As Days Go Yesterday Was Definitely “Different”

The only thing that kept yesterday somewhat normal is that I didn’t ask anyone out on a date.

Fire Drill? Seriously?
Just as yesterday’s stage of la Vuelta a España was to begin (10:00am EDT) the fire alarm in our building went off. Dangen! Even with the weather being nice descending six flights of stairs, behind many people who have no clue where the stairwells are located within our building, is a chore. It just being a drill we were allowed back inside the building within twenty minutes of our evacuation and I climbed back up those six flights of stairs.

A Whole Lotta Shaking Going On
And more than just on my belly!

First there was an earthquake in southern Colorado.
Then there was an earthquake centered in Virginia.

The oddity about the latter is that I felt my office building shake briefly, “Earthquake?” entered my mind, but I assumed that it was related to something that my cubicle neighbor was doing. It wasn’t until about an hour later when I got up for a cup of afternoon coffee that I found out that I really had felt the after-affects of an earthquake.

Perhaps calling what I experienced an “earthquake” is a bit extreme, but little fell under what I consider to be normal in my life.

ITP Flickr Pic
As photos go this won’t win me any prizes. However this photo proves that ITP-Reader Steve is indeed in Colorado working the USA Cycling Challenge.
My Buddy Steve
Here we see Steve signing in Christian Vande Velde before yesterday’s departure from Salida. Pretty cool in my books.

A Whole Lotta Laundry Going On
The lavanderia was crowded last night; it was as crowded this week as it was empty last. Strange. I was able to get all of my laundry done and fought the urge to go over to Las Tortas Locas and scarf down some tacos.

With Ones Witch
As I mentioned last week I am currently reading Shopgirl. I brought my iPad into the lavanderia with me and read while waiting for my laundry to complete.

I don’t claim to be the best reader, but when I read the passage

WITH ONES WITCH, THE LIGHTING in Ray’s house goes from post office to jazz nightclub.

I had to double-back a couple of times before I realized that the passage should have read

WITH ONE SWITCH, THE LIGHTING in Ray’s house goes from post office to jazz nightclub.

Maybe if this programming gig doesn’t work out I’ll go into editing.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – listening to a “The Story” podcast from this week
Website Of The Day – My friend Maigh sent me a link to 100 Abandoned Houses. I think it’s an interesting gallery, as well as a testament to our shifting economy and neglect.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – stair climbing, 12 flights
Morning Weigh-In – 206 pounds

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 55.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 60 flights

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

Vegetarian Days – 2
Carnivorous Days – 21

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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7 Responses to As Days Go Yesterday Was Definitely “Different”

  1. Randy says:

    The Great East Coast Quake of 2011 was definitely a big topic of conversation in the office yesterday afternoon. To me at first, the slight shaking we experienced really did not warrant the amount of conversation it produced – but then again, it doesn’t happen that often around here, so it was kinda fun. The best piece of audio I heard regarding the quake was a replay of an interview on our local NPR station that was interrupted by the quake – both ends of the interview experienced the quake, but at different times. If you want to listen, look for Quake Felt in NC at:

    OK, one of our lab analytsts just let me know that his septic pump was knocked out by the earthquake, so I guess we did sustain some minor damage… 🙂

  2. Martha says:

    I’ve read your blog, better stick with the programming 🙂

    I felt nothing, I might have been in the car, driving to get a new CDC ID. It was a failed mission, for as I got about half way to the badge office I remembered they would be taking a new picture and the frizzy mess that sits on top of my head was not in a photo friendly mood yesterday.

    When I was locatated at the CDC on Clifton Road we would have to evacuated the building about once a month, even with all that practice it was a cluster fuck everytime.

  3. Barb says:

    nice screen shot of Steve…….. I realized yesterday that they are doing the coverage live, so I missed the ending. We taped the 11pm version, but of course haven’t watched it yet. Allan’s mom said they painted some interesting stuff on the road into Crested Butte – a huge pot leaf being one of them.

    no quake felt in Marietta, the news coverage of the local idiots was hilarious, you’d have thought some fo those folks were in VA the way they described it.

    Looks like Irene is going to not hit Savannah, so I guess I’m going to be reccying the Wheelhopper trail for InterAm this weekend.

  4. 😛 at you, Martha!

    I seem to be better at noticing others’ flaws than I am at my own, unless the subject matter is dating, eating, drinking, not exercising, being fat… 😉

  5. I saw the marijuana leaf on the road yesterday. I also saw a few spots where it said “UP DOG” as in the “What’s up dog?” joke. I know the riders are used to idiots running along side of them but there were spots where I was certain punches would be thrown. I’m loving these double-dose of cycling days!

    Seriously, I understand the local news business but I shake my head constantly…

  6. Huh, Mark Cavendish has abandoned the Vuelta a España.

  7. Debbie says:

    Hey, I know him!

    Good thing I dvr’d the race since Steve missed the finish. There was a sprint line 5k from the end so they had to trail the caravan to the end.

    I read between 4-5 ebooks a week and ALL of them are poorly edited. I have actually thought of trying to market editing services to the sector since they are so clearly needed.

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