Topsy Turvy

Remember when you thought you knew which NFL teams were good? Check the standings this morning and see what you think today.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Think about the best advice you ever got and how you might apply it to a current situation.

“Go for it – you can do it!” “Never give up on your dreams.” “Be patient and give it time.” Everyone remembers a piece of advice they received that carried great weight or maybe even changed their life’s course. Although the advice was helpful at the time, we may not naturally think of it as something that can be used months or years later to guide us in a new situation. But taking a moment to recall that bit of yesterday’s advice may help you today.

Suddenly the advice “Women are evil, never talk to them.” doesn’t seem that sound.

Did I Go Bowling Again?
Fear not, I am not practicing for Cheddarhead though I could certainly use the practice. On Friday night 3/4ths of my work drinking club found ourselves trying somewhere different — Rose & Crown Tavern. Now before you jump to the same conclusion as I did let me tell you that I asked, and this is not the same Rose & Crown that was in Buckhead back in my glory days. In fact what’s truly scary was that our waitress, who was all of twenty years old, was barely alive when I was frequenting that other Rose & Crown.

After downing a few pints and eating some highly-fried appetizers I found myself heading to a bowling alley. Barb, it was late and I didn’t know Allan’s schedule so I chose not to call y’all. I bowled okay, two games somewhere in the 140s, and was back home sometime around midnight after making a stop at Kroger.

For some reason the Edgewood Retail District Kroger had all of the freezer case lights off, like when you can’t buy beer. And it wasn’t one of those situations where the lights are regulated by motion detectors either, they never came on!

Fair Weather Fan
My late-night stop at Kroger was to get food and drink for Saturday’s pre-Strut brunch at ITP-Reader Betsy’s. In the past few years she and ITP-Reader Terri have put on this wonderful shindig and the willing participants have wandered up to East Atlanta for the East Atlanta Strut.

The food consumed Saturday was outstanding. I brought over and cooked some peppercorn bacon, Terri and Tony stopped at a Mexican store and brought all the fixins for tacos including some delicious pork and beef, and someone made a fritatta (sp?). And of course there were mimosas…

As the rain came down harder and the other participants put on their rain gear (have I mentioned that I was going to buy my first adult raincoat this year but never did) while talking about the Strut tattoos they were planning on getting (an annual tradition you may correctly assume that I don’t “get”) I decided that it was time for Grandpa Paulie to head home instead. When I got home I took and incredible ninety minute nap.

ITP Flickr Pic

3° Of Separation
“I’m on the list, my friend is dating a guy playing at Variety Playhouse tonight” I heard Katy, a friend of Terri’s and Betsy’s say at brunch. I made the assumption that her friend is dating someone in the opening band. Not only was I wrong about that, I came to find out she is dating Okkervil River’s founder and lead singer Will Scheff.

Go figure.

Oh, I paid to be at the show, which was awesome.

Oh The Weather Outside Was Brightful
But I never managed to come up with a reason to leave the house. 🙁

Perhaps I should start using this thing called The Beltline I hear all of the hipsters are into. I hear it’s like New York’s High Line only it’s on the ground.

Shame on me.

Today’s Personal Project
Go to the Braves game? Play trivia?

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – tired
Current Music – listening to my Hüsker Dü iTunes Radio channel playing Mission to Burma’s “Academy Fight Song”
Website Of The Day – Yesterday I spent some time watching videos on Devour.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing.. BOOO HISSSSSSS!!!!
Morning Weigh-In – I check again some day. For today I’ll just call myself morbidly obese.

Foot Mileage – ~22.9 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 26
Carnivorous Meals – 28

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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14 Responses to Topsy Turvy

  1. Stacy says:

    Hey now, mister! I am SO not a hipster and I’m on the Beltline all the time. 😀 It was a gorgeous gorgeous day yesterday for it. Had you ventured out, you might have seen me!

    I vote you do trivia. Yep. But I’m selfish like that.

