To My Hell’s Kitchen Guests Tonight

I seriously don’t know what has happened to my motivation. I’ve known for a week that I’d be hosting the weekly viewing of Hell’s Kitchen yet I could still not conjure up the motivation to clean the house and purchase all of the food necessary for the evening. So now I’m going to be a half-assed host (there will be food and alcohol, though nothing extravagant) who is embarrassed by the state of his home.

I Love To Ride My Bike
As I commuted home yesterday I realized how much I love to ride my bike. This revelation came to me even though I was struggling mightily in the 94º F heat and swear that I was nearly side-swiped by cars three times on my commute home.

Even with my revelation it’s going to be rather difficult for me to find the opportunity to ride as often as I desire. I have evening commitments and laundry one night a week (don’t start with the “If you’d fix your plumbing…” you’re wasting your typing), and that’s in a “perfect” world in which the weather cooperates. So, I’ll have to be content and sieze what opportunities arise.

For those who like to plan:
One of the reasons that I am getting my lard ass back on the bike, other than to lose weight, is to be fully prepared for Fall rides such as the Wilson 100 and the Beautiful Back Roads rides. When I sign up for these you’ll read about it here. I have a day-long schedule conflict for this Saturday (at least it’s something I want to do, otherwise I might’ve gone nuts and signed up to ride this weekend’s Cartersville Century — not the entire century mind you, just the metric century.

ITP Flickr Pic
When one wakes up at an ungodly hour to get sunrise photos one tends to post at least one of the photos taken even if one doesn’t believe it’s the most compelling, nor technically perfect, sunrise photo one’s taken.
Arabia Mountain Sunrise
See, I told you.

A Tale Of Two Operating System Upgrades
If you are an Apple Fanboy like me, or at least an iPhone owner, you probably know that Apple’s fourth generation operating system for the iPhone, iOS4, was released yesterday. The internet was abuzz woes of upgrading taking hours to complete. Since I’m expecting to pick up my iPhone 4 on Thursday (I received no notification of early availability) I decided that I would wait to upgrade my iPhone 3G to iOS4.

That magical plan fell through when I dozed off at about 10pm last night and was wide awake again by 2am. At that point I figured “What the hell” and began the upgrading process. I’ll wager that it took about three hours for my upgrade to complete, mostly because unlike others I don’t have thousands of photos on my iPhone.

This morning there was conjecture that upgrading an iPhone 3GS was a snap, and that only the process of upgrading iPhone 3G was slow as molasses.

The Winding Path Of Channel Frederator
I have been a Channel Frederator podcast subscriber for years. In the time that I’ve been a subscriber I’ve seen Channel Frederator change its business plan from podcasts containing many animations, to podcasts containing a single animation, to a podcast which had two feeds — one of which was hosted by a rather compelling woman named Bailee DesRocher, to what seems to be the plan now — a podcast containing one animation based on episodes of “The Bear, The Cloud, And God.”

I miss the old days of Channel Frederator, and assume that they will never return. Pity, that.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – The fight to declutter and downsize continues… What to do with the floppy disks and VHS tapes which once seemed so advanced? Most places won’t recycle them, so I may wind up using a service like GreenDisk. Do you have a better solution?
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – cycling, 33 miles
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – 10.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 122.5 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 22 (22)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 21
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 3

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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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10 Responses to To My Hell’s Kitchen Guests Tonight

  1. Barb says:

    I/we were considering Carterville Century this weekend, but I/we got an offer to spend the day on Lake Allatoona with friends on a houseboat. Now, I know we could possibly do both, but not sure if I want to do both. (Guess which one we’d rather do?)

    Just think, the skinny tire wheelhopper on 8/22 will be a great training ride for the Wilson the next weekend. We will have left for the roadtrip to Colorado, so we won’t be able to do the Wilson this year.

  2. Oh, I had forgotten about Colorado. I still want to drive to Colorado this year; I’ll have to consult my calendar before I sign up.

  3. sal says:

    Just got back from Colorado…and thanks Barb for checking on the house and getting the mail…now if you only had mowed the weeds!! Was able to climb 2 fourteeners while there….awesome views from that high up!

    No one is going to care that your house isn’t clean…but they may be disappointed that you didn’t go all out to good a tasty meal! 🙂

  4. Michelle says:

    Drew and I plan to do Cartersville….not sure what mileage yet.

  5. Barb says:

    Sal – we don’t even mow our own weeds – much less do yours.
    How hard was the race?

  6. I was about to answer with “I can’t believe that you did BRAG and then went straight out to Colorado to do a race.” and then I remembered who I was addressing. 🙂

  7. Steve says:

    Yes friends, make plans to attend the skinny tire wheelhopper on 8/22. I haven’t figured out the start.. maybe beautiful downtown Moreland, but you can guess where the end will be. I figure it will be a standard route with a little flour trown on it, but it will be heaven to the roadies who are uesd to Atlanta traffic.

    Paulie, unless you have invited over the editors of “House Beautiful” I wouldn’t give it another thought.

    Barb, what are the logistics for the Kennesaw Mtn ride on Friday?


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  9. Barb says:

    Friday night – meet at Rocco’s at 6pm or so (I’ll give directions in an email) – ride to & up the mountain – stop for beer(s) at dive bar(s) on the way back, finish with food & cheap beer ($6 pitcher of High Life) or more expensive beer at Rocco’s.
    Allan will be at home by 3:30 or so, in case you want to come to Marietta earlier.

    and – if you want to make the Wheelhopper really easy & you want a bunch of cars at your house, we can always have a completely A to A hash……..

  10. Steve says:

    I was thinking about an A to A… it isn’t like we don’t have room to park. And I’m thinking we could start with a lap of the farm… oh wait, it’s supposed to be road bike friendly!!!

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