I had no realization that today I’d be posting my two-thousandth blog post! Sure, it’s just a number, but still.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Give yourself a scalp massage.
The human head is a very sensitive place! Your scalp is covered in nerve endings that make it very responsive to touch, so a nice massage can provide stress relief and a moment of relaxation. Scalp massage is also good for relieving a tension headache.
I Cricketed And I Was The King Of Theater
On Friday the office had a “field day,” complete with barbecue, games, and little productivity. The weather was great for our event, but with theatre plans in place I had no desire to stay out for very long.
I also did not have any plans at making my first attempt at playing cricket (something I’ve wanted to try since seeing them have to bat the ball on The Amazing Race last season). Here’s what I will admit about my brief cricket career — on my first swing I hit the ball, on my first bowl I hit the wickets putting the batter out. As for the rest of my attempts…
After field day I took a quick shower at the office and drove myself downtown to go see “C.S. Lewis on Stage” at Theatrical Outfit. The one-person play, which was only performed this weekend, was masterful, though not being up on my CS Lewis I’m certain that I missed many of the intricacies of the monolog. And even better was the odd luck that I had with seating. I’d purchased a single ticket on the first row, dead center; for some reason the two seats on either side of me remained empty, so I was like royalty at the theater.
On a side note: The parking attendant for the lot across from Theatrical Outfit once again called me Superman. While I no longer have the same resemblance to Christopher Reeve I once did, I still get a kick out of people referring to me as such. Now if they were only cute women making this connection…
It’s “Official,” I’m No Longer An “Event” Person
I got myself out of the house on Saturday morning and headed to midtown for the Red Bull Soapbox Derby. I brought my camera gear and was ready to take on the day. As expected traffic was thick and parking was tough, but knowing my way around I was able to get a side-street spot and hike over to Piedmont Park with more than an hour to spare. The crowds were building as I wandered around looking for a place to call my own. I quickly realized that there were few good places for photography, and those good places were already taken. Have I mentioned that I hate jockeying for position and refuse to do it these days? I ambled to the starting ramp and took a substandard spot along the fence. “Hey, at least I’d get clear shots of the contestants as they start.” I thought. And then, about twenty minutes before the event’s “start” a policeman told us that we’d all have to move. Like the idiot I am I followed orders directly and moved. No sooner than I had evacuated the space it was filled by others who never moved from it and I was left trying to shoot over some children and around a man’s head. As the “start” of the event was pushed back the throngs of people continued to stream in and pack the sidelines. I watched three “pre-start” cars attempt the course, well, I watched them begin their run and then could not see another damn thing. Frustrated and knowing that I’d not get any of the shots I had envisioned, I left. I’m sure a lot of people had a great time at the event, but all it did for me was convince me that I no longer want to attend “events.”
ITP Flickr Pic
Tomorrow I may post one of the five photos I took on Saturday.
I left midtown early enough to decide were I’d eat lunch. As I drove I convinced myself that I wanted Midway Pub’s chicken tenders. When I arrived I saw ITP-Reader Betsy’s and ITP-Reader Terri’s cars. I then remembered something about a soccer match or something or other. I ate, and then spurred on by cheap Full Sail Session Blacks I decided to see what this soccer thing was all about.
As added bonuses I saw ITP-Reader Jenka and her husband outside on the Midway’s patio Saturday, and the Pinelake hash ended at Midway Pub on Saturday as well.
With Sunday’s rain there was no doubt that I wasn’t going to ride, so I returned to Midway Pub for another day of EUFA watching while eating chicken tenders and drinking all of the Full Sail Session Blacks in Midway’s cooler.
The days were fun, but I don’t think I can honestly say that I am a soccer fan yet.
On Saturday night I drove back to midtown to go to the High Museum’s showing of “Gotham Shorts” — a series of bizarre and disappointing (to me) short films about New York. As I awaited the opening of the theater I heard one of the volunteers explain that Patron Member free tickets can be picked up at a different box office. Patron Member free tickets? WTH? I’m a Patron Member and when I reserved my ticket I was charged $7! I had to log into the Woodruff Arts’ / High Museum’s website to make the ticket purchase, so surely their ticketing system knew of my membership level at the time of reservation. I will take a portion of the blame however, because I had no idea that free tickets to any film series event was one of the perks of my membership. But now I do…
Was I Onto Something?
This week the Car Talk guys announced that they are retiring at the end of September. Too bad.
In the article I read about their retirement they stated that the show will continue to air “repurposed” episodes (the latest euphemism for “rerun”) in place of new episodes. The article also mentioned that they have tested “repurposed” episodes and at they stand the test of time.
Remember that time last year I wondered in this space whether or not the Car Talk episode aired the previous week was “new?” Now I am really skeptical…
No Mad Men Talk Please
I am in the midst of another of my June Super Secret Projects for which I have removed my satellite receiver from action. Because of this I couldn’t watch last night’s season finale of “Mad Men” so I won’t know what happened until I can watch my iTunes download of it tonight. Please, no spoilers today.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, wishing I could return to good health
Current Music – listening to an NPR “All Songs Considered” podcast
Website Of The Day – I’m sure that I’ll be glued to Engadget later as they live-blog Apple’s WWDC keynote speech later this afternoon.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking currently
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 10
Pancakes Eaten – 0
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2012
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me — Mindy Kahling
- Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science — Curtis Ebbesmeyer
- God, No! — Penn Jillette
- The Elephant to Hollywood — Michael Caine
- Here Comes Trouble — Michael Moore
- How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer
- Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson
- Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays) — Authur Miller
– Post at least ten new photos during the month
– Lose at least two pounds (net weight loss)
– Finish two books (audio or otherwise, comic books do not qualify)
– 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]
– 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