If not, rejoice. If I remember correctly today is the Summer Solstice and should also be the day with the most amount of daylight. I am willing to accept that I am incorrect on both of those matters, however.
Somebody Should’ve Given The Organizers Of The Mid-Summer Music Festival A Calendar
On Saturday night I headed over to Candler Park to take in the last half of the Mid-Summer Music Festival. I was all geeked for the evening because the headliners were Better Than Ezra, a band whose career I’ve been following since the evening I saw them play in a bar in Huntsville, AL with about fourteen other people back in 1994. After all these years and a handful of drummers the boys from New Orleans did not let me down. I thoroughly enjoyed their set, including the bizarre medley of covers they did as part of their encore.
I was a little less impressed with the fact that I had to pay $10 to get a wristband in order to drink beer (it was $5 before 5pm) and then inside my only choice of beer was Red Stripe. I get that Red Stripe was a main sponsor, and I even like Red Stripe, but damn give us some options if you are going to make us pay to drink. In the end I wound up paying $10 so that I could buy one beer.
Unlike the drink, the food was stellar. Fox Bros BBQ were selling pulled pork sandwiches, so that’s what I ate for dinner. Later on I saw a guy pushing a cart for the King Of Pops and I had to finally try one. The flavor I chose was pineapple-habañero and it was fantastic! I may have to stop for a popsicle on my ride home tonight.
While milling about I ran into a couple of hashers (“Wet Dreams” and “Tastes Great”) and combined with the fact that I found a pretty decent parking space the night was enjoyable.
ITP Flickr Pic
Some flower, growing on the top of Arabia “Mountain.” I joined a few of my Flickr friends for a daybreak shoot on top of Arabia “Mountain” Saturday morning.
I really don’t consider myself to be a flower shooter, but recently that seems to be the only subject matter that’s been popping up in my photostream with regularity.
The Loneliest Hasher
For me, yesterday’s Black Sheep Hash was both difficult and lonely. The first check was impossible to solve but being the good little hasher I tried and I tried. In fact, I tried so hard that I missed the bit of intelligence which told everyone to give up on the check and run behind the Publix.
I was actually on my way back to my car to quit when a local asked me what was going on. I gave him and his young daughter the clean description of hashing and asked if he had seen any other people running around. He said he’d seen them all around, and on that bit of intelligence I made the decision to run behind Publix and lo and behold found trail.
I followed trail to a marked check which took me into weeds taller than me, until I gave up on that nonsense and figured I read the check marking too literally. At that point I ran into a couple of hasher and we figured out where the trail went by finding, and solving, another check. At this point I knew I was in trouble because I knew that I could not keep up with their pace (they somehow managed to go from DFL to FRB!), but being the good little hasher who wanted to hash yesterday I pushed on.
It wasn’t more than five minutes before I was alone again. If not for the fact that I ran into three hashers at the water stop (which I’ll guess was somewhere at the 60%-70% point in the trail) I would have never seen another hasher from the time I fell off the pace of the eventual FRBs. From the water stop to the trail’s end I never saw another person on trail.
Hashing alone is frustrating to me. I don’t know the time difference between the main pack’s arrival at the end an my arrival at the end, but given how refreshed everyone looked when I staggered in it must have been some time. I was worn out and displeased by trail’s end. It’s a pity that because I wear my emotions on my sweat-filled, dirty sleeve, I’ve seemed to have earned a reputation of being a malcontent at the hash now.
My spirits were revived at I joined ITP-Reader Betsy for dinner at the Holy Taco in East Atlanta after the hash.
Yes, There Will Be No RPS For Me Tonight
I never found/made a “Nature” shot that I was proud enough to submit for tonight’s critique. So, given that and the fact that I decided to ride the Red Rocket to work today I shan’t be attending tonight’s Roswell Photographic Society meeting.
I’m disappointed in myself, except for the fact that I am getting some good exercise in the place of joining my friends for dinner and RPS. Life is all about tradeoffs I guess.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – good, though saddened that I won’t be attending RPS
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I may not know when the Summer Solstice is, but I do know that if I were to be in Santa Barbara, CA next weekend I’d be attending the Summer Solstice Celebration.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my bike
Exercise (b)Log – Sunday: hashing, 5 miles
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check because I rode in
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – 10.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 89.5 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 21 (21)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 20
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 2
– 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
– 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
– 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