It was a rather strange weekend, one which had the makings of being great but in the end fell flat on its face.
My Belt Line Is Too Large, Atlanta’s BeltLine Is Not Large Enough
I met some friends at 7am at Majestic Diner to eat some breakfast before we parked cars and went out for a ride on the Atlanta BeltLine.
But first we had a delay as we had to wait for a locksmith to come out and unlock one of our cars (not the Jackmobile). After seeing how easy it was for the locksmith to pry open the driver-side door and insert a long finger-like rod into the crease created and used it to push the unlock button on the door on the inside, I wonder why I even bother to lock mine.
Once on bikes we jumped onto the BeltLine in the Old Fourth Ward (now the former neighborhood of ITP-Readers Beth and Brenan as I found out this weekend) and rode northward because it was assumed that more of that region has been completed. We made our way under Freedom Parkway and saw the new small skateboard park (there is supposedly a big park around there somewhere, right?). As we crossed North Avenue we were stopped and told that the BeltLine was closed, and were told to get onto the roads and pick it up again on the other side of Ponce de Leon Avenue. We got to the part where it was supposed to resume but found no resumption, so we rode roads to Piedmont Park and picked up the trail there. Well, I thought we picked up the trail there, as it turned out we road another new trail until we found another interruption of the trail at Monroe Drive. At that point we turned around and rode back to our cars. I never saw anything along the way which compelled me to take a photograph. I hope that work on connecting all of the sections gets done quickly, because until the trail is one, connected trail it’s fairly useless.
After riding we three decided to eat an early lunch at an Inman Park restaurant called Victory Sandwich. Located in the former Johnny’s Pizza location on Elizabeth Street, Victory Sandwich specializes in gourmet half-sandwiches. I had a BBLT (? bacon lettuce and tomato) and a Reuben, both of which were quite tasty.
After lunch we caravanned to the corner of North and Highland Avenues where I consumed a banana puddin’ King of Pops popsicle.
Go See “The Green Book”
If you like live theater, can handle thematic plays, and want to support an Atlanta theatre performing a play by an Atlanta playwright then you need to get yourself downtown to Theatrical Outfit to see “The Green Book.”
“The Green Book” is about a negro-targeted travel guide produced in the days before integration. The play focuses on one Missouri family listed within the book and the events which transpire over a few days in the 1950s. For the most part the play is very well acted though I think one or two of the performers seem to be an odd casting.
The play’s run has been extended until September 25th and I encourage you to venture downtown and get cultured.
Sunday, Lazy Sunday
The initial plan was an early morning bike ride followed by an appearance at the Grant Park Summer Shade festival. That plan fell through when I experienced some body problems which convinced me that stressing my body was a bad idea.
The secondary plan was to goof off until noon, head up to Virginia-Highland and see about getting a haircut, and then eat some lunch at Fox Bros BBQ. That plan fell apart when I decided to make yesterday a vegetarian day and subsequently found out that this was the fourth anniversary of Fox Bros BBQ and they were having festivities all weekend long.
I started watching yesterday’s stage of la Vuelta a España.
I tried reading, and fell asleep.
I started playing Angry Birds, and after playing for a long time yesterday trying to perfect each level, I deleted the game from all of my devices. Life is too short to be spent playing a video game.
I spent the reset of the evening finishing off the watching of “The Fall and Ride of Reginald Perrin” before calling it a night sometime around 11:00pm.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – Catching up on Colorado. Even though I know the outcome I’m catching up on the USA Pro Cycling Challenge because I no longer have Versus at home. (Boy, what a TV hog that ITP-Reader Steve is — I just saw him again!)
Website Of The Day – Can’t place that music you hear while watching TV or a movie? Check out TuneFind to see if someone has identified if for you.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday = bike riding, 7 miles
Morning Weigh-In – 206 pounds last Wednesday, no one knows what this Wednesday will bring
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 62.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 72 flights
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 3
Carnivorous Days – 25
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