The End Of The First Half Of 2014

I think I got the math correct this time. 😉

Today’s Daily Challenge
Reflect on how an aspect of your personality has changed as you have gotten older.

Our personalities aren’t set in stone, and researchers have found that positive traits develop throughout adulthood. Many people become more conscientious and less neurotic with age. Recognizing small shifts in your personality can keep you in touch with how these traits affect your relationships, career, and habits.

You don’t want to know.

Well Hello, Decatur
I had agreed to meet my friend Mike at Twain’s on Friday after work. Looking at the traffic report I feared that my journey from Perimeter Mall to Decatur would take no fewer than ninety minutes to get there. Imagine my surprise when, driving only backroads and stopping once for gas, I was there in fifty minutes! I think that may be a new record or something.

Inside Twain’s I sat around waiting for Mike’s arrival and had a 12-ounce beer. Mike and I sat at the bar frank drank a few beers with diner and caught up on our lives. It was a very low key evening but a fun time nonetheless.

My Average For Home Repairs Remains Low; My Average For Watch Repairs Remains Fair
On Saturday morning I forced myself out of the house to buy a double lockset kit for the ITP Estate. One of the door knob locks has become unusable so I thought that I’d swap out the door knob lock and the deadbolts on two doors. I’d accomplished this task twice before — once when I moved into the house, and once after I was held up at gunpoint and surrendered all of my keys — but didn’t do it when I was broken into because those fuckers smashed a window and never compromised the locks. With this success rate I drove with confidence to Lowe’s figuring the job would take me no longer than an hour.

The other task I decided to tackle that day was to purchase new watch batteries in an attempt to replace the batteries in at least two of the dead watches that I own. In the past I’ve moaned about getting charged $15 to replace a watch battery for a watch that cost me “only” $70, so I thought it was high time that I tried to do this myself, especially since I saw a pack of five of the necessary batteries on Amazon cost less than $4 with free shipping. I went to Lowe’s, no luck; I went to Target, no luck; I went to CVS, no luck; and my last hope was the Intown Ace Hardware; Ace Hardware had the proper battery but for $4.49 each. I sucked up the cost and purchased two batteries and was on my way home to play Paulie the Fixit Man.

With the appropriate screw driver in hand I tackled the lockset first. I disassembled the troublesome door knob and took it off. I inserted the new door knob with only minor difficulty (I didn’t notice that there were two baggies of screws for each installation) and relatively quickly half of the first door was done! I then disassembled the deadbolt and removed it from the door. Man, this was going great. And then I tried installing the new deadbolt. What? It doesn’t fit inside the hole already drilled in this door? WTF?!?! This has never happened before! Goddammit. I was faced with two options:

  1. Widen the hole in the door. This probably wasn’t going to happen because even if I had the properly-sized hole saw I wasn’t certain that I could successfully cut out a bigger hole. I really didn’t want to fuck up this door. Remember, this is for a house I am trying to sell sometime soon.
  2. Use the unused door knob from the last lockset I bought. Had I remembered that I even had this in the house I never would have purchased a new lockset in the first place.

Given the circumstances Plan #2 won out. In about twenty more minutes I had located the second door knob, had uninstalled all of the new hardware, and reinstalled all of the old hardware.

Now with far less confidence I tackled the watches. Before going out I had successfully removed the back of one of two similar watches to find out what battery it needed. This was fairly simple so I knew that I could get these two watches running properly again. And I did. And it was good. And there was much rejoicing. I then tried removing the back of a different watch (I should say that I possess the appropriate tool for this job so it’s not like I am using a hammer and chisel). When I bent the metal wristband connector and severely broke one of the spring-loaded posts that keep the wristband attached I gave up on this watch as well as the notion of trying to repair anything else on Saturday.

Look At Who Became Lazy
For the rest of Saturday, at least prior to me going out to Theatrical Outfit for “CS Lewis On Stage” I sat around watching videos, mostly Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee and an hour long documentary about tiny houses. I must admit that I am intrigued about the thought of living in a tiny house, and since I will apparently never again meet a woman it appears that I won’t need much living space in the future.

