Monday, February 28, 2005

Will Blog For Food

Now why didn't I think of quitting my job to blog fulltime like the guy in this story in Wired? Oh yeah, it's because I make no money doing this...

When I Said Music Was My Drug Of Choice, I Wasn't Kidding
Thanks to Sirius Satellite Radio I have once again started buying music. It's a habit I kicked because of the lack of quality albums (cds, whatever) released in the mid-to-late nineties. But now I'm back, scouring used CD stores and the internet, seeking that "certain" release by a band you probably have never hear of before. My return to John Cusack's character in High Fidelity is underway. This can't be good.

Friday's purchase consisted of
  • Various Artists - "Wig In A Box"
  • Primal Scream - "Screamadelica"
  • Ween - "Quebec"
You Say "Get Rid Of Hooters", I Say "Get Rid Of Dick's"
Dick's Sporting Goods that is. On a recent trip to my favorite Target (it's got a Taco Bell / Pizza Hut in it) I noticed that Galyan's is no more, and in it's place is a Dick's. I did actually see the workers erecting the Dick's sign, but had no decent camera available to take a picture of the big Dick's erection.

Ah Fuck, Goddamn Programmers Can Be Such Assholes!!
I can say this because I used to code for a living. Someone has figured out how to thwart Firefox's ability to stop pop-up ads from appearing. Pop-up ads are the most annoying thing on the internet, they seem to propagate like rabbits, and have never been for a product that I would be even remotely interested in learning more about. I hope that there is a special place in Hell for the person(s) who figured this out.

And Sometimes Being A Nerd Can Be Very Frustrating
On one of last week's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart they did a story about Paris Hilton's Blackberry getting hacked. Argh! She has a Sidekick II assclowns! Fuckin' A, she is in the goddamn Sidekick II commercial as well! I know, I need to go into a corner and roll a twenty-sided die until I calm down a bit, but it's all about the details. I expect more from you Daily Show, get with the program.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - whooped
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Arcade Fire - "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)"
Current Read - will decide tonight

Monday Morning Weigh-In
Starting weight - (approx since I didn't have a scale) 198 lbs
Target weight - 178 lbs
Current weight - 196 lbs (oops, maybe I shouldn't have had so much to drink)

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Friday, February 25, 2005

Old Skool TV

You So Channel 13!
I guess you have to grow up in New York to get my reference. Channel 13 was (is?) New York's Public Broadcasting System (known as PBS to many) affiliate.

Sit down children and I'll tell you a story of a time when people had to get off the couch in order to change the channel. Oh, the old days....

In New York, one-time media capital of the world, we were blessed with these televsion options (and I'll only list those found on the VHF dial)
  • Channel 2 - WCBS
  • Channel 4 - WNBC
  • Channel 5 - hmm, forget what there call letters were but all I remember was that they showed "Wonderarama" starring Bob McAllister
  • Channel 7 - WABC
  • Channel 9 - WOR (then the home of my beloved New York Mets)
  • Channel 11 - WPIX (then the home of the not-so-beloved New York Yankees)
  • Channel 13 - WNET (ie PBS)
Those of you not from the Greater New York area may know the Channel 13 reference from Billy Joel's song "Pressure"
All your life is Channel 13
Sesame Street
What does it mean?
And My Point Is?
In the last week I have had two separate conversations about PBS' television offerings in the 1970s and 1980s. I came to realize that I watched a shitload of tv, some of which was actually educational!

The first conversation dealt with Bob Ross' painting show called "The Joy of Painting." In this conversation I went on to mention the other painting show which was on around the same time as "The Joy Of Painting" and my friend said that there was none. Bow to the master of television as I present to you William (Bill) Alexander! Ross had the happy clouds; Alexander had the magic white. Oh the Saturdays I spent watching them paint, laughing heartily when I thought they had finally screwed up their painting, only to watch them fix it as if it was magic.

The second conversation is an ongoing tete-a-tete with my BlogFriend ananonymousgirl. Seems to me, Miss Girl, grew up watching as much of the "boob tube", hehe I said "boob", as I did. Over the past few weeks we have traded references to many a tv show and it started me thinking about the tv I watched in my formative years -- most of which was on PBS. Here is a short list of the shows that I spent (commercial free) hours watching
  • Sesame Street
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • The New Zoo Review
  • Zoom
  • The French Chef
  • The Galloping Gourmet
  • The Frugal Gourmet
  • Justin Wilson's Cajun Cooking
  • The Victory Garden
  • This Old House (the Bob Vila years)
  • The Woodwright's Shop
  • The Benny Hill Show (yes, it was!)
  • Mystery
  • Nova
Wasted youth? No, although in hindsight I realize that I could have used a show which taught me how to meet the opposite sex.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - pensive, have I overbooked my weekend again?
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Shins - "Know Your Onion!"
Current Read - nothing currently -- NEXT WEEK, ALRIGHT!?! :)

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Mama's Boy

Today is the second biggest day on my calendar! It's my mother's birthday!!! My birthday is the biggest day, of course.

