Upsets Galore

Whew, that was a long commute this morning. I know better than to be lazy and not leave the house until 8am, but then there are days like today.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Learn how to identify and treat burns.

Burns can happen in an instant, especially in the kitchen, where surfaces and hot liquids pose the biggest risks. The treatment of the burn depends on its severity, so it’s important to be able to identify the different types. And knowing exactly how to treat minor burns can help them heal better.

I watched defenses get burned all weekend, does that count?

Oh Florida, You’ve Disappointed Me
I expect my Gators to lose the games they are supposed to lose this year — the Miami game was not one of those. There are three teams to whom I can’t stand seeing my alma mater fall:

  1. University of Georgia
  2. Florida State University
  3. University of Miami

The University of Tennessee used to be in that list back in the Phil Fulmer coaching days.

I didn’t watch Saturday’s loss to UM and I am glad that I did not as all accounts of the game tell me that the Gators (ranked 12th) never stood a chance against the unranked Hurricanes.

A Much Better Outcome On Saturday Night
I was able to make it to the on Saturday night to meet up with ITP-Readers Steve, Debbie, Martha, and Michelle. The weather was fantastic and the cycling kept the excitement high. Because of my early arrival I was able to secure a decent place for my camping chair, having only to stand occasionally in order to watch race finishes.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Sometimes You Have To Print Out Your List To Show The Rookies How It’s Done”
Sometimes You Have To Print Out Your List To Show The Rookies How It's Done
Read below to see why my list might not be growing anytime soon.

541 And Holding
Because of some potential plans around/north of the perimeter I decided to go to Taco Mac at Prado to watch some of the Jets game on tv. Because I timed things incredibly poorly I wound up starving by 11:40am and found myself inside Taco Mac for an early lunch. “I’ll eat and maybe have one beer until I hear about my next adventure today.” Because of Georgia’s restrictive alcohol sales laws I couldn’t place a beer order with my food, that would have to wait until 12:30pm.

As the 1:00pm Jets kick-off neared I realized that I’d only be able to watch it on the tv furthest from my table, but as long as I could see the tv I was okay.

While sitting a threesome asked if they could join my table, and I said “Sure, as long as I could get a vantage point for the only game that I am watching.”

As the Jets game progressed better than my “other” plans I kept ordering beer.

A little after 3:00pm “my” tv was changed to the Falcons game. I went up and requested that it be returned to the Jets game as I was watching it. A minute later a manager said that he couldn’t change it back because a table nearer the tv asked for it to be changed.

I lost it.

In sailor’s language at an elevated pitch/volume I told him that I had been there well before the table asking for the game change, have been watching that tv for more than two hours, and if he refused to change it back I would leave immediately. After telling me to calm down, and that I couldn’t talk to him like that (really the worst thing you can tell someone) he begrudgingly returned the game to my choice. I watched the waiter serving the table “nearer” the tv explain and point in my direction.

In hindsight I should have gotten up and handed the manager my beer list showing the 538 beers that I’ve purchased at Taco Mac, but the thought didn’t occur to me then.

I’m not saying that I should be treated special, but leave once kickoff of games at 1 and 4:15 occur do not switch games — you never know who’s interested in the one you are turning off.

The incident has really ticked me off, in fact Taco Mac is now on my shit list and I will not be returning anytime in the near future.

After watching the Bucs kick a field goal that I was certain to have ice the game I left Taco Mac pissed at them and the Jets. It wasn’t until ITP-Reader Barb sent me text messages telling me of the improbable ending of the Bucs v. Jets game that I found out that the Jets had won.

Today’s Personal Project
Go to LA Fitness after work.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Today I’m finishing up my jar of almond butter that I eat for breakfast and Googled “finishing peanut butter”; this blog post on The Kitchn is what I found.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking tonight at LA Fitness

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

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 7
Carnivorous Meals – 9

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

September Goals
– exercise no fewer than twenty days (and I’m starting on Day 3 so I have my work cut out for me)
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber to replace my malfunctioning faucets

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
  7. Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life — by Steve Martin
  8. Who Am I: A Memoir — by Pete Townshend

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6 Responses to Upsets Galore

  1. Barb says:

    Here’s my question – were the 3 people that sat at your table interesting at all?

    I can understand being annoyed when they changed the channel, I know we’ve asked for a channel to be changed before, but tried really hard to look around first to see if anyone was watching the game we wanted switched.

    I wish I could have gone to the Velodrome, the pirate themed party was fun, but I think the cycling would have been more fun.

    We never got any real exercise yesterday, Allan ended up sleeping until almost noon, then the Falcons game started at 1pm. We did wander the neighborhood in the evening, and got to hang out with Sal & Marty over in Franco’s back yard for a beer or 2. That is always an interesting time.

    Steve’s cyclecross bike is finally all fixed up & ready to go, he just needs to come get it.

  2. The three people were nice, but they were Patriots fans 😉 and more interested in the tv they were watching. They offered to buy me a beer for sharing my table, but I didn’t take them up on it.

    I understood switching the tv even though it was the only one showing the Bucs/Jets game, the frustration occurred when I was told (initially) that it could not be switched back. I was further pissed because I was trying to by considerate to other tables and never asked for any of the (nine?) tvs near me to be switched to the Jets game. I also thought that I was safe because I saw at least one person wearing a Bucs t-shirt near the tv showing the game — he must have left or something.

  3. Steve says:

    Woot! As already planned, I’ll be up tomorrow after work to get it.

    I agree with you that the TV should not have been changed mid-game. I also am pretty sure the Falcons game was on most of the screens in the joint. HOWEVER, since apparently the manager did not realize anyone was watching the Jets game (and who could blame him :-), it was still not well played to be loud and/or obnoxious about it. Taco Mac still loves you.

    The saga of the tractor continues… got out to mow the pasture yesterday afternoon and after an hour or so the oil pressure light reappeared. Can’t decide if I want to waste half a day taking it back or not. Might just repair it with a piece of electrical tape (thank you Car Talk).

    Great company at the velodrome Saturday. Good racing, too. Thanks to all for making it a fun evening.


  4. Barb says:

    and – I forgot to say earlier, if Paulie does actually boycott Taco Mac (can he really do it?), that will be a good thing for the bank account & the waistline. Just saying………

  5. Steve says:

    I’m selling all my Taco Mac stock, that’s for sure.

  6. I’ll boycott Taco Mac but that won’t stop me from finding other places to reduce my wallet while enlarging my waistline.

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