Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

Work continues to be hectic so I never made it over to LA Fitness yesterday. I have placed an appointment on my calendar for this afternoon to visit the nearby gym and hopefully get the deal done.

Last night’s office exit time was 9:05pm. At that time I joined my boss at Taco Mac where I watched my favorite pathetic football team, the New York Jets, flounder against a team they should have beaten. Oh well, I’m sure this loss will hurt the Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan more than it will me.

I spent another night office camping last night. It wasn’t because I needed to pull an all-nighter at work, but rather the time I needed to spend driving home only to return a handful of hours later seemed silly when starting the journey around 11:15pm. Do you know that Target is open until midnight this week? I spent a month’s membership fee on some new socks, t-shirt, and lightweight sweater for today — any my commute this morning was a breeze!

Procrastination Is Costing Me Again
For months I’ve had the task “Dissolve Sharpened Stone, LLC” on my todo list. I stared at that entry each time I opened my todo list app yet I did nothing about it. Well, it now seems to be too late to get the deed done by the end of fiscal 2012 so I think that I will have to fork over the annual fees to the state and city again, and try again in 2013. Stupid waste of cash…

It’s That Time Of Year
Worthier recipients of my money are the businesses and organizations that I choose to patronize via charitable donations.

This is the time of year that I write out checks (or donate online) so that I can take tax deductions, and feel better about myself.

Here’s my 2012 short list:

Horizon Theatre
Theatrical Outfit
High Museum of Art
Trees Atlanta
WABE (Atlanta Public Radio station)
KEXP (Seattle radio station)
This American Life
The Story with Dick Gordon

(I think I am forgetting one or two, perhaps I should consult my 2011 tax forms)

If you have an organization that you think I should support, please let me know with a comment or email.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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12 Responses to Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

  1. Martha says:

    My charitable money this year went to the Atlanta Food Bank, Red Cross, Friends of Georgia State Parks, Toys 4 Tots and random donations for friends/family fundraising events.

    Work is already slowing down, I’m in a holding pattern on many of my projects/tasks waiting for others. I hope they get back to me before the end of the week, it will drive me crazy going out of town with so many things hanging over my head.

    My boss told me he will be out of the office starting Friday and wont return until Jan 2, he suggested I do the same (it’s been a hell of a couple of weeks) or at least work from home as much as I want/need to during that time.

  2. bob says:

    Don’t forget to hold some charity money back the the Tour de Cure 🙂 I’ll be hitting you all up again next year.

    Slow down Martha? We are at a stand still, our vacation is use it or lose it so the office is a ghost town and will be that way until Jan. 2nd.

  3. Bob, I think I let you down in 2012 but vow to support you again in 2013.

  4. Barb says:

    I’m happy we get to roll our vacation time (you can have up to 30 days in the bank) – I used up my allotted days this year, but had rolled some from last year, so I think I still have plenty “on the books”.

    I wish I could take a few days off, but everyone else here cries if they can’t, so I just use all my days the rest of the year.

  5. Steve says:

    It will be a ghost town around here next week, but we still have the network conversion to national support scheduled to move on 1/18… no rest for the wicked.

    Don’t get me started on WABE… as soon as I get in range of GPB, I’m on that signal. If I had some spare charity cash, I think I’d send the Red Cross or Sal Army some love. You know those folks are first on the beach whenever the $hit hits the fan and lately that has been pretty frequent.

    And for those who aren’t on the FB, remember tomorrow night is 3rd Wednesday. I was a little late getting the note out, but I expect a normally raucous crowd.

    (I’m still not getting email notofications)


  6. Martha says:

    They just changed our paid time-off policy for next year. Now we can only carry over 80 hours (most places I’ve worked its 240). CDC is use or lose and that place is a ghost town (of course those are the people I need to speak with).

    And now I can’t get into the CDC system, something to do with Java

  7. Barb says:

    well Steve – if my car is fixed by tomorrow (still not sure what’s wrong with it) – a little roadtrip to Chambodia has to happen to go get it, and I guess we could maybe make side trip to Georges.

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I think I am drinking with coworkers tomorrow, if not I will see you at George’s.

    Email notifications, and the lack thereof, are outside of my control.

  9. Steve says:

    I thought someone last week said they were working again. I feel so left out!! 🙂

  10. I missed my appointment to go to LA Fitness. I’m quite frustrated at the moment for reasons I can not air in public.

  11. Jenka says:

    At Emory we’re allowed to accrue up to 320 hours of vacation, but no cap on sick time (as of today I have 547 hours of sick time saved up, which equates to 68 days); however, campus is also a ghost town this time of year. To the point where they turn down the heat on most of the buildings to 45 degrees to save energy and money. Plus we get 2 free days at Christmas and 2 free days at New Year. I’m out as of COB Thursday until 3 January and I’m only using 2 vacation days! YAY.

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    So. Envious. 🙂

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