Saturday was a long day made longer by the fact that I was unable to get a place to sleep in Black Rock Mountain State Park (I arrived later that I should have and the campground was full), I didn’t feel like paying the $72.99 (before taxes and fees) to stay one night at the Quality Inn in Clayton, GA, or attempt to sleep in the Wal*Mart parking lot. Because I came home on Saturday night I also had to bail on the notion of riding the bike ride I highlighted on Friday. Even worse, I was so tired and uninspired on Sunday that I never left my house.
My current plan is to get some bike mileage in via commuting. I’ve once again shuttled the Red Rocket with me to work and plan to ride it home tonight. I need mileage. I need exercise.
All Was Not Failure On Saturday
My trip on Saturday almost never happened. I (finally) learned that I need a better alarm clock system. At some point Saturday morning the power to my house went out, rendering the Chumby’s alarms useless. I also planned to use an alarm clock app on my iPad, but they seemingly never went off as the iPad itself had gone to sleep.
Saturday proved to be a great learning experience for what and what not to do when taking a lot of crap on a long drive. This experience will be quite helpful in a few weeks when I pack up the Jackmobile and point it Westward for my big Colorado trip. I believe that I should do more planning, though I want to leave my agenda as open-ended as possible. I’ve learned how to better pack my trunk so that I can access the things I’ll need to access and not have to move unneeded items constantly. If it helps my big trip go more smoothly than Saturday’s travails were well worth it.
Another Year Has Gone By
It’s funny that it took a tweet mentioning how much someone was glad that August 8th was nearly over, because she doesn’t like August 8th, to remind me of my own dislike for the date. The last time that August 8th fell on a Sunday (six years ago thanks to leap year) was the day during which I was held up at gunpoint in my driveway by two pieces of sub-human shit (with at least one more driving the truck from which they emerged). It was the day that the Jackmobile, then all of two years old, became the “Jackmobile” when those assholes stole the car along with my wallet, keys, phone, and belief that all would be good in my life. It was the day which stirred enough anger and angst within me to start blogging, though that would have to wait for to months to transpire from the date.
Happy August 9th everybody!
ITP Flickr Pic
Saturday morning started in Atlanta and my travels reached as far North as the Nantahala River in North Carolina — with a few impromptu offshoot trips for good measure.
Expect to see more “rafting pics” this week as that is the crux of what I shot on Saturday.
This might be the technically weakest shot that I’ll post this week, but I loved how I was able to capture the moment of this kayaker being perpendicular.
Bonus ITP Flickr Pic
I think that I may be allergic to something…
Fear not, it’s only the handy work of a clever iPhone app called FatBooth. At Friday night’s Taco Mac happy hour (which moved over to Outback Steakhouse if you believe it!) some of my coworkers were showing off this app as well as one called AgingBooth. I laughed so hard on Friday night that I bought the two $0.99 apps immediately. I couldn’t help perpetuating the viral marketing on Saturday with my FlickRPS buds by snapping a few photos of them, as well as the self-portrait gem depicted above.
I Wonder How It Will Be Commemorated?
At the end of last night’s Mad Men episode the series begins the year 1965. I happen to know someone who was born in New York during that fantastic year. I wonder how the writers incorporated my birth into the story line? 🙂
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – contemplative
Current Music – silence as I let new podcasts download
Website Of The Day – PiVi & Co are the clever minds behind FatBooth and AgingBooth. I certainly wish that I had thought of these.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car, bike on top for ride home
Exercise (b)Log – nothing, unfortunately
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check, didn’t want to know
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 33.5 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 1 (6)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 7
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 1
– Not to get sick for the entire month (I did it once, I can do it again!)
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 200 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, LLC moving further
– Complete at least one iPhone application (seriously, this needs to happen)
– 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