Took the entire long weekend off – from hashing. I went to the theater on Saturday night and saw “The Book of Will”, a bike ride on Sunday, and four-mile walk yesterday. Sprinkled into each day was sports watching, code writing for “XYZ Corp”, and a smattering of German.

Unfortunately it feels as if I am going to be adding “lower back pain” to my repertoire of maladies; it has been bugging me since Saturday.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 209.8 pounds (-0.2 from last week’s weigh-in). I feared much worse…

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37 Responses to 2018-09-04

  1. Barb, I’ll text you when I am done at the root canal joint; my appointment is for 11:30am. If you are able to meet up, the Red Eyed Mule is calling my name.

    • Stacy Fox says:

      The Red Mule is awesome! Only there once, but oh was it worth the trip.

      • Barb says:

        Red Eyed Mule sounds good too – I ate way too much all weekend, just need to keep it going……….hahahahaha
        Allan should be meeting us – he went to Hyox this morning, so not sure when he will be done working there.

  2. Bonnie says:

    🤜🏻🤛🏻 0.2 is at least in the right direction 🙂. When I weighed myself yesterday morning I was 4 pounds down, but that was before a huge tofu teriyaki bowl for lunch at Dragon Con…

  3. HamWithCam says:

    It was a decent holiday weekend.

    Gun show Saturday morning (Gwinnett Infinite Energy Center), where I picked up a few odds/ends, but I returned to a nail in Jan’s tire. Actually a screw. Both local tire places quoted “2-3 hours” to plug it. In fairness, I was behind everybody else trying to get tires. So, I went to the local Gulf station, in and out in 10 minutes. Dude knew what he was doing. “Eddie”, Medlock Gulf. Down on Scott Blvd, by the new Walmart. Across the street from where “the church used to be”. 🙂

    “Later that same day” we discovered the upstairs HVAC wasn’t cooling. However, it wasn’t freezing up either. Only blowing 70F air, but good flow. Head scratcher. I let it ride and ran it through the night, and it kept things reasonably cool upstairs. However, by Sunday morning it was frozen up, indicating low refrigerant. And a leak, somewhere. For regular viewers, you’ll recall this happened around 2 months ago. And 3-4 months prior to that. Why not just repair the leak? Leaks are hard to find and they almost always occur in the most expensive (and difficult to get to) piece of the system (in this case the “coil”, no doubt). Freon (R-22) is cheap by comparison ($35/pound wholesale). A several pound charge today (if my HVAC dude makes it by) will get us to Winter. Hopefully. The forecast this week is for…90’s.

    We took in the (hot and humid) Atlanta Botanical Garden on Sunday morning. Much construction, some areas closed. Lots of Pirate fans. I’d posted a few photographs here, but I do not know how. Suffice it to say, they are…spectacular. 🙂

    Lunch at OK Cafe followed (where else). Then a family get-together and Jan’s sister’s house in “Morningside” that evening. They have a cute new puppy, a Golden Retriever/Poodle mix. They’re trying to teach it o ring a bell to “go outside”. Uh huh.

    Sunday Two (AKA, Monday) was uneventful. We limped along with the struggling HVAC, alternating between letting it run and turning the compressor off, but running the fan (to unfreeze).

    We did discover a brand new place in Decatur, “The Po’Boy Shop”, great (not kidding) shrimp Po’Boy sandwiches. And different fries, kind of like thin home fries. I hope they make it. A few doors down from Athens Pizza on Clairemont.

    Lastly, good luck to Nike and the “we support kneeling dude” ad campaign. Decisions have consequences. Ask Dick’s Sporting Goods.

    73 de JG/HamWithCam

    • Barb says:

      busy morning –
      Isn’t that a Goldendoodle? (do you just refuse to say designer dog names? and – how many thousands did they pay for it? LOL)

      And – is Dicks Sporting Goods really doing that poorly? They are my big customer here for shipping, they are just as busy this year as other years.
      It doesn’t bother me if a company takes a stand – I kind of like it – more people should own their beliefs if its important to them. Be up front about it – instead of bitching in the background.

      • HamWithCam says:

        Yep, Goldendoodle.
        And yep, hundreds if not thousands (I’m guessing, no details).

        Not exactly poorly, but yes, Dick’s Sporting Goods sales are down:
        “Dick’s Sporting Goods’ shares slide as sales miss expectations and company blames Under Armour”


        (And Secretary Clinton lost as a result of…Russian meddling.)

        Public (and private) companies take on controversial issues at their own risk. As I said, decisions have consequesnses.

        Customers vote with their $$$.

        If I was a Dick’s shareholder (or a board member or a customer, etc.), I’d want Dick’s to stick to their knitting and sell sporting goods.

        Ditto for REI, now turn uber-activist company, closed on Black Friday, the biggest retail shopping day of the year. As a “shareholder” (I’ve been a member since 1972, #530xxx), they should sell high-quality outdoor gear, at a fair price. Period.

        73 de JG/HamWithCam

        • And Chick-fil-A should be open on Sunday, right? 😉

          Companies should do what they want, within the laws of the country, and let consumers decide their fate. My two cents…

          • HamWithCam says:

            HamWithCam Trivia, 09-04-2018:
            Q: Why are CfA restaurants closed on Sunday? Is it for religious reasons?
            A: CfA restaurants are closed on Sundays because it saves $$$.

