Soon To Be Former Home Of The Braves

If you live anywhere near Atlanta you couldn’t help but hear that the Atlanta Braves are moving from “downtown” (I consider them to be south of downtown) to Cobb County by the start of the 2017 season; I hope to be moved out by 2017 as well. On Twitter I also suggested they change their name to the “Cobb County Carpetbaggers” as well (they are originally from Boston, after all) but was one-upped when someone suggested the “Atlanta Burbs.”

I find it conspicuous that the story broke six days after Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed secured his second, and final, term as Mayor. I think somebody made a few bucks holding back this information.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Use two senses along with your sense of taste – such as smell and sight – at a snack or meal.

Eating is much more pleasurable when it involves as many of our senses as possible! By slowing down to take note of not only the taste but the sight, texture, smell, and even sounds of your food, you will be able to eat more mindfully and better appreciate what’s on your plate.

I won’t have time to start exercising today, but I can start cutting back on my food intake. Paulie’s pants are too tight.

Merry Christmas, Jackmobile!
Christmas has come early for the Jackmobile. Over the past few months I’ve been routinely checking the air pressure and adding air to its tires as needed. This morning I said “Enough!” as I saw the passenger-side front tire was looking as if it could go flat at any time.

With a Firestone right next to my office I stopped in to put on the “final” set of tires that I will be getting for the Jackmobile; the car is eleven years old and currently has about 168,000 miles so I don’t expect to keep it for more than two years / 40k miles, whichever comes first.

Rubber ain’t cheap, especially at this Firestone. While I could have ordered tires and had them shipped to Firestone, or had shopped around I am sure that I could have saved some money (perhaps a substantial amount) but I just don’t have the time and luxury for this sort of activity at the moment. If all goes to plan I will be able to walk around the corner and pick up the Jackmobile and drive off on its new tires this afternoon.

Had I had more foresight I even would have cleaned out the trunk so that they could get to the spare and check it out. Note to self: Check out the Jackmobile’s spare tire situation.

ITP Flickr Pic

Actually with the lack of sun I took a much “better” photo of the ITP-Estate this morning. I’ve just not had the opportunity to upload it to Flickr.

Parking Pet Peeve
I found out yesterday that I have to pay “only” $5/day to attend the CocoaConf Conference at the Hilton near the airport. I know it’s not unusual for hotels to charge for parking, but for fuck’s sake, the multi-hundreds of dollars that I spent for this three-day affair should include free parking.

Today’s Personal Project
Sadly I have too much to do in order to make it to this month’s meetup of the the Atlanta iOS Developers. I’m sure I’ll be seeing a lot of the Friday and Saturday at CocoaConf.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – poorer
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Yesterday I found GrindTV (a subsidiary of Yahoo!) and their article about Seven Essentials For Cool Weather Cycling.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
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 – 18

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

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15 Responses to Soon To Be Former Home Of The Braves

  1. Oh yeah, I sent a message to the critter removal company via Angie’s List yesterday. Last night I received a response letting me know that the guy who did the appraisal had a family emergency and that if I gave them my contact info they’d email me an estimate. We’ll see. I do give the company a bit of a pass for responding to me so quickly.

  2. Barb says:

    Glad you finally contacted the critter people.

    I’m enjoying all the uproar about the Braves. It is stupid that the Ted needs SO MUCH renovation already. But, I do understand it is also stupid that when the Braves don’t own the building they have to pay for all the upgrades? If they actually do really move to Cobb county, I will live less than 5 miles from the stadium. Not that I would, but we could ride our bikes. Maybe we’d go tailgate, I can’t imagine I could afford a ticket to the game. Just like we won’t be able to afford tickets to the Falcons in a few years.

    2nd futon is in the room, except for the electrical issue (light switches won’t work with the outlets), the room is done. Allan & his dad are going to tackle that next week since TJ has to go to Colorado Springs to help teach something this weekend.

  3. Steve says:

    I still think this whole thing about moving to the ‘burbs is just a lever to get more from the city. The city has been promising to “renovate” that part of town since ’96 and you see how far they’ve gotten. Let them try when they no longer have a tenant in the stadium and see how successful they are.

    Septic come, septic go, tank cleaned but the drainage problem remains- perhaps more snake is required.

    Final committee meeting for this years Games tonight-wrapping it all up. Should be a fairly easy one as no one better have any complaints about the work we did!!


  4. Normally I’d agree with your view Steve, but both sides are saying it’s true (or trying to call each other’s bluff) so I’m inclined to believe that this is real. The dentist to which I go is right across the road from the proposed site. I’ll be interested to hear what they think when I go in for my semi-annual checkup in December.

    And for anyone keeping score at home: The new iPad Mini w/Retina was released today, it’s looking as if that is going to be my Christmas gift to myself.

  5. Barb says:

    Save the money on the Mini & put it toward home repairs. do you really need it? Really? I told Allan we get no christmas presents – that room cost too much money.

  6. You do realize that this is my profession, right? 😉 I will be sinking more than enough money into the house and trying to recoup most of it through a sales price, and I refuse to sacrifice my fun for a house I am trying to abandon sometime soon.

  7. Steve says:

    Needs vs. Wants. I know jack about Apple products but I bet you have sufficient equipment currently to do your “job”.

    I too and not 100% sure about the Braves deal, and the fact that they already own the property certainly adds to that, but property can be sold as easily as it was bought, and I can’t really imagine the upgrades to the Ted are more expensive that a new stadium. Bad business decision? You bet. Will it stop it from happening? Maybe not.

  8. Or do I? New iPads contain new hardware.

  9. Barb says:

    but – how is it that so different than the iPad you already have? I’m just being a pain here of course, but I can’t imagine getting a new iPad until the one I have breaks or doesn’t work. I dont’ see any reason to own 2 (or more).

  10. The iPad I currently own is the iPad 3 (aka “the New iPad” when it was released in Spring of 2012). This iPad was the first to have a Retina display and shows its inability to keep up some times.

    Once purchased I won’t own two iPads, I’ll either sell the iPad 3 or see about giving it to someone (like my mother or my fake nephews who live in Raleigh).

  11. Oh, and it should be noted that I never said that I needed a new iPad, it is going to be my “Christmas gift.”

  12. Barb says:

    I know you don’t need it – I, the non computer geek, just don’t understand the “want”. I personally like the bigger iPad, my eyes are getting old & like the bigger screen. Especially for watching videos.

  13. While I figured that I would be upgrading to the bigger iPad (now called iPad Air) the lighter and smaller iPad Mini has its advantages — and is also $100 cheaper!

    Until I go to an Apple Store and hold each I won’t be 100% certain of what I will be purchasing. And I tend to avoid Apple Stores since they have a way of detaching me from my money. :/

  14. Barb says:

    I’ve NEVER be inside an Apple store….. probably for that very reason.

  15. Martha says:

    and I’m back! Oh boy, being off on Friday and yesterday, plus not having reliable internet at home, my ‘to do list’ was an entire page long.

    I wish I could convince Jerry to not do Christmas presents this year, at least keep it small. Unless it is say, a new couch or dresser but even then we wont have a place to put it for a few months.

    I’m curious to run by the house again today after work to see what else has been doen. I don’t expect a lot, it is still just demo, but this is the important part. We will now find out what, if anything is hiding and how much of the contingent fund will need to be used. I know there is a spot in the kitchen (under where the fridge use to be) that was ‘soft’ so I’m sure that will need replaced but that is small cog in the grand plan.

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