For The Record

I’ve always wanted to utter the phrase “For the Record…” Let me expound on that, I’ve always wanted to utter the phrase “For the Record…” regarding a record (aka “LP”) that I was recording. Related: I nearly wrote the lyrics to a song while driving last night.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Put a hand under your elbow and lift it across your chest, hold for fifteen seconds, then switch sides.

Do you feel the stretch in the back of each shoulder when you do this challenge? Sitting or standing for long periods of time can lead to soreness and pain in the upper body, and this challenge helps to gently stretch the muscles and ease pain.

Stretching is good.
I should do much more of it.

Another Delivery Day In The Books
I’ve pushed another revision of my code-in-progess out the door. This was another internal release so this means nothing to any of you (unless of course you are a developer in Bangalore reading this). To reward myself I left the office after only working eight hours and made it to my haircut appointment early.


Crazy Is As Crazy Does
On my drive from the Perimeter Mall area to Virginia Highland to get a haircut I saw a shirtless man looking around the curb of a street. I suppose that I should also mention that this man was wearing cardboard boxes for shoes.

While sitting on a park bench playing with my iPhone a older white man carrying a shopping bag stopped and asked me what I was using. Upon hearing it was an iPhone he said “You should have one of these.” and started to reach into his shirt pocket; I shit you not, I thought that I was about to be held up. The man pulled out an Android phone and began to lecture me on how much better Android is over iOS.

I recounted that story to the woman who cuts my hair and she returned with a story about the same man which ended up with him scrawling “you suck” in the pollen collected on the salon’s window.

I’m not even 1/10th as destitute nor crazy as either of these two men and yet I still can’t convince the women in whom I have interest that I am worthy dating material. Unbelievable.

No Gunshow, Yes SoBa
As I mentioned yesterday I had dinner with ITP-Reader Betsy. Let the record show that while I certainly like interacting with everyone here in this virtual space, I also really enjoy “in real life” meetups too.

Since my attempt to make a reservation at Gunshow flopped, I met up with Betsy at East Atlanta’s SoBa, a common dining destination when she and I eat together. Betsy and I sat at the bar, as we do, and had a good time catching up over some adult beverages and Asianesque (yeah, I know that’s not a real word) food. For the record I once again failed in my attempt to abstain from alcohol.

ITP Flickr Pic
The well is completely dry again. I look to resurrect my photography interest this weekend.

Returning To Returning To Get Into Shape
I’m feeling flabbier than I have in some time. Why? Because I haven’t worked out in weeks (thanks for nothing, foot) but have retained the drinking and eating habits I had while I was. Clearly this is a recipe for weight gain.

I have plans to be out of town this weekend (I’ll be skipping out of work early tomorrow) so I am vowing to returning to daily workouts (I think that I’ll avoid running for awhile) again starting Monday (which, is somehow already Memorial Day; where does the time go?).

And It Will Happen Again Tonight
I already know that there is at least one beer in my future tonight. Tonight I will be joining some coworkers on a trip to Decatur to celebrate a birthday. Why Decatur? Because one of our Drinking Club is on jury duty selection today.

Today’s Personal Project
Limit my alcohol and food intake.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – uncomfortably fat
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – You’ve already missed the first thirteen years of the Longplayer composition. However, you are in luck because there are still 987 years left! Don’t believe me? Follow that link.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking tomorrow, not going to like what I see

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

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 28
Carnivorous Meals – 31

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

May Goals
– return ITP-Reader Martha’s coffee percolator to her

- return ITP-Terri’s crutches to her

- not get sick

- lose three pounds

- exercise at least twenty-five of May’s thirty-one days

- 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

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 For The Record

  1. I am trying to photograph myself in these dummy frames. I am one ugly, goofy-looking motherfucker — it’s no wonder I can’t get a date.

  2. Steve says:

    I just laughed out loud at your own comment.

    The EP house is mowed! That lawn is about as nice as I’ve seen it since dad passed away. Loaded the mower to take back to JEFDSDR- apparently my ramps were not as strong as I needed as Debbie said they bowed badly- so much so I had to use my front end loader to get it out of the truck once we got home. (Have I said lately how much I love my tractor!!). A small trailer is now in our future. Many possibilities there….

    Spoke to an old friend last night who is enjoying “new” home ownership and all the chores associated… I didn’t burst her bubble that eventually they will become real “chores”.

    There should be some exercise in my future today, but it might only be a good walk at lunch- the pool pump becons me- if I don’t get it fixed soon, we will have a swamp instead of a pool. It is already showing signs…


  3. Martha says:

    Paulie, if I accepted photos as how I truly looked, I’d never leave the house. I’ve seen very few photos that I think ‘look like me’.

