You Know It’s Hot When…

…after an hour of cycling your shorts feel like a swimsuit when you take them off. Holy crap was I ever a sweating machine out there this morning! My knees seemed fairly agreeable today, I’ll have to see what their opinion is when I try to ride home in this afternoon’s predicted brutal heat.

Another Boring Night In Pauliehood
What can I say, I’ve become rather a boring person of late. I had to drive the Red Rocket home last night so I didn’t feel extremely comfortable stopping for dinner anywhere, and besides, I really need to eat less and cheaper than I have been for the longest time. I was too late to hit up the East Atlanta Farmers Market as well, unfortunately. I wound up getting home, taking all of my goods indoors, and making myself a turkey and swiss sandwich for dinner.

After eating I settled in for a night of iPhone development tutorial watching, and promptly fell asleep.

I am a wild and crazy guy!!!

A Question For You
I’m looking for resources for in-season fruit, preferably “locally”-grown, and not über expensive. Why? Because I’m considering adding much more fruit to my diet and would like to make it worth my while. Any suggestions?

ITP Flickr Pic
Well, I thought yesterday’s shot would be the last I posted from last weekend’s photowalk. But then again I thought that I might set up and shoot something last night. I was wrong on both accounts.
I was struck by the play of light and shadow on the old door handles too this door, as well as the touch of red provided by the (modern day) padlock.

One Excursion Scrapped, Another Accepted
For about two weeks I’ve been targeting this weekend as a test of my outdoor readiness and cycling fortitude. I’ve mapped out a fairly tough 34-mile bike ride which starts and end at Black Rock Mountain State Park and was planning on doing it as part of a short camping weekend alone. However, I can’t be guaranteed that it’s not going to rain up there this weekend so I’ve scrapped it and will try again next weekend.

Instead, tomorrow I’ll be joining a few of my photog friends for a trip up to Dalton, GA for a camera swap meet followed by potentially heading up toward the Ocoee to do a little photography up there. It should be a fun time.

Sunday is a Black Sheep Hash hashing day! And, if a start is ever posted I may even consider running it.

What’s on your agenda this weekend?

Happy Birthday To Someone You Don’t Know
Today is the birthday of someone in the rare category of “I’ve known since I’ve graduated from high school.” There should probably be an asterisk on that category because I lost communication with my friend Mike for over fifteen years before being reconnected via Facebook (perhaps the only reason I keep my Facebook account).

Mike is the reason for whatever “coolness” my music collection contains as he was responsible for introducing me to Hüsker Dü, REM, The Smiths, Jason and the Scorchers, and many more. Mike is also the only person with whom I ever attended Spring Break in Daytona “back in the day.” I was able to reconnect with Mike last Christmas and hope to hang out with him again sometime soon.

Happy Birthday, old friend — though I have no idea whether or not you read this space.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, glad I rode to work today
Current Music – listening to this week’s “net@night” podcast
Website Of The Day – I’m not ashamed to admit that I have a crush on the lovely Felicia Day and her web-series The Guild. I am such a nerd.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my bike
Exercise (b)Log – cycling, 16.4 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 – 245.5 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (16)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 29
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 3

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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24 Responses to You Know It’s Hot When…

  1. Steve says:

    You certainly should have completed your July road mileage goals. I can sign off on 35 or so, and your multiple rides to the orifice should have made up the balance.

    I know there is pasture mowing and more pool maintenance in my future this weekend- other than that, no hard and fast plans. Barb, what is planned for the Taj Garage?


  2. Darn, I just realized that I didn’t give myself credit for riding in to work yesterday on the Perimeter Transportation Commission’s “Log Your Commute” site. I accidentally reported that I drove alone on both commute in and commute home. Unfortunately there is no way to edit your answers once submitted. 🙁

  3. If you are looking for a decent hands-free Bluetooth speakerphone for your car then I suggest clicking the Amazon link in the right-hand galley during the next three hours. I own the BlueAnt Supertooth 3 and like it and I think I paid about $70 for mine.

  4. Martha says:

    well I’m just sitting waiting on plumber(s) and ‘working’ from home. I’ve been awake since 3 am, so I’m not sure how much work I’m getting done. Wait, I am sure I’m getting nothing accomplished.

    Sounds like you spent last night in Martha’hood…every night is pretty boring around here.

    Not a lot planned for the weekend, a little girl’s night with ladies from the gym, I’ll hang in for dinner but you will not see me dancing in Buckhead later this evening. I’m trying for 12 miles tomorrow, then a baby shower for some folks at the gym and probably hit a State Park for a shorter trail run on Sunday.

    I’m figuring out when I tired or bored I want to eat junk…if I had a box of doughnuts in the house I would have eaten them by now.

  5. bob says:

    A little bit of rain won’t hurt you Paulie, especially since you sleep in your car.

    I have the motorcycle all loaded up and will be leaving in about an hour for North Carolina. I’m camping tonight and tomorrow night just north of Murphy and riding all day long tomorrow. Can’t wait!

  6. Steve says:

    Bob- Is “Tail of the dragon” still closed?

  7. More concerned with the rain spoiling the bike ride rather than the camping experience this time. Besides, the camera swap meet and my riding to/from work today are convenience excuses not to ride tomorrow. 😉

    Just you camping? Not ready for the family camping yet?

