Another scheduled physical therapy appointment this morning. While I’m glad I get to go (meaning I’m not reporting to court to be someone’s juror instead) my 10am appointment is really disrupting my work schedule on a day where I need to reel in some things that went astray yesterday. It appears that it might be another weekend of work for me, though I’ll make sure not to work on Memorial Day.
Damn, only ten days after replacing the batteries in my keyboard and trackpad the batteries are low again? This is insane.
I Could Do Without Another Trip To The Tabernacle Any Time Soon
I worked a little later than normal last night in order to wait out the traffic which appeared horrible on Google Maps. By the time I made it downtown I was surprised that I was able to get a parking space directly across from The Tabernacle, even if it did cost me $10. I worried about getting out of that lot when a stream of oblivious pedestrians streamed from The Tabernacle after the show, but I was a bit creative with my driving skills and managed to get out the back entrance for the lot. I doubt that I’ll be parking in that lot again…
The show last night was really crowded, and really good. Of course I was easily fifteen, hell twenty, years older than most of the people there. And unlike most of those around my advanced age I was not bringing my child to the show. I was pleasantly surprised when I ran into a hashing friend Aimee (aka “Gasshole”) while I was waiting for beer. Apparently her company sponsors shows at The Tabernacle and she’s a fan of Cage the Elephant. Of course I was there to hear the co-headling band for the tour, Manchester Orchestra.
Given that Atlanta is Manchester Orchestra’s hometown it was a natural choice that they’d be the night’s headliners. I scanned the ITP archives so I could correctly state the date when I first (March 7, 2006 for those of you playing at home) in case I had to state my indie cred. I am probably forgetting one, but I recall seeing Manchester Orchestra play at Smith’s Olde Bar, The Loft, Variety Playhouse, and now The Tabernacle. If they ever make it to Philips Arena I’ll smile and pass on the opportunity to see them — unless Andy Hull (who once left a comment on this humble blog) provides me with a backstage pass for that show.
Cage the Elephant and Manchester Orchestra performed excellent sets. Not being at all familiar with Cage the Elephant I confess to being lost during their set. Knowing each and every song that Manchester Orchestra performed really boosted my enjoyment of their set.
The overall sound inside The Tabernacle was fine last night, but I won’t be disappointed if I don’t make it down there for another show any time soon.
Vegetarian Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Healthy
If there is a way to screw up eating healthfully I believe that I’ve mastered it. I decided to go veg yesterday, a decision which seemed unlikely given where I ate lunch and dinner, but I did it.
The office building in which I work has a cafe (read “deli”) on the ground floor. Being incredibly swamped (read “frustrated”) at work I decided to pop downstairs and get some grub. I should mention that our office is currently under renovation so kitchen facilities are limited at best at the moment. I believed that my decision to go to the cafe seemed to seal my fate as far as vegetarian fare was concerned, until I noticed that they were serving a portobello mushroom burger as a special. The “burger” was topped with a fried green tomato slice and was actually pretty good.
As I mentioned the concert last night was held at The Tabernacle. There are many things about downtown Atlanta I dislike, including the lack of dinner options. Ted’s Montana Grill is the only convenient option for Tabernacle shows, and as you’d imagine it was packed last night. Ted’s isn’t exactly the vegetarian destination either… I contemplated walking to the CNN food court but, even though it was still light outside, wasn’t really in the mood for wandering around downtown alone. In the end I decided to eat at Ted’s, grabbing the first available seat at the bar. I was served by a lovely young lady named Jen, who had no hesitation when I ordered “two starters for my meal.” I ordered a Caesar salad and an order of onion rings, with a beer of course. Vegetarian? Yes. Healthy? Notsomuch.
Late Night Concert Means No Top Chef Masters
You may spoil last night’s outcome on Top Chef Masters if you wish. I’ll be watching this week’s episode tonight. Sadly I failed to procure potatoes in order to start a corned beef in my Crock Pot for tonight’s dinner. I’ll have to figure out what will be on tonight’s dinner plate. Suggestions?
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, a bit tired and hopefully ready to right my work project when I make it into the office today
Current Music – listening to a CBC Radio 3 podcast
Website Of The Day – I like to dream about living in completely different environs, like those featured in Remodelista.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking currently
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
– “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