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  1. Cheese sandwich made on a hamburger bun. Not necessarily a traditional breakfast, but it was surprisingly tasty.

    Had an idea this weekend to start a website called “And it’s Vegan” (obviously this morning’s breakfast sandwich could not be included). The inspiration came from the dinner I made last night which was Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken, in which I replaced chicken with tofu, and honey with agave nectar.

    This morning I found out that I have been beaten to the punch by Yup.. it’s vegan!. Not sure that there is enough room in the skinny jeans of vegans to have two such websites. Good on her for getting there first!

    And no, I am not trying to become vegan, or even vegetarian, I am trying to eat less meat.

    • Barb says:

      Being a vegan is just too hard, I can understand being a vegetarian, but not a vegan.

      Saturday morning went over to Proof’s house, they are just giving some things away, but it was so unorganized, I had no idea what was really to go away, and what they may have wanted to keep. But – we need NOTHING, so I just went to socialize more than anything. They want to move to a smaller house, but don’t want to spend much, & don’t want a fixer upper, so that search is gonna be interesting.

      Sunday we decided to go mtn biking instead of Black Sheep. It was a gorgeous day to be outside.

      • Was hoping you two would show for BS, but you made the right decision not to do so. 😂

        Also, I confused a lot of hashers as I pretended to lick the ice where I was sitting right after getting up from my down down. 😂😂😂

      • Barb says:

        why was it a good decision to skip BS? was it a crazy trail?
        I only saw Davey’s pictures. He didn’t say good or bad.

        • About thirteen checks, some of which were not kicked because one got kicked in the wrong direction by the fast hashers, who ran “no-no” back to the start and then car hashed to the end. If not for being out their with “Stupid is as Stupid Does” and “Easy Head Job”, I might still be out on trail as it took all three of us to finish a tough long trail. I was out for over 2.5 hours.

          • Barb says:

            13 checks? that’s ridiculous.
            I was told it would be only 4.5 miles, think that was close to correct? I know, hares lie….. that’s why we decided to Mtn bike, since I hadn’t ridden that bike in months.

          • Rumor had it the hounds were constantly near to snaring Dumb Fuck, hence he kept laying checks. It *may* have been a 4.5 mile true trail, but I wandered a lot looking for trail, sometime backtracking no-no, for at least an additional mile.

            Also, there was a “Count Back 20” right at the start…

  2. Stacy says:

    I am GODDESS! I bought and changed my own windshield wipers yesterday! (wait, whattayamean you’re supposed to change them more than once every five years?) 😉 I was going to have the oil change place do them but then I realized: hey. I’m smart enough to figure this out on my own. I managed to replace a side view mirror on my own once when it was knocked off for pete’s sake! Surely I can replace some silly wiper blades successfully? I did. 🙂

    Actually had a very productive weekend, especially yesterday. Hit the Wal-Mart (for the blades), Kroger fuel center, Trader Joe’s, and Sprouts — plus potted two new houseplants, took out all the recycling, cleaned out the car and changed above-mentioned blades — all before 11am. Boom. I wanted to get my car washed/oil changed as well but it’s crazy how many things are still asleep at 9am on a Sunday morning. *grin* So then I just enjoyed some me time with the DVR.

    That’s my positive!

  3. Barb says:

    I have purchased windshield wipers, but I think Allan has done the installation for me, or maybe the guys at Pep Boys, Advanced Auto, or wherever I bought them.
    I don’t think I have done them myself – not that I can’t, but I will willingly let others do it if they offer.

  4. Steve says:

    Back at work to get some rest! After a nice breakfast with my bride and chores around the house, I loaded the PTO PHD (post hole digger) and returned it to our friends that live an exit above Chateau Elan. We then celebrated his birthday at the pub there and I spent the night at their lovely house before working a bike race in Commerce yesterday.

    Due to a confused officials assigner, I wasn’t expected on the vrew, but it worked out well as they lost a pace car driver after Saturday’s race in Athens. Scooters in front and back with me in the pit, where I had the pleasure of working with TJ! Just like his son and daughter-in-law, we keep each other on tight leashes, so it was a fun day. Bonus was having Mary in attendance.

    A long drive home, made even longer by the DOT closing a southbound on ramp after I stopped to get food, a missing Krystal at said exit, and a not finding a Zaxby’s at another exit, and settling for slow McDonalds!! (blech). Not a good nutrition day.


    • Barb says:

      I was wondering if Mary had tagged along – she was debating going when I talked to her on Friday.

  5. Barb says:

    oh- and my positive – I got exercise both days this weekend – Saturday wasn’t all that much, a walk with JoAnna & the dogs around & about the Marietta Square, Sunday mountain biking & mowing the lawn.

  6. Barb says:

    my public service announcement for the day – they are finally repaving I-75 on the weekends – (that road is torn up from all the construction). I guess its almost time for the new express lanes to get opened up.
    BUT – that means horrible delays.
    So – unless you have to, I’d suggest not coming to Cobb county for the next few weekends – I have no idea how long it will be going on.
    Powers Ferry & Cobb Pkwy were parking lots as well.

