…try, try again. Only this time try to fail less.
That was this morning’s mantra as I dragged my ass out of bed and tried another run this morning. I didn’t fare much better than on Monday, but I’m trying. Martha, you’re the queen of Garmin, how do I use lap/interval timers so that I can know exactly when I walk and when I “run”?
Oh That Old 9-To-5
After yesterday’s long day of meetings I was looking forward to heading home and then going out to 529 for the first time.
My first obstacle was traffic — which was horrible. In fact, traffic was so bad that I turned around and made it all the way into the Taco Mac parking lot before talking myself off of the ledge. I fought my way home and rested up for what I knew would probably be a late night.
I made it out to 529 at 9:30pm which turned out to be about thirty minutes too early for even the first band. The band I was at 529 to hear/see, Colourmusic, was billed as the second band so I stuck around. Colourmusic took the stage sometime around 11:00pm (if I remember correctly) which meant that there was no way that I’d be sticking around for the entire evening’s events. 529 is a cool little venue with a sound system which can produce loud music. Colourmusic was loud — in fact I thought of coining a new term “woud” which should be used when you think “wow, this is loud” — and after failing to find earplugs for sale I decided to watch the band from the bar room for a few songs before departing. I left around 11:30pm because I was tired, I had an early morning scheduled, and am an old man.
Finally, no matter how much I want to love East Atlanta the vibe in the neighborhood continues to haunt me. While walking past a group of three youngish males I put on my “don’t fuck with me face” and continued to walk head down when one of the three yelled something at me. Being only a block from my car I just kept walking and went home.
More Credit Card Talk
Yesterday was supposed to be a joyous day for me because it was the day after my reporting period closed for another of my credit cards and I was going to buy myself an early birthday present (which would not be too expensive because also this week I have to pay 1/4th of my auto insurance and the tag fee for the Jackmobile).
I have been eyeing a new stereo receiver for my electronic stack — not so much to replace the one that died earlier this year — but rather to get a couple of HDMI ports to which I could connect video input components. I logged onto only to find the one I was going to buy no longer in stock with an estimated one-to-three month wait. Dangen!
I suppose I could always go to Deals.Woot! and buy myself a refurbished 1080p projector… Naaaaah.
While in my day-long meeting word came out that Netflix was changing its offerings and/or raising its prices immediately, or on September 1st for current subscribers. The price increase would be from $9.99/month to $15.99/month for shipping dvds and streaming, cheaper ($7.99/month?) if you choose exclusive dvd shipping or streaming.
Normally there would be no hesitation for me to either cancel my subscription, or change to the streaming-only option. However I’ve been underwhelmed with Netflix’s streaming options. If I had to guess I’d guess that no more than 20% of the content I have in my queue is available to be streamed. Not exactly “bang for my buck.”
I guess that I should also admit that I’ve been a bit bitter with Netflix since I screwed up by deciding not to buy their stock when it was in the mid-$40s. When I first started to track Netflix their stock jumped into the $60s and I declared that I had missed the “opportunity” to buy. Yesterday Netflix’s stock closed around $295(!). Miss opportunity much? Had I invested, admittedly I might not have resisted the urge to sell much earlier that its current price, I would have easily made enough money to repair the plumbing and hire a landscaping service. I keep waiting for Netflix to tumble, but it just continues to baffle me by rising.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – tired
Current Music – nothing as I wait for today’s Tour de France stage to begin
Website Of The Day – And now for something completely different — Best Week Ever’s Fifty Photos of Hounds Running. Funny stuff.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – shit, today is Wednesday and I completely forgot! I’m fairly certain that I’ve not lost any weight since last week.
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 – 11
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– “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
– 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