I left Kroger last night with burger fixins and white wine in the middle of a torrential downpour — with lightning. Before departing Kroger’s parking lot ITP-Reader Betsy and I chatted on the phone about dinner and our fear that the rain would obscure my DISH Network satellite signal. I drove home through heavy rain and in spots the Jackmobile was hit with hail. When I got to my street and noticed that the corner house was without power, and then I noticed that every house along my block was without power — including mine. DANGEN! Even worse, the best estimate Georgia Power could give was a resumption of service no sooner than 10:30pm EDT. DOUBLE DANGEN!!! No fish, nor burger, nor Top Chef Masters. TRIPLE DANGEN! The night turned into an evening of watching videos on my iPad (have I mentioned how much I love that device?).
I assume power returned sometime after midnight. When I awoke around 1:00am EDT it was on, but unfortunately I was then wide awake. I think I fell asleep around 3:00am EDT so it was no surprise that when my alarms went off at 5:00am EDT and 5:30am EDT I had little difficulty turning them off and immediately returning to slumber.
Oh, did you know that white wine can freeze? When I unloaded my packages upon arriving home to a dark house I put the warm bottle of white wine in the freezer (the pre-chilled bottle went into the refrigerator) in anticipation of Betsy’s visit for Top Chef Masters viewing. When I got up at 1:00am EDT I thankfully remembered that the bottle was in the freezer; it was frozen solid, but no damage had occurred. Ice-wine anyone? 😉
Oh, and who looks smart for having his gutters cleaned right before a huge rain storm?
All I Ask For Is Openness
I am considering joining a gym, specifically LA Fitness. (Why LA Fitness?? Location, location, location). What bothers me about gyms and their memberships is that they always seem to be sleezy or frustrating. Yesterday I went to LA Fitness’ website to see how much it would cost to join. You’d think this would be simple — but it’s a gym membership so it’s not.
I’d like to know:
– Can I join for a month? How much would that cost?
– Can I save money by signing up for a year? To what would that reduce my monthly cost?
But no, all I see is that it costs $9.95 for a week and that I there is another $9.95 tacked on as “Dues” (which if you read the “fine” print is because you must sign up for a minimum of two weeks). ARGH!
Yes, there are other gyms out there, but none that offer the “convenience for my lifestyle” of LA Fitness. I’ll have to ponder on this for some more time.
ITP Flickr Pic
Yesterday on a whim a co-worker and I ate lunch at the 57th Fighter Group.
The lunch was good (I had a cup of beer soup and the reuben sandwich with home-made potato chips) but a bit on the expensive side.
Failure To Launch
Looks like I won’t be headed to Cape Canaveral for the final launch of the space shuttle. I received the following in email yesterday.
Thank you for registering for the opportunity to purchase viewing tickets for the launch of STS-135 space shuttle Atlantis from Kennedy Space Center. Unfortunately, your entry was not selected for the STS-135 launch ticket purchase opportunity.
Oh well. I hope that ITP-Reader Randy had better luck.
Best Laid Plan Screwed Again
Because of my late start today I doubt that I’ll get out of work early enough to make it down to Turner Field for the final game of the Mets v. Braves series. I’m really disappointed because I really wanted to go tonight. 🙁 Besides, the Mets have won the last two games (including a shutout last night!), why would I want to jinx that?
Instead I’ll probably return to the ITP Estate and cook up those burgers that I didn’t get to make last night. And drink beer, lots and lots of beer, or white wine.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – late, frustrated
Current Music – listening to a Coverville podcast
Website Of The Day – Mission “Grill More At Home” can probably use the help provided by Grate TV.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check, but damn I looked skinny in the pitch-black of last night
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 – 5
Carnivorous Days – 10
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– “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 done!
– Lose three pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
Finish The Laws Of Simplicity done! 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
– 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