Gimps Gone Wild

I wish that I could say that my current footwear isn’t slowing me down, but I can’t. I don’t blame my lack of activity this weekend all on it, some of that blame comes from my lack of enthusiasm to do things solo as well.

Once I waded through this city’s abysmal traffic on Friday I had a wonderful dinner at ITP-Reader Barb’s house; her hubby Allan made chicken breasts on the “green egg”, Barb made a broccoli salad, and Sal (aka “Burning Bush”) made an avocado salad and brownies; I supplied white wine.

Nearly the entire remainder of the weekend was spent at home watching videos via Netflix or reading “The Complete Sherlock Holmes” via a Kindle app, with the exception of going out for lunch at OK Cafe on Saturday (and hitting more shitty traffic).

On Saturday I managed to upgrade my Mac Mini to run Mountain Lion (in hopes that it will be capable of running Mavericks later this year). Oh, and I bought Adobe Lightroom 5 (and computer chatted with some customer service rep in India while trying to figure out why Adobe’s website wouldn’t let me log in.) and installed it on my Mac Mini as well.

I did go a little wild yesterday by shedding the boot so that I could do some yard work before the rain arrived this week. How can women not be salivating to be with a rebel such as me?

Had the Braves followed their “normal” schedule of playing a night game on Saturday and a day game on Sunday (the San Francisco Giants were in town, so the 4pm game Saturday was targeted as a 1pm game for the West Coast) I probably would have hobbled in for one game, but alas their schedule didn’t prove to be a convenient one for me.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Learn the signs and symptoms of heat illnesses.

Heat illnesses become more common as the weather gets hotter (especially for children and the elderly, as well as those on certain medications), and what can start as simple thirst and fatigue can turn into something much more serious if you don’t pay attention to the symptoms. By reading about the signs of heat illnesses and how they progress, you can help avoid emergencies.

I Tried. I Failed.
On Saturday morning I once again heard the plea to “fix” comment notifications. With time finally on my side I set out to do so, and promptly failed.

I tried updating the plug-in responsible for notifying you when comments are added. That didn’t work.
I tried deleting and reinstalling that plug-in. That didn’t work.
I tried installing a new plug-in which claimed to offer the same service. That didn’t work.
I tried about six other WordPress themes to see if the alterations I performed on this current theme were inhibiting comment notifications. That didn’t work.

Sorry, unless someone with real blogging software knowledge steps in to help out that feature will be broken until the day I stop writing this blog.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Young, Dumb, And Full Of…”
Young, Dumb, And Full Of...

This is me, thirty years ago this month as I graduated from high school in Florida. Back then I never imagined that I’d be where I am today (physically as well as mentally), but then again who among us is where we expected to be when we graduated from high school?

News Of The Weird
While futzing with the comment notifications I received an email alerting me of a comment that needed moderation. It read:

Wyatt: You know what? I’m in America. We are men. Let’s drink coffee, not tea, ay? (examining Booth’s handiwork) Oh, I say. Marvelous job.

which I’ve come to find out through the power of Google is a quote from a Season 2 episode of Bones.

This morning my little birdie noise on my iPhone alerted me that I had a new text message. The message was no more than blank message with an audio file attachment from the 919 area code, which I know from experience is Raleigh, though it was not from a number I recognized.

I’ve deleted both of these oddball messages because I am too paranoid about viruses on my computing devices to risk approving/opening them. Sure, I lead a far more conservative life than is necessary, but at least I am not spending my weekends reinstalling software because I’ve been hacked.

This Week’s “Big Three”
Introducing a new “feature” of this blog, my “Big Three.” These are tasks which I want to focus on accomplishing during the given week.

  1. Take the Jackmobile to Peach Auto to get a once-over for my trip to Florida at the end of next week.
  2. Order my new eyeglasses from Warby-Parker.
  3. Take a box of stuff to Goodwill.

Hold me to these. 😉

Today’s Personal Project
I was supposed to accomplish item one on the “Big Three” today however work and the threat of rain conspired to make me wait. Instead, my goal for today will be to accomplish item two.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – silence at the moment but I’m planning on listening to a new album which was sent to me over the weekend.
Website Of The Day – Sites like Unclutterer are my bible. If only I could get my shit together and make headway on my goal to reduce.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 1 (1 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 18
Carnivorous Meals – 21

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

June Goals
– get my foot to stop hurting
– return ITP-Reader Martha’s coffee percolator to her

- return ITP-Terri’s crutches to her

- not get sick

- 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
  4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy — by Douglas Adams
  5. Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness — by CC Chapman

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20 Responses to Gimps Gone Wild

  1. One more thing… On Twitter I keep pushing the Mikal Cronin show which will be at The EARL this coming Sunday. If you are a fan of power pop you should check out his latest release MC II and consider coming out to the show. I’ll be there, hopefully sans cast.

  2. Barb says:

    Nice high school picture.
    I’m sure I have one of those somewhere, but where? who knows………

    Saturday morning Allan called & asked me to bring him some cash to the Fire Dept training center (where he was in class) – down in an area of SE Atlanta I’ve rarely been. To get there you get off 75 at University, go south on Pryor, a couple more tuns & you find the very run down building. City of Atlanta really does not know how to keep up buildings. I think it might be a very old elementary school. Anyway – I was shocked at how nice the area is on Pryor, someone has spent plenty of money on cleaning up that neighborhood, lots of new houses, a really nice YMCA, etc.

    Spent the rest of the day working in the garden, weeding, mulching, etc.
    The tomatoes plants are growing, but not much in the way of actual tomatoes growing.

