Opportunity Missed

I considered riding the (rather dirty) Red Rocket to work today, but failed in the end. I did laundry last night at a nearly-empty laundromat (it was wonderful!) next to Lee’s Bakery (yes, I had a Banh Mi for dinner) and then plopped my buttocks on the couch for an evening of football and Mad Men.

Clearly The City Of Atlanta And I Are On Different Pages
After doing laundry last night I returned home to watch my NY Jets play an absolutely forgetful game while I opened up the two weeks of snail mail that ITP-Reader Betsy was nice enough to get from my mailbox since I was not going to be making back to Atlanta on my scheduled date. I had the Post Office hold my mail, but the entirety would have been in my box for a couple of days since it was scheduled to be delivered en masse on the day I was initially scheduled to return.

I’m happy/sad to say that nearly 95% of the mail was junk — flyers, useless credit card offers, etc. However there was one piece of mail, a large yet slender manilla envelope which caught my eye. It was from the City of Atlanta and contained a single sheet of paper which is some sort of certificate related to the business license document I hurriedly mailed before departing on vacation. On the document is the statement “This Certificate Must Be Publicly Displayed In Accordance To The Law.” (I’m paraphrasing since I just realized that I left the document at home. WTH?

Clearly the City of Atlanta does not understand Sharpened Stone, nor the fact that I have no storefront set up at Sharpened Stone’s business address.

ITP Flickr Pic
Be warned. Until I get my shit together I’m going to be digging through the photos I took during the first week of my vacation (they happen to be the only non-iPhone photos taken during the vacation, but that’s neither here nor there).
St Louis arch as the morning’s first sun strikes it.

I’m Not A Loser After All
For the past two days I’ve been searching for an iPod that I last remembered seeing before Sunday’s Black Sheep Hash. I distinctly remembered placing into my trunk, but when I went to retrieve it post-hash, it was missing. I assumed that I had moved it back into a safe place within the car, but no amount of scouring the past two days produced the iPod. I’ve returned to the trunk on more than one occasion, lifting items, checking inside boxes, moving everything around, all to no avail. This morning I took the drastic measure of taking nearly everything out of the trunk and looking around into the deep dark corners with a headlamp. Nada.

And then I noticed something. A notch cut into the trunk’s bottom which is used to lift the trunk floor when needing access to the spare tire. The notch which I most certainly assumed was covered the entire past two days, and could only allow the iPod to pass through in a portrait orientation. Certainly there was no way the iPod had slipped through this hole. Certainly I was wrong. As I shone the headlamp into the notch I saw the familiar glisten of the metallic back of my beloved fourth generation iPod.

I am not a loser.

see also: “body weight”

Parish The Thought
Some time ago I jumped onto the Groupon bandwagon and purchased a coupon for Inman Park’s Parish. Tonight I’ll be using that coupon (before it expires on Friday) by dining at Parish for the first time. I’m really looking forward to it as I like what I see on their menu, though I’d be happier to endorse them if their website didn’t require Flash or play music upon loading.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though feel it’s time again to try to lose some weight
Current Music – silence
Website Of The DayPeople For Bikes is an interesting group trying to raise awareness for bicycles and bicycle safety. Now if I could only manage to get myself to ride more.
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 – ~15 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 1 (1)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 13
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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10 Responses to Opportunity Missed

  1. Barb says:

    I could have/should have ridden my bike last night, but I just didn’t.

  2. Steve says:

    Nice shot of the Washington Monument!! 🙂

    Did you have any time to actually go up in it? A very odd little elevator, not for the claustrophobic.

    I may be enjoying dinner tonight at Lee’s Bakery before heading farther north for the Games meeting- we’re in weekly meeting mode, as the Games are only 4 weeks away.


  3. Barb says:

    I haven’t been up in that elevator since I was a kid – someday when we drive up north, we may just have to stop & do that.

  4. I didn’t get a chance to ride up the elevator. I was there at daybreak (6:30am local if I remember correctly) and the “park” didn’t open until 8am (which seems to be the standard opening time for our national monuments). I’d like to have given it a shot, mostly to see how I’d fare with my fear of heights and all. 😉

    I’ve had Lee’s Bakery sandwiches twice in three days now. Love them! I was planning on doing laundry, then eating at Las Tortas Locas last night, but then I joined people for a Las Tortas Locas lunch and didn’t want to eat it twice in one day.

    Steve, remind me the exact date for the Games. I can’t guarantee attendance (because I think I’ve accounted for every weekend day between now and November already) but if I can go, I shall.

  5. Steve says:

    The Games are the weekend of the 16th and 17th of October. I expect all of you to be there.

    Where is Las Tortas Locas? Maybe I can get an extra taco!!

  6. Las Tortas Locas is in a small shopping center off Chamblee-Tucker near Buford Highway. Turn right onto Chamblee-Tucker off of Buford Highway and it will be on your right. Look for the lavanderia at the corner of its shopping center. 😉

    Bummer, that’s the same weekend as LEAF up in North Carolina. I’ll drink a beverage with the ITP-Readers Randy and Lisa in your honor.

  7. Martha says:

    Since this year I figured out I’m part Scottish maybe I’ll have to check out these games? It is the same weekend as Jerry’s ultra but it is uncertain (with all that’s going on in Ciny) if he will run it.

    I really wanted to run last night but after Saturday and yesterday morning my legs were not cooperating.

    Now y’all have me thinking of tacos…boo!!

    Looking for recommendations, I’m on my own Thursday night in Raleigh, might want to do a little shopping or maybe go for a run and grab some dinner?

  8. The Raleigh residents/experts have probably yet to read today’s blog Martha, so you may be in luck.

    In what part of Raleigh will you be staying? If you are anywhere near NC State, or the Cameron Village area you could always run on campus and shop in Cameron Village.

    There are many excellent places to eat in Raleigh. You may want to check out Yelp to help narrow down the choices based on cuisine and location.

  9. Martha says:

    Looks like we will be close to NC State, so I’m sure I’ll find something close by, thought NC State is playing UC (the reason we are stoping there), so I’m guessing campus maybe a little crazy.

  10. The campus is spacious and beautiful, so you should still be able to run around there.

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