I Hashed!

Prior to the cycling accident two years ago and the tendonitis suffered this year “running” (with a lot of walking) a “short” (three miles or so) “hash” (it really wasn’t a hash because it was not affiliated with any hash) wouldn’t be headline material.

But now? Hell yeah.

While running/walking my foot did fairly well though I did suffer some expected pain yesterday.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Take five minutes of transition time between work and home, or in between big tasks.

Transition times during the day can be filled with stress, because even though we’re physically in a different place than we were earlier, we may not be there mentally. By taking a few moments to unwind, you’ll be better able to take on whatever part of your day or evening comes next.

My life seems to be “on” 24/7 these days and I don’t allow myself enough downtime. I should attempt to do something like this.

I did manage to catch up on a lot of lost weekend sleep yesterday afternoon, and allowed myself to watch three episodes of “Good Eats” (for free) via Amazon Instant Video.

Interesting Weekend, Not Much Sleeping
With the exception of a smattering of light rain on yesterday morning the weekend’s weather was perfect for both camping and trail running.

It should come as no surprise that at a campout consisting of hashers that little sleep was had. On both Friday and Saturday nights there was a copious amount of consumption followed by late-night antics (the latter of which did not include me because I was in my sleeping bag before 10:30pm each night).

ITP-Reader Martha: I have your coffee mug; unlike your percolator this will be returned well before ten months pass.

ITP Flickr Pic
I have nothing.


In the photography-related realm I think I know understand why so many of my photos appear darker when I post them on the blog. Apparently the placement of my monitor at home is at an angle that makes everything appear brighter than when you look at it straight on. Therefore when I adjust exposure, brightness, and the like I am overcompensating. So when I look at the photo on o different monitor, say my laptop at work, the image appears much darker.

Steps will be made to rectify this very soon.

It’s Veterans Day
You really shouldn’t say “Happy Veterans Day,” should you? Though I’m sure if today is one of your paid holidays from work you are probably pretty happy. Today is not a paid holiday for yours truly, so I am just happy that traffic wasn’t a mess.

I am thankful for all of those who have given their time, effort and lives to make this country what it is. And I am more thankful that I was born during that window of opportunity that didn’t force me to serve in the military.

Today’s Personal Project
Make a few necessary stops for supplies that I need. I should also decide whether or not I am going to give the critter removal company a second-chance or I should just move on.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sore, in the physical way
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – On Thursday and Friday I will be attending CocoaConf Atlanta. WARNING: There is a good possibility that there will no blog posts on Thursday or Friday of this week.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday = hashing, ~3.0 miles
Morning Weigh-In – 214 pounds (November 11)

Foot Mileage – ~7.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 11
Carnivorous Meals – 16

Marta Rides To Work – 5
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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12 Responses to I Hashed!

  1. Barb says:

    Glad the camping weekend was a good time.

    Saturday I managed to get out to Kennesaw for a hike, then went to visit JoAnna. She had the ablation surgery last week, it was a success as far as they can tell right now, she says he already feels so much better. Time will tell of course, but the doctor says she can resume normal activity this week.

    Sunday we went shopping, back to IKEA to dodge slow moving families, and to get a replacement for the broken mirrored door for the waredrobe. Found a couple other things, that place is such a mad house. Then went futon shopping over off I-85 in Gwinnett, bought 2 futons & headed home to get them assembled. But, the salesman gave us a wrong box, so he is delivering the correct one today, so only 1 of the 2 is all set up. Once we get the electrical issue straightened out, this basement room is done!
    I’m feeling very broke, so its a good thing it is done.

  2. I forgot to mention that I tested my heater out yesterday, and am glad to report that all seems to function. The house was a brisk 58° F when I arrived home so I figured that I better give it a run in order to test the system out before the bitter cold front predicted for this weeks finds its way here.

    Also, from my “running” parts of me are sore today that should never be sore. Six months of couch potato status have really been detrimental.

  3. bob says:

    Good on you Paulie for running again. Now lets dust off those bikes and get out and ride!

