This Old Man, He Still Rocks

I still have it! Of course, anytime from right now until I go to sleep tonight I could pass out from the exhaustion which has set in from getting home at 1:20am.

Oh, and I’ll be doing laundry and then going out again tonight.
Getting up very early Saturday for photography and breakfast with friends.
Be going to two shows (one could prove to be another late one) on Saturday night in Athens.
And will be hashing with the Black Sheep Hash on Sunday.

No rest for the weary….

You Missed Out
After working my eight-hour day (leaving while the CEO and President were still on the premises) I hustled home to mow the weeds. With little hope of fitting this task in before late next week, and the impossible task of knowing what the weather will do based on the weather forecasts, it was a “must do” task for last night even though it meant risking looking like an “early leaver” in front of the Top Brass. I will say that, even using a mower blade which is as dull as a butter knife, the lawn looks half-decent when it is all at the same height.

Around 9:00pm I mustered up the energy to head out to The Star Bar in Little 5 Points for the Free Energy show. It’s been many years since I’ve seen the inside of The Star Bar, so long in fact that I could not locate the men’s room.

Once past the doorman, with whom I had some difficulty because I’d not printed out my ticket from Ticket Alternative, I saw that the first band, Miniature Tigers, were still doing their soundcheck. I was in for a late night.

The night featured three bands — Miniature Tigers, Jukebox The Ghost, and Free Energy. For the longest time I was smashing the age curve in the building as I might have been the only person to have lived through “Reaganomics” instead of reading about it in a Civics text book.

Have I mentioned how attracted I am to young lasses with short tresses? Yeah. That’s me, dirty old man Paulie.

The evening’s music was a blast. Free Energy is a young group with some talented players. I dare say that if Free Energy can produce another solid album or two that they won’t play venues as small as The Star Bar much longer. The funniest part of the night was that the remaining crowd — more on this in a minute — demanded two songs for Free Energy’s encore. They must not have been expecting this, as they replayed the song that they played to open their set. ๐Ÿ™‚

When will bands/venues realize that having headliners go on at midnight during the workweek is a bad idea? By the time Free Energy took the stage the crowd had thinned to more than half its original size, therefore the opening band had more people watching them than the headliners.

ITP Flickr Pic
I’ll be honest. I have not had, nor have I set out to make the time, to do quality photography. My life is a current whirlwind of solo activity which has not included the pressing of my camera’s shutter (ha! I originally typed “shitter”). Believe it or not, this weekend does have some photography time allocated, weather permitting, so perhaps on Monday this space will be filled with a glorious color photo instead of text.

The Food Court At Super-H Mart Was Only So-So-H
Yesterday I checked out the food court at Super-H Mart on Peachtree Industrial Blvd just inside 285. Given all that I had heard about this Asian food grocery chain I was expecting the best. Well, I was somewhat disappointed. I ordered some fried chicken chunk dish which was smothered in a sweet, hot pepper sauce and served with rice. The dish was tasty enough, but far more Americanized than what I was seeking.

I think I’ll stick to the Chinese Food Court closer to Peachtree/Dekalb Airport.

Abolishing My To-Do List
I’m currently about three hours into the audiobook version of Getting Things Done. One thing I’ve quickly come to realize is that my To-Do list is useless because the To-Dos don’t have any To-Deadlines by which they must be completed.

So, this weekend (on top of all of the other things that I mentioned at the onset) I shall be migrating my To-Do items into my calendar and setting deadlines and reminders for each. Who knows, I might have functional plumbing by year’s end after all.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sluggish
Current Music – giving myself the silent treatment today in an effort to be focused.
Website Of The Day – Say you wanted to buy me a beer. Go ahead, say it. Well that to Teh Internets you can do so online using You Got Beer.
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 – 77

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 40 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 4 (4)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 3
Marta Rides – 0

June 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
– Complete at least one iPhone application

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 Jalapeรƒยฑo 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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11 Responses to This Old Man, He Still Rocks

  1. Steve says:

    Responding to yesterday’s knee soreness, how about a few more rides to see if you really need a pedal adjustment or just your knee being used?

    Yesterday was a loooong day- on the road at 6AM to Nashville, install equipment in Cash and have them test after the EOD processing. Fix a few problems and finally get to the hotel at 10:15PM.

    I would be a tired puppy today. I hope all have a great weekend!


  2. My foot feels really loose in the pedal, allowing my knee to wobble when pedaling. Since is not the first time I’ve experienced knee pain post-ride, I’m making the assumption that some correction is in order.

    I am tired. Caffeine is my BFF today. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Barb says:

    Damn you’ve got a busy weekend with late nights planned……….

    well – I guess the City of ATL has some extra money again, they asked Allan to stay another 24 hours – so he gets overtime pay. I guess they are tired of browning out stations. So – no bike ride with beer stops in Marietta tonight.
    I may venture down to Buckhead & visit, see if Allan can sneak away from the station for dinner.

  4. Martha says:

    I think I’m going to try to make Black Sheep this weekend as well, since Jill is the hare. We will have to see what gets in my way this weekend. I do want to ride Sunday morning and I would love to make it to the gym to work on my pull-ups (they suck)…not to mention the mess that is my house.

    Whoa, wait, did you say functional plumbing…should I pencil in the Super Bowl at your place next year?

    I’m tired and I was in bed by 9:30…

  5. Jill and The Colonel! It’s the annual Colonel Cl!t Birthday Hash, which if memory serves me right, was co-hared by ITP-Reader Martha last year.

    Functional Plumbing is a prelude to Domicile Selling. Just sayin’.

  6. Barb says:

    BTW – what good is that Black Sheep link when there is no start listed for Sunday????? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Don’t look at me, I’m not the Black Sheep hare until July 18th. Oh dear Jeebus, that’s like a month away! I’ll have to get my training in when I lay Moonlight on June 28th. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The link is a TextExpander shortcut which gets filled in when I type.

  8. Did any ITP-Readers go to Screen On The Green last night? What happened with the fighting and the alleged gunfire?

    Speaking of gunfire, I heard two shots in my neighborhood around 2:00am last night. What. Fun!

  9. Martha says:

    I heard yesterday CoA was about 10 million in the black, I guess in true Atlanta fashion we need to spend it and spend it now.

    I’m sure that Jill told me on Sunday where the start is, I’ve forgotten for some strange weekend.

  10. Barb says:

    just read the article in the AJC about the Screen on the Green – doesn’t have any real info……

  11. I visited Super H Mart last weekend and thought the market itself was great but somehow the food court looked so-so and I had already eaten. But you would think that it would have great, authentic dining.

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