All In All A Good Weekend

Whew, what a whirlwind weekend. Enough w’s for you?

Today’s Daily Challenge
Take a one-minute imaginary bike ride.

This exercise spins two kinds of physical activity into your day! The muscles in your abdomen and legs get a workout as you pedal, and the effort you expend makes your heart beat faster. All without the trouble of finding the key to your bicycle lock or worrying about a flat tire.

One minute? PSHAW!

Talkin’ Baseball
On Friday night my coworkers and I Marta’d down to midtown for a little Georgia Tech baseball action.

On our walk from the midtown station to the baseball field we stopped into Cypress Street Pint & Plate for a few pre-game beverages (you know, they don’t sell alcohol at college games). While there we got to have some time at the bar talking while watching all of the pretty young folks gome in all dressed up for some sort of formal (I don’t think it was “prom” as they were in a bar so they must have been college age).

The game itself was very exciting, with Georgia Tech beating the #5 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. Ten dollars got me a great seat for the game and another $13 got me a pretzel, hot dog, and Coke (I would have asked for a Pepsi but figured being in the shadow of Coca-Cola’s headquarters that there would be little change to get one). I will definitely go back, if my schedule permits before their (seemingly short) season ends.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Jackets Baseball”
Jackets Baseball
On Friday night I took in my first college baseball game — the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defeat of the University of Virginia Cavaliers in Atlanta, GA.

This photo was taken and stitched together with Microsoft’s Photosynth iPhone app.

One Night Of Camping
I met the same coworkers at our office on Saturday morning where we took two cars up to Fort Mountain State Park. We drove up as pairs with me leading the charge, and stopped for groceries up in Chatsworth. Pro Tip: Don’t stop in Chatsworth’s “Shop-n-Go” (or any of them for that matter) and if you are looking for the Food Lion you are out of luck (it has closed) but the there is a Bi-Lo across the street from the old Food Lion.

We made it into the park were I renewed by Georgia State Parks annual Friends of Georgia State Parks pass (and was upsold to the Family Plan, which was only $25 more and provided a second annual parking pass and a second “free” night of camping. Want to be my camping friend for the next year?

We sat around camp (NEVER. LEAVE. CAMP.) where I got myself a nice farmer’s sunburn and relaxed. We ate and drank into the night and I continued to battle one of my cowrkers who couldn’t keep from fucking with (and on occasion smothering) our campfire; fortunately this night wasn’t much colder than it was. Before you judge, I realize that I neither “own” the fire nor do I consider myself a fire building expert. However, I can recognize when the blazing fire turns into a smokey mess because someone has rearranged the wood and cut off its oxygen supply.

I shared a tent with my boss (the other two coworkers were women) where I had one of the worst nights of camp sleeping in my life with the both of us snorting loudly.

Upon arriving home I unpacked the car, took a nice warm shower, and promptly climbed into bed where I took a three-hour nap.

I considered going up to East Atlanta Village, The Argosy specifically, for a solo dinner, but didn’t want to eat out alone and decided to whip up some pasta for dinner — especially since I had an extra hour to prepare before the start of The Amazing Race.

Time To Work On The Belly Fat
One of the disappointments of aging is the redistribution of my body’s fat. I’ll save you the graphic details, but suffice to say it’s time for me to start working off the fat in addition to building up my muscles.

RealiTV Update: Bora Bora Again Again?
Last night’s winning team won a trip back to Bora Bora, again I must confess my jealousy as at one time I planned to go there, but those plans never panned out.

During last night’s episode the race managed to do one of the things I dislike about it — level the playing field by making it impossible for the lead teams to progress. In fact, in last night’s episode it happened twice — once when the teams had to wait for their clues to arrive, and once to take a train.

If you were my partner and I had to rescue the Travelocity gnome from the side of that mountain our Amazing Race might have come to an end because I might not have been able to convince myself to climb out of the window. I am a courageous man and all, but I have my limitations.