It's Not Polite To Give Away A Woman's Age
Unless it's a biggie! Today my mother became 75 years old! Yes, that woman who has put up with my shit for the last 39.5 years turns 75 today. My week's worth of grumpiness is due in part to the fact that my plans to be with her today fell through. Oh, well I would only be cutting into her bingo time anyway.

Since I am not in Florida to celebrate I chose to wear my Mickey Mouse t-shirt (imagine it in your head since photo capabilities are still a pipe-dream) bought for me by my great friend Stacey on her last trip to Disneyworld.

When I spoke with mom this morning (hey, I am not that bad of a son) she admitted to me that she was hoping to be carrying twins when I was born. She said that she didn't want me to grow up alone (remember, my brother is sixteen years older than me). Holy Christ, could you imagine two of me?! The world should be thankful that her hopes were not realized.

My poor mother. Her biggest hope in life was to have a girl to spoil. Here is what she got
- two sons
- son #1 one married, had one son, divorced, married a woman who had three sons
- son #2 has been incapable of getting a woman to marry him

Sorry mom.

Music Is My Drug Of Choice
I spent the majority of yesterday listening to music. It's the one environmental variable that I feel most comfortably altering to suit my mood. Oddly, the majority of the music played yesterday was by musicians no longer with us -- Stevie Ray Vaughn, Elliot Smith, Alice In Chains (Lane Staley is gone). I somehow seemed to miss Blind Melon, Nirvana and Jeff Buckley, all of whom are represented in my music collection. Radiohead fans look out, as they too made it into the playlist so look for major news to break on them sometime in the near future.

Run, Run, Run Away
I am running regularly again. This is big news! Not since the knee injury of 2000 have I run more than once during a given week. So far I have run Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Not bad, not bad. Now if I can manage to add a few bike trips into the mix I should have no problem with my "twenty by forty" plan.

Speaking of running, work beckons so I must run...

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - mixed
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Thermals - "How We Know"
Current Read - nothing currently

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Gone Fishin'

To Do List For Wednesday, Feb 23rd
- wake up early
- call in sick (mental health day)
- contemplate cleaning house
- ignore last idea
- contemplate drinking all day
- remember haircut appointment and running, postpone start of drinking
- take nap
- wake up, listen to music at loud volumes
- get haircut
- run
- drink
- motivate self to do better tomorrow
- go to sleep

paulie [eatl/ga]

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Hello, Hello Again...

I figured yesterday's readership would be as low as a non-national election turnout, so I tried something different. Based on the lack of comments yesterday I'll assume that my foray into humor went unread, was not funny, or both. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

But It Was A Good Weekend...
Yesterday's title was an (unsuccessful) attempt to sucker you all in. Hmmm, must revise that strategy for next time.

Ah, the rest of my weekend is now stale news, so I'll just skip it.

Al Michaels Is Sixty?
WTF!!! Meet The Hashers went down in a blaze of glory last night at Taco Mac. I never would have guessed that Al Michaels is sixty years old. Wow.

While I have grown accustom to losing, the fact that two teams taunted us like we were the New York Yankees disturbed me. It's a game people....

Tuesday's Toy Of The Day (Sometimes Technology Moves Too Fast)
In a long dark tunnel somewhere under Corporate Square my friend Dr. Doo-Doo took out a little waterproof camera and snapped some awesome pictures. That camera, the Sony CyberShot DSC-U60 was to be my toy of the day, until I found out that it is no longer produced. Electronics (and sneakers) go out of production so quickly these days that the moment I find something I like it is no longer available. Bummer. Does anyone know of a service that will provide you with updated information? For example, if I was looking for "A", it would tell me that "B" was the replacement for "A", and therefore I should be just as happy to own "B".

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - in the dumps, I should have stayed on the couch
Current Music - Massive Attack's "100th Window" CD
Current Read - nothing currently

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Monday, February 21, 2005


We interrupt this regularly-scheduled Blogger entry to report on issues missed by all other news outlets....

Kerry's Home Town To Celebrate "Different Holiday"
LOWELL, MA - In an act of kindness, John Kerry's hometown of Lowell, MA agreed to declare today "I Wish I Was The President Day." As expected the move didn't sit well with Republicans in the State House, but members were overheard saying, "what the heck we've got four more years to gloat, let the poor bahstahd have one day." Still suffering from post-election depression, John Kerry declined an invitation to this celebration. Declaring "If I was Vice President I'd have to attend these two-bit celebrations anyway", John Edwards agreed to be the keynote speaker on Kerry's behalf.

