That Was A Loud Storm Last Night

While I can sleep most anywhere at anytime I am a relatively light sleeper. I was awakened a handful of times last night because of the intermittent power outages and the loud rumbling of thunder. I’ll survive today thanks to my coffee addiction.

The Garage Mahal Is Amazing
After work last night I drove over to ITP-Reader Barb and Allan’s house for dinner and to pick up the Red Rocket. I am continually amazed by their newly-constructed “Garage Mahal” which has almost everything a guy could want in a garage — except a dartboard. 😉 Seeing others fix up their houses occasionally makes me want to do the same, but I really have a vision of what I want (and better start moving toward that soon as I’m not getting any younger) and my current living situation is not it.

Last night I was also treated to a wonderful dinner of chicken breasts cooked on the Black Ninja, some green beans and asparagus, and some cheese-filled ravioli with vodka sauce. Dee-licious. ITP-Reader Sal and Marty were also in attendance, and they brought over some key lime pie for dessert. More dee-liciousness.

After a meal like that the thirty-minute drive home was enough to put me right to sleep upon my arrival home — until the storm rolled in.

Traffic Tip Of The Day
Did you know that in the state of Georgia when you approach a non-functioning traffic light that you are supposed to regard it as a four/all-way stop? Not many people in this state do.

Bonus Tip: Did you know that in the state of Georgia when you approach a blinking traffic light that you are not supposed to regard it as a four/all-way stop? Instead, those approaching blinking yellow lights may proceed with caution while those approaching blinking red lights are to regard it as a stop sign.

I wonder how many accidents will occur today because people in this state do know follow these laws. Luckily it’s Spring Break so traffic is lighter than normal.

ITP Flickr Pic
Argh. I’m not shooting and even worse I am hampered in regards to blogging right now. Argh

Age Is A Funny Thing
Over the past five years I’ve come to realize that aging really limits dreaming. I realize now that there is a large swatch of this country to which I can no longer relocate. No one, in their right mind at least, moves to Montana, the Dakotas, etc as they get older, they move away from those regions. Bummer (for me). Regardless of the name of this blog I’m not going to reside in Atlanta for the remainder of my days. In a way I fantasize of something, or someone, which convinces me that there is something better out there. But for now that’s only a dream.

A “Wholesome” Breakfast
I have to admit that when I think “breakfast” one of the last word associations I make is “wholesome.” I desire breakfasts which fuel body and clog its arteries — bacon and eggs, corned beef hash, hash browns, pancakes — you get the idea. Luckily for my body I don’t get to eat the breakfasts it so desires. Lately I’ve been eating a lot of nuts and dried fruit for breakfast in the form of a pre-pagaged “wholesome,” yet highly-caloric, mixed bag of nuts and dried fruit from Costco/Sam’s which I conveniently buy from one of my coworker’s “General Store.” Hey, it’s better than eating a bagel with cream cheese, right?

I’m also trying to use today’s breakfast a launching pad to a vegetarian day today.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – struggling with some years-old issues as well as coping with some month-old pain
Current Music – silence, though I hope to get through a handful of podcasts today while working
Website Of The Day – One of the things I love about staying in hotels is finding out about companies I never knew existed. Had you ever heard of Groome Transportation before? I hadn’t until I saw about five of their vans in the parking lot of the hotel in which I stayed last Saturday night.
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 – 4

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

April Goals
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run at least once
– Lose two pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book, specifically [currently not picked, will do so today]
– Eat vegetarian for no fewer than five days

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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11 Responses to That Was A Loud Storm Last Night

  1. Steve says:

    Groome Transportation, among other things, runs a shuttle between ATL and Columbus, so I see their vans all the time.

    Speaking of getting older.. I finally bit the bullet and went to see the orthopaedist about my achillies tendon. I’m now sporting a no so fashionable boot on my right leg which will theoretically immobilize my ankle and let the tendon heal. Step, thud, step, thud, step thud.
    He did say I was OK to ride- I didn’t tell him what that might look like.

    Not much storm last night- at least not as much as what the “city” apparently got. Debbie slept through it..

    I want to find a time to pay a visit to the garage majal, but this month is pretty crazy with bike races and weddings.


  2. Barb says:

    dinner was fun, and glad everyone got out before the storm started.

    the dartboard is still in the basement – but knowing Allan, he may move it, or get another one.

    you could always take pictures of the garage for me, I’m sure you’d do a much better job than I ever could. I need to send some up to my parents soon. (you know, old people who refuse to get a computer, so then they can complain about never seeing anything, if only I’d just send them some pictures……. )

  3. Vic says:

    I did not know about the traffic tip. Good to know. I did know about the bonus tip and it’s confused me ever since I moved here that people were stopping at a flashing yellow. Just makes traffic worse!

  4. Steve, I’m intimately familiar with that walking pattern. Currently I walk “normal” but there is still pain in my right groin and hip, not to mention my aching knee and ankle.

    I have no idea how much water reached my house, but damn was it windy and the thunder was, well, thunderous.

    I’ll see what I can do, Barb.

  5. I guess the best traffic tip is “Do what the other drivers think that you are going to do.” in order to stay out of traffic accidents. Had this happened for me on February 27th I’d be a lot better off today.

  6. Steve says:

    Apparently, downtown Newnan got “All tore up” according to my source, so I guess we were lucky at the farm.

    And as far as the lights go, if a light that normally is red/green is blinking, proceeding with caution is the best idea, but I know what the law says as well.

  7. Randy says:

    Good luck on accomplishing a veggie day!

    Storms here last night were bad, but I didn’t wake up until our shivering doggie hopped into bed with us… still pretty yucky this morning.

  8. Martha says:

    Ugh, at 6:30 this morning, with no other cars around, the woman in front of me stopped at a yellow flashing light…then just sat there???? I spent far too long this morning, snaking my way around the park to the interstate, trying to avoid blinking traffic lights and downed trees/limbs.

    I didn’t look in the back yard, to be honest, I still hadn’t cleaned up all the mess from last week’s storm. I’m sure there are a few more limbs to pull to the street. I may need to call the city, there has been a pile of yard waste on the street for too long.

  9. Stacy Fox says:

    I so totally do not believe in the yellow flashing light. No one seems to understand what it means and I bet more accidents are caused by it than if all four would be red.

    A friend and I were just talking about this the other day. She said that she tends to slow down to an almost stop at them (instead of “proceeding cautiously”) because she’s always concerned the folks on the red flashy side don’t understand that she doesn’t need to. And I explained to her: well, that’s when folks DO get confused about whose turn it is…. OR the guy behind you approaching the yellow? Glances away for two seconds and slams right into you because you just stopped for no reason.

    Make them ALL red flashies. Get rid of the yellow system altogether.

  10. bob says:

    The garage mahal is definitely a sight to be seen! Total jealousy when I saw it.

    Barb, you riding tonight?

  11. Barb says:

    Bob – I think I’m going to blow it off – the damn pollen has given me a crappy headache today. I’m just grouchy because of it, not sure if I feel like riding. Wine-ho sounded interested in it when I talked to her earlier.
    (we are going to shuttle with Allan’s truck for the short trail sunday, so more downhill for the short trail folks)

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