Oh That Pollen…

I’m starting to feel the affects effects impact of the pollen and while I am not going to root for rain today, it would be nice for some of this pollen to get washed down the drains.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Take five minutes to clean your hairbrush: Pull out excess hair, swish in soapy water, and rinse.

Dirt, hair gel, spray, skin flakes… when we think about what goes from our scalps to our brushes and then back again, we can all agree that hairbrushes have a dirty job. Giving your brush a little love helps cut down on germs and grime. Bonus: Cleaning your brush extends its life, which can save you money.

It would take me five minutes to find a hairbrush at my house. My short hair and a lack of a female companion in the past decade has made hairbrushes a rare sighting in the ITP Estate. I do own combs but rarely need them as well, though others may disagree.

A Good Night Of Nerditude
Even considering it took me over an hour to drive from Perimeter Mall to midtown last night I had a very good evening.

I arrived at Hypepotamus just in time for the beginning of the iOS Developers meetup, at which I saw an old friend Sean and was able to catch up a bit. The evening’s topics were very interesting, but I was in “coding mode” and worked on my code while listening to the night’s presenters.

Post-meetup a group of us walked around the corner to Cypress Street Pint & Plate where I had a couple of pints and an order of fish ‘n chips (pity that I can’t remember that I am trying to lose weight when I order food) and chatted with a couple of the guys who were at the meeting.

Sadly I would have to take my iOS development skills up five levels in order to be on the same level as the people who attend these meetups. One of the guys I chatted with last night worked for both NeXT and Apple before moving to Georgia. Yeeesh! (as one of my ex-girlfriends would say.)

I Almost Took Myself Out To The Ball Game
If the weather had guaranteed to be as perfect as it was on Saturday I’d be “sick” today and headed to the Braves’ “Businessman’s Special” (yeah I know they are now called “Businessperson’s Special”s but I still call it by the old name). Alas the weather is iffy so I am at work instead.

Pity that.

Premonition Man
I generally don’t remember my dreams nor do I have many premonitions. However, last night I dreamt that the ATM was not working at the QuikTrip at which I planned to stop for gas this morning. This particular ATM has been functioning every time, perhaps except for once, that I need cash. I wanted to get cash for today so that I can settle up with my coworkers for last weekend’s camping trip.

The ATM was not functioning.

Go figure.

Speaking of QuikTrip it appears that they are building another QT on Chamblee-Tucker at I-85 South catty-corner to an existing, farily-large QT! Business must be really good.

Just think, if the ATM is malfunctioning at one of these, all I have to do is walk across Chamblee-Tucker to try the ATM at the other.

But not a “go to a ball game” Dayskipper…

Because of my packed post-work agenda combined with my need to get out of work early today I decided to give myself the day off from working out.

Pity that.

The shirt I am wearing is feeling a bit snug today in the upper-torso, shoulder region. Could I possibly be adding muscle? Seems improbable, especially since I can’t seem to reduce the fat in the lower-torso.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Items May Be Larger Than They Appear”
Items May Be Larger Than They Appear
If you are old enough to remember shooting film then you are old enough to remember those accidental shots you didn’t remember taking until the roll of film was developed.

This shot appeared on my iPhone the other day after my trip up to Fort Mountain State Park. I have no recollection taking it.

Almost Optimistic
Yesterday I went to the Horizon Theatre‘s website to buy some tickets. I remember deciding that I wasn’t going to purchase season tickets this season because they were redoing “Waffle Palace,” a play I saw last season. I was very close to purchasing two tickets for the next play to be performed, “The Book Club Play,” and then aborted the process because I felt that I was feeling too optimistic.

I will definitely be going to see “The Book Club Play” when it’s being performed, I just need to give myself some reality checks once and awhile.

A Busy Night Ahead
Had I skipped work and gone to the ballgame I might have felt a bit like Ferris Bueller. Had I thought of this before arriving at work that would have been all I needed to actually take the day off from work and go to the ballgame.

