Losing Motivation

This morning’s blog finds me once again in the office of “XYZ Corp”. I am glad to be back amongst those with electricity, ITP-Reader ITP Lurker, I hope you are too. However, my motivation for all things is low these days.

Hooray For High Shelves
I went to Lowes yesterday afternoon to buy gas for my chainsaw, and look into buying a smaller electric chainsaw. To no ones’ surprise the chainsaw aisle was devoid of most chainsaws. The $50 electric one I was there to buy seemed to be sold out, but alas on the very high shelf, way too high for anyone without a ladder to reach, sat a couple boxes. I hailed a Lowes employee and victory was mine. If I can pull off my plan I will be using it to break down the large branch currently sitting in my backyard, and who knows, maybe a few others that have been there for months. That is, if I can muster the motivation to do so.

At Least It’s Wednesday
It’s not often that Wednesdays feel like Mondays, but today does for me.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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23 Responses to Losing Motivation

  1. I received an email alerting me that the original Front Page News, the one on Crescent, will be closing on September 30th for major remodeling. This saddens me on so many levels, and I hope that they don’t change a thing about the front patio space which transports me from Atlanta to New Orleans in a minute’s time.

    Midtown is losing restaurants left and right these days, though admittedly there is no shortage of places for me to get fatter.

  2. ITP Lurker says:

    Thank you for the shout out. My lights came back on at 7:00 last night. No tree damage, so if 28 hours dark is the cost of being spared from a hurricane I’ll take it any day of the week.

    Here’s hoping you find some mojo today somewhere, somehow.

  3. Steve says:

    I don’t think you have the concept of an electric chainsaw needs electricity…

    Ours came on about 11:30 last night. I know this, even though I was quite asleep, Debbie shouted “YIPPEE!”. It was nice to take a hot shower in my own home.

    Games meeting was pretty full of folks- kinda thought not many would venture out. Numbers are still slightly down but not bad. Looks like we have no choice but to do it again!


  4. HamWithCam says:

    ….40+ hours, no power.
    No problems, doing fine.
    After all, I am a “Ham”. And Hams are prepared.
    850+ homes in out neighborhood impacted.
    Georgia Power is “still assessing”.

    Chainsaw use is inherently dangerous.
    Eye, ear protection plus Kevlar chaps are a must.
    A must.

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

    • I have the utmost respect for chainsaws.

    • Steve says:

      So I shouldn’t wear shorts? No Kevlar, but eye and ear protection. Oiled and sharpened mine Monday- still need to sharpen my spare chains.

      • ITP Lurker says:

        I didn’t know Kevlar chaps were a thing. I’m with Steve, shorts and at least lace-up shoes (I’m usually barefoot). Electric chainsaws are such a tease. I think mine worked for about 10 minutes before jamming. I should buy a real one to have around. Chainsaws are one of those tools that when you need one, nothing else will do. But oh, so satisfying to use (once you get it to start)!

        We didn’t have power for 96 hours during Hurricane Opal in 1995, so 28 hours this time felt like nothing (once the lights came back on).

      • Barb says:

        Allan has Kevlar chaps – he’s an idiot- sometimes doesn’t wear proper eye & ear protection, but he wears his chaps. (possibly because he always is wearing shorts)

  5. And if any of you are wondering, yes I watched Apple’s keynote yesterday and no, I will not be pre-ordering anything. I find myself tending toward becoming a Luddite:
    – I am neither enamored with FaceID or “wireless” charging.
    – I doubt that I will be buying a new TV anytime soon, so 4K/HDR does nothing for me.
    – My Apple Watch is fine, and I have no desire to take/make phone calls using my watch (and incurring another monthly charge for the convenience).

  6. HamWithCam says:

    Why Kevlar caps?

    One word: femoral artery.
    Ok, two words…

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Oh, I didn’t question why. Not for a second. Just not committing to buying any either, preferring to take my chances. In my experience it’s rarely the risks that I prepare for that get me, it’s generally something completely out of left field that blindsides me.

      We all have our respective levels of risk tolerance. Given what I’ve survived in my lifetime, I might appear cavalier, but I prefer to look at it as calculated. I have much respect for whatever helps someone feel comfortable in a given situation, so no judgments here. I’m glad to know know that Kevlar chaps are a thing.

  7. HamWithCam says:

    From a (mutual) professional landscaper friend:

    “PSA: with all of the storms and downed trees, there will be many people heading out to clean up using chain saws. As many have probably heard, chain saws are responsible for many injuries every year. The most common injuries are to the legs and to the left hand. Normal safety gear (Personal Protective Equipment) is important, which includes safety glasses, ear protection, and gloves.

    Always use the chain brake when walking and moving with the saw running. Keeping the left hand on the top grip will nearly eliminate injuries to the left hand as it is protected behind the guard.

    Chain saw chaps are also worth every dollar. Industry standards require chaps for all professionals using chain saws on the ground. The chaps are made with a special material that shreds when the chain hits it, thus stopping the chain almost instantly. This is why they are required and can protect your legs from injury.

    Be safe everyone and take every step to protect yourself. When hiring a company, you should see them wearing the same protective equipment.”

  8. Barb says:

    have 2 temps finally starting today – so fun to try to train when you are really busy.
    no idea if they are following what any of us are really saying.

    I’ve finally got a free second – that’s why I’m saying hi.

    if you are going to actually use it – get a real chainsaw – the little ones will just annoy you in the end. Allan has a way too expensive Stihl – and we get the chains sharpened all the time at the TruValue by the Marietta Square. The old dudes that work there are always fun to go & see.

  9. Barb says:

    and – 1 of the new girls last name is Bond – so she has a 007 gun tattoo on her arm.
    I’m not a huge fan of tattoos, but that isn’t a bad one. I asked her if she was just a crazy movie fan…….. since I didn’t know her last name yet at the time

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