Second Verse, Same As The First

Last night’s walk was shorter, but other than that my evening was the same… at least until I got home. As I unloaded the Jackmobile last night I noticed that a new pride of cats, kittens and their mother (I suppose), have taken residence in the far reaches of my back yard. Dangen! I saw them all again this morning as they curiously looked on while some man made a ruckus carrying large blue bags to his car.

Which reminds me, Little Willy, if you are reading this before I get the chance to do so, I’ll be calling you today about that window.

Yesterday’s Daily Challenge
Stretch your palms and fingers, return your hands to their normal position, and rotate your wrists.

Typing and other repetitive tasks can cause soreness and cramping in wrists and fingers. Left unchecked, this can give way to carpal tunnel syndrome, which can be very painful and potentially tough to fix. By taking a short break and giving your hands and wrists a quick stretch, you’ll help to keep them healthy.

I really should do this more often.

I Really Wanted To Ride Today
The weather is supposed to be agreeable, but I just couldn’t convince myself to drive the Black Jack to the office so that I could ride it home tonight, and then back into the office tomorrow morning. While I am capable of putting in forty-mile days on my bike, especially when the ride is broken into two twenty-mile segments which occur nine hours apart, I just don’t want to right now.

If I can get my courage up perhaps I’ll drive the bike in tomorrow, ride home and do the return ride on Friday morning (or course this will require me to leave work early enough to ride home for the farmers market on Thursday, and drive home early enough on Friday to get home to ditch the bike prior to heading to Little 5 Points for the Great Lake Swimmers show).

See You Later, The Talk Show
I’ve been listening to a podcast called “The Talk Show” on 5by5 for some time now. The content of the show was technical and the banter between the co-hosts was enjoyable.

Out of the blue, at least to me, I heard that one of “The Talk Show” co-hosts ended the podcast abruptly and took the show to another podcasting network — using the same name! I can’t reward behavior like that, so I am now a former listener to “The Talk Show.”

Lavanderia Noche
Has it really has been two weeks since I last did laundry? That seems impossible. Regardless I’ll be performing the task tonight. Convincing myself to do laundry was one of the ways I was able to talk myself out of doing the bicycle commute today.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – listening to the latest “Mac Power Users” podcast
Website Of The Day – While far from a perfect science OpenSignalMaps is trying to accurately show the proliferation of cell signal coverage throughout the country.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~3.2 miles
Morning Weigh-In – I could weigh in today if I so desire

Foot Mileage – 18.3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 43.5 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 3
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
  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
  5. Here Comes Trouble — Michael Moore

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 Second Verse, Same As The First

  1. Barb says:

    you know, there is a Dunwoody ride, I think on Thursday nights, you ought to contact Lindsay (aka Gaywatch), I know he rides it. It doesn’t start that far from your office……….

    We finally had Kris (aka 3 Finger) come over & weld the carport frame to the top of the 4 big metal posts that have been an eyesore in the backyard. Now, we need to clean up the area, Allan wants to pour a cement pad to make it more useable. (but I think we will have that professionally done, our little cement mixer would take forever for that area.) I actually think gravel would work, but I don’t think he will agree to that.
    Neal & Sue (Oops & Deposit) also joined up for dinner, Oops brought some awesome venison steaks, we also had chicken, the first squash from the garden, and a nice lettuce salad also from the garden.

  2. I’m not sure that I’m in real group ride form yet. I know, this is just another cop out.

    Sounds like you had a great night Barb. Who is going to be the first band playing the your home stage? 🙂

    I keep remembering things I mean to mention in the blog. I really need to get my life organized, include drawing up outlines for my blog entries.

  3. Barb says:

    well – I don’t think it is a hammer head ride, and you hung with Allan & Steve, I think you’d be okay. And – you never know, there might be a cute girl or two that rides, you just never know.

    I won’t say never on a band, but I doubt it. (George Thorogood & the Destroyers would be Allan’s choice) Allan did put in some nice speakers though, so we do now have music……….

  4. Martha says:

    and I’m back! Well we got back Monday evening, we were less than 10 miles from home when the skies opened up…I thought we might have to pull over at one point.

    Charleston/Folly Beach was great. With Alberto churning off the coast, waters were a little choppy. The last bit of Jerry’s swim Saturday was like a washing maching, I was soaked just staning on the dock. Sunday we ran across the Cooper River Bridge, I got a little freaked out, it was so windy and noisy…yikes. The trip back across was better. We didn’t get a chance to SUP, 20 mph sustained winds made it unsafe, so we just hung around the beach/town eating and drinking too much. Weather cleared up Monday, we finally saw dolphins both in the river the condo overlooked and in the ocean.

    We spend yesterday doing yard work, I had 8 cubic yards of mulch delivered, I’d say we got 2/3 of it spread yesterday. Bought some new lopper, so we cleared a ton of space as well. These things are great, I’m sure we could make quick time of those shrubs at the end of your drive. I can send Jerry over, you will be doing me a favor by giving Jerry something to ‘lop’ besides my crepe myrtle and gardenia. We might have the place ready for a 4th of July cookout.

    Let me know if you need any help with those cats. I’m sure Willy has a trap or two and I could take them to Lifeline on my ‘work from home day’.

  5. Welcome back, Martha. I’ll talk to Willy and let you know.

    It’s another great day for the Giro d’Italia. The weather is holding off and the riders are being tested on some still-snow-covered mountains.

  6. Barb says:

    I like loping things too………

  7. Steve says:

    Actually working this morning!! WTH?

    Welcome back Martha, glad you had a good time. Charleston is a favorite of the mizzus and I- don’t get there frequently enough, and we even have friends there to crash with.

    No Georges tonight- the calf is still not letting me run, so I asked Debbie if she’d like pizza, so I’ll ride to Senoia to “beer stop” pizza for a little dinner.

    I was watching the Giro at breakfast but have been too busy to watch any more.


  8. Barb says:

    Matt’s Smalltown Pizza, I’d like to try it sometime…….. watch out for that fast dog……..

  9. Barb says:

    oh yeah. I forgot to mention this
    Allan & I and a few others maybe are going to do a Bud Plant ride Saturday – no start time decided, but not super early.
    We are actually going to start at the Sosebee Cycling Park – google it if you are interested – much better start & end location than an asphalt parking lot………. with lots of cameras.

  10. I’ll probably join you Barb. I was planning on riding Saturday too.

  11. Martha says:

    Keep me in the loop, I have a 2 1/2 hour ride planned.

  12. Hmmm, that’s a long way from the ‘hood. I’ll have to be ‘tentative’ until I know what time you plan to start. I need to be back well ITP by showtime on Saturday night to see “Waffle Palace” at Horizon Theatre.

  13. Barb says:

    I think we will meet at about 9:30, with starting at this park, it will change the mileage just slightly, but the Bud ride options are 31, 48 & I think 68. We will probably do the 48 (should take about 3 hours riding, add in stopping times, so it will take us proably 3.5 hours or a little longer), since it is supposed to be pretty hot, but you decide at about 15-20 on the 31 or 48/68, then a little further down you get to decide again.

    Paulie – we will be done by mid afternoon (even with after ride beverages).

    ride is very similar terrain to Silk sheets & Day Spa rides.

  14. Okay, well I’ll upgrade my status to “probable” then.

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