Sometimes It’s Not What You Expect

Here’s a tidbit that shouldn’t surprise you. I was the first to arrive for last night’s “On Doers” interview at Ponce City Market. Shocker, I know. Of course I had to go to the bathroom and with very little open I had to ask the desk worker for the apartments attached to the retail space if she knew where there was a public bathroom. She did not. However, she kindly let me use the bathroom for the apartments. Wouldn’t you know that had I gone through one set of double doors leading to I would have found the updated restrooms from the old Sears & Roebuck (or at least I think so since I didn’t live in Atlanta when that store was open).

The interview was entertaining, but I was surprised to hear that Charles Brewer, who made his fortune starting the internet service provider Mindspring, said that he praised Google for what they have done, but admonished Facebook (not surprising) and Apple (surprising) for their business practices. Further, he said that he might want to start a new venture, one which reduces the time spent in front of “screens”. Remember, this man pioneered and made is fortune getting people access to the internet, so we it could be said that he was instrumental in creating the problem for which he now seeks a solution.

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Ponce City Market (Atlanta, GA, USA)
Ponce City Market
One of the new faces of Ponce City Market. Had I only been there when the security guard was not parked outside.

Supporting The Locals
On a recent podcast I heard about Atlanta’s first distillery to open in 106 years, Old Fourth Distillery. In the podcast they said that their first offering, a vodka, was available for purchase at Green’s. Since I was soooo close to Green’s last night I decided to pop in after the interview and purchase a bottle. If you know me well you know that I rarely drink alcohol other than beer and wine, but to support local industry I decided to give their vodka a try. If I can’t drink it straight I can always use if to make Screwdrivers.

Speaking of screwdrivers, I learned the German word for helicopter the other day, der Hubschrauber, which literally translated means “the lifting screwdriver”. The more you know…

Waiting On An Electrician
Back in January I bought an Angie’s List “Big Deal” for $139 $169 worth of service from an electrician. The reviews for the company were all positive, so I jumped in. Today the electrician is scheduled to arrive and I have a small job for him/her to accomplish, replacing a work light in the basement utility room, as a trial before I potentially hire the company to fix some of the other electrical foibles of the ITP estate.

Oddly (to me) this company doesn’t work on Saturdays, a day that seems ideal to have someone be at home so that work can be done. So I’m sitting at home right now awaiting their arrival instead.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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15 Responses to Sometimes It’s Not What You Expect

  1. Steve says:

    A slow day yesterday. Farley seems to be doing better- we now think he torqued his back and it will get better with time. There were moments this week that we thought we might have lost him… that was not a happy time.

    I managed a good 45 minute Sufferfest session last evening and it felt really good to get a good sweat on.

    I think I’ve decided to take Tuesday off and join the “bike to the capitol” ride. My plan is to MARTA to North Springs and join the Roswell group coming south. Bob, do you remember what time y’all are leaving Roswell?

    We got the internet to the house on Tuesday and quickly noticed we are blowing through the 10 Gig of data that is supposed to last us a month! I pulled the trigger this morning on an additional 10G, so we’ll see how that goes.

    Friday isn’t a Friday when you have to work Saturday!! Blech. Everyone else please have a good weekend.


  2. When you have to work Saturday and/or Sunday. I’ll be in the office on Sunday trying to get Monday’s “release” ready. 🙁

    Still waiting for the electrician to arrive. My appointment is scheduled for “some time between 8:00am – 11:00am” so they are still “on time”.

  3. Barb says:

    I was considering calling in sick Tuesday for the ride, but it looks like Allan is working at Hyox, and he may not be able to change that. We will decide Monday night.

    We are planning to do a road ride tomorrow, not exactly sure where & what time. We have a parrothead friend’s 60th birthday bash Saturday night, so that should be fun. Gotta like when they hire a live band.

    Hope teh electrician shows up soon. Are you going into the office after?

  4. Yeah, I need to go in once the electrician is done. Assuming that he/she shows up…

  5. bob says:

    I never developed a taste for vodka, even screwdrivers don’t do much for me. Not sure why, maybe it is something I can revisit at some point.

    Steve, I believe the train is leaving Roswell city hall at 9:45. Plenty of time to get up north. See you there!

  6. Electrician here now. Price quoted for three jobs, one of which is to be completed today.

  7. Steve says:

    My plan is still to meet you on Roswell Rd, about even with the MARTA station. I think I’ll wear hash colors.

  8. Electrician is done. New shop lamp installed. Some idiot (me) bought the wrong bulbs for the fixture. I suppose that I should go to work now.

  9. Barb says:

    I won’t tell Allan how much you spent on that……… LOL

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Oh I didn’t spend as much as you think.

  11. Barb says:

    I was thinking it was $139

  12. No, actually I misquoted the deal as well. The deal was $39 for $169 worth of service. However, the quoted price of the job exhausted the entire deal.

  13. Barb says:

    $39 is reasonable.

  14. Steve says:

    To change a lightbulb? Paulie, please return your nerd card.

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    To remove an old hard-wired shoplight, install a new outlet run from the existing junction box, and then install the new shoplight. I could have done the last step but he said he would so I let him. I learned that I bought the wrong bulbs (I had no idea that there was more than one type of long, straight fluorescent bulb!) after he was done.

    I don’t “do” electricity, especially in an older house such as the ITP estate. The house has had nearly 60 years of do-it-yourselfers’ fixes (a few of which have been mine) so I can’t put trust in anything.

    Oh, and while I was waiting for the electrician I tried and failed to update the firmware on my mother’s old television. I think it’s done for and it’s going to cost me $10 to get rid of it now.

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