Getting Things Done

Holy shit, November is here? Well, at least I watched “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” in a timely fashion. Let’s see if I can do the same with the Peanuts’ Thanksgiving and Christmas shows.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Ask one person to describe the best part of his or her day so far.

Feeling connected makes us happier … and what better way to do it than by asking people about their day’s brightest moment? The positive feel-good effects of remembering and describing the best part of the day extend to the both of you, so everyone wins. You may even be asked about the best part of your day in return, allowing you to reflect on what’s made you happy.

I’ll start.

My day started off horribly with the sounds of vermin in the attic late evening / early morning. The noise and my ensuing anger kept me up for hours, subsequently I’m not going to have the greatest of days.

However, I did manage to leave the house before traffic inevitably turns into a steaming turd and made it to the office unscathed (though there were points…)

And now I start my day anew, with a (word I wanted to use sounds like “pension” but I can’t recall what it is so I will go with) desire to get things done.

What A Wonderful Night For Theatre
Where ever I am next Halloween I will be making sure that I find myself at the theatre. Never have I seen such a light crowd at the Hertz Stage of the Alliance Theatre. It was a pleasure to sit with no one immediately around me. I assume the lack of patronage was directly proportional to it being Halloween rather than the result of bad reviews because I am here to say that I thoroughly enjoyed “Warrior Class.”

Keep in mind my all-time favorite movie is Glengarry, Glen Ross.

“Warrior Class” is a three-person play about a young New York assemblyman who is trying to make a run at Congress. A hitch in his plan arises when his political handler interviews his former college girlfriend.

I’ll leave it at that.

No hilarity ensues.

When the play ended I barely realized that over an hour had passed. My only critique of the play is that I believed it rushes to its conclusion. In my opinion this play could easily handle adding another fifteen minutes to guide the user more slowly to its end.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Chips Ahoy!”
Chips Ahoy!
These bags of unhealthy snack foods that were strewn about the office cafeteria caught my eye to the point that I took a photo of them, and the rough edited the shit out of the photo.

But I like the result.

Ich Lerne Deutsch!
For the past few weeks I’ve been using Duolingo to attempt to rekindle my desire to learn German. So far it’s been going great but I realize that the app does not offer the rules that govern the language so I am seeking additional resources. I’m turning to some books (and may crack open the German text books I kept from college — the language couldn’t have changed that much in twenty years, could it?)

And to kill two birds with one stone (I’m sure this is a single word in German) I will be starting to write my own iOS German Flash Card app. I know that many such apps already exist but this will get me more coding time as I learn the language.


Chomping And Stomping
If all goes to plan I will be attending , most likely on the early side. If all doesn’t go to plan then it’s because my house has conspired to kill me.

Today’s Personal Project
Make phone calls to set up appointments, hopefully for next week and beyond. This November should be a pivotal month in my life, hopefully all for the best.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – frustrated, going to be a busy day at work
Current Music – listening to GASHCAT who, though they deny it, are made from the same mold as Neutral Milk Hotel.
Website Of The Day – I wish that I had thought of writing Glengarry, Bob Ross. This weekend I will be on a mission to watch this.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~1.5 miles
Morning Weigh-In – crap, I should have weighed myself this morning!

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

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 0
Carnivorous Meals – 0

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

November Goals
– clean my basement thoroughly
– hire a plumber, an animal ridder, and a tree person to work on the ITP Estate, oh, and a realtor
– dissolve Sharpened Stone, LLC
– follow up on some critical life details
– 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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14 Responses to Getting Things Done

  1. Barb says:

    Would you please call someone to take care of the animals in your attic? Its freaking me out from miles away. You aren’t poor, just call someone & take care of it.

    Went to trivia last night with Aron & 2 of his trivia friends (Stacy couldn’t make it), at Oz Pizza in East Point. It was fun, but at the same time, it was weird, as these guys play so much trivia that they practically knew the answers before the guy finished asking. So, we won, I don’t remember most of the questions, because I never had to think about it at all. If any of you have any desire to go to Oz Pizza in East Point, I have a $20 voucher, that I guess is only good for a month. I’ll probably give it to Michelle, unless I see someone else that can use it before then.

  2. Making that call is on today’s agenda, Barb. At around 2am I was searching through Angie’s List — I’ve come across someone who has gotten many good reviews. Money has never been the issue (except for the major plumbing problem), time at home is.

    Also a call to a tree company to come remove some of the ways the animals are getting to my attic. Fear not amateur chainsaw wielders, there is plenty of wood chopping to go around, I want the professionals to handle the really high and potentially dangerous stuff.

  3. Steve says:

    After a really busy day yesterday, I was completely happy to sit at home, nurse a little burbon and help Debbie dress Farley for Halloween. The pics of him as a blind race official are pretty funny. He saw us coming and you could see him give up. Maybe he’s used to Debbie doing this to him more often than I’m aware?

    If you need a name of a vermin catcher, let me know- one of our Games guys has a business.

    Back to mine some more salt.


  4. Toss out the name if you want, Steve.

  5. Steve says:

    Call Wes Freeman- he’s the guy with the white mustache in this video showing some of their catches.

    Mention you’re a friend of mine and he might give you the Scottish discount- 10%!!

  6. Steve says:

    The Scottish discount is 10%!!! The number is in the video.

  7. Steve says:

    Interesting… your blog doesn’t know what to do with a plus sign. The Scottish discount is plus 10% !!!

  8. I’m not sure why the comment parser drops plus signs.

  9. John G. says:

    …if the noise is at night, it’s rats Paulie. Period. Hire a pro. They go all around the “perimeter” (see what I did there?) and seal everything. Top, bottom, sides, inside, outside, everything. You do it once, they do many and have seen it all. I fought it for years, flashing metal, foam, screening, etc. I finally hired it done. Relief. Best $$ I ever spent. Oh, and it’s warranted. More noises, they come back…find new egress, seal it. Oddly enough we used “Wildlife” guys at Arrow. We used them for bugs. Jeff is the guy. Super good. Very thorough. Older houses are tough and these guys know their stuff. BTW: the Arrow trucks are all marked “Home Improvement”. LOL.

    The “big” Stone Mountain Hamfest is Saturday morning. Thinking of hitting S/C Saturday, probably in the afternoon. (Where to park?) Maria and I went one year, tons of folks. Ran into Dean (Hess) there! I think we parked at Oakland and just walked. Elizabeth (home for Fall Break) needs to cover a “news event” for a photojournalism assignment and S/C may be it, if she doesn’t get over to Lenox for the Nike Store Grand Opening. The big (Google) Ingress “anomaly” is also Saturday afternoon in COP, but I’m bagging that. (Go Resistance!)

    BTW: I have been helping “BrewMaster Dave” get his workshop going at his new house (Brookhaven). Next step is the “beer area”. Watch out “Sweetwater”.

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

  10. Jenka says:

    The word you were thinking of was “penchant,” but it’s good you didn’t use it because that would have been incorrect usage.

    Still planning to go to Chomp and Stomp early-ish, probably about 1:00 pm. Then I’ll head to Macon from there. The only reason is because I get a free entry through my 5K registration.

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Well, Chomp and Stomp may be out of the question — animal removal company coming out tomorrow.

  12. Barb says:

    yippie!!!! Someone’s coming to kill the rats!!!

  13. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    And the squirrels, and hopefully make it so that they never return! All at a reasonable price I hope.

  14. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    And on Sunday I am having someone come out do do some tree work (take down two “small” trees, take some branches off another).

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