Last night’s episode had a “Switchback”, an event which was done in a previous season. The Switchback was the cheese roll that they did in season 14 (no, I did not recall which season in which this first happened, I saw mention of that on the Internet), however this time they performed the challenge in Winter which made the task much easier than when they did it in springtime.

I admit that I was not sat to see Chuck and Wynona get eliminated, though I am ready to see the YouTubers get booted so I no longer have to hear Joey’s screaming. It’s not that I disliked Chuck and Wynona really, it’s just that they (perhaps she) finally surpassed her physical limit and I didn’t think that they were real competition for the others any longer. I am pulling for the hockey brothers to win. It says on their bio that they live in Raleigh and own a bar (which I assume is in Raleigh), I bet you they have been having some awesome TAR watching nights at their bar. I wonder which one it is… Two minutes of internet “research” revealed that they own “Lucky B’s” (aka “Lucky 13s”), which makes sense because I remember one of them wearing a Lucky 13s shirt earlier in the season. Here’s a passage from the site:

Here’s the deal: Lucky B’s own Bates Battaglia and Anthony Battaglia are representing Raleigh on this season of The Amazing Race on CBS.
Yes, you read that right.
Beginning Feb. 17, 2013 at 8pm, you’ll be able to see their mugs on TV every Sunday night until they either A: win the whole damn thing (and buy everyone at Lucky B’s a round to celebrate) or B: get the boot on the show while having a great time *trying* to win.
So, to celebrate, we’re going to have a little pre-show kick off party on Sunday, Feb. 10 – exactly one week before Bates and Anthony hit network television!
Join us to wish the guys good luck (do they even need it at this point?) and to find out about our weekly contest we’re going to play at Lucky B’s to follow along with the TV action.
PS: Leave a little love for Bates and Anthony on their show picture!

Today’s Personal Project
Since my taxes have supposedly been submitted electronically, do laundry tonight.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though I rushed through my morning workout to be in the office for a 9am meeting — which has gotten canceled.
Current Music – listening to this week’s “The Photo Show” podcast from the British Tech Network.
Website Of The Day – This year I might make some weekend camping plans on US Forest Service land — assuming that is still legal.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Friday = weight lifting; Saturday = nothing; Sunday = very little
Morning Weigh-In – I forgot to check on Friday

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 5 (2 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 22
Carnivorous Meals – 19

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

April 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
  2. 60 Mountain Lion Tips — by David Sparks and Brett Terpstra
  3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business — by Charles Duhigg

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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20 Responses to All In All A Good Weekend

  1. Barb says:

    since Allan decided to go to sleep early last night, I guess he had more beers than I did at the Spring Dress Pub Crawl, we will be watching TAR tonight. (but I don’t care about spoilers, so don’t worry about me with comments).
    I chose to watch Celebrity Apprentice, and I didn’t even stay awake long enough to see who won that. It was a long wet day at the pub crawl, fun, but wet.

    Now Paulie, camping with the boss in the same tent, you really are working on being a gay couple, aren’t you?

  2. It worked out like this…

    Four people (all coworkers) camped, two male, two female. Only one campsite was reserved so we could only fit two tents. It seemed “safer” for the two men to spend the night in the same tent.

    We both snored a lot. I got very little sleep Saturday night, hence my three-hour nap on Sunday.

  3. Barb says:

    I’m just giving you shit………
    We are camping up at Tsali (Tumbing Waters campground) this weekend, I’m really looking forward to it. Anyone that wants to join us, come on, there is a trout pond there, we will be catching our dinner for Saturday night.

  4. Well, I am supposed to be doing yardwork this weekend…

  5. Steve says:

    We have been rooting for the hockey brothers from the start, and agree with you the Alabama contingent needed to go. Have they never watched the show? Did they not realize there would be actual physical exersion beyond pressing the buttons on the remote and getting up and down from the Barc-a-lounger? And I can only believe that all those teams were freezing after that challenge- none seemed dressed to play in the snow. I would have rocked that gnome recovery task- heights are not a bother…

    Before the rain really started coming down yesterday, we cleaned some gutters and pruned the Bradford pear on the side yard. And speaking of pruning, a little maple tree we planted last year that had managed to survive being ravaged by one of the dogs (unknown culprit) but yesterday, was snapped off at about 5 feet high- wonder who could have done that? Farley was a bad boy.

