Returning To A “Normal” Life

It’s a lot harder to write a daily blog when you are not traipsing around on a bicycle going places to which you’ve never gone before, taking photos along the way. Speaking of bicycles, I was supposed to be on mine (if for no other reason than to determine its current health) at the time I write this blog post however a late night turned into a late morning and I failed to convince myself to get out of bed.

A Day In Chamblee
I made it out of the house yesterday by lunch time so that I could eat at Pollo Norteño while doing my loads of laundry. By the time I returned home I was beat and took a short nap prior to putting away my now-clean clothes.

I considered making a grocery store stop on my return trip, but decided that I should continue to eat the contents of my pantry until I’m left with only random bits and bobs from which I cannot make a meal.

A Night In The ‘Hood
Last night was the first night I’ve been out in EAV in quite some time. Not much has changed, both for good and bad, and I had a good time.

On a slow Monday night it’s easy to find street parking. Whew! I’m still trying to keep the M6 ding free (conveniently ignoring the damage I inflicted upon it in February), so I like getting a street spot when I see shows at The EARL.

With time to spare I wandered around the village a little, checking out the spots that have changed since I last did so. Since I’d already eaten dinner and am trying to be a little cognizant of the money I’m spending, I stopped into Argosy for one beer prior to the show. While at the show I also allowed myself just one beer, would you believer, a Miller High Life in a bottle.

The show was solid. I missed the first of the two opening acts, but caught Victor St. Baloo’s set, which I enjoyed quite a bit.

Kyle Craft and his band took the stage around 11pm (?), which is no problem on a Monday night when you are on sabbatical. The band, six strong, played songs from Craft’s first solo album, “Eye of the Hurricane”, which was released earlier this year. Craft followed the band’s set with three acoustic songs as his encore, ending with his rendition of Lou Reed’s “Take A Walk On The Wild Side”.

ITP Flickr Pic
“I Had Moxie!” (Danville, Vermont, United States)
I Had Moxie
Fun Fact: I love regional sodas.
Sad Fact: Regional sodas are much harder to find these days.

Moxie is a soda company that has been in New Hampshire since before 1900. These days it’s owned by a MegaCorp (what company isn’t?), the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England in this instance. To my taste buds Moxie has a “Coke + root beer” flavor to it, but what do my tastebuds know?

“Charlie O’s” (Montpelier, Vermont, United States)
Charlie O's (Montpelier, Vermont)
After one of the hardest days of riding, Middlebury -> Montpelier via the App Gap, my roommate Bob and I stopped into to the biggest dive bar in Montpelier, Charlie O’s. It was worth buying an $8 bike lock to get the experience of Charlie O’s. Charlie O’s was a dark, empty at 2pm, cash only, pay as you drink, dive bar tended by a pretty young woman named Alena who showed me where her Vermont hometown was on the tattoo of the state that she had on her forearm (what 25-49 year-old doesn’t have at least one tattoo these days?).

Given the matches on the bar I asked if smoking was allowed in bars in Vermont. Alena looked at me as if I were a crazy fool, since I was dressed in a bicycle kit at 2pm on a Monday I understood her position, and answered “No”. I may have blew her Socialist mind when I told her that it was still legal in Georgia.

What Are We Going To Do Today Brain?
In addition to studying German in preparation for tonight’s class, as well as some computer-science shit in preparation for the rest of my life, I think that I will try to make it to High Museum of Art to see some of the exhibits that have escaped my eyes thus far.

Have a great day friends!

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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14 Responses to Returning To A “Normal” Life

  1. steve says:

    Must be nice to stay out late on a Monday night. We met with our Stone Mountain folks yesterday at the Local 7 in Tucker. All seems to be in order (so far). Like I’ve said before, it’s always a challenge to get people to accept change, so we are slightly apprehensive about the changes we’ll be making.

    Checking Waze before leaving Tucker, it looked like 285 was a parking lot, so I opted to head through Decatur and pickup 20 at Moreland. Only an hour 25 to get home- can’t complain.

    If you’re going to the High, perhaps you’d like to meet for lunch?


  2. steve says:

    And in yesterday’s omnium points race, Mark Cavendish came up track on a Korean rider who had him overlapped and took him and 2 others out. A stupid move which he later apologized for- several on social media claimed it was intentional, but I think he was just an idiot. Poor riding by the Korean, but worse riding by Cav. Sadly, the Korean went off track on a stretcher.

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    It is nice! Ask me again in three months when I start looking at my bank balance with a nervous eye.

    Name the time and place that you would like to meet and I will see you there.

  4. steve says:

    If you’re parking at Colony Square, we can meet at Tin Drum, at 12:30?

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    See you then and there.

  6. Barb says:

    Tomorrow night we may, just maybe, come ITP for a hash event at Bada Bings.
    The Hashit Across America is making its way around town. They are doing a fund raiser and it is all you can eat wings. Allan thought it sounded interesting. We need to get back to hashing a little befire heading to Colorado.

    Tonight we are roadtripping north to Jasper to celebrate Sharon’s last day of being 59. Meeting up at Rocco’s Pub, a lovely biker bar. Hopefully it will only take 45-60 minutes to get there with the traffic. Hopefully.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    If I didn’t already have plans for tomorrow night I’d entice you to going to Bada Bin by showing up. 🙂

    I will be going to Black Sheep on Sunday to get my hashing legs back.

    Have fun, please say “Hi” to my former East Atlantan neighbor Sharon for me.

  8. Barb says:

    Allan finally decided to get his airbag recall fixed on the Toyota, 1030 appt, supposed to take an hour. He get there and they tell him they have to do some sort of mandatory training, so it will be a few hours before they can get it done. He passed up the offer of a loaner car for me to go get him. Luckily for him its very close to the office. I’d have takent eh loaner car, I like driving different cars.

  9. steve says:

    Mandatory training instead of keeping a scheduled appointment? What is customer service anymore? They’d be paying me for my time! Grrrr…

    Lunch with Paulie! Thanks for meeting my friend. Don’t get wet getting back to your car.

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Great time spent with Mr. Pipes. Colony Square is going to gauge me out of $22 for a day of parking. Oh well, it happens.

    Currently I am wandering around the High Museum, amazed by the rain that has rolled in.

    In a few hours I will be studying my German in preparation for tonight’s class.

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Oh yeah, there is a new Octane coffee at Woodruff Arts. I think I will hit it up for a coffee or beer before German class. 😀

  12. Barb says:

    I need rain in MArietta – we had to break down & water the grass last night

  13. steve says:

    And Debbie had thunder and lightning, but no rain? WTF, O?

  14. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    As Steve knows, plenty of rain in midtown.

    For those keeping score, coffee beat beer at Octane. Hell, I don’t even know if this Octane sells beer because I didn’t ask!

    High Museum was great. I see more cultural outings during my sabbatical.

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