By The Numbers

Yep, today’s the day.


While thinking about this momentous (for moi) occasion (I never spell that word correctly) it dawned on me that this is the last time that the second digit of my two-digit age will be twice the first (you mathematicians out there know that this occurs every twelve years). These sort of thoughts rarely keep me up at night, but occasionally (close, I had to look at the previously-corrected spelling) keep me going.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Get on your hands and knees with arms bent and elbows under your shoulders, then straighten arms.

This modified tricep press calls on the muscles in your arms, chest, and core to help propel you up and back down. (The triceps are the large muscles on the back of the upper arm.) Stronger muscles in the arms and chest can help you avoid injury when stretching or reaching, and strong core muscles aid in everyday activities like twisting, turning, and bending.

You kinky minx.

During the year that I was twelve my first major life change occurred, we moved from New York to Florida. My father’s business had faltered and Florida was a natural choice since (then) it was much cheaper than New York and we had family established in the area to which we were moving. I had a lot of friends in the neighborhood in which I was reared in New York and often wonder how different my life would be had we not made this move.

I can’t recall if my second major life change (puberty) occurred while I was twelve, or shortly after I turned thirteen a month after we moved to Florida.

The #1 song on the Billboard “Hot 100” chart on my twelfth birthday was “Da Doo Ron Ron” by Shaun Cassidy. Ugh.

During the year that I was twenty-four I was a new college graduate. It may come as a surprise but I was an unmotivated teen. In New York I was enrolled in advanced-placement courses, but upon moving to Florida I had been placed into regular classes and essentially repeated eight grade. Because of this I became a slacker and even more of a smart ass (foundation at work…), and became a less-than-average high school student. Not knowing what to do with my life I made a snap decision to go to junior college where I started out as an average student. However, I eventually became a (junior) college drop out because I was working too much and I attempted (and failed) to join the management team of Toys ‘R’ Us. I returned to junior college and started from scratch. And now you know why I was a “new college graduate” at the advanced age of twenty-four.

By my twenty-fourth summer I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (did you know that?) from the University of Florida, made a decision to not accept a position in UF’s Graduate Chemistry program, and started my way toward getting a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from the university.

The #1 song on the Billboard “Hot 100” chart on my twenty-fourth birthday was “Toy Soldiers” by Martika. Ugh. Side Note: I thought Martika was hot back then.

Of the years that I am reflecting on thirty-six was the least impactful; I turned thirty-six in 2001. By 2001 I had been in Atlanta for six years, had run my one and only road marathon (and ruined my right IT band, thus sunsetting my “good” running days), and was two years into being the owner of the ITP-Estate (hey, at least back then I had fully-functional plumbing and I had neither been robbed at gunpoint nor burgled. Though I still had no luck convincing women to date me more than twice, in hindsight life was good!)

During my thirty-sixth year I made my second, and final, attempt at running a 50k (to my credit I finished each that I started, but never finishing any in the fashion I had desired.) Little did I realize that when I turned thirty-six that I was going to get “new car fever” as soon as I paid off the balance of what I owed on my 1996 Nissan 240sx that started otr as a lease and that I would be buying a new car a month prior to my thirty-seventh birthday; through many ups and downs that car, The Jackmobile, remains my mode of transportation.

The #1 song on the Billboard “Hot 100” chart on my thirty-sixth birthday was “U Remind Me” by Usher. Ugh.

ITP Flickr Pic
“I’m Here For The Free Breakfast On My Birthday”

I'm Here For The Free Breakfast On My Birthday

Two eggs.
Two sausage links.
Two bacon strips.
Two fluffy pancakes smothered with “blueberries” (like those found in most muffins)
One carafe of coffee.
Zero cost (though I dropped a few bucks onto the table for a tip).

Let the festivities begin!

Yesterday I laid the foundation for one of this year’s potential changes by signing up for the Advanced iOS Programming course at Big Nerd Ranch.

As you have seen above, I started the day off skipping my scheduled workout and eating a free breakfast at IHOP. My breakfast was hearty (read “not healthy”), I unfortunately ate alone, and I miss the vaulted ceilings of the International House of Pancakes of my youth, but I declared the outing a success.

My day almost got a lot better as I held the elevator door open for a women, who works in the building, that I find rather attractive. Sadly we were not the only ones in the car so I couldn’t try and chat her up. I’m trying…

After work I am heading over to the westside to take a “tour” of Monday Night Brewing. The tour and four, eight-ounce samples, costs $10 (or $8 if you bring in a necktie that will be donated this month to Ties That Matter).

If I find myself alone after the brewery tour I might treat myself to a nice dinner somewhere (The Spence if I can get in) before heading home to collapse into bed as I remember that today is but the first day of a five-day work week,

The #1 song on the Billboard “Hot 100” chart on my forty-eigth birthday is “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell. Ugh. Side Note: I rarely like any song “featuring” another “artist.”

