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
- 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) — Arthur Miller
- Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury
– 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]
– 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