The Leftovers

This is not quite the comprehensive blog that I anticipated because I am struggling today and am well behind schedule.

Today I present a mixed bag of things about which I’ve forgotten to write this week. I’m pecking this out at RiRa as this turned out to be a Happy Hour for One tonight. It’s funny, I came here hellbent on ordering a Reuben sandwich, but wound up ordering some fried pickle chips and a shaved Brussels sprouts salad instead. The pickle chips were okay, the salad (though not very “healthy”) was outstanding.

One Of These I'm Used To Seeing In Front Of Me, The Other, Notsomuch

Starting To Get My Ducks In A Row
After consuming a few Guinnesses (Guinnei?) and some dinner I drove back the the ITP Estate to do some work. I’m trying to write a simple iOS app in Swift, including adding unit tests, and configuring Jenkins and Fastlane to do continuous development and deployment. Still awake? This is what I do for a living, but have never used any of these technologies until now. fall asleep by 8:30pm.

The big news this week was the announcement of the resignation of another mobile developer at “XYZ Corp”. This developer is my boss, and is the third mobile developer to resign in a month.

There is now a distinct possibility that I will be seeking work again before the end of this year.

Moreland Avenue in Little Five Points
I was confused driving up Moreland Avenue the other day because the DOT has restriped the section from Euclid to Dekalb, and have added a bike lane on each side. Theoretically this is a good thing, but a short disconnected bike lane is a useless bike lane.

On What I Am Spening My Money
So, I’m spending money again. I may not be spending it on the things that I normally would however.

I have purchased tickets for events at the Museum Of Design Atlanta. The first event, which was supposed the held next Thursday but has been rescheduled to August 31st. The second is a conversation between Debbie Millman, who has hosted “Design Matters” for a dozen years, and Paula Scher, who is a partner at Pentagram, an influential design company in New York. To give you an idea of how much of a big shot Scher is, she was the subject of one episode of Netflix’s “Abstract”. I’m also contemplating becoming a member of MODA. The museum, which is across Peachtree from The High, is conveniently located while I remain an employee of “XYZ Corp”.

On August 12th I may be headed to Columbus Georgia. Why? For whitewater rafting and photography. I say “may” because I hurt my leg working out yesterday; it sucks getting older.

I am a newly-minted soccer watcher, and have invested in Fox Sports Match Pass so that I can watch Bundesliga games at home, or wherever, on Saturday mornings starting this month.

I have decided that I am probably not going to Phoenix for InterAmericas Hash. I’ve not looked into flights to Phoenix, but the hash hotels seem to be really expensive to me, and I think that I could spend that money in other (better?) ways. I should sell my registration, but I’m terrible at this sort of thing. I need to use my “unlimited” vacation while I can, however, so I’m contemplating where I want to go in lieu of Phoenix. I’d really like to return to Germany again this year, but won’t.

Good weekend to you all!

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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7 Responses to The Leftovers

  1. Stacy says:

    You know what they say: it’s easier to find a new job when you already have a job. Can’t hurt to put the feelers out, right? Though….huh. Why DO they say that? And who is THEY anyway? 😉

    Are you concerned about the state of the company at XYZ or just not liking the turnaround you’re seeing? Seems to me with everyone leaving, you definitely have job security (until you decide you no longer want it).

    I’m looking down the barrel of a completely plan-free weekend and it’s a little exhilarating. I have tentative plans, but only with myself, so we’ll see if they come to fruition or not. There’s an Andy Warhol exhibit at the High I’ve been meaning to see and I just learned it’s only going to be around until Labor Day. Think I’ll take that in one of the days. Any newish restaurants there you might have experienced on lunch and would recommend? I’m always up for something new.

    • I may be attending a networking event next week over at wework, a new company in Colony Square.

      I’m concerned about a few things, the company’s future, as well as the number of defections from the mobile software team. I’m now left in the deep water by myself, which is great for learning new skills, but not so great for confidence. My big problem is that I LOVE the “XYZ Corp”‘s location; it’s an easy commute (even with Juniper closed), provides convenient parking, I’m near friends with whom I can go to lunch, and makes “commuting” to German classes a breeze. It’ll be tough to find somewhere more convenient, unless I work from home; not even the dream job working for “The Patriots” would have provided this much convenience.

      You explore a lot so I’m not sure where you’ve not been. I can’t think of anything too new in the work neighborhood, but if you have a hankering for pizza (and beer) DaVinci’s is a short walk from Woodruff Arts Center.

  2. Stacy says:

    Oh and that salad looks delicious.

    • It was. In addition to the Brussels sprouts there were other leafy greens, nuts — cashews and walnuts (I think) — carrots, and dried cranberries. The salad was tossed in a mustard vingrette.

  3. steve says:

    I had the Brussel sprouts as a side with a sandwich the other week and they were delicious.

    Good morning from the left coast. We met our host at the airport yesterday with no problem and we’re given a tour of the velodrome , then on to a sushi dinner. Amazingly fresh fish, just not enough to fill my pit. We’ve arrived at the velodrome and will find our classroom shortly.

    Have a great weekend all.


  4. Ac purple of more things on which I am spending money.
    – I did buy a ticket to next week’s (Thursday) mixer at WeWork in Colony Square
    – I found out that Ben Sollee is playing at Eddie’s Attic on 9/7, ticket purchased

  5. Barb says:

    if you are selling the Phoenix rego – let me know, you will sell it quick.
    On the FB page it takes less than 1 minute to get rid of a rego.
    I’m almost wondering if anyone in the ATL area still needs 1.
    since you don’t have a hotel room, you don’t have that hassle.

    busy as shit at work- soooooo readyyyy for vacation!

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