Last Day At 51

The Germans believe that it’s bad luck to wish someone a happy birthday before the stroke of midnight on their birthday. Tomorrow is my 52nd, my luck is already bad, so you don’t have to hold back. Oh, and since I am not German it shouldn’t matter anyway…

This will be the first birthday that I celebrate since my Uncle John, with whom I shared a birthday, has died. It’ll feel weird.

I’m deeming today “Friday Miscellanea Day”
No real news in my life so today will be another round up of bits and bobs.

Around 6:30am Wednesday morning I saw a group ride going down Flat Shoals Av. I think that I mentioned seeing this ride once before, and given my apparent avoidance of riding this year I’d forgotten about it. I’ve searched all over the internet looking for a potential starting place and time for this ride, but nothing has been revealed. There must have been twenty riders in the group, so it’s definitely an organized affair.

The sixty-five miles at “Bo Bikes Bama” are the only road miles that I’ve put on my road bike this year. I road the trainer and mountain bike in the winter, and then my riding season was altered greatly with my fall in April.

I found out at lunch on Wednesday with ITP-Readers Barb and Steve that the annual “Cheesy Yellow Tour de France” party has been cancelled. This cancellation frees up my weekend. I may be running away and celebrating my birthday elsewhere, but probably won’t.

It took me nearly the entire week, but I finally finished all of the vegetarian jambalaya that I made last Saturday for the party I attended.

I’m contemplating all of the things that I would take with me if I moved from Atlanta. The list is longer than I’d like it to be.

I’ve been listening to the (former) band “Hรƒยผsker Dรƒยผ” for almost thirty-five years. I still love the music they made.

In addition to eating too much food and drinking too much beer, I also drink too much coffee.

Last night I nearly bought a refurbished Mac Mini as a birthday present to myself. I didn’t pull the trigger because I want to wait for my credit card billing cycle to end before I buy this. My self-imposed cooling off period may also mean that I miss another opportunity to buy one, but I am willing to take that risk.

It was one year ago today that I quit my last job. Tomorrow will mark the anniversary of getting into the school bus and going to RAGBRAI.

I’m sure there was more I wanted to include, but can’t think of them now. Oh well.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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20 Responses to Last Day At 51

  1. Funny, I just found out that the other iOS developer — one of the people whose last day is today — also celebrates his birthday tomorrow. (I am considerably older)

    • I have now worked with three other people with whom I have shared a birthday, one of which was born on the same exact day as I was.

      I also dated a woman whose birthday is July 22, pity for me that she dumped me before we could give each other birthday presents. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Steve says:

    I hope you were able to do the “mind meld” from those leaving today.

    A nice dinner last night with Debbie and my work friend and Coonass from the swamp, Jude. If only half the tales he tells are true, he lives quite a life. Debbie has heard me tell “Jude stories” and it was fun for them to meet. The Steamhouse did not disappoint ( I heard they got a 45 on a recent inspection).

    On the schedule this weekend- finish hanging doors at the Ben Hilton and help rearrange the Games “warehouse”. And I hear there is still a bike race somewhere in France. The time trial tomorrow should be interesting.

    Happy almost birthday Paulie!


    • Time will tell if the “mind meld” worked.

      Le Tour is nearly fin. I think Froome will finish the job handily tomorrow.

      Did you eat at Steamhouse and it was good? Is that what you mean by it not disappointing?

      • Steve says:

        Correct. I’ve only eaten there a few times but it’s always been pretty good. Nice to sit on the deck in the shade- I can hear!

    • Stacy says:

      There were a lot of places that got failing inspections last month. The funny one for me was Moes & Joes. A friend sent me a PDF of the review sans comment. So I wrote back “…and?” and, all horrified-like, she wrote: “It failed!” And so I wrote back: “Yeah, you don’t go there to eat.” And, still horrified, she wrote me again: “But weren’t you just there?!?!” (having seen it on FB that I had been) I repeated: “Yeah, you don’t go there to eat.” Beers, people! Beers! Step next door to George’s for a dang fine burger instead.

      I like Steamhouse (mmmm lobster bisque). Didn’t look into why they failed, but I always believe the best time to visit a failing-score restaurant is right after the fail. Because you know they’re getting their act together and everything’s probably spot on perfect at least for a while after that.

      Since you said we could….HAPPY ALMOST BIRTHDAY, PAULIE! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Weekend plans involve Stone Mountain for me. I have been various times over the 20 years I’ve lived here… to hike up, for the laser show, a civil war reenactment, etc., but I have never really been to any of the *attractions* though. Totally going to do all of those like a little kid tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚ And as fates would have it, they’re having a mini-festival within the park that involves wine tasting this one day too. Score!

  3. HamWithCam says:

    Happy birthday Paulie, many happy returns…
    (I can’t be bothered to count on remembering Saturday.)

    Food for thought:
    – Today you’re as old as you’ve ever been and as young as you’ll ever be.
    – Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life.
    – Trump is president.

    Make the (many, many) rest of your days good ones….
    73 de JG/HamWithCam

  4. ITP Lurker says:

    I appreciate you blazing the trail, I follow you into 52-hood on Monday.

  5. Current Status: waiting on coworkers to get into office, planning a virtual 2018 cycling trip in southwestern Ireland in the meanwhile.

    My goal for 2018 is to take at least four weeks of vacation outside the US.

  6. Just found out that my birthday is National Hammock Day.

  7. Still trying to recover from the free, going-away lunch at South City Kitchen that we had for the two guys who are leaving today. I thought that I had never been there before until I got inside and I recognized the decor. I was there many years ago for a food photography workshop, which according to this blog occurred in October 2008(!).

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