End Of The Road?

Not for me silly, this weekend is the supposed end of the Car Talk show (original episodes). I’m going to miss this show, and I doubt that I will devote the hour/week to listen to reruns even if they consist of the “Best Of Car Talk.” Oh well, all things must come to an end I suppose.

Today’s Personal Project
Stop for pancakes along my travels to Brevard this morning. Geez, by the time I finally get out of this house it may be lunch time by the time I stop.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Save water at the kitchen sink: Wet dishes, turn off the tap, soap them up, and then rinse.

Washing dishes with the tap running is a major water-waster: a typical session can use up to 40 gallons (151 liters)! If you turn the water on and off, you can cut that number in half. This equals saved resources – and saved money for your household, because you aren’t paying to heat as much water for the task.

I’m surprised that everyone doesn’t do this already.

I Could Almost Call It Running
Yesterday was the best attempt at running that I’ve had in some time. Mind you no one will mistake my pace for actual running, but on the mean downsloping streets of Sandy Springs I actually managed a significant stride and pace for a while. Of the roughly 5.3 miles covered yesterday I may have loped for almost three of them.

Baby steps toward ridding myself of my forty-seven-year-old baby fat.

And Then I Remembered…
My brain is as old as my baby fat. Remember in yesterday’s blog I mentioned having another topic that I could not recall? It wasn’t until I got into the Jackmobile that it hit me.

Jackmobile Jeopardy:
A: “The corner of Randolf and Highland.”
Q: “Where was the Jackmobile when it hit 150,000 miles, Alex?”

That’s right, yesterday the Jackmobile crested the vaunted 150k mark as I drove into work. Here’s to hoping it has at least another thousand in him as I travel to/from Brevard, NC this weekend.

I’m A Taco Mac VIP
Or not…

After a long day of work I needed to unwind and watch a little NFL football.

An aside: Remember when NFL games were sacred, with two time slots on Sunday and a Monday night game? This season you can watch three games — 1:00pm, 4:00pm, ~8:00pm — on Sunday, a Monday night game, and a Thursday night game. Too much?

Anyway, I strolled into a packed Taco Mac Perimeter and was greeted by a friendly hostess who has greeted me often.

“What’s the estimated wait?” I asked.
“Probably twenty-five minutes.” She replied.
(dramatic pause)
“Okay, please put my name ‘Paul’ on the list.” I said.
“Oh, what’s the waiting time for a Taco Mac VIP?” I said, accompanying it with a playful wink and smile.
“Probably twenty-five minutes.” She replied immediately, in a friendly manner.
“Okay, I’ll wait. Thanks.” Was all I could muster at that point.

I had my normal svelte-busting dinner of beer and nachos and wound up leaving for home some time around halftime.

And Then There Was Siri
I resisted the urge to upgrade my iPhone 4 to iOS 6 yesterday. However, the same could not be said for my iPad 3 New iPad (which I still think is a dumb moniker). This morning I remembered that my iPad upgrade brought Siri into my life, so I asked her for the score for last night’s Giants game — to which “she” produced the results. I hope that this is the start of something special between “she” and I, or is that “she” and me, no that doesn’t sound right. Dangen, why must English be so confusing?

My New iPhone iPhone 5 is due to arrive some time in the next few weeks and will be shipping with iOS 6. Perhaps then I’ll update my iPhone 4 to iOS 6 as I transition it to a fancy-pants alarm clock or whatever.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – fair, work is still looming, but I’m on vacation today
Current Music – listening to GASHCAT’s “Reunion”. It’s totally Neutral Milk Hotel 2.0 but I love it. Rumor has it GASHCAT is planning an East Coast tour soon. Count me in.
Website Of The Day – Today I’m going to point you at a bit of new music. riverwolves is a band I found out via GASHCAT, and that is a link to their Bandcamp page where you can stream the album “G.B.G.S” (I have no idea for what that stands and don’t have the time to research). Go have a listen. It’s free.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking/jogging, ~5.3 miles
Morning Weigh-In – 204.2 pounds. Need less food/beer in my life — starting Monday

Monthly
Foot Mileage – ~70.2 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~50.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 32
Carnivorous Meals – 24
Pancakes Eaten – 3

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

September Goals
– Wear “nice” clothes to work at least twice a week, if for no other reason than to have people wonder why I am dressing up. New!
– 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
– 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 100 miles
– Walk (or run) no fewer than 100 miles
– Do no fewer than 750 sit-ups
– Do no fewer than 300 push-ups
– Read a non-techincal book

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

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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12 Responses to End Of The Road?

