September 2010 Can Go Eff Itself!

September 1: I was sick.
September 3: The Jackmobile’s transmission died.
September 5: I cut myself over my right eye while trying to pick up a bar of soap in a hotel shower.
September 7: The rental car I’m renting mysteriously obtains a large scratch while parked in a hotel parking lot. The only reason I’m renting a car and it was in this parking lot was to make up for the fact that the Jackmobile’s transmission problem.

Wtf is going to happen on September 9th, the day I’m supposed to drive back to Boulder, get the Jackmobile back and launch my return drive home to Atlanta?

According to American Express their rental car agreement will pay up to my insurance deductible, then it’s up to me to determine if I want to file a claim against my auto insurance policy or pay the balance out of pocket.

Spiritually I am spent. Financially I am much worse off than I was before embarking on this trip. Every time I’ve tried to do “the right thing” the past few days I’ve been shat upon. I’m not sure how much more I can take.

This May Be The Last Post Of The Week
I’m not sure if I’ll have time to post tomorrow or Friday as, if things return to “normal” I’ll be driving many, many, hours. This will not make for great blogging and I’m sure all I’ll want to do when not driving is sleep.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – hating my life
Current Music – silence
Website Of The DayHonda Problems.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my now scratched rental car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – don’t give a damn today even if I could check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 7
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

September Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 250 miles
– Determine the fate of Sharpened Stone, LLC
– Complete at least one iPhone application (seriously, this needs to happen)
– lost five pounds
– eat vegetarian at least one day a week

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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13 Responses to September 2010 Can Go Eff Itself!

  1. Barb says:

    it’s 9 hours to Kansas City, then 3.5 hours from there to STL, then about 9 or a little more to ATL. (well, that is the times when you drive with Allan, taking very time for gas/food/bathroom breaks). It will be a long couple days, I’m guessing you do have an couple more audio books to listen to?

    I am predicting (well hoping) you have a very uneventful drive home.

    did you get to drink a tasty beer & have a good dinner last night?

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’m going to try two 12 hour drives, losing to hours to time zone changes as well. Last night was okay, though I wasn’t feeling very well.

  3. Steve says:

    I don’t know if it’s worth the effort to have the hotel check their security video to see if they caught the asshat who keyed the car. A police report couldn’t hurt.

    I feel bad for you…


  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I thought about that, but didn’t see any cameras in the area.

    Thanks, I don’t know why I have to deal with all if this, but I do. 🙁

  5. npts says:

    “Thanks, I don’t know why I have to deal with all if this, but I do.”

    Ans: 2nd law of thermodynamics

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Well played, sir.

  7. Barb says:

    damn Niplets – you just made me have to think today.

    I found pictures of Paulie almost looking like he was having fun in colorado…… trail pics that he did looked tough (but very scenic)

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Trails on both days were beautiful. Saturday’s trail (if I am wearing tights) was up in Boulder Canyon. Sunday’s trail (if I am wearing shorts) was closer to Boulder with more ascending/descending.

  9. Barb says:

    I hope you have the car back by now & are on the road……. & all is going well…….

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Just now leaving. Car was keyed again last night! I filed reports with hotel and police.

  11. Barb says:

    wow – keyed again? that is crazy. someone must hate Altimas.

  12. Barb says:

    hope you made it past Kansas City yesterday – since I can’t get on FB (or Twitter) – I don’t know if you have updated us at all!

  13. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Made it to KC last night. Just passed through Columbia, MO.

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