Life Is Swell

Well, swollen at least. My left forearm is still fighting the battle of the bite. It’s not grotesquely large or anything, but I can still feel the extra mass when I shake my arm.

No Time For Mexican
I should have guessed that my desire to eat for the first time at El Zorrito would get smashed. I got caught up at work (actually working) and before I knew it there was not enough time to get from Perimeter Mall to Roswell (thanks Atlanta traffic!) in order to eat. Instead, I stopped at a Chick-fil-A drive-through and picked up a dinner that I could scarf down in a matter of minutes before the Roswell Photographic Society meeting.

I probably didn’t need to eat dinner last night. The lunch at Bo Bo Garden that I shared with two co-workers was probably sufficiently large (and meaty!) to get me through the entire day. The three of us ordered three dishes — ribs with Peking sauce, steamed fish with black bean, string beans (my “go to” order) — which were delicious. If you don’t think I’m telling the truth, check out the Blissful Glutton’s review.

ITP Flickr Pic
There was no joy in my personal Mudville as my photo received few accolades.
A Mighty Swirl
However my friend Andy took first place and two of the other FlickRPS members also placed well, so I guess I’ll have to settle for a “team” victory. 😉

Before you ask, it’s a top-down shot of a beer on a blue table cloth. In Photoshop I pumped up the colors and swirled the beer to give the shot more interest.

Strange Business Models
Yesterday I received two emails, each of which had me scratching my head.

  • Atlanta Cycling sent the following message about an upcoming class: “How to properly wash and lubricate your bicycle as well as how to change a flat tire with a hangs (sic) on tube changing demo. The hands on demo will show students how to change a tube on the road as well as how to boot a damaged tire.”

    They are obviously not reading this blog otherwise they’d know that I already know how to change a flat tire and how to make a makeshift boot. But what really confuses about this class is that Atlanta Cycling is charging $25 per person for this class, and “All materials will be provided, so you do not need to bring your bicycle.” so you are not even cleaning your own bicycle!

  • Amazon sent the following message about one of the eBooks I’ve purchased from them: “The version you received contained some errors that have been corrected. An updated version of The Design of Everyday Things is now available. We have issued a refund for your original purchase, and your copy of The Design of Everyday Things will remain in your account. If you are interested in the updated eBook it can be purchased.”

    So instead of downloading the corrected version they’ve credited my account and I can repurchase the corrected version? Huh? How does that make sense?

I’ll never understand business.

Take Me Out To The Laundry
Tonight should be a nerdfest with me attending the iPhone Developers monthly meetup. However, a lack of actual iPhone development and a small window of opportunity to do laundry this week has led me to pack the Jackmobile full of dirty threads for a good washing tonight. I guess if I want clean clothes somebody has to wash them. The only question left remaining for tonight’s activity will be whether I eat at Lee’s Bakery or Las Tortas Locas…

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – I’ve not had the time to read through the Congress for the New Urbanism‘s agenda, but it’s on my “to-do” list.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
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) – 9 (9)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 15
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 3

August Goals
– 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

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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9 Responses to Life Is Swell

  1. Barb says:

    If I was gong to spend $25, I’d bring my own dirty bike to clean! And I”d pocket a CO2 container when they weren’t looking. 😉

  2. Steve says:

    Let me get this straight- they are charging $25 to teach me to clean my own bike, but they will provide me a bike to clean? And the tire repair class is seperate? Did you happen to notice they were having a sale on bike cleaning? Maybe the class is doing the work for them….

    Hard as it is to believe, I’m going to pass on this amazing opportunity.


  3. No, you get to both clean someone else’s bike and learn to change tires for the low, low, price of $25. 😉 Anyone want to start a similar class and only charge $20 per person? Hell, perhaps that’s what Mango should do to cover the cost of pork. 🙂

  4. And I just clicked on the Chick-fil-A link I posted and realized that last night I was either cheated out of some chicken (mine was not nearly that large) or granted some extra bun (because my chicken did not stick out from the bun).

  5. Barb says:

    food at restaurants never looks like the picture……

    and – our lawn mower isn’t working, but Allan tried to fix it & couldn’t – hey Martha – want to try? (just kidding). I’m taking it to the repair shop at lunch.

    And – a concrete update (cuz I know you care) – those idiots were there ALL FREAKING NIGHT.
    It rained pretty damn good from about 8pm-10pm, and they said they couldn’t leave………. they made noise all night & finally left just before 5am. If this concrete is still messed up due to the rain, I’m going to kill someone. I got maybe 3 hours of sleep………

  6. I was stunned how much rain I drove into when leaving Roswell last night. I had no idea that it was going to rain that late.

  7. Martha says:

    I’m back!! Miss me??

    Well I drove back yesterday after 3 full days up north. I didn’t catch a break with the weather, it was just as hot there as here. Since I didn’t sleep well and the rest of the family sleeps until 10, I did have plenty of free time to get a couple of runs in and a trip to the local CF gym. Otherwise an uneventful trip.

    I was glad to see the rain last night, my yard might not be a total loss. I hope your concrete is okay, I remember a driveway in the neighborhood being destroyed by rain. It was a pretty steep incline and the run-off from the rain, dug big trenches in the not quite dry concrete.

  8. Steve says:

    Damn, Barb… that must have been a long night for the concrete gang as well.
    Martha, glad to know you survived the trip.

  9. Barb says:

    Steve – you have no idea, I kept thinking, how can they be doing a decent job, being tired and working in the dark? I think that was why I was even more annoyed with the whole thing.

    just talked to the contractor – he said the cement looks good…….. Thank God!
    And, he assured me no one will be there tonight so I can get some sleep.

    Martha – glad you had a little time to chill while up there, I’m sure those nieces kepp you moving!

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