4:00am Is No Time For Humans To Be Awake

Oh hello again. I woke up in Gainesville, FL this morning at 4:00am in order to catch my 6:10am flight back to Atlanta. COFFEE! STAT!

About A Girl
I really thought 11c was a student as I sat next to her on the flight down to Gainesville from Atlanta. She was slender, young, and very pretty. She never said a word to me, and wound up sleeping nearly the entire flight. That’s okay, I’ve learned to live with being ignored by the pretty.

As I sat at my interview table yesterday I looked two tables away and saw the young lady again. Not a student at all, she was conducting interviews all day with about five of her colleagues. She walked past our table several times — mostly while we were entertaining candidates, and never once looked my way.

We both had very busy days with barely two minutes between interviewees. I had one sliver of opportunity to say hello, but that quickly vanished as she walked away to get another of her interviewees.

Her day of interviewing ended before mine and she was much smarter than me as she was not on the 6:10am out of Gainesville, thus she will always be the girl in 11c to me…

I Already Miss College Girls
Seriously, if there were any way for a male past puberty to take a photo using a cameraphone of two young ladies sunbathing in bikinis on campus without looking like a pervert and having campus police called on him, I would have done so.

Take a picture. It lasts longer.

Instead, you’re stuck with two (somewhat lousy) food photos.

On Wednesday night my coworker Joe and I pulled into a restaurant called La Tienda. I had remembered eating there, and really enjoying my food, on a previous trip to Gainesville. This time I’d had a few $1 Happy Hour Amber Bocks at Texas Longhorn in me (since the Hops restaurant in Gainesville has closed) prior to dinner. So I ordered a little more adventurously that I did on my previous trip.
Eating Like A Pig In Hogtown
I ordered three tacos:
– lengua (cow tongue)
– chiva (goat)
– carnitas (pork)
All of which were quite tasty and washed down with a Tamarind-flavored Jarritos soda.

As we left the restaurant I noticed that the Waffle House next to it had closed. What the hell, I never understand how Waffle Houses close.

The next morning I made myself a waffle using the hotel’s waffle iron. When the timer went off I pulled the two plates apart, and when I did I wound up with two half-waffles as each plate refused to release its cooked batter. This is what happens when you let an amateur make waffles!
When It Comes To Waffles, I Like T Think Outside The Box
So I did the only thing I could do — I invented “Waffles: Deconstructed.”

I apparently need to relearn how to hold a camera steady. Clearly my unclear photos are proof of that. Holy shit they are terrible photos. 🙁

I Clearly Never Want To Be Thin Again
Let me type the menu description of what I ate for dinner last night.

An 8-oz beef patty topped with peanut butter, bacon, and jalapenos. Served on a pretzel roll with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and a side of fries.

Hey, it was either that or the pork belly Reuben. I wanted something a little healthier so I substituted sweet potato fries for the regular fries (no, I really don’t believe they are healthier).

We ate a place called “The Top” a swank bar and restaurant filled with 1950s kitsch. What I hadn’t realized before arriving there last night was that Joe and I had a beer there on our last trip to Gainesville. Dinner happened after having a beer at one of today’s Websites Of The Day.

I’ve noticed beer in Gainesville, specifically the “finer” beers, is priced just as high as it is in Atlanta. And in fact, had I chosen to do so I could have consumed Sweetwater, Terrapin, and Red Brick.

Um Yeah, I’m Going To Have To Ask You To Work On Saturday
If you are looking for me tomorrow, try the office… 🙁

And because I will be in the office tomorrow I better start working on what I need to do today.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – tired, rushed
Current Music – silence
Website Of The DayVisit Gainesville. And when in Gainesville I suggest stopping at Gainesville House of Beer.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – see me in October…

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 135.5 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 35 flights

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

Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 28
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

September 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 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

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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9 Responses to 4:00am Is No Time For Humans To Be Awake

  1. Martha says:

    I was wide awake at 3 am, I didn’t have a plane to catch.

    I’ll tell you just like I told Jerry, men in their 40s have no buisness staring at college girls, I don’t care how young you think you look or act…it’s just creepy, no if, ands or buts about it….blogging about them really isn’t much better.

    A goat taco sounds interesting, I don’t know why Americans don’t eat more goat or lamb. Good stuff.

    Betsy, if you’re lurking today, I hope you and Reese are doing better.

  2. Steve says:

    Looking at college girls is one thing.. taking pictures is a whole ‘nuther thing.

    And I wouldn’t whine too much about working Saturday- be glad to have the work.


  3. Jenka says:

    Nice reference to Office Space! I will always picture that smarmy boss with his coffee cup when I hear that line. “Um yeah, I’m going to have to go ahead and ask you to come in on Sunday, too.”

    Betsy, if you’re lurking today, check the Buzz for my update. I know the nice lady with the child who came to your rescue! (She goes to Crossfit with Laura and me.) This morning she started telling a story about how she ran out to help someone with dogs while holding her baby, and I put two and two together.

    Off to Lake Oconee for a wedding tomorrow. I’m going as someone’s date, and won’t know anyone there. Kill me.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’m way out of touch with local news. I’ll see if I can read The Buzz, but did Reese get into a dog fight? Was she attacked?

    Lest you think I am a perv I’d never actually consider taking a photo. However I will look at young ladies as long as my vision will allow.

  5. Betsulah says:

    Hey! Thanks Martha and Jenka. And J–I didnt realize you were dante on the buzz.I’m glad you passed on my thanks to your friend. The crossfilt link makes sense given to how quickly she ran up that slope carrying an infant in her arms. Thanks Crossfit! I think I have a new WOD for you!

    Paulie–read the buzz when you can. I was walking the dogs on my street and two loose dogs came out and one thought that Reese’s right thigh made a good chew toy. It was terrifying.I kicked the dog as hard as i could but then I had to scream for help and awesome neighbors came a running. The owners werent home but have a rep for having loose dogs about. Fortunately and unfortunately, animal control went by there later and got the dogs. Reese has some stitches and lacerations but will be okay. Could have been much much worse.

    And to add my .02 about creep factor, there is a fine line between noticing and appreciating an attractive young woman, and staring and/or leering, camera or no camera. Walk that line carefully to avoid being thrown into the creepy old man category by the nubile lovelies milling about.

  6. steve says:

    Betsy, my point exactly. So glad Reese wasn’t hurt any worse.

  7. Stacy Fox says:

    Ohmygosh, Betsy! How frightening! I’m so glad to hear y’all are doing okay!!

  8. Stacy Fox says:

    Oh, and Paulie? “4:00am Is No Time For Humans To Be Awake” — unless, of course, you’re STILL awake. 🙂

  9. I haven’t seen 4am from that side in a long, long time.

    Betsy, I’ve not had time to read the thread fully but I’m really sorry to hear about everything.

    Frustrating and embarrassing lunch. I went to get into my car and somehow set off the alarm (even though I opened the door with the key). My key fob, which can be extremely finicky wouldn’t shut the damn horn off! After a few minutes of fiddling I was finally able to get the damn horn to shut up. Yeesh! I had to yell at my coworkers to get into the car so that I could move it away from the restaurant next to which the car was parked. And, I’ve found out that one of my battery terminals is extremely loose. The terminal connector looks too to be too large for the terminal so now with no damn time in my schedule need to figure out how to secure the battery cable prior to driving to Savannah.

    I really don’t need this in my life…

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