Seriously, WTF

I know that it seems to me that I suffer as many or more “WTF moments” than most, but seriously, WTF.

Today’s Personal Project
Attend tonight’s East Atlanta farmers market — weather permitting.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Fridge? Counter? Learn the ideal place to store your fruit to keep it fresh and tasty.

Fruit tastes so much better when it’s stored the proper way! Plus, by extending its shelf life, you’ll be less likely to have to toss out soggy strawberries or mushy mangoes. This means more flavorful, nutritious fruit in your life and less in the garbage can.

The Lonely Hash Club
With shitty weather in the area it was no surprise that there were few hashers at George’s Bar last night. I know that they “heyday of Wednesday night running” is over, but still, I expected more than four of us.

It was good to meet up and share some beer with ITP-Reader Steve and “Highdicker,” and to meet a hasher know as “Head First.” I ate a chicken wrap and fries before heading home and passing out nearly immediately after arriving home.

Did Car Talk Just Diagnose The Latest Jackmobile Issue?
This morning I finished up listening to last weekend’s “Car Talk.” The penultimate caller, Melissa (?) from Alpharetta, described a noise very similar to that which I heard the Jackmobile make yesterday morning. Unfortunately for her, and potentially for me, their diagnosis was the dying of the car’s water pump.

When I dutifully had the Jackmobile’s serpentine belt replaced about 50k miles ago I didn’t have the foresight, and no one provided me with advice, to replace the water pump at the same time. So I didn’t.

I also didn’t hear the noise again today, but that’s not stopping me from considering making an appointment to take the car to Lam’s shop and ask if they can diagnose the water pump, or inquire how much it would cost to replace the water pump (and might as well replace the serpentine belt again).


On a funnier note: The final caller also had an issue with which I identify. In his case he’s had three girlfriends and a wife, all of whom have driven Volkswagens (mostly Beetles). In my case I am finding myself oddly attracted to the look of many girls who drive Volkswagens (mostly Jettas and Passats).

Along Came The Spider
The other morning I thought that I saw a spider in the Jackmobile. This morning I was certain of it. As I pulled up to a stop light this morning I looked to my right, only to see a spider sitting in the center of the web it had constructed inside the Jackmobile. I pulled over and tried to extract the spider after opening the passenger-side door, but I don’t think I was successful.


Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, having some body issues
Current Music – listening to today’s Tour de France stage
Website Of The Day – I’m stealing today’s website Fruits & Veggies More Matters from today’s Daily Challenge. The site is responding slowly, probably because more people are hitting it today than normally do.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~5.5 miles
Morning Weigh-In – checking again starting next week

Foot Mileage – ~55.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~81.8 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Days – 3
Carnivorous Days – 15
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
  6. How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer
  7. Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson
  8. Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays) — Arthur Miller
  9. Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury

July Goals
– Take at least one load of stuff from my house to Goodwill
– Post at least ten new photos during the month (let’s try this again)
– 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
– Ride no fewer than 150 miles

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 Seriously, WTF

  1. Barb says:

    I’ve never replaced my water pump….. but yes, get it checked out.
    Since I do the regular recommended maintenance every 30,000 miles, I don’t even know what is replaced when, just whatever the Honda people suggest.

    So, if you decide to bike ride with us Sunday, what are you plans for the rest of the day? (since it will be your birthday & all that). We could do lunch/dinner? Bring a change of clothes, you could shower in the garage….. I know you’ve always wanted to do that.

  2. Steve says:

    Water pump? I’m not buying it.

    I can’t blame any of the other regulars for not showing up last night. It certainly wasn’t “bad”, but it was certainly wet. I wouldn’t have made a special trip for that!

    Off today and will be heading to Savannah later to pick up our new pony Sadie. Watching the Tour and 2nd place GC (Niboli) just bridged up to the break. They politely asked him to “get lost” as with him there, they would have no chance of getting away. He shook hands with one of the break, and dropped back to the field. Too funny.


  3. Barb says:

    that is pretty funny Steve – get lost!

  4. Martha says:

    Jerry has been really happy with Chris at Ride On, closer to home.

    I might swing by George’s on my way home from work if the food was better…

    I finally got an appointment to see a PA today, hopefully I can start to get some answers and quit freaking out. I’m going to Highland Urgent Care, Paulie is that where you go?

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I enjoyed the accidental coverage of the “nature break” taken by the peloton. Luckily none of the riders’ “kickstands” were shown on television.

    I could believe the water pump in this case. I just don’t know if it can be checked out without having to do all of the same work necessary for replacing it. I need the Jackmobile to be reliable as I am planning on driving up to Raleigh in a couple of weeks.

    There are no birthday plans scheduled. (In fact I just realized the this year’s leap year has cheated me out of a Saturday birthday!) I can certainly bring a change of clothes and hang out for awhile after the ride.

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Is Ride On a mechanic? Lam’s is convenient for my office.

    I rather like the (bar) food at George’s. Sure, it’s not “healthy” but I think it’s tasty.

    Highland Urgent Care is my primary physician. I normally see Dr. Beauliue (or however that is spelled) though I have seen a couple of different doctors on recent visits.

  7. Martha says:

    I thought that was were I took you after your accident. I’ll be seeing the PA, Amy. Hopefully, I will get more information than I did at the minute clinic, which was…you need to go see a doctor.

    Yes, Ride On is a mechanic, just off Memorial on Chester. He helped Jerry when he was buying the Jeep ( I wont hold that against him), he inspected two Jeeps for Jerry, told him not to buy the first one. Didn’t charge him either time. It’s a lot more convenient for us, now that my office isn’t walking distance from Lam.

  8. Steve says:

    George’s food not good? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Actually, I had the best thing on the menu last night (grilled salmon BLT) and it was really good. But I understand it isn’t the healthiest.

    We forgot to mention they were handing out koozies- “Great way to start the week- Wednesdays at Georges” on one side and great way to end the week on the other. With an on-on foot. I told George of my idea to just have one Wednesday a month to have everyone show up. Had I not been out of town last week, I was going to start pimping it. Looks like I’ll shoot for the 3rd Wednesday of August.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Yes, you did take me to Highland Urgent Care after the accident.

    If I am in town on your selected Wednesdays I will do my level best to hang out at George’s. Hell, it might even inspire me to start running again — naaaaaaah. 🙂

  10. Barb says:

    I ended up going tothe firehouse last night after work – Allan needed work clothes for Hyox today (he worked an OT shift yesterday).

    And – BIG NEWS – they had a fire last night!!! The excitement in his voice when he tells me about a fire always cracks me up.

    So Paulie (and anyone else) – we will come up with something for your birthday after the ride, it won’t be as good as an evening in old Buckhead at Jelly Rolls, but maybe some Tasty China, or some Mexican, or some pizza, or something…….

  11. Steve says:

    I won’t make it to ride on Sunday, but I might be convinced to come up for a birthday meal- I need to stop in East Point and check on the house, too.

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Whatever, I am too old to be picky. 🙂

  13. Barb says:

    and – for your birthday (or not for your birthday, just because I say so) – do not bring any beer for the beer fridge – it is over flowing & some needs to be drank out of there!!! I think there is some beer that might be getting “old” on that top shelf. (bring some for Sosabee maybe, but not to leave at my house)

  14. I can follow those orders for sure. 🙂

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