After work (or the ballgame ;)) I will be headed to Virginia-Highland in order to get a haircut (I definitely won’t need a hairbrush then) and perhaps grab a beer at George’s Bar for “Third Wednesday.” From there I plan to swing by my buddy Mike’s house, drive to the westside and hopefully hookup with ITP-Reader Terri’s crowd at 5 Seasons Brewing for a pre-show beer or two.

Show? What show?

Every year or two I reconnect with my misspent youth when Bob Mould shows up for a concert.

Bob Mould? Who’s that?

Mould was a member of the seminal early 1980’s band Hüsker Dü, put out a few solo albums upon their breakup, formed Sugar, and put out more solo albums upon their breakup.

Ring a bell? Yeah, I didn’t figure that it would.

Suffice to say however that I have been listening to Mould’s music since 1983 (that’s thirty years kids!) when he was a member of Hüsker Dü, a band whose music was once described as “mind mutilating” by my then-girlfriend.

The show will be at Terminal West with a full band (most likely including his former Sugar bandmate David Barbe), which reminds me, I was supposed to pack some earplugs for tonight. Oops.

Today’s Personal Project
Remember that I am trying to lose weight.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – things are starting to look up, now if I could just find a date
Current Music – listening to a “Pink Floyd Cover Story” podcast from Coverville
Website Of The Day – I have been known to attribute quotes to the wrong people so Quote Investigator will be a valuable resource for me.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – treadmill running, 60 minutes (Galloway Method)
Morning Weigh-In – checking again on Friday

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 7 (3 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 24
Carnivorous Meals – 23

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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15 Responses to Oh That Pollen…

  1. Barb says:

    that Quik Trip at Chamblee Tucker is always busy, I guess on the other side would be for all the CDC & Mercer folks. I could definitely see both doing well there.

    you have a very busy night planned, I thought getting some food together & going to bike maintenance night at Mango’s tonight was busy enough.

    I’m debating on calling in sick next Tuesday & going to relive my youth by going to the Jimmy Buffett tailgate party. I’ve told all the crazy folks that purchased tickets to the show ($136/seat – CRAZY!!!) that depending on the weather, we might come out to play. The Parrotheads have a band lined up for the parking lot, that could be interesting.

  2. It’s not going to be on the other side of 85, it will be catty-corner across Chamblee-Tucker but on the same side of the highway.

    I expect to be very tired tomorrow morning when I arrive at LA Fitness for my workout.

    $136? Wow, I thought that the $60 I committed for the Cage the Elephant / Muse show at Gwinnett Arena in September was steep.

  3. Barb says:

    Hell – I think the lawn seats for Buffett are at least $40, which I’m too old to deal with those drunks. Lawn seats are okay for some shows, but not for Buffett for me. Jimmy knows how to make money, people jsut keep paying the crazy prices.

    I get to venture over to Roswell/Alpharetta for lunch today, UPS totally pissed us off. Long story, but a stupid shipper put a signature required on a part for Allan’s motorcycle. Well – even with a signed note saying UPS, please leave the package on the porch, they won’t do it. They will re-route it to my office (for a price), but they won’t just leave it. So, I get to drive across town to go get it. I”ve told Allan more than once to ship things to my office, but he never seems to remember to do that.

  4. Steve says:

    Last night was fairly low key for us- managed a little dinner before venturing into BJ’s and the Kroger. BJ’s is not one of my favorite places to shop- you always buy more than you need and it always seems to go to waste. I guess if we had a larger family it would be worthwhile- as it is, we bought 2 big bags of dog food and saved about $10 over the Kroger price.

    Hoping to see a few of you fine folks at George’s tonight. I hear there may even be an appearance by Stacy and Leigh Anne. We’ll see…


  5. Barb says:

    The warehouse clubs, I actually go to Sam’s a lot, but we tend to freeze half of whatever we buy. That being said, I’m not the typical shopper there, I go & grab just a few items at a time. I like the streelhead trout, its cheaper than salmon & I think it tastes better. They have decent steaks too.