    Rough weekend here, races both Saturday and Sunday. Legs HURT in Sundays race but was able to hold off a roadie who normally beats me. More proof that roadies cannot turn 🙂

    Now I’m sitting on a plane flying to Scottsdale and praying my hamstrings don’t start cramping.

    Oh and have you heard that the Braves are moving to Cobb county? Check out ajc.com, pretty crazy.

  4. Martha says:

    I realized I left pretty much as soon as I exited the campgrounds…but figured it might be the only way to see you 🙂 Everything hurts! I don’t know if it is from the move, the running or sleeping on the ground. At my age, it could be any of the three.

    It was a fun weekend, I even enjoyed the run/hash so much, I did it twice. I do love the trails down there. It was also great to see so many ‘old timers’, including you my friend.

    I’m off work today so I’m going to spend it sorting things out here at EastSide. I need to get internet hooked up, we have Clear but it just barely works here. So trying to get Comcast or ATT. I went by Knott first thing today for some before picture, by the time I left the rickety old deck was already gone.

  5. Yeah, I was just reading that the Braves are moving to Cobb County in the I-75 / I-285 area some time around 2017. Good for them, bad for Atlanta (Fulton County as well as the City).

    I guess the City couldn’t reach deep enough to proved them the same sort of deal they gave the Falcons?

    The re-elected doesn’t care, by law this is his last term.

    The area chosen still won’t have a mass-transit option.

    At least for me it won’t reduce the number of games that I attend because zero is as low as you can go.

  6. Barb says:

    I’m not a baseball fan, I haven’t been to a game in years. I just wonder if they might try to run a MARTA line, they’ve talked about getting something up this way, but of course it never happens. This might make it happen. There was talk about something going basically up Cobb Pkwy – to Southern Poly, & then all the way up to Kennesaw State. I’d love a MARTA line (then I could make Felicia take it & I wouldn’t have to go to the airport to get her…..)

  7. Steve says:

    Wow. I don’t think the Cobb Braves will happen- if there isn’t a signed agreement now, it’s just a tactic against the city. Stay tuned.

    Glad the weekend was fun. Our started with what seems to be a major plumbing issue. I think the septic tank is near full. So far things are still working, but The master bath sink is backing up into the tub. Had a crew out Saturday and they could not find the tank. Now I’m waiting for them to bring the locator ($275) out and look again. The neighbor told me where he remembers the tank, but the guys tested there and could not find it. May be a racket…

    Terri (Sleazy Rider) has been here over the weekend. She ran Soldier Marathon Saturday and then a 25k (half) in Peachtree City Sunday. Overachiever.

    No problems at all with recovery from the needle biopsy Friday. Rode an hour yesterday and no issues whatsoever. Hopefully results in a couple days.

    To those who have served- Thank You!


  8. MARTA is hurting financially so I doubt that there is any way it can afford a new (heavy) rail line through what is an expensive tract of land (from midtown to Cobb Co.) and I will do everything I can to oppose new taxes to support it.

    By the time the move is made Turner Field will be twenty years old. “The Braves” claim that it need hundreds of millions of dollars in “upgrades” currently.

    The Braves move will be a death-nail in life of Atlanta “south of I-20.”

  9. Oh yeah, my mac and cheese was a big hit on Friday night. It was faaaaaar from low-calorie and had a bit of a grit to it (at least in my mouth) but I’d make it again.

  10. Barb says:

    any mac & cheese is good, but if its low cal, it won’t be any where as good!
    how many people werwe camping?

  11. There were supposed to be twenty-seven campers but at least three canceled. It’s hard for me to get a good count since there were at least a half-dozen or so who had their own private party most of the weekend.

  12. Martha says:

    Seemed like about 50 around 11pm Friday…but that was just two people. Saturday was fine, I really didn’t hear anything but I did pitch my tent about as far away from the crowd as I possible could.

    I missed the mac & cheese. The pork on Saturday went over well, it might have been the only thing without left overs (so much food…)

    Nobody seems happy about the move to Cobb…I’m wondering how this is all going to play out.

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