Damn The Torpedoes

And I’m not referring to the classic Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album…

I’m fighting off another Spring cold, thus making May another 2010 month in which I’ve gotten sick. It’s not bad, but it comes at a very inconvenient time. Today I am dropping the Jackmobile off to get a brake job, and my mode of transportation from Chamblee to Perimeter Mall is bicycle — not exactly the best way to travel when ill.

My body, and all of the goddamn vitamins I’ve been for the past few months, better fend this shit off before tomorrow night’s Hold Steady show at Variety Playhouse and the beginning of my self-imposed “Six Days of Improvement” which starts on Friday.

ITP Flickr Pic
Fail again. In fact, I’m giving up this week.

A Little Different Laundry Night
I bet when I mentioned laundry and food yesterday you assumed I’d be eating at Lee’s Bakery last night. Oh no, I wanted to try something different yesterday.

Last night I took my two filled IKEA bags’ worth of laundry to a laundromat near the corner of Buford Highway and Chamblee-Tucker Road (not coincidentally near where I’ll be dropping the car off today). The plan was to try out a different laundromat and eat at Las Tortas Locas (huh, no website).

With the exceptions that I was fighting off the beginning of this fuggin’ cold, and the thirty minutes of constant crying/screaming from at least one of the three small children who were in the laundromat, the laundry experience at the new laundromat was fine.

My meal at Las Tortas Locas was exceptional. I ordered a Huaraches al Pastor and a Coke and loaded up my plate (well, basket) with some of the numerous free sides — a jalapeño pepper, some pieces of sweet potato, and some pickled carrot slices — from their sauces and sides table. I also picked up some spicy sauces in an attempt to burn out my illness. Unfortunately, it didn’t work.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – discouraged
Current Music – listening to yesterday’s “The Story” podcast
Website Of The Day – What’s the definition of “coincidence?” How about me using the word “torpedoes” in today’s title without knowing that Sunday Magazine : The Most Interesting Articles From 100 Years Ago This Weekend would have the title of its first article be “Torpedo Airship Controlled By Wireless Is The Latest Invention.”
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car and my mountain bike
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – ~41 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 24 (24)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 25
Marta Rides – 0

May 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 further

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
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalapeño 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 Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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17 Responses to Damn The Torpedoes

  1. Martha says:

    Las Tortas Locas = yummy. I don’t go often, even though it’s just down the road, but it is some good stuff. If I had better genetics and wasn’t so cheap, I could live off LTL and Nick’s forever.

    Instead I made my version of chimichurri quinoa for dinner last night.

    What is up with your immume system? Are you sure you are getting colds and not allergies? I was sick back in September…fine since then. I’m pretty sure, being raised by my father, in a half built house, challenged my immune system EVERY DAY…

    I’m so looking forward to a three day weekend, I’m even considering making it four!

  2. Barb says:

    Martha took me to Las Tortas last time I got my oil changed, it was good. In a few months I’ll be over that way again & ready to try it again!

    I’m with you on the need for the 3 day weekend – this getting back from vacation just in time for end of the month shipping has been crazy here at work. I really need to get home earlier than 10pm & have to go to work that next morning.

    Paulie – sorry you are feeling sicky again.

  3. *Finally* in to work. The ride from Lam’s to Perimeter Mall is only six or so miles with some really fun downhill. 🙂

    Don’t know why my immune system is so bad. I may be suffering from allergies, but not much is blooming now and the Alavert I took yesterday did little to relieve my symptoms. I feel better now, after taking another Alavert this morning. We’ll see how it goes.

    I’m looking forward to my six day weekend. 😀 and planning a long car trip around Labor Day.

  4. Steve says:

    I think you need to take a nice long ride on the red rocket and burn that cold crap out of your system… as long as you don’t have a fever, you’ll feel better.

    Like everyone else, I’m looking forward to a long weekend.. hopefully the weather won’t be too bad.


  5. Stacy says:

    I am becoming increasingly more impressed with your laundromat locations. You seriously need to start a people watching/writing/photographing blog about these places.

  6. Steve, if Mother Nature doesn’t screw us over with rain all weekend I plan to make my 100 miles this month.

    Stacy, a month or so ago I was going to start an Atlanta laundromat review blog. Who knows, maybe I still will. 🙂 You know you’ll read about it here if I do. 😉

  7. Martha says:

    It doesn’t really matter how much is blooming, only that whatever you might be allergic to is (grass pollen is what’s in the air now)…many of the newer allergy meds work better if you build up a certain level in your system. Its easy to stop taking the meds when you start to feel better.

    My allergies got much better when I moved here from Indiana, guess I’m allergic to corn and/or soybeans.

    I hate to say it but if it is allergies, biking could make them worse but I wouldn’t let that stop you. My gym is closed for the holiday weekend (four whole days!!) that may be the push I need to get back on my bike.

    If you take a turn for the worse today, let me know and I can help you get back to your car.

  8. Yeah, being outdoors isn’t going to help if it’s allergies. But, we have a limited amount of time on this planet and I’m trying to enjoy whatever I have left (though it may not seem like I am since I whine so much).

    I’m actually surprised your gym is closed. Back in the olden days when I worked out at Jeanne’s Body Tech one of the things I loved was the ability to work out regardless of the day. No one will believe me, but I used to work out on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

    Thanks for the ride offer. I’ll let you know if I need it.

  9. Martha says:

    Paulie, you are going to live forever!

    Yeah, I’m a little disappointed, but all the trainers are going to be in Jacksonville for the Southern Regionals. On the positive side, I think I could use a little bit of a rest. I’ve had three races this month plus 6 or 7 workouts a week.

    Did I mention how much fun Warrior Dash was? My only complaints…it could have been longer. They said is was 3.2 miles, I think it was shorter. Two: they sort of nickled and dimed you, you only got a small cup of water after, you had to pay ($2) for a bottle of water, parking was $10, no outside food was allowed…you get the idea.

  10. D.D.D.Dave says:

    I’m back assbag, have fun tomorrow night!!!

  11. Awesome! Good to have you back, Dave.

    I’m interested to see the Hold Steady show without their old keyboardist Franz.

  12. Barb says:

    hey Martha (& Steve & Paulie, and whoever else is reading) – we should be around all weekend for ROAD biking, since our mountain bikes are in the “fine” hands of UPS…….. can’t wait to see how beat up the boxes are when they get back. Plus, after mtn biking at Moab, I think my nerves are still shot, and I don’t know if i want to get back on the mountain bike right now.

    I/we were thinking about making a ‘celebrity’ appearance at Hedon, since some of the florida folks are in & I’d like to say hi……. but who knows if we will roadtrip down there.

  13. Sal says:

    @ Martha: I think the course was 2 miles if that. It was short…nothing like the map they had on the website. We parked at a Church down the road for free and we snuck in our own beer/food.

    Paulie: I hope you feel better for the long week-end.

  14. Steve says:

    Saturday would be a good day for a road ride… and if you’re going to Hedon we might as well ride from JEFDSDR.

  15. Barb says:

    hmmm Steve – that could be an excellent idea.
    Let me ponder it, talk to Allan, etc……….
    is the pool open yet? that always a selling point with Allan 😉

  16. Steve says:

    You bet the pool is open! And I’m sure there might be some beer around. Any other takers?

  17. I’m out. You all may think I’m nuts sequestering myself for a few days to dedicate myself to iPhone / iPad development, but I’m really looking forward to it.

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