Well, That Was A Weekend, I Suppose

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

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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15 Responses to Well, That Was A Weekend, I Suppose

  1. Barb says:

    well – my bike ride on Saturday in Savannah had plenty of photo ops, well, if you like old cemetaries. We (myself & a local Savannah hasher Ackward Thrust) rode all over the Boneventure Cementary – that is one big old cemetary. We didn’t get as much reccying done, but had a nice ride and I think we have a really good idea of how the Wheelhopper wil work at InterAm.

    Then – went to the Black Sheep trail test run for InterAm. First – if you like swamps, you will love this trail. Let’s just say it was a tough trail. I realized later how brilliant I was to bimbo (riding around all morning in the heat & humidity, and lots of swamp convinced me, but you who know me, know it doesn’t take much). One brilliant (or dumbass) hasher told us at the start he had forgotten his Epi pen & he’s allergic to bees – you know where this is going – right? First ambulance called. Another fairly new hasher I guess doesn’t know what a hard trail in swamp is like, bad case of exhaustion/dehydration – second ambulance called. Trail took forever to get everyone in, lots of very tired hashers, & not enough snacks. By the time they finally got around to circle, most of the Savannah hashers had left, either to just go home, or to go to the hospitals to find their friends. I can only handle biting flies & mosquites for so long, I was so over it by the time we left.

    but – hanging out with everyone the rest of the weekend was a great time.

  2. Yowza! I was just about to ask you what the ambulance talk on Facebook was about.

    Watching Saturday’s USAPCC coverage now. Thanks Jeebus for DVRs. So. Many. Commercials! Good to see such a large crowd atop Swan Neck, but I’ll never understand the bozos who are compelled to run along with the riders.

  3. I should also add that procrastination was my friend this weekend. The only reason I was able to go to the theatre on Saturday night was because I never moved the season tickets for Theatrical Outfit from my messenger bag to the folder at work in which I keep my event tickets. Had I made the transition I would have had to driven all the way to the office to fetch my ticket, and the way I was feeling this weekend that was probably not going to happen.

  4. Martha says:

    My weekend started out great and then fell flat on its face (or maybe ass in my case) by Sunday.

    Even though I was feeling ‘better’ after last week’s fall, I decided not to attempt the Summer Shade 5k Saturday morning. Instead, I packed Nibbles and Logan into the car and drove up to watch. I think running would have been eaiser than trying to heard those two, Logan wanted to play with every dog we passed, Nibbles wanted to fight…we stuck around long enough for Jerry to get his award and went home. The rest of the day was spent wandering the festival, meeting friends & drinking beer. We made it back home about 10pm.

    I woke up Sunday barely able to move. I spend most of yesterday on the couch, I finished reading ‘The Help’ and caught up on the latest Wilfred. That was it…god, I hate not doing anything. I feel a little better today but I’m going to have to force myself to take it easy for most of this week.

  5. Barb says:

    I watched all the bike coverage last night, was very disappointed to not see Master Bait & Tackle – Allan’s mom & about 20 other folks were in Henney to cheer, and Steve – yes, she saw you wave to her.

    but – the Road ID commericals with Bobke are funny.
    I was really disappointed for Christian, he really needs to win something.

    We also had a virgin that we wanted to name Hero Boy, or Boy Scout something, he helped one older hasher by going back into the swamp with water & then helping him get out, then he helped get the dehydrated girl (who was not a small skinny thing) into the car to get her to the ambulance – the field we were in, the ambulance wouldn’t drive up into. But – Savannah has a “rule” you can not get named until 5 runs. I thought hashing had no rules? πŸ˜‰

  6. Hope you are rallying back, Martha. I spent a lot of the weekend belching — hopefully only because of the food I prepared for myself on Saturday and ate both days.

    In hashing?

  7. bob says:

    I should have called you yesterday Paulie, we were in your hood. Went to the festival than wanted to go to Fox Bros. for dinner. Ended up at the Yacht club instead because of the crowd at Fox Bros.

  8. I can imagine that Fox Bros was a zoo yesterday. It’s bad enough when they are not celebrating their anniversary.

  9. Steve says:

    I’m back home and glad to be on real oxygen again!! Barb, I was on the lookout and thought I spotted Mary, but wasn’t 100% sure… I only waved to about a gizillion people along the course. I have a decent picture of the Master Bait and Tackle sign and will try to upload it. The crowds at the finish in Denver yesterday were AMAZING. All those finishes in Alpharetta or downtown had nothing on this- and only a first year event.

    A hasher who needs and epi-pen and doesn’t have one? Not bright…

    Back in the orifice tomorrow…


  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Steve, did they let you keep one of those sign-in boards? πŸ™‚

  11. Barb says:

    yes Steve – we wanted to name him Dumbass, but he was at the hospital, and he wasn’t up to 5 hashes yet anyway.

    Those crowds did seem pretty amazing.

  12. bets says:

    Hey–Martha forgive me for my cryptic text to you on saturday. My neighbor Greg thought he’d heard your name called at the 5k. So I assumed that if you ran, you placed. That’s the confidence I have in you. Maybe he heard the name “Mr. Laura Hall.” Hope you are feeling better!

  13. Jenka says:

    Betsy, actually there was a runner there who got an award who was also named Laura Hall! The announcer called the name and we were all, “WTF?” Then Laura went over to her and introduced herself. It was funny.

  14. Martha says:

    Oh Bets, forgive me for not getting your crypitic text…having two phones is killing me.

    Actually, I was a little confussed as well. Believe it or not, there were two Laura Halls registered for the race. The other is a ‘few’ years youger than me. I saw Greg at the finish line, I hope he didn’t think I look like that after running a 5K????

  15. At least Jerry went home with the correct Laura Hall. πŸ™‚

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