What will change during the year that starts today?

That is the cost of one pint of High Road ice cream at the Candler Park Market, where I went after eating dinner at Fellini’s on Friday evening.

The ice cream flavor selection at Candler Park Market was severely limited and I walked away with a pint of “Peach Fried Pie.” I can’t say that eating this ice cream provided the orgasmic experience that I was hoping to have, but it was good. I’ll have to seek out another flavor before concluding whether or not I’ll continue purchasing this product (in limited quantities of course given my desire to shed weight).

Happy Birthday To The Following (Most Likely) Non-ITP-Readers

  • My Uncle John.
  • Actor Orson Bean is 85.
  • Actress Louise Fletcher is 79.
  • Singer Chuck Jackson is 76.
  • Actor Terence Stamp is 75.
  • Game show host Alex Trebek is 73.
  • Singer George Clinton is 72.
  • Singer-actor Bobby Sherman is 70.
  • Actor Danny Glover is 67.
  • Writer-director Paul Schrader is 67.
  • Singer Don Henley is 66.
  • Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 66.
  • Composer Alan Menken is 64.
  • Musician Al Di Meola is 59.
  • Actor Willem Dafoe is 58.
  • Singer Keith Sweat is 52.
  • Singer Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls is 50.
  • Actor-comedian David Spade is 49.
  • Actor John Leguizamo is 49.
  • Bassist Pat Badger of Extreme is 46.
  • Actor Rhys Ifans (“Notting Hill”) is 46.
  • Musician Daniel Jones (Savage Garden) is 40.
  • Singer Rufus Wainwright is 40.
  • Actress Franka Potente is 39.
  • Actor Keegan Allen is 26.
  • Actress Selena Gomez is 21.

With the exception of my Uncle John this list was lifted from USA Today

Today’s Personal Project
Not give a fuck about anything.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – happy ’cause it’s my birthday, a little bummed that the Tour de France has ended.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Ever wonder what the #1 song was on the day that you were born? Use This Day In Music to find out. btw – for me it was “Mr Tambourine Man” by The Byrds. Cool.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday = weight training
Morning Weigh-In – 218-219 pounds, hard to tell accurately because the scale at the LA Fitness I visited on Saturday morning was clearly screwed up.

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 6 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 2

Vegetarian Meals – 19
Carnivorous Meals – 33

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

July 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
  6. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love — by Cal Newport

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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21 Responses to By The Numbers

  1. Push, Kate. PUSH! 😀

  2. martha says:

    I was going to say, if the Duchess hurries things along you may have to share your day with the future King/Queen of England. Lucky you! Happy Birthday!!

    My birthday fell on the 30th anniversary of Germany invading Poland, so yeah…well at least I’m not Polish and all my German ansestors had left the country by then.

    Didn’t do much this weekend, went on a long bike ride, not as long as my Garmin said…so for some reason my Garmin is adding a lot of miles to my bike rides. For example, I did the 66 mile BBC route, but racked up 72 on the Garmin. Now when I run, the numbers are spot on…not really sure what to make of this.

    I watched a bit of the closing ceramonies last night, a pretty amazing light/graphics show on the Arc de Triomphe. Next year it starts in Yorkshire, that should be interesting.

  3. I’ll probably be in the next dimension by the time this child assumes that position in England.

    Things I failed to mention:
    – Today marked the third day in a row I incorporated pancakes into my breakfast; I ate at Oga’s Restaurant on Saturday, The Original Pancake House on Sunday, IHOP today.
    – I drank my $3.49/bottle of Florida beer last night, it wasn’t worth it.
    – I did leg presses at LA Fitness on Saturday morning for the first time since the foot injury. Current Status: OWIE!
    – I’ve made it through the three original seasons of “Arrested Development.”
    – I’m still on track with “The Office”
    – I’m still actively reading my iOS Programming book in preparation for the class I signed up for yesterday.

  4. bob says:

    Happy birthday Paulie!

    I forgot you moved to Florida at age 12, I moved to Florida at age 12 as well. Same situation too, family business failed so we headed south.

  5. Michelle says:

    Happy Birthday, Paulie!
    Sounds like you got a good start to the day at IHOP.

    Martha: My birthday also falls on significant WWII milestone: D-Day.
    Now that the TDF is over, I need to find something else to keep me occupied…

  6. Barb says:

    I loved that Shaun Cassidy Da Doo Ron Ron song when I was12. I had the album & everything.

    Happy Birthday!

    My flight doesn’t get in until 7:45pm, what times the beer tour? Maybe I’ll send Allan to join you before he comes to the airport.

