A Virtual Bump In The Road

Yesterday was a disconcerting virtual bump in my road. As my recovery continues along a slow and winding road I had an afternoon which bothered me greatly. I’ll assume that it was all related to the overeating of highly-spicy food, but yesterday afternoon was certainly one I’d never like to repeat.

Sears Fail
After work last night I swung by the Sears store at Northlake Mall in order to squander the $111 on my gift card. While I found some things I wanted to purchase, those items (lcd televisions) were significantly more than $111. I was hoping that Sears sold AppleTV in which case I would have gotten one and felt as if I were getting it for free, but they don’t. I wandered around the store for a little while before realizing that nothing was striking my fancy and all I was doing was irritating my hip and leg. Time to put my thinking cap on so that I can spend this money and get rid of the gift card as soon as I can.

Admitting That I Am Old
There was a concert last night at The Drunken Unicorn that I really really wanted to see. The band, Hey! Rosetta, hails from Canada and does not play Atlanta often (for obvious reasons). I got home from work/Sears around 8:30pm with a laptop which needed some software maintenance. I was done with my appointed tasks around 10:00pm, which left me plenty of time to drive up to The Drunken Unicorn on Ponce to see the show. However, the incidents experienced during the afternoon combined with how tired I was by 10:00pm, combined with the fact that I had to be up early today (I’ve a morning appointment to keep) convinced me to skip the concert and stay at home. I’d not pre-purchased a ticket for the show, so there was no money lost, but admitting that I am old and skipping another show really sucks.

You kids get off my lawn!

ITP Flickr Pic
I’m not going to beat myself up for a lack of a photo today. I will say that I wish I had known that last night’s sunset was going to be so amazing so that I could have positioned myself somewhere to shoot it.

This Camera Defines My Current Photography
In 2008 I went to Colorado for Colorado Invihash. Prior to that event I went to a photography workshop put on by Chris Marquardt. Marquardt has started to regain interest in analog photography, so much so that he has created his own pinhole camera. He’s calling the project The Invisible Camera and it looks pretty neat. Now if I could only get myself back to being creative.

B As In What?
One of the claim numbers with which I am dealing these days contains the letter ‘B’. For some reason when conveying this over the phone I say “B as in ‘boy’.” Really? Is this helpful? The whole purpose of giving an example word is to remove any doubt. “B as in bravo” or “B as in banana” would work a whole lot better. Maybe it’s finally time for me to learn the NATO phonetic alphabet.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – nervous
Current Music – listening to this week’s “Mac Geek Gab” podcast
Website Of The Day – Wondering where an IP address is physically located? While not 100% accurate, this is exactly what IP Fingerprints is designed to do.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking

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 – 1
Carnivorous Days – 20

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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9 Responses to A Virtual Bump In The Road

  1. Martha says:

    The bad thing about getting to work early is it’s only 10 and I feel like I’ve been here all darn day…

    Oh if I had $111 at Sears, I’m pretty sure I would buy a new power drill. I’ve asked for one for my birthday but Jerry already said he wouldn’t get it for me. The last time I went into the Northlake Sears I was pretty disgusted by the state of the store…I didn’t stick around long.

    I didn’t watch Megamind last night, maybe Friday. Jerry is going out with ‘the boys’ (my friends but I’m not invited??) so I’ll have some time then.

    Not sure how too much spicy food and after affects from the accident are related…pretty sure I don’t want to know.

  2. Barb says:

    oh, Allan could spend $111 at Sears no problem as well, how did you get a gift card for that strange amount?

  3. B-Bob says:

    Pauli – As an occasional visitor to the blog, I’ll apologetically admit that I miss the “back story” on many things; and maybe I wonder about some things that, to others, has an obvious answer. That said, I see one of your March Goals is to “Go out on a date with someone else.” It seemed to appear on the 1st of the month and was struck through on day one. Why did it appear? What’s the story with the cross out? Inquiring minds need to know…

  4. Martha, you don’t want to know. 😉 I will say that something god-awful strange was going on inside of me yesterday that had me concerned. It *appears* to have gone away, but conclusive results are not available.

    I could have spent the $111 last night, but it would have been on something I didn’t really want, or need. I’ll hold onto it and figure out how best to spend it soon.

    Barb, the $111 is the remaining balance of a $500 Sears gift card that I bought years (7?) ago. I finally found out the balance remaining after last week’s gift card fiasco.

    Bob, the reason that it is no longer struck out is my mistake. I must have struck it out on the 1st in the blog itself, but failed to do so in my template thus it’s not be struck out since. It appeared because in January I (finally) went out on a date with someone, and was quickly deemed the second-place finisher in a race of two runners (read “she ‘met someone’ after our first real date, so we were not going to have any more”). I’m really good at not-dating so I wanted to get myself back out on another. I decided that I was putting too much pressure to go out on dates again, and after my bicycle accident at the end of last month I didn’t need to introduce more pressure into my life.

    I just got in to work. I should have stopped and bought a lottery ticket for tonight. With all of the bad things I’ve suffered in the past nine months my good luck has to start soon, right? 🙂

  5. B-Bob says:

    Pauli –
    Fortuna audax iuvat

  6. Randy says:

    You could always shop Sears.com and buy some Land’s End clothing with your gift card:

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/s_10153_12605_Clothing_Men's_View All?storeId=10153&sName=View All&vName=Clothing&cName=Men’s&catalogId=12605&sbf=Brand&sbv=Lands’ End&i_cntr=1300822694135

  7. Barb says:

    or – you can actually buy most Lands End clothes at the actual store too.

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Yeah, they sell it in the store too. I’d just hate to spend ‘found’ money on clothes. 🙂

  9. Michelle says:

    We ordered our lawnmower on Sears.com Sunday and picked up at the Cumberland store 3 hours later. I like the Cumberland store.

    As for the ICAO phonetic alphabet: I started using it when I started working for Delta back in 1989…..easy to remember when you use it every day.

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