The World Better Not End In 2012

I’m doing a lot of damn work on my body this year (see also: tomorrow’s blog), the world better not end this year!

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Make like a mermaid with a Pilates-inspired upper body stretch.

Named “the mermaid” this Pilates-inspired move provides a gentle stretch for the arms and the sides of the body. The exercise also helps to engage the shoulder blades, and it lengthens and opens up your chest.

Maybe when my back is fixed…

San Francisco, Probably Not. Orlando, Probably
It seems as if my trip to San Francisco next week has been scrapped (though I still don’t know for sure because I rarely get confirmation on these things). That’s probably a good thing given the amount of work I still have ahead of me.

Yesterday I was influenced to commit to going to Orlando in early May for our biggest customer’s annual trade show (can’t you infer the excitement, or lack thereof, this brings to me?). It makes sense than I should go (for the same reason that I was bitter that I was not invited to go to CES in Las Vegas — again) because we’ll be showing off my app. I’m going to try and turn my Orlando lemons (a citrus fruit not prevalently grown in the region during its citrus-farming hey-day) into lemonade by tacking on a trip further south to visit my mother afterward.

ITP Flickr Pic
Back to walking maps. This one with an “artistically” cropped off part of my course.
This is known as an “error.” I created this map on a 13″ laptop screen and it looks too small to me.

I Can’t Cash A Check That I Can’t Write
I snuck out of the office yesterday and headed over to one of my banks in order to cash a check that I was going to write from an account that I have in another bank. Don’t get the idea that I’m wealthy or anything, when banks started faltering I started diversifying my funds. I arrived at the bank and went inside to fill out a deposit slip. Before I could start writing I saw The-Hasher-Known-As “Cockpit” leaving the bank so I said “hello” to her. As we talked I started to fumble around for my checkbook and when I found it I was embarrassed to find that I had written my last check and had never replaced the book of checks (shows you how many times I write physical checks these days!). After chatting for a bit I packed up all of my stuff and exited the bank.

With checks in hand I’ll try again today.

Tomorrow: Back To The Future
Step one of non-hip-related body repair. Because of recent, and somewhat personally-embarrassing developments over the past couple days am experiencing a lot less pain today. I’ll let the medical professionals make their diagnoses tomorrow.

Semi-related question: If you were to buy a loofa sponge or some other back-washing apparatus, where would you go? Bed, Bath, and Beyond? Target? Some fancy mall store?

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – The password today is “discharge”
Current Music – listening to this week’s “Back to Work” podcast
Website Of The Day – In the post yesterday I received my (first) $10 iTunes gift card that I “earned” by cashing in points with Recycle Bank. I don’t generated a lot of recycling (or trash) so it took me some time to earn enough points to get this, but it’s “free” money!
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~3.75 miles
Morning Weigh-In – I weigh in later today

Foot Mileage – ~45.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 21 (not including hotel days)

Vegetarian Days – 3
Carnivorous Days – 24
Pancakes Eaten – 3

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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21 Responses to The World Better Not End In 2012

  1. Barb says:

    either Bed Bath & Beyond or Target should have a loofah.

    that was a great hash name for someone way back when, we should recycle that name.

  2. Steve says:

    I remember “Little Cock Pit” from Monday night years ago… Sani wouldn’t let us name him “STFU”!! Woder if he ever made it in the air traffic world?

    Yesterday, the mizzus made a late afternoon trek to her folks house to work on taxes and suggested I hop on my trusty bike and get some exercise and join them. It sounded like a great idea, but by the 20 mile point I was pretty much over it and by the 35 mile end, I was toast. My legs today can certainly feel it, but I’m suprised they aren’t more shot. Georges may be questionable for me tonight- I’m thinking a nice long walk at lunch may do it for the day.

    The good news about your cancelled SF trip is you can now come to the Anniversary Party!!


  3. I do remember “Little Cock Pit” as well. Ah, the early days of my hashing… This “Cockpit” is a current hasher who does mostly SoCo and Black Sheep.

    The bank to which I referred is within walking distance of my office. I make make a foot journey there today instead of firing up the Jackmobile.

    I had all intentions of making the Anniversary Party regardless, but at least this way my body will be accustom to being on Eastern Time.

  4. Barb says:

    where does Debbie’s folks live?
    (its those Sufferfest videos Steve, you can handle a 35 mile ride!)

    I think Joanna & I are going to ride after work tonight, probably over in Roswell, but I doubt we will do 35, maybe about 20.

    Had a great dinner last night with Deposit & Oops, he has some fish he needed smoked & wanted to see how it went on the Egg. He kept saying the fish wasn’t as smokey as when he does it, but then in the next breath he would say he really liked it the way Allan did it. I’m was really confused as to if he liked it at times, but it is Oops, so I don’t worry about it. LOL

  5. Steve says:

    They live in Meansville. You go SE through such thriving metropoli as Haralson, Hollonville and Zebulon. It’s great riding. I don’t think I can blame the Sufferfest on this- more of a just haven’t been on the bike enough. And for the whole ride, I averaged 17, so don’t think I can complain much.

    I’d love to try and smoke some fish… what’s the cooking time on something like that?

  6. Martha says:

    I’ve got a ride schedule at Stone Mountain tomorrow, 4 loops. While I’ve been riding a bit these past few weeks, I’ve been on the trainer or the Comet….hills? What a hill?? Should be interesting. I haven’t average more than 16 on the comet, so I’d be thrilled with what you did.