  6. Martha says:

    I’m not sure if we’re going to make it tonight. Game time decision. I was home ‘sick’ yesterday. Started out feeling like hell, coughed up a ton of crap, felt better, thought about going to the office but decided I needed a mental health day.

    Barb, I’ve signed up for ‘UPS my choice’, there is an option to Authorize Shipment Release…seems to work for us.

    I managed 20 minutes of yoga after my bike ride yesterday, I really need to do that more often…so many popping and grinding sounds *sigh*

    Maybe when we have more space we can think about a warehouse club membership, right now we barely have room for us.

  7. Steve says:

    We’ll have to look for the trout, Barb. We buy talapia frozen and use it for fish tacos and really like it. We don’t really have a lot of freezer space, considering we have 2 fridges.

  8. Stacy says:

    There will definitely be an appearance by Stacy and Leigh Ann at George’s! Well, most definitely Stacy. 🙂 Bill (aka Bunny) is so kind as he’s giving me his old Fitbit because he got a new one and doesn’t need it anymore and we’re meeting there. It’s my inaugural “walk to George’s” to see just how long it’ll take me from home. So glad it’s supposed to be a gorgeous night because I’m both looking forward to the company when I get there and the exercise it will take to arrive!

  9. Barb says:

    We love the steelhead trout – I actually almost bought it by accident the first time (it looks just like the salmon), and now we never buy salmon anymore. Salmon to me is a little fishier tasting. Paulie had it one at my house for dinner.

    those Fitbits are pretty cool, I’ve thought about getting one, maybe it would get me to exercise more. They are just a little expensive for something I may, or may not use, actually use.

    Roadtrip to UPS in Roswell is complete, hope they sent the right stuff, I have no idea, its Allan’s shit. So, I didn’t even open the box. Had lunch with a friend that works by Northpoint, so it was a nice almost 2 hour break. ITs actually slow right now at work, so it worked otu perfect.

  10. Steve says:

    I don’t know what a FitBit is…

  11. Barb says:

    if you are old enough & not too cool to admit you used to listened to them, Styx, REO Speedwagon & Ted Nugent tickets are only $20 at the Verizon ampitheatre in Alpharetta on Sunday May 5th. Use the “get your tax break promotion” code when you go to ticketmaster to get the tickets. I’m not too proud to say that would be a fun flashback concert. And- I’ve never been to Verizon, I hear its a nice venue.

  12. Martha says:

    I have no real option one way or the other about Styx or REO Speedwagon…but you couldn’t pay me enough to get anywhere need that nasty, nut job Ted Nugent.

    Okay one option, Mr. Roboto has to be one of the most ridiculous songs ever performed….

    Barb at least you got to go to Roswell, I have to drive to Fulton Industrial when I need to get something from UPS.

  13. Stacy says:

    Fitbit: http://www.fitbit.com/ Barb, I’m hoping that will be the case with me too! I have a goal to lose 15 lbs. by June and this will totally hold me accountable….or so I hope.

    Looking forward to seeing all you folks tonight!

    I’ve never been to Verizon either, but ohmygosh that sounds like a fun show, Barb! 🙂 How can you not like Styx or REO? I’ll want to hear a recap!

  14. Barb says:

    REO was my favorite band back in the day. Styx, I liked, Ted Nugent, I never cared for all that much. I’m hoping he’s the opening act. Ted is a nutjob, but I kind of like tha that about him. Since Styx is listed first, I guess they will close. I just like the $20 price, I’m too cheap to go to most concerts anymore. I’m know of at least 6 people going so far, we will tailgate or whatever, it will be fun.

  15. In their heyday I liked all three. I saw REO (not sure if was the original lineup) at the Dish Network retailer conference a handful of years ago and they were entertaining.

    However, my Mets will be in town that weekend so I will most likely be headed to the ballgame that day and in no condition to drive to Alpharetta that night.

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