Christmas: T Minus Three Days

9:30am? Already? Yikes, I best finish this blog post!

I also need to try to install the new light switch that I bought yesterday so that I have light for the shower that I’ve not yet taken.

My Workouts Are Kicking My Legs
I don’t know if I’ve just developed circulation issues or what, but after yesterday’s hour on a stationary bike my legs are trashed. True, I have been pushing myself as hard as I can during the hour but I just don’t think that my workouts have been that hard.

My Eyes Are Starting To Go
I have a theory about the decline in the senses as we age, which I may have mentioned in this space previously — we decline with age so that we are easier targets for predators in the wild (you know, back when we had predators). Think about it, you can’t see as well so you can’t see the predator; you can’t hear as well, so you can’t hear the predator near you; you can’t run as well, making it easier for the predator to strike. It’s just a theory.

It may be in conjunction with my eyelid problem, which I will be addressing in January, but my vision hasn’t been up to par lately and this is after getting a positive checkup at my optometrist’s office just a few weeks ago…

ITP Flickr Pic From The Archives
1975/1976: “ITP @ 10 or 11 (Christmas)” (Whitestone, New York, United States)

ITP @ 10 or 11 (Christmas)
Ah yes, a young ITP before being ITP was even a glimmer in my degenerating eye…

Here we see young Paulie dressed up, a rarity in my life. I’m not exactly sure why I was dressed up this year, or exactly which year this photo was taken. All I know is that it was taken in my childhood house in New York during an era when it was more important to get the top of the Christmas tree in the photo than it was to get the person’s feet.

ITP Flickr Pic (Also From The Archives Since I Have Nothing New Today)
2014: “I Think She Captured My ‘Good’ Side” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)

I Think She Captured My "Good" Side
Not days after introducing “K” to “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” she presented me with this drawing. I think that she captured my persona and likeness rather well. I kinda miss having the young Ukrainian around…

Lazy Night
To continue the ‘L’ theme from yesterday, last night I did little more than lie on the couch and watch a couple of movies. First I watched Elf, which I conveniently own in my iTunes library. (mmmm, love me some Jovie…) I was all set to pay $9.99 to purchase and watch The Santa Clause when I decided to check to see if it was on Netflix. Sure enough it was, so I downloaded the Netflix app to my AppleTV and streamed it instead. I was a bit surprised to see that “The Santa Clause” came out in 1994; to me it doesn’t seem as if twenty-two years have passed since I saw it in the theater.

Christmas Cheers!
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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11 Responses to Christmas: T Minus Three Days

  1. Debbie Brady! says:

    It’s no coincidence that the Grinch and I share a birth year. Will be so glad when the holidays are over.

    Still quite a bit of Christmas shopping left on my list. The offshoot of not being in the mood. Does anyone have ideas on $20 gifts that appeal to boys age 8-12? Totally stumped.

    Comment box working fine today for me. The other day it wouldn’t scroll down for a longer reply.

  2. bob says:

    Paulie I think your legs hurt because you work harder on the stationary bike. On the road you get little breaks where on the stationary bike you work constantly for the whole hour.
    Just my 2 cents

    Debbie, boys that age are easy. Anything you can throw, kick, shoot, or destroy they will love. You can never go wrong with Nerf guns too, try this.

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    While it tried to stump me I am pleased to announce that my bathroom light switch has been successfully replaced. I know, a simple task, but my skills aren’t great. I could not figure out how to extract the wires from the old switch. There was a spot that said “Press Down To Remove Wires” but that seemed to do nothing. Fortunately there was enough slack in the wires for me to snip and strip them again. Whew!

    And just like that it stopped working again. FUCK ME!

    Okay this is getting weirder. I went to the bulb and it was loose. How does a lightbulb come loose?

    I’d ask the boy in the photo Debbie, but he’d probably want a Jets jersey or something totally lame to today’s youth.

  4. Took this opportunity to replace both bulbs in that bathroom, including the one that burned out years ago. Apparently the switch, though very old, was still good. Oh well, 75ร‚ยข of new hardware isn’t too bad I suppose.

    I guess this answers the question: “How many incompetent homeowners does it take to screw in a lightbulb?”
    answer: “One, right after he’s gone and replaced the light switch controlling the bulb.”

  5. Stacy says:

    My theory on the eyes (ears, joints, you name it!) going just has to do with the fact we’re not supposed to live this long. On the evolutionary scale, humans are still weeeee little babies who have extended our life-spans through chemistry as opposed to natural selection. But we can only keep that up for so long “artificially” so to speak. If humans are still around 10,000 years from now, I bet things won’t wear out as quickly. We’ll evolve to handle the longer lifespan.

    Why, yes. Yes, I’ve thought of this a lot!

    Random aside: I love how Debbie has an exclamation mark after her name.

    I’ve yet to watch any holiday movies this year, except The Sound of Music, which isn’t a holiday movie but more a “holiday tradition.” I had Rudolph recorded but then went and switched over to the Xfinity X1 system before watching it. Dangnabbit those wily cable people: I finally got the nerve to pull the plug and call them to do that and then they found me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Diggin’ the new X1 system so far. The best feature is how it interacts with Netflix (no more streaming -it’s an app right there). So I have me some holiday flicks to catch up on these next couple of days. Die Hard is one, right?

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    People say “Die Hard” is a Christmas flick. I haven’t seen it in a very long time.

    I too noticed Debbie’s exclamation point and it made me smile.

  7. Steve Brady!! says:

    Now before anyone goes and says I’m trying to top my dear wife, I actually had to type in all my normally populated stuff for the blog as I had an earlier problem today and had to clear the cache. And if she can have one, I can have two!

    A nice party last night for some horse friends son who’s getting married.

    The dentist this morning took about twice as long as necessary, as Rick likes to teach when he works, and I now know lots of things about teeth I didn’t know. Did you know you can brush them too hard- apparently I do. And he sang the praises of electric toothbrushes, that just barely need to touch your teeth.

    And please tell me when the light in the bathroom went out, your first troubleshooting step was NOT to replace the switch?


  8. Steve Brady!! says:

    I didn’t realize it would now require “moderation”!

  9. You could have matched her by only using on exclamation point. ๐Ÿ˜›

    The light has been temperamental for a couple of weeks. I feared that there might be a short in the circuit. The past few days it seemed that if I flipped the switch slowly that the light would come on, and that if I flipped it quickly it would not. Given that the switch may be original to the house, and thus up to sixty years old, I decided that it had give its all, so I replaced it. It wasn’t until the third time that I turned the light on that the bulb again didn’t come on. It was at that point that I got out a step ladder, removed the glass housing, and discovered that it was no longer firmly screwed into the socket.
    Of course I now will be watching it like a hawk to make sure that it works 100% of the time because I really don’t want to have to deal with an electrical short.

  10. Stacy!!!!!!!! says:

    I have nothing more to say. Just wanted to exclamation point.

  11. Barb says:

    I hate retail & holidays.
    People are crazy.
    Work has been insane.
    and I have no exclamation points – yet
    See most of you Saturday.
    and Bob probably tonight

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