    Yesterday was nice…I’m ready for another ‘telework day’…Even cleaning up my neighbors yard was more enjoyable than the office. Paulie, you remember Rob and Melissa that lived next door to me? We, they moved to Cobb and have been renting out the house. The current tenants have not been keeping up with the yard work and now the house if back on the market. Yesterday my other neighbor Jen, started mowing the front lawn, so I went and grab a yard bag and started pulling weeds out of the flower beds…it only took us about 30 minutes and while there is still work to be done (i.e.the back yard), it looks so much better.

    I think it’s going to be pretty quiet here for the next two days, maybe I’ll take off early tomorrow…

  4. Martha says:

    I almost got out my lawn mower to do Andy’s yard but the blade is all bent (I asked Jerry about that when he last mowed, the ground was all tore up), I’ve put replace the blade on my to do list for the weekend.

    I think if given a day or two, Jen and I could clean up the entire street.

  5. Martha, do you remember how to get to my house? My yard could use much TLC. 😀

  6. Martha says:

    I’ve offered many, many times…pick a day!

  7. Barb says:

    Allan “sort” of takes care of our close neighbor’s yard, when he blows leaves & pollen & whatever, he always does their driveway, etc. He hasn’t cut their grass yet, but if they don’t do the front yard pretty soon, he might do it too. The house is lived in, they are just terrible at yard work.

    I actually did go for a bike ride last night, but since I was by myself & not all that motivated, I only did a 15 mile loop. Traffic was awful by the river, & too many cars hugging the outer white line, made it hard to get past. Part of the path that goes under Roswell Rd was flooded, so had to deal with all the cars there. But – I went.

    BTW Steve – if TJ doesn’t act super cordial in Chatty, its because of all the USA Cycling folks. You know he has to snub them now, so……. (but it isn’t personal, he still likes you) He is working for Shimano this weekend.

  8. Prado is the new Decatur. My former coworker was excused from jury duty selection, so if you are stalking me you should head to 5 Seasons on Roswell Road instead of Decatur tonight.

  9. Barb says:

    I may be going to Decatur next Wednesday to meet some friends from Conyers for dinner. Looks like Twains may be the venue……. I wonder how long it will take to get there? that is about the worst place to get to from Marietta.

  10. Debbie says:

    As an incredibly unphotogenic person, I say disregard your self portraits as any kind of measure of your attractiveness. You’re a good looking guy and better yet you’re funny as hell.

    Our pool is quickly progressing to swamp-hood. I’m a little freaked out as it will be my responsibility over the long weekend and the green is growing. I dreamt that Farley and I both got bitten by a water moccasin, gotten keep the water clear enough to see if one might be lurking!

    I’m off to get on “Steve’s” tractor to mow some pastures before he comes home to show me how to use the riding mower (puhlease) to mow the yard. I anticipate being very sweaty and grumpy in a couple of hours… (Before my dear husband chimes in, only the sweaty would be a new development! 🙂 )

  11. Steve says:

    Remember Paulie, looks only go so far, it’s the personality that wins them over- I am living proof of that!!

    And I cannot get on my tractor without the theme to “Green Acres” playing in my head.

    Green Acres is the place to be
    Farm livin’ is the life for me
    Land spreadin’ out so far and wide
    Keep Manhattan, just gimme that countryside

    (How’s that for an ear worm- you’re welcome!)

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Damn you, Steve!

  13. Jenka says:

    I *hate* how I look in photos, I think I look TERRIBLE. I also avoid mirrors, for that matter. So you’re not alone in this, Paulie.

  14. Steve says:

    Barb, I’ll be extra nice to TJ as I’m doing bike inspection Saturday, so he’ll be close by.

    Anyone got dining suggestions in Chattanooga? I’ll ping Jo Anna if she is in country, when I get home.

  15. I guess it goes to show you that even the best looking people don’t like the way look in photos.

  16. Barb says:

    JoAnna might even be up there in Chatty. I know everyone says the Terminal has good burgers. (and they have growlers, Sarah brought us one from there once)

  17. I believe that I ate at the Terminal one time I spent a weekend up in Chattanooga (note to self: Lookouts season has started, do that again this summer) and enjoyed it. You could also go to Taco Mac. Kidding. Sorta.

  18. Steve says:

    Rome Braves and Chattanooga Lookouts on a weekend roadtrip! I’m in.

  19. Martha says:

    Where ever you are headed this evening, it looks like you should avoid the Little 5 Points area, fire at Corner Tavern is probably going to have things messed up for a long while.

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