            Bonus HamWithCam trivia:
            Q: What are the two highest profit items in any fast-food restaurant? McD, Wendy’s, CfA, etc, etc.

            73 de JG/HamWithCam

          • barb says:

            French fries & or sodas are the high profit items

          • HamWithCam says:

            barb says:
            September 4, 2018 at 11:04 am
            French fries & or sodas are the high profit items

            (The cup and ice cost more than the drink.)

            So, as your prize, do you want a 1) beer bottle opener or a 2) beer bottle opener? Hmmm? 🙂


          • Per CfA’s website:

            “Our founder, Truett Cathy, made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia. Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose – a practice we uphold today.”

          • HamWithCam says:

            …and it saves $$$.
            Lot’s of $$$.

            73 de JG/HamWithCam

          • Barb says:

            which is why OK Café charging me $2.99 for a soda just annoys me. I know it doesn’t cost them much at all!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and all other restaurants charging so much for drinks)

  4. Stacy Fox says:

    Had an absolutely low-key weekend myself. Got some cleaning done. Laundry and grocery shopping. Binge-watched Ozark season 2. You know, hold me back, folks: I’m so full of excitement!

    This week is packed though! Tonight I’m seeing a girlfriend from college I haven’t seen in nearly 25 years. She’s in town for business staying at the Marriott down here. I kind of giggle at that — like, holy cow, I can’t imagine the amount of cleaning that had to go into it overnight to go from DragonCon folks back to business folks. I wonder how quickly they recover or if it takes a couple few days. Tomorrow I’m dining for the first time at the Commerce Club down here (anyone ever been? recommendations?). Friday I have a massage after work.

    Thursday I’m going to try my best to get up to the 57th Fighter Group to see Judy (PotLicker) and friends. I’m assuming all hashers have heard the news about Steve’s passing by now. Judy’s having a little “celebration of life” gathering there that she posted on a hash page. I actually knew Steve before hashing: we worked together back in 1998-2004 – the place he just recently retired from. I remember the first time he came out to a hash and saw me there too: that “fun” experience when your work life collides with your debauchery. He was a very sweet and funny man and will be missed for sure.

    • Heard the news about Proof Eat Her (aka Steve). Unfortunately I have another commitment on Thursday night so I won’t be making it to 57th Fighter Group. My commitment is at Wild Heaven so I will raise a glass in his honor, however.

    • Steve says:

      I recall a very nice dinner at the Commerce Club a couple of years ago- must have been the Hunt Ball. We were dressed to the nines, but I don’t think that’s the expected dress code. I’m sure nice business attire is appropriate.

      • Stacy Fox says:

        I already have a cute little dress I’m going to wear. Women are lucky in that: a dress automatically seems to elevate our attire.

        • barb says:

          and Stacy – is season 2 of Ozark any good?

          • Stacy Fox says:

            Barb, I enjoyed it! Definitely read and/or watch a season 1 recap before starting though. I would have forgotten about some of the little plot lines or who the characters were if I hadn’t.

          • Barb says:

            thanks for that tip – I was thinking I don’t remember much.
            AND- a friend had dinner Saturday at JDs on the Lake *aka the Blue Cat Lodge*

    • Barb says:

      we plan to go to 57th Fighter Club Thursday night- I always enjoyed talking to Steve. He was always interesting.

  5. Steve says:

    Early dismissal Friday meant a bike ride before getting onto chores. Murphy went walkabout after dinner and I chased him for a bit. Apparently, 50yards of jogging in non-running shoes means you wake up Saturday morning unable to walk. Apparently I sprained my ankle and sleeping on it made it bloom. I spent all day Saturday on anti -inflams and ice.

    Sunday, hobbled to breakfast with the neighbors (Doug and Nicole) who are members at the Newnan CC. Had the best grits EVAH! Inspired me to try and equal them next time I cook. Watched the Vuelta stage with another win by American Ben King!!

    Monday was a hunting day for Debbie and I was tasked with bringing something to the breakfast after. They rode around and never saw anything, but a nice breakfast, including deviled eggs with avocado (!!).

    A ride late yesterday on the bum ankle went OK until the rain came down hust 2 miles from home. All good until a half mile of wet dirt road. I was filthy and the bike was covered in mud.


  6. I just found out that Apple discontinued the “last good MacBook Pro” aka “15-inch MBP with all the ports, functional keyboard, and no touch bar” in July. Ugh, I knew I should have forked out the cash for one this year…

  7. Barb says:

    long, long, long weekend of eating & drinking at Lake Keowee, SC.
    BUT – we did go for a 32 mile ride Saturday morning, I’m so out of shape, I was struggling towards the end. Eddie had mapped it out with ridewithgps – and we hit a couple gravel roads. I am not a fan of gravel, and 1 was sandy & uphill. I blame that on my bonking.
    We did hit a couple history stops along the way, one was very intriguing, a DAR school from the early 1900s. Beautiful campus – I need to look it up, we were all wondering, what the heck was the curriculum? And- it is now a “home” for at risk children.

  8. Root canal dentist evaluation was inconclusive. Ugh. I’m not saying that I need a root canal, but I also know that something is not right.

  9. Barb says:

    Red Eyed Mule was soooo tasty as always. Now I’m soooooo full.

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