I know what I should have done, but didn’t care enough to follow through. I’m curious to know what you would have done. You’ll understand shortly.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Sit on the edge of a chair, squeeze your knees together, and release ten times.
Doing exercises like this one can help build strong muscles in your buttocks and inner thighs. A strong lower body keeps the joints in your hips and knees healthy, protecting them from injury and damage over time.
Hehe, they said “buttocks”.
Racquetball And Beer
The boss and I fought hard to drive the quarter-mile between our office and LA Fitness to play racquetball. Had there not been a threat of rain I would have walked to the gym and back to the Jackmobile afterward, but I took the hint of bad weather and drove.
While neither of us old men were feeling particularly sprite we managed to knock the ball around for a good 75 minutes before declaring a truce.
As we are known to do we decided to ruin the workout by grabbing some beer and dinner. Last night we chose to test the waters of the newest drinking hole in the Perimeter Mall area, The Pub (Perimeter), which is actually located in the mall. Little did I know prior to going in is that “The Pub” is a chain of “British-Inspired” pubs with locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida (seems like they love traveling I-75 to me).
Our waitress, an friendly and energetic young woman named Gina, who mentioned that last night was her first night of serving, did a great job of keeping us entertained and in beer, water, and food.
The prices of the food and beer are what you expect in a mall bar/restaurant. I had a flight of four, 4-ounce beers for $6.50, a 14-ounce pour of Fullers ESB for $5.25, and a hot ham and cheese sandwich (on a pretzel bun) with fries for $9.50.
The night was slightly tainted at the end when I noticed an unexplained 3% “Service Charge” on the bill; my boss had one as well. I thought that I was being uncharged for using a credit card, but the boss paid with a debit card so I don’t think that was the case. I know that I should have inquired about the $0.67 charge but since it was already past 10:00pm and I was tired I decided to ignore this fee and get home.
What would you do?
ITP Flickr Pic
The food at The Pub was good, but not necessarily photo-worthy.
Five Losers In “The Frame Game”
Yesterday I sent back the five “home try-on” frames that I got from Warby Parker. Unfortunately none of the frames thrilled me to the point of having to purchase them with prescription lenses. One pair of frames (is that the proper way to reference a single set?) came close, but in the end it didn’t sway me enough.
I’m looking forward to the day that Warby Parker opens the doors to their retail location in Buckhead. Then, on a whim, I can pop in and try as many pairs of frames as I desire. I’m also hoping that this location will have an optometrist as well, then I can make sure that the information I provide to them for my glasses is as up-to-date as possible.
Whole Lotta Change In The ‘Hood
I’m pretty sure that I mentioned that another house on my block has gone on the market. I may have mentioned that a house two doors down from mine is getting a complete renovation. This weekend I saw that the house catty-corner from mine has a “For Rent” sign on it.
Want to live on my street for as long as I continue to do the same? There is plenty of opportunity for you to do so these days.
Today’s Personal Project
Follow up with the Goethe Institute, who failed to call me back yesterday.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay though struggling with the old-age eyesight deterioration thing today
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – Warby Parker’s website introduced me to ZocDoc a new way to find a doctor. I’ve not used the site extensively but I have poked around a bit.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – racquetball, ~75 minutes
Morning Weigh-In – 215 pounds (2014-08-17)
Foot Mileage – ~4.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 2 (2 cardio)
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– clear out a room’s worth of things I no longer wish to own for the rest of my life
– hire a plumber to come in and fix the “small” repairs
– contact a realtor to make a hit list of things that need to change before the house can be listed
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
- “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin
- “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon
- “Chaos: Making a New Science” by James Gleick
- “What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life” by Tim Conway