To my surprise and joy one of my neighbors had over ten bags of yard waste on their curb Saturday morning when I walked up to meet Betsy for coffee. I espied at least a half dozen that I would carry back to WLF. To my horror the City picked up the yard waste, on a Saturday, by the time we walked down my street about an hour later. Another neighbor had raked leaves into the street, but never seemed to bag them as they were gone by night with nary a bag in sight.

What a missed opportunity for WLF.

Wordle: four, my starter was ALIVE
Connections: one mistake in which I included one from every group!, Yellow > Blue > Green > Purple

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36 Responses to 2023-12-18

  1. David says:

    Easy come, easy go on the leaves. The city does put in overtime to keep up with leaf season.

    Steve Miller put on a serviceable show. I’m glad that I saw him. It’s always good to be in the Fox. I had a bit of role reversal last night as Rachel needed the car to get to and from work. She dropped me off at King Memorial. The subway was surprisingly busy yesterday as I took MARTA to the Midtown station. As an homage to the line “somebody get me a cheeseburger” in Livin’ in the USA I darkened the door of the Vortex and had a tasty cheeseburger and two 20 ounce Hopsectioner pours. That’s the size a beer should be, especially when compared to the stingy 14 ounce pours that are becoming more common.

    Crisis narrowly averted with Wordle in 6, no misses on Connections.

    • David says:

      The other part of the role reversal was Rachel picking me up after the show. I’ve helped her get to/from MARTA and/or concerts, this was her first time doing that for me. We commemorated the occasion with a late night Sublime Donuts run.

    • Every time I pass the Vortex in L5P I think “Man, it’s been a long time since I’ve eaten there.”

      Curious about MARTA. I know there was a football game played at The Dome (yeah, I know that’s not the stadium any longer) on Saturday. I wonder how MARTA will fare when they’re converted all of their parking lots to housing, in what I assume is a money grab.

      Could’ve had a three in Wordle, but chose the wrong first letter. Connections fascinates me since it shows how differently we all recognize patterns. I never imagined I’d group four things, in which each one was from a different grouping.

      • David says:

        A couple thoughts on MARTA: they wouldn’t need to do a cash grab if the state wasn’t always trying to starve them out of existence. Also the buildings being built on MARTA parking lots are mostly residential, with the idea that it will generate more customers.

        It could have been the game but it seemed like a lot of people just going about their business, especially at the Midtown station. It just surprised me, usually I have to dodge tumbleweeds when I ride MARTA on a weekend.

      • I used to avoid The Vortex because it allowed smoking. I have no excuse since that changed.

      • Jenka says:

        I used to go to the Vortex *fairly* regularly, maybe once or twice a year; but I haven’t been in the last several years. Part of it is the indoor smoking (at first), part of it is that you can’t take kids there, and part of it is that my burger taste has matured beyond them. I just don’t care for novelty burgers with a bunch of shit on them anymore.

        Paulie, Connections fascinates me for that same reason! I love comparing which categories we each got in various orders. There is no right or wrong, it’s just how different peoples’ brains work.

        • Barb says:

          Vortex annoyed me because you had to show an ID to walk in the door. I understand why (the smoking part) but I don’t look 21. Come on……….

          I also compare the colors we get – and how all of our brains work.

  2. Steve says:

    Wordle in 4 after starting with 2 whiffs! Coulda been a 3 (with 4 out of 5 correct), but no.
    One mistake in Connections.

    As long as I have worked in my current location (almost 24 years) I think I have been in the Vortex only once. Maybe the thought on NOT having a beer keeps me away?

    Saturday and Sunday were burn days. The large pile of limbs and good sized pieces, as well as 25 lengths of bamboo is now ashes. I knew bamboo would “pop” when burned, but Debbie asked me what all the shooting was! Loud and random shots from the fire were fun. Decided the largest pieces will need to be hauled away- a couple of those trunks are over 30″ in diameter.

    A good ride on the trainer last night- 40 intense minutes I can feel this morning.

    We tried to watch “Sound of Music” last night, but with so many commercials, we set it to record and will come back to it.


    • David says:

      These might be fighting words but the Vortex always feels like a tourist trap to me. My burger and beer were good though.

      • Steve says:

        I don’t know if that’s it, or the thought of having a big burger for lunch and the after effects of falling asleep!

        Also, I typically walk north or east from the office when I’m out to lunch. If I go south, I’m headed to Rreal Tacos on 7th (?).

