Greetings From Gainesville (FL)

Today’s abbreviated blog is brought to you by the fact that I am currently in Gainesville, FL on a recruiting trip.

I flew down yesterday afternoon in a fifty-person regional jet which was too warm and departed late, seated next to an attractive young lady who would not give me the time of day, and landed in what used to be the sleepiest little airport I knew. Sadly, it appears as if Gainesville regional is growing; it looks as if it’s now up to as many as five gates, though on the plus-side it now sports a bar (but not necessarily a sports bar).

Also sadly my trip does not include extended stay through this Saturday when the Alabama Crimson Tide come to town to play (and for me hopefully lose to) my beloved Florida Gators.

Last night’s big activity was seeking out dinner. Through the magic of the Internet and a phone call to my coworker Joe’s wife, who has the ability to locate good eats from a distance, Joe and I wound up at a bar/restaurant called Stubbies and Steins in downtown Gainesville. Upon inquiry we were told that the place was once a much smaller establishment called Stubbies Shirt Bar and that expanded about four years ago and now specializes in great beer and German food.

I ate a Jaeger Schnitzel (pork) with a side of red cabbage and “pomme frites”(um, french fries). The food was good, as were the two locally-brewed beers from Swamphead Brewery that I drank. However (there is always a however) the prices were far from the college-town friendly prices that I was seeking. My bill, including a tip, came to $35. Yikes! Even worse, even though there were scads of sorority pledges wandering throughout downtown in matching t-shirts none of them were in Stubbies and Steins making the place nearly a literal sausage fest.

I’m thinking “Two-for-One happy hour and dirt-cheap Mexican food” tonight. 😉

Okay, time to correct my headache, drink some coffee, and iron my pants so that I can look nice while recruiting.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

(no stats section today, I don’t feel like design with the cut and paste on my iPad this morning)

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17 Responses to Greetings From Gainesville (FL)

  1. Stacy Fox says:

    In case you don’t have time to go to my page today, I’d like to inform you that it’s “Drink a Beer Day.” No joke. So enjoy! 🙂

    And speaking of beers – any chance you’re going to Hotoberfest on Saturday? Since they’re craft beers, it seems up your alley. Amy & I will be there!

    Also…why sad that Gainesville’s growing? Isn’t that a good thing?

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Drink a beer? What a great idea!

    No Hotoberfest for me.
    1) I no longer handle beer festivals
    2) I think I will be working on Saturday

    In my world growth is not always a good thing. I liked Gainesville the way it was in the late 1980s.

  3. Martha says:

    I think Jerry and I are going to Hotoberfest, just the public area, to hang out for a little while Saturday. No heavy drinking both of us have long runs Sunday.

    Well I think my Garmin has been lost…it’s been two weeks since Jerry mailed it, no updates from Garmin and my check hasn’t cleared. The good news I got a check from my mortgage company yesterday for my escrow refund, it’s almost enough to cover the 310XT. On that topic, thanks to the falling value of homes in COA and the inevitable drop in property taxes, my escrow payment dropped $140 for the next year.

    Since you’re an Apple guy you probably don’t care but Amazon will be announcing its new Kindle Fire today at 9:30, I’m sort of interested.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Kindle Fire. I get it!

    Amazon has a table very near us, unfortunately they are not giving away secrets nor Fires. 🙁

  5. Steve says:

    The Games is in “meeting every Tuesday” mode and normally we meet at the host hotel in Norcross/Peachtree Corners, but last night, due to the hotel being completely sold out because of a French Bulldog show (I kid you not), we met at The Harp Irish Pub in East Roswell. At first glance at the menu, the nachos and quesidillas said it wasn’t real Irish, but I had a delicious pot pie and others shepard pie and fish and chips looked equally delightful.

    Worth th trip if you’re out that way- right across Holcome Bridge from Kimberly-Clark.

    And I thought my Garmin was completely deceased yesterday, but I think I didn’t have it seated on the charger quite right- persnickity sum beech.


  6. Stacy Fox says:

    Is that why the old Kindle is now fixin’ to sell for, like, $80 free shipping? Interesting! I might end up going and getting the old one. 🙂 I don’t need the newest and bestest – just something that’ll work.

    And no heavy drinking for me either; that distance is a little too far for me to walk, so I’ll be driving. Not a fan of the drinking and driving. I’ll text you when we’re there, Martha. Maybe we can meet up for a little while. It’d be nice to see you again!

  7. Barb says:

    Steve – been to The Harp more than a few times – did you notice the old confessional they have in there?

    I’m busy as hell here at work- so just thought I’d say Hi everyone.
    Damn Dicks Sporting Goods getting all their Christmas crap shipped – and with it end of the month/end of the quaret – it is CRAZY!

  8. Steve says:

    Barb, I did see that and we had a little discussion about it- one of our committee is tech support at a large Catholic school out in Marietta.

    Bob, exactly what news wire are your subscribed to???

  9. Jenka says:

    Steve, I literally JUST got out of a meeting with someone, whom I’d never met before, who mentioned his dog was in the French Bulldog show! Weird.

    Laura, do you remember what the WOD will be on Friday? I forgot to look this morning. I remember that there are two 1 mile runs, but what’s in between?

  10. Martha says:

    Friday’s WOD

    30 HSPU
    mile run
    50 pull-ups
    mile run

    I think I’ll skip Friday and give Nasty Girls a go tomorrow, since I’m planning on some significant foot miles this weekend.

  11. Jenka says:

    That’s right, I knew it was brutal. I’ve got to take tomorrow easy, I’ve been doing 2-a-days all week. Let me know how NG is!

  12. Martha says:

    NG isn’t any easier, with a 4 pull-up/4 ring dip sub for each muscle up and heavy clean, there will be no Rx next to my name afterwards.

    Stacy I can get texts on my phone, hope to see you Saturday.

    Anyone want to run with me Sunday? My current running partner is out of town 🙁

  13. Martha says:

    Kindle Fire is available for pre-order for $199…really thinking about it…

  14. Debbie says:

    I might have to take in some of the French Bulldog show. I think they are the cutest dogs.

    Sorry Paulie, but Roll Tide! 🙂

    Please don’t ban me.

    I may have to check out the Kindle Fire. My iPad is acting a little wonky. I will cry when it dies.

  15. Martha says:

    Well I just pre-ordered my Kindle Fire, so hopefully in about 6 weeks I can tell you all about it Debbie.

  16. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Finally eating lunch. My 3G network is too slow to see Bob’s link, but I will once again mention how much I worship the female figure… Go Gators!

    Hope to read about the Kindle Fire tonight.

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