I Need A Do-Over

This was not the way I wanted to start my day: I realized that I had a quarterly tax payment due, found out that it is due in five days, made an effort to write a check and get it into the mail first thing this morning, and then realized that I addressed it to the wrong PO Box after I had dropped it into the mailbox. I addressed the envelop to the PO Box to which I sent my Federal 1040, and not to where I was supposed to send my Federal 1040-ES. Guess who’ll be calling his tax preparer in a few hours to see how badly he’s fucked things up?

Four More Beers! Four More Beers!
I met up with Stevie at The Fred last night. Somehow in a span of four hours I managed to consume four beers — Southern Tier Unearthly, Mikkeller 1-Hop Gold, Lagunitas Pils, Rogue Somer Orange Honey — and two glasses of water.

It was no surprise that I wanted food on my drive home. What was a surprise was that I wound up a Las Tortas Locas, and even though I swear that I ordered dos tacos I was presented with tres tacos (A quick glance at my wallet this morning indicated that I also paid for tres tacos).

So much for Losing-Weight Paulie.

ITP Flickr Pic
Another flower photo from Oakland Cemetery.
Flower In Making
I may just stare at this photo all day and try to forget my woes. Probably not, since doing so may break my goal of “Not getting fired from my job.”

Bring On The World, Bring On The Flags
Apparently some “Big To Do” tournament is due to start soon. Although I do not follow the sport that shall be played during this event I will follow it’s proceedings thanks to the good folks at Sotto Sotto. When this event, which I shall call “Taza del Mundo”, takes place Sotto Sotto places a flag representing each country participating in Taza del Mundo on its facade. As teams get eliminated from Taza del Mundo their flag gets taken down from the facade. Sadly, my flag recognition is not all that great, so unless the US, Canada, Britain, or Brazil win Taza del Mundo I’ll be unable to tell you who won.

Google, Don’t Bring On The Bing
It’s nary 8:00am and I’ve already exceeded my daily usage of the word “fucktard.” First it was in reference to myself for mis-addressing my tax payment. Now, it’s in reference to the Google management that decided they should “Bing” their background with fancy images. Fucktards!

For the most part Google’s background has been stark white since the late 1990s. This simplicity won the hearts of many, and in turn made them a multi-billion dollar company. Now, in the face of competition from Microsoft through Bing they have placed an annoyingly-busy photo on the Google homepage. Worse yet, it’s a multi-step process in order to return the page to white, and once you do the Google logo and all of the other text on the homepage is white with bezeled edging. Fucktards!

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – pissed at myself and worried about my mailing fuck up
Current Music – silence
Website Of The DayHow to return Google’s homepage to white. Fucktards.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 204 pounds (ugh)
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Monthly
Foot Mileage – 5.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 40 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 10 (10)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 9
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
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 Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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15 Responses to I Need A Do-Over

  1. Barb says:

    You get so annoyed with the funniest stuff. I guess Google got tired of the doodles & changing the actual letters of their name, now they are messing with the background.

    That sucks about mailing the check to the wrong address.

    I’ve never played soccer, I guess in Iowa that wasn’t the sport for children to play when I was growing up, and my Catholic high school didn’t even offer it as a sport. So, no, I won’t be watching the World Cup at all.

  2. I am an enemy of clutter. Sticking a huge photo which detracts from the one thing I use google.com for, then I get annoyed. Thankfully I just read that this is a “24-hour experiment” so there’s hope that I won’t have to deal with this come tomorrow.

  3. bob says:

    I’m with you Paulie, Google is simple, that is why I use it. Keep it that way!

  4. Martha says:

    Well…I thought I posted yesterday?

    One of the main reasons I had to cut back on drinking, was the massive amount food, actually food like substances I would shove into my mouth once I got a good buzz going.

    I use iGoogle so I wouldn’t have noticed the change (I almost missed PacMan as well) except for you telling me.

    Not to steal your idea but here’s my website of the day…
    http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2010/06/01/133-the-world-cup/

  5. Barb says:

    Martha – that website is too funny – another reason why I don’t go watch the games, I hate being a poser. but I do like the idea of drinking the appropriate drink for the country……..

  6. Huh I thought I mentioned Stuff White People Like, but I probably thought about mentioning it and then did not.

    Just spoke with accountant’s office, and they seem to think that I’ll be okay. I guess I just need to watch my bank account to make sure the IRS cashes my check. Huh, another reason I should probably do things online. 😉

    btw- Much of today’s goodness got overshadowed by my bad mood. Check back tomorrow…

  7. Terri (SW) says:

    Okay…y’all know I have to pipe in for this topic 😉

    A) I happen to LOVE soccer. And the World Cup is a very, very big deal. The Stupidbowl and the “World” Series (which, strangely, only involves one country, possibly two if the Canadians squeak in) can’t compare. In the sporting world, this. is. the. sh!t. And the United States has a decent shot this year…the idea that only “Europeans and South Americans” care about the World Cup is ridiculous when you consider the most tickets sold to the event in South Africa were sold to Americans.