  1. Steve, how was Wait Wait last night?

  2. bob says:

    As my wife constantly corrects me I have learned the right use of I or Me. How ever you would say it without the other person or persons in the sentence is how you would use I or Me. Or something like that, I may not have been listening 🙂

    Looking forward to Brevard this weekend, hope you packed some cold weather riding gear as our ride may be a bit chilly.

  3. Barb says:

    you need to watch thr Big Bang Theory episode where Raj falls in love with Siri. It is pretty damn funny.

    I’m afraid to do the update to the new iOS6, I really like & use the google map app, I don’t want to lose it.

    Have fun camping, think about us suffering on the SCT to Alabama & back. At least the weather is gonna be gorgeous.

  4. Steve says:

    Wait Wait was awesome! The house was packed- Carl is back from vacation, the panel was Roy Blount, Mo Rocca and Faith Salie. The guest for “Not my Job” was the boss at the CDC. Hopefully, the funniest stuff will make it on the radio!! The last time the “parting gift” was a bag, this time it was a tape measure! Much more useful…

    We went with what we know and had dinner at 6FU. Catfish and calamari tacos with homemade potato chips… made me think of Adam’s Garden of Eatin’.
    I wonder if Adam is out of the joint yet?

    This weekend (besides being more of Debbie’s birth week celebration) will be the kickoff party for the Highland Games, and Sunday will be a little tree cutting party- we decided the other half of the Bradford pear has to go as it’s leaning over the house and won’t take much to break it loose. We have been very lucky so far.

    Barb, the offer of a ride back still stands, but it might not be very timely…

    -FP

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I packed what little cold-weather riding gear I own — undershirt, arm warmers. Maybe I will stop at an outlet along the way…

    I am getting my pancakes on now, and will be hitting a grocery store in SC or NC to get some weekend grub and beer.

  6. Martha says:

    I need some cold weather gear for riding, I have none…at the very least I need gloves and shoe covers. I swore I was going to cut back on my spending for a bit. Maybe I can make due until Christmas.

    So not Car Talk but I did watch some Top Gear last night. I’ve spent so much time watching MSNBC the last few weeks I keep missing TG. I’m not a car gal but (off road) rally car racing looks like so much fun. Those guys are just too funny to boot.

    I can’t wait for this weekend, I’m not going anywhere but just getting out to ride and run will be fantastic. Have a good weekend everyone and be safe!

  7. Laura says:

    Wow – Bob does listen!!! Yes it’s “me” not “I”. It’s almost always me after a preposition.
    Steve, Adam is the clink? What happened? I remember I ordered pizza to go there and said my name was Eve. I thought I was funny, but I’m not sure the pimply 17-year-old did.

  8. Laura says:

    Barb, good luck and have fun! Travis and I rode the tandem to Ala. once – granted we started only 2 miles away, but I don’t always offer up that side note.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Huh, now I am confused.

    If I were to use the “remove the other person rule” wouldn’t “She and me/I are going to the store.” sound better as “I am going to the store.” instead of “Me is going to the store.”?

    Good thing I rarely speak in couple-speak… 😉

  10. Laura says:

    Yes in your above reference it would be “I”. However you would say, “join Lisa and me for drinks.” Does that make sense?

  11. Steve says:

    Adam had to close up shop because he got on the wrong side of the tax man. I don’t know if he ever went to the big house, but that was the reason for the place closing.

    Laura, you only have to tell the distance if they ask! I was state champion on the velodrome when I was 17… I was also the only one to show up!! Details…

  12. Barb says:

    so, Sarah has me paranoid now about leaving a car at one of the SCT lots. there are no signs that say no overnight parking….. but I ugess somewhere on their website it does. So, at lunch I’m going to go roadtrip over that way & see what strip centers are nearby to maybe leave the car.

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