iPad Friday

While I won’t be one of the many at an Apple store today getting an iPad 2, I want to be. But recent events and personal budget cutting have slowed my knee-jerk reaction purchasing. Once I get my hands on one I may feel differently…

Btw- today’s blog is being typed on a soon-to-be obsolete iPad 1 so it will be light on fancy-pants hyperlinks.

Taco Mac Fail
I made it to Taco Mac last night at 5:30pm. Many, many others had the same idea. As soon as I hobbled inside I knew that I wouldn’t be staying. When I was told that there was a 20-25 minute wait for a table I smirked, said “No thanks”, and exited.

I started my drive home bummed. All I wanted was to return to my comfort zone, have a beer or two from a 20-ounce mug, and say hello to any of the waitresses with who I have worked to built a rapport. For the entire drive I tried to convince myself to stop somewhere else, but I thought of no ample substitute.

I Want To Be An Early Bird *And* A Night Owl
After getting home last night I popped open a Southern Tier Choklat Stout, which turned out to be way too chocolaty for me. To put some food in my belly I made large pot of rice into which I stirred a jar of Tikka Marsala sauce; it was quite good.

I must have fallen asleep by 9:30pm, so it was no surprise to me when I woke up at 5am and was not in the least bit tired (though I bet you that if I had the opportunity to take a nap later I certainly would). I like being an early bird, but I really hate going to sleep so early.

ITP Flickr Pic
I think that this weekend I am going to force myself to shoot and process images.

Megamind Has Arrived!
I know that the DVD of Megamind was released a few weeks ago, but I was finally able to ship back my one Netflix disc on Tuesday in order to get a Megamind disc sent to me. Megamind arrived yesterday, but as i mentioned above I was asleep long before I had the ability to watch it. Wanna guess what one of my “to do” list items for this weekend is?

Talkin’, Well Listenin’ To, Baseball
Tonight I’ll be making a trip to the Star Bar in Little Five Points to hear The Baseball Project perform. The Baseball Project is a “super group” of sorts, whose two CDs contain songs about baseball. Go figure. Call me crazy, but I like it. I hope my strength holds up all night for the show.

Speaking Of “Super Groups”
Life can be weird. The other day at lunch I was speaking with a coworker who had just returned from a vacation at Disney World. I told him, as I have many others in the past, that the last time I stepped foot inside of Disney World was for Grad Night in 1983.

Grad Night used (and still is!) to be the one of the nights of the year when after the parked closed busloads of graduating high school seniors took over the park for music and fun, thought I don’t recall being able to ride any of the rides.

In 1983 two of the bands I remember seeing on Grad Night were The Greg Kihn band, and Night Ranger. Jealous much? 🙂

I literally laughed out loud last night when I received an email alerting me that Night Ranger had reformed to go out on tour this year. I can’t believe that they can be any better than the way I (vaguely) remember them being nearly twenty-eight (YIKES!) years ago.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – listening to this week’s “This Week In Photography” podcast
Website Of The Day – Speaking of baseball, Eephus League is a baseball scorekeeping Kickstarter project that I recently backed. That’s right, I’m going to go to baseball games this season *and* keep score (drinking beer while I do of course).
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check, but will be once I can exercise again

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 – 10

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
– 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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13 Responses to iPad Friday

  1. bob says:

    Ah grad night at Disney, we used to climb over a fence and sneak beer in. Good memories.
    I’m sure if we did that now we would be shot.

  2. Beth says:

    Tommy Tutone and Sister Sledge were two of the acts that played at my Grad Night in 1982! I remember spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to find people there — I suppose that isn’t a problem now that everyone has a cell phone.

  3. Barb says:

    wow- up in Iowa we never had a Grad Night. In fact, I’ve never even been to Disney. But – I liked all 4 of those band, si I am jealous!

    Well – for the first time EVER I picked up my car & it has to go back. I left the shop (after hours) last night & it seemed fine, but after the drive back to Cobb county, it is running very strange, and just isn’t right. So, I’m using my well paid for but very rarely used AAA card today, and my car is getting its first tow truck ride. Hopefully it is just something stupid that didn’t get connected right or is loose & all will be fine later today.

