For about a week I have been contemplating signing up for an overnight backpacking/camping trip at FDR State Park at the end of October put on by REI. The workshop was priced at $299 which is why I was hemming and hawing about whether to join the two others who had already registered. When I went to see if anyone else had registered I couldn’t find the event, which apparently means that REI has cancelled it.

Last night’s outing was fun. Harold (Bwana) drove down to the ITP Estate and I drove us up to Little 5 Points. We had beers and dinner at Wrecking Bar before walking around to Variety Playhouse for the Rick Beato show. On Beato’s YouTube channel he often breaks down a song, explaining why it’s great. Due to the ridiculous copyright laws he has to avoid songs from many bands, including The Beatles (who you’d think have enough money at this point), lest the video get demonetized or his channel gets a strike placed on it. Live however, he can do as he pleases, so he broke down The Beatles’ song “I am the Walrus”.

It was twenty years ago today when the path of the Atlanta Thrashers started its decline. Twenty years ago today Thrashers superstar Danny Heatley lost control of his car while speeding up Lenox Road, injuring himself and subsequently killing his teammate Dan Snyder.

I solved today’s Wordle in four attempts; my starter today was WHITE.

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35 Responses to 2023-09-29

  1. I was wrong about the rebuilt Krispy Kreme being open, which considering I was going to get a coffee and donut for breakfast, stinks.

  2. Sally says:

    Out with BWANA!! Must have been an interesting evening. We placed third in Trivia last night. Seriously…how do people retain that much useless knowledge? The guy that runs Harry’s had a birthday cake for one of the players but he gave us each a slice and MADE us do Tequila shots with him. Working today and tomorrow. Might go to the ASO concert in Piedmont Park Saturday night. Might ride on Sunday as I need to get on my bike at least one more time before Tuesday’s ride. Wordle in 5 starting with GIFTS. Clean slate on Connections.

  3. Steve says:

    Wordle in 5 starting with AISLE and that was a pisser! Connections perfect.

    We (and the credit union) are the proud owners of a 2021 GMC 2500 Denali. All the bells and whistles. I think Debbie said when the salesman filled it up for her, it was $125 bucks! Hmmm..

    A nice-ish Hampton on the beach at Pensacola. The only thing that hasn’t changed since I was here last (over 50 years ago) is the water. Still beautiful. And how does a hotel that doesn’t have many guest who fly in have the nerve to charge for parking?

    Off to the Naval Aviation Museum later.


    • Bob says:

      I feel your pain Steve, my truck has a 35 gallon tank so fill-ups are often over $100. What sucks is smaller gas stations that cap your debit card spend at $100 so you don’t get a full tank.
      On the plus side, I can go over 500 miles on one tank. I can drive to my brothers place in Orlando non-stop. Without family of course, those 2 have to eat and pee a LOT 🙂

      • Steve says:

        What kind of mileage do you get, Bob? We were in one and the electronics reported 10 or 11 mpg! The beast could get 18 when we first got it.

        • Bob says:

          I usually get 16 to 18 depending on how heavy my foot is. When towing I get 10.

        • Barb says:

          the Tundra gets pretty crappy mileage- but it is a 2004. Its still running well though. I wonder how many miles it has on it. I’ll have to ask Allan sometime. (its not that high for being almost 20 years old)

  4. Bob says:

    REI does some cool stuff but holy crap is it expensive! $300 just to go camping? Their hiking group and mountain bike lessons are crazy expensive too. I understand it if you don’t know better (David :-)) but it is just a lot.
    Wordle in 3 with some help and I have no idea how I pulled off connections with only 1 mistake, couple of real lucky guesses.
    Travis is going to the homecoming dance tomorrow, fun to see how excited/nervous he is.

  5. Barb says:

    I decided I needed to get around to get a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich (its a thing here in Iowa) & thought it would be “fun” to get mom & dad out of the house for a little car ride. Dad asked 1000 times where we were going. It only took 10 minutes to get to the place, a little bar with a kitchen.
    Well – they serve the sandwich in a pizza box its so big, with 2 buns, and we only ate maybe 1/4- 1/3 of it. We have plenty of leftovers.
    The funniest thing was while I was inside paying, a guy comes in & yells – “who left their grandparents in the car??!!” I just said -they are still there – right?

