Thankfully No Real “goto fail;” Today

I know, enough about “goto fail;” already!

Today’s Daily Challenge
Vary your stride as you walk somewhere today, switching from short, peppy steps to long, slow ones.

Changing the length of your stride strengthens muscle groups in your legs, ankles, and core that don’t get used when you walk normally. And because you’re engaging a greater number of muscles than are necessary for regular walking, you’ll get your heart rate up and burn more energy. Plus, who knows when you might have another chance to pretend you’re a tiny dog and a massive giant?

Perhaps I’ll try this on my jaunt to the MARTA station this afternoon.

I Should’ve Known Better
I made it over to LA Fitness for racquetball last night and things were sorta okay. The actual smacking of the ball, which we did for about thirty-five minutes was fun, but I made a rookie mistake.

I should’ve taken into account that my racquet is at least ten years old and that its handle would then start to disintegrate as I used it. At first it was comical as my hand turned blue, but then when I also developed a blister on my palm it became less comical. I should’ve known that my tender hand needed a glove as well; it’s not like I didn’t wear one while playing racquetball, baseball, or golfing in the past.

So today I am bandaged with a rosy and sore palm (insert your own jokes here) and have an addition “to do” item of swinging by a sporting goods store for a few necessities before the next time I take the court.

Partial Fail At Taco Mac
We ruined the racquetball workout at Taco Mac (c’mon, you knew this was coming). I ordered a burger and had two beers. Even though I drank two beers I only received one Brewniversity credit. I ordered my second beer and was informed that they no longer had it in stock, even though the iPhone app said they did. “Well, I’ll take one of these” I said without consulting my list, “And if you don’t have that I’ll drink a Coca-Cola.” Our waitress, a playful young lass came walking to our table Coke in hand. “Oh come on. Really?” I said. “No, I brought this out as a joke to see what you’d do. Here’s a free Coke for you, your beer is on the way.” Well played, young lady. Well. Played.

An Hour By Train
On average it takes one hour for me to go door-to-door when I employ MARTA for transit. This morning’s trip (to work) was average, hopefully this afternoon’s trip (to home) won’t be any worse.

I chose MARTA today for three reasons:

  1. I still have a backlog of “transportation savings” that I am trying to consume.
  2. Look outside your window Atlanta. I see rain (this morning) which means “traffic”. Besides, even when the weather is beautiful Friday afternoon traffic stinks.
  3. And the real reason is that there is rumor of Tasty China arriving at ITP-Reader Betsy’s house tonight and I want to be in the neighborhood early enough to consume some of that. I’ve just been informed that this has been postponed.

Priorities. Two out of three ain’t bad. 😉

First Use Of My Georgia Craft Brewers Guild Membership
Tomorrow afternoon I will be putting my Georgia Craft Brewers Guild membership to use at Three Taverns Brewery a few blocks from the Avondale Estates MARTA station (and near the Paste Magazine office). I’ve had a few bottles of Three Taverns beers but this will be my first official trip to their facility (I was in the building they are in when it was occupied by a previous company).

Today’s Personal Project
Limit myself to the one (non peanut butter and chocolate) PopTart that I’ve eaten for breakfast.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sore palm, foot hurts slightly, too much work, other than that okay
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – As a “Man of the Internet” I possess (too) many domain names. One of the domain names that I need to renew I am considering transferring management to Hover since I’ve heard good things about them (mostly through podcast ads).
Mode Of Transportation To Work – MARTA
Exercise (b)Log – racquetball, 35 minutes
Morning Weigh-In – Arg, I keep forgetting to jump on the scale

Foot Mileage – ~3.9 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 1 (1 cardio)

Marta Rides To Work – 1
Bike Rides To Work – 0

March Goals
– have Austin CocoaConf trip plans in place (new)
– exercise no fewer than twenty days (new)
– ride my bike no fewer than five times (new)
– have European trip plans in place, if not carved in stone
– 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
– publish an app to the iOS AppStore

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

  1. “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin
  2. “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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10 Responses to Thankfully No Real “goto fail;” Today

  1. And for my fellow Americans who live in states that observe Daylight Saving Time don’t forget that we spring an hour forward this weekend. 🙁

