What a crummy weather weekend, but at least it didn’t stop me from having fun.

Did you hear about the shots fired on Friday afternoon in Dunwoody? That took place right across the street from my office. Crime is everywhere my friends (it’s just more prevalent in some areas — like East Atlanta).

Today’s Daily Challenge
Reach for a red fruit or vegetable.

Red produce is packed with health-promoting antioxidants and beneficial nutrients such as lycopene, which can help prevent cancer, and resveratrol, which helps the heart.

Three Times In One Month’s Time?
It had probably been four years since I had returned to Cypress Street Pint & Plate prior my visit about a month ago; since then I’ve now been back two additional times.

I met some former coworkers at Cypress Street on Friday night for happy hour. The food, drink, and company were great, but the $9 I had to pay for parking was a little less than ideal. Pro Tip: On Friday afternoon most of their appetizers (all very tasty) are 50% off. Another Pro Tip: Cypress Street’s “house beer” is Sweetwater IPA (very tasty as well) is always $3 / pint.

Terri’s World. Party Time. Excellent.
Could the weather have been any more miserable than on Saturday? Well, yes, but you must admit that all day cold and rain is never much fun.

I spent the day trying to stay dry. Around lunchtime I went out for cash and then planned on eating somewhere; the “somewhere” proved the be a problem. My desire was to eat food I liked, without ordering beer, at a place that I’ve either never, or recently visited. I thought about Fox Bros BBQ — nixed, I eat there often. I thought about Big Tex Cantina, nixed, I couldn’t find parking. I thought about Twain’s — nixed because I knew there was no way I could eat at Twain’s and not order beer. After much driving and deliberating I wound up at Savage Pizza in Avondale Estates where I ordered a chicken caesar salad, breadsticks, and Coke.

With a full belly I returned home and worked/studied for awhile.

At around 8:30pm I headed out to The Midway Pub where ITP-Reader Terri was having her birthday party. I was in and out of the private party patio, chatting up hashers I rarely see these days. By the time the patio had filled up I was having a fun time, but I had other fish to fry that night.

At around 10:15pm I made my way up to Drunken Unicorn to see the Telekinesis show. With the weather being what it was I was forced to park about three blocks from Drunken Unicorn and got a little more than wet on my walk back to the car sometime after midnight.

ITP Flickr Pic
I was going to publish one today, but I decided against doing so because of the potentially disturbing subject matter.

Stinko de Mayo
Not the hash, which did happen yesterday but I did not attend. No, I once again mention the weather, and am also referring to the Mets playing yesterday.

Thankfully I used the crummy weather forecast as an excuse not to attend the afternoon affair between the Mets and Braves, which resulted in the “wrong” team winning. Instead I stayed at home, attempted to learn some new iOS development tricks while also being amazed that my home’s heater was in action on the 5th of May.

Cinc O’deMayo
As I do I sought an Irish bar last night. Under normal circumstances I probably would have headed straight for The Elder Tree Pub, but because my boss was coming from the aquarium we decided to meet up at Limerick Junction.

Our initial stay at Limerick Junction was very short. Seems there was a Cinco de Mayo pub crawl in Virginia Highland yesterday and the tableful who had just gotten their first round were very LOUD; I’m assuming my boss and I were already a few rounds behind them by 5:00pm.

You might remember that short period of time where the weather yesterday afternoon was stellar? That’s when my boss and I wandered down to Hand ‘n Hand and sat outside. We’d just about finished our first drink and got inside before the deluge.

With the raid subsiding we decided that Hand and Hand was too crowded (obviously everyone on the patio was now indoors) so we took a chance and wandered back down to Limerick Junction. Our fortunes were much better the second time around.

By the time we were ready to leave (some time around 8:30pm) the rain had decided to return and my boss and I, neither of us clever enough to bring anything to ward off the weather, got a bit damp on our three-block walk back to our cars.

