Demo Days Are Here Again

The trade show for which I have been laboring excessively is next week, thus today’s demo is the “final” revision (you know “final” never really means “final” when referring to software, right?). I’m not optimistic that the subsystems on which my software relies will be ready by this afternoon; regardless I am going to have to demo again.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Learn about the air quality conditions in your area by visiting

The quality of the air outdoors makes a difference to the health of our hearts and lungs. Air pollution, caused by smog and small particles in the air, leads to poor air quality. Spending time outside on a day when air pollution is high can irritate your throat and eyes, make your chest feel tight, and cause you to cough. People with heart disease, lung disease (like asthma), or outdoor allergies are even more sensitive to poor air quality. If you’re planning outdoor activities, keep up with the air quality forecast, as it can change from day to day.

I’m going to guess that Atlanta’s air quality falls somewhere between “shitty” and “really shitty”. Mind you we could be in China, which is defining new categories for poor air quality daily.

Cinc O’Demayo
I went. I saw. I left “early”.

Even though I wasn’t “feeling it” (something about giving a demo today…) I decided to have some fun last night. I started the evening by driving up to East Atlanta Village (even thinking I saw (former?) ITP-Reader Jenka at one point) and eating dinner at The Elder Tree where I ate and drank traditional Cinco de Mayo fare of a lamb sandwich (damn, I should’ve ordered the corned beef!) and drank a Wells Bombardier.

After dinner I moseyed across Flat Shoals to The EARL for the Dick Dale show. Unfortunately I had to stand through much of the opening act which was primarily a 1960s rock cover-band (they have their place, opening for Dick Dale is not where I’d place them) and then an extended delay before Dale took the stage around 10pm (good thing I napped before heading out). The show started with the crowd singing “Happy Birthday” to Dale (psssst, his birthday was May 4th) and him telling a few stories before starting to play his signature surf guitar rock. I stayed for about a half-dozen songs before “big frizzy hair” guy and “6’2″ tall, raise your arms over your head for entire songs” guy moved toward the stage and blocked the view for me as well as the stunning young woman I’d been eyeing the entire evening (pity she took no note of me). At that point I decided to peel toward the back of the room (side note: it’s not like you can’t hear Dale’s playing loudly from any spot within The EARL’s walls, I was even wearing ear plugs last night and heard the music well). It was about 11pm when my chariot started looking like a pumpkin, and since I wasn’t drinking and knew that there was no hope of chatting up the woman, I went home to watch Sunday’s “Mad Men” (before you lot could spoil it for me).

ITP Flickr Pic
“It’s Made Of People (Shot On High)”
It's Made Of People (Shot On High)
I’ve long since been an admirer of this statue, now (as in for at least a decade) located on the south side of the Woodruff Arts Center. On Saturday morning I decided to take a shot of this statue from a different perspective than I have previously. The only unfortunate thing about this shot is that I had to shoot through the south side’s permanent window shades, a series of small white circles that can be seen past with the human eye but cut the amount of light and heat drastically. These circles account for the blurriness of the shot.

That’s the way a guy I used to work with many years ago pronounced “frustrating”.

I was completely frustrated prior to going out last night because I tried to watch “Mad Men” on my iPad by streaming it from my iTunes library, both of which are communicating via an Apple AirPort Extreme router. After five minutes of attempting to “connect to my shared iTunes library” I got frustrated to the point of giving up.

You know me, I’m an “Apple” guy and am generally pleased with the way the company is going. That being said I’d love to see them dump a shitload of the shitloads of cash they have on hand toward employing kick-ass developers who can swiftly fix the annoying issues present in Apple’s “It Just Works!” infrastructure today. Shit, if I had the skills I would have sent them my resume last night.

