My Tickets To Frustration

One of the reasons I may get sick so much (in addition to having a seemingly inferior immune system) — I’m working on fighting off something right now — is the many climates to which I have to subject my body. Yesterday the office hovered around 71º F (at least until we had a partial power outage at 4pm), right now my desk thermometer is reporting 78.4º F. [update: the a/c has apparently been turned on, the temperature has plummeted below 74º F in a matter of minutes.] [update @ 08:50, the temperature is now 72.0º F]

What Was I Thinking?
I don’t know what exactly possessed me to go to IKEA last night. It was one or more of the following:

  • I heard about a neat photo hanging system sold there
  • I had a desire to see attractive women to whom I would not talk
  • I figured this would be the last time I dare enter IKEA until Christmas has passed
  • I had a craving for Swedish meatballs
  • I was mentally delirious from whatever illness I’m currently fighting

Regardless, I went to IKEA last night and somehow managed to spend $60 (dinner included) without being under the influence of a beautiful woman.

IKEA is a really strange place for me. IKEA is the only store that really makes me want to get rid of my house and move into a 800 sq ft loft — which I’d furnish using cheap pressboard furniture of course. IKEA is the only store which makes me desire a stylish abode, something I’ve not been able to accomplish in the eleven years in my house.

I lost my IKEA dinner virginity last night. I ordered Swedish meatballs with a side of macaroni and cheese (because that’s what the cute girl ahead of me, the one who never noticed me, ordered) and “healthied it up” with a side of wonderfully-colored steamed vegetables (basically most of the vegetables people tell you to avoid — carrots (both orange and yellow), sugar snap peas, and a hint of broccoli). The food was, well, the food was edible.

ITP Flickr Pic
Sorry, I have nothing for you. I took a shot of my IKEA dinner last night and the photo turned out blurry because I am apparently incapable of using a camera these days.

Thou Ticket Purchasing Process Doth Suck
I’m trying to get a ticket to “A Christmas Carole” at Shakespeare Tavern for December 23rd. I went to the website to purchase a ticket yesterday and was informed that I needed an E-Identity to purchase a ticket online. Not phased I filled out the form which generated an E-Identity and received a congratulatory message from the system. One huge problem though, when I went to use the username and password that I had just created I kept getting “Invalid Password” errors. Of course the “Reset Password” link does nothing more than send someone an email, and I’ve yet to hear back from him/her.

So today I will step back a communication generation and try to call the Shakespeare Tavern box office. If that fails I will attach a note to the leg of a carrier pigeon and see if that method works.

Paging Mr Dumas, Mr Dumas
That’s “Dumb Ass” to you.

Well, somebody forgot to put the Chatham County Line show at Variety Playhouse on somebody‘s calendar and then went and bought two (yes, two) tickets for “The Santaland Diaries” for the same night.

Fuck. Me.

So today somebody will be calling the Horizon Theatre to see if he can change his tickets for “The Santaland Diaries” to another night so he doesn’t have to eat either the $20 spent for the Chatham County Line ticket or the $75 spent for the “The Santaland Diaries” tickets.

Dumb ass.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fighting something, ticked off at myself
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I’m not above liberating websites from others. Today’s choice is Gone-Ta-Pott : A Directory For Holidays & Celebtrations. (Thanks ITP-Reader Stacy!) Does anyone else wonder how much taxpayer money has been wasted by declaring so many “National Day”?
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 – ~9 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 25
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 15
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, completed

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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13 Responses to My Tickets To Frustration

  1. Michelle says:

    The heating in my ‘serviced apartment’ failed last night so I had the towel warmer as my sole source of heat. (Let’s just say it was below zero in Guildford last night).

    Looking forward to getting back to ATL this weekend after being away for 27 days, although I’m sure I’ll be bringing the rain and sub-zero temps back with me as a Thanksgiving gift. ; )

  2. Yikes, that’s horrible Michelle!

    I kept trying to think of why I knew of the town Giuldford, and then I remembered that was where Adam Curry lived for a while when I used to listen to his “Daily Source Code” podcast. Curry has since gotten a divorce and now lives in The States with his fiancee.

  3. bob says:

    Have you ever thought about getting your house checked for mold? You seem to be fighting off something all the time and it may be attributed to that, just a thought.

    IKEA Swedish meatballs rock! I have some in my freezer right now. It’s just a little difficult to incorporate them into a meal with my wife being a vegetarian.

  4. Never had the house checked for mold and don’t know if I feel comfortable doing so as it might lead to more and expensive renovations. My house is a sieve, the 1950’s windows are single-pane and some are cracked (and one is still a wood panel), so keeping my house at a decent temperature is difficult.

    I know what I *need* to do, but neither the house nor the economy are in the proper state for that.

  5. Steve says:

    27 days??!!?? I hope you’re getting hazardous duty pay for putting up with all those Brits. 🙂

    I’ve never been in anyone’s home who has actually gone the full blown IKEA route, but the compact space and cozy feel does appeal to me.


  6. Shoot, I forgot to mention that I had a wonderful lunch at Twisted Taco with Karyn (aka “Cooter Scooter”) yesterday. She’s just gotten a job in my area so we were able to meet up. Even better, I was able to get 50% off our bill using Scoutmob.

  7. Barb says:

    Michelle- I hope you had lots of blankets at least!

    Paulie – I just called the Tavern – last thing I needed was another website that I’d have to remember a password & never would. Price is the same, Becky that answered was very nice. Allan’s brother & wife are going to, figured they will be in from Spain, we’d take them out & let the grandparents babysit that night.

  8. Martha says:

    If you ever plan on selling the house and mold is found, you’ll have to deal with it. Why not do it now, sooner than later, that way if its there you can get it taken care of and won’t be completely miserable for the next few years.

    Have you thought about changing you diet? I keep saying I’m going to go gluten free for a week or two and see what happens…have done it yet. Some folks swear by it. I’ve heard dairy is also a culprit.

    Miss you Michelle, we are long overdue for some girl time!

    Just heard RTR sold out in less than 24 hours. I hope everyone signed up!

  9. Barb says:

    oh yeah – on the mold thing, if you ever do want to move, & you do have mold, you will never be able to sell the house. At least if you know about it, you can plan for the expense of it. Otherwise, you will be stuck in East Atlanta forever (that is, unless you decide to just quit paying & let it get forclosed on).
    Not trying to be a Debbie Downer, but I’d personally want to know, just like you know what needs to be done with the plumbing, you are just choosing not to fix it right now. And, if that is the cause of all your health problems, that would be good to know too.

  10. Is mold testing “new”? I’m certain no test was done when I bought the house.

    And, fwiw, as long as I can pay for the house I shall never default on the loan — that’s the way I was reared.

  11. Barb says:

    no, it isn’t new, any decent inspector would find it…….

  12. Steve says:

    You can buy a mold test kit at the homo depot.

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