Burpy McBurp-A-Lot

I’m not exactly sure why, but for the past few days I’ve been the king of burping (however, I’m no Le Pรƒยฉtomane of burping mind you). I’m going to assume that it’s related to food I’ve been eating, but as I get older I can’t eliminate the concern that there is something else wrong with me. Stay tuned… Related: I need to get more exercise.

I’m Amazed And Dismayed With Healthcare, Specifically Billing
On Saturday I received a bill in the mail from one of the medical professionals I’d been seeing to help correct the problems caused by the accident six months ago (geez, where does the time go?). The bill is not for an exorbitant amount, but it appears to be the sum of bills for services that I’ve already ready paid. Luckily I have all of the receipts for payment (wise, considering the nature of the incident which caused the bills) so there shouldn’t be an issue correcting this. But still…

I’ll Mow My Lawn When We Are Supposed To Get Rain Again
My lawn is taller than it’s supposed to be. It’s also much drier as well. The other day I considered mowing my lawn this week, but as I looked at it while walking to get my mail yesterday I noticed just how dry and brittle it currently is. Mowing it before we are supposed to get rain again (I don’t “water” my lawn) seems to be a recipe for killing it completely. Hmm, maybe that’s not all that bad of an idea. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eighty Percent There!
I’m not sure that I’ll get to my five days of vegetarianism this month, but yesterday I racked up day number four. My decision not to eat meat for the day also caused me to skip trying East Atlanta’s newest restaurant, Tomatillos.

Built in the old SouthTrust/Wachovia bank building, Tomatillos is rumored to be the resurrection of one of Atlanta’s most-beloved former restaurants, Tortillas. Early reports are coming in saying that the food is really good, but may be a bit on the expensive side for a taco/burrito joint. I’m certain that I would have been tempted by the thought of a pork taco, so it was best to avoid Tomatillos until another day if I wanted to not eat meat yesterday.

My Return To Variety Playhouse
Tonight I’ll be making one of many Fall trips to Variety Playhouse. Tonight’s show is The Hold Steady, a band I’ve seen a handful of times. Prior to the show I’ll be meeting up with my friend Mike at The Porter Beer Bar for some dinner and a drink.

I guess I’ll have to wait until Wednesday to try Tomatillos.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – frustrated, concerned
Current Music – listening to yesterday’s “GardenFork Radio” podcast (reduction, a constant thread in my life, is today’s main topic)
Website Of The Day – Just when you thought that the “social element” had run its course and couldn’t possibly added to anything else, someone created Talk O’Clock, the social alarm clock. What?
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – stair climbing, 6 flights
Morning Weigh-In – 206 pounds last week, tomorrow is this week’s weigh-in

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 62.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 78 flights

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

Vegetarian Days – 4
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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24 Responses to Burpy McBurp-A-Lot

  1. Martha says:

    I really can’t think of any medical condition where burbing is a warning sign? However, acid reflux can’t be made worse by extra weight (I have no idea if that is part of your problem). I fought AR for years, at least 3 or 4 times a week, it was bad, sometime the pain would stop me in my tracks…once I lost my first 5 pounds or so, it got much better. These days it is very rare occasion when I get it (once every few months). If you are truly concerned I would slow down your eating and begin eliminating certain foods and see if that helps (soda would be at the top of that list).

    I’m on day three of doing nothing, it sucks but at least I can walk today. I wish I could get a picture of my arm that really showed all the wonderful colors it has become. ๐Ÿ™

    I’m actually looking forward to trying Tomatillos, I love me some tacos and burritos!!

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Wow, your fall was much worse than I realized. Glad you are up and about again. Hoping you are able to work out again soon.

  3. Terri (SW) says:

    Excessive gassiness/ bloat/ general GI discomfort could be a sign of a gluten/ wheat-allergy (celiac disease). It also affects your immune system.

    Have you tried going wheat/ gluten free for a few days to see how it affects you?

  4. Give up wheat and gluten? WHAT?!?! I’ve already involuntarily given up sex with other partners, now this?!?!?!

    Hmm, if the symptoms continue perhaps I’ll give it a go starting September. ๐Ÿ™

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Wow, I just realized that this weekend is Labor Day! ITP-Reader Steve, what’s the game plan?

  6. Terri (SW) says:

    My sister has celiac disease. Apparently it is hereditary. I don’t have nearly the same symptoms that she does (hers are pretty extreme), but I have noticed wheat beer makes me feel like total crap the next day. Sad, because I love it. Some things are worth the risk, I suppose.

    I’m no doctor…but I can’t see how it would hurt to give gluten-free a shot for a few days to see how you feel.

    FYI- Here’s my friend’s website on gluten-free eating/ drinking/ etc:


  7. Steve says:

    Game plan?? There is supposed to be a game plan? Well… I think Debbie and I talked about having folks bring something for the grill, we’ll have some sides and a little beer.. should be good riding weather on Saturday- not too hot. Maybe we can ride over to Senoia and have a beer stop at the pub. Those that would like to stay Saturday evening are certainly welcome. Of course there will be full contact smackdown dominoes.

    Those that would like to ride show up at 11, those that just want to hang out around the pool, how about 2.

    Bed space is on a “speak now or forever hold your peace” and floor space is not in short supply.


  8. Randy says:

    I say let the lawn die and then install one of those polypropylene lawns that are becoming more and more popular. One of the playgrounds near us has it and it is fantastic – looks a lot like regular grass and requires little to no maintenance. We’ve even considered putting it in our front yard since that area gets so little sun. Although it’s a little more expensive than we can swing right now, it might be a viable option for a single guy with no kids (who doesn’t exactly relish mowing the lawn). Heck, you might even find some hashers who can install it – that would make it way more affordable.