Putting The ‘T’ In ENT
It may well be allergies or Atlanta’s poor air quality but I’ve been noticing a bothersome feeling in my throat recently, and periodically for about eight months. I may have even mentioned this previously on the blog. Every day it feels as if there is a constriction and it’s been driving me nuts lately. Today I’ll be making an appointment with an Ear/Nose/Throat (ENT) doctor to find out if one or more of these components is malfunctioning because I cannot live like this forever, and ignoring it may just kill me.

Today’s Personal Project
Completely Planned Week, Day #2: laundry

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – nervous about my demo, nervous about my health
Current Music – silence
Website Of The DayAIRNow. It’s as if someone did all the hard work of finding the website today.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Arg, I keep failing to jump on the scale

Foot Mileage – ~5.6 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 1 (1 cardio)

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

May Goals
– have European trip plans 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
– go away two of the weekends

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
  3. “Chaos: Making a New Science” by James Gleick
  4. “What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life” by Tim Conway

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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11 Responses to Demo Days Are Here Again

  1. Barb says:

    I’m finding that my allergies or whatever are affecting me more & more as I get older. I think it is just exercise induced asthma, but I need to use an inhaler to open up my lungs more often than I’d like.

    I rode my bike a little last night, a 15 mile loop down by the River. Hoping to do something like that again tonight.

  2. Steve says:

    Jenka is a former reader of the blog? What did you do? 😉

    We’re giving the pool one last chemical treatment before we go all nuclear on it. Debbie went to the pool store and got a prescription for what is wrong and how best to fix it. My fear is the black mold is so entrenched, only repainting will heal it. I certainly hope not- I’m over painting.

    I rode my bike on the trainer last night for 20 minutes. I know it’s not much, but it’s a start. I’m not sure that I would know what constitutes a problem, but I have had nothing unusual happen.

    Mentally, I’m already on vacation, but I’m trying to hold it together.


  3. I must have done something because anyone who reads this space knows that my spelling and grammar have not improved. Normally it’s a kind smile and a request for a date that scares the pretty women away, in this case I am clueless.

    Your twenty minutes is twenty minutes more than I’ve put on my saddle this year.

    Mentally I am trying to make it to Friday. On Friday I’ll be headed up to LEAF in Black Mountain, NC. Hopefully the weekend weather will be better than currently predicted and I will be able to hang around until late Sunday afternoon to hear Los Lobos perform.

  4. Barb says:

    hey Steve – looks like the other 2 Grove mechanics will both be in CA, maybe you can figure out which one is the 2nd best.

    Speaking of painting, we are thinking about just hiring someone to paint the trim, eves, etc. on the house. I know I don’t want to do it, and the 2 stories up on the back of the house, I really don’t even want Allan to do it.

  5. Steve says:

    We have a card from our guy, but I think he’s Southside only…

    Obviously, Kevin is working for BMC- who is TJ whoring out to? 🙂

  6. I can give you the info for the people I hired. At worst you can get a quote out of them.

    The Painting Company — Chris Camp
    810 Marietta Hwy
    Roswell GA 30075 (Map it)
    (770) 551-0101
    (678) 892-7296 (fax)

  7. Barb says:

    I’m not sure who TJ is working for, wither BMC with Kevin or SRAM. I guess I could ask.

    Allan is thinking about that Rhinoshield stuff – its good for 25 years. I need to get an estimate as well as a regular paint estimate. Thanksfor the referrals.

  8. Jenka says:

    I cleared my browser cache a while back and since then my comments don’t show up.

    You definitely didn’t see me. I’ve been on the couch since Saturday with a broken foot. I fell Saturday afternoon and broke a bone in my foot, so I’ve been totally immobile since then.

  9. OH NO! I hope that you have a swift recovery. And if you need anything don’t hesitate to ask.

  10. Barb says:

    Jenka – that stinks.

  11. Jenka says:

    Could be worse, work is really slow right now and I’ve got 5 months of sick time accrued, so there’s that. It’s really hard to just lay here, though. And the worst part about it is that I signed up for my very first tri in two weeks, and that’s totally out now. Otherwise, meh. It’s just a foot, not anything life-threatening!

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