Well That Wasn’t So Bad

I really thought that my plan to ride my bike home and then back in to work this morning was going to be wrecked by yesterday’s rain. Thankfully the rain subsided and I was able to pull off my riding plan. Even with a ton of sleep last night this morning’s ride was rough, especially since the weather was a touch on the muggy side. On the somewhat position my knees feel “strained” but are not feeling horrible. I think tonight will be a rest night and I’ll see how they feel tomorrow.

Mad Math
In the scant time that I was awake (after showering of course) I decided to look at some of the information about the cast of Mad Men. You may think that I am weird, but I avoided reading anything about Mad Men and its cast until I had fully caught up for fear of reading spoilers (actually, I screwed up by accidentally starting to read an article which led off with the line “Now that Don Draper is single…”)

Last night I was stunned to find out that the actor who plays Roger Sterling is only three years older than me. Wow. This led me to look up some of the other people and do a little bit of Mad Math

Roger Sterling – Paulie = 3
Don Draper – Paulie = -6
Joan Holloway – Paulie = -10
Pete Campbell – Paulie = -13

ITP Flickr Pic
One final shot from last weekend’s brief photo walk.
Ooooh, Pretty
I know that flower photos are a dime a dozen, but I sort of like this one.

So Many Events, Not Enough Weekends
Well it’s happened again (to borrow a phrase from the Car Talk guys), another event has been scheduled for a weekend for which I am already committed. I just received email from the local iPhone Developers Group announcing that “Cocoa Camp”, an event I’d love to attend, will be held on September 25th. However, September 25th is the weekend of the Black Sheep Lake Hartwell campout — an event that I’m hoping will have no bizarre turns of events for me this year — and I’m committed to helping with the cooking again this year.

I know that there are generally only four weekends in a month, but why must so many events choose the same ones?

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – listening to last night’s Top Chef
Website Of The Day – What can I say, I love the internet. Why? Because I can find sites like the Television Production Museum.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my bike
Exercise (b)Log – cycling, 19.1 miles
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – ~12 miles, Wheel Mileage – 229.1 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 3 (16)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 28
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 2

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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11 Responses to Well That Wasn’t So Bad

  1. Barb says:

    Glad you got the ride(s) in, Michelle came over, Allan made her mountain bike tires tubeless, we all talked about how it was hot out & didn’t really want to ride, but would if the other one wanted to, and ended up not riding at all.

    Which, in the end, was a good thing, our contractor stopped by with the cement guy, and they have the building permit, and are ready to get started. So, we’ve got to clean out the carport, take out some small trees, take down part of the fence, etc., etc., etc. The tree guy is hopefully going to come over Saturday to take out the big trees, then the grading & cement work will get started. Tonight will be a busy night.

    Sept. 26 is also 6 Gap (or 3 Gap) in my case. I’m torn on which to do, go to Lake Hartwell & have a fun weekend with friends, or go do a fairly tough bike ride.

  2. That’s right, I was going to attempt 3 Gap this year but because it’s the same weekend as Hartwell I cannot.

    Good luck with the garage.

  3. Barb says:

    Actually Paulie – the 3 Gap ride is Sunday morning, and don’t you usually leave the lake in the middle of the night on Saturday night? 😉
    (so sorry, I just couldn’t resist that one)

  4. Why I oughtta…… *shakes fist*

    But your right! When I leave Hartwell in a huff I’ll have plenty of time to drive over to Dahlonega. I do plan to bring my bike up to Hartwell and ride again this year.

  5. Barb says:

    if we end up going to the lake, Michelle & I had discussed going for a road ride up there as well.

  6. Martha says:

    I’m up for the road (spelled it rode the first time) ride at Hartwell, since I never, ever do trail. Count me in.

    I’m at home today, 4 days of bad sleep finally caught up with me, I just woke up! Now I need to start working on getting a plumber over here to see if it is a leak that caused my $800 water bill. Maybe he can get the cat out of the crawl space while he’s down there.

    Do you ever ice your aching knees? It couldn’t hurt.

  7. I had a really good (and fairly flat) route up in Hartwell last year… except for the part where I got lost. I’ll try and find that route again.

    I’ve iced my knees in the past. Perhaps I should invest in something that I could freeze and apply to my knees when I’m done; you know, like bags of peas. 🙂

    $800? Holy shit! I’d be up in arms if I got a water bill that was that high.

  8. Martha says:

    Jerry was way more worked up last night than I was…just waiting to hear from the plumber, then I can figure out who to be mad at…when I go back to the office tomorrow I’ll fax in the dispute form. While he’s here I’m going to get an estimate for getting all the plumbing replaced…it’s 60 years old, probably time.

    My last mail order prescription came in a cooler with 4 reusable ice packs…you’re welcome to one if you want it. In another 2 months I guess I’ll get 4 more. Jerry uses ice a lot. Now if I could just figure out a way to prevent all the tears on my hands.

  9. Barb says:

    “how to prevent all the tears on my hands” – hmmmmm – first answer – gloves – second answer – how about stop doing all the crazy stuff that makes/causes it?
    (I’m just on a roll today being a smart ass – it is crazy day in transportation, I’ve dealt with more crazy people/requests today, my head feels like it is about to explode.

  10. Barb, this is why I love you as a friend. It’s only a shame that we can’t get you, Laura, MC, and Lisa together more often. 😉

  11. Barb says:

    oh Paulie – the good old days of hanging with Laura, MC & Lisa – what good times were had picking on everyone! (including ourselves – for all of you that don’t know us that well).

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