My evening ended at Grant Central Pizza, because pizza sounded amazing and I couldn’t be bothered to drive anywhere else but to East Atlanta after the play.

ITP Flickr Pic
Herren'sTheatrical Outfit occupies the space once used by Herren’s restaurant, one of the first businesses in Atlanta to integrate. This is the signage that used to adorn the restaurant.

I wanted to use Photoshop to “remove” the speaker seen in the upper righthand corner, but time just doesn’t permit me to do so at the moment.
I Nearly Went Hashing Yesterday
Yeah, you read that right.

I planned to make my triumphant arrival to the Black Sheep Hash yesterday, you know, as training for Brussels, but then I went and made 6pm racquetball plans with the boss. Any experienced hasher knows that there is almost no way in hell to get from the end of the hash to anywhere else by 6pm.

Today’s Personal Project
Monday Night Lavanderia!

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The DayTumbleweed Houses manufacture and sell tiny houses.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Sunday = racquetball, ~90 minutes
Morning Weigh-In – 217 pounds (2014-06-14). I really should have gotten on the scale this morning but was scared

Foot Mileage – ~10.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~33.0 miles
Gym Visits – 7 (7 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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7 Responses to The End Of The First Half Of 2014

  1. Martha says:

    I really want to know how you ‘frank’ a beer…is this some aging hipster term?

    Another uneventful weekend, with the exception of seeing the lovely miss J twice. Yesterday sucked…having no engery left after helping Jenka move a couple of boxes on Saturday, I had to spead almost all of Sunday doing homework and finishing my first mid-term. It didn’t go great. I’m really not liking this class much, it doesn’t seem well organized and it is very hard to follow. Well I just need to get a B, so fingers crossed.

    It’s a very short work week, hoping things stay calm for the next 2.5 days.

  2. Barb says:

    Batteries Plus – for $15 or so they will replace batteries in yoru watch forever! They put your name & a description of your watch in their computer. I’ve got 3 or 4 watches regustered with them, I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of them already & I don’t plan to get rid on any of the watches I own any time soon.

    We almost went to Black Sheep as well yesterday, but Allan decided a nap sounded better. We had done yard work all morning. Davey posted a picture of a lovely (I use that word loosely) swamp, made me quite happy we didn’t go.

  3. It’s all the rage Martha, if you were still drinking you’d know. 🙂

    I know Batteries Plus locations are everywhere but the only one I ever went to is gone. I didn’t know they offered that service.

  4. bob says:

    Martha, Paulie will tell you how to frank a beer if you tell him how to “spead” a sunday 🙂

  5. Steve says:

    Our plan was simple for Saturday, chores, then dinner party. Debbie did start the day going to get the ultrasound- which they returned negative results yesterday (?!?). My chores included the pool (now a lovely seafoam green) and removal of the dreaded basketball goal. They must have thought they were raising the next crop of NBA stars, because there was much concrete holding it in the ground. My attempts at breaking it up were wasted, so I just covered it over.
    No dinner party, as Debbie did not feel well enough.

    Sunday was spent in the orafice upgrading OS on Cisco switches. What we used to do with timers overnight and en masse, our national team now does one at a time with someone on-site. Oh. Joy.

    And speaking of watches, it pisses me off you can no longer replace the bands on sport watches. Maybe it’s just Timex, but you can’t find them (bands) so you just buy a new one. Ugh!! And my dad used to say, “There are 2 kinds of people that work on watches, watchmakers and fools!” I could always take them apart, but putting them back together was never as easy.


  6. Jenka says:

    Yeah, Laura was invaluable to me on Saturday. After that haul and what turned into a carload of krap I picked up this morning, I’m now fully moved out of David’s house. That’s a relief. It’s going to be fun moving all this shit again in a year.

  7. Barb says:

    Steve – I can & have replaced the band on the Timex Expedition sports watch. Target has had the velcro watch bands that I like.

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