Something Is Better Than Nothing

I didn’t make it to the iOS meetup, nor did I make it to LA Fitness. Instead I joined my boss on a walk around the Perimeter Mall area. Six months ago I could have told you exactly how far we walked, but now I must guestimate that we went about three miles.

Today’s Personal Project
Make it to George’s for “Third Wednesday.”

Today’s Daily Challenge
Share one way you could update or bring back a tradition you used to enjoy.

Traditions provide a sense of security and continuity in our lives, but as we grow older and become busier, many of them fall by the wayside. By thinking of a way to re-create or re-invent a tradition that’s meaningful to you, you can tap into a source of comfort and pleasure – and may be able to connect with others in a new way, as well.

I am going to George’s tonight. Granted I am not running, like I did back in “the day,” but I’ll be there for a beer and possibly some food.

After walking I decided that I wanted to get some dinner on my way home. If was about 7:30pm and I was feeling peckish.

My initial desire was to try something new, but as I got closer to home I started thinking of Fox Bros BBQ. I arrived a little after 8:00pm (on a Tuesday) one to hear that there would be approximately a twenty-minute wait for a table. Dismayed, I thanked the hostess and said that I would pass. I love the food at Fox Bros, but it’s not exactly cheap and I was getting really hungry by that time. I guess Fox Bros has become too popular for me…

My backup plan was to finally try The Argosy. I figured that I would get seated quicker, but was prepared for the meal to take a longer time than it would have at Fox Bros. However, I was thwarted in this effort as well when I could not find a single parking space in the village around The Argosy.

The backup plan to the backup plan was to get food at Tomatillos. Guess what, there was nary a parking space there either!

The people out eating last night must have been all of the people who were not out on Monday night when Taco Mac was empty, and parking was plentiful in EAV.

Three strikes and I was out. I went home and cooked up and ate some pasta.

ITP Flickr Pic
I mentioned the Creative Loafing yesterday and here’s why.
This Used To Be My Bible
These Loafs were scattered this way in the break room in which I ate breakfast.

Acute Bronchitis Is Not Cute
I’m no doctor and I don’t play one on TV. Hell, the only thing I have ever wanted from medical school was a date with a cute nursing/medical student.

I had wondered if I am battling Bronchitis. When I was at the doctor’s office on Friday he mentioned Bronchitis as well. Yesterday I looked up Bronchitis on WebMD

Symptoms of acute bronchitis usually begin 3 to 4 days after an upper respiratory infection, such as a cold or influenza (flu).
Symptoms usually include:

  • A cough, which is the main symptom of acute bronchitis. It may be dry at first (does not produce mucus) and after a few days may bring up mucus from the lungs (productive cough). The mucus may be clear, yellow, or green. Sometimes, small streaks of blood may be present. Yep
  • A mild fever, usually less than 101°F (38.3°C). A higher fever may indicate pneumonia. Yep
  • A general feeling of tiredness. Yep
  • A sensation of tightness, burning, or dull pain in the chest under the breastbone that usually is worse when breathing deeply or coughing. Yep
  • Whistling noises (wheezing) when breathing, especially during physical exertion. Nope
  • Hoarseness. Yep

Again. I’m no doctor, but I’m thinking that all signs are pointed in that direction.

Of course there still could be other things wrong with me causing my chest discomfort. But I’ll let the Z-Pack do its job and take if from there if things aren’t back to “normal.”

George’s Tonight?
For me the answer is “yes.” It’s an easy decision for me as I will be across the street getting a haircut prior to sauntering into the bar.

Hope to see some of you there…

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – a little better
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I’m bummed that I missed the iOS Developers Meetup because I was looking forward to seeing Hypepotamus, the place at which the meetings are now held.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~3.0 miles
Morning Weigh-In – sadly, 213.6 pounds

Foot Mileage – ~3.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~42.0 miles
Gym Visits – 2 (2 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 26
Carnivorous Meals – 25

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

March Goals
– not get sick
– lose two pounds
– walk/run no fewer that 50 miles
– lift weights at the gym no fewer than eight times
– finish at least two of the books I am reading
– take at least one box of things to Goodwill
– post at least ten photos in the blog
– drink a lot less alcohol
– prepare a house repair plan and budget
– return ITP-Reader Martha’s coffee percolator to her
– return ITP-Terri’s crutches to her

