I Try Not To Be A Loser

The word “loser” has many connotations. For some uses (weight) I aspire to be a “loser,” while for others (Life) notsomuch. I am usually not a “thing loser,” so the other day when I could not (nor have I yet) find the earbuds for my iPod I was rather perturbed. I recall having them in Nashville, but cannot recall if I have seen them since. Did I carelessly set them down in the hotel room and leave them behind? I’ve done that once before. I’ve ripped apart my car, luggage, briefcase, camera bag, all to no avail. I’m close to the point of purchasing new ones, if for no other reason than to put this matter to rest.

An Opportunity Wasted
Last night after work I headed down to Binders where I picked up more photography matting/framing supplies (and an overpriced Moleskine-style sketch book). While there I was also able to save 50% (up to $25) off my purchase using Scoutmob (seriously, if you live in Atlanta you should be checking out the deals offered by Scoutmob).

From Buckhead I headed toward midtown so that I could make it there in order to have a fast bite to eat (an unfortunate choice of Moe’s in Colony Square — no other “fast” food place was open). With an hour to spare I decided to sit and have a beer at Table 1280. With an hour to spare I should have entered the High Museum and looked at the art, or perhaps looked for women who were looking at the art.


Alice Was In Wonderland
It’s a shame that I’ve seen “Lookingglass Alice” so close to the end of its run here in Atlanta, because the play was phenomenal. Stop reading this section now if you intend on seeing it.

It may not of hurt that my seat was front row, nearly dead-center.
I'd Say My Seat Is "Close"
(I cannot wait until I get a new iPhone, one with an improved camera over the 3G model I have today).

The play, based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland” opens with young Alice looking into a mirror to find an alternate universe. Immediately the black backdrop is dropped to reveal an entire audience sitting on the stage looking at the audience in the normal seating (a mirror image — get it?!).

Alice drops through the rabbit hole and encounters many, amusing and well-crafted characters such as the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the White Night, Humpty Dumpty, and the Queen of Hearts.

It’s with the Queen of Hearts that our audience got to witness live theater at its greatest! For her first stage appearance the queen is part of an apparatus which must be twenty-feet tall; her dress goes to the stage floor and she is moved about by a person under her dress. At one point “she” was backing up and must have snagged something on the stage for “she” started to tip backward slowly. And then “she” went too far… BAM! The queen had fallen. At first I couldn’t figure out if this was part of the play, but then quickly realized that it was not. The actress playing the queen handled it perfectly, hardly falling out of character as she explained that this was the first time “she” had ever toppled. As the stage director’s voice bellowed from above a cast of stage hands came in to help carry the queen’s apparatus off stage. It was at that point that “Alice” informed us that it was the queen’s birthday, so in the few minutes of non-action we had waiting for everyone to get ready to resume the play, we sang “Happy Birthday” to the queen.

The play is part acrobatics/gymnastics (“Alice” is played by a beautiful, and rather limber, young actress named Lindsey Noel Whiting), part comedy, part amazement. Being in the front row occasionally also meant being included in some of the scenes, as we were so close we almost could not help being involved.

It really appeared that the five actors who performed all of the rolls were having a great time.

I cannot recommend this play highly enough. Hell, had I the time before its closing I might go and watch it again, this time from the stage.

ITP Flickr Pic
Another shot taken at the High Museum last week.
This Bugatti was stunning. Hell, all of the automobiles on display were stunning.

Buying From Amazon Is Like Playing The Stock Market
The other day I was perusing Amazon, just minding my own business when I noticed that Photoshop Elements 8 for the Mac was priced at $69.99 with a $20 mail-in rebate. For $50 I was considering updating my version of Elements 6, but because I’ve been spending a lot of money (with much more waiting to be spent) I decided to hold off.

I went back to Amazon later that day and found that the price of Photoshop Elements 8 had risen to $74.99. WTH? Is Amazon the stock market? Does Amazon follow America’s gasoline pricing habits? Now I’ll certainly be putting of any purchase, at least until the price returns to $69.99.

Tonight, Corb Lund
I’m assuming that The Great Big Sea’s show tonight at Variety Playhouse has not sold out, as I intend to head down to Little 5 Points tonight to purchase a ticket to hear Corb Lund play. Hell, I’ll be sticking around to hear The Great Big Sea as well.

Per usual I’ll probably start the night off with a stop at the Yacht Club, though I might try and change things up a bit and eat somewhere else. Anyone want to suggest a L5P change of pace for me?

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – pretty darn good, especially if today is the day before I become and iPad owner
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Lenny must be a huge “Alice In Wonderland” fan. Check out Lenny’s “Alice In Wonderland” site.
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) – 4 (11)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 27
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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4 Responses to I Try Not To Be A Loser

  1. Barb says:

    damn……… busy day for me.
    Play sounds cool.

  2. It was indeed. I figured there was a lot going on today since it’s been quiet.

  3. Michelle says:

    I saw Great Big Sea back in 2002 at the Cropredy Festival. I recall that I enjoyed their set, but I think I’d had way too many pints of Wadworth 6X by then to really recall the details. I have a CD of theirs if you’d like to borrow it.

  4. I’ll let you know tomorrow, Michelle. If I really enjoy their set I’ll probably will. Thanks.

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