    When sharing sleeping space with unknown quantities, carry earplugs. Bike race officials know this.


  6. Martha says:

    Actually, you can buy beer at Bearcat football games, not sure about their other sports. Somehow it was grandfathered in/the got an exception…

    If you both snored a lot, you must have been sleeping? Or did you guys take turns snoring?

    I had both a pathetic bike ride and run this weekend…feel like hell today, probably coming down with something which makes me feel better about how crappy my workouts where this weekend. It didn’t help that both days I had enablers (thank you Drew and Jerry) 🙂

    I just got a Living Social deal for GA Tech vs. NC State baseball tickets for a three game series if you’re interested.

  7. Debbie says:

    I was suggesting that Wynona just bale at the bottom of the cheese challenge becauSe there was no way that was happening. I hoping for a hockey boys, country girls one/two finish.

    Brownie is up to his collection tricks. After making us do the walk of shame with a boot Thursday night, he brought the matching boot home Saturday. At least whoever he’s stealing from probably doesn’t know that he belongs to us. This morning he had his fourth dead possum cached up in a corner of the brick retaining wall with a bucket pushed up in front of it. He is a very busy boy in the night time!

  8. Martha says:

    Debbie, Brownie sounds like such a character, he’s lucky you all let him be who is is…sounds like he’d be miserable as a proper city dog.

  9. Barb says:

    Martha’s pathetic bike ride Saturday was still faster than mine……..
    I had no problem going the shorter distance, damn pollen makes my lungs feel like I have emphasema). It is Michelle I worry about, she needs some miles before that century out in Tahoe a tthe beginning of June.

    And – the Warrier Dash was going on somewhere nearby – we had WAY TOO MANY buses on our Silk Sheets route transporting the participants, most bus drivers did okay passing us, but some were a little too close for our liking.

  10. Martha says:

    Yeah, but I’m the one that bailed early…wait, getting in miles before a century? That’s just crazy talk 🙂 I felt bad about bailing…I’ve got another 40 scheduled for Saturday, might run a local 5k first.

    Ugh, the traffic was just terrible on Saturday. Might have drove out to the other ride if I had known how bad it would be…

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the young guy who came to our campsite looking for “runners” sometime after dark (perhaps 8:30-9:00). I figured he wasn’t a hasher, he said he was running some sort of endurance run.

    The Living Social deal is for three games in a weekend. Since the individual ticket price is only $10 and I wouldn’t plan on going to more than one in a weekend, it’s not a good deal for me. Thanks though.

  12. Barb says:

    this SUNDAY is the Mayor’s ride in Roswell – 20, 42 & 60something are the options. I might go do that, probably the 42, its a hilly route. The Roswell Crit is then that afternoon if you want to stay & watch.

  13. Hmm, that sounds interesting Barb. I just may join in…

  14. bob says:

    Barb, you meant NEXT Sunday right? Mayors ride is on the 28th. We will be out there 3 up on the tandem doing the short route.

  15. Steve says:

    Mayor Ride and Crit are 4/28!! A great crit over in Anniston this Saturday and you can watch it live over the internet!! I’ll be in Greenville working a different race altogether.

  16. Steve says:

    And the Farley may make an appearence!

  17. Do I correctly assume that there is “day of” registration? I wish that it was this weekend because on the evening of the 28th I’ll be going to see Dick Dale at The EARL.

  18. Barb says:

    Sorry- too many weekend plans, my brain has them all running together.
    This weekend – we are camping at Tsali.
    The next weekend we are going to Raccoon Mtn for friday night & saturday day for a friend’s birthday, then back & the Mayors ride in that Sundaty 4/28.

  19. Barb says:

    there is another ride & Crit in Sandy Springs Sunday May 5th…….

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