Letters Delivered, Still Waiting On Estimate

Prior to passing out on the couch while intermittently watching the Packers go down in defeat (though I missed nearly the entire first quarter because in my mind kickoff occurred at 9:00pm) I typed up the message I wanted to deliver to my neighbors regarding the tree work. The original plan was to handwrite the notes (seemingly more neighborly) but in the end my handwriting proved to be such a disaster that I printed out the note and signed it.

Now the waiting begins.

Speaking of waiting, I’m still waiting on a statement of work and estimate from the critter guy! I’m baffled by this since his (company’s?) rating on Angie’s List was very high. I hope that I didn’t misread the email address I gave him, but even if the email address is wrong he has my phone number and can call me. I’ll give him until the end of the day before calling him, and if I get no response I’ll try somebody else.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Sit in a chair, bend forward with your head and arms down, and hold for a count of ten.

Our back muscles can become tense and achy during the day, especially if we spend much of our time sitting at a desk. This challenge gives a good stretch to the muscles of the lower back and can help to relieve feelings of stiffness.

If You Try To Force Art You Get Nothing But Fart
I rode the train into midtown last night and headed over to the High Museum of Art after dropping off my goods in my car.

As is custom I was underdressed for the occasion (and I wonder why I don’t impress the ladies).

Regardless I wandered about the High, avoiding as much of the slow-poke crowd as possible, and took in the “Go West” as well as some of the “Paris On Peachtree” exhibits. While I was impressed with most of the “Go West” art I dare say that it’s a good thing that Remington was such a good sculptor as his paintings were not exactly masterworks. I also couldn’t help but feel as if I saw much of this work a few years ago when my (seemingly former since I haven’t been able to hang out with them in forever) photography buddies and I drove up to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville for the Ansel Adams exhibit.

Both exhibits are worthy of a revisit from me at a time when I am really in the mood to look at art and there are a lot fewer people milling about.

ITP Flickr Pic
“I Get No Respect #2”
I Get No Respect #2

Hell, I Should Have Shown Up Looking For Trivia
I was in midtown after all…

Having bailed out of the High I couldn’t decide what, or how much, I wanted to eat for dinner. So instead I drove straight home and fed myself sausage and cheese with wheat/rye bread I baked on Saturday and drank a bomber of IPA from Pensacola Beach Brewery (whose website is claiming to be hacked — nice). I followed dinner up with a few spoonfuls of High Road Craft Ice Cream (bourbon burnt sugar).

Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Could Have Done Today?
(unless you are talking about voting, of course)

I was supposed to do laundry today. Instead I chose to ride MARTA to work (full trip) and got lazy by riding the train all the way to the nearest stop to work. Since there is nothing on tonight’s agenda perhaps I’ll feel a little more adventurous and jump off the train early and walk back to the Jackmobile (though I’m not sure if my Chuck Taylor’s are the best footwear for such a decision).

Tomorrow will be a HUGE day for me! Not only will I be doing the laundry that I put off today, but I’ll finally get around to getting a much-needed haircut tomorrow evening.

Today’s Personal Project
Read about dissolving a Georgia LLC. That, and call my mother.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat, nervous, alive
Current Music – silence at the moment but I plan to listen to some pre-released albums that I am going to review in the near future.
Website Of The Day – I’ve long-since stopped watching “The Simpsons.” I just fell off the bandwagon years ago (with many television programs actually) and never returned. I saw that last week’s opening chalkboard gag paid tribute to Marcia Wallace (who voiced some of the characters and passed away last week). this is a list of all of the chalkboard gags used on “The Simpsons”.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – MARTA
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~2.0 miles
Morning Weigh-In – 215 pounds (November 4)

Foot Mileage – ~5.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 5
Carnivorous Meals – 6

Marta Rides To Work – 2
Bike Rides To Work – 0

November Goals
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber, an animal ridder, and a tree person to work on the ITP Estate
– 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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25 Responses to Letters Delivered, Still Waiting On Estimate

  1. Martha says:

    My guess is the critter guy is really busy this time of year. All our furry friends are coming in from the cold and looking for a nice warm place to winter.

    I’m going to try again today to get hold of the movers, I’d love to have the move complete before FRD this weekend.

    I had to read it a few times…but is it supposed to be Art, not Are??

  2. Yep, fixed it. 🙂 Thanks.

    I’m sure he’s busy but I’d think you’d want to deliver the estimate ASAP so you can secure the business. It’s not like he’s doing the work for free (far from it, in fact).

    Good luck with the move.

  3. Ooh, just talked with one of my neighbors and she told me that she is fixing up her house and planning on moving. Won’t you be my neighbor? 🙂 Seriously, this may motivate me to sell even more as she and I have owned our houses about the same amount of time.

  4. Barb says:

    I have found that way too many “services” people are terrible at getting out estimates. They just aren’t good at the ppwk stuff. Call him.

    We stained the lower half of the walls in the basement room, wasn’t sure if I was thrilled with the stain color, but we are stuck with it – right? (of course I didn’t pick out the color, so I can say I don’t like it). But, now that it is all done it looks ok. tonight we get to put on the poly coat. The smell is pretty strong, tonight we will set up fans to push the air out, instead of just having the door open.

