I Am A Man Of My Words

I am not the best looking guy in the world. I am not the richest guy in the world. However, while it may not have always been true, I am a man of my words. If I tell you that I will do something, then I will do that something. (However, if I waffle at any point of my telling you — “perhaps,” “maybe,” “I’ll see,” “let me check my calendar” — then it’s almost 100% that I will not be doing that something.)

Expensive Lunch
I went to Taco Mac for lunch yesterday. Yes, Taco Mac. No, I did not have any beer.

Last Thursday night (the one during which I saw the two girls who I’d previously known) our table was served by a charming, funny, slightly off-beat, waitress. By night’s end we (the table) had many interesting verbal exchanges (all good, mind you) and I asked her when she would be working this week. “Monday, lunch.” was the answer so I said “Okay, here’s the deal. I’ll be here Monday and will be ordering a Hollywood chicken sandwich. If you can remember my name and what I will order when I come in on Monday, I’ll give you a $20 tip.” One of my co-workers also bought into this wager.

Yesterday, we sat in her section. While it took her a few minutes to get to our table (most likely studying her notes from last Thursday) she came up and greeted all three of us at the table by name, and recited my order back to me. Not the best $20 I’ve ever spent, but I am a man of my words.

Yesterday was a stellar waitress and patron viewing day (from my point of view). At one point I had my head on a swivel and notice that two very attractive young blond ladies had come in and sat at a nearby table behind me.

Wait, I feel badly. Ladies, go check out Hot Guys And Baby Animals before continuing.
There, my conscience has been cleared.

When I realized this, I slowly, but somewhat exaggeratedly leaned to my left in order to give my co-worker a clear view — until he said “Thanks, you can move back now, they’ve noticed us.” Noticed, not in a good way apparently, more like busted him for staring. I love when I make myself laugh…

ITP Flickr Pic
The original plan was go grab dinner at on the Westside before heading to Dave’s new shooting space. However, that Taqueria del Sol is closed on Mondays so we wound up at Figo instead.
It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten at a Figo, and while good, I still think it’s overpriced.

I Can’t Decide Which Is Worse
The East Atlanta Deadbeat Dads are in the playoffs, slotted in the third position, missing out on a first-round bye because they lost there final game by 0.50 points. Dangen! I assume next week will be my final week of fantasy football because I expect to get destroyed by my opponent and am disbanding the Deadbeat Dads.

The New York Jets didn’t realize that they were playing a game last night. Luckily when I arrived home I never made it down to the basement to see any of the game. I checked the score this morning only to see that the Jets never arrived last night, losing 45-3. I can’t decide which Jets loss this year is worse, the 45-3 drubbing they took last night, or the 9-0 loss against the Packers.

The Gators are going to the Outback Bowl to play Penn State. How 1999! I thought I owned ultimate bragging rights over my Penn State alumni friends, it looks like they’ll get a chance at redemption. Luckily for me I’ll be enjoying the Cheddarhead hash that day…

The Real Cost Of Doing Business
The other day I mentioned receiving late-payment bills for not having filed monthly sales tax reports with the City of Atlanta. I also mentioned that I opened one at random and it was for $20. It turns out that the penalty is really $10/month due, so in total I owe the city $150. I’m still not pleased, but I assume it could be much worse.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – grumpy for all the reasons about which I’ve opined previously
Current Music – silence at the moment, about to listen to “Christmas in Hollis”
Website Of The Day – While roaming around Dave’s soon-to-be shooting space we ran into the folks who are making the indie short The Splintered Head.
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 – ~5.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 33 flights

Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)

Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 5

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

December Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run no fewer than 75 miles
– Prepare Sharpened Stone, LLC for 2011
– Lose two pounds
– Eat vegetarian at least one day a week
– A couple of secret goals which I will not divulge

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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7 Responses to I Am A Man Of My Words

  1. Barb says:

    I’m lazy – where is the Outback bowl played?

  2. The Outback is played in Tampa, FL. Being a near-home-game for Florida you’d think it’d be a slam dunk victory for the Gators, but it’s not.

    January 1, 2010 Northwestern 35 Auburn 38 (OT)
    January 1, 2009 Iowa 31 South Carolina 10
    January 1, 2008 Tennessee 21 Wisconsin 17
    January 1, 2007 Penn State 20 Tennessee 10
    January 2, 2006 Florida 31 Iowa 24
    January 1, 2005 Georgia 24 Wisconsin 21
    January 1, 2004 Iowa 37 Florida 17
    January 1, 2003 Michigan 38 Florida 30
    January 1, 2002 South Carolina 31 Ohio State 28
    January 1, 2001 South Carolina 24 Ohio State 7
    January 1, 2000 Georgia 28 Purdue 25 (OT)
    January 1, 1999 Penn State 26 Kentucky 14
    January 1, 1998 Georgia 33 Wisconsin 6
    January 1, 1997 Alabama 17 Michigan 14
    January 1, 1996 Penn State 43 Auburn 14
    January 2, 1995 Wisconsin 34 Duke 20
    January 1, 1994 Michigan 42 NC State 7
    January 1, 1993 Tennessee 38 Boston College 23
    January 1, 1992 Syracuse 24 Ohio State 17
    January 1, 1991 Clemson 30 Illinois 0
    January 1, 1990 Auburn 31 Ohio State 14
    January 2, 1989 Syracuse 23 LSU 10
    January 2, 1988 Michigan 28 Alabama 24
    December 23, 1986 Boston College 27 Georgia 24

  3. And I’ve just done a fact check: Florida beat Penn State (21-6) in the 1997 Citrus Bowl.

  4. Barb says:

    I’d say make a bet with Allan, but he will probably bet against Penn State (or at least to not beat the spread) 😉

    We might, I say might, go to trivia at Billy Jack’s tonight. I kind of want to.

    BTW – way to go with the waitress, it may have cost you $20, but you talked to her & she remembered you all.

  5. I have two large bags of dirty laundry (including some nasty clothes from Sunday’s hash) in my car so I *should* take care of that — especially given that the rest of my week is nearly booked. However, I may be coerced into doing something else, I’ll have to check my calendar.

  6. Barb says:

    well – maybe there is a laundry place near Billy Jack’s? (I have no idea if there is – as Frank?). Once I talk to Allan, I’ll have a better idea what we are doing tonight.

  7. Stacy Fox says:

    Yeah, look at all that Wisconsin in there! Not this year……. 😀

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