Waiting On Good Coffee

In my office we have what I consider to be two types of coffee — good and bad. Unfortunately the person who started the pot currently brewing chose to make the type that I consider to be bad, so now I will have to wait for the percolator to make hot water again so that I can start a pot of what I consider to be good coffee. My patience will be rewarded with a more pleasing cup of coffee for me, and a blog post for you.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Plan one activity you can do with a friend this weekend or next week, and put it on the calendar.

Social connections are critical for our emotional health – friends are literally a life-saver! Studies find that people who have strong social relationships are happier even in old age, regardless of their physical health.

I’m much better at planning activities for myself. Weather permitting I do plan on being out at Chomp and Stomp this Saturday.

On a related note: I have really fallen out of touch with the people I call my friends.

G’Day, Fail
I couldn’t help myself yesterday. After a long(ish) and unproductive day of work I joined my boss for drinks. We wound up at his old stomping grounds, Outback Steakhouse, where I quaffed a couple of Monday Night Brewing (how apropos) Eye Patch IPAs and noshed on an order of short-rib steakhouse nachos while we chatted at the bar.

Even though the nachos weren’t large, there was enough food (and certainly calories) to be considered “dinner.” But nooooooo, I had to finish of my meatballs and rice Sunday night leftovers when I arrived home. And I wonder why I don’t lose weight.

It must not have been much past 10pm when I passed out, sleeping poorly most of the night. I find myself unusually well-rested, of course as I typed that I yawned. LOL.

The City’s Worst Roundabout
The “Man” is keeping my ‘hood down again by constructing what I consider to be the worst roundabout that I’ve ever seen (keep in mind I’m an American whose yet to travel abroad so my sample is limited).

It started out with the City removing what I considered to be one of the cooler parts of East Atlanta, the old “Welcome to East Atlanta” marker off of Flat Shoals.

“We’ll build a roundabout to make traffic flow better.” said the City.

“Monorail! Monorail!” (Simpsons reference) said I.

What has been constructed is the most constricted roundabout that I’ve ever seen (see that early disclaimer) which is “designed” to be driven over (!) by larger vehicles that cannot handle its tiny turning radius.

Are you shitting me?

Fortunately I shan’t be dealing with this nonsense on a daily basis since my route to MARTA for train travel takes me in a different direction.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Playing With Fire #2”
Playing With Fire #2
You’ll see “Playing With Fire #1” later in the week.

Side Note: Do all my photos look dark to you? This photo may be a difficult one to examine given that the only light was coming from the fire. I noticed yesterday that the photo I put up seemed a bit dark and I can’t determine that’s because I initially edit on a much larger (and brighter?) screen or if the photo just looks darker on this laptop.

Important Question: Over Or Under?
Does your toilet paper come out over the roll, or under it? If you are a bidet user then I suppose your answer is “neither.”

My toilet paper is “over” and I’ve never understood why anyone would be and “under” person. Educate me.

It’s All For Jenka
I’m a New Yorker by birth, thus it is not in my constitution to root for any Boston team; the Bruins are okay because most Americans don’t give a shit about hockey, Atlanta has lost its second NHL team, and I doubt that I will ever see my beloved Islanders play for the Stanley Cup again. But, if it’ll make Jenka happy I’ll root for the Red Sox to win the next game of the World Series and finish up this agonizing baseball season already.

Oh, I feel dirty. 🙂

Today’s Personal Project
Do the activities I mentioned yesterday, because I failed to do them last night.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – surprisingly good
Current Music – nothing at the moment
Website Of The Day – Need a lift? Lyft ridesharing is coming to Atlanta.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – MARTA
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 213 pounds (October 21)

Foot Mileage – ~10.1 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 38
Carnivorous Meals – 33

Marta Rides To Work – 5
Bike Rides To Work – 0

October Goals
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber to replace my malfunctioning faucets
– submit to important documents, neither of which I can talk about at this time
– walk no fewer than 75 miles

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
  9. Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? — by Billy Crystal
  10. Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good — Andrew J. Mellen

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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5 Responses to Waiting On Good Coffee

  1. bob says:

    The coffee at my office is absolutely horrible. Last year I received a French Press for christmas and I use it daily now. Much better to have fresh quality coffee (even if it is from Starbucks). It takes more effort as you have to clean it after each use but the work is worth it.

    Jenka, how did your friend do in her cross race? The course was fun as hell with a crazy over/under fly over. I actually won an award for best launch over the fly over, I almost cleared the top trying to jump over it 🙂

    I’m an over and Laura doesn’t pay attention so I’m always flipping the roll over when she replaces.

  2. Steve says:

    The manufacturer expects the roll to be used as in over- so you always will see the design. We tend not to put it in the holder, as a certain dog (Satchmo) will likely remove it one way or another.

    Once again, I fell asleep to the sounds of the WS. Something about the white noise of a roaring crowd and ignoring announcers lulls me to sleep. I wouldn’t mind seeing it go to game 7, but still want the Sox to win. Only because Jenka does have a dog in the fight. How torn would you have been had it been the Braves (fat chance).

    I have a spare Keurig which I have thought about bringing ot the office, but I don’t buy the pods- I use a reusable filter thingy. We have an on-site Starsucks, but that isn’t good coffee to me and damn sure more than I want to pay for a cup. The cafeteria coffee isn’t bad (Royal Cup) and there are 2 flavors, which is nice. My standards for coffee are actually pretty low.


  3. Martha says:

    Jerry is an over, I didn’t pay attention until he made a fuss about it…so now I always but it under. If he wants it over, he can change the empty roll every once in awhile 🙂

    Coffee here is just terrible. I want to get one of the pod coffee makers for my office…just haven’t done it yet.

    We will not be eating out for awhile. We’ve got too much food from the freezer to eat. So far everything has stayed frozen in the super cooler…at least it happened in October and not July.

    I think we are going to try to move some stuff to Midtown this weekend…before the house kills us in our sleep.

    We plan on Chomp and Stomp as well, hopefully we can meet up for a drink.

  4. Barb says:

    I’m an over as well.
    I don’t drink coffee, never have, never will.

    I painted down in the basement last night, I think the reason I hate painting is just the clean up. And the fact that I spend half the time cleaning up where I drip paint so it doesn’t dry on where it isn’t supposed to be. (good thing about having the tile down there, much easier to clean up drips)

  5. Jenka says:

    YES! YES! YES! SOX WIN! Series is 3-2 and we’re going back to Fenway! Thanks for cheering on my team! In related news: when this WS is finally over I’m going to sleep for days. I haven’t been to bed before 1:00 am in a week. So. Tired. And broke. And tired.

    I wouldn’t be torn at all if the Braves had made the WS. It’s always about the Sox. But it’s nice to live in a city with an MLB team so I can go to games all summer.

    Bob, I haven’t heard from her but I will ask her! Good for you on the award!

    I’m hoping to make it to Chomp and Stomp in the early afternoon. I’m running the 5K in the morning, and then I’m supposed to go to Macon overnight, but thought maybe I could squeeze in some chili midday. I’ll text people if I go and you all can either join me or ignore me.

    And for the record: over. Anyone who does it under is a commie Philistine.

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