In addition to my normal twice-a-week physical therapy session (this week at strange hours due to limited availability of my physical therapist) and an increasingly-pressure-filled work schedule, this week also sees a birthday party happy hour tonight, as well as jury duty selection and a Manchester Orchestra concert at The Tabernacle (twice in two weeks?) on Wednesday, on its agenda. All this ignores that this Friday is the Friday prior to Memorial Day (which I am hoping to be able to celebrate without working) which means traffic will most likely be a horror so I’ll probably hang in the Perimeter Mall area (perhaps at Taco Mac?) 😉 after work.
Speaking of Memorial Day weekend, I miss the days when “Memorial Day Weekend” was synonymous with “Camp Hedon.” It’s at this point I’ll apologize to the non-hashers in the ITP-Readership as there is no way that I can adequately describe Hedon weekend in text, nor would I want to disgust you with photos from those days. Admittedly my first trip to Camp Hedon (2001?, 2002?) might have been the last of the wildly-great Hedons, but I managed to attend twice more before deciding that it was a mere shell of what it had been and was no longer worth the effort. I’ve fallen so far out of the Atlanta hashing scene that I don’t even know if an effort was made to resurrect Hedon for what was supposedly going to be its final year (or was that last year?).
Last Friday afternoon I participated in a company-sponsored “Minute To Win It” team-building competition. I’m not sure how much team building occurred but I know that I finished tied for first in each of the two events in which I participated.
In the first half of the competition I competed in an event known as “Hang Nails.” You had a minute to hang up to ten nails by their heads on an approximately four-foot-long string. I was fourth of nine to go and watched my previous three competitors struggle. The first two tried a traditional method, managing to hang two nails, only to inadvertently knock them off in attempts to hang more. The third guy attempted to construct an inverted ark (a parlor trick) but the speed of the competition and his nerves got the better of him. I stepped up and hung two, and with fifteen seconds to go successfully braved an attempt at hanging a third. My score of three was tied by two other teams.
In the second half of the competition I competed in an event known as “Whipper Snapper Golf.” You had a minute to launch golf balls into a bucket using only a towel which was affixed to a board. I thought this would be no problem and predicted that I’d score six, but in the end I managed only to get one ball into the bucket while hitting the rim on two other attempts. I was not alone in futility however as only two other teams managed to get a single ball into the bucket, one of those had a ball luckily bounce into the bucket instead of having it land inside the bucket.
Even with my strong (ha!) efforts my team finished in the middle of the pack. All in all it was a fun time outdoors.
A Weekend Of Meatlessness
Forgetting my desire to go Friday/Saturday/Sunday eating vegetarian food I ordered “boneless wings” at Taco Mac on Friday night. I’ll blame the beer.
I made no such mistake on Saturday’s lunch visit to Taco Mac (I had work to do this weekend so I slept at the office on Friday night. Actually, that’s the truth.) when I ordered “Fiesta Chicken Nachos with no chicken please.” from the lovely young waitress named Morgan whom I’ve seen a million times but have never previously had the pleasure of being waited on by. Undaunted by my seemingly nonsensical request she produced a huge platter of nachos covered in a litany of non-meaty-goodies which I ate to near completion. The meal was so filling that it served as Saturday’s lunch and dinner.
Yesterday’s plethora of odd meatless concoctions consisted of matzo and peanut butter for breakfast (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!), some absolutely pathetic homemade Southern biscuits for lunch (I’ve had a craving but what I produced was more like a scone than a biscuit), and a garam masala mixed-vegetable bake for dinner (with two of the remaining biscuit/scones). It seemed odd that I’d use the oven twice on such a hot day, but I used my trusty (if not too small so I’m contemplating a replacements) Black and Decker toaster oven instead of heating up the large oven for my small(ish) portions.
I have three more days of vegetarian consumption before the month ends next week. I think that I’m going to push hard to get there, even though I’m scheduling a Crock Pot Thursday on which I am making a corned beef.
Hot Hot Heat
I’m sure that if I went back into the ITP archives I’d find that I say this every year — “Holy shit we’re having some extreme weather this year.” There have been some ever-so-short periods of perfect weather, but by and large it feels as if this year has either been too cold or too hot. (See also: “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”). While I’m fortunate to be able to escape to a basement which is partially cave-like (and is also the cause of my plumbing woes because if I had a house which was completely above-ground the plumbing problem would be less intrusive) I was still forced to employ the air conditioner this morning because the main floor of the house was uncomfortably warm (which since I am a single, stubborn, and frugal man without pets means that the temperature crested 81º F). I fear it’s going to be a long, expensive Summer, that is when Summer finally arrives next month.
I Hear There Was A Beer Festival This Past Weekend
Saturday saw the annual East Atlanta Beer Festival come and go. Even with the festivities three blocks from the ITP-Estate beer festivals and I are no longer compatible. Sadly, I’ve even given up on volunteering for them. It seems as if I’m spiraling ever-inward, doing less and less each year.
Hey, do you want to hear about software bugs I killed this weekend? **pushes glasses back up bridge of nose**
I understand ITP-Reader Betsy volunteered for the event. If so, I wouldn’t mind hearing a report from her. Did any of the ITP-Readership attend? What says you?
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay I guess
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – I love beer. I love food. I like Atlanta. I’m surprised that it’s taken me so long to find out about Food and Beer Atlanta magazine.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t bother to 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 – 2
Carnivorous Days – 20
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run at least once
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than five days
– Lose three pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book, specifically The Laws Of Simplicity
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
– 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