If This Is The Last Blog I Post, You’ll Know Why

I’m making a secret excursion sometime this weekend. There is a possibility that I may not return from this excursion, unfortunately not because I’ve decided to run away and travel the Earth. Hopefully all will go well and I’ll disclose everything on Monday.

No Cavities, But Not Exactly Painless
Yesterday was my six-month dental checkup and cleaning. Yesterday I also consented to a 360ยบ X-Ray of my chompers. Although I was quite pleased that the verdict was that my gums and teeth look good (as good as they can after nearly 44 years), but was a bit taken aback when I found out that the day’s work was going to cost me $230(!). Sadly, my dentist is not a member of my insurance company’s network, so I wind up paying the entire cost out of pocket.

A Night At The Theatre
Last night I headed to Horizon Theatre to see “True Love Lies.” Much like many Horizon Theatre outings I started the evening off at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club. Unlike many nights at the Yacht Club my “dinner” consisted of boiled peanuts and one beer. While waiting for the play to start I ran into my friend Kim, who I’ve found out is also a Horizon subscriber.

I have to be honest and say that “True Love Lies” was far from my favorite play I’ve seen at Horizon. Keep in mind that my favorite play/movie of all time is David Mamet’s “Glengarry, Glen Ross” so it wasn’t “True Love Lies” language and subject matter that displeased me. The play, based on the deterioration of a “nuclear family” when it’s discovered the father’s ex gay lover has returned to town has (obviously) adult themes and foul language. What bothered me was that the play was a collection of two-minute scenes which which bounced around like a modern-day cut-scene highlight package. I never felt comfortable the entire time as the play bounced from scene to scene, and I guess that also made it hard for me to believe the actors as the characters they were portraying.

ITP Flickr Pic
My final shot (that I’ll post) from last weekend’s Oakland Cemetery excursion.
I *Heart* Photography
Hoping this weekend’s planned excursion produces as many publishable photos.

If The Weather Gods Permit
The Red Rocket is on top of the Jackmobile this morning (and unfortunately I left my iPhone in the trunk and am too lazy to go get it). I’ve locked the bike to the bike rack and have placed a plastic bag onto the seat in case a patented afternoon thunderstorm rears its ugly head.

The “plan” is to ride up to Kennesaw Mountain tonight with ITP-Reader Barb, her hubby Allan, ITP-Reader Bob, and others. The “plan” is also to end tonight’s ride with some beer and food OTP.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed…

Looks Like TextExpander Will No Longer Be My Solution
I love the functionality that TextExpander supplies, when it’s capable of supplying it. It turns out that my difficulties with the software are known issues, and are caused by Firefox (and Chrome) turning on secure event input, thus blocking TextExpander’s ability to capture keyboard input — which is vital in order for it to recognize and then expand snippets. Bummer.

Because abbreviation expanding is such a powerful feature I wonder why Apple has never included this functionality into one of its operating systems.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – fat, fatter, fattest
Current Music – listening to the “This Week In Photography” podcast
Website Of The Day – It’s Friday. Go check out the amazing artwork that Peter Callesen produces.
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) – 11 (11)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 10
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 Jalapeรฑo 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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14 Responses to If This Is The Last Blog I Post, You’ll Know Why

  1. brenan says:

    Secret excursion? You’re not going to try to hobo your way to the World Cup in the wheel well of a Delta flight, are you? Otherwise, have fun at Bonaroo?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oddly I’ve never been to Bonnaroo. Sadly I’m too old to camp with the dirty hippies for three days — hashers are my limit ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Barb says:

    Paulie’s got a secret excursion planned…….. hmmmmm……..

    Come on by the house if you get to Cobb County early – but we do plan to drive up to Rocco’s to park, just in case we stay out late enough that it is dark when we are done. I really don’t want to ride home half drunk in the dark (even if it is only 2 miles and mostly downhill).
    And – there is a Goodwill very near Rocco’s, in case you want to treasure hunt.

  4. I’ll probably try to miss (some) traffic by ducking out early. I’ll head straight over to Rocco’s and drop by the Goodwill before the ride.

  5. bob says:

    So you are one of those “seat baggers” huh? I never understood that, when you ride and start to sweat doesn’t the seat get wet?

    Glad you are going to make the ride, I plan on being at Rocco’s at 6.

  6. My seat will take rain in like a sponge. I don’t want to start the ride with a wet ass, I’d rather earn that status. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Barb says:

    oh yeah – and if it is raining & we decide not to ride, we can still eat & drink……. and Allan & I will be doing that no matter what.

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Cool, I just hope Rocco’s isn’t showing the World Cup and filled with soccer hooligans. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Barb says:

    they do have lots of TVs…… so who knows what the redneck nascar fans in Marietta will be doing if socccer is on TV?

  10. bob says:

    Nascar fans watching soccer, this ought to be interesting.

  11. Martha says:

    We may pop into a bar at some point tomorrow to check out all the excitement, but otherwise I really couldn’t care less. Once college basketball is over, specifically when Purdue gets knocked out of the tournament, I’m done with sports for the year.

    I’m hoping for some rain this weekend, at least in the afternoon, so I can stay inside, do nothing and not feel guilty.

    This cannot be your last blog posting. I fully expect, if something happens, that you are blogging about it until you can blog no more. Seriously, whatever you have planned, have fun!!

  12. Jenka says:

    I’m worried Midway will be packed tomorrow for USA vs England, so I’m trying to think of other places to go. Of course, it’s up to David considering he’s the one who’s more interested. It’s also supposed to be hotter than the surface of the sun, so we’ll want to sit inside. I’m even going to try to run at 7:30 tomorrow morning! (That likely won’t happen, heh.)

  13. Barb says:

    did you survive your excursion??? inquiring minds need to know……..

  14. Working on the blog post now.

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