Hello Shortened Work Week!

While many are out sweating their asses off riding BRAG this week I’ll be sweating with my twice-weekly physical therapy sessions before taking off in a plane for Raleigh on Thursday afternoon. I’ve gone crazy and requested Thursday and Friday as vacation days so that I can have all of my virtual ducks in a row by takeoff.

And Now For Something Different
Most people are surprised to find out that I’ve never visited the Georgia Aquarium. Well, I can no longer say that. On Friday night my boss, who volunteers at the aquarium, scored some free tickets for the jazz night held there last week. Maybe it was the $6 sangrias talking but I had a really fun time. I wouldn’t mind returning with my camera some day, though it’d have to be at a time when I wasn’t surrounded by hundreds of children…

And Now For Something Completely Different
I like to pride myself on being oblivious to advertising. Many times it’s easy to ignore advertisement because all of my personal browsers have AdBlocking turned on. Truth is that I am as susceptible as anyone else when ads are present. While writing Thursday’s blog I jumped over the the AJC’s website and was immediately struck by one word — Spamalot. It turns out that the touring group of Spamalot was at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre this past weekend, and, since I was able figure out how to print the ticket for which Ticketmaster reamed me $12 for the privilege to buy, I was in attendance on Saturday night. From the Ticketmaster seating chart it appeared that the theater would be completely packed, but I was quite surprised to see many empty seats around me (I scored a Row F, Seat 109 ticket).

Being a Monty Python fan, I loved the play and highly recommend seeing it — if you too are a Python fan. Say no more. Say. No. More.

I’ve since come to find out that I’m not the only one in the ITP-Readership to have gone to the show. Through Facebook status updates (I was really bored this weekend) I read that ITP-Reader Barb and her husband Allan were in attendance on Friday night (but we’ll get no update from her as she’s currently riding across Georgia) and that ITP-Reader Phil was in attendance on Sunday afternoon.

ITP Flickr Pic
Not eaten this weekend, but rather last Thursday night.
Groupon Bounty At DBA Barbecue
And actually, I didn’t eat everything because the onion rings were so greasy that I couldn’t eat more than one.

This was at DBA Barbecue last Thursday night after getting my haircut in the Virginia-Highlands. I had a $30 Groupon to use and, with no one to have dinner with, decided to go nuts. The food was good, but it was no Fox Bros. BBQ.

Speaking of Fox Bros, I’ve heard that they’ve opened up a new restaurant in Decatur called Big Tex Cantina. I for one cannot wait to give it a shot.

Do You Want To Do Something Different?
I’m going to recommend two concerts, one of which I’d be attending if I were in Atlanta this weekend.

On Friday night I’d be at The Loft to hear The Milk Carton Kids open for Joe Purdy. Truth be told I’d never heard of The Milk Carton Kids prior to being sent a promotional email and a link to download their latest disc, but I really liked what I heard. The music from The Milk Carton Kids is mellow, guitar / songwriter stuff which was the perfect accompaniment to the household chores I did this weekend.

Also on Friday night and on the other end of the spectrum is loud, legendary surf-guitarist Dick Dale who is performing on Friday and Saturday nights at The EARL. Don’t think you’ve heard Dick Dale’s music? Did you see Pulp Fiction? If so, you’ve heard Dale’s guitar playing. I saw Dick Dale perform at The EARL a handful of years ago and the show was phenomenal.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, miffed that FedEx left an envelop by my front door and that I didn’t get to find it until yesterday
Current Music – listening to a podcast from Coverville
Website Of The Day – I envy few people. Monty Python’s Michael Palin, who since the breakup of the group has made quite the name for himself traveling the world for the BBC, is one of the people whose life I’m envious.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – now done on Weigh-In Wednesdays!

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 – 5

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

June Goals
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Get back on a bicycle
– 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
– Finish The Laws Of Simplicity and read another book

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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4 Responses to Hello Shortened Work Week!

  1. Steve says:

    Debbie and I saw “Spamalot” while in Lost Wages last trip. Even she enjoyed it, not being a big MP fan.

    Michael Palin has always struck me as someone it would be fun to have a beer with. His travelogues are just the way I’d like to travel- very relaxed and unscheduled.

    While I’m not one who has a great desire to do BRAG again, I reeeealy have no desire to do it in this heat. Ugh.


  2. Addendum:

    – Vic, how was the Drive-In on Friday?
    – If you’ve ever considered getting a large internal hard drive for backups then check out today’s Deal of the Day from Amazon.

  3. I’ve always wanted to do BRAG, but never wanted to give up the vacation time to do so.

  4. Randy says:

    In addition to Service and Primer, Sani and Bunny were also in attendance at Spamalot on Saturday. Evidently, they had a good time – not sure if there “was much rejoicing”, but they had a good time. Their anniversary weekend was full of adventure – ziplining, dinner with Kev, and Spamalot.

    Try the behind-the-scenes tour at the aquarium. It was relatively quiet and presented photo ops you can’t get otherwise.

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