Possessed By The Devil

Monday? Already? Dammit!

Today’s Daily Challenge
Take two minutes to examine the inside of your mouth.

When was the last time you gave the inside of your mouth a close look? Your mouth shows early warning signs of health problems, including oral cancer. In particular, gum disease has been linked with diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. By inspecting the inside of your mouth, you can stay on top of changes that may be important to your overall health.

Jeebus give me the strength not to make a crude joke here.

Hey! Thanks!

Captain Clearance Strikes Target
Friday finally got better a little after 5:30pm when I got the configuration of the project I am working correct. Technically it was someone else’s work that was failing, but who am I to point fingers.

You may remember that I was supposed to play racquetball at 5:30pm, but since I had no idea when I’d be done with work I had to cancel for the second consecutive day. With a little free time now available to me I headed over to the Apple Store in Perimeter Mall and picked up my repaired iPhone 5 (they definitely fixed my old one instead of giving me a new one) and then over to Target.

I only had three things on my Target shopping list, but as I kept shopping the clearance end caps I kept dropping things into my hand basket. By the time I checked out I’d amassed $37 worth of goods, much of which had been discounted from its original price. Even better, the majority of the items are things I either needed immediately or will be of use in the near future.

50% Success Rate
I work early Saturday morning and was possessed by something to get me to watch YouTube videos on how to replace the in-cabin air filters on a 2002 Accord (i.e. the Jackmobile). I may lose my Man Card for saying this but up until a month or so ago I had no idea that cars had in-cabin air filters. So unless the Jackmobile’s were replaced as part of routine scheduled maintenance you may correctly assume that after twelve years they needed to be replaced. (side note: on Friday evening the Jackmobile eclipsed the 176,000 mile mark!)

As with any repair task these days YouTube is filled with “shade tree mechanics” showing you how to perform a certain task. I watch two videos and am glad that I did because each video contained vital information omitted by the other. In fact, I probably should have watched two more because as I found out when I disassembled the Jackmobile its set of screws were different than those showed in the two videos I watched. I managed to wrangle the glovebox from its place in the dashboard and replace the filters with the only collateral damage being one of the four retaining clips for the under-radio dash panel that I snapped off because it was the only way I could get the damned thing free. (The first video didn’t even mention taking the under-radio dash panel off, nor did it mention the fact the screw that lives behind this panel.) In all it took me about 4x the length of each YouTube video in order to complete the task. But I was successful!

I celebrated the rest of the day by playing some afternoon racquetball and then going over to the boss’ house for a barbecue.

Unfortunately Sunday morning’s maintenance possession did not go as smoothly. A few weeks ago I noticed that the shop light in my utility room had bitten the dust. Around 10:30am yesterday I drove myself up to Lowe’s to buy two fluorescent light tubes (boy how I miss having the East Atlanta Ace Hardware store in situations like these!). I managed to swap out the old tubes, which appeared to be spent, put in the two new tubes, and with fingers crossed flipped the light switch. Nothing. DANGEN! That means that the ballast in the fixture is dead. Years ago I purchased a shop light for a never-realized plant growing project so I unboxed it, only to find out that it plugs into an outlet whereas the one currently hanging in my basement is hardwired into a junction box. Though everyone assures me that this is a simple handyman fix I think I’m going to hire someone to come in and install and outlet in place of the junction box to make this repair a reality.

ITP Flickr Pic
“It’s Off To Work I Go”
It's Off To Work I Go
One of a set of three figures that are a part of the Atlanta BeltLine‘s art.

It must be nice to be young, pretty, and live right on the BeltLine like today’s birthday girl ITP-Reader Jenka.

Yesterday I Became A Redneck
No, I did not move into a trailer.

Yesterday afternoon the boss and I hiked the Atlanta BeltLine and around Piedmont Park. Because I failed to apply sunscreen (I’m an idiot) my neck is a bit red this morning. According to the MapMyRide app on my iPhone our journey took us two hours and we covered 6.66 miles.

While BeltLine construction progress is slower than I’d like to see I am constantly amazed how the BeltLine has transformed this desolate part of Atlanta into a budding vibrant region. Now if they had only installed light rail instead, or in addition…

The boss and I hung out at Argosy for awhile after our hike. I chose Argosy because I knew that they have very few televisions so the place would not be overrun with World Cup fanatics — I was correct.

Today’s Personal Project
Laundry? Perhaps.
Lawn mowing? Perhaps.
One of those two? Definitely.

Both need to be done before I skip town Thursday or Friday. And with plans already in place for tomorrow and Wednesday I need to make sure I make the time to do these.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – not bad, a little sunburned and bummed that I’m still so fat.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – While I am always impressed by my friends who complete BRAG I am super-impressed by Mike Evans’ plan to cycle across America.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday = racquetball, ~90 minutes; Sunday = walking, ~6.66 miles
Morning Weigh-In – 217 pounds (2014-06-14), damn I am going to wrong way!

Foot Mileage – ~10.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~33.0 miles
Gym Visits – 4 (4 cardio)

Marta Rides To Work – 0
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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11 Responses to Possessed By The Devil

  1. Steve says:

    Friday night, we needed to make a Lowes run and in the process decided to purchase a new chain saw. Also purchased was a can of properly mixed 2 cycle gas, as I thought that was part of the problem with the old saw.

