Though yesterday was a bit of a maintenance day I ended the month of July like a whirling dervish.
Friday Seems So Long Ago
Work? — Check!
Taco Mac? Check!
Drunken Unicorn to see/hear Country Mice? Check!
Home to sleep long enough to be able to meet my photog friend John in Decatur by 6:00am Saturday? Check!
The day was almost entirely great, save one tiny portion. When I pulled into the small parking lot which services many businesses including the Drunken Unicorn I had difficulty finding an open space. With only two rows from which to chose I went down one, and returned to try the other. Literally standing between me and the second row were about eight, mid-to-late-twentyish-old white people (four couples?) who, I’ll assume filled with alcoholic bravado, refused to move to allow me to drive. I stopped and sat for a second, before starting to lose my patience. The slowly started to move, and I mean slowly, so I slowly started to proceed. One couple who decided to be the biggest assholes move slower than slow. As I started to make my way through the parting of the white-hipster (actually they were more preppy than hipster) sea one guy leaned toward my passenger side and I stopped and rolled down the window. He somewhat playfully asked for $5 for parking (I’m sure he thought he was fucking hilarious. I know, I’ve done similar things in the past.) to which I said “Look man, I just don’t want to lose that open parking space.”. While getting out of my car I heard one of the girls in the group squawking about how it would have been “vehicular homicide”. What-the-fuck-ever.
ITP Flickr Pic
I like taking photos of whitewater rafting.
This shot was one of the first I took on Saturday. Little did I know it would be the only time that I’d catch someone getting launched from their raft. Only one other instance of this occurred — just after I had shot the last photo on the compact flash card that was in my camera at the time. Dangen!
Living Seventeen Hours Of A Twenty-Four Hour Day
As I mentioned I was in Decatur by 6:00am to meet with John. Upon loading gear into his vehicle we drove to Woodstock(?) to meet up with Dave. Upon loading gear into Dave’s car we were on our way to meet Jason at the Waffle House (side note: I was served by the prettiest Waffle House waitress I’ve ever seen. Admittedly this is a lot like being the thinnest kid at fat camp, but Kayla was a very attractive young woman.) to eat breakfast before making our way up to Dalton for a camera swap meet where we met up with Joe and Jim.
The swap meet this year was a bust for all but Jason who bought a fancy, old, 4×5 camera. From Dalton the six of us headed to Chick-fil-A for an early lunch. After lunch we six made our way up to Ocoee, Tennessee for a day of shooting along the river.
Much like last year we encountered some rain was we crossed from Georgia to Tennessee (through a town cleverly named “Tennga”) and I feared that we’d get washed out. Luckily like last year the weather threatened, rained a little bit, and then cleared again.
After a long day of shooting we decided to try our hand at shooting the sunset from the top of Fort Mountain State Park, though the sentiment of “Sunsets have been shot to death.” was voiced more than once.
Prior to making our way up the mountain we stopped for dinner at a small Mexican restaurant called “La Pueblito” in Chatsworth, Georgia where I had one best plates of carnitas that I’ve eaten in some time. If I ever find myself in that area around dinner time I know where I will be eating…
I arrived home again some time around 11:30pm Saturday night, with just enough energy to go to sleep.
Sunday, Laundry Sunday
If the question “What did you do yesterday?” were posed to me today the best answer I could supply would be “Laundry.” Throughout the rest of the day I talked to my brother and mother on the phone, ate at Lee’s Bakery (after one aborted attempt), and filled the Jackmobile with gasoline at a very crowded Quiktrip and puttered around the house.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though today will be an interesting day at work
Current Music – listening to this week’s “Gardenfork Radio podcast
Website Of The Day – I don’t want too many “frivolous” items these days, though I have to admit that I’d like to buy a waterproof, helmet-mounted GoPro camera (warning: website has accompanying music).
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not taken
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 – 0
Carnivorous Days – 0
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Ride my bike no fewer than 150 miles
– 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 two 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