Late Dispatch

Boy howdy did I sleep this morning. I woke up at my appointed time of 5am, downloaded and watched last night’s Top Chef finale on my iPad, and then promptly went back to sleep until 8am. Sucks that I will have to work late tonight, but at least the morning traffic wasn’t too bad.

Some Luck Of The Irish
Traffic after work was horrible yesterday. In an effort to reduce the amount of stress that I would feel driving to Cameli’s for trivia I thought about doing a little shopping at Barnes & Noble. My shopping didn’t last too long, I already own more books than I will be able to read in the remainder of my life. So I did what comes naturally to me, I went in to a bar/restaurant, Chuy’s in this case. Chuy’s, a Tex-Mex restaurant was eerily empty on St Patrick’s Day, which of course was perfect for me. I filled a basket of complementary nachos from their happy hour bar and saddled up to the bar for a beer. In my hour or so there I watched the world go by, including the return of a pretty blonde young lady who returned to retrieve the shopping bags she had accidentally left behind. Upon her return I heard her talk about the man sitting next to her who would not stop hitting on her. Sometimes I appreciate being the lonesome loser who never has the courage to pester women as this guy apparently had. Sure, I’ll never go on another date (apparently), but this may be for the betterment of Society.

Traffic wasn’t great when I left Chuy’s but if I had any hope of making it to trivia on time I had to leave when I did. I made it to Little Five Points in ample time and performed my duty of answer runner dutifully; this was the only thing I was needed to do in order to help us win.

Low Key Friday
I will be doing nothing tonight — and enjoying it. Well, that’s not 100% accurate.

In addition to studying some German I also need to charge my camera batteries for the photowalk I’ll be doing with ITP-Reader Stacy and Phil, an old common friend who I’ve not seen in about a year. We plan to do this even if the predicted rain arrives, though I’m sure we’ll reconsider if lightning is involved.

I’ll also be readying the bicycle for my return to its saddle. My knee is 98% better and I need to get back to turning the pedals.

Additionally I will get the hour back I lost last Sunday with the time change by not having an episode of The Amazing Race to watch since it’s currently bumped off the air by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

A Stacy Kind Of Weekend
I’ve mentioned tomorrow’s photowalk, which will be prefaced with lunch.

On Sunday I’ll be doing a midtown double. I’ll be attending the First Annual Bach’s Birthday Bas at the Goethe Zentrum early in the afternoon and from there I will be headed to get a haircut from a different Stacy, whose shop is located in Ansley Mall.

Have a great weekend friends!

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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12 Responses to Late Dispatch

  1. Barb says:

    We are hoping to ride the mountain bikes Saturday &/or Sunday – hopefully the weather will cooperate. Or the road bikes – just need to do something.

    Last night we decided to walk to the closest mexican restaurant – it was about a 4.5 mile walk round trip.

    I’m debating a quick weekend trip to Phoenix, my sister is moving & is totally stressed out about everything. But – its looking like the FF mile cost will be 52,500 – 60,000. Not sure if I want to blow that many miles for a 3 day trip. I was hoping to find something in the 40,000 range – no such luck.

  2. She moving away from Phoenix? What will become of The Bearded Clam (or whatever her establishment is called)?

    FF mile usage has gotten crazy. Like I said a few weeks ago it cost me over 100k for Germany and almost 50k for Vermont; both trips are coach seating.

  3. Steve says:

    Barb, Southwest has had some pretty good deals lately.

    I treated myself to the half day off yesterday and enjoyed the hell out of it. 27 miles on the “broken chain” route, which with very little effort can become a much longer route- lots of options on some of the better roads around.

    Upon arrival home, Debbie was in a panic when the laptop had BSoD’d. I managed to get it back on the air and she was happy. I tuned a little NCCA B’ball and had hoped to see an upset, as when I left for my ride, UNC-Wilmington had Duke by 1 at the half. Sadly, Duke started shooting with their right hands and won going away.

    We enjoyed the patio at Taco Mac where I celebrated the holiday with a Guinness. Then I celebrated with a second one! I was wild.

    Work tomorrow.. 🙁


  4. Barb says:

    She sold her house – it had to be done to get the divorce completely finalized. She’s putting stuff in storage trying to figure out where to find a new house, has a place to stay for a few months while they figure out if Zach should go to a new school, or stay in the same area/school. Its a big house with lots of crap to go thru (aka get rid of). And – she’s only got a couple weeks.
    The Great Alaskan Bush Company is doing just fine.

    100K for Europe seems very fair – I jsut wish it was even possible to find a ticket for 25,000 or 32,500. I haven’t seen 1 of those in forever.

  5. Barb says:

    Steve – I looked at Southwest – $320-$350. Again, jsut trying to be helpful, but I don’t want to spend a bunch of money for such a quick trip. (remember, I’m broke from wine buying in CA)

    Iowa State won – that’s all I know about March Madness. Though, as a joke, I printed out a bracket & filled it out, just to see how I’d do guessing. Now I need to look up the winners at some point.

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    My bracket is already shot, which is good because I can now go back to ignoring basketball. 🙂

  7. Steve says:

    I’ll watch, but it will be the first all season.

    Sorry to hear of your sisters divorce. Never fun.

  8. Barb says:

    Its actually been an ok divorce, as divorces go. But – they had to sell the house, because the cash business that they are in, Connie doesn’t have the income to re-finance it in her own name. This part has sucked, because its a great house, and she can afford the payments, just can’t afford it on paper.

  9. Steve says:

    It would seem that as long as she can document her income history, they shouldn’t have a problem taking him off the note, but it’s a different world in some ways after “the crash”. In the “old” days, the folks you dealt with at the local bank had some authority, but no longer.

  10. Barb says:

    but Steve – the documentation of income history isn’t all that easy, when it’s cash. You don’t have documentation.

  11. Steve says:

    So I guess “the club” should pay her with a check? And there will be good weeks and bad weeks, but it would give her something to track.

  12. Barb says:

    true- but then the IRS would be involved. its a vicious circle……. LOL

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