    Saturday, while Debbie went to the horse show, I did yard work and was slightly successful with the old chain saw. But after 3 or 4 cuts, it decided to take the rest of the day off. I completed the removal of the bradford pear the old fashioned way- bow saw. One piece was standing straight up and about 10 feet long- hung up the the unbroken branches. I got the saw running again, just enough to cut it almost all the way through and then break it with a kick. Just like I planned it.

    Satuday evening, dinner with friends then across the street to hear one of the friends’ band. Doug is a music and guitar teacher and the guy can flat out play. Very enjoyable- though loud.

    Sunday, I was given my Fathers Day card by Farley- as I sat on the sofa, I hear Debbie in the kitchen say “Take it to Daddy” and here comes the Farls with the card in his mouth- only slightly damp. Too cute. A 20 mile ride, even at a fairly easy pace left me pooped. Don’t know what the deal is.

    Lunch with Debbie’s family at her folks house and then back home to a quiet evening.

    I did get the tank of air from the dive shop, but haven’t yet done the dive to clean the pool. Might be this evening.

    Happy Birthday Jenka!


  2. Martha says:

    Steve, I think the deal is this weather sucks, the humidity is just killing me. Saturday was Tunes in the Tombs, we met up with Jenka, et. al., I had a horrible, warm, flat beer, bench pressed an 8 year old (I actually I’ve no idea how old he is, but he weighs close to my 5 rep max), had a couple of much better beers around the corner, then back to Oakland to watch ‘Shawn Mullins’…I was poopped! Yesterday was the gym and 15 minutes of yard work, I spend the rest of the day inside.

    I’m hoping today is slow at work, I’m not 100%, 30 minutes with my trainer today didn’t go as planned. It was a great workout but by the time I got home I was SICK. I’m thinking of adding throwing up every morning to my workout/weighloss plan. Of couse the 20 minutes curled up in a ball on the living room floor really cuts in to my morning Facebook time 🙂

    I remember a Wheelhopper that went through what is currently the East Side Trail, it was just a disused RR track and kudzu…the ending was on top of a building, you could watch everyone fighting through the kuduz at the end. I remember one particular hasher having a real hard go of it, then I hear JackAss ‘tell him’ (the only way JackAss can) that his front wheel is backwards…I still laugh to this day.

  3. Barb says:

    Back at work from BRAG, coming back to work after a week off SUCKS.
    the person that did my work did an ok job, but she was jsut wingfing it, so I’ve got so much catch up to do……. good times……… NOT!

    We got back Saturday aroudn 5pm, started way too much laundry, and tried to get all the crap unloaded & organized.
    Sunday we ran some errands, grocery shopped, did yard work, and then had Allan’s mom over for Father’s Day. (TJ was out of town).

    Happy Birthday Jenka!!! I’m sure the popular girl that you are has way too many plans for tonight!

  4. Steve says:

    Martha, I know the humidity isn’t helping, but the temp wasn’t bad when I rode. I would have liked to come to Tunes at the Tombs- that sounds like a good time and I love Oakland.

    Paulie, were you able to watch Tour de Suisse today? I was trying but never found a feed. The fog was so bad, both Schleck’s crashed yesterday- now bad fog would be a reason to neutralize a decent. And Andy Talansky won the Daupine! Only wore the yellow jersey when it counted- the fianl podium.

  5. Barb says:

    I guess Kevin is working Tour de Suisse…….

    Steve – have a beer stop, it really helped my ride on friday.

  6. Steve says:

    A great idea Barb… might have to redesign some of my routes- I passed no businesses of any kind in 20 miles yesterday.

  7. Debbie says:

    Seven months after moving into the house, the Brown Man has decided to venture beyond the dog room. He’s sitting beside me in the den and looking pleased with himself albeit a little nervous. He marches to the beat of his own drum that’s for sure.

    As I was pulling out to go visit my friends at the Huddle House (I might be a redneck since I’m a regular) I realized I had left my wallet in Steve’s glovebox. Oops. I was able to cobble together enough cash for breakfast, but I’ll definitely be living on the cheap for the rest of the day. Not a bad thing.

    I’ve already wished Jenka HBD on FB, but you can never get too many good wishes or presents! Happy, Happy Ms Fyfe!

  8. No Tour de Suisse for me this morning. I think Dish carries a channel that’s showing it, but I’m not sure.

    Debbie, can’t you just tell Huddle House to put it on your tab? 🙂

  9. Jenka says:

    Thanks for the birthday love, everyone! Having a great day so far. Kevin’s taking me to Fogo de Chao tonight. Yay, meat!

    Yep, Martha, he’s 8, but I have no idea how much he weighs. So skinny!

    You’re only half right about me Paulie: I moved last week so I’m no longer on the Beltline. HEH.

  10. Moved already? I’m going to start referring to you as Jenka the Gypsy. 🙂

  11. Steve says:

    Jeeze Louise, Paulie- don’t suggest to Debbie she can run a tab at the Huddle House.


    Very Bad.

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