I Thought I Had Another “Cinco de Mayo” Pun For You
But I can’t think of it now…

RealiTV Update: TAR Finale — I Missed It
I got home too late and too tired to watch last night’s The Amazing Race finale.

Feel free to make comments and spoilers if you wish to discuss it amongst yourselves, I’ll be watching it soon enough.

Today’s Personal Project
I ned to go LA Fitness this afternoon.

Watch last night’s The Amazing Race finale either recorded on my DVR or, if the weather didn’t permit for that, online.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though my foot is not recovering as quickly as I hoped
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Looking to take the plunge and purchase a SSD for your computer (I did not long ago), check out SSD Boss where you can compare features on many different models.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking Wendesday

Foot Mileage – ~3.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 5
Carnivorous Meals – 10

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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19 Responses to Blerg

  1. Barb says:

    I did NOT watch TAR either – that is on the agenda for tonight.

    We were pretending to be back in high school attending the Styx, REO Speedwagon & Ted Nugent concert last night.
    Now, I may have seen REO or Styx back in the day, but I don’t know, as not everyone came to Iowa for concerts (& that was a whole lot of brain cells ago). I know I’ve never seen Uncle Ted (as he refers to himself quite often), he’s got a great stage presence. It was a fun show, age demographic was exactly what you’d think, we were in covered seating, so the weather didn’t bother us too much. Some of the people there dressed for what I think they must have thought was an indoor concert, they had to be freezing by the end of the night. Today’s project is to look up REO & Styx, see who is still originals. The Dennis DeYoung replacement in Styx is quite good.

  2. Stacy says:

    Ooh! I’ve been waiting to tell you this today: Yesterday I went to a “sneak preview” of The Book Club Play at Horizon. Essentially, it was a discussion with the actors (who talked about themselves and their characters), the director and set directors, costume designers, etc. (they even passed around little scale models and floorplans they had made to create the set) — and then they performed two scenes from the play. It was HYSTERICAL! I think you’re going to like this play! Like, seriously laugh-out-loud funny. I’m definitely going to have to see it now.

    Did you know they do sneak previews like this for almost every performance? You just have to sign up for it and it’s free. It’s brilliant – because now I really want to go to it. I can see how it’d be really beneficial if you’re on the fence about a show that season too.

    I am most bummed I missed Miss Terri’s party this weekend. 🙁 My prior events landed at times that made it impossible. If ITP-reader Terri is reading this, happy belated and I hope you had a wonderful night!

  3. Sounds like a fun night, Barb. I never saw any of those three in their heyday. I did see some version of REO in Denver a handful of years ago, however.

    I had forgotten about that sneak preview, Stacy. I was sent an email, but at that time I was planning on going to the Braves/Mets game. You know, I have two tickets reserved for that show for June 1st. If history can predict my ability to find a date by then then there is a good possibility that ticket will be available. Stay tuned…

  4. Stacy says:

    Cool beans! If you can, just let me know by the 24th. I have a coupon for showing up last night for $5 off from if I order my ticket by then. 🙂 If not, I’ll buy yours, whether with money or a beer-n-brisket meal. *grin*

  5. I’m certain that I will know if I found a girlfriend by the 24th. If not, the ticket is yours for the price of one brisket dinner.

  6. Stacy says:

    You don’t need to find a girlfriend by the 24th, just a date! 🙂 And honestly, I can see you doing that…. even though selfishly I hope for once you don’t. Haha.

  7. Jenka says:

    The Braves/Mets game occurred perfectly during that three-hour window of excellent weather yesterday. Great game! Sure, the Mets didn’t win, but they held their own, especially in the 8th inning.

    Nut-Thins report: they are DELISH! Even just the plain almond ones I got have really great flavor and a very satisfying crunch! I’m disappointed that there’s rice in them because I was hoping for carb-free, but that’s a minor drawback and will not keep me from getting more of these. They went well with cheese & pepperoni, and with peanut butter. Yay, snacky-treats!