2013 Goals: Measurable
– Get my weight down to 190 pounds so that I can wear a 36″ waist pants comfortably
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Dissolve Sharpened Stone
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Completely run at least one 10k
– Fix all (or at least most) of the things which are wrong with the ITP Estate

2013 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Simplify, simplify, simplify
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– 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)
– Take two real vacations, perhaps one abroad
– Take a more proactive approach to meeting women (read “stop being such a pussy”)

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2013

  1. Pages 1.7 for iPad (Timestompers Guide) – by Sean Wells

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to Something Is Better Than Nothing

  1. Topics accidentally omitted from today’s blog:
    – Hearing of Jason Molina’s death. Molina was the lead singer of Magnolia Electric Co., the band I saw perform on my 44th birthday at the 40 Watt in Athens, GA. He was 39 years old and believed to have died from complications of alcoholism.

    – I own two pairs of sunglasses, each missing a different-sized nose pad. If they had compatible nose pads I’d have made one good pair from the two not-so-good pairs. Instead, I ordered a new, cheap, pair of sunglasses from Amazon.

    – It was like Christmas yesterday. Three of the four deliveries from Amazon (two orders, each split into two shipments) arrived yesterday. I now have a cradle for the Garmin, two new water bottles, two new sweat towels for the gym, and three new locks to use for locking bikes to the car. WOO HOO! I’m still waiting on my new, cheap, sunglasses.

  2. Martha says:

    RE: Traditions, I had this conversation the other day with Jerry.

    I long for family traditions, I just don’t have any. When my mother died, I lost a major connection to my past, my mother was an only child, her father died when she was a child and my grandmother sort of ‘lost it’. My dad just didn’t have the time, energy or background to pass along anything from his side (his family is very dysfunctional, abuse, abandonment, etc.)…plus my family has been ‘here’ for so long, anything from the ‘old country’ has been diluted in the melting pot.

    Of course Jerry has a much closer connection to his heritage (2nd generation American) but I don’t feel he appreciates this…he seems very uninterested in learning/continuing Filipino traditions. His parents pushed the kids hard to assimilate to American culture (very common for that generation.

    Working from home, unfortunately I actually have a lot of work to do today plus Nibbles has a vet appointment.

    Hotel/B&B are booked for next weekend. I’m so looking forward to ‘getting away from it all’ for a few days.

  3. Steve says:

    Family traditions- hmmm… my family is not tight. I see Debbie talk to her fols and sister on a multi-weekly basis and wonder what we did wrong, or what gene I didn’t get. Perhaps linked to M&D moving South before I was born, my eldest sister keeps in touch with other parts of the family and as the kids get younger (me being the youngest) that attachment appears less and less.

    Skyline chili is a tradition, I suppose. Something I remember eating from my childhood. And my mom had these little candle holders that spelled out NOEL… as kids, my brother and I would rearrange the letters to LEON and my mom would start screaming!! Other than that, I’m at a loss.

    I hope to see some of you tonight!


  4. Jenka says:

    My family has nothing but tradition. I would call it empty tradition for the most part. But that’s what you get when you’re from Massachusetts and your grandmothers were a Taft and an Adams. The only one I really appreciate is going to the cemetery on Memorial Day.

  5. Steve says:

    Taft and Adams!! Wow Jenka, I’m impressed.

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Name dropper! LOL

  7. Barb says:

    I’m back from the periodontist- since my dental insurance only partially covers this cleaning (just say periodontist to an insurance company & they don’t cover), I’m even more broke than I was yesterday.
    And, of course yesterday I was slower than slow at work, but today I’m busy & I had to take a 2 hour break.

    No real family traditions for us up in Iowa, besides playing golf (& I rarely do that anymore). And some card playing at gatherings, the games have changed & I dont’ even know most of the games they play. PArt ifthe problem living 14 hours away, I miss many of the gatherings.

    Doubtful we can make it to George’s tonight, Allan is doing swift water training this week, and after a day in the cold river (even with the dry suit), I highly doubt he will want to get out & about tonight.

  8. Jenka says:

    All I did was get born. But thanks!

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