Making Progress

Each day sees less pain and more progress toward walking “normally.” I’m pleased by this. Today I get another first in my life, I’m going to a chiropractor for an adjustment. This procedure was recommended by my primary care physician since my body went through considerable trauma in the bike wreck.

Speaking of trauma, I still have so many tasks which need to be completed. And, if you don’t see a blog post first thing in the morning tomorrow don’t expect one until after noon. I have a 9am appointment with my tax preparer, which will naturally make me late for work, which will mean that I will scrambling through lunch.

“Nowhere Boy” And “Ondine”
A few weeks ago I saw a list of the “Best Ten (or Twelve?) Movies Released In 2010 That You’ve Never Seen.” Given that I hadn’t gone to a movie theater at all in 2010 I knew this list would be accurate. The list consisted of indie films and direct-to-dvd titles, so I added some (the non suspense/horror titles) to my Netflix queue.

The past two Saturday nights I’ve watched movies from the list. Two weeks ago I watched Nowhere Boy, which was the story of John Lennon’s life pre-Beatles. And this past Saturday I watched Ondine, a love(ish) story starring a ratty-looking Colin Farrell and some really beautiful woman named Alicja Bachleda. While both movies were interesting flicks, I can see why each didn’t get greater acclaim.

Related: I love having “high speed” internet.

ITP Flickr Pic
I’ve not bounced back yet, though I’m getting the itch to shoot.

The Little Nut Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree
All last week in talking with my mother she insisted that I ask someone to pick up a pain relief gel, which also supposedly helps with bruising, called Arnicare. There were two problems with this suggestion. First, my mother often suggests some obscure remedy for whatever is ailing me. Second, she raised a son (and probably two) who is just as stubborn as she is. Therefore, the request for Arnicare was never made.

This morning the scab on my inner elbow cracked and my arm started to bleed (bad day to where an almond-colored shirt). While looking through my “medicine stash” here at the office for some Neosporin (or generic equivalent) and a band-aid, I had to laugh when I found, tucked way in the back, a relatively small tube of (used) Arnicare.

Seriously? I really could not make this shit up if I tried.

I Meant To Use This As Last Friday’s Website Of The Day
Suffice to say that I didn’t completely have my wits about me last week.

When I was a kid and we lived in New York I would occasionally see my brother play cribbage with my dad. I was too young to learn, and when we moved to Florida I’m not sure that the cribbage board ever came out again.

Some years ago I acquired a cribbage board (two, actually) and have had a desire to play. One of the iPad applications which gets used most is a card game app in which I can play cribbage against the iPad.

When my brother was in town back in January I considered challenging him to a real game, but one thing led to another, and I feared getting my ass handed to me (have I ever mentioned that I am a competitive motherfucker who hates losing?) since I’ve never really had the game’s strategy explaoined to me, so I didn’t.

While playing the iPad app I was certain that there was a bug in its scoring algorithm (I was right! And luckily an app update came out not much later) and found American Cribbage Congress online. Who knew?

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – progressively better
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Over the weekend I was looking for references on stretching and came across The Stretching Handbook.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

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

Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 7

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

March Goals
– Recover from the bike crash
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run
– Lose two pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book, specifically Chef’s Story

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 one half-marathon
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store

The Unmeasurable
– 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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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19 Responses to Making Progress

  1. Cribbage says:

    Wow, It is really good.

  2. Barb says:

    Arnicare – a friend gave me some one time after a bike crash, it did help, but I never used it all that much.

    Cribbage – my brother & his wife (& my mom & probably other family members) love to play, I’ve never learned.

    One of my favorite movies “In Bruges” I found because of one of those movie lists – it is a black comedy, so very funny in a slightly disturbing way. You should watch it – I think you’d like it.

  3. I have added “In Bruges” to my Netflix queue. Thanks.

  4. Steve says:

    Maybe we need to add it to the games at the Day Spa? It’s just 2 players, is it not?

    I don’t know why I didn’t check in yesterday… maybe work got in the way? Naaaah.

    Debbie and I got away to scenic York, SC to hear Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas (Scottish fiddle and cello) Saturday evening.

    Always a great show- wish it could have been in the ATL as there were many who would have liked to seen them.

    Nice to get away from the day spa every once and a while.

  5. Barb says:

    but Steve – you can’t replace the Day Spa favorite DOMINOES!!! but, I guess you can add to the selection.

