I’m Too Old For This

Last night I joined a group of coworkers to help one of our coworkers celebrate her 25th birthday. I can honestly say that I don’t remember much about birthdays from my twenties, but today I am reminded that I am far too old to be partying like a 25-year old.

We started the night at a bar called Benchwarmers — fun fact, under its previous ownership (and then called Sidelines?) it was the ending for the first hash laid by me for which I was the responsible hare. Unfortunately one of my cohares didn’t pay enough attention to my trail instructions and led the pack on a longer and more dangerous trail than had been intended — where we had a couple of beers and some Irish Nachos (french fries with cheese and bacon).

From Benchwarmers we all headed for dinner at El Potro, which also meant that margaritas were involved.

Since we finished dinner at 9:30pm the evening couldn’t possibly end that early, right? So, we caravanned to someone’s house in Tucker where the party lasted until at least midnight, the time at which I cashed in my chips and headed home. I could not get home and into my bed soon enough.

I’m not happy that I have a physical therapy appointment today. I am happy that for the first time my physical therapy appointment is in the afternoon; perhaps I can catch a quick nap beforehand. Although, now that I think about it, if I had an 8:00am physical therapy appointmentI might have been far more responsible last night…

ITP Flickr Pic
The birthday girl was taking photos of her margarita, so Captain Cameraman had to do the same.
Margaritas Always Lead My To Trouble
Do you remember yesterday’s discussion about my competitive nature?

Unfortunately I am unable to edit my shot so you are stuck with the photo as I took it.

Lavanderia Night Has Arrived Again
Sitting outside at El Potro last night I could easily identify the smell of the lavanderia which sits next to it. I’m certain that any person who has done laundry in the past twenty-five years can identify that smell, but my nostrils have become accustom to it. With scant free time on my agenda this week I’ll be fitting a lavanderia, more of a laundromat, trip in tonight after physical therapy. I will make one guarantee about tonight’s laundry night — if I decide to eat while doing laundry there will definitely be no alcohol involved…

About Tomorrow’s Blog
Tonight I have to see if I have to report to the Dekalb County Courthouse tomorrow for jury duty selection. If I must attend, which I am sure that I will have to, tomorrow’s blog will either be very short, or will be written while waiting for selection. Hopefully I’ll be able to wedge myself into some nice pants and the heat won’t cause me to start sweating in my button-down shirt with necktie. I’m also the iPad that I’ll have with me will signal to all that I am a nerd and that you probably don’t want me to be a part of your jury.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – worn out, and very possibly hungover
Current Music – silence and even that’s a bit too loud at the moment
Website Of The Day – I wish I had the time and energy to create my own Backyard Aquaponics farm at the ITP-Estate. This is the sort of thing that really interests me, but I just don’t make enough time in my life for it.
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 – 21

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

May 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
– 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

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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18 Responses to I’m Too Old For This

  1. Steve says:

    The days of major drinking on a “school night” have long passed me by. Hell, I think major drinking all together has passed me by.

    We are fighting the good fight getting the pool ready for regular use at JEFDSDR and may have to start planning a weekend of swimming and dominoes- maybe a little bike riding as well.

    Paulie, what is the new bike forecast?


  2. I won’t begin to shop for a new bike until I hear what the orthopedist says next week. I fear the pain and snapping which still occurs around my right hip and can’t see spending a lot of money on a nice bike until I get the “all’s clear” from him.

    I thought about tooling around on the mountain bike this weekend (on roads) but the heat convinced me otherwise.

  3. Martha says:

    I’ve been to several bday parties for the 30 and under crowd over the last year or so (mostly from the gym) and yeah, I don’t even try to keep up (jello shots and keg stands at the last one, wtf)…heck I’ve hardly had a drink since the red wine & corn chip incident of 2011.

    Why are you ‘dressing up’ for jury duty?

    I went to REI yesterday and bought a book on Georgia hikes (I can shop at REI and not spend money thanks to my dividends), I’m going with some girl friends tomorrow, I wanted to try Tallulah Gorge but the gorge floor is closed tomorrow, anyone know if it would still be worth the trip? Other wise, I’m thinking Cloudland Canyon, Fort Mountain or Amicalola Falls. Any opinions?

  4. I don’t know if we’ve had enough rain recently to make the falls worth the trip. I could be very wrong about this however. Fort Mountain is always nice giving you high and low land options.

