And then I decided that I wanted to get to work in less than an hour. Besides, it’s GA400 Toll Amnesty Week! Getting out of the house early this morning and having no reason to slow down (much) at GA400 meant that I was able to get from East Atlanta to the Perimeter Mall area in fewer than twenty-three minutes. Huzzah!
Good To See Power Outages Aren’t Limited To East Atlanta
Remember Friday? Remember the storms that blew through on Friday afternoon (they were much like the ones that blew through last night). I was driving down Roswell Rd from Sandy Springs to Midtown on Friday and it was not much different than navigating a boat through a narrow stream that night.
The reason my destination was Midtown was to meet up with many of the hashers I’ve not seen in four months (gee, what was it that happened four months ago today?). The meetup was part of a loosely-organized monthly gathering for PBR drinking, which I am glad to see has elevated itself so that PBR is not the only beverage available. While hanging around noshing on post-dinner snacks the power in Midtown flickered, and then at some point went out for good. The power was still out when I decided to cash in my virtual chips and head home (I had a very early wakeup call on Saturday), where I thankfully had power.
Good to see everyone again and good to have beer better than the Miller High Life that I brought with me (what can I say, I just can’t be like everyone else).
Next Week, Or So They Say
On Saturday I rode out to Rutledge, GA (in a car) with my buddy John (aka HamWithCam) where we shot some sunflowers. We were more than a little dismayed to see that the sunflower farm was far from its peak (and they still charged us $10 each in order to shoot). The proprietors contend that they planted so that the farm would be at its peak for next weekend’s Sunflower Farm Festival. I have my doubts, but they are the professionals. Expect to see me milk the photos I took there all week for the ITP Flickr Pic section.
On the way back we three wisemen (we were joined by our buddy Dave) stopped in Stockbridge to eat “brunch” at Waffle House and the make our way to Conyers to check out the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. Will miracles never cease…
Saturday night was a waste as I caught up on all of the sleep, and then some, that I didn’t get the night before.
I Think Being Single Has Been Detrimental To My Property
Much like exercising it is so easy to blow off house projects when you are single and not relying on, nor being pushed by, another person. I have a bad habit of thinking that I need to accomplish tasks in an entire day, when in reality I could chip away at projects for days/weeks and make progress. Why must I remove an entire gigantic holly bush at once? I don’t eat a large pizza at once, do I? Okay, bad example.
I did manage to clean my shower yesterday, however I must admit that once my cleaning dried I noticed that there is much soap-scum that I still need to tackle. Oh, and I managed to chip away at my enormous unlistened/unwatched podcast collection all day Sunday. Aw shit, who am I kidding, that’s just my equivalent to watching television.
I Have $100 Virtual Amazon Dollars In My Pocket
On Saturday my two $50 Amazon gift cards arrived in the post. These cards were “earned” by spending an enormous amount of money with my credit card company and converting my “points” into “prizes.” With $100 “free” my mind is spinning with the possibilities. I’m sure the one that will benefit most from my possession of Amazon gift cards is Amazon because I’m sure to spend much more when using these.
Speaking of having credits…. My Audible (an Amazon-owned company) had reached it’s maximum accrual of six credits. [Side Note: I think it’s bullshit that after my account accrues six credits I still get charged monthly without accruing more credits!] Now that I am two-thirds the way through Genius : The Life and Science of Richard Feynman I decided to use one of my six credits to get another book. [Side Note: I chose and downloaded In Defense Of Food : An Eater’s Manifesto] It’s a damn good thing that I used up one of my six credits because the very next day my account cycled and I was charged my monthly fee and given another credit — which as I’ve mentioned I would not have gotten had I not spent one of my credits on Saturday night!
C’mon Amazon, you’ve owned and operated Audible for about two years it’s time to drop this six-credit limit bullshit. And while you’re at it please strip all of your files of their DRM (digital “rights” management) like you did with your music.
I Should Probably Buy Amazon Stock (AMZN)
I just thought about this. In addition to Amazon these are the companies from which I currently make many purchases:
All of these have been purchased by Amazon in recent years. I should either buy stock in Amazon or try and figure out how to start an internet company which Amazon will buy.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though I had planned to run today and that’s not going to happen
Current Music – listening to one of Wolf Parade’s last concerts; this was recorded at this year’s Sasquatch Festival. Related: I’m going to miss Wolf Parade.
Website Of The Day – (I should remember to fill this in as soon as I have the thought “Neat, I should use that for my Website Of The Day.” While I have some backlogged on my list of websites to highlight, I had a website I was going to use today and now can’t think of it. Well, I can’t remember my original pick so I’ll take plan “B”.) Have a great invention idea but are missing the components needed to complete the project? Check Inventables as they carry many electrical/computer components which can be used to inventing the Next Big Thing — perhaps it’ll even be good enough to be purchased by Amazon.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Wednesday
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 – 21
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