Not Long Enough

Four days, where did you go? With the exception of yesterday I spent most of them having fun with the Raleigh Royalty.

On Thanksgiving I joined the crowd at Sanitary’s for a wonderful dinner, followed by a less-than-wonderful game played by the Packers.

On Friday the crew went to a place called “Slingshot” on Jimmy Carter near Peachtree Industrial. Once a BJ’s warehouse it’s now home to go carts, Ninja Warrior courses, and a lousy bowling experience. Get this, the pins are on strings! I shit you not. On more than one occasion I “knocked down” pins because the stringed-pins flew back and did the work for me. With each racking it appeared like ten marionettes were being pulled back by their master. The overall experience was great for the kids, however.

Saturday brought a trip to the Georgia Aquarium, where we spent the better part of the day. We all went to George’s Bar for lunch, spent some time at a park, and then returned to Sanitary’s for a dinner of Thanksgiving leftovers. After the kids went to sleep we rented and watched Trainwreck. The movie, which garners only 6.5/10 on IMDB, made me laugh constantly. I don’t know what the people who down-voted it were expecting. Maybe I’m just uncouth.

Thankfully I remained so preoccupied that I failed to watch, or even check the score, of the dreadful FSU v. UF game. My Gators have completely lost their mojo and will most likely be stomped by Alabama next weekend in the SEC Championship game.

Yesterday was going to be my “big” day — go for a bike ride, clean house, do German homework. I think you can see where this is going… While I did do some housecleaning, including washing my kitchen floor (!) you can’t tell though because I think its permanently dirty, I didn’t do much else of what I was supposed to do.

Oh, I did by a cycling trainer at Performance Bike. I was headed to REI to buy one and decided to stop into Performance since I was in the neighborhood. Good decision, they were on sale for 25% off!

After getting my trainer I drove down to Decatur. I was hoping to watch the Jets game at Taco Mac but couldn’t find parking in their lot. So I drove over and found a spot at Twain’s. Unfortunately the Jets game was only on a TV that I couldn’t see from any table, so I chose to sit at the bar and watch the Falcons lose. Fun fact: did you know that the owner of Twain’s now owns the former Suburban Lanes in Decatur? Yep.

While sitting at the bar I heard about the firing of Mark Richt by UGA. Very interesting…

After getting my fill of football, beer, and food, I headed home to resume the tasks that awaited me. This lasted until I got a text around 5:30pm from my boss asking me if I wanted to meet up for a beer. Of course! We met at Slice & Pint in Emory Village. By the time I returned home again, around 8:30pm, I was pooped, and went to sleep. From the looks of the final score I missed a pretty decent game last night — unless you are a fan of the Patriots.

Oh well, have to get back into work mode. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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15 Responses to Not Long Enough

  1. Steve says:

    Wow. 4 days did seem to go by in a blur. And I even worked Friday.

    Finished the flashing on the barn roof Saturday, followed by a short bike ride. I wondered why my legs were so sore, and then I remembered I had been either squatting or kneeling all morning.

    Sunday, there was grass cutting, and a little midnight road supply- when they clear cut the property across the road, they had put in some drainage pipe for a creek crossing that they never retrieved, even though they removed them from the ground. My welder buddy inquired if they might be re-homed, so with a bit of help (actually a lot of help) from Mahindra, we loaded them up and will deliver them next weekend.

    And Friday, Debbie managed to unhook the trailer from the truck, but forgot the wiring harness, which I had to repair. In watching her back up Sunday, I noticed there was much trouble going backwards- until I unplugged the trailer. Upon opening the connector, I found one tiny wire that came unwrapped between the backup lights and the brakes. Problem solved!

    Barb, could you still hit WiFi from your “camp site”?
    Bob, what is needed next weekend for the plumbing party?


  2. Plumbing Party? Bob, what’s the rush? 🙂

  3. Steve says:

    From the brief explanation on FB, sounds like you could learn something!

  4. Barb says:

    Steve – I didn’t notice if the wifi worked out there in the yard – but with the digital TV – we just wanted some TV before we went to sleep in the camper.

    Weekend was pretty busy
    Thursday morning a hike with Robin & Debra & their 2 little dogs at Island Ford Chattahoochee Park. Great dinner & conversation at Sani’s – good to see the Raleigh crew.
    Friday – we spent most of the day playing with the camper – raiding hte house for supplies to be permaently re-homed. (now I get to buy some new sheets, etc. for inside). sine we were pretend camping, we cooked dinner on the Egg & had the campfire in the chimenea. We slept out in the camper, I gotta say, a heated matress pad is pretty nice, I may have to invest in one for inside. We didn’t test everything, but got a good feel for how it all works.
    Saturday we planned our own turkey dinner- so walked to Kroger to get the last couple things I forgot, and stopped at Waffle House & Ace along the way. Spent the afternoon framing Allan’s shed. Turkey smoked on the Egg was very tasty , now we are working on the turkey broth.
    Sunday I met JoAnna for breakfast, she was starving after the 16 or 17 hour flight home from Jo-burg S. Africa. Very interesting trip they had. I attempted to work on the outside lights- didn’t have much luck withthema ll working right – may have to buy some new ones.

  5. Trying to figure out a professional reference. It’s tough when the people who know you skills all work for the company currently employing you.

  6. Steve says:

    You should still be able to enlist them, if they can keep their mouths shut. Even your current employer shouldn’t stand in the way of a better position.

  7. bob says:

    Good times this long weekend, got to hang with the family and get a couple bike rides in. Thursday night we had sewage backing up in to the shower downstairs so Friday morning bought a snake and attempted to unclog everything. Nothing worked so had to call a plumber. Almost $600 later we discovered a root going through the sewer pipe about half way down the yard. I was quoted $2500 to fix it so decided I will rent an excavator and have a plumbing fixing party on Saturday the 12th (weather permitting). Doing it myself and renting the excavator I should get it done in under $500. Got to love owning a home 🙂

  8. How was the root discovered? Was there a camera on the snake?

    Hmmm, I should probably clear the 12th. If nothing else I can learn what I should be doing as a homeowner.

  9. bob says:

    Yeah, plumber had a camera that measured distance too. Once the root was discovered he had another tool that located the camera and told how deep it was. So I now know exactly where the crack in the pipe is.

  10. Steve says:

    Sounds like the information was worth the price! Is it out in the yard or under the driveway? And may I suggest renting a porta potty? At least for the work weekend.

    Paulie, take notes.

  11. bob says:

    It is under the driveway but right at the edge. Porta potty is not a bad idea but the clubhouse is right down the street if things go bad.

  12. Steve says:

    Might be a long trek late at night… in the rain… and cold.

    And do call 811- they are real easy to deal with and it makes life a whole lot easier.

  13. Barb says:

    fun times for Bob & friends…….. I might come watch – that could be quite entertaining. but – we have Allan’s Hyox party that evening, so not sure where or what time we start gathering.

    Allan & I got 3 of the 4 side of the shed framed Saturday, he & his dad got the 4th side done & all are up & attached today. Next is the roof, that’s going to be tougher, since Allan wants to build the frame on the ground & them somehow get it lifted up into place. TJ has the hardwoord floor guys working across the street, we are thinking maybe bribing them with a little cash & maybe beer to come help lift when its time.

  14. Steve says:

    What kind of roof are you putting on?

  15. Barb says:

    you ask me hard questions…… I think maybe wooden & then shingles – I think. Maybe.

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