Just when I decided it would be fun to do more long-distance drives in the Jackmobile…
Today’s Daily Challenge
This is too difficult to get to via iPad.
My Bad Luck Followed Me To Florida
I swear that each time I tried to take a positive mindset toward life something unfortunate happens to me to change my mindset back.
The trip down to Florida itself was uneventful — I-75 is not exactly “scenic.” I had peace for nearly half of a day. After my arrival my mother and I drove to get some lunch, made a stop at Publix, and then her bank. We returned to her house and chatted for awhile. Feeling a bit tired I took a nap, after which we sat around watching reruns of “Law & Order: SVU” (potentially interesting note: these were the first episodes of “Law & Order” that I have ever seen). And then the fun came to a literal halt. My mother and I decided that we’d drive to get dinner. It was odd that no matter how I pressed my key fob the locks in the Jackmobile didn’t open, even though it sounded as if the motor was trying. I shrugged my shoulders and opened the car the old fashioned way, I stuck the key into the lock and turned — success. However, when I put the key into the key into the ignition and turned the car did not start. At first it was just nothing, I saw lights on the dashboard and the headlights illuminated, but the engine didn’t start. Subsequent attempts yielded no more than series of fast, loud clicks from the engine.
I was more than a little perturbed that I took my car to be checked out two weeks ago for the sole purpose of having the confidence that the Jackmobile wouldn’t break down on this trip. If I had any doubt I would have rented a car for this trip.
On Saturday morning AAA came out and determined that the Jckmobile’s battery had a dead cell. While this diagnosis cost me $130 for a new battery (installed) it was probably the cheapest repair of the things that could have possibly been wrong. The AAA guy said that his diagnostic tool said that my electrical system is fine — I certainly hope so.
My Little Alma Mater Is All Grown Up
On my drive to mom’s I passed one of my alma maters — St Petersburg Junior College (Clearwater campus) — only to find out that it is now St Petersburg College.
(I didn’t win)
It was an interesting night at this bingo hall, unfortunately not because I came close to winning often. The night started off strangely as a woman entered the hall clutching her face, clearly in distress. From the speculation that swirled among the room quickly it was determined that the woman was robbed as she was approaching the building by someone who sprayed something (mace? pepper spray?) in her face.
(My diatribe about being feeling young playing bingo was lost. This was the third edit lost writing thi blog, presumably because I am doing so via an iPad on an LTE connection. Oh well…)
Alas, They No Longer Bottle
As a condition to go to bingo last night I “forced” my mother to eat dinner at Dunedin Brewery. We ordered some fried cheese curds, chicken tenders, and I had two half-pints of beer. While eating I inquired about buying their beer and was informed that thy no longer bottle for retail, I stead they are trying for tap space, and they sell full growlers. I would have purchased a t-shirt, but they were out of stock.
My plan is to stop at a local package store on my departure and attempt to purchase a case of beer not available in the Atlanta market.
Listening To A Carl Hiaasen Book Seemed Appropriate
Since I was traveling to/from Florida I decided that listening to a Carl Hiaasen book, specifically his new novel “Bad Monkey.” As I write this I think that I am about 75% through the novel which is typical Hiaasen, but I am enjoying it.
Today’s Personal Project
Make it home.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – listening to podcasts or an audiobook at this time
Website Of The Day – My mother and I played bingo at Belcher Bingo.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I think if I am to check any time soon I will get severely depressed
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 0
Carnivorous Meals – 0
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– 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
- Pages 1.7 for iPad (Timestompers Guide) — by Sean Wells
- 60 Mountain Lion Tips — by David Sparks and Brett Terpstra
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business — by Charles Duhigg
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy — by Douglas Adams
- Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness — by CC Chapman