As weekends go, this one was routinely unusual. Though it consisted of many of my normal routines — drinking at Taco Mac; failed attempts at bike riding, house cleaning, and organizing; hashing with the Black Sheep Hash — this weekend felt different to me.
Two Steps Closer
On Friday your humble author took two steps closer to claiming his 125th beer at Taco Mac. Our happy hour ended earlier than it usually does, otherwise it would have been a three-beer evening.
What’s so special about #125 you ask? Well, once you eclipse your 125th “different” beer as part of Taco Mac’s Brewniversity (formerly Passport Club) you get to consume 20-ounce draft beers for 16-ounce prices for the rest of you die, or until Taco Mac goes out of business, whichever comes first. I’ve already informed ITP-Reader Stacy that I would like for her to be present when I get my 125th because she and I signed up the same day, March 4th 2006, after laying a hash together.
This is my first attempt at an High Dynamic Range (HDR) image in which I, well Photoshop, combined five photos of varying exposure to produce this one.
Yesterday’s Hash Was A Blast And I’m Not Lyon
Yesterday was the nteenth running of the Lyons for the Black Sheep Hash. The hash started south of Atlanta off Exit 61 near Fairburn — aka near BFE. The area is prime for Black Sheep and Southern Comfort because it contains many creeks, swamps, shiggy, and critters which sting or bite. This area also contains a man with a stick shoved so far up his ass that he can’t see straight any longer, but I’ll get to him in a minute.
Check out this cool image I found in Google Maps when searching for the start of the hash. (Click the + button inside the image and watch what happens to that plane.)
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What appeared as if it would be an overcast day turned into a sunny, humid affair as a good number of hounds (forty perhaps) marched off in an attempt to catch Sanitary Not!, Bagless’ wheelchair which was being driven away by Foreign Lesion, and Soggy Biscuit. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I shouldn’t be wearing a cotton shirt, especially once I went chest-deep into water attempting to get into a tunnel. I ran as fast as my now-cycling-only-legs could go in order to stay with the pack
The trail was phenomenal, with the slight exception of some short patches of pavement. Unfortunately I ran into one of Nature’s unfriendlier creations which either stung, or bit, my left forearm. I felt a sting and a burn, and even today it’s a bit swollen and uncomfortable.
The trail ended with a bit of confusion as I missed the Turkey/Eagle split and wound up running the Turkey trail which took me down a sewer-line easement to the unmarked (?) end. With 98% percent of the hashers in the GM decided to start circle. We successfully got through trail trial and were about to welcome our virgins to the Black Sheep Hash by making them park their butts on a block of ice when Mr. StickUpMyAss arrived. “I need to speak to whoever is in charge.” he bellowed. Which, by the way is the wrong thing to say around the hash because no one is really “in charge.” This man then went on to inform us that we needed to pick up all of our litter and get out and that he’d already called the police. Thanks, Captain Buzz Kill!
Here is where we ended:
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We cleaned up and were mostly done when the police arrived. The police, to whom our hares had already previously spoken, were nice enough and told us that this guy is just a nuisance with whom they must deal.
All and all the day was a success.
It’s RPS Critique Night
Tonight I’ll be attending the monthly critique night at Roswell Photographic Society. Tonight’s theme is “abstract”, and yes I’ve submitted a photo, and no it wasn’t the one I posted on this blog last week. If my abstract creation gains any critical acclaim I will post it as tomorrow’s ITP Flickr Pic.
Also tonight I’ll be trying a Mexican restaurant for the first time. The last time the FlickRPS gang met up for dinner at El Zorrito I was unable to make the meeting.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, all things considered
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I’m thinking of participating in Meatless Monday even though I’m not a big fan of alliteration.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – hashing, ~4 miles of humid run/walk
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 102.2 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 8 (8)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 14
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 3
– 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