Tuesday Morning Ramblings

I did nothing yesterday that warrants much discussion today — physical therapy, make a reservation for a play on Thursday night at Horizon Theatre, work until 7:00pm — so I’ll pick up some of the missed scraps from the weekend instead.

Feeling Masterful
I failed to mention that on Friday night I obtained my “Masters Degree” from Taco Mac‘s Brewniversity. That’s right, I now have 225 different beers under my belt, or I guess more accurately pushing out on my belt. Achieving the Masters Degree is not quite as beneficial as achieving a Bachelors Degree as there’s no larger beer vessel from which I now get to drink — though it would be awesome if all of my beers were now served in a 24-ounce mug for the same price as a pint. I think that my reward, aside from minor bragging rights, will be a crew-neck Taco Mac shirt. Just what I need, another shirt.

Winnebago Man
Saturday night at the ITP-Estate has turned in to “Movie Night” (though, even though there is popcorn in the pantry I rarely make any). This past Saturday night I watched a movie called WInnebago Man (betcha didn’t see that coming). If you’ve been surfing the intertubes for as long as I have you may have come across the videos of a guy name Jack Rebney who, back in the late 1980’s, was making an industrial film for Winnebago, with some difficulties. The outtake video of Rebney cursing like a sailor with each error/interruption, which apparently was passed around on VHS tapes for over a decade, showed up on YouTube in its infancy and quickly became a viral video. In fact, I can remember watching the video many years ago, but can’t recall exactly when.

“Winnebago Man” is a documentary about Jack Rebney, as well as a documentary of the monumental effort the filmmaker made in order to locate Rebney. Initially it appears that Rebney has mellowed considerably in his old age while living in remote northern California. But then we find out that Rebney was acting mellow during the first encounter between Rebney and the filmmaker, and that he is still filled with rage and anger. The film also takes an odd twist when during its making Rebney is blinded by an attack of glaucoma, forcing me to take pity on a man who merely minutes ago I viewed with disdain.

In the end I’m not sure if “Winnebago Man” is a “good” film, but since I had history with the outtakes I found it to be a worthy way to spend nearly ninety minutes of my life.

ITP Flickr Pic
Admittedly I’m not overly fond of this shot. But hey, I was experimenting. And it’s a photo.
No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
So there you go.

Doing The Things I Have To Do
Because of commits through the end of the week tonight has become lavanderia night out of necessity. And because I am feeling really fat (the bag of nuts and berries I ate for breakfast aren’t helping matters currently) I will either be returning to the lavanderia next to Lee’s Bakery for a Banh Mi sandwich, or going to the lavanderia that I’ve been calling ” home” and limiting myself to one taco at Las Tortas Locas.

Tonight I also plan to finish reading the Hiking Solo book I started last lavanderia night.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat
Current Music – silence so that I can crank this out and get to work
Website Of The Day – Speaking of films/movies, I just found out that the Atlanta Film Festival is soon, April 28 – May7 to be exact. I’ve never been and unfortunately don’t believe that my schedule will permit me to go this year — but that shouldn’t stop you.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In

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 – 3
Carnivorous Days – 22

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 The Mole People: Life In The Tunnels Beneath New York City

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 Tuesday Morning Ramblings

  1. Martha says:

    Where was the picture taken? It looks familar but can’t place it (I actually don’t think it is what I’m thinking).

    Day 1 of unemployment was a busy one. I moved half a room of stuff to the shed and organized it, washed all the terra cotta pots there were on the deck, also moving them to the shed, installed a new cat perch for Body (there was lots of cursing involved in that project and even a little blood). I cleaned out the kitchen pantry…let’s just say the garbage guys will be a little busier than usuall tomorrow.

    Today I’m going to try go for a run and mow the yard before the rains come, at least that is the plan. At this rate I’ll have my “To Do” list completed by the end of the week…then what???

  2. It was taken in an office park off Clairmont just north of I-85 (Century Center?). There is a pointy building (technical term) there and this path runs near it.

    You could investigate the movements of the hip, and how our ligaments and muscles control it. I’m going to look into orthopedists today and see if I can get an appointment. After two months I’m nervous/concerned about the continued and predictable hip popping in my right hip. 🙁

    If that doesn’t float your boat do you want to be hired as a part-time assistant for a couple of weeks? 🙂

  3. Steve says:

    They filmed the wizard of Oz at Century Center? Who knew?

    I think we just missed a serious storm last night. We were watching Liege-Bastone-Liege on DVR and the lightning was flashing pretty good to the north. When we went back to live TV, we were off the air, thereby making it an early night.

    Paulie, you want Martha to study orthopaedics in her spare time so she can treat your hip? What kind of insurance do they have over there?? 🙂


  4. I had a weather radar in my browser all night and watched the nasty weather head west of town. Luckily no damage, or power loss occurred in EAV. I wasn’t watching tv so I don’t know if the satellite

    Insurance? I have insurance? 🙂

  5. Barb says:

    oh Martha – we’ve got things that can be done at my house if you need to keep busy…….. in fact, tomorrow night, if it isn’t totally storming & the dirt isn’t totally shoe sucking mud, we should be laying sod. Don’t get all your projects done in one week, come do some of ours? (I’m only sort of kidding).

    We lost TV & internet for a short period last night, it was storming really good in Marietta. I didn’t think we would/could lose all that with the U-Verse, I learned something new. (we never lost any power though).

    Winnebago Man – did any of it take place in Iowa? If I remember correctly, I think they were made in some small town in Iowa.

  6. Vic says:

    You may not like that picture, but I WANT THAT GRASS!

  7. The Winnebago film from the 1980s was shot in Iowa, in whatever town Winnebago is located. Rebney said that the weather was over 100 degrees and flies were everywhere when they were filming. The documentary was mostly shot in California (Menton if I remember correctly), where Rebney lived or perhaps still lives.

  8. Martha says:

    Century Center, not what I was thinking but I know the place, I worked there once a few years back and I’ve had my last two interviews at the Marriott.

    I have much more experience with the knee, or more so how the knee ‘works’ with a torn ACL. Maybe while I’m researching the hip, I can figure out the calf/foot connection…the first and last mile of my run was not great today.

    Currently I’m not having a problem keeping busy, I’ve still got about half my list to do and I’m sure I’ll be adding to it. More stuff out to the curb and the tree
    out front has been trimed. Looks like time to mow before the rain.

    However, I am available for daytime errands if needed 😉

  9. Stacy Fox says:

    Martha, I’m moving into my new place on Saturday. WEEKS of unpacking to do, I’m sure. Come on over if you’re bored. 😉

    Speaking of…Paulie? I’m moving into my new place on Saturday! I sure hope this means we’ll have many more Horizon nights together again!

  10. Martha says:

    this showed up on my Facebook wall today

    Holy cow, I’m beat, I’m not sure I’m up for all this ‘time off’, maybe I’ll take it easy tomorre 😉

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