Overserved, Overslept

Somehow I wound up being the last one to leave Bike Maintenance Night last night — at 11:15pm. I successfully drank four sixteen-ounce beers (which made for another fitful night of sleep), ate one barbecue sandwich, an a half of a s’mores brownie, and unsuccessfully tried to convince two women that I am dating material (which made for another disappointing night of non-sleep).

I’ve overslept again and I’m going to be “late” to the office. Whoops.

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Choose a new fruit or vegetable that you can pick up the next time you’re at the supermarket.

People typically stick to what they know when shopping, and that’s OK. But by finding something ahead of time and committing to trying it, you’ll expose yourself to new flavors, textures, and tastes – and you may end up making your new fruit or vegetable part of your regular rotation! Your new, exciting piece of produce may also contain vitamins and minerals that you don’t normally get, either. Whatever catches your eye on the list – from persimmons to purple peppers – don’t be afraid to give it a try.

This would be easy if I were heading to the East Atlanta Farmers Market tonight, but I’m not.

The Problem With Password Changes
Last week I received an email from Yahoo! telling me that a password change request had been made. Problem was that I didn’t make it. Naturally skeptical I decided to change my Yahoo! password to something much harder to guess, just in case someone was trying to gain access to my account.

While changing passwords is an occasional necessary evil, it doth sucketh. My Yahoo! password is for Yahoo! mail. And because Yahoo! bought Flickr and required everyone to use their Yahoo! login for Flickr, it also is for that service. And now that I’ve changed this password none of the third-parties to whom I’ve legitimately given access to my Flickr account via Flickr’s API can get to my photos. So each morning as I lie here in bed and glance over at my Chumby I see a message “Flickr API Unavailable” instead of my photos — at least until I can remember how to configure that app with my new Yahoo! password.

And I just noticed that the small Flickr photo viewer in the right-hand galley doesn’t seem to work any longer — though that might also be because I no longer have Flash on my computers.

Whatta pain in the ass.

Tweetup At The Marlay House
Instead of a farmers market evening (which I will resume again next week) I’ll be heading to Decatur for a one-time Tweetup reunion at The Marlay House. When Twitter was first gaining popularity my friend Maigh started organizing monthly meet ups (Tweetups) at local bars.

Unfortunately Maigh’s life became too busy and when the responsibility of organizing the Tweetups was passed to someone else, the Tweetups were never the same. Shortly thereafter I stopped attending as well.

Tonight I’ll make attempts to curb my alcoholic intake so that I don’t wind up in the same condition in which I find myself today.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – low
Current Music – listening to this week’s “The Talk Show” podcast
Website Of The Day – Did you know that Atlanta now has a permanent Food Truck Park? I’m thinking about checking things out this weekend.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I’ll weigh in again next week

Foot Mileage – 3.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 2
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
  2. Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science — Curtis Ebbesmeyer
  3. God, No! — Penn Jillette
  4. The Elephant to Hollywood — Michael Caine

May Goals
– Lose at least two pounds (net weight loss)
– Completely recover from my sebaceous cyst surgery
– 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
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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14 Responses to Overserved, Overslept

  1. Steve says:

    I believe the Creative Loafing mentioned the Food Truck Park in a recent issue- over off Howell Mill, if I recall correctly? Every Thursday, several trucks appear at the lot at 12th and Peachtree- always have lines and because of that, never get my business.

    Last nights’ run at Jorges was hot. M. F. Hot. I know it’s a bit of a fluke and it was the first hot run, but I hope this isn’t preview of the summer… I don’t run well in the hot… ick.

    Barb, when next you remember when speaking to your husband, ask him for the info about the Campy shifter springs he said I should replace on my old Bianchi. It’s an 8 speed shifter, but I recall he said they haven’t changed the spring in any of the recent design changes. I’ll go ahead and get the parts and maybe let him earn his keep at Summer Slacker Series #1.


  2. Barb says:

    but Paulie- you had a nice conversation with a girl you didn’t know last night….. I was very proud of you. And – how do you know she doesn’t think you are dating material – did you ask her out? Did something happen after I left?