      • Bob says:

        I’m with you David, the Vortex does seem touristy to me. Everything is super expensive too. They do make a good burger but they are just a little too proud of it $$$

  3. Sally says:

    Wordle in 2 starting with NOISE. Perfect Connections: purple, yellow, blue, green. Not sure why green always seems to be the hardest for me to see and connect. The mind works in weird ways.

    I worked on Saturday. Was successful in getting my cards done. Jams are made as well. I rode bikes and ran at the hash dumathalon.

    Working today and hoping I can get out of there in time to meet up with the Run Smyrna group for their annual Christmas light run.

  4. On Saturday I sent an email inquiry to the Georgia State Park account asking about my renewal. Kudos to them, for confessing to an error which caused my renewal packet not to be sent out. They will now mail it, which unfortunately means I probably won’t have it in hand until I return from Florida and it is among my held mail.

  5. Bob says:

    I have all the leaves you could ever want Paulie, I can bring them by the truckload to you :-). I usually have at least 4 rounds of raking/blowing them to my back yard, so many leaves!
    Wordle in 5 starting with Sally’s word. Still have no idea how you got there in 2.

    Today marks 23 years completed at McKesson. I really need to get off my ass and find a new job. This place used to be fun, now it is just a paycheck.

  6. Jenka says:

    Monday! And I have a pretty important meeting this afternoon. After today my boss goes on vacation so the office will get a lot quieter.

    We went to the holiday party for Kevin’s firm on Friday, the after party was at Laseter’s. That was over by 8 and and the “food” they had out was pretty sad, so we went to Fontaine’s for dinner. Saturday we could not stand the house anymore so we went up to the cabin. I have never been so happy to see functional vinyl countertops in my life. And I got to cook dinner! Amazing!

    As I mentioned on Friday, no drywall was harmed by being put up on Friday, but they are there doing it now.

  7. Barb says:

    It was an Iowa weekend with the parents – but – Allan & I got to go to the brand spanking new Big Grove brewery downtown. It was packed, but we managed to snag a seat at the bar. They do have some tasty beers, but not all that original.
    My citrus beer was close enough to a Blue Moon, Allan got 1 that was close to Tropicalia. (not that Creature Comforts is distributed up here). Because of the Czech heritage of this town, there were a few eastern European style beers.

    Bartenders were pretty good, and they serve cocktails – so it wasn’t just slinging beers busy. A couple of the bartenders were a little chatty – once they realized our last name was Grove. (not that the name has anything to do with a last name). Tried a 13% tasting on an imperial stout – a 6oz pour was I think $12 or $15. He was trying to convince me I’d like it. (it was good, but not that price good)
    Decided not to eat there, went to another place I’d been wanting to try to grab a tenderloin that a high school classmate told me was the best in town. It was pretty good I will say.

    Sunday evening we went to bingo – and I won $100!!! I have so rarely won at bingo.
    We had to leave early to go get my sister from the airport, so we gave our extra cards to our next door neighbors at the table. I hope they won something.

    Today I’m working, and Allan & Connie are out running “errands”. Who knows what they are up to. She will be taking mom for a pedicure this afternoon. I’m returning the rental car tomorrow, so she can fight with Bob for the crappy Buick, or, get Tom to come over & drive her places.

  8. Barb says:

    its really hard to get any work done with my sister, Allan & my parents.

  9. Back from errands. Ran down to Stockbridge to go to Dollar Tree, Ollie’s, Northern Tool, Aldi, and the post office. The “plan” was to park and do all of this on foot, but my directions took me, my fault not Apple’s, to a Dollar Tree nowhere near the others. Humorously while hobbling to the post office I saw the Dollar Tree across the road, the one to which I thought I was initially navigating. Aldi proved to be too far for walking so I went to my “local” Aldi which was on the route home.

  10. I bought the Aldi pizza dough today. I will be making pizza either tonight or tomorrow.

    • Steve says:

      We need to try that. My effort with the Publix dough last night was as good as any I’ve done, but I find their dough a tad sweet.

  11. Barb says:

    a friend had me join the group Crap wildlife photography on FB because of my horrible picture of a fox in our backyard.
    I gotta say – so far, the people that comment there are highly entertaining. I think I will enjoy this group.

  12. Barb says:

    totally screwed up Connections – I can’t play when I have distractions –
    Wordle took me 5 – but almost had it at 3 and 4

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