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Well, I failed to look at the ingredients for Nut Thins but since they tasted like rice cakes to me I am not surprised to read they contain rice.

    I saw highlights from the game and was stunned to see how nice the weather was over Turner Field. You must have some pretty high connections, Jenka. 🙂

  9. Martha says:

    I agree completely, Blerg! Want to know what is worse than the Monday morning commute? Doing it twice. I can’t for the life of me figure out why I even took my laptop home with me last Friday, I had no intention of doing any work…

    I actually enjoyed not doing much this weekend, I was even a little disappointed when the sun came out and I had no excuse not to go for my run 🙂 I even managed a nice nap both days.

    I did manage to leave the house three times yesterday, I made the weekly trip to Kroger, a run around the park and J and I went to lunch at Ameer’s on Briarcliff. We both love med/middle eastern food, there just don’t seem to be that many places in town to grab some. We really liked it yesterday, it maybe placed on the short list of carry out places we frequent, since it is on my way home from work.

    I’ll keep my feelings about Ted to myself. I’ve seen some more recent interviews with Dennis DeYoung, he’s a little wacky.

    Almonds don’t have carbs? I know they aren’t high in carbs but I don’t think they are carb free.

  10. Martha, have you been to Lawrence’s Cafe since it moved from Buford Hwy to College Ave?

  11. Martha says:

    I have not. I think the last time I went to Lawrence’s was probably pre-2005. Oakhurst would be a bit closer, we’ll check it out. Thanks!

  12. Steve says:

    Late to the party-again. Damn work getting in the way of important things, like updating the blog!

    Glad I wasn’t running 32 miles like Sleazy Rider (Terri) on Saturday. She said there were 30 or so folks. She has bigger cohones then me, that’s for sure.

    What an odd waether day yesterday. Should have gotten on the road, but decided Ironman 3 was more inportant. Debbie had her eye candy in Robert Downey Jr. and I in the alway lovely Gwenyth Paltrow…. Grrrrrrr…
    A great flick, at least as good as the others, maybe better. If you go, stay to the end of the credits for a little bonus.

    Is there a break in this crappy weather sometime soon?


  13. Steve says:

    I just got a call from the Gwinett Gladiators sales office, asking if we had a good time at the game a couple months ago and hoping they could see us again soon! I guess I gave them my cell phone for the duck contest?

    They’re working it, that’s for sure.

  14. Martha says:

    I had a couple of friends doing the Mountian Madness Half Ironman yesterday. They scratched the swim and the downhill at Fort Mountain…so ended up being about a 44 mile ride and 13.1 run…still sounded like it sucked.

    I will probably have to see IM3 alone or wait for it to come out on video…Jerry isn’t a fan.

  15. Steve says:

    Speaking of rides… a fatality in Chattanooga over the weekend on the “3 mountain, 3 state” ride. Apparently, a guy lost it on a decent and slid into oncoming traffic. Very sad.

  16. Martha says:

    Yes, I saw that, it was part of the reason they cut the decent out of MMHI….

  17. Barb says:

    Steve- I read about that crash. That totally sucked. I think I would have bailed in that weather with that descent……

    Martha – I don’t worry about what Ted Nugent says – he’s bat shit crazy. But – entertaining on stage, whether you agree with his rants or not.

    My mom just annoyed me, its sunny & 77 in Iowa today & called to tell me about it.

    Ironman 3 in on the list, just not sure when we will get there.

  18. Steve says:

    People that have a “following” and are “bat-shit crazy” bother me. I know he was at the NRA party this past week. Just sayin’

    Thanks for rubbing it in, mom.

  19. Jenka says:

    Martha: by carbs I meant the rice. Nuts I’m okay with (HEH). I’m okay with rice, too, I was just hoping for a grain-free snacky-treat alternative to crackers. Everything has carbs in it, but I specifically meant grains this time.

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