    I dress up for jury duty in hopes of swaying the attorneys from selecting me. Besides, aren’t you supposed to dress up for jury duty or am I stuck in the 1950s?

  5. Steve says:

    The gorge is a nice hike, but it’s liable to be pretty hot. I’m not a big fan of Amicolola, but you can go up and back on the AT approach trail, whish isn’t too bad.

    Who mantioned something about a cyclist dying at Stone Mountain over the weekend? Any more info?

  6. Steve says:

    Paulie, I think your theory works. Most attorneys don’t want a “smart” jury, but it depends on the case, I guess.

  7. Barb says:

    Wearing a tie in this day & age to court, you are so 1950s.
    Come by & get an Atlanta Fire Dept. t-shirt – only slight problem is one of the lawyers would want you, the other wouldn’t.

    Not sure on where to hike, Joanna (Arbitrary) posted a pic from a hike somewhere up near Chattanooga not to long back, looked like a great place. But of course, I can’t remember the name, and can’t access FB from work.

    I did a hike at Tallulah Gorge way back when, we hiked down to a sliding rock, and I learned that whatever shorts you wear to slide, they will be ruined by the end of the day. And – if you bring a cooler with beer in it, a ranger will show up & make you dump it all out. Luckily, this was back in the early 90s, no tickets issued, he just thought it was funny as hell to make us dump it all out.

  8. Barb says:

    and – I was at Mo’s Pizza last night – who’d have thunk I’d be across the street from you last night. And, I have to give myself some credit, I picked up the wine we ordered at the Dekalb Bottle House tasting from a few weeks ago, I did a damn fine job being reasonable in my drunk spending. And – one of the wines is called Black Sheep, I had totally forgotten about that.

  9. That is funny Barb. Had I known you were at Mo’s Pizza I would have stopped by and said hello.

  10. Martha says:

    Steve, that was me. I got more info today from his daughter.

    Dad died Saturday morning as a result of head trauma from a bicycle accident at 7:55am in Stone Mountain Park. According to witnesses on the site, he came down a hill with his head down and never saw the plastic barricade he ran into which had been set up by the park for a walk that morning. My dad knew this loop at the park like the back of his hand. He had been either running or riding this exact path for over 25 years from the time we lived in Redan Park. He probably already passed by this place once or twice earlier that morning on his bike before the barricade was set up and had no reason to believe anything would be in the road way the next time he came around the loop. He was wearing a helmet which got pushed back on his head on impact with the ground. He was unconscious from the point he hit the ground until he passed at Grady hospital a few hours later when his heart stopped.

    Paulie, if you don’t want to be selected I suggest you try a Liz Lemon

  11. bets says:

    Martha mentioned the cyclist dying at Stone Mountain this past weekend–and I wonder if she or anyone has any more information about this.

    Not as important and definitely more trivial, but I would also like to know what the Red Wine and Corn Chip incident of 2011 was all about. Title might just explain itself

  12. Steve says:

    Martha, what was the gentlemens’ name?

  13. Martha says:

    Martin Amestoy

    Looks like we are headed to Fort Mountain…

  14. Wow, that’s a very sad and unfortunate story.

    Have fun at Fort Mountain.

  15. Randy says:

    Based on Law and Order episodes, people on juries still dress at least business casual. I don’t think you really need a tie – as long as you wear a nice shirt. Even a short-sleeved Polo shirt should work, and would probably be more weather-appropriate.

  16. Stacy Fox says:

    Oh, Martha! What a sad, sad story. I’m so sorry for your friend and what she and her family are going through.

  17. Steve says:

    What you might glance over and not catch in the story of the cyclist is:

    “He was wearing a helmet which got pushed back on his head on impact with the ground.”

    If you are able to get your helmet away from your forehead with little effort, tighten the straps. This is less common for adults, but does happen- this is a very common problem I notice with kids… the helmet way back on their head. Let’s be careful out there…

  18. Jenka says:

    I had jury duty in March and I made the mistake of wearing jeans and flip flops, and I felt so under-dressed! Most people definitely at least wore business casual, and I looked like a schlump, comparatively. Of course, I did get picked to serve on a jury, so I’m not sure what that means.

    I, too, want to hear details about the Red Wine and Corn Chip Incident of 2011.

    Very sorry to hear about Mr. Amestoy.

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