But first, I made a disgusting omission yesterday. Yesterday was the birthday of one of my dearest friends, ITP-Reader Lisa, and I completely forgot to mention that on this here blog. Hope it was a great day and that you got to spend it with the guys you love most — and ITP-Reader Randy too. 🙂
July: Hot As Balls And Just As Useless
What should be the most joyous of months for yours truly wasn’t. The easiest culprit for my discontent was the lingering hip problems. July saw the “end” of physical therapy (more on this later), the purchasing of the next Red Rocket (which is not red), failure to return to exercising, along with a collection of problems that you’ve either read too much about or I’m not willing to share.
Yesterday’s iPhone fiasco was merely the cherry upon the top of my life’s sundae. Fortunately, early reports indicate that after spending the night in a sealed container with rice and desiccant my iPhone seems to be fully functioning again. Whew. So you now know that if I don’t answer your call (and you get sent to the new and rather blunt voicemail message I’ve set up) that it’s not an iPhone problem but rather I am ignoring you.
You know that holly bush with which I’ve been fighting all month? One of the two which make it impossible to see as I back out of my driveway? It took nearly twelve-and-a-half years but I almost got into an accident last night pulling out of my driveway. As I’ve been doing ever since moving is I looked down the street in both directions and upon seeing no cars proceeded to back up. Except yesterday as my car’s rear end passed the bushes there was a car on the street! I’m not saying the car was speeding (as many do on my small street) but it was a Corvette… An accident yesterday would have been ironic as one of the main reasons that I’ve been spending time cutting those damn things back and raising their leaf mass is to be able to see the road as I back out.
At one point yesterday I was planning my exit strategies. Because I’ve been rather displeased with my recent output I thought today might be the final InsideThePerimeter I’d ever write (and it may still be, one never knows). As I keep hearing of people my age dying, or having health issues (from which I am certainly not immune) [Did you know that tv’s Maura Tierney is 46 years old? Did you know that she had breast cancer last year?] I keep thinking that it’s time for me to put some things, mostly financial, in order. Getting old sucks, but let’s all try to get old together.
Deja Vu All Over Again
Yesterday’s doctor’s appointment was almost comical. In addition to being informed that I’ve lost a good bit of muscle mass, my doctor prescribed more physical therapy and set me up with an orthopedist. Oh, did I mention that the orthopedist I’ll be seeing during the first week of September is the same one I saw at the end of May? Huh…
My doctor warned me that the more my hip pops, the more damage it’ll do and the better chance that I’ll have an arthritic hip when I’m older. Well Hell’s Bells, there’s something to look forward to! Maybe by that time we’ll have personal jetpacks and I won’t need two healthy hips. Or maybe something else will kill me before then.
Don’t Know How Much I Want To Push Myself
There is going to be a great show tonight at The Drunken Unicorn. Second-billed is a band called Country Mice who I caught wind of via the PR firm that represents them. Normally I’d have no reticence about going out on a Friday night for a show, but I am meeting my photog friends early tomorrow morning so that we can head to a camera gear swap meet in Dalton, GA before proceeding up to the Ocoee River to do some photography up there; weather permitting (there is a 50% chance of rain for that area) tomorrow should be a great day. I think that I’ll make sure my iPhone is in a waterproof case tomorrow.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – scared shitless, if I can be perfectly honest
Current Music – the sound of me munching on a blueberry scone from Starbucks while drinking the free drink they gave me as a birthday gift.
Website Of The Day – I want you to try some music you’ve probably never listened to before — jazz, specifically the jazz made by Trombone Shorty. Oh, you’ve already heard of Trombone Shorty? Give yourself a gold star!
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – none taken
Foot Mileage – ~12.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 4
Carnivorous Days – 24
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