Welcome To My New Trash Day

No, not this blog. Today is my new City of Atlanta trash pickup day; twelve years and now they go and change my day… However, as a bonus someone has already picked up the clothing that was still in the road last night. When I arrived home someone had already claimed the flip-flops.

Cooking At Home
I don’t cook much at home any longer (let’s just say it’s because of the plumbing and my dislike for cooking for one). That’s what made my decision to stop off at the Sage Hill Kroger (hey folks, those fruit trees at the parking lot’s edge are bearing many fruit and people are already starting to pick them) for a little eye-candy appetizer and to pick up some things for dinner. Don’t get the idea that I whipped up some sort of four-star spread last night, no, instead I bought some flatbread and mozzarella cheese so that I could make a “pita pizza” a one-time staple of my life. To my pleasure I found that the flatbread I purchased fit perfectly into the tray of my toaster oven so I didn’t have to warm the entire cavity of my oven in order to make my meal. Given how hard my air conditioner has to work just in order to get my house down to a bearable temperature (it’s a good thing I don’t crave cold temperatures) not having to heat up my inefficient hot-box was a great thing.

As an aside, while I haven’t been cooking I did decide to purchase Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It: And Other Kitchen Projects as a Kindle book yesterday. It’s part of something coming up soon that I’ll reveal at week’s end (oooooh, suspense….).

One of the reasons I was able to cook at home last night was because I once again decided to skip driving up to Roswell for the monthly Roswell Photographic Society meeting. This makes eight consecutive month that I’ve missed the meeting (in part because of the accident and recovery) and has me considering not renewing my $25 membership renewal at the end of the year.

Strange Circles
No, not crop circles…
No, not Google+ Circles… (at least not this time)

Yesterday I logged onto Facebook and joined into the the meme which is hitting it now. Perhaps you’ve seen it, it’s the “You know you’re from [INSERT YOUR TOWN NAME HERE] because?”. I started reading the meme for Dunedin, Florida, the town in which I attended high school and got caught up. In one of the comment threads peopler were talking about the “most famous” person from Dunedin and the name Michael Clemons (who I’m sure I’ve mentioned here) — a gu I went to school with who went on to play briefly in the NFL before starring in the Canadian Football League, and a mention of “that Space Ghost guy.”

Though I’ve fallen out of contact with my friends Stac(e)y and Andy since the birth of their child a few years ago I’ve known them since I moved to Atlanta. For the longest time Andy was a writer and voice actor (Brak) on Space Ghost Coast to Coast and I’m pretty sure that I even met George Lowe at one point or another. If only I had known…

ITP Flickr Pic
This was not the shot that I had intended to show today. I really like it, but it’s getting no love on Flickr so I thought I’d show it today.
It’s all about the details…

Not Cooking At Home Tonight
Instead I’m going to meet up and play trivia with my friend Katherine’s (aka “Saddle Sores”) team at the Mellow Mushroom in Northlake. I’m interested to see how my value as a trivia player diminishes since I no longer partake in the things that most of society does these days (see also: watch main-stream television, give a shit about “celebrities”, listen to pop music, etc). Regardless my focus tonight is to eat some pizza, meet some new people, and try to have a good time.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, I need to start producing
Current Music – listening to this week’s MacCast podcast
Website Of The Day – While I’ve not jumped onto the Spotify bandwagon many people seem to think it’s great.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – tomorrow

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 – 1

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

August Goals
– “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

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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11 Responses to Welcome To My New Trash Day

  1. Martha says:

    I always seem to have a bit of trouble with the question “where are you from”. I usually say Indiana, I lived in that state longer than any other, though I think in the end Georgia will take over. Of course the question gets a little stickier when asked what town in Indiana. I’ve lived in Speedway (yes, that Speedway), Indy, West Newton, Logansport, Delphi/Brookston (really neither we lived in BFE) & Lafatette/West Lafayette. Again ususally end up saying Delphi, I lived there the longest (5 years) and that’s where I went to high school. The most famous person from Delphi would be Richard “Dick The Bruiser” Afflis. Most of us are too young to remember him playing football or most of his wrestling career.

    My current go-to meal when I don’t feel like cooking, black bean tacos…easy, one-pot, toss on some pico and avacado it’s a pretty decent meal.

    My knee is doing better, it was good enough last night for me to hit the gym, thankfully deadlifts and burpees aren’t too hard on the knees.

  2. Though I lived in New York for only the first third(ish) of my life (thirteen years to be exact) I still refer to myself as a “New Yorker.” My brother (who we all met yesterday) is a lifer, and if not for the fact that my parents moved me to Florida I’d probably be as well. Sadly, I have no drive to move back there.

  3. Harumph! Just realized that “INSERT YOUR TOWN NAME HERE” wasn’t showing up because I used angled-brackets instead of square-brackets and the browser thought I’d inserted some funky HTML tag.

  4. Steve says:

    Martha, were you a wanted criminal? I’m not sure I could remember all those locations…

    Since I’ve only lived in Atlanta 44 years, I guess that would be, and always is my answer. I’d say folks from Newnan don’t think of themselves as part of Atlanta, but if it weren’t for Atlanta, Newnan would be little more than a wide spot in the road… OK, a bit more, but not much.

    Trivia at MM Northlake brings back fond memories.. I was telling the tale of “Adam’s Garden of Eatin” just the other day. Wonder where he is….


  5. Barb says:

    Since my parents still live in the same house that they bought almost 50 years ago, I don’t have to even think about where I’m from.
    and yes – I’ve read thru all those Cedar Rapids posts, it has been fun trying to remember some of the places mentioned.
    I’d have to say the 2 most famous people I know of from Cedar Rapids both went to my high school – Kurt Warner (Superbowl MVP for those of you who don’t follow football) and Zach Johnson (golfer who won the Masters a few years back). Tehy are both younger than me. It does make me wonder if anyone older made it “big”.

  6. I wonder about “Adam” as well, Steve. And I miss Adam’s Garden of Eatin and the Chinese buffet which was across the street from it, where we’d all meet up on Federal Holidays for lunch, as well.

  7. Oh, and today is Sanitary Not’s (aka “ITP-Reader Randy’s mother”, “ITP-Reader Lisa’s mother-in-law”, “She who convinced me to try hashing”) birthday. I don’t think that she is ITP-Reader Jean, but if I’m wrong, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Sani!”

  8. Steve says:

    I just did a little sluthing to see if I could track down Adam and thought I was on to something when I found a similarly named place in Jacksonville, but located a picture of the owner, but no. Unless he’s lost a hundred pounds, and 25 years!

    Happy Birthday Sani!!

  9. Martha says:

    Steve, those are only my Indiana locations, there are multiple locations within Indy and Logansport, they do not include Chula Vista, Great Lakes and a bit of time in London and Corfu. Plus I’ve had 5 residences since moving to Atlanta, my current house is the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere, 9.5 years. Funny thing is most of the childhood moving had little to do with my Dad being in the Navy.

  10. Jenka says:

    I don’t even have to look, I know for a fact that not a single famous person came out of my itty bitty, rural town in Massachusetts. Heck, even if I included the 3-town school system, the only somewhat famous person was a dude who killed 3 people in 1987. And even him I’m pretty sure no one would know of. Guess I’ll have to be the famous one, better get on it! Heh.

  11. I was going to save this until tomorrow, but if you’d like to see where I spent my first thirteen years go here ->


    And though you probably couldn’t create a business named this today I played sports for the Dwarf Giraffe Athletic League when I was a child (in addition to playing for St. Mel’s Catholic school, which I did not attend).

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