New Week, Old Me

Still fighting the pain. Going to set up another PT session or two on what is to be a short week for me. I will also be using my HSA credit card more liberally as I finally found out how much money remains in my account and it’s a lot more than I expected. All medical expenses until the balance is consumed will be paid for using this account.

The Switcheroo Was Fun
On Friday I wandered on a very chilly afternoon from my office to Ri Ra for my Cinc O’Demayo celebration. At Ri Ra I was joined by five friends, four of whom are former coworkers, for some beverages and dinner. I don’t know if the weather scared people away from outdoor Cinco de Mayo festivities or if Ri Ra just does a cracking Friday night business, but the place was filled. What was really strange however is that it sounded as if the music played all night inside Ri Ra was New Orleans jazz. I think that they had their holidays mixed up and thought that it was Mardi Gras. 😉

Dutch Ja, Czech Ne
I made it over to Colony Square on Saturday afternoon for their Europe Day festivity. The event was scheduled from 2:00pm-9:00pm with introductory sample language classes early in the day, games and such midday, and a film festival later in the evening. I was only there about an hour or so before I felt the need to leave due to discomfort. In the time I was there I was able to sample a couple of twenty-minute foreign language sample classes.

I started with Dutch. Given the Netherlands proximity to Germany I figured that the language would be somewhat similar, and there is a good possibility that I may return to Amsterdam one day. You can definitely see that German and Dutch (not to mention English) share some of the same origins:

My name is Paulie (English) == Mein Name ist Paulie (German) == Mijn naam is Paulie (Dutch)

From the Dutch class I tried my hand at Czech. Although Czechoslovakia also lies near Germany its language roots couldn’t be further away than if it were Chinese.

My name is Paulie (English) == Mein Name ist Paulie (German) == Jmenuji se Paulie (Czech)

I was going to try my hand at Italian as well, but I was tired, in pain, and my brain hurt from trying to wrap it around the Czech language.

Oh yeah, I also picked up a travel magazine about Ireland. In 2018 I will be making a trip to Ireland, and perhaps on to Canada as part of my vacations. Fortunately I already kinda know the languages they speak in those countries.

From Colony Square I plodded through heavy Saturday traffic and wound my way over to Kirkwood where I ate an early dinner at Elmyriachi, speaking only English, before heading home and being a bum the remainder of Saturday night.

Fail-Safe Fail
Along with the ability to control the ITP Estate’s security system using my iPhone I also have the ability to set up “Geo-fence” rules as a fail safe. For instance, I have set up a rule to be notified if I wander more than a few miles away from the ITP Estate and have failed to turn on the security system. This rule worked well on the Thursday that I interviewed at “XYZ Corp”, but I was befuddled when I returned home to find the security set it off and hadn’t been notified even though Colony Square is outside my Geo-fence.

Turns out that I enabled the rule to only be checked on weekdays. Dangen! I don’t know why I set the rule up this way, but it has been updated to occur on any day now…

Lawn Care Fail
There were two things on my calendar for Sunday, getting a haircut and mowing the lawn.

While I was able to do a little bit of much-needed cleanup of some English Ivy from the path that I use to get the lawnmower to the front lawn, but I was unable to fight off the pain in an attempt to try and get the mower out.

I am hoping to get everything will be in working order by Wednesday and I can cut the lawn before I leave town on Friday.

Cleaning The Clothes
I have packed up a figurative ton of laundry and plan to do at ITP-Reader Stacy’s midtown Waschsalon after work today. That, and doing. Y German homework are the only two things on my post-work agenda today.

No Giro For Me
For the first time in many years I am unable to keep an eye on the Giro d’Italia. For years I was able to “watch” it at work because I had a Dish Network satellite tv box at my desk. Obviously this perk is not offered by “XYZ Corp”. As far as I know there is only one legal way for me to stream the Giro and that’s to subscribe to Fubo TV for $34.99/month and tack on an additional $8.99 for their cycling package. I already have too many recurring expenses, and have no desire to watch enough tv to warrant the cost, so I guess that I will either look for pirated streams on the interwebs, of follow along with news reports after the fact.

Hope your weekend was a good one.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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35 Responses to New Week, Old Me

  1. HamWithCam says:

    ATL -> LGR -> BGR

    (Even with Pre-Check, Delta Flying Colonel status…)

    73 de JG/KE4ENI

  2. Steve says:

    An eventful weekend which began by trying to load the riding mower on the trailer to take to EP. I got crossed up on my first attempt and backed it off the ramp- good until I rolled off the ramp because I was crooked. The mower and I tumbled off and it landed on my ankle. Swore. Hopped around a bit, but no serious damage, and the mower survived as well. Went to EP, worked like field hands, pulled weeds, cut grass, returned home to watch the Derby (Debbie was not in a social mood, so we passed on the always good Bear Creek Derby party.

    Got up Sunday and came into work. Moved 3 cables and spent the next 8 hours waiting on troubleshooting to complete. Meanwhile my ankle kept swelling. I took a couple asprin (the only thing I had) which did little. Finally able to hobble home where Debbie fixed me up with serious drugs.

