I Better Say That I’m Have A Good Time

I still need to have my brother drive me to the airport tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Actually, I am having a really good time.

Today’s Personal Project
Relax some more, maybe see about getting a Mr. Softee ice cream cone from one of their trucks.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Learn the warning signs of Type-2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes (sometimes also called adult-onset diabetes) is the most common form of diabetes, affecting millions of people worldwide. Because symptoms can develop slowly (and even be mistaken for everyday illnesses), the disease can go undetected for some time. By reading up on the warning signs, you can know what to look out for รขโ‚ฌโ€œ either in yourself or someone close to you.

You’d think that they would have posted the symptoms…

ITP Flickr Pic
On Friday my brother and I walked Manhattan’s High Line — an elevated railroad track turned into a park.
High Line Art
This is some of the art seen along the High Line.

According to my brother’s quick calculation we actually walked about four miles in Manhattan on Friday. We walked past Ground Zero and around Battery Park before hoofing it over to the High Line. I should have kept the walking going over the weekend because I’m eating and drinking a lot of calories while I am here.

Another ITP Flickr Pic
On Saturday afternoon my brother and I headed to CitiField to take in a Mets game. R.A. Dickey was pitching and the Mets were playing the Astros so there was a scant chance that Mets would be able to win.
I'm A Mets Fan

And they did!

My Newest Running Shoes May Get To The Finish Line Before I Do
Yesterday I decided to order another pair of Brooks Ghost 5 running shoes (note to self: START RUNNING!) so that I can wear two pair alternately. This time I bought the shoes from Zappos, who have already shipped them. There is a good chance that these shoes will arrive in Atlanta before I do this week.

And Today…
We’re headed back into Manhattan. The plan is to head to the American Museum of Natural History; I’ve not been there in about forty years. I’m not sure what else we’re going to get to do today, but whatever happens, happens.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – good
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – You can find out the warning signs for Type-2 Diabetes at the International Diabetes Foundation.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Friday = walking, ~7.8 miles (~3.8 miles in the morning + ~4 miles in the city); Saturday = nothing; Sunday = nothing
Morning Weigh-In – too far away fro my scale

Foot Mileage – ~55.1 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 1

Vegetarian Meals – 40
Carnivorous Meals – 28
Pancakes Eaten – 4

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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15 Responses to I Better Say That I’m Have A Good Time

  1. Barb says:

    sounds like a good vacation….. I need another one……..

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    It’s been great. If my new (upsized) shorts fit (shame on me for not trying them on in Atlanta) and I could figure out how to stop sweating while here (heat and humidity much?) it’d be a near-perfect trip.

  3. Steve says:

    You think much has changed in Natural History in 40 years? Maybe at the museum… (I crack myslef up).

    A pretty quiet (and short) weekend around here. Went over to Debbie’s parents house yesterday to wish her brother a happy birthday and caught the tail of the Wilson Century coming up Gordon Rd. I’m not sure some of those folks should have been on their bikes for a hundred miles and when we saw them, they were probably thinking the same thing. There was one guy just getting to Hollonville and it was not quite 3PM. He still had almost 20 miles to ride. Ugh.

    I thought about riding a little longer than I have been on Saturday, but just didn’t have it. I don’t think I’ve broken 30 miles in a month. Got to work on that!


  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I haven’t broken zero miles for the month of August. ๐Ÿ™

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Wait, that’s not right! We rode about two miles yesterday to get Puerto Rican food from a food truck yesterday.

  6. Martha says:

    I’ve broken 30 miles and then some, probably won’t again until I get the new bike. I’m going to order it today, Matt is checking with Felt right now on inventory. Hopefully, they have a 2012 in stock, otherwise, I may have to wait until the end of September. Went for a run at Sweetwater yesterday, really it was more of a death march, yuck.

    I had a fun Saturday at Summer Shade, I would say the only down side was our beer tent was right next to the main stage, it was loud, what? I said it was LOUD. I worked the tent with Jenka and Jerry, always nice to catch up. Of course Monday brings a little drama…one of the volunteers is complaining (and sent the email to everyone) about the ‘experience’/volunteer coordinator. All in all it has been a pretty cordial exchange, at least by internet standards.

    Road Runner has really fast shipping as well, as long as the shoes come form RR and not the maker (my Brooks always seemed to take forever)

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Well poop. We made it into Manhattan before the rain, but had to wait to park legally. And now it is pouring. We’ll wait it out for awhile and hopefully it will let up long enough to walk to the museum from our parking space.

  8. Steve says:

    How many suitcases did you take Paulie? Bring some of that rain back with you.

  9. Jenka says:

    Yeah, it was a fun beer-pouring volunteer stint, but I think my ears are *still* ringing! I’m about ready for the email dust-up to be over already, I think everyone agrees the original emailer was wrong, or at least in a minority of one.

    I spent Sunday afternoon just hanging out at the festival with Sarah and her crew. You’ll be interested to hear that there was a long period when pretty much everyone was encouraging me to get a bike.

  10. Barb says:

    Steve – per Sarah & Ray, the sag stops wen’t all that good at the Wilson, it was HOT & the last sag stop was at 80 miles – those 20 last miles must have totally sucked.

  11. Martha says:


    Yeah, who ever that guy is, clearly didn’t realize just what a tight-knit group it is…everyone knows everyone in GP. Still don’t know what he meant about not being allowed to handle the money? Any who, I had fun and that’s all that matters.

    We didn’t go back Sunday. I’m so far behind at the office and I need to get stuff done by the time I leave, I sat at the computer for much of the afternoon.

    When I get the new bike, you can always borrow the old one so we can all ride together.

  12. Steve says:

    The last sag was there in Hollonville.. that’s a long way to the end without a break.

    Martha, was this person new and was surprised that everyone knew one another? We sometimes have a similar problem on the Games crew. We have to work at including the newbies, which doesn’t always come naturally.

  13. Martha says:

    I have no idea who this person is, but he didn’t have anything nice to say about the volunteer coordinator, and seemed disappointed that he didn’t get a lot of ‘free’ stuff as a volunteer. His mistake was sending the email out to everyone on the volunteer list…which I thought was in poor taste. So today has been lots of emails defending the coordinator and the festival.

  14. Jenka says:

    I mean, the point of volunteering is to volunteer your time and effort. If you get compensation for it, that’s not volunteering. But there’s always going to be someone with attitude. I would say he’s been properly crushed by the effusion of support for the volunteer coordinator.

    Anyway, Martha, since I haven’t ridden a bike in MORE than 20 years, I’m not so sure. I’m thinking that, despite a certain well-known saying, you really *can* forget how.

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I just looked at the weather forecast and it appears the rain will be arriving along with my Brooks running shoes.

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