‘Twas The Days After Christmas

I had a wonderful Christmas “break” (parenthesized because I actually spent most of yesterday at the office).

On Christmas Eve I ate an absurd amount of delicious food at Gunshow. I left the building with my distended stomach aching it was that good and plentiful. There were appetizers — brie, sausage balls, Swedish meatballs, entrees — pork, roast beef, seafood paella, sides — corn casserole, squash casserole, roasted Brussels sprouts, green beans, and of course desserts — Black Forest cake, bourbon-infused fruit cake, key lime pie covered with chocolate, homemade vanilla ice cream, and birthday cake for the baby Jesus. I probably should have taken foodie photos, but I was so eager to eat that I never considered doing so.

On Christmas Day I crashed the Tasty China party and had a wonderful meal with ITP-Readers Debbie, Steve, and Barb. At the time I arrived at Tasty China I wasn’t sure how much I could physically eat, even with skipping breakfast that morning, but once inside I managed to do some major damage on the food presented to us. Later that afternoon the boss and I went to The Porter Beer Bar in Little Five Points, which was packed within minutes of its opening, for some tasty beers; while there I also ran into a an old friend and caught up with her for a few minutes.

Today Might Be The Day!
On Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday I test drove four potential Jackmobile replacements. I probably should have driven more but I can’t stand the car buying process and couldn’t be bothered. I’m sure the car buying process would be a lot more fun for me if money were no object.

After much research and deliberation I think that I’ve settled (actually the appropriate word for this purchase) my mind and will be attempting to make a car purchase this morning.

Last night I melancholy cleaned out the Jackmobile (finding a few things I thought that I had lost!), including taking off the roof rack that has adorned it for nearly a decade; it looks naked to me now.

“What Could Have Been”
What Could Have Been
When people complain about MARTA’s lack of train destinations I often mention this map. I rediscovered this map while cleaning out the Jackmoble in preparation for sale.

Of the proposed line additions I think the only one that came to fruition was North Springs.

Though Cobb and Gwinnett counties famously get skewered for not agreeing to bring MARTA into their respective counties, as recent as 2000 inside-the-perimeter-Atlanta had a “not in my backyard” attitude toward MARTA trains.

Für ITP-Reader Steve
Horse = das Pferd

Well, the time has come. Hopefully when I type tomorrow’s blog post a deal will have been done.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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17 Responses to ‘Twas The Days After Christmas

  1. Steve says:

    We thought for sure you had pulled the trigger this weekend. Rainy days are great days to get deals.

    Friday was the Boxing Day hunt at Cedar Gate Farm (near downtown Roscoe in Silk Sheets land.) While Debbie rode, I was in a car “helping”. Just trying to figure out where everyone was over the radio is somewhat hard. We met up with the field a couple of times, but never saw the fox, of which there were 2 sightings.
    Debbie’s Endomondo showed 14 miles before it went kaput.

    Saturday was a visit to the Huddle House, feed store and scoping out a couple of properties. One would add a half hour EACH WAY to my current commute! There does not seem to be any high speed internet options, so I think it’s out of the question. The other is only a couple of acres, but abuts a nice chunk which might be an option.

    Sunday we did a little lunch, followed by a little retail therapy, and then picking up the Godchildren for a couple days. There might be some Cheddarhead practice tonight! Woo Hoo!

    Danke Shoen, Herr Paulie.


  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    The weather was beautiful when I was out on Friday and Saturday. Most dealers are closed on Sundays.

    Working the deal now, waiting to hear what they will give me for the Jackmobile.

  3. Steve says:

    I don’t think there is much to give on the Jackmobile- any dealer will just wholesale it off the lot.

    And I think we have settled on the “new” horses’ name as Gus or Gustav, which is why I needed the German word for horse- Sie ist schones Pferd.

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Oh I don’t expect to get much. It would be nice to get a couple of thousands for it, if for no other reason than to make back what I spent on repairs and rental cars this year.

  5. Martha says:

    The reason I bought my car where I did was they were one of the only dealerships open on Sunday. It surprises me that more aren’t open, seems like it would be a busy day?

    Well I was sick for most of the holiday weekend. Some nasty respiratory bug I probably picked up from my niece last week. At least it wasn’t the flu, I’m finally starting to feel normal, just in time to head back to the office.

    It’s going to be a slow week here at the office but I’m the only member of management in town so I’ll need to at least make an appearance everyday (sans NYD). Maybe I can get employee reviews finished, if everyone will just leave me alone.

    Happy monday everyone!

  6. Barb says:

    So, what brand of car are you attempting to get?

    I worked Friday, then went to Red Hare friday night, they had a salted caramel beer (yum) the bourbon barrel brown was pretty tasty as well.

    Saturday we Pine Lake hashed – it was fun, but Allan got annoyed at the very end as he was helping cart the coolers back to the beer meister’s car, no one else was helping. It was pretty ridiculous.

    I went to the very sad Falcons game yesterday, at least the weather was nice enough for the tailgate, so it was fun before watching that game.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Deal is almost done, got $1,000 for the Jackmobile.


  8. Stacy says:

    Wisconsin actually still has blue laws that make car dealerships closed on Sundays! I can’t quite figure out *why*, but there you are. Little bit o’ trivia for y’all. πŸ™‚

    Oh, I imagine how you feel cleaning out the Jackmobile! You’ve been through a lot. Even when I wanted to get rid of my old Mitzi, I still kinda teared up a little driving away from her with my new car…and I hadn’t had her nearly as long as you. But good on you! Just think how lovely it’ll be to not have crazy car repairs for a long, long time. Do we get a hint on make and model you decided on?

  9. Martha says:

    I think we got a hint on the Make πŸ™‚ …old Blue just turned 4 so we’ve got a few years more together but thinking about a new car is so much fun.

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Martha is correct. And the model coincides with my favorite number. πŸ˜‰

    Photo tomorrow.

  11. Steve says:

    Stacy, you can buy beer on Sundays, but not a car? Wow… and I thought Georgia was backwards! πŸ™‚

    Congratulations Paulie!!

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Thanks. I just signed paperwork. Weird seeing Jackmobile all nice and shiny.

  13. Barb says:

    Can’t wait to see the picture of the new car!

  14. Steve says:

    In another 5 years, it will be yours!

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Four years…

    When I whine about my insurance going up again to an absurd rate remind me that I chose this over getting the Jackmobile constantly repaired.

  16. bob says:

    Good for you Paulie! No more bad ju ju with cars.

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