June, Huh?

We have moved into the final month of the first half of 2014. Already? Okay then, let’s do this!

Today’s Daily Challenge
Stand upright, then slowly bend forward and reach for your toes.

Reaching for those feet increases flexibility! You’ll likely feel the stretch in your lower back and along the backs of your legs. The benefits of flexibility include better joint health and circulation. Being flexible also leads to an increased range of motion, which helps you as you carry out everyday activities.

Hooray, something I do already!

My Last Concert At The Tabernacle?
As I wrote Friday I am a huge fan of Manchester Orchestra. However, if they keep playing The Tabernacle I might not ever see them in concert again.

I’ve long been a hater of TicketMaster, who is the sole online ticket provider of The Tabernacle. I forget how much they gouged me for this show, but I’m sure it was more than I wanted to pay.

Upon arriving later than I expected I decided to pay $10 for parking because there was an attendant. I hate those credit card machines, and have always hated the cash boxes since I erroneously received a parking ticket in 1995 while working at BellSouth, so I pay extra when there is a uniformed human working the parking lot.

Inside The Tabernacle I walked around a bit and decided to buy a beer. I think the cheapest beer available cost $8, and the 24-ounce Sweetwater Motor Boat that I bought took $11 (plus $1 tip) out of my wallet. As I think about this I realize that I should be just as angry at any bar/restaurant that charges me $5.50 (or more!) for a bottle/can of beer.

Since I cannot control the prices of any of the above I think my only option is to speak with my wallet and not return.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Ferris Wheel”
Ferris Wheel
The wheel in the sky keeps on turning. I took this shot from The Tabernacle on Friday night.

Clean, The Cleanest I’ve Been
On Saturday morning I finally started the task of making my basement a livable space again (it’s at least five degrees cooler than upstairs in the summer, so it is to my benefit to do so). If you’ve ever been in my basement (think back, it’s probably been awhile) you might recall that there are essentially two halves, the bar half, and the game room half. I tackled the bar half.

A lot has transpired since I once frequented the basement, I tore apart (read “made a mess”) the game room closet because I discovered a water leak, a new water heater was installed and during that process the plumber and I tore open some of the wall paneling to search for plumbing components that my house apparently didn’t have, I removed many of the aging ceiling tiles, poked around the space between the suspended ceiling and the framework and discovered many bugs that I killed.

I moved most of the furniture from the bar half to the game room half so that I could vacuum. Let me tell you, 40+ year-old shag carpeting is a bitch to vacuum, but when it’s done it can look okay. I put away all of the camping gear that didn’t get put away when I returned from LEAF. I made critical decisions about things I should keep and things I should not. By 2pm I was pooped. My treat for the day was to watch two of the three season three Sherlock episodes that I’ve had recorded since they aired.

The plan was to tackle the game room side of the basement on Sunday, but you’ll read what interrupted that plan shortly.

I Barely Recognized The Place
It was good to recognize so many friends in a space that I did not recognize at all, ITP-Martha’s newly-renovated house. The space is brilliant. I arrived with the rain on Saturday afternoon knowing well that I was not going to venture up to Candler Park to hear music. Instead, it was my intention to eat some food, drink some beer, and chew the fat with some of the people with whom I used to run. It was also great to see many of the active ITP Readers in real life as well.

I had a lovely time at Martha’s party and was determined not to be the last one to leave (a bad habit I used to have), so when I started seeing the number of people remaining dwindle I decided to head home.

I suppose that my long day of cleaning, carousing, and drinking got the better of me because I doubt that I remained awake for more than thirty minutes when I arrived home.

The Wheels On The Ground Keep On Turning
At Laura’s housewarming party ITP-Reader Barb posed “You want to go for a bike ride tomorrow?” Having spent minutes of my life pumping up my bike tires earlier in the day how could I not say “Yes.”? So I did.

I met up with Barb and Allan at their not-so-secret lair and we headed out for what wound up being a nearly thirty-three mile ride. Most of my body is suffering in a good way today, those portions that meet the hard bike saddle on the other hand…

After riding Barb and Allan served up an excellent lunch of burgers and hot dogs. As we sat outside on the Deck Mahal I drank a beer and recalled how rewarding it is to drink a cold beer after a long (for me) ride.

My day of accomplishment was not over, however! I returned home and before I could sit down and relax I motivated myself to put the new blade on the mower and cut the grass. I did!

After another shower of the day I boiled some eggs (my dinner) and watched the final episode of Sherlock.

