“Hello, What’s Your Number?”

I’m thinking of making today’s title my new signature pickup line, as if I had an old signature pickup line.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Add one new type of leafy green veggie to your shopping list, such as kale, spinach, or cabbage.

Leafy greens are great for so many reasons! They are packed with a wide range of vitamins and minerals, including A, C, E, folate, and calcium. They provide fiber, which helps fill you up and aids with healthy digestion. Thanks to their antioxidant properties, it’s also believed they may help to prevent some kinds of cancers. By buying a leafy green you’ve never eaten, you may discover a new favorite.

Adding this one item to my shopping list will necessitate me creating a shopping list.

I Took Roughly Fifteen Roads To Get There
Much like Rome, all roads lead to Decatur eventually. Apparently there was a major gas leak near Decatur yesterday so my trip to Eddie’s Attic took me on many more of these roads than I had envisioned:
Perimeter Center -> Ashford-Dunwoody -> Harts Mill -> Shallowford -> Chamblee Tucker -> I-285 -> East Ponce de Leon -> Church / North Claredon -> North Avondale / East College -> Trinity -> Church ->

It’s good to know your way around town…

Even with staying for the late meeting and encountering traffic my boss and I arrived before doors officially opened.

The show was great and I had blast listening to music in the relative quiet of Eddie’s Attic. Hell, I liked the opening act Tif Ginn so much that I bought a physical copy of her CD for $20 (way too much for a CD!) in an effort to support her and her band.

$275 For A Key Lime Pie?
If I think $20 for a CD is too much, imagine what I think about a $275 key lime pie.

To be fair, the pie was auctioned off by Fred Eaglesmith (as he apparently does at all of his shows) and the proceeds of the purchase are donated to Project Smile, a charity that corrects dental maladies such as clef palettes on underprivileged children.

The pie was purchased by the father and daughter (later outed to be age ten) who were the only two seated at a $100 table (usually occupied by four patrons), so I doubt that they qualify for the “underprivileged” category.

One Week, Needed Twice?
If you’ve read this space the past five years you know that I eschew physical media whenever possible. So it’s more than odd that within the span of one week that I bought two physical items — the aforementioned CD, and a four-pack of movies containing “Animal House,” “The Blues Brothers,” “Car Wash,” and “The Jerk.”

Since buying my fancy-pants MacBook Air in July I’ve had no setbacks from its lack of optical media drive, until last night. Last night I hooked up the USB DVD drive that I keep at the house (originally purchased due to another computer’s limitation) and was able to rip the CD and two of the movies.

ITP Flickr Pic

What’s the deal with all of the 13.1 stickers I see on cars. Is a half-marathon really considered to be such a monumental feat that people need to brag about it? Hell, even this fat blogger (admittedly in his younger, thinner days) accomplished this feat more than ten times so it can’t be that difficult.

When The Second Thursday Is Moved To The Third Thursday
Last week I was thrown a curveball by finding out that the CocoaHeads Atlanta meet up that normally occurs on the second Thursday of the month was being moved to the third Thursday of the month for this month.

Now I need to make sure that I get the hell out of the Perimeter Mall area with ample time to make a stop at LA Fitness and then head down to Big Nerd Ranch HQ for the meet up.

Today’s Personal Project
See the above paragraph.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – good, looking forward to this week’s second weightlifting outing tomorrow
Current Music – silence at the moment, but I can envision myself listening to the Tif Ginn CD for which I forked over $20 last night
Website Of The Day – I don’t believe in stealing media, but I do believe that if I buy a CD/DVD that I should be able to play it everywhere. There are free DVD ripping apps out there, but I just got a new one called Mac DVD Ripper Pro and as you read earlier, am putting it through the paces.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car (was supposed to be MARTA, but it was too cold)
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Oops, I failed to check. Let’s say 215 pounds.

Foot Mileage – ~13.2 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 1 (0 cardio)

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

January Goals
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber to fix all of the sinks at the ITP Estate
– walk no fewer than 75 miles
– have European trip plans in place, if not carved in stone

2014 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
– 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
– Sell the ITP Estate (tentative)

2014 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Continue to 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)

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2014

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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13 Responses to “Hello, What’s Your Number?”