    Sunday had breakfast with the in-laws for Fathers Day, then went ITP to Mango & Kat’s house, we are borrowing their camper next weekend. Took a nice short bike ride over to Decatur to Twains for a beer, then back to their house for some most excellent smoked ribs. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday.

  3. Thanks. 🙂

    It was taken in our then-front yard. That tree behind me was probably a 100-year-old live oak that dropped acorns like nobody’s business. My mother lives no more that 0.5 miles from that house and my aunt still lives across the street from it, so I see it each time I go back.

    You were at Mango’s and Kat’s? You could have driven by and seen me doing yard work! Seeing me doing yard work is almost as rare as seeing Bigfoot. 🙂

  4. Stacy says:

    Barb, I saw you check in to Twains — did you bike all the way from home? I remember thinking: holy cow! I would have no idea what kind of bike route ran from Marietta to Decatur.

    Finally got over to the Botanical Gardens this weekend – gorgeous! Paulie, you want to fill up your photo bucket for future blog use? Grab your camera and get over there!

  5. Steve says:

    Saturday was a lovely morning for an almost 60 miles ride with Martha for the Boys and girls club of Coweta County. I’m afraid I may have created a monster- I gave her a couple of suggestions about her climbing and I was having to work to stay up with her- you have been warned! We covered the distance at a 15.2 pace.

    Debbie was out visiting animal shelters and brought home another boxer- with attitude! Hopefully, Ms. Maggie will calm down and learn to live with everyone else. I have a gash on my leg where Bunny jumped up on me yesterday- I don’t know what got into her but she was wild!

    Sunday, dinner with the Debbies’ family. A pork butt which cooked all night was about perfect, then a quick nap and some yard work.

    Time to start cleaning the house if you people are coming down for the weekend!!


  6. Barb says:

    Stacy – we just rode from Kat & Mango’s house, only about 3 miles each way. We could ride form Marietta, but yeah, that would make it an interesting route & some serious planning to find the not super busy streets.

    thanks Steve, now I’ll never be able to ride with Martha again.

    I need to get back on the bike, basically took the last couple weeks off, maybe tonight a little ride over in Roswell. Allan wants to stop by to look at the TJ stash of bike parts to see if there is the missing part he needs for the new 29er…..

  7. I could barely keep up with Martha before my injury (either, pick one…).

    Hopefully once this cast is gone for good I shall be able to mount the bike and ride for a few months before the cooler weather returns and my pussy attitude kicks in.

  8. Steve says:

    Hey Barb, if Allan is going shopping, my computer went on the fritz on Saturdays’ ride. I haven’t looked closely, but I fear I might have a bad wire… maybe there is something in TJ’s inventory that he would be willing to spare?

  9. Barb says:

    Steve – you think new wiring for the computer? hmmmm, never looked for something like that – what kind/brand do you have? when mine goes wacko, I always figure its my battery(ies).

  10. Martha says:

    Steve is being very generous. I still have a lot to figure out, especially with climbing but I felt I learned a lot and it was a fantastic ride!! Looking forward to another on Saturday.

    Yesterday’s run was a different story, I was out by 8:15 but it was already getting warm, but I did manage 10 slow miles.

    Spent the rest of the weekend just hanging out and relaxing.

  11. Steve says:

    Some sort of Cateye, I’m sure. Mine was specifically bought hardwired so I could run it off the rear wheel for Sufferfest.

    I don’t know Martha- there were a couple of times I was having trouble holding your wheel. Maybe you were in “smell the barn” mode.

  12. Steve says:

    And don’t forget kids, it’s third Wednesday this week!! Just another excuse to support your addiction. You’re welcome.

  13. I’ll be a George’s this week sporting a fresh haircut and a not-so-fresh Aircast.

  14. bob says:

    Paulie how long are you supposed to wear the cast? We need to get you back on the bike.

    Saturday had a great 10 mile ride with Travis on the trail a bike followed by Waffle House (I had to entice him somehow :-)). Saturday afternoon we went to the Braves game, man what a game! Love the bottom of the ninth wins.

    Sunday was a wheelhopper day, great trail around Decatur. Barb I’m surprised you didn’t see flour, we went right past Twains.

    Oh and Barb, I need to get on Allan’s schedule for a wheel build. New rims should be delivered today and I will be ordering spokes. What is the going rate?

  15. Stacy says:

    As long as it’s not raining, I’ll be at George’s too!

    And I forgot to say: love the graduation pic, Paulie. Especially diggin’ the ‘stache!

  16. Barb says:

    Bob, we did see flour (and Scratch n Sniff ride by), that is what prompted the text message (that you didn’t answer until way too late).

    I have no idea the rate for a wheel build, that would need to be a question directly to Allan, I’m sure my price will be higher than the one he comes up with 😉

    And of course it was a well marked trail since we chose not to go to Wheelhopper, I have such terrible luck picking which trail to do anymore.

  17. Steve says:

    Barb, I think this is your opportunity to pimp Allan out… just make sure the rate you charge covers what Allan charges!!

    I can’t imagine there was too much off road in Decatur, but there are lots of alleys and such.

  18. bob says:

    Yeah sorry about that, my phone was in my bag and didn’t get the message until too late.

    I’ll ping Allan about the wheels.

  19. Bob, I’m not sure. My foot is getting “better” but it is far from perfect. I have a follow-up appointment on Friday morning.

  20. Barb says:

    Stacy – Allan gives away too much (IMHO) when working on bikes, I think his time is worth much more than he does.

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