Brave New World

Another weekend of unfulfilled desires.

Today I begin my tenure are the lone iOS developer at “XYZ Corp”. I’m not sure how happy I am aboit this, but the only other choice is to resign.

Happy Birthday To Me
Thanks to all of you who wished me “Happy Birthday” over the past three days. I’m sure that there are a few on Facebook that I will never see as well. It really means a lot to me to have you all as friends and ITP Readers.

Nappy Birthday To Me
On Thursday and Friday I was never able to figure out where I wanted to go, or what I wanted to do on my birthday. The one thing I finally thought to do, but too late to enact, was to drive up to Tennessee and photograph people doing whitewater rafting. It’s been too long since I have done this, in fact when I look on Flickr I see it’s been nine years since I last did this (HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!?!). However, my camera gear needed to be prepared for battle and I didn’t get around to doing this on Friday.

After watching the day’s individual time trial Saturday I wound up meeting some friends at the newly-opened Hob Nob in Brookhaven. We lasted one drink there because it was crowded for Saturday brunch, and the place had a guitar player who also sang songs which made it difficult to talk. From Hob Nob we sauntered down to There where a few more beverages were consumed. My friend Bill ate a Reuben sandwich that looked amazing, but at the time I wasn’t hungry enough to order food.

It was still early by the time we wrapped up at There, so Bill and I decided to try the craft beer brewery/restaurant Hopstix in Chamblee about which I had heard. I had one beer and some fried chicken nuggets, both of which were very good.

I suppose that the thought of heading home directly after Hopstix was too much for me, so I stopped at El Myriachi in Kirkwood for an early dinner.

In what has become a far-too-often occurrence I fell asleep early Saturday night, around 8:00pm, and woke again around 11:30pm. After all of the food and alcohol I ingested I shouldn’t be too surprised why this is happening to me.

I Almost Hashed Again
While I wanted to go out to the Black Sheep Hash on Sunday the combination of distance to the start (Acworth), predicted sweltering temperatures, and the lack of productivity on my birthday kept me home. Instead of going hashing, I stayed in and watched the final stage of the Tour de France, put in a pathetic thirty minutes on the trainer, did some German homework, and wrote the majority of this blog post.

The New 52
Today I must make time for a workout at LA Fitness or in the office workout room. The time has arrived for me to lose some fat around the middle so that my pants fit comfortably again. Along with exercise I will go kicking and screaming into the world of reduced calorie consumption. It’s a good thing that I am always irritable so that you won’t notice how irritated I have become by limiting the only vice that Life has allowed me to abuse.

Today is semi-annual dental checkup day. For the last few years I have had little angst with my trips to the dentist, but this time I fear getting some bad (and expensive) news. I hope that I am wrong about this.

The M6 is full of dirty laundry that also will get some attention today.

Happy post-Tour-Monday. This is always a little melancholy day for me, even if it would be a rest day if the tour were still occurring.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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19 Responses to Brave New World

  1. Steve says:

    The weekend was going pretty well- a brunch with some hunt friends Saturday morning, wrapped up the last of the cabinet doors for the Ben Hilton, Sunday installed said doors with only one problem, met folks out at the Games “warehouse” to make some transfers into a new space, stopped at Outback Bikes and pulled the trigger on a new Brooks saddle.. and then drove home.

    On the way home, the AT light came on- automatic transmission. As I needed gas, I stopped near my mechanic and read up on the indicator while gassing up. The Google didn’t make me feel any better and the shop didn’t have anyone who could do diagnostics. After getting home I checked the AT fluid which looked a little low and I debated about taking the bus in this morning but just couldn’t make it happen. After work today I’ll stop by the shop and see what’s what. Fingers crossed.


  2. Having been through automatic transmission wars I wish you the best of luck. At least this didn’t happen to you while on vacation in Colorado…

    • Steve says:

      No, there is that. The research showed folks who had similar symptoms at under 100k, so if I’m just having problems at almost 200k, I’m doing well. I hope it’s just low fluid… I’ve lived a mostly clean life!!

      And the Brooks saddle… I’m not sure which will give first, it or my ass. Hoping it won’t take long to break in.

  3. HamWithCam says:


    Home security alarm went off at …2:00am this morning. “Jumped up, got out bed…” locked bedroom door. Checked fault/zone…”basement”. Motion detector, gulp. Grabbed essentials: shoes, flashlight, MAGA hat, gun… Oh, pants. Alarm still blaring. Phone ringing, alarm monitoring company (17 seconds response) “Code word? Send Police?” Hmmm… “Send ’em!”

