I guess my real beef is with the ice, not the snow. And in an unusual turn of events it appears as if the bitterly cold weather is going to be here for a few days, with the exception of today which is supposed to rise to a balmy 34º F, so the ice might not be going anywhere fast. Damn, this sucks for me.
It’s Odd To Feel Safer Walking On Ice
After a few hours of Facebooking and Tweeting I decided I was going to trudge over to my friend Sharon’s house to see if I could help her and her husband Sam hook up a laptop to their tv.
The walk was great! The snow had yet to turn into hardened ice and those folks who were out frolicking in the snow were as friendly as they could be. In my nearly twelve years of living in East Atlanta I’ve never experienced more people exchanging “Good Morning!” greetings with me.
By the time I made the six-block walk to Sharon and Sam’s house they had already figured out the video problem. But, they kindly offered me a cup of coffee and asked me to stay and watch “The Social Network”, which I happily did since I’d yet to see the movie. While movie-watching ITP-Reader Betsy called and decided to make the walk over to Sharon and Sam’s as well.
Upon the movie’s completion the four of us walked up to East Atlanta Village for a late lunch. As could be expected not much in the village was open, though the “smoking” bars — The EARL, Midway Pub, and Flat Iron — all seemed to be open and crowded with smoking (cigarette/pipe, not necessarily “hot”) patrons. It was a fun afternoon of drinking some Guinness while eating a Greenie Meanie chicken sandwich, all the while inhaling second-hand smoke. Upon arriving home I all-but emptied a bottle of Febreeze on my long coat which had gladly absorbed the stench of cigarette smoke.
Sometimes it’s nice to live in a walkable village, especially when the greatest danger is slipping and falling on ice.
In bad news for East Atlanta Village, I’ve heard on good authority that The Glenwood has closed its doors for good and that Gravity Pub — one of the few places remaining from the time when I moved into East Atlanta — is not far behind.
ITP Flickr Pic
I did take a few obligatory snow photos yesterday. However, I’ve yet to process them so for today have a gander at the pizza I made last Saturday which will serve as my lunch today if I can’t get out of the neighborhood.
It was/is quite tasty though I needed pay a little more attention to its cooking time (read “it’s overcooked”)
A further reason for publishing this shot is that in order to set this shot up I pulled my coffee table over to the window, and in the process added a couple of scratches to my living room’s hardwood floor. If I’m going to damage my house for my photography I might as well publish the images.
It’s Hard Not To Feel Snakebitten
The planets have aligned. The moon and stars are in favorable alignment as well. I have plans tonight, and unless this ice clears up I will have to cancel them. And because I also have plans to leave town on Thursday it means the earliest possible reschedule would be next week. I am more than mildly displeased by this turn of weather events.
I’m Trying Hard Not To Suffer A Training Interruption
Also on my docket today is a scheduled 3-mile run. I don’t know about you, but I don’t consider running on ice either safe or smart. I’m becoming further pleased by the fact that I have a few weeks of buffer in my training schedule, though after getting out for “Day #1” (and failing to do much of anything yesterday) I’d kinda like to keep the ball rolling. And even if I were a member of a gym I’d be hard-pressed to go in and do three miles on a treadmill.
Perhaps I’ll hook the Red Rocket up to my trainer and spin for awhile. I wonder what the cycling equivalent of a three-mile run is.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – nervous
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – ITP-Reader Steve has been talking about cycling training videos put out by The SufferFest. You know, I might have finally turned the corner on gluttony as I’m considering buying them.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car, if possible
Exercise (b)Log – nothing unless you call walking around in the snow exercise — which I sort of do
Morning Weigh-In – Feb 1
Foot Mileage – ~6.3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 6 flights
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (9)
Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 10
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– 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 so that I get no more penalties
– Lose two pounds
– Eat vegetarian at least one day a week
– A couple of goals which I will not divulge
– Eat lunch out no more than twice a week
– Limit myself to eating dinner out on laundry nights, meeting nights, and dates
2011 Goals [will be a little more fluid than in past years]
– Reduce my weight by 25 pounds based on the my weight as measured on February 1st
– Completely read the book Daily Negations which I received as a Christmas gift.
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business — one which does not get penalized.
– 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
– Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than two half-marathons
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions