Not Made In China

Today I received an email “alerting” me that someone in China had registered a Chinese top-level domain for Further, I was instructed that if I wanted to “protect my brand” that I should contact the address provided. SPAM much? Hey, if you can make ten times what I’ve made from since I started blogging then more power to you! (btw, 10 x $0.00 = $0.00)

Lavanderia And Dinner Night, Done Slightly Differently
Last night I did my laundry at what has become my “regular” lavanderia — the one near the corner of Buford Hwy and Chamblee Tucker Road (next to Las Tortas Locas). Feeling fatter-than-I-want-to-be I was going to try and abstain from eating dinner. However, by the time that my laundry was done I had hunger.

I was really in the mood for a Banh Mi sandwich, and though the ones at Dac Biet are good, I prefer those at Lee’s Bakery. So I did what any sane individual would do, I loaded my laundry into my car and pulled into the shopping center containing Lee’s. Even though Yelp said that Lee’s was closed, it was indeed open and I ate a fantastic Banh Mi sandwich.

Speaking of restaurant closures, does anyone know if Havana Grill (one of the two “Havana” restaurants that emerged after the burning of the original Havana Sandwich Shop) on Buford Hwy has closed?

ITP Flickr Pic
I tried to take a photo as if I were swimming upstream.
Road Block
Verdict? Minor success.

Sadly I didn’t get around to shooting photos last night. I need to elevate my shooting. My competitive juices are flowing because my friends are taking far superior shots…

A Stopped Watch Is Right Twice A Day, But Rarely When You Look At It
The watch I wore for about eighteen months had its battery die back during the ice/snow in January (I believe I blogged about it then). Since then I tried to replace the battery myself but didn’t get the right tool, and have thrown it into the Jackmobile’s glove box so that I can take it to get fixed.

A watched pot never boils and an unseen watch never gets fixed.

Today I put the broken watch on my wrist (in an attempt to remind myself to get it fixed) and out of habit have already “checked the time” twice since then. In case you are wondering, it was 3:45 each time I checked. 😉

WordPress 3.2 Is Fucking With My Head
Last night I updated to WordPress 3.2. Many, is this update fucking with my head. First, they’ve changed the default font for everything. This alone is enough to drive my sense of change insane. I just noticed that they’ve removed the “New Post” button that I used every day in order to write this blog.

I’m sure that this release is “better” than those which preceded it, but it’s going to take me some time to get used to. (see also: why an impromptu furniture rearrangement causes me to appear as if I don’t like it.)

Hmmm, I wonder if the backup plugin will work with this release. I sure hope so…

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – confused
Current Music – silence as I await Versus shoring of today’s Tour de France stage
Website Of The Day – Want more Tour de France? Go to Cycling Fans. WARNING: Make sure you go to the PLURAL version because Cycling Fan seems to be some sort of link farm which knew that I was logged in to Facebook and started some popup procedure. I killed my browser manually making sure that the website could not install anything nefariously.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing, though I wish I had done something last night or this morning
Morning Weigh-In – if it’s not Wednesday I’m not stepping on that damn scale

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 – 1
Carnivorous Days – 5

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

July Goals
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Buy a bicycle and start riding again
– 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

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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17 Responses to Not Made In China

  1. Martha says:

    I would imagine the S group was much easier to photograph than the elite runners.

    I remember the watch, I think we may have discussed it while hanging out at Holy Taco. If nothing else my time off gave me the chance to get little stuff like that done. So annoying. Make a point of getting it fixed, even if you have to spend a little more at a watch shop instead of doing it yourself, you’ll feel much better.

    Well I started work yesterday, went in at 3, left at 4:30…today I’m telecommuting. To be honest I was sort of looking forward to ‘going to the office’ for a change, but my office is no where near ready for me. Did I mention I’ll be back at Corporate Square, one building over from where I worked 6 years ago.

  2. Yeah, it stopped that day we hung out at Holy Taco. I put it on my wrist and am planning on going over to the mall to have a professional replace the battery.

    Congrats on getting back to work. Corporate Square is not bad. I wish that my office was still on the other side of North Druid Hills from there.

  3. Vic says:

    I was wondering the same thing about Havana Grille. It looks closed to me. That’s a shame, because I wanted both places to make it. I guess my ropa vieja lunch once every 2 months was not enough to keep them in business. Who knew?
    Hey Martha! Welcome to Corporate Square! I’m in Bldg 11. My GF’s program(CDC) is moving out of Bldg 12 (moving to Clifton campus) this month and then my program will be moving into Bldg 12. I like it here.

  4. Steve says:

    So Martha, which of the two jobs is this?

    Yesterday’s stage was a holy crash fest and for no good reason except for narrow roads and everyone trying to get to the front. U.G.L.Y.


  5. Yesterday’s stage proved that for the most part if you want to stay out of the wrecks you need to ride toward the front. The only guy who had real bad luck was the guy who had the incident with the motorcycle.

  6. Steve says:

    The motor got ejected by the commisaires.. and for good reason. When you pass the peloton, you have to stop moving forward when they start to swarm you.. just become a bicycle- that guy was still trying to pass and just took that guy out. is my normal “go to” site for video, but I’m sorry to say NBC/Versus has the live video blocked pretty completely. Currently, I’m listening to the Eurosport audio feed and about to chuck it for the cyclingnews ticker.

  7. Martha says:

    Thanks Vic, I’m in Building 3 for now, but my group will be moving to Building 2 eventually. I use to work in 8 (CDC/DHAP). My drive will be a little shorter but I don’t really have the option of taking 285 home like I did when I was at Koger Center. I would love to work at Clifton again, I could ride my bike to work and the lifestyle center is just amazing.

    Steve, I took the supervisor role (technically Project Lead), just too good of an opportunity to pass up. Today I’m just trying to decipher acronyms (lord knows CDC just loves them), understand the org chart of DHAP and my group & figure out what my job will be…

  8. Barb says:

    Steve (or Paulie) – because I don’t have time to look it up – was my favorite Tom Boonen able to start today? I was so sad he crashed yesterday, he didn’t get to ride last year because of injuries, and now this. And- Allan & I were amazed at all the crashes yesterday.

    Martha – isn’t that office right near my favorite wine store/pedi/pizza place? Not convenient for oil change lunches, but maybe after work meet-ups?

  9. Steve says:

    Boonen did start today- and I was surprised. He looked really rough yesterday and finished 13:08 down to the leaders… considering how short a stage it was, I figure he just barely made the time cut.

  10. Barb, I knew that Boonen was one of your favorites which is one of the reasons I didn’t put spoilers in my updates. He did look rough and he gained more of my respect with the effort he put in not to get eliminated.

  11. Barb says:

    I’m so glad he started, it has to be so depressing for a rider to crash out. And, he is not hard on the eyes…….. and better looking than Fabian. (that comment is for Debbie)

    I take my watches to Batteries Plus – and that reminds me, I’ve got 2 with dead batteries at the house.

  12. Steve says:

    There is no shame in crashing out, or not making the time cut because of a crash, but not making the time cut because you can’t cut the mustard… sad.

    And you have to say it he way Debbie says it… Faaaaabian. (ahhhhh).

    hi honey. 😉

  13. I remember you recommending Batteries Plus. Given my circumstance it’s easier for me to wander over to Perimeter Mall than it is to drive to a Batteries Plus.

    Additionally I can eat crappy mall food from the foodcourt, and lust after new hardware at the Apple Store or Dunwoody moms with their daughters.

  14. It’s raining at the end of today’s stage. This could be interesting…

  15. Martha says:

    Yes Barb, it isn’t far from my new office. Not really sure what my schedule is going to be, eventually they want 50% of the contract telecommuting…not sure how that will play out for me. But I would be up for it soon as I figure stuff out.

  16. Barb says:

    Martha – I’ve got a week or two before I need a pedi again…… we’ve got time.

  17. Debbie says:

    Did someone say Faaaaabian?!? By far the best looking rider in the Tour 😉

    I just spent 3 hours at the dentist where getting two fillings replaced morphed into full blown oral surgery to remove a piece of stainless steel used to inject anesthesia from my jaw bone. I can now see why some people are afraid of the dentist. I suspect my jaw is going to hurt like hell when the numbness fades in the next couple of hours. Joy, joy.

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