Not Much Going On

Not a whole lot going on in my life other than an overwhelming fear of impending doom. I’m sure I’ll get over it.

I’m a little annoyed at myself today because I wanted to wake up super-early so that I could go out for a pre-work walk. Instead I stayed in bed until my normal time and skipped the walk.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Read about when to get medical care in the case of an illness or injury.

Recognizing the signs of an emergency for yourself or someone else who is sick or injured can help you choose when and where to seek care. For some conditions, such as stroke, treatments are more successful the sooner they are administered. In those cases, it’s important to get immediate medical care. Other illnesses, like flu or tetanus, need to be treated promptly, but you may be able to save time and money by seeing a doctor at an urgent care clinic.

I wanted to make sure that I allowed myself sufficient time to deal with Atlanta’s traffic problems for my journey from Perimeter Mall to Little Five Points, so I left the office at 4:00pm. The play didn’t start until 8:00pm, so I figured a four-hour buffer was sufficient. Traffic was bad, but not horrible so it took me “only” a little more than an hour to make the journey.

With time to kill I did what I do best, I headed to a bar. I walked from Horizon Theatre up to Wrecking Bar Brewpub figuring that I’d beat the crowd and that the Wrecking Bar’s basement atmosphere would be cool; I was correct on both points. Had I thought of it at the time I should have also realized that the Wrecking Bar’s lack of televisions would also keep away those having World Cup fever.

At Wrecking Bar I had three “shorties” (8-ounce half-beers) and an appetizer of picked vegetables, pimento cheese, and bread points. The beers were predictably delicious and the food had an unexpected punch of spiciness. The food actually had two unexpected punches, the second one came from what I incorrectly identified a small, red, sphere as a tiny tomato but found out differently when I bit into it and discovered an extremely hard stone/pit; I’m glad that I didn’t accidentally break a tooth.

After consuming my fair share I wandered back to the old Moreland School that houses Horizon Theatre and meandered about looking for iPhone photo opportunities until the theatre’s doors opened.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Accidental Square Format”
Accidental Square Format
I was tying to get an HDR photo using my iPhone before “Cowgirls” at the Horizon Theatre started. However, it appears as if I accidentally switched the stock Camera app into square format while doing so. Dangen.

When I bought my ticket to “Cowgirls” I knew nothing of the play. It was only yesterday that I discovered that it was a musical filled with classical and country music performed by an all-female cast.

“Cowgirls” is a play based in a honky-tonk bar in Kansas that has hit financial straits. Through a bit of barely-explained communication breakdown the owner of the bar hires “The Coghill Trio” instead of a “Cowgirl Trio”. Though the owner, and the two female performers who also dream of taking the Hiram Hall’s stage try to convince the three classically-trained musicians to skedaddle, the trio remains and learns what it’s like to perform country music.

The nearly two hour performance was quite enjoyable with most of the women singing and playing instruments very well. Unfortunately (for you) this play closes Sunday otherwise I’d advise you to go see it.

It was 10:30pm when I finally arrived home last night. No time for cleaning. No time for television watching. Instead it was straight to bed.

For My Next Trick…
Tonight I will be attending a get-together at Red Brick Brewery hosted by the software company Atlassian. Atlassian makes developer tools such as SourceTree (source control) and Jira (problem tracking) that I use as part of my paying gig on a daily basis.

As I understand it the get-together is to talk about (give a sales pitch?) some of their developer tools. But hey, the get-together is being held at a brewery so it shouldn’t be too painful, right? 🙂 If my “APIs and IPAs” t-shirt that I got last year wasn’t so tight (a me problem probably) I would have worn it to the get-together tonight.

I’m not-so-secretly hoping that there is no food at this event (I can’t pass up free beer or food) so that I can try going to Bocoado, a bar/restaurant recommended to me by my old friend Sother.

Today’s Personal Project
Force myself not to stay out late.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – a little annoyed
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Yesterday I was informed about Calm, a wonderfully simple website that helps you to relax.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 217 pounds (2014-06-14)

Foot Mileage – ~10.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~33.0 miles
Gym Visits – 6 (6 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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6 Responses to Not Much Going On

  1. I hear that there is a soccer game today. My interest in the World Cup has waned.

  2. Barb says:

    You didn’t wear your crazy looking USA outfit to work? Oh, me either. I do hope we win though.

    On the World Cup subject, I have come to realize how many Brazilians really do live in my area. They all decided to tie flags to the hoods of their cars.

    Looks like our old “buddy” Bruce Dickman is coming to dinner tonight, he called & Allan always feels like we need to invite him over when he’s back in town. After Allan spent a couple weeks with him on that Freedom Ride, well, it was interesting.
    And – when I was out picking green beans for dinner tonight, I realized some sort of varmit is out there chewing on my green beans, but more the leaves than the actual green beans. I think I’m going to plant some more….

  3. You do live in Little Brazil Barb. And if you ever get a desire to gorge on some Brazilian meat then I highly suggest Mina’s, on the other side of Mink’s.

  4. Steve says:

    Let’s see… Debbie and her buddy Katie cleaned/threw out/sent to the yard sale a whole bunch of stuff yesterday to be ready for the stager today. It was my job to shuffle the boxes to their rightful location. That was the extent of our evening.

    Today’s “excitement” on the bus was rescuing 40 stranded passengers across from Grady on the Connector. Also today was a breakfast celebrating the 5th anniversary of a coworker and a luncheon for a retirement. There won’t be any dinner tonight!

    I attempted to get Igor to stay on the shallow end of the pool last night. I don’t know if he did or not- he likes the deep end and it’s spotless there.

    There is some routine plumbing in my near future… sounds like the ITP estate- 2 sinks need a little work.

    Barb, how is the firemans new gig working out?


  5. Barb says:

    Allan is a paramedic on a ambulance basically now. They actually do transport at the airport. It has truly amazed me how many sick people get on airplanes & have to be taken from the airplane to the hospital. A big part is dehydration, people need to learn to drink water. The international terminal & customs makes it interesting to take someone out to the hospital.

  6. Steve says:

    Yeah, if a foreigner gets sick before clearing customs, I’m guessing a cop gets to stay with them.. or they try and clear them before they get transported.

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