Well Done Sir

I attended last night’s inaugural “Third Wednesday at George’s” and was pleased that I had. The turn out of “old regulars” was decent and it was good to see and catch up with folks I might now only get to see during huge hash events. This being the first I can’t say how persistent people will be at continuing “Third Wednesday at George’s” but I applaud ITP-Reader Steve’s effort on putting this together. Oh, and if you weren’t there, we talked about you. 🙂

Today’s Personal Project
I have a litany of things to do today, including learning how to spell “litany” without the aid of a spellchecker.

1. DAMMIT, I still need to exchange those shorts.
2. Pay my Dekalb County property taxes today in order to get that out of the way.
3. Sign up for the Beautiful Backroads Ride, which takes place on Sunday, September 16th.
4. See about booking a hotel room at The Victoria Inn for September 22nd.
5. Not fall asleep before 11pm (I have too much to do!!!).

Today’s Daily Challenge
Get up to date on the recycling guidelines for your city or town.

Recycling helps to conserve energy and natural resources, and it reduces pollution in our air and water. But the rules for recycling have changed quite a bit over the years, and they continue to change as new technologies become available. By familiarizing yourself with the guidelines, you can ensure that you’re recycling all the materials that you can.

Yeah, this is something I do often, especially since I have so much stuff to recycle.

Storage Predictions Are Cloudy
The other day I found out that my Amazon Cloud Storage was a free trial and it was time to pony up some money in order to keep it. Well, the idea of having cloud storage with the company from which I buy a good bit of digital music and video seemed like a good one to me, so I signed up for the $25/year plan.

That Was Stupidly Delicious
You may remember a few weeks ago I bought a disappointing and disgusting jar of cashew/almond/peanut butter, the likes of which was constantly goopy. At that time I gave a hell of a stirring and placed it into my refrigerator. Today I took it out and the “butter” had the constancy of hummus, but at least it wasn’t oily and was now spoonable and spreadable. This morning’s “breakfast” was some of that eaten along with some chocolate/vanilla pudding; it was like eating Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for breakfast and I adored it!

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – good, mostly because I got back onto my walking schedule today
Current Music – silence as I am trying to concentrate on getting this done
Website Of The Day – In case you didn’t know, I’m an Apple fan boy and use Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Today I found out about MacTips, look for me to be wasting some time there today.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – next week that damn scale is coming into the office

Foot Mileage – ~27.8 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 22
Carnivorous Meals – 16
Pancakes Eaten – 2

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

August Goals
– Eat no fewer than forty-five vegetarian meals
– Take at least one load of stuff from my house to Goodwill
– Take unused electronics to recycling center
– 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)
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Exercise for thirty minutes no fewer than twenty days
– Ride no fewer than 150 miles (might be hard given the amount of travel scheduled this month)
– Walk (or run) no fewer than 75 miles
– Do no fewer than 750 sit-ups
– Do no fewer than 300 push-ups

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

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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to Well Done Sir

  1. Barb says:

    Only sort of sorry we missed George’s last night, just wasn’t in the mood to sit in traffic. I hope you talked about me ALOT!

    no Beautiful Backroads ride for me this year – we are hoping to go to TN to a surprise birthday party for a friend that actually lives in St. Pete. It is a nice charity, & it is kind of fun having a beer tent at the end.

    so, my damn DVR problems are still not completely solved. All the recordings on the boxes that aren’t the main box are buffering, pausing, whatever word you want to use about every 5 seconds or so. ARGHHHHHHH. I guess I get to have fun with the 800# customer service this evening when I get home.

  2. Traffic was surprisingly good from Perimeter Mall. I “cruised” until I hit a backup in Morningside.

    I figure if I ride Beautiful Backroads well I *might* be in decent enough shape to do the double century the next week. I contemplated riding my bike to and from work today, but my laziness and a slightly off-kilter stomach this morning convinced me otherwise.

  3. Steve says:

    I was pleased at the turnout last night. I haven’t seen Dr. Do Do in a long time and he is always good for quite a few laughs. MC, TV, Condo, and Gaywatch were some of the others we don’t see at all much anymore. The general temprature I took was people could do that once a month, so maybe it will catch on. I just need to remember to post it on the hash forum as well.

    And yes, if you weren’t there, we talked about you.

    I forgot to take my asprin last night, so my run was slightly painful. Tendonitis in my right knee- hell getting old.

    Tomorrow, Brownie Ain’t Stayin has an appointment to get “tutored” and then he will be ready for his forever home… wherever that is.


  4. Martha says:

    First, sorry I missed George’s last night. We’ve been working on proposal, what a terrible time & soul sucking experience it has been. I left work last night with 32.5 hours already clocked and continued working once I got home. Pencils down at 1 today, them for the most part I’m finished. I hope to get out of here early today and with enough energy to go for a run, that I was supposed to do yesterday.

    I’m doing BBC this year, the plan is for the full. Glad to hear at least one person I know will be there.

    Steve, can you please stop your wife from posting pictures of adorable, irresistible dogs on Facebook…really the last one (Oliver) was just too much. I thought Brownie had a forever home 😉

  5. Hmmm, I’m confused. Is BBC on Saturday the 15th or Sunday the 16th? Somewhere I saw the latter, but the website (which I assume is the truth) says the former. The 15th is a little more problematic since that’s the day of the East Atlanta Strut. I *might* be able to do both events, but I’d rather not have to.

  6. Martha says:

    I have it as the 15th.

    Last year was the first time in years that I had made it to EAV Strut. It always seemed to be the same weekend as Lake Hartwell or something else…eh, it was okay…doesn’t seem much different than anyother Atlanta festival, lots of crowds, long lines, hot as hell on the asphalt…still fun to hang out with some of the folks we ran into, including you and the drunk Englishman.

  7. Yeah, most signs point toward the 15th, even the text within the incorrect date on bicyclegeorgia.com mentions the “third Saturday”

    Sunday, September 16

    Beautiful Backroads Century
    When: Sunday, Sep 16, 2012
    Where: Cartersville, GA (map)
    Title: Beautiful Backroads Century
    Type: ROAD
    Date: 2012/09/16
    Event Location: Cartersville, GA 30120 – Budweiser Brewery
    Description: Join us in 2012 for the Beautiful Backroads Century (BBC). As always,we are the third Saturday in September. We are not affiliated with any other rides other than the September ride. 2012 will be the best BBC yet and we are already planning improvements
    more details» copy to my calendar

  8. Barb says:

    sounds like BBC wants to have a bunch of pissed off riders – I’d guess it is Saturday, as they use at least 1 church as a rest stop.

  9. Steve says:

    I’ll see if Debbie is ready to stop torturing us yet. Brownie needs a job- all our dogs are completely happy being layabouts. We were getting ready for bed and last night and I could hear Brownie knocking his 5 gallon bucket around on the driveway. I think he would make a great running companion- he’s got that long distance lope that looks like it could go on forever.

    And if we didn’t already have 3 dogs, 2 cats and 2 horses, we could make room. And Farley counts as 2!!

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