Greetings From Raleigh, NC

Betcha didn’t see that coming. It’s 8:45am on Monday and I am still in Raleigh.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Take three minutes to write yourself a short note of encouragement without using the word “should.”

The way you talk to yourself in your head can have a big impact on reality. The word “should” can sneak in when you are trying to change something about yourself. Instead, it can have the opposite effect, leading you to focus on your own shortcomings. Limiting your use of the word “should” and talking to yourself positively may change the way you look at your goals.

I should learn to use my camera better so that I can have photos for this blog.

Brake And Switch
Early Saturday morning I walked out to the Jackmobile and couldn’t get the trunk to open with the key fob. I tried a couple of times with no luck. When I was able to get the door lock to open using it I knew that the battery wasn’t dead. Then I walked around to the trunk and saw that the taillights were on.

Now before you jump to the wrong conclusion I shall state that I did not leave the car lights on.

While not dead the battery did not have enough charge to start the engine so I called AAA and had them come out to give me a jump start.

Unfortunately no matter what I did I couldn’t get the taillights to go off, so with the thought that if I did nothing all that I would be doing is draining the battery again I sought other options.

Even in this day it’s not easy to find mechanics open on the weekends. After calling around I wound up taking the Jackmobile to a nearby Meineke shop that is a full-service shop, and ironically located right next door to a AAA Auto Care Center that was recommended to me by the AAA driver. I had decided to not go with a AAA Auto Care center because the two that I looked up using Google had mediocre reviews at best.

Initially I felt confident with the selection of Meineke but lost confidence as the day wore on without a phone call telling me that they’d found the problem and needed my authorization to do the work.

After a few calls back and forth the Meineke shop identified my problem as a bad brake switch and told me that they could have the work done by today. They did get it fixed as I picked the car up this morning.

While pleased that the Jackmobile seems to be running right again with “only” a $150 repair I am wondering if the brake switch that failed was the same switch that was replaced back in January when I couldn’t get the Jackmobile to get out of Park. Come to think of it, I remember blogging about a similar taillight issue in February.

ITP Flickr Pic
I attempted to take photos this weekend and failed.

More On My Weekend Tomorrow
I’m running behind schedule.

Today’s Personal Project
Get home at a reasonable hour.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – good
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – none today.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – n/a
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 217 pounds (2014-06-14)

Foot Mileage – ~10.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~33.0 miles
Gym Visits – 5 (5 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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9 Responses to Greetings From Raleigh, NC

  1. Steve says:

    I hope the repair was successful and you get home safely.

    Our weekend began Thursday evening with having some friends over- there was perhaps too much alcohol consumed as the evening ended on a sour note (our guests, not us). They have since called to apologize and offered to bring us dinner next time, which we will have to consider.

    Friday’s meeting with the realtor went well, but as we suspected, our number may be a pipe dream. Additionally, she mentioned that many folks look to take posession on the day of closing- with all the closings not being completed on the first try, I find that incredibly hard to believe. Bob, what does your closing look like in that regard?

    We spent the rest of the weekend working on packing, cleaning and throwing out. Dennie was on the mower when it decided it had had enough and somehow dropped the drive belt. After towing it to the man cave and working through all the possible scenarios, the belt was an easy fix- it just took an hour of looking around and testing. It’s very hard to test a “vehicle” that requires you to be seated to run. I have overcome that safety “feature” and could now set the mower to auto-pilot, if I choose.

    Had the futbol match been 1 minute shorter, there would have been a completly different outcome. Oh well.


  2. Martha says:

    Steve, that sounds like a good story.

    I took posession the day I closed but the place was empty, so not an issue. Good luck!

    Well Saturday night we drove to Marietta to see Spamalot. We even managed dinner first, but, naturally, I had a hard time relaxing because I was worried about being late for the show. I went so far as to leave dinner (I had Jerry order for me) to pick up the tickets from the box office. I was glad I did, when we returned the line was 50 people deep. We had really good seats and the play was a lot of fun. I was worried Jerry wouldn’t like/get it but he really enjoyed himself. He even said he would watch a Monty Python movie with me.

    I tried to watch the game while doing homework, which means neither tasks received the proper amount of attention. I’m finding this current class much more difficult to navigate than the first and somehow it seems we are almost half way through the course…I really need to buckle down!

  3. Barb says:

    Steve (& Debbie) – yes, in this day & age, most people get possession of the house the day of closing. You just have to hope & pray that all goes well at closing, or you ahve an empty house sitting there not sold.

    I’m still refusing to get on the futbol bandwagon, I don’t know or understand a damn thing about the sport (except most of the guys are really hot), so unless I’m somewhere with people that care, I won’t be watching. I’ve got too many other things clogging up my DVR to watch when I have free time.

    We attended the Seersucker & Big Hat Summer Solstice party out at a friends house in Conyers Saturday night. (if you are on FB, I’m sure you saw the pictures). I’ve never totally understood it, but when people dress up or wear costumes, the party seems to be more fun. And – got a couple dozen fresh eggs from their chickens – making it even more worth the drive out there.

    Spent some time Sunday out in my garden fighting weeds, damn there are lots of mosquitoes (even with bug spray all over me). Lots of green beans ready to pick, lots of green tomatoes that just need to start turning red & the cucumbers are getting there. I know nothing about what is going on with the potatoes (my new veggie this year), but green parts above the ground are growing & growing. So far so good…..

  4. bob says:

    Sounds like an interesting weekend.

    We cut down a tree successfully on Saturday with the help of Allan. By successful I mean nothing was broken and nobody got hurt. We now have all the items checked off for the new owners.
    Steve, taking possession of the house is negotiable but normally is done at closing. Our buyers are in a lease and do not need to move right away so they are giving us an extra day to move out. We are looking to take possession of the new place on the day of closing. We got extremely lucky and both closings are scheduled on the same day.

  5. Steve says:

    But if your sale goes through and the purchase gets hung up, are you sleeping in the street? We have too much crap to take that kind of risk. Not including horses and dogs.

  6. Barb says:

    You gotta make the possession date part of the deal……. and its a crap shoot.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Sitting at a Chinese buffet in Apex, NC where I stopped for gas and my one meal prior to heading home.

    As for closing a some times you can rent time in your old house with from the new owners.

  8. Steve says:

    Gas at a Chinese buffet?? What a concept.

  9. Barb says:

    its looking like a Tasty China night tonight for us, Dean (aka Jackass) is going to be in the neighborhood. not a buffet, but it will be close enough with the amount of food that usually gets ordered.

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