Staying out of everybodyÒ€ℒs way today. Enjoy the silence.

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18 Responses to 2018-05-04

  1. ITP Lurker says:

    Hello, darkness, my old friend…

    • Barb says:

      and that makes me sing a song in my head……….

      • Stacy says:

        Me TOO! Like, straight off the bat didn’t read it: sang it.

        • ITP Lurker says:

          Yeah, that felt like a total two-for-one that I couldn’t resist here. πŸ™‚

        • ITP Lurker says:

          Stacy, does this look like trouble brewing for you? πŸ˜‰


          Seems like one of those places to visit once for the experience, being mindful to bring insulin along too.

          • Stacy says:

            Interesting! For the location, if their price point is good I bet they could be quite a success.

            I haven’t much of a sweet tooth myself. I like the ice cream part of this but not the “sandwich” part. I’d totally go at least once though (if for no other reason than to write a Yelp review) πŸ˜‰

          • ITP Lurker says:

            I agree, I really don’t need a donut with my ice cream, thank you. This feels to me like the cookie dough store in Ponce City Market where you can buy a bowl of cookie dough (as opposed to buying a bowl of ice cream). Definitely a place where experiencing it once is enough.

  2. Barb says:

    was the SLUT hash fun? any shiggy? all road rage?

  3. Steve says:

    An easy trip back from New Orleans last night, chores today then the wedding this afternoon. A Kentucky derby party tomorrow afternoon and I don’t think anything planned for Sunday. Maybe we should ride?


    • Barb says:

      I’m not sure what we have on the agenda Sunday, we definitely need to ride.
      I know it won’t be mountain biking going north on 75 – they are finally repaving, traffic will tend to be a parking lot when that’s going on.

      • ITP Lurker says:

        Thanks for the reminders of this. Planning a trip to Fort Mountain State Park next weekend, and getting snarled in construction traffic will be a total buzz kill. I’ll look at heading up 400 instead.

        • Barb says:

          I think this paving will go on for quite a while, since they are only doing it on weekends.

  4. ITP Lurker says:

    Since there seems to be some wound licking going on today, hey, look, Patton Oswalt has a therapist: “… I was talking with my therapist about that …”


    That’s a big part of how he got out of his own damn way. That’s how a lot of us get out of our own damn way. That’s how you, Paulie, can get out of your own damn way. Or you can continue to listen for “Paulie, Paulie, table for one for the pity party…Paulie, your table for one is ready…” You don’t have to stay so stuck, unless you want to. But as I’ve said before, if you could have already fixed this on your own, you would have.

    • Barb says:

      you are a wise man Lurker – or are you a wise woman?
      not that it matters, I’m just curious.

      • ITP Lurker says:

        Well, since you ask, a man. Wise? Jury’s still out on that, but I’ve been through some massive struggles in my life, and try to use my pain to help others ease theirs when they’re open to it. Sometimes even when they’re not open to it. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ Because, well, I can’t just help it sometimes. Being overly helpful to a fault is a coping mechanism I’ve mostly recovered from, but I do still indulge in it sometimes.

        Paulie is 2 days older than me, so following this space has been like watching a parallel universe of how my life totally could have played out with regard to being long-term single. I’m long-term married, which Paulie gives me an ever greater appreciation for, but despite that there’s been much dysfunction that stemmed from my backstory that I’m finally starting to get free of.

        I’ve had many of the same highly negative thought processes as Paulie over the years, and that’s why I get so frustrated sometimes, it’s like goddamn it, you don’t *have* to be this way. Especially the laments about not finding a mate. We have to find ourselves somewhat attractive before anyone else will. My wife chose me even though at the time I didn’t consider myself worth choosing, so I do count blessings there.

        As I’ve mentioned before, I ran across this blog years ago from Paulie’s writing for Atlanta Met Blogs. He’s an engaging and entertaining writer when he wants to be. For a long time my social anxiety kept me truly lurking, but somewhere along the way I started contributing a bit here and there, and kind of bulldozed my way into the community because ya’ll are a nice bunch of people that are kind to Paulie and have been kind to me. Too kind to Paulie, sometimes, that’s why I say things no one else does. For whatever good that does. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        • Stacy says:

          I’m not sure if “bulldozed” is the right word, but I’m glad you’re here. πŸ™‚

          • ITP Lurker says:

            Well, thank you, Stacy. There’s a lot I’ve managed to start recovering from but I’m still dealing with severe, life-long self-acceptance issues. But honestly, this space has very much helped my healing along, so thank you to all of you for including me in the community.

          • ITP Lurker says:

            Also, there’s been an evolution over the years with regard to following Paulie’s internal monologue. The first few years, “whoa, I know how he feels, yep that’s just the way things are” The last couple of years, “WHOA, I know how he feels, and it’s MISERABLE!” I’m tired of being miserable in my life, especially as I rocket my way well into the second half of it.

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