  1. Steve says:

    Prior to George’s, I decided I should visit my friend with the broken hip/shoulder. I tooled out Ponce only to encounter traffic on Scott, just past N. Decatur. Having, as the late Keith Kallan used to say, “home field advantage” I took off through the hood, popped up on N. Druid and traffic was no better, so into the hood I went again, popping up on Larryville, and onto the hospital in Tucker.

    She was in pretty good spirits/medication and except for the occasional closing her eyes. She did not fall down the stairs, but slipped in the water that she was trying to clean up. That must have been something for the video! Sadly, she then had to drag herself up the steps to the phone, which took an hour and a half!! She heads to rehab today, probably for a couple weeks. Ouch.

    A good turnout at 3rd Wed. MC, TV, Fill My Cavity, and many usual suspects.


  2. Barb says:

    I find the 3.1 stickers to be the funniest.

    I don’t think copying the DVD is anything illegal, its the re-selling of it that they frown on.

    I got a crazy idea last night & decided to buy a Scratcher. (remember when they were called scratch offs?) I heard a friend had won $500 on one that was in his Christmas stocking, and I’d never bought one…….. Well, I spent $5 & won $10. I’m thinking when I cash it in, I should probably quit while I’m ahead.

  3. Barb, with the exception of a “free” ticket or $2 I don’t think I’ve ever won anything from a scratch-off (I shan’t call it a “Scratcher” because at first I thought you bought a back scratcher) lottery ticket; this is why I never buy them, they are usually gifts from my mother.

    I failed to mention the reason for buying the movies. I was talking about “The Jerk” the other day and could not find a service that streamed it, so I looked into buying it. Pricing of movies, both buying and renting is all over the place; I found this four-movie offer on Amazon for $11.

  4. Steve says:

    An interesting collection of cinematic classics, that’s for sure.

    Almost worth the price.

  5. Martha says:

    I’ve had two ‘Johnny Dangerously’ references in the past month…I haven’t seen the movie in years (maybe decades), it isn’t currently available on Amazon Video, and I don’t want to see it bad enough to order a DVD, so it will just have to wait for another time. (The Jerk is also a good one) I have to pick my favorite movie to answer one of my homework questions. Blazing Saddles or Star Wars, thank god I will never have to meet this person face to face.

    My new laptop is giving me the fits…I keep getting a low memory warning. I’ve run, whatever it is they tell you to run, no issues. I googled the issue, actually found it…but I can’t for the life of me figure out the fix, I really don’t understand anything the tech nerd/geeks are saying.

    Water issues again at work, looks like it is back on for now but there is no way I’m drinking anything coming from the faucets here…I may have to run out and buy some bottled water.

  6. Definitely worth the price, well, except maybe “Car Wash.” In the name of “testing the ripping capability of Mac DVR Ripper Pro” I am sure that I will be watching “The Jerk” or perhaps “The Blues Brothers” this weekend.

  7. Barb says:

    I’d pick Blazing Saddles over Star Wars.

  8. Steve says:

    Homework questions about favorite movies? What kind of class is this?

  9. Maybe it’s like on one of those RealiTV home fix-em-up shows.

    “Okay Laura, for the tile of your choice, which movie would Jerry say is his favorite — Blazing Saddles, or Star Wars?”

  10. Martha says:

    It’s an Applied Statistics course (you know with all the free time I have I thought getting another masters degree seemed like a good idea), the first few homework questions are just ‘gimmies’, what’s your name, etc…I’ll take whatever easy credit I can get.

    Honestly, I don’t think Jerry would like either, he’s more into rom coms or movies about Navy SEALS. 🙂 I tried to explain to him the origins of Wolverine and the Doctor Who/Hobbit connection over Christmas…he wasn’t that interest??

    I turned it in and picked Star Wars, figured with it being a nerdy class I couldn’t lose.

  11. Steve says:

    Neither Debbie nor I have ever been into the Hobbit and we don’t watch Doctor Who. I don’t know if it’s worth the time/energy, but there does seem to be a lot of renewed interest.

  12. Barb says:

    I heard the Hobbit movie wasn’t that good. but, I wasn’t really interested in it in the first place. As for Doctor Who, Allan likes it, but I’ve got enough other TV shows I can watch, I decided to not get on that bandwagon.

  13. Jenka says:

    Barb, I bought a few scratch offs about 15 years ago, then I won $11 on one and never bought one again. I figured, better quit while I’m ahead!

    My favorite movie is The Godfather.

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