Blogging From A Too-Warm Coffee Shop

How Millenial of me…

I was going to drive up to Chamblee to do laundry this morning but traffic, that thing with which I had not had to contend during the past five months, is hideous. Instead I’m at Joe’s Coffee Shop in East Atlanta, trying to look a suave and debonair as I can for the ladies here. I don’t think it’s working.

I’m sweating.

How old, undesirable man of me…

Good Day With A Somewhat-Predictable Bad Ending
Forget the weather, it was crap.

Regardless, I drove up to Marietta and picked up Allan and we met up with ITP-Reader Barb and JoAnna at Red Eyed Mule for a lovely lunch. Unhealthy, delicious, and enjoyable is how I’d describe the experience.

After lunch I quickly returned ITP. I had my sights set on a trip to Play It Again Sports for cheap(ish) hockey gear. You’d think riding a bicycle on the roads of “North Buckhead” over a hundred times in the past two yours would make me an expert on directions in that area, but I managed to miss a turn and take the most circuitous route to get there. I picked up a left-handed hockey stick, which needs to be re-taped, for $8, and a pair of shin guards, to protect my knees and shins from errant sticks, for $25. I’m hoping to play Sunday morning.

Turns out Play It Again Sports is across the street from a Goodwill; unfortunately I didn’t have opportunity to gather my goods for Goodwill, so I could not check that off my to-do list yesterday.

German class was alright. I’m struggling with it.

When I arrived home after German class last night my garbage cans were in my carport. No matter how hard I racked my brain I could convince myself that I had come home and done this — because I hadn’t. Clearly it was the work of the “Trashcan Fairy”. About 10pm the “Trashcan Fairy” arrived by banging on my door, it was the guy I paid $20 to rake my yard. 10pm. Convinced he wasn’t going away I opened the door and he told me that he’d come back and bagged up more leaves from the front and worked some on the back and he was only going to ask $5 more for the extra work. I said “No”. Surprise, surprise, when I went outside in the daylight this morning all of the leaves that were in the yard when I left home yesterday were still there today. This is why I wish I had not caved and let him do any work last week. Don’t feed the stray animals, don’t hire the local labor. I shouldn’t have been so weak. Now I’m hoping that he’s harmless and will eventually give up when I decline all of his future offers.

A Very Capote Christmas?
The other night I watched Capote. I actually think that I have seen it before, which given that it came out eleven years ago is highly likely. I have been looking for a cheap copy of “In Cold Blood” the writing of it was the basis for the movie, but have come up empty. I looked at the Dekalb Public Library and amazingly there are five people ahead of me already waiting for this book.

Yesterday I heard about a one-night only of “A Christmas Memory” at Theatrical Outfit. “A Christmas Memory” is based on a story written by, you guessed it, Truman Capote. Here’s the blurb from the website:

A Christmas Memory – ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Tom Key in the one-man adaptation of Truman Capote’s cherished story, “A Christmas Memory.” An Alabama native himself, Key narrates the semi-autobiographical tale of seven-year-old Alabama boy, Buddy, and his unique friendship with his elderly eccentric cousin, like “a lost pair of kites hurrying towards heaven.”

As I type this I realize that I should have used my computer and not my iPad to purchase my ticket because then I would have seen that I could have paid $40 for a ticket and not the $75 that I did. A cheaper seat would have been fine for me as there is not a bad seat inside the Balzar Theatre.

Merry Capote Christmas to me?

ITP Flickr Pic
“Once My Bible” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)
Once My Bible
Ah the CRC, once the “go to” book when I was a Chemistry major at the University of Florida in the late 1980s. This edition, their 65th, was released only a few years prior to my studies.

I Think That I’m In Lust With Scarlett Johansson
Except for the fact that she is too young, too beautiful, and has tattoos, Scarlett Johansson is the perfect woman for me. She must be, because unbeknownst to myself I have watched three of her movies — Lost In Translation, Chef, and Her (admittedly this movie only had her voice) — in the past two weeks! If there were a “plan” for my recent movie watching it would have been to watch more of Bill Murray’s catalog, not hers.

I have no explanation.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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18 Responses to Blogging From A Too-Warm Coffee Shop

  1. Barb says:

    You need to watch Scarlett in the Avenger movies -she’s a badass.

    We went to get Allan’s truck at East Cobb Auto – which is basically next door to one of the few (I’m guessing) bars in the ‘burbs that still allows smoking – Montana’s. Had a great evening of conversation & beverages with 2 “regulars”, and they are good friends as well, that we don’t see often enough.
    When I got in my car – then I really smelled the smoke, I had to crack my windows for the drive home & we immediately stripped & started the washing machine. It has been a while since we’ve had to do that.

    Somehow in the conversations our friend Jerry, who has a condo in the Destin area, has talked Allan into helping fix/install a curtain rod that has issues at said condo. So – sometime this winter, we should be heading to FL for a long weekend. I hope. Was also convinced to watch the Lonesome Dove mini series. And – catch up on Longmire on Netflix. Like I said, an interesting evening.

