Not being a fan of the “World’s Most Popular Sport” I’m pleased to know that I won’t have to hear much about the World Cup for the next four years. And low marks to Fritti who kept all flags flying this time around instead of taking down the flags of countries as they got eliminated from the competition.
I’ve Surpassed 100 Beers!
My original Friday night drinking plans were canceled, so I joined a group of coworkers over at the Taco Mac (Perimeter) for a few beers with food. Little did I realize until I ordered my first beer that I was drinking beer #100 on my Passport, leaving me a mere twenty-five more to reach the 20oz mug status. The beer which eclipsed this monumental achievement (for me) was a Widmer Drop Top Amber.
In some ways it seems just like yesterday when ITP-Reader Stacy and I laid a hash trail on March 4th, 2006 and we wandered over to the (then new) Taco Mac and had a celebratory beer, signing up for the Passport Club at the same time.
I Visited Jail On Saturday
Admittedly Saturday was an odd day for me. My original plan was to wake early and go for a morning bike ride before plopping my ass on the couch to watch the professionals do the same. Instead I arose to a gray morning and immediately rebuffed any notion of riding.
After watching the pros ride to their destination I set a destination of my own, Hampton, GA. Most people know Hampton as the home of the Atlanta Motor Speedway, I know it as the home of JailHouse Brewing. JailHouse holds “tours” for $8 which gets you a glass and the privilege of tasting up to 32oz of their beer. Currently JailHouse, which opened for business in October of last year in Hampton’s old jail house, is brewing three beers — a wheat, an IPA, and a stout. Not being a fan of wheat beers I got my fill of the other two as I was educated in the art of beer making.
In addition to learning about beer making, I found out that JailHouse is still being served at Gravity Pub and Grant Central Pizza in East Atlanta (they were in Flat Iron but things didn’t work out there) as well as Six Feet Under. The owners also mentioned that they are in discussion with Taco Mac, as well as hoping to launch distribution in bottles in the near future.
The only downside of my excursion was that I realized that I hadn’t packed the proper camera gear for meeting up with ITP-Reader Steve at the Dick Lane Velodrome and decided that once I got home that’s where I’d stay.
Yellow And Brown
No, that’s not the answer to some disgusting bathroom joke, it’s the answer to the question what two colors did I see most yesterday.
Yesterday morning I headed over to Public Enema’s house for the annual Cheesy Yellow Tour de France Sunday Run. However, this time around there was a group of us who turned it into a Sunday ride instead. We headed from the house out to Stone Mountain and back for a loop of about twenty-three miles. The ride was great, except for the fact that I had a hard time breathing on a couple of the steep uphills, and I managed to embarrass myself nicely by leaning the wrong way while stopped, being unable to unclip my foot, and crashing to the ground, skinning my knee. Come to think of it, I was just like Lance Armstrong yesterday! It was really good to see some friends that I’ve not seen much of lately. And many thanks to ITP-Reader Debbie who supplied casseroles which not only provided me with breakfast, but dinner as well; they were delicious.
I had just enough time for a nap before heading to meet with my once-again co-hare Cockpit and her two sons to go reccying for our July 18th Black Sheep Hash trail. We walked and bushwhacked through land which is much thicker with scrub trees than I ever could have imagined. I think some of our conservation areas need a good controlled burn to clear things out a bit. We’re almost prepared for our trail; I’m glad we still have some times to work out details before we have to lay it live though.
I’ve Finally Been Disturbed By Mad Men
You’d think all of the smoking, drinking, and carousing would bother me, but it wasn’t until watching a Season Two episode last night that got my feathers ruffled. In the episode in which Don purchases a new Cadillac the family goes on a roadside picnic. At the end of this picnic Don throws his beer can as far as he can into the woods, and the Betty picks up the blanket and leaves behind all of the family’s trash. Seriously? This is how New Yorkers of the early 1960’s lived? Is this why the had the crying Indian campaign against litter in the 1970’s? Unbelievable.
I guess I was further disturbed because I watched this episode after reccying in an area that has a considerable amount of senseless littering including probably over one hundred tires in a river. I never understood why these things happened, but that episode of Mad Men cleared things up a bit.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though I still have my issues
Current Music – silence at the moment as I try to concentrate on finishing the blog
Website Of The Day – I’ve slowly been getting my console gaming on again (to the detriment of other things). If my love for gaming catches on like it did about six years ago I just may join Gamefly, which is like Netflix for gaming.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Sunday: cycling, 23.3 miles; hiking, ~4 miles
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – ~7 miles, Wheel Mileage – 95.1 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 12 (12)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 11
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