Hope your MLK Jr Day is going swimmingly, and if you have to work today that the traffic was light.

After a weekend of fun times — hashing on Friday night, brewery hopping and seeing “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Saturday night, and hashing again yesterday — I am being lazy today.

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  1. Stacy Fox says:

    Interesting day yesterday. Woke up to a broken toilet – uh oh! When you only have one, this could be an issues! Landlords couldn’t figure out how to fix it so they suggested a hotel (that they would cover) so I Hotwired it (didn’t want to screw them over too badly!)

    Hotwire is interesting if you’ve never used it: you actually have to pay for your hotel before knowing which hotel it actually is. They show you a map where your hotel will be located and the star rating and price and you take a gamble from there. “Downtown Mercedes Benz area, 4 star rating” …Okay, I’ll play. Especially at only $78 a night! (+$27 in taxes) Landed my ass in the Westin Peachtree last night. Aahhhh nice. Why don’t I have a nice big king-sized bed at home anyway?! It was doubly cool since I had a friend coming through town with hours to kill before flying out. So he just picked me up, we used my downtown parking pass for his car, went and hung at the Meehan’s on Peachtree for hours with another friend, and then he drove off to the airport and I just climbed on up to my room. Totally not how I expected the day to go but it really worked out. The 2-block walk to work was nice too. Will be a 2-mile one home, but girl needs her exercise after all them Guinness. (Guinnesses? Guinni?) 😉

    Because I CAN go home. They managed to fix the toilet last night too so I can head on back home tonight no worries. Woo hoo! So here’s to fun, unplanned adventures.

    Anyone doing anything cool today for MLK Jr Day? Volunteering or anything?

    • barb says:

      Stacy – not a bad day at all that started off probably freaking you out.

      • Stacy Fox says:

        Barb — Exactly! 🙂 It’s taken me many many years to learn it but when I realize to just go with the flow, it’s amazing how a day can turn out. Years ago I’d have been flippin’ out.

        • ITP Lurker says:

          Here’s to going with the flow. I’m able to do that far more these days. Good God, all those lost years of flipping out. Oh well, we get here when we get here.

    • Going to the Urban Explorers mystery / full moon dinner tonight.

    • ITP Lurker says:

      I rolled my own service project by picking up 15 bags of trash from a former homeless camp at Boulevard and I-20, next to the fire station. That area isn’t perfect, but it’s light-years better than it was when the sun rose. After years of riding my bike by that area I decided to finally do something about it.

      Well played on your night downtown, Stacy!

      • Stacy Fox says:

        That’s awesome, Lurker. I know some folks who are trying to get together to do that this weekend somewhere, perhaps in a national park area where trash is horribly collecting with the shut down. You all are so awesome for taking on projects like these.

        • ITP Lurker says:

          Thank you, Stacy. It’s not normally in my realm to jump in on a project like that, but I’m glad I did. Oh, and I got cookies! A mother with two young kids came by and said she uses that sidewalk every day and had wanted to clean the area up today but her husband said no way (he thought there’d be syringes, etc.–there wasn’t, thankfully). She made cookies for the firemen instead, but dropped some off with my kids and me because she saw us working. That was definitely an unexpected outcome for doing a good deed. And the cookies were delicious. 🙂

          It’s sad and devastating what’s happening to our national parks. Monuments are getting destroyed and/or graffiti’d and so on. I just don’t understand. I sure hope this stupid pissing contest ends soon in DC.

      • barb says:

        15 bags of trash – wow!
        There are so many homeless (or as Allan calls them = Urban Campers) near his firehouse on Edgewood – its amazing. I think its partly because its close to downtown, but also so close to Grady.
        I think the area gets a little more cleaned up because of the street car (gotta not scare off that 1 person that might ride it occasionally)

        • ITP Lurker says:

          Yeah, I could have kept going, but I had a time constraint for a work thing I had to do this afternoon.

