Normally I try to restrict myself from eating the entire package of nuts and dried fruit because the package is said to contain 2.5 servings. Fuck it, it’s the Friday before a long Labor Day weekend and I’m living large today!
No Sweetwater For Me — Bed Bath & Beyond, REI, And Taco Mac Instead
I worked until nearly 6:00pm yesterday and didn’t even consider fighting the Falcons and Yellow Jackets traffic into midtown to celebrate a happy hour at Sweetwater Brewery with the hashers. Instead I drove the short distance to the Bed, Bath & Beyond near my office, from there walked to REI, and from there drove over to Taco Mac to secure a seat for some iPad reading and television viewing.
I’ll hold off on revealing my BB&B purchase until I actually use it. At REI my needs were simple, two new water bottles for the BlackJack (ooooh, look at me tossing around the money!) and a couple of packets of Clif Shot Bloks for tomorrow’s ride, all the while looking for that perfect camping companion. [Actually, there was a “Camping on Motorcycles” class(?) at that REI last night that I almost considered sitting in for.]
At Taco Mac I passed on the keep-the-stein liter of Sierra Nevada for $16 and instead had two mugs, one of Monday Night Brewing‘s Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale, and one of New Belgium Brewery’s Hoptober (?); with those I noshed on some chicken nachos (how in the hell did I used to be able to eat that entire mound of food?).
The iPad Still Draws Attention
I’ve had an iPad(1) 3G since the first day of its availability last year. I expected the new and unusual device to turn heads and create inquires for a little while, but it’s been nearly seventeen months and people still ask me about it. Of course these days I almost apologetically tell them that it’s not an iPad2 but they never seem to mind. They look at me with some wonderment, ask my opinion of the device (the only device for which I answer “I love this, and can honestly say that I use it every day.”), and smile.
While I was reading Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking last night’s waitress was one of those inquirers, and then went on to tell me about her boyfriend’s SEO (Search Engine Optimization) company. Ha!
Think what you will about Apple and Steve Jobs’ smugness, I love my iPad, not because I am (still) an Apple shareholder, but because I think it’s a transformative device.
Speaking Of Kindle Books
I finished Shopgirl the other day, and realized one deficiency of eBooks. While there is a silent indicator of your progress within a book you really have little clue how far along you are. As I read what turned out to be the final paragraph I was somewhat stunned and disappointed. “Acknowledgements?” “Wait, that’s the end?” “Really?” “Huh!” where all audibly spoken though I was in my house alone.
I’ll Let You In On A Wee Little Secret
I am as damaged as a second-hand piece of IKEA furniture, and oftentimes look into the mirror and exclaim that I am not nearly good looking enough to be as stupid as I am.
Case and Point:
There have been inquiries about my participation in this year’s Black Sheep Hash Lake Hartwell Campout. “Of course I’m going to be there, I’m making the grits cakes again!” I’d think. And then today it dawned on me…. People are inquiring about my attendance because, with the campout four weekends away I have yet to register for the event. DUH!
So from here on out I just might ask myself “What would Don Draper do?” And then pour myself a drink, light a cigarette, and sit back and wait for the ladies to flock.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to the “Coverville — Elvis Costello Cover Story” podcast
Website Of The Day – Who knew that Labor Day Weekend had its own website? I didn’t, at least not until today.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – next week
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 1
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 twice
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than five days
– Lose three 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