It’s Winter Solstice day. Woot!

As the Car Talk guys used to say, “Well, it’s happened again…” The City of Atlanta, or the DOT, has planted another “all way” stop in my neighborhood. I’m now surrounded by stop signs and hate it. I thought roads were to facilitate traffic flow, but over the past decade the powers that be seem hellbent on stagnating it. There must be a better way to spend tax money, like filling potholes for instance?

I solved today’s Wordle in three attempts; my starter today was BASIL

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29 Responses to 2022-12-21

  1. YouTube has presented me with a Hüsker Dü concert video recorded in 1985. I know how I am spending my next hour.

    Somewhere in the dark recesses of my soul a 20-y/o Paulie is smiling and having the time of his life.

  2. Jenka says:

    Or they could, I don’t know, install a functioning transit system like every other comparably-sized city in the WORLD?!

    We took Finn to Pure last night for dinner. As usual with every restaurant in Inman Park, get there at an unfashionably early time if you want to have a tolerably pleasant experience. By about 7:45 the place was suddenly packed with millennials. There was a group of about 6 of them sitting around the corner of the bar, all looking at their phones. It was like a movie! Not bashing on millennials, it’s just funny!

    • Lol.

      I took So Ba to Betsy’s last night, disappointing her because I missed the text where she specified what she would like to eat and I didn’t bring that. However, when they didn’t pick up the phone I went to So Ba to order and was warned that at 6pm it might take forty minutes. Oy! I sat at the bar and nursed an $8 beer, and fortunately if didn’t take longer then thirty minutes.

      • Jenka says:

        Wow, that’s a long wait for So Ba! But it’s worth it (thus the reason for the wait). What was it that Betsy wanted?

        • She wanted pho.

          Here’s the whole story:
          Initially I was going to get chicken from Pollo Primo (Supremo?) but she asked if we could have So Ba since she’d eaten chicken for four days previously. I said “Sure, let me know if there is anything you want to eat specifically”, expecting to bring over two shareable dishes. Hours later I received a text from her, but failed to open it and read it completely so I never knew she wanted pho, so I brought over salt/pepper tofu and some grilled pork dish.

  3. Just considered, then reconsidered going for a long walk because it’s too damn cold to go outside!

  4. Steve Brady says:

    Waiting on Debbie to wake up so we can head to the aquarium.

    I’ve never eaten at Ruth Chris before and it was pretty good. Definitely not on the regular rotation until we win the lottery.

    Hotel was oddly full-ish, but most folks are with kids for the aquarium. Might be too much.

    Struggling with Wordle.


    • Good luck at the aquarium. I’ve been there during holiday time (more Thanksgiving than Christmas) and it’s been a zoo, no real pun intended.

    • Barb says:

      Ruth’s Chris is definitely good, but yes, quite pricy.
      Hopefully the Aquarium won’t be totally insane – but – you did pick a week when kids are out of school. After our dinner party there when it was closed, I’m not sure I ever want to go again with the masses.

    • David says:

      I’ve been to Ruth’s Chris once, decades ago, and never back again because the wait staff kept cheerleading me as to how good my experience was that evening. Back off, I know if I’m having a good time or not.

      • Steve Brady says:

        We had one manager stop in before the entre was even delivered. That was it. Debbie sent here non-rare steak back and they replaced it with one that was still mooing quickly.

  5. Barb says:

    We ended up going to Schoolhouse for a couple beers last night with Sal & Slim.
    I was tired, but decided why not. Tonight we are going to the American Legion to pay our dues – we could mail them, but why not go get a cheap cocktail???

    • Nice. How’d you become a Legion member? I thought you had to be former military, and to the best of my knowledge neither you nor Allan were in the military.

      • Barb says:

        I spent many lucnchtimes with my Grandfather at the Legion growing up.
        So, after going to a bunch of Legions on RAGBRAI – we went to the local Marietta one & asked how to join. They asked us – were any of your parents in the military? are they deceased? If they are deceased its easy – just fill out this form. So, we used our Grandfathers names – and paid $20 each, and became members. I think it is $40 a year now. We rarely go, but it isn’t smokey anymore, so we keep saying we should go more often.

        • Jenka says:

          Dude. If there were a Legion anywhere near me I would totally join.

          • Barb says:

            I mean – they pour heavy for cocktails & beers & wine are cheap. Not sure what they have for craft beers, but Allan is always happy with High Life.

            and – if you want to have an interesting conversation with an older person, there is usually someone there that is feeling chatty.

        • Well there you go…

          My mother plays bingo at one in Florida, but I couldn’t get a beer there in October because I wasn’t a member.

          • Barb says:

            that’s crazy! I’m surprised they didn’t just ask you to join! I’m a great member, I pay my dues & never take them up on all the activities (they have free breakfasts, etc.)

            I just sent a map to Paulie of where they all are in the metro area – there are none in town for the most part.

          • David says:

            There’s one in Buckhead, just south of Chastain Park, but it’s not very convenient to Grant Park/Candler Park. Well, unless I’m doing a 30 mile ride on my bike, then I cruise right by it.

    • My buddies are now Moose Lodge members. I considered joining but I’d have to get a reference from one of them. Lol

  6. David says:

    Wordle in 4 today starting with AWAKE to honor my insomnia. I should have a real bed again by the end of next week at the latest. We’ve almost jumped through all of the home equity loan hurdles.

    I got my back braces off of my teeth today. Woo hoo! The front ones come off on February 7. For reasons that are not clear to me they do that in two stages, so at least the first stage is done. I will not miss having a mouth full of barbed wire, that’s for sure.

  7. Debbie Brady says:

    Wordle in 4 starting with KELPS.

    I got very little sleep last night. The hotel was definitely disappointing. We had to change rooms to get more than lukewarm water. Even the new room had inadequate hot water, but it was at least bearable.

    The maintenance guy that came up to the first room tried to sell Steve on the water. “It’s burning hot now.” Yeah, no.

    The convenience of walking downstairs to dinner was the bright spot.

    My final work project has turned into a complete cluster. The contractor finally delivered a first draft this morning and it’s so unacceptable that I don’t see a path forward with them. I would write it off as not my problem, but I don’t want to leave my friend/supervisor in a lurch. I said I would consider doing it as a contractor but also pitched another option that gets me out of the mix. Hoping that they take door #2!

  8. Long walk, 4.5 miles, accomplished!

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