          There’s an ongoing ebb and flow of homeless people on Bell Street (which is the street by Grady that runs under the connector). Dozens of people camp will out under that bridge, then periodically the authorities come in and clear everyone out. Within a few days the cycle starts anew. So no surprise that Allan sees a ton of homeless people.

          The state came through a couple of years ago and cut down the bushes that made the area I cleaned a suitable encampment, but they did nothing about the trash.

  2. Steve says:

    Ran errands and did chores on Saturday. Waited for the storm to come through before I drove up to Manuel’s Tavern to meet some old high school buddies on our annual get together. Because I was so late in leaving the house, some had already come and gone.

    Yesterday was a refresher for my motorcycle officiating class, led by one of the first category A motorcycle officials in the country. 5 new C moto officials!

    Last night stayed up to see the blood moon. I miss read the time it was supposed to start and was out in the hot tub for almost an hour waiting and waiting and waiting. Finally went back inside before I drowned and saw the correct times. As we tend to have lots of stars down here it was neat to see the blood moon surrounded by the stars.

    Going to ride over to Bear Creek to pick up Debbie’s truck. I hope I find enough warm weather gear.

    • barb says:

      Allan decided to take the motorcycle to work today – I think he’s crazy – its COLD out!!!

      • Steve says:

        11 miles or so to pick up the truck. I was overdressed (as I’m gladly out of practice). The only part that was cold were my toes- too much sock jammed into the shoe.

  3. Barb says:

    weekend was interesting for me as well – Allan picked up a swap shift for a guy on Saturday, so now he doesn’t have to use a vacation day when we go to FL next month.
    I went to Mango’s birthday bike ramble, but didn’t ramble. I helped Kat get the food ready for everyone when they got back. Managed to cut a tiny bit of skin off the end of a finger while chopping onions – its amazing how much a little cut can bleed. Band-aid is making my typing today much harder than it should be. Since I was ITP – I stopped by the firehouse after the party to have Allan paramedic my cut finger – he laughed at me, but its hard to put a Band-Aid on a finger with just 1 hand when it wont stop bleeding.

    Sunday we spent the day watching football (1 good outcome, 1 not so good outcome) with a friend who now lives in New Zealand. And no, TLS & Cums didn’t make a surprise appearance in the states, I have other friends that moved to Auckland.
    Bryan is the executor for our friend Ann who passed away last week, so he needed a break from all that fun. It was weird hanging out at her house, but we helped him go thru a few things, but really basically drank beer & watched football all day.

    Just a note to self (& everyone who reads this) – clean out the pantry occasionally – we had a lot of fun guessing expiration dates on food we found.

    • Stacy Fox says:

      Hahahaha! I just had that conversation with my landlady too (she let me use her bathroom before I headed downtown) — she too was cleaning out her pantry this weekend (was it Clean Out Your Pantry Day and I missed it??) and remarked on the same. I now feel the need to do it myself; it’s an awful mess. Maybe I’ll try to tackle that tonight! Since garbage pick-up will be delayed today, if I can get it done they can take all the mysteries away tomorrow.

      • barb says:

        well – not sure if it was actually “National clean out the pantry day”, but since the house will have to be put up for sale after the probate, and whenever other stuff has to get done, this was something little we could do to help.

        It is quite entertaining, especially (because it wasn’t my pantry), and Ann wasn’t there to be insulted by all of our jokes………
        She had bought these microwavable dinners, (they weren’t that old really) that aren’t refrigerated – just looking at the list of ingredients was hilarious. I’m sure they are edible, but was there any really food in them?

    • Pantry cleaning is on my agenda, and I’ll suggest the same for your refrigerator. I’m sure I have items that expired a long time ago in mine..

      • barb says:

        I missed the refrigerator part of the game, he had done that way before we had arrived. (that was much more urgent, if you know what I mean)
        I know we have plenty of condiments, sauces, marinades that need to be thrown out.

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