The Third Time Is A Charm?

This is version three of today’s post. Versions one and two would not have pleased you. The phrase “piss and vinegar” immediately came to my mind, but then I found out that this could mean that I was full of bravado, which is as far from the truth as could be.

On a positive note my iPad (3) did arrive yesterday. However I barely had the time to connect it to my computer in order to populate it with (most of) the content and settings which were on my iPad.

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge

I can’t add this today because my iPad (3) didn’t completely configure its email, and my iPhone ran its battery to nothing because I didn’t plug it into an outlet and it apparently searched for AT&T’s shitty cell signal all night long, at least until its battery expired.

Chuy’s, It’s What’s For Dinner
At least it was last night.

I needed to get out of the office for awhile yesterday. Having already done my walk for the day and with the pollen count skyrocketing I decided to walk across the street and go to Chuy’s.

I wasn’t really that hungry but I knew that Chuy’s offered a complementary “happy hour chip bar” (nacho chips with salsa, cheese, beans, and ground beef) so I decided to make that “dinner” along with a beverage or two.

In my walk back to the office I was amazed to find what I would best describe as an “ant super-highway.” We’ve all witnessed ants marching inline, but this was outstanding. There was one section of sidewalk along which hundreds of ants traveled to and fro. Occasionally, where the sidewalk had a division, a portion of the ants exited the main line, while some ants entered the main line. At one point I noticed that there was a spur off the super-highway which lead to a manhole; more astoundingly this spur was so well-traveled that it had cut a line in the pollen. As I walked, no further than fifteen feet more, I realized that, while there were still ants marching, the population of ants along the side of the sidewalk had diminished greatly. Does this remind you of anything? Would it help if I introduced the thought of Atlanta’s (or perhaps any major metropolitan area) road system? Take that, adulthood!!!

ITP Flickr Pic
Yesterday’s walk, five miles
Not a bad walk. I probably should have done one this morning since it’s predicted to rain later. Of course some rain would be welcome in order to wash away some of this pollen.

I Could Win “The Biggest Maintainer”
I stepped onto the “official scale for our contest” yesterday to find out that I weigh exactly the same weight as I did last Wednesday (at least within the margin of error for this consumer-grade scale). Dangen!

J-E-S-U-S! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!
Tim Tebow traded to the Jets? Even this University of Florida Gator and New York Jets fan has to say, WTF?

To Turn A Phrase
On my drive in this morning I saw a two-word phrase, which given the order in which the two words appear mean something completely different. For some reason this tickles me.

The phrase I saw this morning was “Now Open.”

Think about this:
“Now Open” means the establishment was previously closed, perhaps it was under construction or maintenance, but it is now ready to do business.
However, “Open Now” is more of a temporary condition meaning the establishment is currently open, at this very moment in time.

I know there are many other two-phrases which convey different meanings (“I am” v. “Am I?”) but for some reason this fascinated me today.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – Drained, just like my iPhone’s battery. To say things are going poorly is an understatement, and I can’t seem to change the things I want to change
Current Music – silence, it seems right at the moment
Website Of The Day – I couldn’t help but Google the phrase “Piss and Vinegar” this morning; in doing so I was led to The Phrase Finder. And now Bob’s your uncle.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, 5 miles
Morning Weigh-In – 210.4 pounds, exactly the same as last Wednesday

Foot Mileage – ~41.75 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 19 (not including hotel days)

Vegetarian Days – 2
Carnivorous Days – 19
Pancakes Eaten – 0

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2012

  1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me — Mindy Kahling

March Goals
– Lose at least three pounds (net weight loss)
– Exercise for thirty minutes no fewer than twenty days
– Not to get sick for the entire month (may be a moot point as of today)
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than ten days
– Not get fired from my job, nor quit my job
– Follow up with doctors, lawyer, women in whom I have interest
– Go out on a least one date with a woman in whom I have interest
– Submit 2012 paperwork for Sharpened Stone, LLC
– File tax paperwork for 2011 income taxes
– Watch all of the classes in the 2011 Winter semester of Stanford’s CS193P (iOS Development) course

2012 Goals [will be a little less fluid than last year]
– Get my weight under 200 pounds, or at least whittle myself back down to where wearing a 36″ pant size is comfortable
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than one one 10K
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store
– Restore the ITP Estate to a condition where it can be put up for sale at any time
– Buy a new iPhone (iPhone 5?), a new iPad (iPad 3?), and MacBook Air [look, not all goals have to be altruistic]

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient and profitable programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue, to make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)
– See more live concerts than I did in 2011
– Eat more pancakes
– Drive/Fly somewhere for a real vacation

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to The Third Time Is A Charm?

  1. Barb says:

    is the Tebow deal with thr JETS a done deal? I thought I heard it hit a snag.

    So, I forgot to tell you about my “foodie” brush with fame from Barcelona. (ever see that segment on David Letterman?) As we were walking down a cool side street, Amy says, that sure looks like Mario Batali over there, I wonder if it is? We did not approach him, but I decided to do a little cyber stalking, and saw he posted pictures on FB of some food in Barcelona. We were right!

    Garden is tilled up thanks to Allan’s hard work last night, I guess I ought to start planting………

  2. Steve says:

    Are You? You are.

    There was a good crowd at Georges last night- minus one Paulie. GG spoke of the movie scene that was shot there last week- the baseball movie with Justin Timberlake… some title with “Curve” which escapes. Apparently it was big fun for everyone involved.

    Ready for some rain to wash out this pollen…


  3. The trade hit a snag, but apparently that snag was resolved. Tebow will be walking on the waters of the East River soon, which given all of the debris and pollution which may or may not still inhabit that body of water, may not be that impressive after all.

    It still amazes me, but I haven’t watched Letterman in probably fifteen twenty? years. I was such a devoted fan in the 1980s.

    I know well of Batali. One of the best meals I’ve ever eaten was with “On My Knees” at one of restaurants in New York (Babbo if memory serves me right) in 1999/2000 (the pre-ITP years). For those who remember Sother, I once postured that he looked a lot like Batali, a suggestion which did not please him at all.

    Don’t get used to movie star sightings. From what I understand one of the proposals in this “sweeping tax reform” being rushed through the Georgia Legislature is the repealing of the tax credits which have lured movie studios to film here. There is also something about sales tax on internet purchases too. I think that I am ready to move to another state/country/world.

  4. Oh, and I’m igniting some fairly substantial fires here at work. I might not be able to reach my “Not get fired from my job, nor quit my job” goal this month.

  5. Barb says:

    part of the reason we “noticed” Batali, was well, people are smaller over there in general, and, well, he isn’t a small man.

    I hope they keep the tax credits for the movie studios, it really seems to be helping the GA economy, plus, I’m not a celebrity stalker, but I like hearing that I could run into someone famous someday, just by accident. I’m all about brushes with fame.
    I DVR Letterman, & watch the Top Ten lists occasionally, and if there is someone I think would be a fun interview. Mostly delete without watching.

  6. Steve says:

    Yep, that’s what we need… put back a tax on movie productions- only when you do that, you’ll have no more movie productions… genius.

    You may not be a stalker Barb, but Debbie is. Ask her about Matthew McConaughey and Stone Mountain sometime.

    I remember Souther.. do you know where he is now? And he did sort of resemble Mario Batali.

  7. Last I heard of Sother was that he was in New York. This was at least five years ago now. I was a Facebook friend with him, but he didn’t log into Facebook much and I’ve now “deleted” my account…

  8. And while I am trying to love my new “magical device” having to log back into each and every mother effin service I had set up on my original magical device is a royal ain in my ass.

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