.

  4. Barb says:

    Paulie – if I didn’t know rednecks that love NASCAR, I wouldn’t know where Hampton is either.

    Steve – sorry to hear about your dad, let us know if there is anything we can do.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Steve, my condolences about your father.

  6. Steve says:

    Thanks to all for the kind words. This was certainly not a suprise.. at age 96, you never know when, but you know it’s coming.


  7. Jenka says:

    FYI, I made that recipe (sort of) over the weekend that you posted on Friday. I pretty much always have black beans and diced tomatoes in the cupboard. Since I had some leftover brats I cooked those, threw together black beans, tomatoes and some brown rice (added the rice dry, and only added a tiny bit of water), added garlic to the brats for the last two minutes, then mixed both things together. Then I put it in a baking dish, covered it in cheese and baked for about 12 minutes. So delicious! Without cheese it would have been moderately healthy, too.

  8. Sounds like an equally compelling concoction, Jenka. And you are in such great shape that you can eat all of the cheese you desire.

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