I’d love to proclaim a happy Presidents Day to all, but happy is an emotion that’s been hard for me to find in recent times. I’m at home today, so perhaps I’ll try to find happiness through productivity.
I Couldn’t Carry A Tune In A Bucket
Believe me, I had no intention of doing karaoke on Friday night; it was not on the agenda for the Friday’s happy hour celebrating my boss’ birthday. We started the evening at a bar called Bat & Ball Pub (apparently no one listened to my plea to go to Taco Mac) and before I knew it someone made the decision to move the party to Karaoke Happy.
Karaoke Happy (no website found) is a small joint on Buford Highway inside the perimeter. A group of maybe ten of us staggered into the room and before we knew it we were belting out songs which may or may not have resembled the original versions. I think we were there a total of more than two hours and the bill for the room was $63 — picked up by one person in our party, but I’m not telling who. The alcohol selection and prices at Karaoke Happy left something to be desired. The only beer they had which I thought that I could stomach was Heineken for $4 a bottle, and they were charging $9 for skimpy pours of cheap wine. The oddest, but perhaps the best. thing to happen all evening occurred after about two hours in the room — one of the workers brought in plates of fresh fruit (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, pineapple) for our consumption. The fresh fruit hit the spot, especially for someone who’d not eaten dinner, had been drinking for hours, and had just spent the past two hours singing aloud.
On Saturday I decided that I was going to make an effort to stay south of I-20 for the entire three-day weekend. Honestly, if I didn’t work up in the Perimeter Mall area my Atlanta travels would rarely take me north of midtown — Chamblee/Buford Hwy would probably be the reason I’d do so. My decision didn’t last long however, as by lunch I was headed to Ansley Wine Merchants in midtown to get some consultation for the wines I needed to purchase for Saturday night’s group Tasty China dinner, and Sunday’s mimosas. I couldn’t think of a liquor store south of I-20 which would either carry the beverages I sought, or have a knowledgeable staffer willing to help me out.
Technically my plan was flawed from the get-go since ITP-Readers Terri and Pat, whose house at which we were meeting for the Tasty China dinner, resides north of I-20 because of the bizarre southern turn I-20 takes east of Moreland Avenue.
But I tried.
I managed to stay south of I-20 on Sunday (technically I was “on” I-20 in order to drive to Sweetwater Creek State Park) by choosing to eat dinner at Vickery’s in Glenwood Park. Using the Scoutmob discount for Vickery’s I saved %50 off my dinner of a Yeungling, chicken wings, and Maytag bleu cheese chips.
It’s Like Running, Just Slower
It was hailed as the return of the Sunday Runner’s group. And while there were hiccups with the planning, a small group of us managed to make it out to Sweetwater Creek State Park for a run followed by some bagels and libations.
I have to admit that my running is nowhere near what it was when we used to regularly hold the Sunday Runner’s groups. I made an effort to keep up with ITP-Reader Steve, but about a mile / mile-and-a-half into our run I realized that there was no way in hell that I could maintain his pace (which was probably slower than his normal pace to begin with). According to my Garmin I got in about 4.75 miles of running with far too much walking.
ITP Flickr Pic
Again, the camera stayed in its bag this weekend.
I should have stopped and taken a photo of the free-standing hearth I saw near Sweetwater State Park, but I was tired, and it was on private property, etc, etc, etc.
RealiTV Update: The Amazing Race Is Back!!!
While having dinner last night I received a text from ITP-Reader Terri reminding me that The Amazing Race was going to begin again last night. It was a win for me, and a loss for the local coffee shop I was planning on going to for a cup of coffee and dessert after dinner.
I can’t say that I’m thrilled with all of the all of the teams who have returned to race again (I’m looking at you Goths and cheerleaders), but it’s sort of good to have familiarity with the contestants from the start.
Already we have typical Amazing Race luck when the plane headed to Australia with the ninety-minute lead had to make an emergency landing in Hawaii because one of its passengers had a heart attack. Thankfully one contestant, Big Easy, didn’t whine about losing the lead but rather expressed relief that the passenger was going to be okay.
What was with all of the “cheating” on the flag clue detour? I wish the organizers would make this sort of inter-team helping illegal.
To be continued…
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to a Coverville podcast featuring the music of The Band
Website Of The Day – If only I were a dog I could send myself to Dog Island.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Friday: running/walking (4.5 miles); Sunday: walking/running (4.75 miles).
Morning Weigh-In – posted before I got out of bed
Foot Mileage – 37.25 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 1 (5)
Vegetarian Days – 4*
Carnivorous Days – 16
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
Not to get sick for the entire month FAIL
– Not get fired from my job
– Run no fewer than 75 miles
– Lose two pounds
– Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book
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