Still Stupidly Busy

But I have a few short moments…
Today’s Daily Challenge
Note one new positive detail about someone or something you encounter each day.

Many things happen around us every day that we never stop to appreciate or think about. But taking time for gratitude can improve both physical and emotional health. Bonus: Getting into this habit can increase your mindfulness of even more new things to notice and appreciate

Huh, kinda hard given the story I’m about to relate.

The Gene Pool Needs More Chlorine
I went to play racquetball at the LA Fitness in Dunwoody last night. Because of my travels my gym bag was in shambles, not containing some of my necessities, including my combination lock for the gym locker room. Though I am usually pretty careful not to bring anything of value other than keys into the gym I just didn’t feel comfortable leaving my stuff in an unlocked locker. My boss, who had his lock with him offered to let me put my stuff in his locker, but I declined.

Upon returning to the locker room after our hour or so of playing he was confused not to find the lock on his locker, and then he discovered that his wallet was gone. Over the next hour as he was attempting to cancel credit cards and such he received notifications of possible fraudulent activities in the area — to the tune of over $5000. $5000 spent (apparently at Target and Best Buy) in about an hour!


Luckily the way the credit card systems work he won’t be liable for these charges (I guess in a way we all are), and his biggest hassles are the loss of some personal items, a small amount of cash, and his driver’s license.


I was considering coming back into the office to work but instead bought him a couple of beers at Firebird.

ITP Flickr Pic
“I Thought This Was Obvious”
I Thought This Was Obvious
From the shower in my room at the Crowne Plaza in Austin, Texas.

On A More Positive Note
Every have that thought “Gee, I haven’t heard from [insert name here] in a while.” only to hear from him/or her that day or the next? This happened to me last week with a podcaster named Kami Knake who publishes the podcast Bands Under The Radar.

As I was preparing for my Austin trip I was looking over the podcasts to which I am subscribed and noticed that it had been about a year since the last time Knake put our a Bands Under The Radar podcast. I was not surprised because over the years many of the podcasts to which I subscribe experience “podfade” and eventually die out (who knows, this blog may do the same one day…). And then while in Austin two new Bands Under The Radar podcasts were released. Sheesh! Well, at least it’s good to have it back, even if it goes away again soon.

Today’s Personal Project
Screw personal project. Must. Get. Demo. Working.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – angry at Society
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Admit it, you’ve always wanted to sit around and watch other people play video games. Your wish is granted at Twitch! Oh, don’t expect to see people playing that new “Family Guy” game however, FOX is being real asshats about that (just Google if you are interested).
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car (loving this Spring Break traffic, or lack thereof)
Exercise (b)Log – racquetball, ~1 hour
Morning Weigh-In – have stopped checking

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

Marta Rides To Work – 0
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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5 Responses to Still Stupidly Busy

  1. Steve says:

    Sorry to hear of the boss’ loss last night. Once many years ago, when I had a membership to Bally’s, I had left my locker unlocked and someone relived me of my cash, but nothing more- I considered it a life lesson which I hopefully learned.

    NO real fun things yesterday as expected, but we did buy Debbie a Roccu for her TV in the bedroom. She was quite happy with it as it was a quick and easy setup.

    Nothing new from the Games meeting last night.

    Tonight, Debbie and I will determine a process for working on the fence- those of you participating may be asked to bring a few tools. I’m guessing a claw hammer and a pry bar. While I have several of these, there will be times when there are multiples working.


  2. Jenka says:

    I never got around to getting a lock for LAF, but then again, I’m usually there 6:15-6:45 in the morning and that’s all. Now that it’s getting warmer I don’t even bother using a locker, I just throw my sweatshirt (with wallet in the pocket) on the floor next to the squat rack. That sucks for your boss! And that is why I always use my credit card instead of my bank card: if the number gets compromised, it’s the credit card’s money, not mine!

  3. martha says:

    So what happened to the lock? Did it get cut off or did he not lock it?? Bummer.

    I have to admit, I leave my shuffle in my jacket pocket (unattended) everyday. It is only a shuffle.

    re: I Thought This Was Obvious, you also saw the warning on the iron that advises you not to iron your clothes while wearing them, right??

  4. Not sure what happened to the lock. He thought he remembered locking it, but he’ll never know for sure.

    We glanced inside the trash cans looking to see if someone ditched the wallet, but there was nothing obvious. When asked each person at the front desk said that they did not cut off a lock, so either the thief had bolt cutters or figured out my boss’ combination (four digits, not left-right-left).

  5. Debbie says:

    Thanks for the Roku tip (from months ago); I love it! Steve and I may never watch tv together again. 😉

    Sorry about Hank’s experience at the gym – people who steal suck, and $5k in that short of time indicates they are experienced.

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