Thankfully I used the power of technology to request that ITP-Reader Betsy bring my camping chair back to Atlanta for me. In exchange for her kindness I purchased Betsy a Sharkarita from Holy Taco.
Yes, I Left Hartwell Early; No, Nothing Was Wrong
On Friday night at Lake Hartwell we were all drinking like college freshmen. I believe the collective drank the contents of more than two kegs of beer. Even taking in to account that Friday’s Hartwell campout population was probably greater than any Friday night in the past, that’s a lot of beer drinking. And medicated or not, I was partaking. Somehow I made it past 2:00am when I came to the crashing realization that things weren’t working out the way I’d hoped, so I staggered back to my tent.
Saturday was a bit rough, made rougher by the knowledge that I wasn’t going to be able to either ride my bike or run trail. I made an attempt at getting exercise by swimming in the lake, but was quickly reminded why I don’t swim more often — I don’t like doing it. My spirits were lifted later in the day when I received multiple compliments about my andouille grit cakes (I had ample help preparing them at Hartwell, so I shan’t claim all of the credit, though I believe that the sauce I prepared this year was the best ever.)
After dinner I wasn’t feeling overly social, and after sitting around a campfire for awhile I decided to walk back to my tent. My early to bed was met with an early to rise which was also helped by the sound of thunder. Rain had been predicted for Sunday so I knew it was a possibility. Being wide awake o’dark thirty I decided to beat the rain and pack up my tent. I then decided to drive my car up the dirt road before the dirt turned to mud. When I made it to the house I couldn’t find any nearby parking, and when I assumed that I would probably be the only person awake at that hour I decided to continue driving back to Atlanta. And that’s why I left Lake Hartwell early this year.
Big shout out to ITP-Reader Tony who cooked some amazing food on Saturday night.
ITP Flickr Pic
Another from the Big Vacation
This is a panorama of The Badlands. This shot was fifteen shots (portrait orientation) stitched together using Photoshop CS5.
(I’d recommend clicking the photo and looking at this larger)
Monday Morning Confessional
This will be a new segment on InsideThePerimeter…
Today I confess that, while I thoroughly enjoyed last night’s Pavement concert, I was never in to Pavement when they were popular. There are a few seminal indie bands who also fall into this category — Sonic Youth and The Pixies spring to mind. I don’t know, maybe it was because I head solidly into REM and Hüsker Dü back then and didn’t need to spread my wings as much. So, unlike the rest of the crowd I was not able to bust out all of the lyrics to every song that Pavement played last night. Hell, I’m not that much of a lyrics person anyway, so maybe that statement is true for all concerts I attend.
RealiTV Update: Guess Who Forgot To Set A DVR Timer
I missed the season premier of The Amazing Race last night because I was at The Tabernacle for the Pavement show. Even worse, none of the three dvrs at my disposal had a timer set up to record it. Oh well, perhaps I can stream it online like I did for last week’s Hell’s Kitchen season premier.
Happy Happy Birthday Birthday
Yesterday was the birthday of ITP-Reader Debbie, so like when a Federal Holiday lands on a Sunday the holiday is observed on Monday. Even though it rained a lot I hope your day was wonderful, Debbie.
Today is the actual birthday of ITP-Reader Randy. I’ll get the pleasure of lifting a celebratory beer in his honor when I visit Raleigh this weekend. However, I won’t be able to administer any birthday punches because he’s now so old that I don’t think I could punch that many times. 🙂 Also in his honor I will attempt to make my day a vegetarian day, perhaps the only time this month I’ll accomplish this task.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – tired, and tired of the toe issue
Current Music – listening to Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, Channel 26, currently playing Das Racist — “Fashion Party”
Website Of The Day – Hmm, I just Stumbled Upon TV Clicker, maybe I’ll use it to watch The Amazing Race at some time.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check, but I should have
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) – 0 (2)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 26
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– 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)
– lose five pounds
– eat vegetarian at least one day a week
– 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