  6. Martha says:

    I have several tubes of Arnicare, I swear it is in one out of two swag bags lately. I’ve used it…can’t say I noticed it working???

    In Bruges, I liked it (I’ve been there as well) it’s been a long time, I may have to see if its an ‘instant view’ on Netflix or Amazon. We almost never go to the movies, Jerry and I have very different likes. There is a new Simon Pegg/Nick Frost movie, Paul, coming out which I would love to see (which Jerry would hate).

    Ugh, chiropractors…for the most part I think they are usless, the guy in Ormewood Sq really (pardon the pun) rubbed me the wrong way. I can see their use as more PT/massage…but I doubt they’ve ever ‘fixed’ anyone.

  7. Nothing could replace dominoes at the Day Spa. Cribbage is a two-person game requiring a regulation deck of cards, and (sort of requiring) a cribbage board on which to keep score.

    Martha, if I had to guess from whence the Arnicare came it would be a race bag.

    In Bruges is not on Netflix’ “Instant View,” I added the disc to my queue.

    I would normally not see a chiro, but this accident was far from normal. I am trying to get a massage scheduled too (but really need to spend as much time in the office as possible). I also have to return to my doc on Friday to see if PT is my future.

  8. Martha says:

    Del Monte’s individually wrapped banana made it into the Daily Show’s Pantry of Shame last night. “For people that love bananas but hate their biodegradability”

    In Bruges is not available on Prime VOD (you can ‘rent’ it for $2.99) boo!!

  9. Dean says:


    I am not a fan of going to the Chiro the way that some folks do. I do on the other hand feel that it is important to go and see one after an accident. It doesn’t hurt to get anything that is not in alignment.

    As far as cribbage goes, I suck at math, therefore, I suck at cribbage. My Dad loves to play it, and always wants to play when I visit. I refuse to play with someone that can add like Rain Man, and totally dominate. I don’t mind losing, but I hate getting it when someone shows no mercy on my feeble mind.

  10. Hooray for the Daily Show!
    Boo for Amazon!

    That’s funny Dean. I’m decent enough at math, but I know that I don’t have the strategy down enough to play with an experienced player (and expect to be competitive).

  11. Steve says:

    And Paulie, who knew you were the competitive type?? (snark mode=ON)!!!

  12. I normally hide it so well, Steve. 😉

    And now I’m taking notes for tomorrow’s blog. I’ve already remembered something about which I was going to write today. And just found a note which relates to a story I can tell from this past weekend.

  13. Barb says:

    In Bruges would be worth $2.99….. but we’ve got a DVD copy of it, if you want to borrow it. I really want to go see that city someday too.

    Paulie – yes, in this case a chiropractor would be a good visit to get your spine back in the correct alignment. might take more than one visit. I’m not a huge believer, but in this case I think it is an excellent idea.

    I’ve got a great Massage Therapist friend that would love a new client, but she isn’t very geographically desirable. Her place in up off 575 @ Town Lake Parkway, but she will come to your house for a slightly higher price. If you could talk one (or two) of your friends into getting a massage too, her price might come down a little.

  14. Barb says:

    BTW – my car is being dropped off at Peach Auto Service today, it is time to spend some serious money. Major tune-up, new timing belt, new catalytic converter & god knows what else.

  15. Good luck Barb. At least with Lam’s place you can expect not to get unnecessarily charged for work you don’t need.

  16. Martha says:

    Jerry went to a gal for a massage, he really liked it (she’s in Buckhead I think). She works with lots of athletes, she did more stretching than massaging for Jerry. It might be what you need. I can get the info if you need it.

    I really like oatmeal but this is some of the worst stuff I’ve tasted, back to the yogurt.

    I’ll be heading to Lam’s in the next couple of weeks for an oil change…yep, almost 5K already.

  17. Barb says:

    yes, Lam is the one that told me to wait to get the catalytic convertor replaced when it was time for the tuneup so I didn’t have to pay the labor twice (since it only has to work to pass emissions next July). Gotta love that in a mechanic.

  18. I’d like the info, Martha. I want any massage and PT to be done by someone who’s “sports” related.

    I still need to get an oil change, even though the Jackmobile logged exactly zero miles last week.

  19. Martha says:

    From Jerry:

    “Monica….646.315.1699…..nice gal, complimented me on my muscular body”

    So I guess she was looking for a tip, lol.

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