For The First Time Ever

New and used, it’s how I roll.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Sit with your hands behind your head and bend side to side from your waist ten times.

If you’ve been sitting for awhile and need an energy boost, this move will raise your heart rate and stretch out your back and shoulders. When you sit for long periods, tension builds from being in the same position. Stretching can relieve the tension and make you feel more awake.

Stretching, what a concept.

Not For The First Time Ever: Lavanderia y Cena
Let me start off by saying that I am once again loving “School’s Out” traffic. It’s an amazing feeling to get on roads knowing that it’s not going to take at least twice as long as it should to get from points A to B.

Last night I zipped down to Chamblee (more on this in a minute) to go to my regular lavanderia. The laundry process was almost completely unexciting, save the woman who refused to use lower dryers and used two of the three upper dryers that I was getting ready to fill. Seriously, if this woman and her friend had fewer than twelve dryers, all upper, in use at the same time I’d be shocked.

During my drying cycle I hoofed up the street to stop into El Pollo Norteño (Yelp page) for some chicken. The food is not stellar but there is something about this restaurant that I like a lot. After eating I hustled back to the lavanderia to make sure that the señorita didn’t accidentally take my clothes from the one upper dryer she didn’t get to use. All was good.

For The First Time In A Long Time: Double Flashing Headlights
Thanks to the lack of traffic I was actually able to drive at or above the speed limit on local roads last night. Let’s all admit we don’t routinely follow posted speed limits, especially if you have little idea what that limit is on certain streets.

As I was cruising along, probably five miles above the posted speed limit, the driver of the car approaching me flashed the headlights twice. In the olden days this maneuver was done to alert you of a policemen ahead, but I have not seen this practiced in many years. Lo and behold I read the signal correctly, reduced my speed to nearer the limit, and had no problem when I turned the bend in the road and saw a Brookhaven police car sitting on the side of the road. In the name of karma after I was safely out of view I performed the double-flash to a driver headed into the area I’d just cleared.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Walk This Way”
Walk This Way
We often see this shot as footprints in snow. So while I was out on a walk after this afternoon’s rain I was stricken with delight to see these muddy bootprints on the asphalt.

For The First Time Ever: MasterChef
After getting home and putting away most of my newly-washed clothes I allowed myself a little downtime by watching the newly-recorded MasterChef. This series is not even good enough for me to call it a “train wreck” but for some reason I’ve been coming back week after week. There are so many things I should be watching instead of this, I think that I need to get my head checked. 🙂

The one interesting thing that occurred on last night’s show (WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD) was that the guy kicked off was dismissed because he inadvertently took someone else’s food out of the freezer and presented it as his own.

For The First Time Ever: One Single Goal
This month, when I’ll be embarking on my first European trip ever (I should probably start making hard plans), I’ve decided that I need but one goal.

Be prepared for, and have fun on my European vacation.

This may be the last time that I get to travel to Europe, I want to do it right.

Today’s Personal Project
Thoroughly read the email sent to me by a coworker outlining his trip to Germany a few years ago.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, but need to get a lot of work accomplished today, which will be made more difficult by the afternoon plans I have in place
Current Music – Listening to The Call’s “Let The Day Begin” album from 1989, not via Spotify, via my iTunes collection. I find it difficult to swallow that I’ve been listening to this album for twenty-five years.
Website Of The Day – Yes Virginia, The Wood Database really does exist.
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 – 7 (7 cardio)

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

July Goals
– be prepared for, and have fun on my European vacation

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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12 Responses to For The First Time Ever

  1. Steve says:

    Yellow mud? Curious. And I forgot to mention your picture of “Herren’s” old sign yesterday. I am probably the only blog reader (except maybe Debbie) who had ever eaten there- they made the best little sweet rolls.

    Let’s see… some trainer riding last night. Listening to GPB Radio (as I oft do) they were already broadcasting on 88.5 WRAS- at least they were announcing that, even though I was listening from Warm Springs. The whole WRAS takeover is sad- poorly executed and should really have taken over WABE!!

    There was more closet cleaning. I found some nice shoes and wondered why I wasn’t wearing. I tried them on and all was good and set them where I’d put them on this morning. Got dressed today, came downstairs and took one step onto the hardwood in the kitchen- the heels are very hard and make it sound like I’m wearing 4″ stilettos. Ugh. While walking the long hall from the employee entrance to the elevators this morning it sounded like muffled gunfire!

    Anyone thinking about “Painful Member” on Thursday?


  2. Barb says:

    We are going to a 50th birthday party Thursday night, not too far from the Painful Member (party is at a place on Amsterdam). Maybe we can do both??

    Paulie – you need to get out & talk to some hashers about what everyone is doing in Europe. There are so many people going, I’m so bummed I’m not. I’m sure you can “hook up” with some of them for some fun adventures.

  3. The mud was more tan than yellow, I think my post-processing shifted the color a bit.

    As I understand GPB takeover occurred Sunday. I think it’s a load of shit and will make sure that I never pledge any money to GPB.

    Part of the reason I considered doing Black Sheep last Sunday was to reinject back into the hash and to get a feel for who is going. Oh well, missed that opportunity.

    I think I’m headed back to Red Brick on Thursday for their “Taste our interns beer” night (or whatever that is being called).

  4. Steve says:

    I’m off Thursday, but would consider driving in if the weather is good.

  5. Barb says:

    You can go thru the Who’s coming list on the Brussels website – but right off the top of my head –
    Oops & Deposit, BWANA & Super Suck, Robin Red Breast, Just Lix Dix (& Crackashowa from Wakesha), of course Dr. PP & Big Bore, Tripod & Ouch, TV Hair, the Clits, Donny the Retard, Lickhola, One Ball & Snail Trail & I think Kitty Kitty Gang Bang. I’m sure there are more.

  6. Barb says:

    Canada Day hash tonight – its over in Tucker, not sure if I will venture over there or not.

  7. Steve says:

    And I know Robin was trying to find everyone coming in early to hook up and do stuff.

  8. Debbie says:

    New flooring guys are Johnny on the spot. Came out in measured within an hour of talking in the store. Woohoo. Very impressed so far. I brought home samples and it’s going to look so good. Waaaaa!

    Lucky next owner.

    Next up, painting the red living room, hallway and master bath. I hate to paint and suck at it. There will be lots of cursing possibly even the invention of new and creative curses.

    Yes Paulie, you need to start nailing your plans down! So much to see and do. Don’t waste the opportunity, by not having a plan. Thus ends the lecture. 🙂 When do you leave?

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I fly out two weeks from today.

  10. Barb says:

    wow- you are leaving 7/15? you do have some time to explore.

  11. Steve says:

    Yeah, get to planning young man. To me, that’s the most fun of a big trip is the planning and anticipation. And start going to bed earlier and earlier… get your body clock on CET.

  12. Yeah, I figure this trip is going to cost me a fair penny, I might as well make the most of it.

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