    By this time, I had figured out how to access the HD (with infrared illumination, natch) basement security camera via my iPhone. Orange tape still across the doors. City of Decatur’s finest arrive. Two cars, no lights.Quick walk-around. Nuttin honey. I ask the officer to do same in the basement (b-i-g basement, many rooms, nooks, crannies). Nuttin honey. Called it clear. Discussed the merits of SubZero refrigerators with the officer. We be clear.

    Spent the next 2 hours waiting for the adrenaline to clear out of my system, writing the first draft “incident report” and “lessons learned”, etc, as the cat meowed…constantly.

    In other news, a minor bru ha ha broke out on one of the Decatur neighborhood FB groups. Seems somebody had the temerity to chide on FB the parents of several out of control children causing havoc in one of the favorite coffee dives. Battle lines were drawn and hilarity ensued. Opinions (heated as they may have been) were (surprisingly) split pretty evenly between “Get a life loser! Let kids be kids!” and “OMG! Those parents! Curb your children!”

    The give and take raged on (500+ responses) with the coup de gras being this clever bit:

    I love Decatur…35+ years, we have seen it all.

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

    • Yikes!

      Thankfully I cant recall ever being awoken by the alarm. When the bad guys liberated my computer in 2009 I was blissfully working at the office.

      Glad your incident wasn’t worse, though I wonder what set it off at all.

    • Steve says:

      Perhaps a mouse- right in front of the motion detector. My first apartment many years ago had a smoke detector right outside the bedroom door and about 03:00 it goes off. Pitch black, I immediately roll onto the floor and crawl to the door and check the doorknob- cold as ice. Stand up, open the door and turn on the lights, nothing. Low battery. F’ing engineer on that project.

    • Barb says:

      Well bummer – work computer won’t let me see your link.

      Glad the alarm was a false alarm.

      I’m on the curb your children team – let them be kids somewhere outside, where kids are supposed to be kids. (aka – not in a coffee shop)

  4. Barb says:

    I’m back form MN – it was as hot & humid up there as it was down here Friday & Saturday. Sunday was overcast, not humid, breezy and only about 80.

    Family get together was fun, but as my parents are getting old, it makes things a whole lot more “interesting” to get anything done. That and 4 teenagers, getting going anywhere took way too much time. Allan was a trooper to play along.

    We went for a little hike at Minnehaha Falls, drove around seeing the parks & lakes, Minneapolis has a fantastic park system, with a LOT of it with bike lanes. We saw so many bikes, I would love to go up there & explore the city by bike.
    We did a little tour of downtown, the new MN Vikings stadium is impressive looking.
    We also spent an evening at the horse track. My bets on the ponies were not good, but it was fun. All the kids had fun picking horses & we’d place the “show” bets for them.

    We did manage to made it to 3 little breweries – Steel Toe, Unmapped & Wayzata Brewing. All were tasty.

    • Sounds like a good trip. I completely understand your issues with aging parents. It’s tough when you realize that your parents can no longer do the things they used to do so easily. We should all be so lucky to experience the same some day I suppose.

  5. Barb says:

    also- Allan & I saw a post by Benny about a concert at the new Coca Cola Roxy on Halloween – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. We decided what the hell- let’s go to a concert on a Tuesday night!
    In case anyone else is interested…….. tickets aren’t too pricy.

  6. HamWithCam says:

    “Coca-Cola” <– hyphen
    (Always capitalized, never split between two lines.)


    73 de JG/HamWithCam
    (I was 15 years with Coca-Cola USA, old habits die hard.)

  7. I’m discovering another reason that I should exercise first thing in the morning, my lunch is not sitting very well with me. I’ll have about an hour in the dentist chair to see how things go. Dangen!

  8. Good news from dentist, no cavities. Not out of woods though as there is an area that may need attention in the near future…

    Bad news from gastronomy, stomach still upset so I have pulled the plug on a workout.

  9. Steve says:

    So the first mechanic read the tea leaves (codes) and said “I see a transmission repair in your future”. I’ve now dropped it by the Ammco and am sitting in a rental car finishing off my workday.

    Rumor is the satellite internet is installed!!!

    • Barb says:

      bad & good news!!!!
      bummer on the transmission – I was just at Subaru for an oil change, they annoyed me, said I didn’t have an appt, they don’t give appts for oil changes. I was like…. umm, I called in, and a girl that works here gave me an appt. Why else would I show up and say I have an appt? Tried to say it would take 1.5 hours, I told them I was leaving, so they figured out now to do it in 45 minutes. This is the 2nd time the service dept has annoyed me, I will be going to a different oil change place in the future.

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