Two-fer Tuesday?

Today’s Daily Challenge
Use your toes to curl a small towel toward you, repeat three times, switch feet, and repeat four times.

Our toes have one tough job! They play a significant part in keeping us on our feet all day, and they can feel achy if we jam them into high-heeled shoes or other tight footwear. This easy toe stretch helps to ease discomfort and strengthen toes, and it feels especially good if you have toe cramps or pain in the ball of your foot.

And The Cradle Will Rock
Life is funny sometimes. The other day I dropped something onto my bedroom floor and could not (and have still not for that matter) found it. What I did find however was something under my bed.

Monsters? No.

The recharging cradle for my Garmin Forerunner 305. You know, the one I was certain I left down at ITP-Readers Steve’s & Debbie’s house.

For the life of me I cannot understand how this ended up under my bed. My bedroom has wood floors, so certainly I should have heard it hit the floor if I dropped it while carrying all my crap into the house. And if that wasn’t the case, why didn’t I feel it as I most certainly kicked it under the bed? A mystery that will never be solved…

Oh well, now I own two charging cables. And my apologies for sending Steve on a wild goose chase after I thought that I had left the charger in his house.

The 500 Club
I should have, but I did.

I joined my boss at Taco Mac for a post-work beverage (let’s say that I was a little stressed yesterday, and I’m not talking about fracturing my foot).

The outing was especially special as I realized that I was going to be drinking my 500th Brewniversity beer (yeah, don’t do the math — it makes as much sense as seeing how much you paid for your house once you’ve finished with your mortgage). I tweeted my glee about achieving this milestone, and believe it or not, this paid off! As I was consuming #500 the manager came to our table, asked if I was “Paulie,” and proceeded to purchase it for me. Woo Hoo! Now I’ve had 500 beers for the price of 499! What a bargain!

My apologies to ITP-Reader Stacy. I had intended to have one beer at Taco Mac and then join you and Aaron. However, after my second beer I decided that I should head to East Atlanta instead. Thanks for the invite.

ITP Flickr Pic
“The 500 Club”
The 500 Club
This is beer #500 for my Taco Mac Brewniversity membership. You’d think that I’d have taken a better photo of it, but I was concentrating more on drinking it.

For the record: This is a Red Hare Brewing Bitter Hearts.

Late Night For An Old Man
After Taco Mac I drove down into East Atlanta. While traveling through the village I once again scored a convenient parking spot, so I decided to take it and kill my pre-concert time at one of the local establishments.

It was no late than 9:30pm when the doorman inside The EARL told me that the headliners would be taking the stage at 11:00pm. With that much time to kill I decided to make an exodus from the too-smokey bar and find comfort elsewhere.

My first thought was to sit at the bar in The Argosy. However, The Argosy has been getting love from everyone so I chose to cross the street and go inside my village underdog The Elder Tree Pub.

Things were certainly not hopping inside Elder Tree, but I decided to stay nonetheless. I sat at the bar and nursed one beer (honestly, 3/4 of one beer) before heading back to The EARL.

The show didn’t start at 11:00pm, no Besnard Lakes took the stage closer to 11:30pm. For an old man with a day job this late of a start is a deal-breaker; I exited The EARL at midnight and went home.

I Can’t Use The Foot As An Excuse (Again)
My foot injury comes at a great time if I wanted excuses to work a gazillion hours in order to meet Upper Management’s arbitrary schedule for my next release; it comes at an awful time otherwise as I think that I am finally starting to lose some weight and want to continue my efforts.

If all goes to plan, and I doubt that it will, I’ll be making a stop into LA Fitness for a weightlifting session. I will have to alter my warmup routine because I think it’s a bad idea for me to run on the treadmill again until my foot completely heals (assuming I’ve done no worse damage than a bruise).

Double My Pleasure?
The late-night part of today’s plan is to head to Masquerade for the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club show for which I already have a ticket (and now that I think of it, I need to locate said ticket!). Also playing, supposedly at the same time but on a different stage, is Free Energy, a band I saw at Star Bar a few years ago; I’d really like to see this show as well.

Today’s Personal Project
Not get frustrated at work (it’s a story I can’t tell in public).

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh, tired, bummed, distressed
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – I think the next club to which I should become a member is the 755 Club, or maybe the club of men that gets women to go out on dates with them.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking tomorrow on my home scale

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 15 (8 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 41
Carnivorous Meals – 44

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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9 Responses to Two-fer Tuesday?

  1. Steve says:

    500 beers for the price of 499!! Wow, you really are bad at math! You have paid for that beer many times over. And that manager should have known you by name!!! ( one of the waitresses at our normal Mexican haunt said the last time we were at her table “So nice to see you again”- that gets big points in my book, and the waitress at 6FU Saturday got points for bringing the check and saying “Thank you Mr. Brady”- little things.)

    Wild goose chase? I finally find the damn thing, drive to EAV, break into your house undetected and hide it under the bed… that was more than a WGC my friend!

    Working from home before a Dr’s appt. I could get used to this.


  2. Barb says:

    ARGH…. I type up a nice post & somehow it didn’t send.

    So, now that you are at 500, do you quit? Is there a next level?

    My revolving door of house guests has been interesting, Annette leaves tomorrow, Felicia is most likely coming in next week for a week or so, then my old buddie Diana (Cheese Spread) will be here for 1 night May 18th. At least it keeps the house much cleaner this way.

  3. But I never paid for #500, it was FREE*. There have been many managers, and waiters/waitresses for that matter, at this Taco Mac since I started my journey with ITP-Reader Stacy on March 4th, 2006.

    I have considered quitting at five hundred, mostly for financial, liver, and caloric reasons. The next achievement occurs at 575 (an embroidered pullover) and there are achievements that occur at some intervals up to 1000 I believe.

    * actually, it cost me 6ร‚ยข since I technically only get Brewniversity credit if I pay something for it.

  4. Stacy says:

    I dunno….an embroidered pullover sounds kinda cool actually. ๐Ÿ™‚ And while I do agree it would be nice had the manager already known you, I think it’s way kickass when social media works out like that! My company is all about social media and when you get that kind of instant reaction? WICKED COOL. I’m glad he purchased it for you, too. That was above and beyond.

    No worries about not joining us (sorry – didn’t see your message until much later since we put our phones away for the game). But we DID win first place! Woo hoo! $50 bar cash is pretty kickass in my book. Will definitely be going back.

  5. First place? *APPLAUSE*

  6. Steve says:

    Who else is on the team? I miss our old trivia days.. we were lamenting Adam’s Garden of Eatin’ just the other day. Have never found home made potato ships as good.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I miss those days too.

    Wait until you read about my crossword premonition in tomorrow’s blog.

  8. Barb says:

    We’d be game to play trivia again someday – if we could find something off 75 or close to the connector…… if its too hard to get to, I don’t seem to get there.

  9. Stacy says:

    Honestly, it was just me and Aron. And then my girl friend Jaimie joined us in the second half. We’re all just that brilliant, haha. (The questions weren’t all that tough yesterday either)

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