    (p.s. you missed the tag to turn off the bold at the end there)

  2. Barb says:

    Were you at the Rose & Crown on Powers Ferry down the street? We were in Sandy Springs friday night, for Gloria’s pre-50th birthday gathering. We played trivia there, managed to win 2nd place (a big $20). Might go back again someday.

    No trivia for me (or us) tonight Stacy, its massage night! My friend Sue is coming to the house. I can’t wait!

    It was a gorgeous day yesterday, went out to the SCT for a bike ride with Sharon & Red Eye, Ray wanted to ride further, so we only rode with him for the first 15. I should have riddent more miles, watching hte Falcons game was not that much fun in the end.

    Bought floor tiles Saturday for the guest bedroom we are building in the basement. Damn tile is expensive. But – it will be nice in the end.

  3. Steve says:

    Let’s see how brief I can make this:
    Carpet cleaning Saturday.
    Rode 20 yesterday and got stopped by 500 motorcucles on a charity of some sort.
    Send the foxhound Legion to his forever home with a couple of Auburn coeds.
    Barb, still planning on stopping by tomorrow.


  4. Barb says:

    we are planning on you Steve -any time you want to come over – Allan should be home by 3:30-4:00. He said it should take a whole 10 minutes or so. If anything changes with his schedule I will let you know.

  5. Stacy, you will see me tonight. I’ve postponed Braves until tomorrow.

    Thanks for the head’s up about the tag.

    Barb, yes that Rose & Crown. One of the coworkers, who doesn’t drive, lives at Powers Ferry inside 285 so we picked a place near her apartment in case she got fed up with us and decided to walk home.

  6. Steve says:

    Are there still people who do not live in NYC and do not drive? Does she quote Blanche DuBois “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”? In a city like Atlanta, I find that a rare breed.

  7. Stacy says:

    Woo hoo! 🙂 We’re gonna rock some trivia tonight! Oh, and if by some odd chance your car is stuffed with fabrics for the lavanderia, those are my magical plans for beforehand if you want to join that too (haha).

    Steve, I have a couple of friends in D.C. who don’t drive but other than that, I know of no one (unless you count the “shouldn’t drive” because their license is suspended or something). I can’t imagine not driving in Atlanta. Even if you lived/worked on a MARTA, things like this (happy hours, restaurant openings) would just be too difficult to get to. I hate relying on the kindness of strangers because people suck.

    (okay, kidding about that last part)

  8. She can drive, she chooses not to. She is from Ukraine and has lived here, rooming with another coworker, since February. I don’t know how long she plans to live in Atlanta as her husband lives in Seattle — if you know what I am sayin’.

    Stacy, my laundry was supposed to be in my car but I didn’t pack it since I figured I’d be playing trivia tonight. D’Oh!

    Jenka, did you make it out to Strut? Did you run into any of the breakfast crazies (like Betsy)?

  9. Jenka says:

    I bagged the Strut due to the terrible weather. I don’t *really* mind about rain, but I was feeling lazy and the weather pushed me over the line. Plus, now that I live north o’ Ponce, it’s kind of a haul to get down there, and the Music Midtown traffic was horrrrrrrrrrible.

  10. Steve says:

    I haven’t been down to the park, but I imagine the field is trashed after Saturday.

  11. North of Ponce, I don’t know who you are anymore! 😛

    I bet you are right, Steve. It’s probably like Woodstock minus the hippies.

  12. Katie says:

    Paulie – hope you had fun at the show! They were amazing! Kept an eye out for you – but was pretty entranced. “Sloop John B?!?!?!”

  13. Ooops sorry about the misspelling of your name, Katie.

    I had a great time. I looked for you as well. I was seated in one of the side sections and had a great time.

  14. Katie says:

    I actually stood up front-ish – which is not my normal M.O. – but I’m glad I did. How many freaking instruments did that one guy play?! I was waiting for him to bust out a stand-up bass or something…

    I was surprised there weren’t more people and that the balcony was closed – but I guess the band was competing with Music Midtown.

    Good times.

    And nice to meet you!

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