Good weekend all around.

Happy Apple WWDC Keynote Day!
In the year of a Apple fanboy/developer few days are as special as today, the day when Apple opens its World Wide Developers Conference with a keynote speech laying out their projected roadmap for the remainder of the year.

I’m not going to say that come 10:00 PDT my attention to work might be lost, because saying so could get me fired. Perhaps I could defend it as “research”.

Today’s Personal Project
Stretch the legs a bit by playing some racquetball tonight.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, still wishing my throat problems would abate.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – You are probably not like a nerd like I am, writing an sample application that requires a website that can generate randoms numbers, strings, etc. But if you are, you may be interested in Random.org, which is fantastically simple to use.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Sunday = cycling, ~33 miles
Morning Weigh-In – 216 pounds (2014-06-01)

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~33.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

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

June 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
– 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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6 Responses to June, Huh?

  1. Steve says:

    Brilliant is a great adjective for that space now. So cool, usable and adaptable- Martha, I hope you are happy there for many years to come.

    I may have found the silver bullet to the pool troubles. In some of my research, the experts said to rub a chlorine (hockey puck) on the algae to remove it. When I asked for a “puck holder” at the pool store, they gave me “that look”. I built one myself and it works well… now let’s hope the algae can get with the program.

    I got another ride in late Sunday afternoon- and had no idea there was a 20 mph wind to fight! Fortunately, I was already going to start my ride in the direction that was into the wind, so it somewhat pushed me home. Still averaged 17. (Sorry Barb 😉

    We also visited Debbie’s folks yesterday. Her dad is still a bit off after a couple of visits to the hospital in the last few weeks. His color is good, but he’s still complaining of shortness of breath and is “seeing things”. How any of that relates is beyond me, but keep him in your prayers.


  2. Martha says:

    Saturday was amazing, I got to see so many folks I hadn’t seen in ages! I just couldn’t believe the turn out. I had a brief ‘freak-out’ when it started to rain, wondering where everyone was going to go…then I remembered, I have space now! It was great. The last folks left around 1:30, it made Sunday a little rough.

    I got to catch up with even more folks on Sunday. I was in no mood to cook, or go to the store or even really remain upright but I did manage enough vertical time on Sunday to hit the gym & Dean’s party for just a bit. There I ran into my hairdress/friend Jamie, who live just 3 house down. After Dean’s I picked up Jerry and we headed down to El Mexicano for dinner and who did I see? One Ball! In addition to One Ball and Otto (who seems to be quite a handfull these days), the were having dinner with a guy I use to (try to) run with YEARS ago…it’s such a small world.

  3. Martha says:

    Steve and/or Debbie, did you guys leave an umbrella at my place? There was one left on the front porch, it looked like the one I saw Debbie with when you arrived.

  4. Wow, that is amazing Martha. I felt I was riding with the Mayor of Roswell being around Barb and Allan because so many people recognized them.

    I thought about crashing Dean’s party but I was on a mission to clean up the lawn while I could and once that was done I just wanted to sit.

    Steve, you reminded me that we had much wind up in their neck of the woods as well — turn a corner and WHAM!

    I’m also starting to wonder how much of my throat issue is related to allergies. After spending Saturday kicking up crap vacuuming and Sunday being out in the world of pollen by bike riding and lawn mowing my throat is the worst its been in weeks.

  5. Barb says:

    Yes- it was breezy yesterday, that’s my new excuse for riding so slow. We only saw other hashers out riding (Mike Sisti aka Worthless Sac & his family and Michelle aka Toothless Beaver out for a walk). Both live right near the river, so it wasn’t that surprising on a beautiful day.

    We had to blow off Dean’s party, Allan had to get some studying done, this airport firefighter class is all new stuff, so he can’t just totally wing it & pass. And, I was tired last night, riding 45ish on Saturday, then drinking Saturday night, and riding again Sunday. I guess I’m as ready as I can be from BRAG.

    The party was very fun – we all have to get together in person more often.
    Speacking of that – when are we going to schedule a Summer Slacker series get together?

  6. Steve says:

    Yes, we need to get our schedules sychrorized. I know I’m working here the 29th and I believe there will be a Sunday Runners TdF Party on the 13th of July- not a mountain stage, but the only shot we have, according to PE.

    Maybe we can give those of us who are not in shape (and aren’t doing BRAG) a bit of time to get some shape before a SSS ride. That means you too, Jenka.

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