  7. ITP Lurker says:

    Hey, respek to you Paulie for at least sitting with the concept of being positive. In my weekend reading I ran across a couple of things to share with you. The first should fit you like a glove:


    This might save you from needing some of those words:


    For the rest of us. the Foo Fighters played at Georgia State Stadium (née Turner Field). My house faces the east side of Grant Park (the park itself) and we could hear the music clearly. Glad I wasn’t there, too damn loud for me at this stage in my life.

    In related this, this video is totally worth watching in it’s entirety where a guy in the audience manages to get invited onstage at a different Foo Fighters concert and just whale on Dave Groll’s guitar: https://www.loudersound.com/features/i-am-the-kiss-guy-that-played-monkey-wrench-with-foo-fighters

    Dude played the long game and nailed it when his shot in the dark came around. Now that’s what positive looks like.

    Oh, I rode my bike on both Beltlines yesterday. Christ, what a joke the Westside Beltline is. Truly a trail to no where, and completely empty for most of it. Plus you have to *really* want to find it at this stage. But some local businesses are doing what they can, Monday Night Brewing has set up a shop over there, that I *think* I saw the back side of, and there’s some kombucha place open over there.

    • I was supposed to see Whiskey Gentry at Smith’s Saturday night, but may have gotten too drunk at and after the United game and passed out on my bed around 9pm instead. Whoopsie. Btw – I love Whiskey Gentry’s music, have send them a few times, and will try to see them again each time they play a show here (which is frequent since they live in/near Atlanta).

      The Monday Night Garage is on the West Side Beltline and is worth a stop IMHO.

    • Barb says:

      My hubby was working the Foo Fighters show – he did remember to bring his ear plugs.
      He said for the 1st event at the GSU stadium, they did ok, but he had a chat with the facilities manager and came up with a check list of things that could be improved. Bottlenecks of people trying to exit after the show was the worst thing, and that didn’t have to happen, with more staff & maybe better signage it should be much better next time.
      Too may people in the aisles was his biggest problem as fire marshal, so it wasn’t a tough gig.

      • ITP Lurker says:

        Props to Georgia State for showing that things can be repurposed and not just bulldozed like everywhere else in the city. The Braves kept that area around the stadium a perpetual wasteland. A whole bunch of decrepit buildings are getting rehabbed and brought back to life on Georgia Avenue, and it’s just early days with this.

        • Stacy says:

          That makes me happy! I know that was the big plan back when the stadium was first built — part of the pitch back in the day was that it would revitalize the neighborhood. That didn’t really happen. It tickles me to hear that it’s happening now!

          I swear, Georgia State is one of the best things to ever happen to downtown Atlanta. On BOTH sides of the interstate.

          • ITP Lurker says:

            Absolutely. It’s my alma mater, and it’s been such a good steward of downtown. Stacy, given your recent walking tour of Woodruff Park, I made a point of riding my bike through there yesterday. Wow, that is not the Woodruff Park I remember from my Georgia State days. I’ve been by Woodruff Park countless times since then, but never stopped to appreciate it until yesterday.

            Separately, there’s a German company who has quietly bought up 47 commercial buildings in South Downtown, and is starting the lease up process. Downtown Atlanta is going to be radically different in a few years.

          • Is it der Amazon? 😂

            Sounds like I should be doing a better job at learning German. 😉

          • ITP Lurker says:

            Nope, der Newport. Nice italics. https://atlanta.curbed.com/2018/4/20/17258270/south-downtown-newport-leasing-efforts

            Amazon would add a whole other level to this, but I think it’s even money they could land in D.C. instead. Bezos bought several houses there recently.

          • Barb says:

            yeah Paulie – maybe you can get a German job here in Atlanta! Then you can get business trips to Germany!

          • I think we will be better off if we don’t get Amazon to open HQ2 here.

            That would be ideal since vacations to Germany are very expensive.

            I should try Porsche. Mercedes Benz is off my list since it would require me to commute to Dunwoody again.

  8. Steve says:

    I would support you working for Porsche. You could move to Hapeville and walk to work- it’s really got some nice areas.

    • ITP Lurker says:

      “Hapeville [has] really got some nice areas.”

      This is newsflash for me, and another part of town where my memories are stuck in the mid-to-late 90s. I had a couple of clients there back in the day and never saw fit to return.

      • Steve says:

        The neighborhood has started to turn. Debbie’s 2 friends that went on the pony “shopping” trip both live there, just South of Central Ave near I-85. I’ve only been in one of their homes, but it was beautifully restored.

      • Barb says:

        a few hashers have recently moved to Hapeville, and they say its really turning around down there. I have driven around a little (when waiting for Allan’s parents to get thru a longer than normal customs line), and I was somewhat surprised.
        There is a hasher Scratch n Sniff (or Scratch n Split, which we all call him, as he tends to leave before down downs) that works at Porsche.

  9. Debbie Brady says:

    Off to investigate the Porsche friends and family discount program.

    It’s worth a trip back Lurker. We enjoyed dinner at a newish bar there a while back. The food was good and it had a nice atmosphere – outdoor seating, rooftop seating or inside with giant tvs. We’ve been meaning to go back.

    My weekend was all things horse, i.e. pretty awesome!

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Good to know, Debbie! I’m glad to see the “Grant Park effect” is spreading further out ITP. I had a co-worker that lived in Grant Park in the early 90s and remember thinking why???. Prices had bumped a bunch when I bought in 2004 but I still got in early enough to do well.

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