Cures For What Ails You

I wish I had them, for if I did I’d be slathering them all over my body to rid the scars and deformations which are abundantly present on me. Instead I’m consuming a breakfast of tea and toast (made from home-baked bread) dreaming of what it would feel like to be called an “Expat.” Ah Maillard Reaction, you really are a friend to me.

What A Great Night
Election results be damned, I had a great night! No, I did not go out on a date. No, I did not meet an attractive young lady. But here is what I did:

After work I met a group of Flickrite friends at Thinking Man Tavern. The plan was to eat and have a few beverages together before moving on to local photographer Zack Arias’ Used Film Studio where he was hosting an open “house” with special guest worldwide-known photographer Joe McNally. Though I like the food at Thinking Man I had to pass on ordering because I had plans to meet up with ITP-Readers Betsy, Terri, Pat and Tony at East Atlanta Thai & Sushi for dinner.

I think the last time I ate at East Atlanta Thai & Sushi was to celebrate ITP-Reader Steve’s (50th?) birthday. It’s not like I dislike the food, but I get more than my fair share of Asian cuisine during the week, so East Atlanta Thai & Sushi is rarely a local destination for me. The food last night was quite tasty, I had a beef “salad” and a spicy tuna roll in addition to the appetizers the table ordered. I will most like return sooner than I did, but there is so much local competition for my limited EAV (and surrounds) dinners.

ITP Flickr Pic
On a gloomy, rainy day it’s nice to have a photo which reminds you that the weather will be beautiful again.
Rails To Nowhere
(taken at the Southeastern Railway Museum)

The E-Book Conundrum
You know my Prime Objective regarding media:

Purchase no media in physical form which can be purchased in digital form. Exceptions shall be made for media which is unavailable digitally or is improved greatly by obtaining it in a physical format.

My Prime Objective was conceived in June 2009 and much like some laws and patents seems a bit outdated. It was made in a day when color eReaders did not exist and when there was an assumption that digital media would be priced cheaper than its physical counterpart due to cheaper production and shipping costs. I forgot to factor greed into the equation.

There is a book to which I’ve been introduced called Casserole Crazy which is a casserole cookbook. Because of the source of recommendation I decided that I’d buy the book. I first checked with Amazon and found it there for $6.38. At first I didn’t think that the book was available in Kindle (digital) format, however I found that it was but for a price of $12.99. I subsequently found out that Apple sells the book in their iBooks store, but also for $12.99. Each retailer is blaming the book’s publisher, Penguin Press, for the $12.99 price tag.

Saving the world ain’t cheap.

As an Apple shareholder you’d think I’d naturally jump to the iBooks selection if I were to purchase the book digitally. However, iBooks currently only be read on iOS devices and not Macs, therefore I wouldn’t be able to take my laptop into the kitchen and read the recipe from it.

Such a conundrum. But wait, I think I have a solution! I shouldn’t buy the book in any form because I’ll probably be looking up casserole recipes online instead of consulting a cookbook anyway.

I Rightfully Worried About Injuries, Not Stupidity
The East Atlanta Deadbeat Dads have a one-game lead in my fantasy football league and it just so happens that this week I will play the team who trails me. I’ve been managing to get by without either Austen Collie or Joseph Addai, both who are suffering from injuries, but this week my fate took a unhealthy turn when Randy Moss opened his big mouth and got himself cut by the Minnesota Vikings. Dangen! Combined with the fact that I have one Tight End on my roster, whose team is on a bye week this week, I’m going to have to do some scrambling in order to field a team which has a shot of winning this week.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to the “MacBreak Weekly” podcast
Website Of The DaySecret Life of Machines makes me happy.
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 – 25
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 2
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

November Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Run no fewer than 50 miles
– Determine the fate of Sharpened Stone, LLC
– 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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17 Responses to Cures For What Ails You

  1. Steve says:

    Ummm East Atlanta Sushi Thai !!! I believe there might have been a 50th dinner there.