  4. Beth, that’s so funny. How did we ever survive without cellphones and ATMs? 🙂

    Bummer, Barb. I found AAA to be invaluable the two times I’ve had to call them (about four years ago when my battery died, and last year’s transmission fiasco). Good luck!

  5. Martha says:

    We did go to Midway last night, they were taking forever to shave heads, we popped over to SoBa for some pho and got back in time to see Bwaugh lose it all. We were home before 9, late night for us.

    The new car comes with road side assistance, before I had it added to my car insurance policy. It cost about $10 (maybe less) a year, I’ve used it a couple of time. The last one was when I locked my keys in the car at the office. They were great.

    No grad night in Indiana, at least not that I was invited to. Barb, I’ve also never been to Disnesy World (went to Disney Land before we left CA) and I hope I never have to go. I saw Matchbox 20 play at Slayter Slammer in 96 I think.

    Duran Druan has a new CD/Album/MPS coming out…I heard it when I was driving to Cinncy in Jan, loved it, can’t wait until it on Amazon.

    We are heading out to Hard Labor Creek tomorrow morning for a run, tonight staying in and Jerry’s is going to attempt his first pork shoulder…he said it needed to cook for 18 hours???

  6. Randy says:

    AAA has come in handy several times over the years that we’ve paid for it – we will continue to be members for a long time, if for no other reason than late night towing, often in ATL.

    Less than 100 in my HS graduating class, so no fancy pants graduation perks for us – we were lucky to get holders for our diplomas 🙂

    I’ve been having a lot of fun explaining to our boys how different life is for them (technologically-speaking, at least) compared to when Daddy grew up: no cell phones, no home computer, no computers at school until high school, phones with dials and cords, no GPS, no Skype, no voicemail or answering machines, no DVR, only 3 channels on the TV, etc. It’s one of those things that can really make you feel like a parent (“Back in my day, we didn’t have…”).

  7. Barb says:

    So, it was a vacuum hose that had come loose when they steam cleaned the engine, it was attached, but not all the way. So when I left it was fine, but it was slipping off as I drove further, hence, the engine seeming worse & worse.

    and – as a joke Harry told me that Lam said he was leaving to go back to Vietnam becuase he knew I was ready to kill him…….

    I’ll pick the car up tomorrow while they are open (just in case I need to yell at them again 😉

    BTW Paulie – you really need to get that estimate done for a replacement bike sooner than later, ogtta get it to that other insurance compnay befoere they say it is too late…….. (and we are leaving to go to NC on Thursday next week to visit Lisa & Randy, then to Greensboro for a bike ride that Saturday)

  8. I’m still trying to figure this whole insurance thing out. Unfortunately I don’t get to talk to someone until next Wednesday. I’ve not heard anything from the driver’s insurance company. I’ll see what I can do.

  9. Oh, and everyone remember to spring your clocks forward an hour this weekend.

  10. Jenka says:

    I have purchased my iPad 2, yay! Ships in 2-3 weeks, boo. Still better than going to the Apple store, though.

    There was no such thing as Grad Night in Mass. Maybe it’s a southern thing?

    There was a time period when I owned a car that didn’t *ding* when I left the headlights on. During that time period I used AAA several times due to a dead battery. Heh.

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I am envious, Jenka. When you start telling people how much you love your iPad 2 I’ll start contemplating a purchase (again).

    Grad Night may be a Southern thing. I went to high school in Florida, so it may also be a Floridian thing.

    And you may think this is funny/weird, but every time the car pings because I have failed to turn of it’s lights I say thank you to it. 🙂

  12. Jenka says:

    Ha, I do, too! Mostly because of all those times when my battery died in the old car. Every time it *dings* I say, “Thank you, Fancy!” (My car’s name is Fancy.)

  13. Martha says:

    wait, you all have to turn your lights on and off…like manually?? How quaint, lol ;-).

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