    I went roller skating with a few high school friends yesterday. I’m so proud to say I didn’t fall down, but I never attempted to skate backwards.
    The place hasn’t changed at all (in other words, what a dump). It was fun, but……

  7. Barb says:

    Oh, and the reunion, it was a blast. 30 years has made everyone very friendly. Talked to people that never gave me the time of day back in high school. And, way too many people still live here, but most of them are still pretty interesting people. lots of funny stories were told, who knows if they are accurate 30 years later.
    Most everyone has driven to FL & all asked why is Atlanta’s traffic so bad?

  8. Brother Ronnie says:

    Happy Birthday!
    I already told Mom your card would be late.

  9. Martha says:

    Just LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Shawn Cassidy…I had the album and never missed an episode of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries. I was only about 7 when that album came out.

    12…yep, that’s about when we moved to Delphi, yuck, what a horible time to move.

  10. Barb: The “tour” is from 5:30-7:30pm. I will try to be there on the early side (no surprise there!) and am bringing an old necktie to save $2 off of the cost.

    When I was in Florida I noticed SuperSkate was no longer there. I bet you AstroSkate is still in Tarpon Springs. Now if I could only turn back the clock and steal Troy’s girlfriend…

    Thanks “Ronnie.” 😉 I spoke with mom this morning and joked about the card.

    I just realized that I didn’t put a belt on this morning. Sad that I am only now realizing this because it means my pants, that are a size I don’t desire to be, fit well.

  11. For all who believe that you have to grow old, not necessarily grow up, I ordered myself a pair of Forest Green Chuck Taylors from Zappos yesterday.

  12. Barb says:

    Yea Martha! Shaun Cassidy was so cute!
    Paulie, I’ll text you if Allan decided to join you. I haven’t talked to him yet, he’s at Hyox until 3pm.

  13. Debbie says:

    Happy Birthday Paulie!! Any birthday celebrated with pancakes is a good one!

    I also had a crush on Shaun Cassidy. Thank goodness that didn’t work out since he’s turned into plastic and an ass. Oh, wait that was David. Nevermind.

    Our weekend was mostly a wash with Steve working ALLLLL day Saturday, but we had a nice dinner last night celebrating the anniversary of our first date 10 years ago.

    Maggie, the foster boxer, found her new mom on Saturday, so she’ll be leaving us at some point to be determined. Farley will be much relieved to see her go as she spends entirely too much time on my lap for his tastes.

  14. Martha says:

    Yeah Maggie!!

    I’ve worked with Basset Hound rescue in the past. This past weekend they sent one of the senior gentlemen to a Basset ‘retirement’ home up north. With around 15 or so senior bassets living there House of Puddles seems like a fitting name.

    Shawn doesn’t look too bad for 54, not Bon Jovi handsome, Shawn was too ‘cute’ for that but not bad.

  15. Steve says:

    Happy birthday Paulie! In class all week and no internet access! ! WTF,O.
    Enjoyed a lovely sushi dinner with the mizzus last night. Where have 10 years gone so quickly?

    Barb, TC this week?


  16. Jenka says:

    Happy birthday, Paulie! The number 1 song on the day I was born was “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain & Tennille. There aren’t enough “heh”s in the world to describe how funny this is.

  17. Stacy says:

    Happy Birthday, Paulie! 🙂 I wrote you at that –gasp!– other place, but figured I wanted to say Happy Birthday where you would actually see it too.

    It sounds like you have your night sewn up already, but if you are headed home this evening and don’t feel like going right home yet, come on by the Mellow Mushroom in Midtown. Aron can’t make trivia tonight but Bill (Bunny) is filling in so we’ll be hanging there from 8pm-10pm. You don’t have to stay the whole time, but make it by and I’ll buy you a birthday beer!

  18. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    The early part of the evening is the only thing set. If I can make it I MM then I will.

  19. Well, Kate followed my orders. And, she had a boy. Any chance of them naming it “Paulie”? I certainly like the sounds of “Prince Paulie” and “King Paulie.” 😀

  20. Barb says:

    Flight delayed, hopefully just 30-45 minutes.
    Sent mom & dad back home, was ready to just sit & relax, spent the day trying to hook up a wireless printer to that Chromebook. google doesn’t make that sort of thing easy. Looks easy, but it isn’t. Had to take it back to Best Buy with the Chromebook & have the sales guy help. He was even stumped for a few minutes, but finally figured it out. Not enough time to actually train mom so I predict way too many phone calls.
    I told her not to print…. She doesn’t actually need to. Lol

    Steve…. Probably later this week? Let me check & see if Allan has any days off so he can join us?

  21. Steve says:

    Barb, looks like lunch is between 11:30 and 12:30, at least today it was.

    And a royal birthday present for you- King Paulie!! I like it!

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