    And the tire I was limping along on the car finally gave up on the way into the office this morning. As it was still quite dark and I’m still hobbling a bit, I called a HERO and they were johnnie on the spot. Only waited a half hour or so. Well worth it!


    • Barb says:

      bummer about the ankle – when do you leave for CA? At least you will get to ride on the Moto…….

      • Steve says:

        Leave after work tomorrow. Actually it works that I’m on the moto for the first few days. We occasionally have to scramble to get in the car when judging- getting in the gap between the break and the field. Wouldn’t be the first time I’ve sprinted to get on the road.

    • Debbie Brady says:

      3 Advil is hardly “serious drugs”.

  3. John Grimsley says:


  4. I failed to mention that I am continuing to try and be good about not eating lunches out. This morning I brought in some leftovers of pasta and jambalaya that I made at home recently.

  5. Barb says:

    We went to the Braves game Friday night – cold & rainy – The Battery is interesting, but due to the cold & rain, they had all the huge garage doors closed, so it was LOUD in the bars. We didn’t attempt to find food, but 2 beers were $12-$13 – overpriced, but not as bad as inside the stadium. Inside was $9.50 for a 16 oz. tallboy (& food was way too expensive as well). Over all, the stadium is nice, that much nicer than Turner Field, I don’t know. Doubt we will go back very often, but glad I got to check the place out. (Cardinals kicked the shit out of the Braves, 10-0 as well)

    Allan worked all weekend, but days.
    Saturday worked all day, then went to a Derby party.
    Yesterday spent the day in N GA on the AT – long lost WineHo & I met up with JoAnna, Mike & her niece Liz for a hike. Very interesting meeting up with thru hikers, most on Day 2. We ended up with about an 8 mile hike.

    We need to get the grass cut before we leave for vacation – so tonight or tomorrow night it will get done.

  6. And I don’t praise the French much, but I am so glad their election went the way it did. Hopefully this saves the EU and cooler heads will prevail. Only wish we weren’t in the situation the Electoral College put us in.

    • Steve says:

      Agreed. While the EU may not be perfect, had France gone the way of GB, it would have certainly collapsed. I still think the Brits may change their mind- the election for PM might yet have a say.

  7. Looks as if old-time hasher Asshole’s company is doing some good things.

    Scroll toward the bottom and he is in a photograph within the article.

    • Barb says:

      that story is way beyond my comprehension skills.
      But – good for him.

      BTW – speaking of hashers, I heard a terrible hash not rumor this weekend – Camel Toe committed suicide. I didn’t know her all that well, but damn, this is just awful.

      • The article is quite nerdy, I brought it up mostly because of the connection to Asshole.

        Camel Toe as in Sahara? Icing’s on the Cock’s wife? OMG, that’s horrible!

        • Barb says:

          yes- Sahara. I heard they were having some marriage issues, but no idea anything more than that. I’m just in shock.

          • Stacy says:

            I didn’t know Sahara that well either but we obviously ran in the same circles, been at the same events, tons of mutual friends. I had a hasher text me on Saturday to give him a call – I was working a beer festival, so I called him when I got home and he told me.

            I didn’t ask for details (of course not) and he didn’t know quite what might happen in regards to a memorial or service or anything. It was my understanding she and Icing were separated, which could make things difficult? As well as the circumstances of course.

            Saturday night it really hit me. It may have had to do with the few drinks I’d had at the festival, but hearing the news and then processing it, I ended up breaking down and crying a little. It makes you realize you never really know what people are going through. And you never really know if there’s something you could have done had you known. It’s kind of something you expect during teenage angst years but at our age it just seems so much more incomprehensible. My heart hurts a little thinking of all her friends and family now.

          • Barb says:

            I’m with you Stacy – it has hit me too – I got a few details from Carol (via Davey) & it just made me so sad.

          • I don’t know most hashers as closely as I did when I hashed regularly, but I have tried to remain friendly with those who did Black Sheep and live in/near East Atlanta. It is very sad when someone takes their own life, and it’s even worse when you know the person.

    • Stacy says:

      If you were on the Books of Faces, you’d have known this about Bill’s company already. 😉 But yeah….pretty cool stuff, right? So pleased for him!

  8. HamWithCam says:

    LGA -> BGR (misty)
    Weather looking decent for this afternoon, Tuesday.

    Elizabeth’s first leg, DFW -> PHL, departed late.
    BGR connection in jeopardy.

    That’s why you fly in the day before.

    Pushback LGA -> BGR

    • Barb says:

      what’s tomorrow?

      • HamWithCam says:

        Big bug day if TomTom GPS “off the beaten path” testing and hopeful some photography.

        Elizabeth did miss her flight, taking a later one. As I am already on the ground in BGR, I’m exploring the LL Bean outlet (no deals, almost all returns), after a quick lunch at CfA.

        I see clearing skies and some….blue. Locals are all standing, staring.


    • Debbie Brady says:

      About mid-July I’ll be hankering for some BGR time.

  9. My secret plan to leave work at 4pm and beat the crowd to the Waschsalon has been thwarted by the calling of a meeting at 4pm.

  10. Al says:

    Surely you mean Czech Republic, or as they also want themselves to know Czechia

    • Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

      Indeed. I thought “Czech” and my mind automatically added “Slovakia” and not “Republic”.

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