On March 4, 2006 I started a mission. On September 30, 2011 I finished that mission. There was supposed to be much pomp and circumstance when I reached the Ph D level (325 unique beers) at Taco Mac, instead I achieved it alone. The night started at my local Taco Mac at Perimeter Place with coworkers. I was a mere four beers away from Ph D status. Unfortunately we had some of the worst service I’ve ever had at that Taco Mac — the waitress was overwhelmed by our table, and perhaps should not be in that line of work. After my third beer I was frustrated and when half of the table paid their tabs I got up and left so did I. I’d yet to eat dinner and knew that I was going to be headed back to work on Saturday morning, so I made the decision to get #325 in style at The Fred Bar where I knew that I’d be served by one of the four attractive young ladies who work there. I sat at the bar and was served a Lost Abbey Lost and Found and an order of baked chicken wings by Theresa. After eating my wings and drinking one beer (and a glass of water) I decided to drive back to the office to sleep. I woke up early on Saturday morning and worked until about noon, when I then did a walk of shame — with suitcase — to my car and returned to my house for the first time since leaving it on Tuesday morning.
Variety Playhouse One Of Two
After taking a major nap and later talking to my mother on the phone I convinced myself to rally in order to head to Variety Playhouse for the Ten Out Of Tenn show on Saturday night for which I’d already purchased a ticket. For the most part I had a great time at the show, at least once I moved away from the group of people who had no problem talking to one another straight through the first three songs. The only other down point in the evening was a slight frustrating conversation with one of the “security” staff who was hell bent on getting me to move out from standing in one of the wings even though I was not blocking the aisle way nor the exit doors. All I was trying to do was find a place where I could check the score or the Alabama v. Florida game (almost wish that I hadn’t) without having the brightness of my cellphone screen bother anyone near me.
It was the last night of the tour for the Ten Out Of Tenn gang. I think that each member of the group got to perform two of their songs before the ensemble finished the evening by performing Ring of Fire while milling amongst the crowd — hell, I think they even wandered outside as I heard the trumpets blaring while I was walking down the street toward my car.
Variety Playhouse Two Of Two
I went back to Variety Playhouse last night for the Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks show. As the first band played I gave myself one of the biggest cases of foot-in-mouth disease that I’ve ever had.
I’ve been a mutual Twitter follower with someone for quite awhile, but we’ve never met in person. As the opening band played she tweeted how awful she thought they were, and I replied that I agreed but was happy that they were loud enough the shitheads who were holding a conversation behind me (have I mentioned this pet peeve before? ;)). She returned a reply saying that we should meet, and that she and her friends were sitting in a section along the left side of the room. Huh, so was I. So, I replied that I’d get up after the band finished and come find her.
Anyone want to guess who was seated directly behind me?
I wandered about the building and finally decided to suck it up and say hello. She asked me if they were the assholes (hey, I said shitheads) to which I earlier referred, and I jokingly said yes. She seemed to blow it off. We chatted for a few minutes and as Malkmus & the Jicks took the stage I exited stage left and headed to the front to stand in the pit.
I wonder if Dr. Wee Lil Bit can heal thy self…
As for the show it was good, not great, and I think that this will be the last time I pay to see Malkmus. I really like his music, but his live show just doesn’t do much for me.
On The Road Again
Oh boy! I’m headed OTP again today. This time it’s a quick trip up to Raleigh for college recruiting at NC State (and hopefully including dinner tonight with ITP-Readers Lisa and Randy and their yet-to-be-able-to-read-this-space children). In order to be prepared for this trip I spent a good amount of time doing laundry and packing yesterday. Oh boy!
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – rushed, and even worse unknowing of what happened on The Amazing Race last night, and even worse than that I have no time this morning to catch up!
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – I’m not sure why it’s called The 506 but it’s a great site to find out what sports games are being shown around the country.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – won’t be checking for a few weeks
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 Meals – 3
Carnivorous Meals – 3
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash (though I’m beginning to this this will never happen)
– Ride my bike no fewer than 100 miles
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run at least twice
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than fifteen vegetarian meals
– 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