Rain, Rain, Go Away

Some how it has gotten to be 9:30am and I am now just starting the blog post. The joys of vacationing?

With rain overnight there is a decisively cooler, wetter, greyer vibe about this enclave a few miles from Bryson City. I am currently sitting on the covered porch of the main building, dressed in jeans and a long-sleeved t-shirt, drinking some horrid coffee. If the weather improves I may try to go for a walk on one of the sure-to-be-muddy hiking trails nearby.

Is 48 Too Old To Have A Mid-Life Crisis?
As I stared into the mirror yesterday I realized something horrifically — not only am I starting to lose my hair, there is an increasing amount of shiny grey in what is left.

As I drove toward Bryson City yesterday I realized that I am having a mid-life crisis, which kinda sucks since I have no wife to leave nor a desire to purchase a sports car.

Since my very first cabin-rental experience (Pigeon Ford with then-girlfriend Jeannie,and my friends Stacy, Andy, Sandy, Mike, Chrissie, and Daniel) I have always had a desire to purchase a cabin. No, I have not done so, nor do I expect to do so on this trip. However, my stay in this tiny half-cabin has rekindled this desire.

Not On The Town
After returning from Ingles with enough food to feed me for three days, never mind two, I found out that there is a restaurant on the premises and a bar across the street (that as I stare at it now on appears to be open on Friday/Saturday nights?).

Oh well, I bought burger meat and I had a near fully-stocked kitchen, I planned to cook. I say “nearly fully-stocked” since it turns out that the kitchen had no frying pan, only sauce pots. Now why did I make that last-minute decision to take the frying pan out of my camping box yesterday? So I did what I could, I cooked my burger patty in a sauce pot.


I also found out that the lone remaining smoke detector in the cabin works. 😉

With this trip planned as a “getaway” I decided to stay in, ignore the television, and do some reading last night.

And then I found out that I had neighbors, very loud neighbors. With my Jambox I turned on some white noise and made the best of the situation.

I read about Evernote.
I read a Sherlock Holmes short story.
When my neighbors went to sleep I finished listening to Billy Crystal’s autobiography “Still Foolin’ Them…” Until the last chapter of the book where Crystal talks about his mortality and death the book is very entertaining – especially in audio form where it is (naturally) narrated by him.
And because I had taken a nap yesterday afternoon I was wide awake past midnight.

A fairly successful Day 1 I would say.

I have just downloaded new podcasts for today’s adventures.

ITP Flickr Pic
“View With A Room”
View With A Room
I took this nearly 180° photo using my iPhone and the Cycloramic app.

In To Town
Tonight I will be headed into Bryson City proper for some dinner and a visit to Nanthahala Brewing.

Today I also plan on doing some Objective-C training and completing one of a handful of very important documents that need to be completed and distributed.

That’s all for now…

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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10 Responses to Rain, Rain, Go Away

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    It’s raining again, if only lightly. It may be time to walk back to my cabin (I brought an umbrella) and make better coffee there.

  2. Martha says:

    It is raining here as well. I did not get my tent down before the current round of showers…I guess my neighbors get to look at it for another day or two.

    I did however, make it to REI, bought seam sealer…and, wait for it, sealed all the seams on the tent and rain fly. I also picked up a couple of new tubes for the mountain bike.

    As of about an hour ago, I’m back at work. And within that hour, I feel like I need a vacation. I made it back with just 4 hours of PTO left…and I can work from home today. So I won’t complain too much.

    The cabin looks super cute, I really like the fire place/entertainment center. The topic of buying a cabin comes up from time to time but we have to get this place fixed first.

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Martha, will you be making it to FDR on 11/8-11/10? Bring your percolator. 🙂

  4. Martha says:

    I will be there…and I’ll make sure not to forget it, so I can forget it again!

  5. Barb says:

    That cabin is bigger than Sharon’s…… her’s is very cute up in Ellijay.

    I find it funny (well, not really) that all the gov’t workers are getting back pay. As a taxpayer I find that ridiculous. If they had to actually work during this period, sure, but if they were just a home goofing off, that’s bullshit. They should have to use up vacation, etc., just like us regular people.

    I’m trying to cancel the camping reservation, the website is back up, and there’s a $44 late fee to cancel. But, of course, the phone# is ringing busy…….

    Will you run over to Brevard & go tell the campground we aren’t coming? (LOL)

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I thin the panoramic nature of the photo makes the cabin space look bigger than it really is — it’s a one-person cabin for sure.

    Barb, I have to agree with you on th back-pay issue. While I know those affected (see also: Martha) need as much money as the rest of us, they weren’t work on and therefore should not get back pay. Hell, one of the reasons I saw for the stoppage was the argument on how this country that is wracking up debt is spending its money.

    Good luck with the cancellation, Barb.

  7. Barb says:

    holy crap – they are telling me I get a full refund, even the transaction fees! We will see if that really happens, but if it does, I won’t talk bad about the govt run website anymore.

  8. Martha says:

    well if it makes ya all feel better, contractors aren’t getting any back pay. I have a lot of staff that didn’t have 3 weeks worth of vacation, so they didn’t/wont get paid. In addition to not getting paid they will have to pay back all the employee contributions for benefits the company paid for while they weren’t getting paid.

  9. Barb says:

    wow – that 2nd part really sucks.
    I knew you weren’t getting paid, that’s why I thought it stinks that the federal employees are.

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:


    Like the senior citizen I am I am eating dinner and then will be popping into the brewery before heading back to my cabin.

    I was fooled twice today thinking that the weather had broken.

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