    Then we headed over to Pantywaste’s house to watch the Packers. They are empty nesters now, trying to get back in the swing of not having kids around.
    Also found out we “agreed” to host Cheddarhead again back in May, I remember discussing it, we but don’t remember actually agreeing to anything. (there was alcoholic bevereages involved that evening). No biggie of course, so now you have the inside scoop on that.

  5. Oooh, Cheddarhead inside info! 🙂 I’m concerned that bowling alley near you has become too fancy for the hash.

  6. Barb says:

    The bowling alley planned is one on Cobb Pkwy – just south of the south loop. So, it will be a different trail.

  7. Debbie says:

    Super cute boys, thanks for the pics.

    I would just go ahead and call the guy, as Barb said, sometimes they are not good on the business side, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t do a good job for you.

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Oooh, that’s very different then! I didn’t realize that there was another bowling alley near there, though I bet I’ve been to it before (at a previous Cheddarhead most likely).

    Thanks to Lisa and Randy for giving me the okay. I couldn’t help but post two shots of the boys acting up. 😉

    I’ll give the company to the end of day (pretending that I am super busy…) and call them later if I don’t hear from them first.

  9. Barb says:

    That bowling alley is pretty old – Allan & I went there once, just for the hell of it last year. I’m not sure about the parking situation there, no idea if there is enough parking. I’ll have to go check it out.

    BTW – Chuck Taylors are sort of like wearing those five finger shoes, it would be like going barefoot.

  10. Martha says:

    The movers are scheduled for 8am on Friday… what a way to prepare for a weekend away.

    I told Jerry I would deal with the movers but he would need to finish up anything that was left, anyone want to place bets on how much he actually gets done if I’m not there?

  11. Barb says:

    I’ll bet you $5 that you will be doing most everything when you get back.

  12. Barb, who is that bet with / for?

  13. Time to ratchet up the drama….

    Tree Guy just called from my driveway. Apparently he’s been able to fit me into his schedule today. Only “problem” I have with that is my note to my neighbors said that the work would occur next week because I didn’t think he was free this week. I hope the neighbors I’ve yet to hear from are okay with letting him onto their property.


  14. Barb says:

    I can’t imagine the neighbors having a problem with it. Just be sure there isn’t a dog or something if there is a fence.

    Listening to a webex on our heathcare for next year. so far I don’t think it is changing too much, or as it sounds so far.

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Their dogs passed years ago so no issues there. They won’t have to pay for any of the work so I think that it will be alright.

  16. Martha says:

    Well we have drama here now as well. The condo assocation caught wind of us moving in, and even though we aren’t renting, just guest. They won’t allow it…so…well…my day just got very complicated.

  17. Steve says:

    HOA says who can stay in a condo? That’s BS. It’s not rental- they should be happy a vacant unit is now occupied!!

    Another busy day, referenced by only getting to add to the blog now. Sheesh. And I’ll be on a call at 8 tonight to see if the fix those idiots in Boston put in really works.

    I can already tell I’m not going to like this time change… almost dark when I was done feeding Phinney last night. And it will only get worse.

    Paulie, I’d have negotiated a price break or he could keep the scheduled appointment next week. Standing in your driveway calling is pretty bold.

    And perhaps after your haircut, maybe you would join me in a delicious malt beverage at Georges? I’m thinking I’ll get my F.A. out for a waddle tomorrow.


  18. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I will stop into George’s tomorrow and see if you are still there.

    You all know me, I’m terrible at fighting for things — it’s just not in my nature (again, I’m probably less of a Nuesslein for it). This is another reason I shouldn’t own a house.

  19. Barb says:

    Tree guy can’t be done yet – have you signed anything on the price? You can still negotiate……

    Martha – that SUCKS! Call Kat, I’m pretty sure her house there in East Atlanta s empty. And – do you know Bitch Fork & Dumb Fuck? They have a house somewhere she was talking about on FB that needs to be rented, I think its down there in your hood somewhere. They might cut you a short term deal.

  20. Martha says:

    I ‘know’ BF and DF, but not well…I don’t even know their ‘real’ names…

    I’ll reach out to Kat and see if I can get ahold of her…last time I emailed her, I never heard back.

    Right now we’re looking at places around the perimeter…don’t like!

  21. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    BF = Rachel, DF = Chris

    Did they buy a house and move again? I thought they just moved in last year.

  22. Barb says:

    last name is Von Ins. They have at least 1 rental, maybe more. I sent Rachel & Martha a FB message to introduce them. Rachel was telling a story about a potential tenant that had a very funny answering machine message, that’s the only reason I know that she has something for rent.

  23. Martha says:

    Thanks to Barb, we are now tenants of Kat and Mango…

  24. Steve says:

    Woo Hoo!! Don’t forget to tell the movers! So much for going to lunch when you work from home.

  25. Barb says:

    THAT IS SO AWESOME! I thought she might be able to help you out. And, you stay in the ‘hood, you don’t need to learn new one.

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