Still Need To Get The Jackmobile’s Emissions Checked

I almost said “my emissions” but that’d never pass inspection.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Add one choline-rich food to your shopping list, such as salmon, eggs, chicken, tofu, or chickpeas.

Choline is an essential nutrient that is used by the brain and nervous system. Studies have shown that people who have a lot of choline in their diets may have a sharper memory, and that a lifetime of eating choline-rich food may help lessen the risks of brain changes that can lead to dementia. Bonus: choline-rich foods are also packed with other healthy nutrients, so your whole body benefits.

That’s choline and not chlorine, kids.

Back ITP
It was one of the worst drives that I’ve ever taken. Nearly two and a half hours of my drive was spent driving through a constant, heavy downpour provided by Tropical Storm Debby. Even worse, I knew that I couldn’t pull off because I knew that the weather system was stalled and I be stuck in north Florida for hours. I finally broke through the rain near Adel, GA (you might have to Google Map that if you’ve never done an I-75 drive to Florida) and was able to stop off at a neglected roadside gas/DQ/Subway where I was introduced to this:


Dismissing the weather I had a great time with my mother this weekend. On Saturday afternoon I schooled the old ladies and won one bingo game (with a little help from my mother) for $50. I split the $50 with mom, and given that I had spent $10 to play, walked away with $15 of profit — which I easily spent on Florida beers at Total Wine in Clearwater. I tried to buy some beer from the Dunedin Brewery to bring back for this weekend’s festivities at the Moreland Day Spa, but I could not locate their beers anywhere in the region. I don’t know if they’ve stopped bottling, and my attempt to contact them fell on deaf ears. I would have liked to have done some additional things, but most of those were outdoor activities which couldn’t have happened thanks to Mother Nature.

On Sunday my mother and I visited the Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida. Because of the weather the place was too crowded to be enjoyed and my mother didn’t seem to be having a great time walking around, so we didn’t stay for very long. Luckily for me I saved my $21 entry fee because I have a membership at the High Museum which provides reciprocal memberships to many museums around the country, the Dali included. Oh, and the brand new museum has at least one leak in the geodesic dome which covers their gift shop.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game
Damn the heat, I’m going to the Braves game tonight!

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat, but other than that alright
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Kudos again to Weather Underground for keeping me abreast of what was happening weather wise all weekend long.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking

Foot Mileage – 19.3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 34.5 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 24
Pancakes Eaten – 5

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
  6. How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer
  7. Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson
  8. Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays) — Authur Miller

June Goals
– 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]

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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9 Responses to Still Need To Get The Jackmobile’s Emissions Checked

  1. Steve says:

    I’m sure that was one miserable drive.

    I was in R&R mode yesterday and except for a little quality time on the tractor, did little but surf and nap. Tonight, I must get out on the bike.

    I cleaned out 400 emails with one push of a button this morning and it felt GOOD! Now trying to pick up the pieces of maintenance work done poorly on Sunday.

  2. Funny, you just reminded me of the panic attack I had last night. I went looking through my GMail account for the LEAF email containing the ticket for this Fall’s festival. I was pretty sure that I had received the email corresponding to my order last Thursday, but couldn’t locate it. In the original order confirmation email it mentioned checking your SPAM folder, which I had just cleaned out with one click. I panicked at the thought of having just deleted my ticket with the uneasy feeling that I’d be forced to buy another (the total for the weekend, including parking, is about $175). Luckily I was able to find the proper combination of search terms and locate the ticket in the “Trash” folder (though it still had an “Inbox” tag on it as well…). Crisis averted!

  3. Steve says:

    I’m glad I could be of service!! 😉 Most of that 400 was automated reports I get about the network and the normal junk mail. The spam gets stopped at the firewall for the most part, but there are a few of those “Your winnings are waiting, please remit $200 to process the taxes.” that get through.

    Just walked across the street to deposit my check from last week. You’d think that tropical storm is a whole lot closer than mid-state Florida because it’s windy as hell.

  4. Debbie says:

    No kidding on the wind! It made my morning ride pretty eventful. The horses were wound up – they typically don’t like wind – from the get go. I nearly hit the ground when a doe and her fawn jumped into the creek right next to the path we were cantering down. Both horses did a stop, spin and bolt move – wheeeeeeee! The ponies were sure there were bears and cougars in the bushes from then on.

    While Steve was being tractor boy yesterday, I ran a quick errand in his car. On the way home, I had my third catch and release run in with local police. All 3 incidents were for 20 or more miles over the limit. Hell if I know why they’re letting me go, but it drives Steve crazy to have my criminal ways unpunished! 😉

    The main dish on Saturday is pulled pork. I’ll also have watermelon and some kind of dessert. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

  5. Barb says:

    I’ll bring something to do with the pulled pork Saturday night- maybe the broccoli slaw since that is so easy. I can’t promise tomatoes – the damn things are jsut taking their time out there turning red, but if they get with it – I’ll bring some.

    I want to go ride tonight before yoga, but I have a feeling the heat will change my mind when I get home. Saturday is going to be brutal – but we are tough, we can handle it. We may need 2 beer stops…..

  6. …and a U-Haul to pick us up at the second beer stop. 🙂

  7. Steve says:

    Hmmm… 2 beer stops? I know you are in training for RAGBRAI, but that might be a little tough.

    Really, what I want is for you to slow the F down and not get caught by the Po Po. I realize you were trying to get home to meet that friend, but really- 20 miles over?

  8. Barb says:

    Steve- okay- we need gas station/some sort of place to get more water stops then – how about that?

  9. Steve says:

    My vision is a short loop with those that don’t want to “go long”, drop them off near the house and continue on with the rest of us.

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