They Say The Mind Is The First Thing To Go

Then mine must have gone a long time ago. Amidst the dreaming of beer followed by my admission of fear, and then the plummeting of the stock market I completely forgot that yesterday marked the seventh “anniversary” of the day on which I was held up at gunpoint, the Jackmobile earned its name, and the day I had a reason to start yelling at the world via a binary log (aka “blog”, which didn’t start for another two months after the “incident.” Oddly, for the first time in seven years I realized that the blog started exactly two months after the carjacking.).

I Have Enough Beer To Support Whatever Happens This Week
Some uncertainty exists in my life. I’m planning on heading to Lake Hartwell with a growler (more on these later today, see the “Coming Soon” announcement below) of beer to bring and share. Events may change my plans, but regardless I’ll be filling my belly with beer this week — weight be damned!

Last night I swung buy Hop City Beer & Wine and stood in line to buy two growlers of Monday Night Brewing‘s beer. While never a Boy Scout I was prepared with a cooler full of ice into which I packed the two growlers for the trip home. At home I made myself the pasta dinner I’ve been craving since last Friday and cracked open the growler of Scotch Ale; both food and ale were quite satisfying.

ITP Flickr Pic
Well, I thought that I’d have something to show today but I didn’t like the way the uploads looked and I was unable to edit them using Flickr’s Picnik editor. So I deleted them.

Reason Number “n + 1” Why I Need A Significant Other
For three weeks I’ve thought that I’ve been going insane (No, this is not about the still-missing USB flash drives). On rare occasion the vision out of the outer corner of my right eye became obscured and no matter how hard I tried to fix it I couldn’t. My vision was obscured by a hair, which I deemed to either be a wayward eyelash or a long side-burn hair.

Yesterday I caught a glimpse of myself in a bathroom mirror and was shocked to find an inch-long blond/white hair growing out of my face from my cheek! What the fuck? How had this one hair manage to miss the razor blade as well as go unnoticed the innumerable times I’ve searched for it during the past three weeks? Apparently the hair’s color was so slight and it had the uncanny ability to lay flat on my face, that’s how.

I seriously believe that if I had a girlfriend/wife in my life she would have noticed this immediately and pointed it out…

What’s The Point Of Having A “Weather Radio” App If It Misses This?
As I sat at my computer last night I was startled to witness darkness quickly roll in and see a massive thunderstorm follow quickly. After all, I have a weather radio app on my iPhone which is supposed to, but didn’t, alert me to this sort of weather change. Make that I had a weather radio app on my iPhone. As I tried for find out weather information using the app it failed miserably. Over the past few years I’ve become committed to keeping the things which work in my life and tossing the rest to the curb (or the virtual trashcan in this case).

Weather forecasts call for more severe storms later today. You can call me “Paulie, the human weather radio”.

Coming Soon!
I’m hoping to have time today to craft my first “Stuck On The Connector” post in a long time. It will be about beer growlers. Look in this feed for it…

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – uncertain
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – They say that during tough economic times the sale of alcohol rises. So why not make ice cream with beer like the guys behind Frozen Pints. No, I’m not kidding. In fact I just remembered that I had that Guinness ice cream at The Fred a few weeks ago and it was quite tasty.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – stair climbing, 12 flights
Morning Weigh-In – not today

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 24 flights

Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)

Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 8

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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20 Responses to They Say The Mind Is The First Thing To Go

  1. Stacy Fox says:

    Awww man! And here I was hoping for picture of the growlers! I have yet to see them. 🙂

  2. Sorry. 🙁

    Funny coincidence last night, apparently the hash ended at Rocky Mountain Pizza — the same place I recommended that you go get pizza. Had you done so you would have unwittingly run into the hash.

  3. Barb says:

    I have been underwhelmed by Rocky Mountain Pizza in the past – it is good for the hash price (which is quite cheap) but didn’t think it was all that awesome over all.

    hey Stacy – we went to the Norcross Station last night for dinner – it is a cool old train depot – food was only okay. I think I want to go there during the day sometime, it was a little dark to see all the stuff on the walls. I think there is plenty that would be very interesting to read & see.

    We got no rain in Norcross or Marietta last night.

    I’ve GOT to go to Chambodia to get my oil changed, I may do that today, or this week for sure.

  4. Lest you think I was blowing smoke about the sales of alcohol rising in tough times my buddy Chad just linked to this article backing my assertion.

