Turning Over A New LEAF

This year’s LEAF, while vastly different from last year’s LEAF, was also a whole lot of fun. Sure, I spent ample time in the MILF Kids Village, but that was part of the plan. Unlike last year the weather was fantastic, though a bit on the cold side for this ill-prepared camper, and the five of us — myself, ITP-Readers Lisa and Randy and their two lads — never ventured far from either the Kids Village or the lakeside area of the festival.

Since I have this forum I’d like to thank Lisa and Randy for being over-prepared. If you read one of my comments on Friday you know that I accidentally left my Therm-a-Rest at home. Well, it turned out that Lisa and Randy had an extra camping pad which I could borrow saving me from inevitably miserable nights of sleep on Friday and Saturday.

And, if anyone can remember the band I wanted to see at LEAF 2009 but did not go out to see because of the lousy weather, please remind me.

Don’t look now, but the number of vegetarian days in October has eclipse the carnivorous ones. I’ll most likely reverse that trend with a trip to Five Guys tonight however.

Who Knew Hashing Could Be So Useful
On my trip back from North Carolina I hit what has inevitably become commonplace Sunday shitty traffic on I-85. The stall occurred somewhere around the Mall of Georgia and thanks to the reccying I did for a Black Sheep Hash I laid in 2009 I knew the backroads which would allow me to avoid the backup. I may have only saved mere minutes, but after three hours in the car the thought of saving any amount of time thrilled me.

ITP Flickr Pic
I have shots from LEAF in my camera but yesterday’s laziness and this morning’s hectic schedule (I’m helping conduct and interview at 9am) do not permit me to get them from the camera into my computer. My bad.

I’m Giving Up On Thinking I’ll Ever Be Healthy Again
The “infected” toe is almost better, but still not 100% nor do I ever expect it to be. My damaged/kicked big toe is sore to the touch as if it might be slightly infected and the nail still has the appearance of jettisoning itself some time in the future.

For the past week I’ve also been fighting off various ailments such as red eyes, a sore throat, and a cough which makes itself noticeable at night.

A Mixed Weekend Of Football
Ouch, the Gators lost their third game in a row, this time to Mississippi State.
Whew, the Jets pulled out their game against Denver — but just barely.
Ooooh Boy, am I ever glad I changed my pick from San Diego to the New York Giants in my NFL Suicide Pool otherwise I’d be eliminated.
Yikes, wouldn’t you know the East Atlanta Deadbeat Dads would be underachieving against the absolute worst team in my Fantasy League. The Double D’s are in danger of losing their first game this season to a team which has yet to win its first.

What Did You Do This Weekend?
I know there were a lot of things going on. Tell me (and everyone else for that matter) what I missed.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay but incredibly rushed
Current Music – silence as I try to get this out
Website Of The Day – Standing in the dark of Black Mountain the discussion of astronomy occurred. This morning while listening to one of my podcasts they recommended an astronomy website called Heavens Above. Coincidence? Perhaps. Convenient? Quite.
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 – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 8, Carnivorous Days – 8
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

October Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 200 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

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 Turning Over A New LEAF

  1. Barb says:

    You missed the Blue Angels & other very loud low flying aircraft all weekend in Cobb County. It was pretty cool to listen to, (by the time you hear them, they are pretty much gone) but damn, it was crazy loud.

    We got the shelves built in the garage – I gotta say, I needed some of Martha’s muscles, those shelves were/are damn heavy, I think 3 people would have made it a whole lot easier. (so, no fun was had for us all weekend)

  2. Martha says:

    Well at least the shelves are done. By that time yesterday I was more than happy to just sit on my ass, eating cooking and drinking beer. I wouldn’t have been much help.

    I did manage to get my longest run in for the marathon in (less than) 4 weeks. I’m feeling a little better, it isn’t going to be close to a PR but I will finish. We may even have enough energy to swing by the campout.

    I didn’t see any of the air show but I heard (from Jerry) that people were watching it from the top of Kennesaw Mountain. I’ll have to take his word because there was no way I was climbing that yesterday.

    I’m glad Lisa and Randy had you covered, but I was secretly hoping you would have to buy a nice new sleeping pad and then sell it to me at a discount when you got back 😉

    Okay weekend for football, the Boilers and Colts each pulled out a win.

  3. martha says:

    Oh I forgot a bit of important news…I found a liquor store close by that 1) doesn’t have a nightmare parking lot (aka Tower) 2) doesn’t look too scary from the street and 3) seems to have a decent beer/wine/booze selection.

    Empire Package Store at Fayetteville Road & Flat Shoals Road.

    Though their beer prices didn’t seem that much cheaper than Kroger

  4. I’ll keep that package store in mind, though I have to admit that the one thing in which I am currently heavily invested is alcohol. I realized that I had so much in stock at home that I didn’t even stop to exercise my right to buy alcohol on a Sunday in North Carolina yesterday.

    I wonder if Steve survived the Highland Games.

  5. Oh, and I did watch last night’s Amazing Race and Mad Men finale, so don’t worry about spoiling either (at least for me).

  6. debbie says:

    Last I heard from Steve was indeed alive, but then again I haven’t heard from him today. 🙂

    It was a beautiful weekend and the turn out at the Games reflected that. I went up yesterday and it was pretty amusing when the falconry exhibit became the free bird exhibit. Both birds that they put up decided to use the opportunity to express their right to freedom of flight and left the area. I lost saw one of the handlers running down the road in search of his bird. Good luck with that buddy.

  7. Barb says:

    I did watch Amazing Race, I figured since you didn’t mention it at all, you didn’t.

    I gotta say, that was the stupidest Speed Bump ever………..

  8. Yeah, the Speed Bumps the past two seasons have been pretty weak. When I heard the description of the Speed Bump I thought “Ten minutes! Is that it?!?! Crap, I sit on blocks of ice longer, nekkid, at Black Sheep for much longer than that.”

  9. Steve says:

    Well, I’m finally back online and home after 4 days away at the Games. A beautiful weekend, a decent crowd, but nowhere close to a record. We were hustling last night with the new deadline of midnight tonight to be completely off the field, and because of that, we were done clearing out by about lunchtime. We rocked it last night and we rocked it today.

    Speaking of the Blue Angels. Their support plane, a C-130 dubbed “Fat Albert” was in some photo ops last week in front of Stone Mountain and we were treated to a tiny little airshow of our own.

    Back to the salt mines tomorrow so I can get some rest!!


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