I’m on a paid holiday today, but if you’re not here’s short blog to tide you over until tomorrow.
The $200+ Bike Ride
Sometimes I wonder about my sense of reasoning.
I woke up an did what was almost an incredible East Atlanta <-> Stone Mountain bike ride on Saturday morning. For the longest time on the ride I thought the worst of it was going to be the rock that I hit square-on while not paying attention which I thought for sure had bent my front rim. That was until I stopped for a traffic light and switched podcasts on my 160GB iPod Classic.
When I pushed off from the stoppage I slipped the iPod into the leftmost pocket of my jersey. The iPod felt uncomfortable in that pocket so I went to put it into the middle pocket while riding, and that’s when it happened… Out of my hand and onto the street the iPod fell. I quickly stopped and retrieved the fallen iPod and was relieved to see that it seemed to only suffer some surface dings but still worked.
I had questioned taking the 160GB iPod that morning because I’d performed a sync on my old 8GB iPod Nano on Friday afternoon and that would have served me well on the bike ride. But no, I took the “big boy.”
My relief turned to horror when I arrived home and tried to sync the 160GB iPod with my Mac.
“iTunes has detected a corrupted iPod. You need to perform a Restore.”
No problem, I’ve done this in the past and figured that a clean slate might be a good thing for this iPod.
“An error occurred and iTunes cannot Restore this iPod.”
And that’s the last time I saw my beloved 160GB function properly. All attempts to put it into “Disk Mode” so that I can force a Restore failed. All functions, except for the hard drive tests, seem to pass muster using the “secret” Service Menu Tests. As you might guess the hard drive is a crucial, and perhaps most expensive, component in the old iPods.
Did you know that refurbished 160GB iPods still cost over $200? Neither did I, and had I known this on Saturday that iPod would have never gone out on the bike ride with me.
On a critical note: Although I really like this shot (as well as the post-processing I performed on it) I assume there will be a day during which I stop trying to shoot so damn tight and get everyone’s feet into the photo. I have to learn to remind myself that it’s not a crime to shoot a little wider and crop.
I’m Spending Too Many Nights Alone
When I was a kid I never understood why my parents rarely went out at night with friends. Other than local family it seemed as if they had no other friends, but from what I understand now it may have been related to our lack of finances as well.
I see myself starting to fall into that same pattern of staying at home alone on many nights and I don’t like it. Yes, I do a lot of things — eating out, going to concerts, etc. — mostly during the week, but also I do most of these things alone. I don’t feel a need to do everything with someone else, see also my Colorado driving trip that I will relish taking alone in August/September, but the amount of time I spend alone at nights is really starting to concern me.
A case and point: For perhaps the eighth out of the past ten Fourth of Julys I stayed at home alone. I remember one year going over to Maigh’s old apartment to shoot fireworks photos, and I’m fairly certain that Jeannie and I did something the one Fourth of July we spent together.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – I really don’t know today
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Did you know that our Federal Government has a website? Yep, it’s at USA.gov.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – n/a
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday: cycling, ~37 miles; Sunday: walking, ~3 miles
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – ~3 miles miles, Wheel Mileage – ~37 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 5 (5)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 4
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– Not to get sick for the entire month (still waiting to accomplish this)
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 150 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, LLC moving further
– Complete at least one iPhone application
– Completely plan out my August/September Colorado trip
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 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 Sharpened Stone.
– 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