2010: The Good

Well friends, with this I end the 2010 blogging year. Unless I wake up tomorrow and am so bored that I decide to write a “Looking Forward” post. So here are the things which made 2010, an overall shitty year for me, bearable.

I Saw Mount Rushmore
I believe it was last year when I put together my first “Bucket” list. On that list of potentially-achievable accomplishments was “Visit Mount Rushmore.”

I can honestly say that my vacation, up until the point where the Jackmobile’s transmission died, was the greatest solo vacation I have ever taken.

  • I drove to my heart’s content — and sometimes a little more
  • I visited the St Louis arch and got some amazing photos (wish I had gone to the top)
  • I ate “burnt ends” bbq sandwiches in Kansas City twice
  • I did two fifty-mile bike rides, including the one in South Dakota which was not supposed to be any longer than twenty-five miles
  • I was generously allowed to shower in a private park for only $5
  • I lucked into buying a ticket for the sold out Alejandro Escovedo concert in Kansas City
  • I drove across South Dakota
  • If memory serves me right the first “half” of the trip took me through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado (unfortunately, the second half only added Kansas because I had to reroute based on the time lost in Colorado)
  • I visited the Corn Palace
  • I drove through the Badlands (and purchased an $80 “America the Beautiful” park pass which I found out can be used locally)
  • I saw Deadwood (not the show, but the actual city)
  • I saw Mount Rushmore and took an postcard-worthy photo
  • I rode and drove past the Crazy Horse monument (which, had it opened a little earlier in the morning I would have visited up close and personally)
  • I saw a man walking across America (missed opportunity, I should have stopped and had my picture taken with him)

All in about a week’s time! (Which, if ever given the opportunity again I’ll take much longer because I still missed so much.)

Merry Drinksmas
When I bought the domain www.drinksmas.com in 2008 (after one of ITP-Reader Betsy’s Tweety Bird WaffleFests) I had no idea some of my other friends would throw a Drinksmas party.

Last night I attended a Drinksmas party. A fire was started, and when enough alcohol had been consumed, a dried-out Christmas tree was produced and quickly burned.
Merry Drinksmas
Luckily for all we are not in the midst of a drought, and the house was no more than two blocks from the local fire station.

I Started Riding My Bike To Work Again
It saddens me that I can remember my last bike ride, and know that it occurred on August 31. However, it pleases me to know that for the first time in nearly six years I started riding my bike to work again. Hooray for (some) exercise. I expect to resume my riding some time in the warmer months of 2011.

I (Almost) Started Running Again
Well, I worked until 7pm last night and didn’t feel like going out for a short run. I packed a running bag, do I get partial credit?

I Surpassed Beer #125 At Taco Mac
I signed up for the Taco Mac (then) Passport with ITP-Reader Stacy on March 4th, 2006 — a date which easily sticks in my head because March 4th was my father’s birthday. Stacy (aka “Cheese Nips” and I had just finished laying a hash trail and decided to celebrate by going over to the newly-opened Taco Mac near Perimeter Mall.

It took me longer to reach #125 than I would have expected, but then again it’s going to take me some time to work off the fat created from drinking 125 (now 150) beers at Taco Mac.

I Took Some Decent Photos In 2010
I don’t have a montage for you to see here, but feel free to peruse my Flickr account if you want to see the shots I’ve taken this year (actually, all of the shots I’ve posted to Flickr are there too).

I’m Writing iOS Code
Though it’s not for Sharpened Stone, my work has given me the opportunity to write software for an iPhone and iPad. Sweeeeet. 🙂

Not To Get Too Sappy, But I Have Some Great Friends
I stopped checking blog stats for this space some time ago. Let’s be honest, I’m not writing Pulitzer Prize prose here, I’m mostly whining or boasting about my life. I thank you all for being part of my wild ride.