  8. bob says:

    Yup, going solo. Travis is just a bit too young to take on the bike yet 🙂

    This is also my test run for an extended trip I’m thinking of doing. Work has sucked recently and I need a week or so to clear my head, I’m going to disappear for a while probably in Colorado or Utah and do nothing but ride.

    Steve – I think the dragon is open again. From what I read on the interwebs the dragon is a little overrated. There are tons of other roads in that area just as good and don’t have all the traffic and cops everywhere. I’m looking forward to exploring though.

  9. Barb says:

    I wish I could have had a boring evening, we cleaned out the carport & took out the ivy, bushes & small trees or whatever the hell that brush is/was – and I was soooo careful and still managed to get some poison ivy on one forearm. I’m soooo pissed at myself. We still have 3 larger, but small enough for us to do ourselves, trees to take down Saturday morning. We need to tie the tree off to the truck & pull it to be sure it falls away from the house, and just didn’t have the energy to do it last night.

    Anyone needing firewood come on by, some is really old & dry, some is newer…..

    Next is tear downthe old shed & break up the concrete (yes, Allan will get to use a jackhammer) so we can also pour a new pad for it when the concrete guys are there.

  10. Steve says:

    What are you doing with the old concrete? Rolloff?

    I’ve played the jackhammer game before- it will make you cry.

  11. Martha says:

    If I had a fireplace I’d take you up, maybe if it’s still around in November I can take it to FDR.

    Just had plumber number one here, we will call him George (because that’s his name)…on top of the outside service needing repair, my hot water heater is somewhat of a health hazard. I’m also getting a price on replacing the 60 year old galvanized steel pipes and hodgepodge of copper and cpvc throughout the house. I’ll be getting his estimate later today. Still waiting on the other two I contacted to get back to me.

    Bob, getting away and unplugging sounds wonderful. I’m doing a mini-break in next month when I drive home. I’m taking an extra day, so I can get out and see some of the sites in TN and KY. I’ve made the drive dozens of times but have never stopped for anything more than gas and lunch. I’ll spend the night in Nashville, visit the CF gym there and drive the other half on Friday. After the last drive home, my hip was wrecked for weeks.

  12. Barb says:

    oh Martha – we will have plenty of firewood for FDR, I’m hoping we can figure out a way to actually attend as well!

    Steve – I think we are getting a dumpster for “whatever” – so I’m guessing the concrete will go in it? I have no idea….. I just help pay for things.

    Martha – plumbing is expensive, but it can be worth it. So, the leak wasn’t the city’s faulty meter fault? that sucks…….

  13. Wow Bob, it sounds as if you are planning something similar to my getaway; the only difference being that I’m taking a car and not a motorcycle.

    If you make it to Hartwell I’m sure you could bring up some of that wood for the fire. You know hashers, it could be 1000 degrees outside and we’d still start a fire.

    “plumbing is expensive” is exactly why I’ve yet to fix mine.

    If you enjoy jackhammering I make have a project for you in the near future. 😉

  14. Steve says:

    Paulie, if you know how that water line runs under the driveway, I know my way around a concrete saw as well!!

    Martha, in the price for the work, make sure they include removing and carting off the old pipe. I’m sure you knew that, but just a reminder.

    Barb, so we’re jack hammering the old concrete and leaving it in place until the dumpster shows up? I hope the plan isn’t to move it twice- once is quite enough, TYFM.

  15. Martha says:

    I know it isn’t going to be cheap but working plumbing isn’t an optional feature for me.

    Barb, when I shut off all the water to the house…the dial, it just keeps spinning and there is no water around the meter.

    Good point Steve, thanks for the reminder…if I was really motivated I would down in that crawl space today, removing all the crap that has been collecting and discarded down there…who knows I might even find my cat *sigh*

  16. Barb says:

    so, Bode is still missing?

    and Steve – I’m certainly not going to help move concrete twice, but I did check with Allan, just breaking it up.

  17. Martha says:

    Yep, we think he’s still under the house but he’s avoiding the trap. Hopefully, he will get hungry enough and come on out soon.

    Just got my first estimate, seems reasonable…I wish the other guys would get back to me.

    Maybe I can get a group from the gym to come out and move all the concrete for you, just tell them its a new workout 😉

  18. Barb says:

    you crazy Cross Fit people is all I can say……. I did notice there is a Cross Fit gym on Lower Roswell over by Sal’s house……. not that I will go, I’m not getting sucked into your cult 😉

  19. Steve says:

    Oh, and thanks Barb for the Neil Sadaka ear worm….

    wait for it….

    “Breaking up is hard to do.”

  20. Barb says:

    and Neil wasn’t even talking about cement……… but that wasn’t in my head until now…… thanks.

  21. Stacy Fox says:

    Plans this weekend? Rec’ying trail! Yup, I’m actually getting my ass out hashing again (maybe one of these days I’ll even come back out to Blacksheep!)… going to scout it out as early as I can tomorrow before it gets too hot and hopefully find some good stuff.

    You should come. It’s next weekend. In Marietta. Which means you know Tasty China’s nearby. 😉

  22. Barb says:

    so Stacy – stop by if you want while out rec’ying…….. I”ll use any excuse for a break.

  23. Lisa says:

    Paulie…There’s always room for you at the beach! A nice, quiet getaway not much farther than driving to N. GA! Hah! We’ll miss you:)

  24. Stacy Fox says:

    Oooh! Barb – that’s not out of the question! Can I steal ‘matoes? 😀

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