    Thanks for the sunny picture on a gloomy day- I’m prepared to run this evening, but may blow it off if the weather stays crappy.

    So the hardcopy version of the book is almost half of the digital version? This does not compute.


  2. Stacy Fox says:

    Don’t worry — that fool Moss is going to be picked up by someone. We were discussing this on my Facebook page a couple of days ago. Someone predicted he’ll go back to New England… I doubt that… but I’m willing to bet Dallas picks him up. Dallas takes any ol’ crap* down there. 😉

    *and by crap, I don’t mean performance. I mean attitude.

  3. Martha says:

    I’ve also noticed that ebooks are more expensive than a hard copy, I don’t understand (same thing with CDs vs MP3s).

    I would have to make an exception for cookbooks, I like having the book, looking at the pictures…but you’re right, I end up looking on-line for recipes. I can type in a few ingredients into Google and get so many choices.

    Jerry and I had our third date at East Atlanta Thai & Sushi. We don’t make it back often, we just don’t eat out much. However, Matador’s been playing pretty heavy in our limited rotation.

    I brought my gym clothes, I’m hoping to make it to the treadmill, I need to streach my legs a bit. Less than 10 days until my race…

  4. Well, no “exercise” for me as tonight is lavanderia night, though I’ve yet to determine if that means is Bahn Mi or Las Tortas Locas night.

    One of the things I failed to mention is that I don’t think that Casserole Crazy has photo in it. I’d be 100% sure if the “free sample” offered for the Kindle Edition actually contained more than the first fifteen or so pages of the book.

    I’m sure Moss will wind up with someone, but not knowing who yet makes it impossible for me to play him this week. Losing this week won’t be devastating for anything more than my ego.

    Matador? Huh, I’d assume that if you were heading to Glenwood Park you’d be eating at The Shed — a place at which I’ve *still* yet to eat a full meal.

  5. Stacy Fox says:

    Laura, what race?

  6. Martha says:

    A cookbook with no pictures?

    I’ve been to The Shed a couple of times, I’m always underwhelmed, the last time was for brunch (we really wanted lunch, it was like 3 pm)…I guess it’s just another of those places I just “don’t get”.

    Today’s Groupon is $40 (half off) season pass to Synchronicity.

    @Stacy, I’ll be running the Soliders Marathon in Columbus, GA next Saturday. CBT and I are heading down next Friday.

  7. Stacy Fox says:

    Awesome, Laura! Good luck on the marathon!

  8. I don’t know what Synchronicity is — other than an album put out by The Police twenty-seven years ago.

  9. Well, I found out what it is and went ahead and purchased a season pass.

  10. Steve says:

    Paulie, as much theater as you attend, you didn’t know? Neither did I, but now I do.

  11. Barb says:

    okay- way behind here today (damn, I hate being so busy at work).

    What did Randy Moss do/say to get cut already?

    the book is already in print & they have plenty – maybe that is why it is cheaper?
    I like cookbooks – I like to look thru them to get ideas.

    I’m trying to figure out where to meet Katherine (aka Saddles Sores) for dinner, we were supposed to meet for a pedi, but she thinks it is too cold & rainy. We live on opposite sides of the bad traffic world….. any suggestions & anyone want to meet us?

  12. Martha says:

    I’m with you Steve, I figured Paulie would be in the loop 😉

    Thanks Stacy, by next year you will be in such great CF shape you can join us.

  13. Barb says:

    and- am I an idiot? I can’t find a street location for Synchronicity on their website. Where the heck are they located?

  14. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    They are doing their performances in the 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points.

  15. Jenka says:

    I LOVE the Shed! We go to slider night every Wed (except today) and we often hit it up on a weekend for a regular meal. We sit at the bar so it’s more casual. It’s a little pricey, but they offer small plates. I’ve never been there for brunch.

    Good luck on your race, Laura!

  16. Okay, I’m committing to Slider Night next Wednesday.

  17. Jenka says:

    Nice! We usually get there around 8:30, just FYI.

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