  9. Barb says:

    damn Martha – that cult gym is going to kill you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m so tired of being super busy at work – but I guess I need to be happy I have a job (and overtime is being paid, or I’d be really pissed).

    Allan stayed in a place somwhere NE of Asheville last night called Little Switzerland. Interesting name of a town, and he finally has the bikes all in order that he didnt have to work on them all night & got to have a beer .
    And – it took until day 4 for the fast guys & the slow guys to start having issues, some just don’t understnd the concept of a group ride & you gotta wait for the slower ones. I can’t wait to hear what happens after today.

  10. Steve says:

    Barb, I was wondering how that was all going to shake out… something tells me the slow guys might want to use the sag wagon at times. And I did get to meet Kevin (2nd or 3rd best Grove mechanic) very briefly. We were only in the same hotel one time- and never convenient to track them down before the start.

  11. Good thought Randy. I was thinking more along the lines of stones like Floridian houses — I am getting up there in age, you know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Okay Steve. I didn’t know if there was a pre-lube of drinking on Friday night as well as a ride on Saturday. I’ll be there Saturday morning with beer, grilling meat, and expecting to spend the night because I’ve had too much to drink whilst playing dominoes. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure Debbie will be tired of Colorado stories by then, but I won’t.

    Hmmm, firefighters are not supposed to fight one another. I guess hammerheads will be hammerheads. Hope Allan is having a decent time of it though.

  12. Whoa, I just went to Amazon for the first time today and my have they changed their home page! Designers shouldn’t do shit like this to people like me.

  13. Steve says:

    I think Debbie is already tired of Colorado stories… but glad to have me home.

  14. Barb says:

    that is the best statement – hammerheads will be hammerheads.

    Steve – I highly doubt I can make it at all this weekend – I’m supposed to be going to Lake Keowee SC to a Parrotheads lake house party, but my friends that are moving to the opposite side of Spain from Allan’s brother are here in town,and I’d like to spend some time with them. I guess I’ve been in Colorado for so many Labor Day weekends, I’ve never known what all goes on around here.

    BTW – a bunch of people are going to Sweetwater Brewery tour/happy hour or whatever they call if Thursday night, Boob Teaser & Purple Peter Eater are in town from Boise & thought it would be a fun way to see old friends. Any of you can join us…….

  15. Martha says:

    come on let’s face it, if the gym doesn’t kill me the amount of booze I use to drink would have…at least this way there will be a whole lot less of me to burry. However, I’ll admit, I might have out done myself this time. I don’t know what a torn muscle feels like but I would imagine something along the lines of what I’ve been experiencing would be close.

    We’ll (at least Jerry) be heading to Pine Mountain on Saturday, Jerry and a buddy will be running, with any luck I’ll at least be able to hike. We’ll be hosting a small cookout Sunday afternoon if anyone is around, feel free to stop by….I’ve been wondering if I can get Jerry to go to Sweetwater with me…I know I can guilt him into it, it is my birthday but if he ends up being a miserable SOB, I’d rather just not try. Otherwise, we’ll be heading to either RuSan’s or TSEA for dinner.

  16. Barb says:

    and Martha – I think Jerry should suck it up & go to Sweetwater if you want to….. it is your birthday.

  17. Steve says:

    And Martha, if you’re going to Pine Mtn, you might as welll stop at the farm.. it’s on the way.

  18. Yeah, it’s not a hash, just a bunch of hashers. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve been trying to decode TSEA, assuming the last two characters stand for East Atlanta (because I’m a self-centered prick — LOL).

  19. Jenka says:

    I’m going to assume that TSEA stands for East Atlanta Thai and Sushi.

    Martha, you should do WHATEVER YOU WANT on your birthday and Jerry should drive you there. That’s the rule!

    We’re volunteering at the Decatur Book Festival on Sunday (Emory has a big tent AND a stage this year). Followed by Brick Store, naturally.

    Shouldn’t the title of this blog post be “Burpy, etc.”?

  20. Perhaps it should be titled that, Jenka. Oddly I just realized that the title says “Burby” and not “Burpy” HAHAHAHA! Could I be up/down dyslexic?

    *off to change that*

  21. steve says:

    Jenka, if that’s what Martha is talking about, we always have referred to that as East Atl Sushi and Thai.. E.A.S.T.

  22. Jenka says:

    Yeah, “Burpy” instead of “Burby” is what I was getting at.

    Steve, I think most people in the neighborhood call it EATS (East Atlanta Thai and Sushi), but on Urbanspoon it’s listed as TSEA.

  23. Ah, Jenka I thought you were offering a completely different title. Sadly the permalink for today’s blog will always be “burby” (which I recognized as being “wrong” but never put two and two together).

    Do you think Urbanspoon calls it TSEA so that it doesn’t get confused with Eats (the restaurant on Ponce de Leon)?

    Speaking of East Atlanta Thai & Sushi, I have two Groupons for there that I need to consider using soon.

  24. Jenka says:

    Re: EATS and Eats, it’s quite possible! David and I just had lunch there on Sunday (Eats). Good stuff.

    In our house, David prefers EATS, and I prefer Spoon. I don’t think one tastes better than the other, but Spoon is much cleaner and also is 4 blocks from our house. Proximity to Morelli’s doesn’t hurt, either. ๐Ÿ™‚

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