    B) I love it when newbs to the game join in for the World Cup. It’s definitely an experience to go to a pub and see how amped up people get supporting their teams/ countries. You also realize how diverse Atlanta really is…go to a match at The Brewhouse (just not USA v. England, because it will be mobbed) and see who shows up…in their colors…going mad. I think because people think soccer is boring (with its 90 minutes of action compared to football’s 11 minutes…hmmm), they shy away from the event. Give it a shot, watch a match (USA v. England is HIGHLY recommended…just not at The Brewy) and you may get it…or at least appreciate it more.

    C) Stuff White People Like is funny…and can also suck it. I mean…yeah, soccer fans can be a little obnoxious during the World Cup (**guilty**), but we have to listen to people every-damn-year go on about their college teams and stats and pituitary cases dribbling blah-blah-blah…so everyone who “doesn’t get it” can deal with us for a month every four years. It’s not easy being a soccer fan in the US with this perception that we’re all a bunch of Eurotrash wannabes. GAH!

    Hit me up if you want to watch a match…I’ll buy you a beer and I guarantee you’ll have a good time :)!

  8. Andrew says:

    I switched from Google to Bing a few weeks ago and have grown to like the Bing images with the embedded links. That said, I seriously dislike the new Google images. Microsoft provides beautifully photographed subjects with links to wikipedia explaining the subject. It’s my daily encyclopedia. The Google implementation is nothing but fluff.

  9. Hehe, I did not mean to be negative toward soccer, though I may have come off as passively negative. My segment today was to highlight a few things:

    1) I don’t follow soccer, but do respect the World Cup.
    2) I love that Sotto Sotto (or it may be Fritti?) does and puts out the flags during the World Cup.
    3) I butcher the Spanish language (as is apparent each time I try to order in Spanish at Las Tortas Locas) which is why I joked about calling the World Cup “Taza del Mundo” (and called it “Cup del Mundo” in today’s first draft before consulting Google for the Spanish word for “cup”).
    4) I’m ignorant of geography and do not know what the flags of other countries look like.

    Besides, since the World Cup is mostly played on foreign soil it seems like a great excuse to start drinking pints of ale early in the morning. And what’s so bad about that? 😀

  10. Steve says:

    I don’t think I’ll be watching the World Cup quite yet.. let it boil down a while and I’ll pick a team. The Brewhouse sounds like a good idea Terri- that would be a fun way to watch. And I can certainly relate to being a fan of a sport known around the world (except in the country where I live!!).

    And I wasn’t sure what the Google was doing this morning… I like it, but I hope it doesn’t mean we will loose the doodles.

    -FP

  11. Terri (SW) says:

    Fritti Fritti caters to the Italy supporters. They will be showing all the matches. There are several places to watch the games…every bar seems to have a “special” going on right now to draw in the crowds. The Brewhouse gave “memberships” to folks who watch soccer year round…so we get special seating and other perks. They’ve set up an outside beer garden and will have bands and other fun stuff after the matches. The Midway has a “passport” program. For $5, you get a “passport” and for each match you watch there, you get a stamp in your passport good for bar cash. If you watch every match there, you can earn as much as $325 in bar cash. They’re setting up a big screen on the patio so you can watch outside. I’ll be at The Midway for USA v. England…and possibly most of the other matches.

    Mi Barrio will also show World Cup games and is opening at 9:30 on Friday for the first match- South Africa v. Mexico. That’s where I will be tomorrow… :)!

    USA v. England will also be broadcast on a big screen in Cabbagetown Park. They are having a mini-festival…Sweetwater will be there.

    Lots going on…y’all should definitely take part!

  12. Stacy says:

    Love the photo. Love it!

  13. Jenka says:

    I second what Terri said. Soccer was the only sport I actually played as an actual team sport in my life. 4 years ago only 2 places in the entire city played the World Cup and it was disappointing as hell. I’d also add that it’s hard to be a Formula 1 fan in the US as well.

    We’ll be at Midway for US vs. England, and probably for multiple other matches, as work and exercise allow. David is super excited about the World Cup.

  14. Genrtri says:

    I’ll be at Midway for a few matches!

  15. Gentri, let me know when, I might meet up with you.

    Also, expect to hear from me a few times this Summer as I head to the velodrome to do some photography. I’ll holler at you and if you want to shoot, come on out, and if you want to head to East Point for a pint or two that would work too.

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