  2. Barb says:

    So, are you sore at all from the raquetball outing? (besides your hand of course)

    Yesterday I heard about a friend that fell skiing out in Utah & broke her leg. She actually put together a really nice write up about it so she doesn’t have to tell the story over & over. She has broken it so bad, right below the knee, she needed 28 screws, 3 rods & a couple plates. Wow, I’ve never seen a break like that. Poor girl, she can’t put any weight on it for 3 months & since its her right leg, she can’t drive. I really want to go skiing, but it won’t be happening again this year again, and hearing this makes me remember, I’m getting old, I need to be careful & not do anything crazy. (not that she was either, I think she just had some really bad luck when falling)

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    My body is a little sore, probably spared from worse soreness because my blister cut our playing time by about twenty minutes. Had we played the entire hour I am sure I’d be much worse of now. Of course, I may still be worse later today.

    Twenty-eight screws? Ouch!

  4. Hey ITP-Reader Bob, when is that Tour de Cure ride? (I’m not considering riding, I’m considering donating)

  5. Steve says:

    Thanks for reminding me that I’m not getting any younger Barb- I’ll be taking my one day ski trip 2 weeks from today, prior to the NTC meeting in the Springs.

    Since I left Farley and Satchmo (did I fail to mention that Satchmo is doing much better- perhaps only temporarily) loose in the house yesterday, they had their way with a package of toilet paper which hadn’t been put away. They extracted one roll and managed to turn it to confetti. Tater Tot might have assisted, but I don’t think he could have gotten it out of the package. Satch is now in jail.

    Report from the horse show is rain. Cold and rain.

    Martha, how’s the cabinet situation today?


  6. bob says:

    Thanks for the plug Paulie, the ride is on May 18th so you have some time to donate. Here is my donation page for you and anybody else that wants to throw a few bucks at a good cause 🙂

    Saturday is the urban cyclocross race in Midtown, come out and heckle me (and bring beer hand ups) if you are looking for something to do.

  7. martha says:

    Good for you getting out and playing. Any new activity is going to work muscles you may have forgotten you even had 🙂 I’m still suffering a bit from the weekend of riding the poorly fitted bike, my back is a little hinky (that’s just for your Kevin) but I’ll live.

    Oh Steve, I’m sure you can only imagine what was going through my head when I saw that counter top yesterday…at about the same time I realized the wrong bathroom vanity was delivered.

    Between the time I drove home, contacted the company and then met up with the delivery guys again (less than 2 hours) …someone had come to the house, moved it inside, unpacked it and tried to install it (no way it would ever fit, I think it was at least 36″ and going into the ‘original’ bath)… I’m waiting on Overstock to pick it back up and refund my money. There is no way the can get the correct one to me in time. So we made a late night run to Lowes to pick out a subsitute and took it back to the house…

    So anyway, good news, the correct granite will be installed today (in spite of the mix up, it does look pretty awesome) and the replacement vanity was $300 less than the original. Plumbing fixtures and the kitchen backsplash will be installed today/tomorrow… then lots and lots of little things to do. We were hoping to start moving some stuff this weekend but it looks like we’ll need to wait until next weekend.

    Steve, Nibbles doesn’t bother with TP, she goes straight for food, sometimes I’ll leave a bag of produce on the floor and come home to fruit salad (she loves her some fiber).

  8. Steve says:

    We had several loaves of bread end up on the floor and we couldn’t think how they were getting there- thankfully, Farley is not big on counter surfing and Satchmo was a likely culprit, but his short, fat self would have needed a trampoline. We have determined Satchmo has an accomplice- Tater Tot, who can and does get up on the counters if we aren’t around. Teamwork!

  9. Martha says:

    I call the kids Pinky and the Brain… I’ll let you figure out who is who. There is just no way either of them could figure out and/or follow through of some of the things they do without the other.

  10. Jenka says:

    I had the Three Taverns IPA at 6FU last weekend when Martha and I (and the boyz) had dranks after the Velodrome. It was really good!

    Martha, Kevin’s out of town so he probably won’t read this.

    The answer to all of your problems, people, is that you should have cats instead.

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