It’s Monday, and though I came into work (and was rather unsuccessful) each day this weekend, I’m declaring today a new start.
Goodbye Daylight Saving Time
If all is right with WordPress ITP-Reader Steve won’t have the opportunity to tell me that the blog’s timestamp is wrong.
On Sunday morning I had one of those weird “Huh” moments when I equated “gaining an hour” in the fall to getting an income tax refund.
I just realized that this “gained” hour is just like a tax refund. The Government is only giving us back what we gave them in the spring.
To my astonishment one of my friends made fun of me for “just” making this analogy; she told me that her mother has been saying the same thing for years. I’ve never heard the two concepts equated, have you?
Meals With Friends
Twice this weekend I did something that I don’t get the opportunity to do very often — eat with other people. On Saturday morning I met up with three of my Flickr buddies for an early breakfast at the Majestic Diner. The “plan” was to eat breakfast, make a quick stop at the Franklin Street overpass for a shot of the sun rising and lighting up downtown, and then head to the Wings camera swap meet. Breakfast, non-pumpkin pancakes with eggs and coffee, was a rousing success. Franklin Street stop was a bust because of the police who were out in force doing traffic duty for (I assume) some race associated with Chomp and Stomp. I never made it to Wings because of a wreck on the connector northbound which brought traffic to an early-morning snarl.
Last night I had the opportunity to have ITP-Readers Betsy, Debbie, and Steve over the house for dinner and some The Amazing Race viewing. Before heading into the office yesterday I prepared the crockpot with the makings of (an unfortunately bland) beef stew. Debbie and Steve brought over the makings for a wonderful spinach salad, and Betsy brought over a delicious apple pie. Unfortunately ITP-Reader Stacy fell ill and couldn’t make it over.
RealiTV Update: The Amazing Race — Have A Clue
Be warned, I’m providing SPOILERS.
As I found out via a Trivial Pursuit question on Saturday morning Africa is a wide country; this must be the reason The Amazing Race is spending so much time there.
All teams loaded into packed buses and headed to some place in the middle of Africa. Once all teams debused (think “deplane”) they hit what seemed to be a simple Roadblock. Each team had to pick a bicycle and take a person carrying a few fish to one of three locations. Once the fish were delivered they had to take the money earned from this task and hand it over to some guy who would gladly hand them their next clue.
A quick aside: Last night I added something to my life’s “bucket list” — Be one of the people on The Amazing Race who hands the contestants a clue.
Pretty simple Roadblock, right? Well, first there were the Africans who don’t speak English well. Then there was the broken crank suffered by Team WWJD!. And finally there was one of the biggest blunders in The Amazing Race history (not the biggest however, losing one’s passport will always take spot #1), leaving your clue behind and forgetting what you are supposed to do. How could you magnify this blunder? By waiting around and doing nothing! This was the blunder performed by Stone Mountain’s Team Sibling Rivalry as the female member of the team got the money for the fish but didn’t know what to do next because she left the clue with her brother, and then sat in the middle of Africa for awhile hoping that another team will show up.
While Team Sibling Rivalry worked on improving their tans all other teams were done with the Roadblock and headed to their next Detour.
At the Detour all teams except for Team Super Bowl Shuffle decided to row, row, row a tree out to some locals playing drums in the middle of a gigantic lake. (The Amazing Race is starting to sound like one of those Art School films you see at film festivals.) Nothing brings out the petty arguing like rowing a
canoe hollowed out tree trunk! And petty arguing we saw from Teams I’m Sorry Who Are You? and Around The World With 80s Dad. Team B-Average Joe didn’t even try long enough to get into a petty argument, instead they finally cashed in the Express Pass that they won way back on Episode 1 also known as “The episode I should have won when I picked Team AARP to be eliminated, but instead it turned out to be the first of three non-elimination legs.” Unfortunately for me, Team AARP took to rowing together like a couple who has been happily married for fifty years and completed the task with ease. As for Team Super Bowl Shuffle they decided to choose the Detour task which involved wading out to a boat and transporting goods and people back to the shore. At first I thought they’d chosen well, but in the end I think that they chose the harder of the two task. Perhaps Marcus couldn’t fit his former-NFL body into a tree trunk?
With the Detour done the teams had to find the “Jamaica Shop” (I don’t believe CBS identified exactly what is sold at the “Jamaica Shop”) where they would have the opportunity to use awesome tablet computer technology in bum-fuck-Africa to U-Turn another team. Teams B-Average Joe, WWJD, AARP, and I’m Sorry Who Are You? all reached the U-Turn and declined to U-Turn anyone. As Team AWW80sD approached the U-Turn they saw Team Super Bowl Shuffle running in the other direction. For some inexplicable reason Team AWW80sD didn’t recognize another team running in the other direction as an indication that they’ve already been to the U-Turn and U-Turned Team Super Bowl Shuffle. Because Team Super Bowl Shuffle had already encountered the U-Turn they were not affected, though I have an idea that next week there may be some animosity between the former NFL tight end and Captain Male Chauvinist (thank you, spell checker!).
Meanwhile, Team Sibling Rivalry finally made it to the Detour… At this point no amount of CBS editing can make us think that they will not finish last. And because CBS has not renamed the show to “The Infinite Race” they are booted from the race.
TAR Game Results:
Yours Truly: Team AARP
ITP-Reader Terri: Team I’m Sorry Who Are You?
ITP-Reader Stacy: Team Around The World With 80s Dad
ITP-Reader Betsy: Team Around The World With 80s Dad
Obviously there were no winners this week as Team Sibling Rivalry appeared to be a very strong team.
Happy (What Would Have Been Your 144th) Birthday, Madame Curie
Had I known that today is the anniversary of Madame Curie’s birth I would have saved the tweet
I’m surprised that no one has opened an Indian restaurant called “Madame Curry”. I’d so eat there.
When it comes to comedy, timing is everything.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, going to be a seriously busy week
Current Music – listening to a recent “This Week in Photography” podcast
Website Of The Day – With my Daylight Saving Time / Income Tax revelation I thought about registering a FairTax.org spoof called FairTime only to find out that someone (in Germany) already owns that domain. Ach, du lieber Gott! or Dangen!
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Friday: stair climbing, 6 flights; Saturday, nothing; Sunday, nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check, sure I wouldn’t have liked what I saw
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 40
Stairs – 30 flights
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 6
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– Lose three pounds
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash (though I’m beginning to this this will never happen)
– Ride my bike no fewer than 100 miles
– Exercise for an hour no fewer than twenty-five days
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than fifteen vegetarian meals
– Not get fired from my job, nor quit my job
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