Back At It

Because of my bad behavior on Thursday night Friday morning was a complete bust. I woke up with a headache and dead tired. Things were so bad that instead of going to the German breakfast I was anticipating attending, I went back to sleep in order to feel better. Ninety minutes later I was forced to spring out of bed and throw all of the shit I needed for LEAF into the M6 and get on the road. I had enough time to stop at an annoying McDonalds drive-through before shooting my way up to Black Mountain, North Carolina.

A Few Days Away, No Pictures To Prove It Happened
I met up with the Raleigh Royalty at LEAF and there we spent the weekend walking around, hearing music, and eating — not necessarily in that order. With Los Lobos as the Saturday night headliner I actually stayed up late on Saturday night to see them perform; this has been on my “bucket list” since not getting to see them perform at a small club in St Petersburg, Florida in the early 1980s.

Thirty-something years later the band is still in good form, though I was neither surprised nor overly-disappointed to know that they wouldn’t be playing most of the first album with which I have listened to constantly since the 1980s. Fair enough. What probably did surprise many, myself included, was that they did not play “La Bamba” their famous cover of the Richie Valens song.

I returned home last night after a slow drive home to watch the Falcons flounder again.

In Other Sporting News
Being at LEAF spared me watching my adopted Bundesliga soccer team Werder Bremen play a 0-0 draw with the only team worse than they are this season — FC Köln.

I’ve silently quit Fantasty Football. My team lost to a team that had three positions filled by players on a BYE week. Ugh.

Today is going to be a busy one for me. I have tons of German homework to do, a lot of catching up at “XYZ Corp”, and I have to figure out how to get some exercise today.

Hope yours was a good weekend.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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4 Responses to Back At It

  1. Barb says:

    my usual reply- still totally insane here at work.

    went to a wedding out near Greensboro, GA on Saturday, drove on some of the STU routed. Perfect weather – nice outdoor barn type of venue – we took the camper & stayed on site – made for drinking all night so much better!

    • Things at “XYZ Corp” are a bit hectic at this moment, nothing as bad as you are experiencing.

      The weather in the mountains was incredible, especially for this time of year.

  2. HamWithCam says:

    Blah, blah, blah Atlanta Maker Faire was Sunday.

    Held directly across the street from Atlanta City Hall, at the Georgia Freight Depot. Adjacent to “Underground Atlanta” and the former (and unoccupied) “World of Coke” building.

    The streets of downtown Atlanta are nothing short of embarrassing. Trash, vagrants (AKA “the homeless”), boarded up buildings, graffiti and a pervasive smell of errr…”urine”. It doesn’t rival Detroit, but I sure hope no representatives for Amazon’s “Second Headquarters” were in attendance.

    Back in the day, Robert Woodruff (patriarch and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company) would have called up the mayor, brought the situation to their attention, offered to pay whatever it took, if the city couldn’t manage it, and asked the mayor to have lunch with him at the Capital City Club “next Tuesday” for an update. And it would have been taken care of.

    My “3D printing” habit continues unabated. I’ve even managed to figure out how to create my own 3D models using “TinkerCAD (web-based, free). Given my “extensive programming background”, TinkerCAD is “no hill for a climber…”

    In other news, it was a “two OK Cafe” weekend. OK, Friday and Sunday.

    Reminder: The Stone Mountain Hamfest (not to be missed, huge boneyard) is the first weekend in November. Gwinette County Fairgrounds. Talk-in on the 146.76 repeater.

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

    • Barb says:

      re: downtown
      when we parked at Public Safety Hqtrs to go to the airport on MARTA from Garnet station – near Greyhound station, the jail, and at least 1 homeless shelter – I noticed that too. It is pretty nasty down there.
      But – I was shocked, no one asked us for money.

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