  5. Martha says:

    Good, I’m glad your ‘anniversary’ slipped your mind…no need to remember and dwell on those types of events.

    Those storms were crazy…they just sort of showed up, I didn’t know it was even suppose to rain. I had a downspout come down the other day, doubt I’ll have time to mess with it until the weekend. I’d ask Jerry but….

    I have those silly hairs show up from time to time, Jerry never notices and when I point one out to him, he just complains that I’m finding fault, be careful what you wish for 😉

    Just popping in for a quick hello, it looks like another long & busy day here.

  6. Stacy Fox says:

    I saw that on Davy’s page, Paulie! (about the pizza place) Almost mentioned it after your comment on his page this morning. Too funny. I guess all the gods out there were focused on getting people their pizza yesterday.

    You should come to the T4T hash tonight – I bet even with your hip problems, you can handle something like this.

    Barb: Norcross Station – you went with your friends from out of town you were talking about? Cool! That’s a bummer that the food was just “ok” though. I’ve been there on lunch before and it’s been really good! Hopefully you got a chance to go across the street to Iron Horse Tavern: they have margaritas there in pretty much any flavor you can imagine.

  7. Steve says:

    AS I rolled home on the bus, I wondered how hot it was and pulled up the Weather Channel… 80.. WTF? Apparently, the far Southside got a considerable storm and over half an inch of rain. There was plenty of debris on the road and the giant metal chicken we have (which I just decided needs a name) was laying down. The storms later in the evening, while getting close enough to scare the dogs, only gave us a glancing blow.

    I figure your app only repeats NWS alerts and I never saw any reported last night.


  8. Stacy Fox says:

    Oooh! A Name That Chicken contest!

  9. Jenka says:

    I agree with Martha, I once had a pretty significant hair on my face and David never noticed. Truthfully, I’m glad about that, if he had noticed it probably meant it was REALLY obvious!

    I love the Station restaurant in Norcross! Very, very rarely do I ever get OTP, but every Sept there’s a British car show in the square there and we always go to the Station. They give you soda in a BUCKET.

  10. Jenka says:

    Also: I always thought the word “blog” morphed from “web log,” because we’re too lazy to say two whole words. Hunh!

  11. Barb says:

    Andy (my cousin) had to get up really early this moring to get to the golf course to start setting up stuff, so he wasn’t in to bar hopping last night. So, if he gets done at a decent hour any time later this week, we just might go check the Iron Horse out.

    okay- I can’t resist – can we name it Leigh Ann?

  12. Stacy Fox says:

    Heehee! That’d be perfect. Hey, if you’re gonna name Leigh Ann “Chicken,” it only makes sense to name Chicken “Leigh Ann.” *grin*

  13. Steve says:

    Thanks Barb… when you make me laugh out loud and my co-workers ask what’s so funny. There just isn’t a way to explain it.

    That the chicken doesn’t have a name hasn’t bothered me until now.. all of our other “animals” have names.. some multiple names.

  14. Debbie says:

    It’s not a chicken; it’s a ROOSTER… city boy. And he does need a name; a boy name.

  15. Barb says:

    Rufus the Rooster.

  16. Haha, you have all been a busy bunch this morning. I saw twelve, now fifteen, comments and though I’d accidentally pulled up yesterday’s blog.

    While I stand corrected on the word’s origin:

    The term “weblog” was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, “blog,” was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used “blog” as both a noun and verb (“to blog,” meaning “to edit one’s weblog or to post to one’s weblog”) and devised the term “blogger” in connection with Pyra Labs’ Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms.[8]

    (stolen from Wikipedia)

    I’m still going to look for why I always thought that the term derived from “binary log” — must be the programmer in me.

  17. Debbie says:

    I like Rufus and if we ever get a chicken it can be Leigh Ann for sure.

  18. Martha says:

    Looks like last night’s storms took out the McCarthy Hall cottage in Warm Springs. That area has really taken some hits this year.

    I think we will be heading down that way next month. Jerry and a friend are going to do a 50K at Pine Mountain in Oct (I think I’m going to skip this one and save myself for PM 40) and we need to get some training runs in. Anyone know what the condition of the trails is? I was down a while back and it looked like some may still be closed/blocked.

  19. Stacy Fox says:

    You know, it still bugs the bejeebers out of me that your big quotes only do an open quote and not a close one. Can you not fix that already please? 🙂

  20. Haha, if only I could Stacy.

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