    • I am meeting Betsy at Skips in Avondale Estates in an hour. This was supposed to be lunch, but 10:30 is early, even for me! Why Skips? Because I told her I had never eaten there. Little Willie was supposed to join us, but apparently tested positive for COVID again yesterday.

      • Steve says:

        I lived for years in AE and never went to Skips. Not a Chicago dog fan.

        Jenka, i just laughed out loud at your “feral” weekend.

        • Jenka says:

          HEH! It’s what we call it when we have no kid to be responsible for. I even made up a “feral weekend” jingle!

          Our fundraising department brings Skips in once a year for an outdoor fundraising event. In my opinion it is completely unremarkable food. But everyone seems to love it? I’ll be interested to hear what you think, Paulie.

      • Jenka says:

        So, why 10:30? Betsy is so weird. 🙂

      • Skip’s verdict: C
        The sandwich was good, how authentic it was I cannot say since the only other one I ate was in Chicago ten years or so.

        • Barb says:

          now I am googling Skips…….

        • Barb says:

          so what did you order?
          a place up here has Chicago dogs & Italian beef – I got the Italian Beef once, DAMN it was spicy. Hot dogs are hot dogs to me, and I’m not a huge amount of toppings person, so most of it is lost on me. A chili slaw dog is good though. Or the Red’s dog with the bacon jam. That’s pretty freakin good.

        • Jenka says:

          Hunh. When they do our event they just do plain burgers and hot dogs and make you put your own condiments and garnish on. And the buns are completely raw. I was like, we’re PAYING them to do what we could have done ourselves? Get me on the grill, I can cook up plain burgers and dogs for free!

  6. Oh yeah, tonight I am going to my first (and perhaps last) Braves game at Truist Park tonight.

  7. Jenka says:

    There’s a new movie on Netflix this month starring Ellie Kemper (from The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) where she plays a recent divorcee who goes on an REI hiking/camping trip in the Adirondacks with a lovable band of misfits, and hijinks ensue. It’s formulaic but cute.

    We had so much of the casserole from Wednesday that I fed the family on it again last night. Finn goes off to his mother’s for the weekend so we are feral this weekend! Belated Kevin birthday dinner tonight with Sarah and her partner at Kevin Rathbun Steak. Thinking about maybe going to the Candler Park Fall Fest tomorrow or Sunday.

    I’ll report back whenever I get around to playing games.

  8. David says:

    I started my day with driving a golf cart around Paideia for 2 hours to help out with Grandparents Day. It’s definitely a sweet volunteer gig.

    Tonight I’m doing a 2 hour restorative yoga class that includes a live cello player. I defintitely need to zen out. Tomorrow night is Chicago at Chastain.

    Wordle in 5, I had the first, fourth, and fifth letters in place in 3, and then had to turn the crank two more times to finish things off. Clean slate on Connections.

    • Barb says:

      my friend Lisa is teaching restorative yoga Dancing Dogs yoga there in town. I’d like to go, but can’t fit it in during the week of course. She is doing a Saturday class tomorrow, but – I’m still in Iowa. Restorative is nice to chill out.

      Golf carts are always fun.

      • Golf carts are fun, until you all get drunk and then get launched when the driver thinks it’s funny to pull a fast and unexpected turn. Ask me how I know… At least I didn break anything upon impact.

        • David says:

          Ouch. Yeah, drinking and golf cart driving don’t mix well. I won’t name names but I’ll always remember when someone drove a golf cart up over a curb because they’d had a bit too much. No one got hurt but it was some drama for a minute.

      • David says:

        The restorative yoga class I’m taking tonight is at Dancing Dogs. Jenn, who does Thai massages for me, is leading the class. Restorative yoga + live cello music is exactly what I need tonight.

  9. Respiratory system still not 100%. I don’t intend to change plans this weekend, but my ride on Tuesday’s May be much shorter than anticipated. We’ll see how I am doing then.

    • Sally says:

      Mine hasn’t been 100% since last November. Way I look at it….if I do 50 to Cedartown….I have to get back. 🙂

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