Thank Gott It’s Flyday

You know me well enough to know that the misspellings in the title are intentional. 😉

Well Look What I Found
While packing last night I opened one of the pockets in my backpack to find a small black satchel of Euro coins. Look at me putting it exactly where it needed to be, even if I couldn’t remember doing so.

Captain Procrastination
I’ve already eaten breakfast this morning, but I still have much left to accomplish before I head out. I need to finish packing clothes (the weather forecasted for Germany for the coming week looks miserable), I need to mow the lawn (I waited for the last day purposely in order to have it look its best while I am gone), and finally I need to wash the dirty dishes so that everything is nice and clean and orderly for when I return.

Of Course…
I would be a little further along with my preparation if I didn’t go out after work last night.

My friend Hank and I met up at DaVinci’s Pizza in midtown for a few beers and pizza. Drinking three beers and ordering an individual 10″ pizza did not make for an inexpensive afternoon, but I enjoyed myself. We may have also stayed and played a little Team Trivia, the guy was there setting up his rig around 6:30pm, but apparently the game didn’t start until 8:00pm. The host sat at his table in silence for at least an hour before Hank and I decided to give up and leave before he asked his first question.

What I Have Plenty Of
One thing not in shortage for my journey is entertainment. Sure, airlines these days offer movies, tv shows, and music, but I will not need them because I have about a month’s worth (or more) ready for this trip. I will have no problem entertaining myself on all of my plane trips as well as during downtime in Europe. Between movies, tv shows, podcasts, audiobooks, and eBooks my iPad will run out of battery long before I consume all of the media on it.

Until we meet again tomorrow when I will be blogging from the plane, from Frankfurt, or perhaps on a train headed to Düsseldorf.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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21 Responses to Thank Gott It’s Flyday

  1. Steve says:

    Outstanding! Please have a wonderful time and be sure to introduce yourself to a few fraulines. They will think your German is really cute and will be anxious to speak English with you. Their English will be much better than your German.

    All dogs and horses accounted for. Brown was not permitted to stay out last night, though he did not come back in once I let everyone out this morning. He and Lily were in the carport, planning their charades no doubt.

    USAA has coughed up a little over $1k for the front end damage to the Mazda! Just got the email. I wouldn’t recommend this technique for getting repair work done, I’m still glad to know it’s available.

    How are you getting to the airport?


    • I will be calling for a Lyft later this afternoon. This way I don’t pay for airport parking, and the M6 gives the ITP Estate a “currently inhabited” appearance.

      I will do my best to put myself, and my clumsy German out there. That is one of the missions of this journey.

      • Stacy says:

        Don’t forget to lock your car doors this time. 😉

        Unless you’re of the philosophy of folks in my neighborhood: leave them open so at least your windows aren’t smashed for a grab.

        • Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

          As I double-pressed the lock button on they key fib I smiled and thought of last year. ☺️

          While not true my dad used to say “Lock it today, drive it tomorrow.” If for some reason my window gets smashed then that’s another reason for having insurance.

          • Stacy says:

            I’m in complete agreement. I would never feel comfortable thinking my car was unlocked out there.

        • Barb says:

          I rarely lock my car doors, but I don’t have it sitting outside over night.
          Speaking of cars – we are now the owners of a 2005 Toyota mini van. Transferring the title & tag over was more expensive than I thought, they do the total ad valorum thing now when you do it – so it cost me over $300 to get a tag. But – next year it will only be $20.

          HAVE A GREAT TRIP!!! I didn’t realize how many ATL hashers were going tot he Euro Hash, seems like if you can find everyone, you will have a great time with local friends.

          • Steve says:

            A mommy van?!? Ummm… are you trying to tell us something? What ever happened to the CRV? Donated?

  2. Steve says:

    And I just carefully read your title. My mom used to say, “Mein Gott in Himmel” and a lot of other thing I don’t repeat around people who speak German. “Du bis Veruckt, mein Kin” was probably her favorite. (You are crazy, my family)

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Off to do some lawn mowing…

  4. Barb says:

    Steve -my eggs are WAY TOO OLD.
    the price was right.
    I haven’t donated the CRV yet – I need to get that figured out.
    Maybe I can get that done today.

    • bob says:

      1-877-cars for kids or something like that, that damn radio ad is everywhere.

      • Barb says:

        because of that radio ad, I will not donate to them. So annoying.
        I think I’m going with the DAV. Disabled Vets need all the money they can get.

  5. Stacy says:

    Other thing I just learned: apparently German lawmakers are voting on legalizing same-sex marriage this Friday too. I’d be very interested to learn if you run into any protests (or, more hopefully) celebrations.

  6. bob says:

    Safe travels Paulie!
    Looking forward to the updates.

  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Lunch was tomato soup with a cheese quesadilla, both made at the ITP Estate! Hooray for me saving time and money.

  8. Another one of my genetic disorders is acting up today. I hope that it doesn’t make this long flight uncomfortable.

  9. On my second beer at the airport, finances be damned!!!

    While I am in Germany I will be thinking about what I want out of my remaining years. This could be interesting, stay tuned…

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