  2. I will look for the Avenger movie at the library, or on Netflix/Amazon.

  3. Stacy says:

    So, just curious: what’s the aversion to tattoos? And if you started dating and really liking a woman who, when finally seen naked, you realized had them….would it be a break up reason for you?

  4. There are a a few reasons for me:

    – I am a minimalist. I love sparsity. I can think of nothing more beautiful than the uncluttered human form. I hate my body because of its permanent imperfections and can’t imagine people paying, sometimes a lot of money, to add clutter to theirs. To my eyes I have yet to see a body improved by a tattoo.

    – I grew up in an era when tattoos were the domain of bikers, pirates, soldiers, and criminals. Admittedly tattoo technology has improved, but I saw how my father’s tattoos aged — it wasn’t pretty.

    – Rare is the person with one tattoo. I know these people exist, but it’s rare. Nearly every person who has one, talks about the next one they desire.

    It would not get to the point of finally seeing them naked to find out. Like smoking it’s something I ask about it early on. Is it a complete deal breaker for me? Very likely. A very large percentage of the women in my acceptable dating-age range have tattoos. I am prepared to die alone.

    I don’t judge whether a person is good or bad by the presence of a tattoo, I reserve that sort of judgement based on whether or not he/she roots for FSU or UGA. Okay, I’m kidding about that part…

  5. Barb says:

    there are many Avengers movies – she plays Black Widow – and then there is Iron Man movies, Captain America movies, the Marvel list goes on & on.

    Allan’s mom hates tattoos – its been a joke that when Kevin & Katrina come to town that we will all go get henna tattoos – just to see if she’s serious about writing us out of the will.

  6. Many Avengers movies? Crap! Where am I going to find the time to watch them all? You know that I plan to start working again in 2017… 🙂

  7. Stacy says:

    Barb, you should go get temporary ones sometime…the ones that look really REAL. Film her reaction. 😀

    Oh, and I didn’t think you were judging anyone, Paulie. I was just curious. Hey, we all have to decide what’s important to us and we all have our deal breakers.

    But it IS legit to disdain FSU fans.

  8. steve says:

    A quiet night with chicken tacos and binging on “Last Man Standing”. We are getting tired of reruns of Big Bang, unless it’s one of the later seasons episode.

    The AT&T saga continues… the tech finally came on site, only to tell me we called in a circuit that should have been deleted and we had to start over with a new ticket on the correct circuit! We now going through our records to see if we just missed issuing a delete order, or AT&T owes us a large chunk of change.

    Nothing won on the auction yesterday. Interesting to watch however.

    Saturday will be an artist market an brewry tour at Arches Brewing in Hapeville. I have a friend who will have his pottery for sale.


  9. Barb says:

    Steve – we enjoy Last Man Standing – it is funny because its so politcally incorrect at times in this day & age.

  10. Is “Last Man Standing” good? I’ve heard the premise and have thought about starting to watch it.

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’ve checked out of the coffee shop, and I’m still stuck in traffic!. Off to do laundry regardless.

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Debating what I am going to eat for lunch after laundry is done and before I head to Chamblee Public Library for a few hours.

  13. Barb says:

    I’m going to Wendy’s for a salad – if I dont’ break down & eat something else.

  14. steve says:

    We saw the ad for the new Shirachi chicken sandwhich and almost ran out of the house! Um Umm good!

    I think your tattoo criteria is a bit extreme. Why would you exclude someone for exercising a small amount of individuality? I’m not saying I wouldn’t for a half body tat, but to exclude on the principle itself? Cuts into the pool too far, and may I remind you, the pool is already pretty shallow!! 🙂

  15. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    The pool is shallow. It should be. IMO

    On a different note: I apparently should not have slept in my futon last night, my lower back is complaining about it today.

  16. Stacy says:

    Lower back is where lots of people have tattoos. 😀

    I reckon you feel differently about reconstructive tattoos? Like something to replace a missing breast, or something? Or do you feel the same way about that?

    Again – not thinking you’re judging. I’m just oddly curious because I’ve never heard anyone rule someone out for this reason alone before. (Though I would if it were a face tattoo.)

  17. Barb says:

    Face tattoo – yep- just say no.
    And- I think piercings in general are more of a turnoff than tattoos, or those stupid things that stretch your ears lobes. But I’m not a tattoo fan either. I have never thought of anything I’d want on my body forever.
    And – the cost is too much, my extra $$$ is way too valuable.

    I was good at Wendy’s – I had a half salad & a baked potato with just butter.
    I feel half was healthy. (but I did also get a junior frosty for free, couldn’t pass that up! Free means no calories – right?)

  18. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Checked, no one snuck in and tattooed me last night. 🙂

    What’s the one thing I didn’t want to get today? Notification that my house alarm was going off. I think you can guess my first thought, but it appears the ‘hood lost power (again) and the drained backup battery died triggering the system. New battery being sent to me by my alarm company (no, I never did replace it when I mentioned this months ago…).

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