I Have Hope For 2011
I’ll touch more on this tomorrow (you know that I’ll be writing a blog entry), but there are some things in the works that make me have hope for next year. None of these are “in the bag” but, the mere fact that some of them are potential give me hope.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat, but all things considered, pretty good
Current Music – silence for no other reason that I haven’t selected anything
Website Of The Day – I have to admit that I chose The Good‘s website only because it fits today’s theme. However, it looks pretty good and I’ll return when I have some free time this weekend.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – stairs (12 flights)
Morning Weigh-In – bah humbug
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Foot Mileage – ~10 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 73 flights

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

Vegetarian Days – 2
Carnivorous Days – 27

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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12 Responses to 2010: The Good

  1. steve says:

    That sounds like an amazing trip… the Corn Palace! I’m jealous 😉

    Just a reminder to everyone to be at the Cheddarhead on Saturday. While the weather forecast doesn’t sound great, the rumor I heard from the hare last night is there will be plenty of tarps at the ending, so plan on starting 2011 off right. And of course, there will be bowling.


  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I will be at Cheddarhead, and hoping that the 2011 version is quite different from the 2010 version. I never again want to experience the stomach flu that rocked my world the way that it did on Jan 1, 2010.

  3. I have a feeling that I am missing something for this post. Certainly there was more joy in my life than the one week spent driving from Georgia to Colorado.

  4. Barb says:

    but – it was a cool trip, so it should be the highlight of the year.

    Our big/cool trip to Utah in May had both good & bad as well – hiking was awesome in Zion & Bryce, mtn biking in Moab was not (it was too advanced technically for me).

    We will be at Cheddarhead, bowling in planned too!

    AND – looks like we will be doing BRAG this next June as well (we decided to not spend the big bucks to go to RAGBRAI). I guess I have 1 day left to pay now & save a few $$. Paulie – you really need to sign up, we will be taking Allan’s truck on the route, so you can bring all your electronics & lock them up (so you don’t go into withdrawals).
    Steve…….. you should seriously think about joining us too.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I think about BRAG every year. But, since I “only” get three weeks of vacation it falls off the priority list pretty quickly.

  6. Barb says:

    I “only” get three weeks too…..
    But it would be a quality week with your friends 😉
    What is on your vacation agenda for 2011 (besides InterAm, but that is only a coupld vacation days)
    You could always do just half the week.

  7. Well, as of *today* the Grand Plan includes a trip to Canada’s maritime region (East Coast / Nova Scotia / Prince Edward Island). Why yes, I do visit Canada often. Truth be told, if it didn’t get so GD cold up there I’d consider moving there. A trip of that magnitude would chew up at least half of my three weeks.

    I’ll have to budget some time for The Great Plumbing Repair of 2011.

    Throw in two days in January for a photography trip I’m taking to the Smokeys.

    Budget at least three Fridays for hashing/camping weekends.

    It all adds up way too quickly.

  8. Barb says:

    I want to go to that part of Canada too!

  9. bob says:

    I like that you end the year on a good note, is there a resolution in store to be more positive?

    I think you should do BRAG too, should be a good year for it!

  10. I should Bob. Who knows, maybe women are looking for a positive Paulie.

    I won’t rule BRAG out just yet, but it’ll be tight.

  11. Martha says:

    I’d really love to hit the west coast of Canada, check out the sites, hit the Lululemon mother ‘ship’…

    No big vacation plans yet, Jerry wants to go to Austin in Feb, camping at Sloppy Floyd, a 3 day stage run in TN and sadly I feel there will be a trip to OH in the near future…

    I’ve been working on my goals for 2011, I haven’t got very far. I did decide that running up Jack’s Hill @ Sweetwater (without walking) is on the list, along with getting my SAS certification, that’s it so far.

    I’m not sure if I will make Cheddarhead, I have yet to fall in love with the idea of standing out in the cold rain for a couple of hours. We will see.

  12. Steve says:

    BRAG huh? I have to look at the dates- I got Chief Judge at Jr. Nationals (and didn’t get California) and the dates might confilct.

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