Welcome To The Roxanne Ritchi Fan Club

For year animators have been drawing short-haired women into their animations because it was easier to draw and the computing power to generate flowing long hair was not available. There is a movie coming out next week called Megamind whose commercials have been catching my eye. Can those of you who’ve known me for a while figure out why?
Roxanne Ritchi
Does Roxanne Ritchi remind you of a certain someone who left my life almost seven years ago? Seven years ago…. my, my, where does the time go?

A Somewhat Wasted Night
I had a ticket to last night’s Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit show at The EARL. I didn’t go. In part I was in no mood to leave the house at 10pm on a Thursday night (once that would have never been a roadblock), and in part because I was going to make an effort to start writing an iPhone app because I really, really, need the practice if I want to return to being a bone fide developer.

I was partially successful in my quest. I wound up running into hurdles that I could not overcome and after a few hours of struggle tossed my hands in the air and gave up. Tomorrow’s another day…

ITP Flickr Pic
Um, nope again.

Thirty Years Later, I’m Ready To Buy “The Wall”
I’ve had a long history with Pink Floyd’s album “The Wall”. I was introduced to Floyd by a childhood friend in the mid/late 1970s and when “The Wall” was released I was thrilled. There was one problem with “The Wall” however, it made me extremely sad. Not even going out on my first date to the midnight showing of “The Wall” (the movie obviously) with a girl named Rhonda could change my attitude toward the music. (fwiw- Rhonda and I went on two dates before she returned to the boyfriend from whom she had just broken up. I should have seen the writing on the wall…) Because of the mood in which it put me I’ve abstained from purchasing the album for the thirty years during which it has been available.

I think I’m ready. Sure the digital download still costs $17-$20 (depending on where you buy it) — try and tell me that the music industry doesn’t rip people off — which may be a deal breaker, but I am considering…

RIP FoodMob
In the age of podcasts it’s almost a sure bet that once a podcast stops being released on a regular schedule its not long for this world. For a while I’ve been watching a cooking video podcast called “FoodMob” which was made in Ireland. About a month ago new episodes stopped appearing. And finally this week a one-minute “Hi, we’re done.” podcast was released. Bummer, I’m going to miss it.

It’s UF/UGA Weekend And I Don’t Care
Usually this weekend is fully of nerves for me as the Florida Gators takes on UGA. Normally the loser’s season is ruined and the winner has the chance to move one step closer to playing for the National Championship. Not this year however. Both teams are mired in lousy seasons, and while a month ago I would have bet money that Florida would be the victor, today I’m not sure.

I am sure that my life will be unaffected by the outcome of that football game, so I officially declare indifference.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – frustrated
Current Music – silence as podcasts whisk their way down the internets into my laptop
Website Of The Day – I’ll probably wait to see if a 2D version of Megamind becomes available at Netflix, but I can’t wait to see it.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – was supposed to check, but I did not
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 – 9, Carnivorous Days – 19
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, completed
Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides, completed
– 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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12 Responses to Welcome To The Roxanne Ritchi Fan Club

  1. Barb says:

    I know who Roxanne looks like………

    Since I can’t play on FB at work & refuse to get the interenet on my phone –
    here is my comment to this:
    “Not trying to be deep Barb, just stating fact. There was a woman that I think is pretty who works at REI and I didn’t even have the guts to tell her that I thought so. No guts no glory, or so they say.”

    I actually got told I was attractive at the grocery store just the other day. I jokingly told him I hoped my husband thought so. Then he said if I wasn’t married he would hit on me. It was very flattering. You might have made that girl’s day. Just think about it that way sometime when trying to decide.

  2. I knew that you’d be one to be on top of my question. I’ll bet dollar-to-doughnut (is that even a good saying any longer?) that Steve will know as well.

    Oh, I did think of that Barb but I still couldn’t muster up the courage to let her know. Perhaps it’s time for me to start hoarding cats?

  3. Barb says:

    Once you start hoarding cats, then you start hoarding other things, then you get to be a basket case on a TV show about hoarders. I say……. just don’t do it.
    Make a decision to just say Hi to someone you don’t know (a girl). that would be a start.

  4. Martha says:

    Paulie, you really need to step out of your comfort zone. Find an approachable woman and one that is ‘not your type’ and just say hi! Believe me, taking a chance on someone that isn’t your ‘usual’ can work out really well.

    Now if you really want to go down the ‘crazy cat lady’ path, I can help with that as well. I’ll drop Bode off this weekend so you can do a trial run. I picked him up some catnip yesterday, he’s in rare form right now.

    If you want to take photos this weekend, of hot, fit women, there will be a Barbells for Boobs fundraiser in Dahlonega (http://barbellsforboobs.com/). I won’t be there, beginning of the taper for Columbus, but is should be a great time (and it’s a good cause).

  5. Lisa says:

    Boobs for Barbells does not seem like Paulie’s thing, even in his current state.

    And, of course we know who she looks like.

    I say, you can’t feel sorry you’re alone if you can’t say Hi to someone. You have no reason not to.

  6. Steve says:

    Sorry I’m late to todays comments, but this was my off day and the mizzus and I have been putting gutters on the barn- and trying not to kill each other.

    You are the master of your destiny- if you want to be miserable and alone, you will be until you change your attitude and break out of your comfort zone. You MUST become vulnerable and take that risk in order to meet someone. Sadly, there is no equality in this dance- the man almost always must make the first move. Start small if you like- pay a compliment to a woman in passing- just walking by. Build up your courage in litle steps.

    We have confidence in you.


  7. Eric Nuesslein says:

    You’ve never owned The Wall????!?!?!?!?

    Color me shocked!

  8. StacyD says:

    Wish you’d made to Jason Isbell. At 9pm, I called Stupid & coerced him into going with me to see Jason Isbell. Great show — the place was packed! If they didn’t sell out, they came close.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Bummer, it would have been good to see you.

  10. Stacy Fox says:

    I.Absolutely.Adore.the.Wall. It is most definitely worth that amount of money, for real.

    And speaking of writing on the wall….do you know where that phrase comes from? (your little trivia question of the morning) 🙂

    And since your 11/1 post ain’t up yet, I’m going to comment here (no spoilers): AAAAAAAAARGH! I hate how Amazing Race ended!!!!

  11. Stacy (Fox), I agree on all counts. I have no idea from whence that saying came.

    I’m putting the finishing touches on today’s post right now.

  12. Stacy Fox says:

    It’s actually from the book of Daniel (5:25-28) — where the king sees a disembodied hand writing strangely on the wall. Okay, so it was after a night of reckless partying and he was probably drunk off his ass – and who hasn’t seen weird things then? But still, strange words just appearing on the wall, being written by fingers not attached to anything? Yeah…that’s a bad trip.

    This is where I love the Bible as *literature* — it’s fascinating. 🙂

    Oh, the story goes he calls Daniel to interpret the saying, Daniel’s all, “dude – this so ain’t good news.”* The king is dead that very night. So seeing the writing on the wall comes to mean foretelling a certain conclusion, usually of doom.

    *I paraphrased a bit here.

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