    I also have to make a rare trip to the bank today, my first ‘bonus’ check is a live check…eventually, I will be able to deposit the check via my phone into my ING account but until then I keep my Wells Fargo account just for the situation.

  7. Steve says:

    WF has those neat ATM’s that read the check… amount and all. As I get checks after working races, I have one right across the street I hit regularly. Pretty cool.

    Check trivia- when I started at the Fed almost 20 years ago (damn!) we processed check in all 6 of our Atlanta district offices. Now there is only one office in the entire System that still runs checks. Cleveland. How times have changed and in just that short a time.

  8. Martha says:

    Yep, love it, no searching for envelopes or deposit slips…

    About the only checks I write are to individuals, even Jerry and I just transfer money on-line between our seperate accounts.

  9. Debbie says:

    Sooooo after his 35 mile ride, my beloved announces at our late and very noisy dinner that he had talked himself (and therefore me) out of a week long trip to San Diego in a meeting with his boss. He very nearly had to ride back home in the dark.

    Paulie good luck at the doc. I think you have cysts that just need to be lanced and drained. You’ll be ready for bathing suit season before you know it. 🙂

  10. Barb says:

    San Diego (actually Solana beach)- Kevin & Katrina might come back to the states & go there in August – they don’t want to come to ATL as it is such a pain with the kids having to load them up in the car to do anything. They want all of us to come out there, we will see if we can fit it in.

    Smoking the Amberjack took about 2-3 hours……..

    most banks are envelope-less now. I just deposited one I got from Robin Red BReast for the bike rack we sold her.

  11. Steve says:

    Honey.. I’ll be more than happy to take you to San Diego… I’ve always wanted to stay at the Del Coronado, and go back to the zoo!!

  12. Debbie, you are correct. My dad had them and I’ve had one for the better part of the past six years (I remember getting a massage on my 40th birthday and I did not have any then). A second (and perhaps third) have appeared in the past four years. After getting diagnosed as “not serious, and can be handled with out patient surgery” Number 2 decided to pitch a royal fit starting at the end of last week. It has neither been fun nor pretty since.

    Luckily my call yesterday yielded me an office visit tomorrow morning. Number 2 has gone all Mount Vesuvius in the past few days, I want to let the doctor have a good look at it an make sure that I am not in jeopardy of getting an infection.

    Ain’t life grand?

    Chicks dig scars, right? And when I tell the story of mine there will be knives and potential gang members involved. 😉

  13. Martha says:

    Speaking of bike racks, I think I’m going to spend my ‘bonus’ money on a hitch for the Escape and a new bike rack…anyone have any advice on either of these things? I don’t really know where to start.

    Jerry has had many, many cysts removed, lots of scars to show for it, and yes this chick digs them.

  14. Lisa says:

    OK, so I shelfishly need to know if this FL trip is going to interfere with LEAF. If so, I will have to start breaking it to Cooper now, he will be very sad if Uncle Paulie has to miss again!

  15. Geez, all you people are forcing me to play tomorrow’s blog today!

    Lisa, the FL would have interfered had I not looked at my today to find out that I was supposed to be in FL through Friday, May 11th. Today I removed my name from the list of people going to FL because of my previous commitment which requires me to be in North Carolina on Friday, May 11th. No need to alert Cooper, and perhaps I’ll even be cyst-free so I can go down the zip-line into the lake shirtless. Sure, I’ll still be overweight and white-as-a-ghost, but who the fuck cares about that? 🙂

  16. Lisa says:

    Sorry Paulie’s Momma and Paulie’s work, but we get him first! Well, I may have been able to understand if you pulled the Momma Card, but NOT work!!

  17. bob says:

    You all missed an excellent day to skip work and go for a bike ride. Drinking beer and playing in traffic was fun too 🙂

    Martha, check out You can enter your vehicle information and it will find a hitch for you. You should be able to get a hitch for under $200. Installation is simple, I can do it for you (or anybody with a socket set and 30 minutes to spare). Than you can shop for bike racks, that will set you back a bit more.

  18. Steve says:

    Bob, I’m sorry I wasn’t able to join you. I was going to try and cheer as you rode by, and I couldn’t even break away (pun intended) for that.

    I’m in for next year. So are Paulie and Martha!! Make note.

  19. Martha says:

    Sure, if I’m still even riding once my shin splints are better. That being said, a friend is trying to convince me to do a duathalon in Macon, this June. My coach says it’s burtal and it sounds like a terrible idea…but it wouldn’t be my worst idea 🙂

  20. Barb says:

    Martha – if your car handle it (and I think it should), get a 2″ receiver hitch – much better for “other” things – like if you ever need to rent & haul any sort of trailer. If Robin never uses that rack I just sold her, tell her you want it (hahahahaha).

    I did the ride to the capitol one of the first years, maybe next year I can fit it is again. Who knows – and how was it without Bruce annoucing?

    Hi Lisa!!
    Come down next weekend for our party & maybe, just maybe I can find some Delicato wine for everyone!

    and Paulie – May 11th goes right into Mother’s Day weekend – just to make you feel a little guilty. I only know this because my mother’s b-day is May 11th – and I never go home for Mother’s Day, so I get a yearly guilt trip.

  21. No guilt on this end. Mom will get the card I send her every year, and as an added bonus this year she’ll get to see me some time during the month for no specific reason. Who knows, maybe I’ll do a long Memorial Day visit down there.

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