It’s A “World Cup Free” World Again

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.

ITP Flickr Pic
For some reason I felt funny bringing my dslr into the brewery, so I didn’t.
JailHouse Brewing
This is a photo of one of JailHouse’s kegs, taken with my iPhone 4.

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

July Goals
– 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

2010 Goals
– 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

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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17 Responses to It’s A “World Cup Free” World Again

  1. Martha says:

    It was good to see you yesterday, sorry you had to leave early but it ended up not being too late of an afternoon, I think the last of use took off around 1:00. I’m not really much into “le Tour” so I will only comment on the ugly ass, puke brown and black kit one team was wear, I swear I kept thinking they were just riding in speedos.

    I was pretty useless for the rest of the day. Did a minimal amount of house work, clean up the desk for the new computer that should arrive today, installed a ‘cat napper’ for Bode and finished my book.

    Litter is one of my biggest pet peeves…and yes I think that’s pretty much what we use to do…I remember the crying Native American (I think we still called them Indians back then) but Woodsy the Owl had a much bigger impact on me, “Give a hoot, don’t pollute”!!!

  2. That’s funny Martha. With all of the colorful kits that brown/black one looks a lot like my hashing clothes at the end of Black Sheep.

    I made both the crying Indian and Woodsy Owl references to Cockpit yesterday. The iconic Public Relations mascot that had the most impact for me was Smokey the Bear, which is ironic since I never went camping before 1999.

  3. Oh, and I have a new money-making scheme starting today. If you’ve never tried Groupon, I have a referral link now. Check it out, I bought two of today’s offers for the Fifth Group restaurants.

  4. Barb says:

    I was bummed we didn’t make it yesterday to Enema’s – but allan rarely gets to sleep in anymore, so getting there in time to ride wasn’t going to happen. Then, we had a truckful of mulch that had to get spread, and I know there was no way it would get done if we went & had breakfast & beers…..

    I don’t “get” the brown kits – I still don’t even know which team that is, but at least you can recognize them in the pelaton. I don’t like that BMC & RadioShack & someone else are all red & black – it is hard for me to figure out which team is which sometimes.

    Kevin (Allan’s brother) is in team car #1 because of Cadel – I guess that is very exciting for the team car to be first in the caravan!

    As for all the polution – tires always seems to get dumped out in the middle of nowhere, which has never made any sense to me, but I guess they are regulated or whatever, so they are harder to dispose of.

  5. Bob, did you ride the GA400 ride? How was it?

    We also discussed how similar RadioShack and BMC’s kits look. It does make it hard to figure out who is who.

    I understand not wanting to pay to dispose tires/appliances/mattresses/etc but there comes a time when people need to stop being assholes and dumping them where ever they think it’s convenient. The failed subdivision, with its paved roads to many cul de sacs, has seemed to become the new convenient dump.

  6. bob says:

    The GA400 ride was fun, it’s pretty cool riding on 400. I had an awesome 30 mile ride, the next 20 were good, and the last 12 were rough. It was HOT at the end and I started cramping. The morning was perfect though, it was around 72 degrees for the first couple hours. Over all, great times!

    I need to up my training for the Spin for Kids ( if I plan on doing the 100.

  7. Bob, I’m looking to up my mileage as well. Perhaps if I motivate myself to ride to work I can do so.

    Also, even though I’m trying to spend less money I’m looking to purchase new cycling shoes as well as a decent heart rate monitor.

  8. sal says:

    I have to admit I haven’t been watching much of the tour. Marty fills me in on the details though. Barb: is my bike ready?

    Went up to Boone this week-end to run the Grandfather Mtn. Marathon. The marathon ends on the track in the middle of the Highland Games. Janice Anderson and I ran in our kilts. Looked up the Anderson clan…nice folks…they kept telling us to come back for drinks and they fed us a rather large lunch….Janice had on the Anderson tartan…I was wearing the official Hash House Harriors tartan…..I was constantly asked…what clan are you from? πŸ™‚

    Then we went to Brevard to look for white squirrels….saw at least 8 of them.

    And last but not least…my grandmother turned 96 yesterday….wonder if I inherited any of those genes.

    Have a great week!!

  9. Debbie says:

    Steve tells me it’s Barb’s birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Barb!

    It was good to see you yesterday Paulie and glad you enjoyed the casseroles. When I open a B&B in my retirement those will be on the menu.

  10. Facebook tells me that Barb’s birthday is Saturday — unless she lied when she created her account. πŸ™‚

    I look forward to being the first guest at the B&B when it opens.

  11. Barb says:

    Sal – I don’t know, but I don’t think Allan has worked on your bike yet. He is working the next 2 days, but if you need it, let me know, I’ll tell him to get it done πŸ™‚ like he will listen to me.

    and – I’m so jealous you actually saw some white squirrels, we have been to Brevard many times and have never seen one (the stuffed one in a bar I don’t think counts).

    My birthday is Saturday 7/17 – but thanks Debbie for the early birthday wishes!

  12. Steve says:

    I don’t know why, but my calendar reminded me of Barb’s birthday today- and I have it correct as Saturday… so it must be a week long celebration!!

    Sal- I’m glad you met up with the Andersons.. my first kilt is Anderson tartan and they have always been gracious folks. That marathon has never looked like much fun, and I’m sure it was just a bit warm by the time you finished. Had I known you were going, I’d have had you look up my clan brother Franklin- would have been another beer stop on the track.

    Having watched the World Cup finale, I think Team Orange came in 3rd, behind Spain and the referee!


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  14. sal says:

    Barb: no, I don’t need my bike any time soon. I was just checking! πŸ™‚ Going to Oregon next week.
    You have to know where to look for the squirrels, I guess. It was very funny driving around screaming “there’s one!!!” I posted some pics on FB.

  15. romanlily says:

    Yes β€” that scene in Mad Men is so jarring! Out of all the completely bizarro, completely-offensive-to-a-modern-audience moments in that series, that’s one of the most striking.

  16. Terri (SW) says:

    **experiencing World Cup DTs**

    Dude…it’s only one month every four years.

  17. I know. However it littered my Twitter stream along with taking Twitter down on several occasions — not that it matters since I’ve given up on reading Twitter for a while.

    Hope your vacation was a pleasant one, Terri.

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