    It was a nice time last night, but Allan had to work too hard. I think Dumbf*ck is going to definately owe him for that repair…..

    Steve – I’ll have to copy & paste that question – I can’t remember that one on my own.

  3. Yeah, the food truck park is located at Howell Mill and I-75. I think it’s kinda funny that these vehicles which are configured to serve food now have a permanent place to go — isn’t that called a “restaurant?”

    Nothing specifically happened Barb, but there were no sparks of interest either. Truth be told I was really interested in the other girl — the one who made the s’mores brownies — who, after politely introducing herself to Jerry, Martha, and then somewhat less enthusiastically to me, ignored every attempt I made to talk to her. This was one of the reasons that I gave up and went to the patio.

    Man, I don’t feel right today. I’m not sure if it’s the beer or the onset of yet another springtime cold, but I am whooped.

  4. Martha says:

    I was so tired last night, it must have been all that beer (almost a whole bottle) I drank. I ended up falling asleep on the couch.

    I was glad to see my bike wasn’t in as bad of shape as I expected it to be in after Saturday’s ride (and a year or so of neglect). I’ll be picking up some tape and looking at new seats very soon.

    I felt bad, there is usually so much food, I didn’t bother to bring anything, dinner was good, just a little limited.

    I’m working at home today but don’t have much to do since I can’t get into the CDC system and haven’t been able to since Tuesday. I’ve also not been able to speak with anyone in IT, I keep getting sent to voice mail and I’ve sent emails (from a different account) with no response…sounds like something BAD is going on but since I can’t get to my email I have no way of knowing if a notice has been sent out.

    Paulie, don’t try to make encounters with women about trying to convince someone that you are dating material…the right one will be able to figure it out on her own. 🙂

  5. It was great to see you and Jerry last night Martha. I considered bringing food, but then I only picked up beer. Ooops. In the future I’ll bring beer, food, and a bicycle which needs fixing. 🙂

  6. Barb says:

    well – I thought Julie was acting interested enough in the conversation & you for that matter, I think you are putting too much though into it. Not every meeting with a girl has to create sparks for it to be a good evening. Sometimes it just takes time to get to know someone.
    As for Meg, I don’t know her all that well, but I doubt she did that on purpose, she probably just had other people she actually knew that she felt more comfortable talking to? Again, don’t take it so personally………

    It was kind of a last minute maintenance night, and it just depends on who shows up as to how much food in there. It was a non-food bringing group this time. I usually make something, but didn’t have time.

  7. bob says:

    Will there be another maintenance night before BRAG? Not sure if my bike needs work or not but would like it looked over by somebody other than me and who actually knows what they are looking at. Maybe have a pre-BRAG garage mahal get together for the OTP peeps?
    Or I could just take it to a bike shop.

    Paulie you mentioned your Chumby, do you still like it? Do they still sell them?

  8. Suffice to say I had a good time regardless, though I should have been wiser and had less beer. It would help me prepare better for bed as well as I think part of my crummy feeling today is, as I’ve just remembered, related to waking up and turning off my ceiling fan as well as the fan for my A/C. I often times get sick when I sleep under a ceiling fan, well, at least one that’s turned on.

  9. I like my Chumby and I believe they still sell it. Admittedly it is a geek toy and is not the best alarm clock in the world — especially since its screen can be too bright for a darkened bedroom. But, it amuses me.

  10. bob says:

    I’m considering the Chumby for a kitchen appliance. Clock, radio, recipes, etc.

  11. Hmm, for that you may be better off getting an Android tablet or a Kindle Fire.

  12. Barb says:

    Bob – we might be able to have an OTP bike night before BRAG, not a bad idea at all

  13. Martha says:

    I use my Fire a lot for recipes/cooking.

    OTP bike night, I’ll bring the bar tape!!

  14. Barb says:

    maybe May 22 & 23, or right after Momorial day……. hmmmm – have to figure out a date.

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