Area Mattress King Raided On Anonymous Tip
JEFFERSON, MO - The Mattress King on Taft Highway was raided Sunday during its annual Presidents Day Sale after area authorities received an anonymous tip that the store was selling mattresses which have had their tags removed prior to sale. Store Manager Kamir Babaganoush complained violently at the intrusion on his busiest weekend of the year -- "I came to this country with nothing, built this Mattress King into the best mattress outlet in all of Jefferson, and now this? It's racial profiling I tell you!" Area authorities could not be reached for comment.

Laura Bush Heard Complaining About Calendar
WASHINGTON, DC - The normally pleasant First Lady Laura Bush was heard briefly complaining about the relative closeness of Valentines Day and Presidents Day. "I just spent $60 on a large box of chocolates, a new pair of boxers, and a card! How am I supposed to top that one week later?" grrumbled the First Lady. Friends of the Bush's have confirmed that all was well in the White House since Mrs. Bush found out that the President had yet to purchase the complete third season of Alias on DVD.

The Presidents Of The United States of America Ponder Opening
SEATTLE, WA - For the first time in recent memory post-grunge band 'The Presidents Of The United States of America' are without a gig on Presidents Day. Confused by the lack of interest, guitarist Dave Dederer wondered aloud if Smashing Pumpkins ever had an opening on Halloween.

Man Claims 'W' -- Not His President
MADISON, WI - Area man Scott McCellean still refuses to acknowledge George W. Bush as president. "I didn't vote for him in either election. I can't remember who I voted for, but it certainly wasn't 'W'!" When pressed further McCellean admitted to sending Presidents Day eCards to John Kerry and Al Gore as a token of his appreciation for their efforts against the Evil Republicans.

Local City Mulls Road Closures
ATLANTA, GA - Recognizing that traffic will be lighter than normal, including mass-transit ridership, the city of Atlanta mulled the idea of closing all roads with presidential names. Roads to have been closed would have included the Ronald Reagan Parkway and Jimmy Carter Boulevard. When told that residents considered the proposal as "extreme", City Counselwoman Sandra Platnak said "Extreme? If we were living in Houston, Texas or Washington, DC we'd probably be considering closing the airports as well, now that's extreme!"

Study Reveals American High School Students Are Clueless
LINCOLN, NE - There was a surprising outcome with last week's pop quiz administered in Mr. Martini's Civics class at Fillmore High in Lincoln Nebraska. When shown pictures of the Lincoln Memorial a whopping 72% of the class identified it as the White House. "It's white, and it's got a big statue of the president dude we talked about in American History last year, that must be where the pres(ident) lives!" exclaimed Dylan Washbern. The pop quiz also revealed that 14% of those quizzed identified the Washington Monument as a nuclear warhead aimed at Iraq.

Blue States Bluer Than Normal
SACRAMENTO, CA - California Democrats have decided to observe a moment of silence for the Democratic Party at the opening of each session of their State Congress. Senate President Pro Tem. Don Perata said that the moment of silence will occur until the United States Congress is once again "ruled by the Democrats", or the Democratic Party is disbanded... whichever comes first.

Rain Doesn't Dampen Her Parade
JACKSON, MS - Every day is a 'Parade of One' for area resident Maggie Adams. Ms. Adams stated "I just love to stroll up and down the street to the beat of my own drum!" When asked if she had a special costume for her Presidents Day parade, Ms. Adams said "If is right and it is raining, then I'll dress like Uncle Sam -- the tophat should keep the rain off my head, otherwise I think I'll wear the Statue of Liberty costume I debuted last July fourth."

Amusing tidbits about my life will return tomorrow.

Cheers and Happy Presidents Day!
Paulie [eatl/ga]

Friday, February 18, 2005

Running Early, Stealing Time, Paybacks Are Hell

This morning I was actually out of the house early. Go figure. Unfortunately I was too early since I made it to the coffee shop twenty minutes before they opened. Bummer. Noticing that Ellen was in there setting up I tapped on the door, waived hello, turned around and headed off to work. I am now drinking mediocre coffee. Bummer Squared.

Why Is It The One Time I Try To Buy Porn?
As a joke I was going to buy a friend of mine porn for his 41st birthday which is today. Alas, I think I went to Puritan Kroger because not only could I not find porn, I couldn't any of the porn alternatives such as FHM, Stuff, etc. Sorry man, I tried. At least there should be no payback when I turn forty in July.

Trivia, Decatur Style
It seemed like a great idea. Since none of the trivia (ir)regulars had concrete plans for the evening (mine fell through do to an illness) we decided to play trivia and spend the $40 in house cash we won a few weeks ago at Raging Burrito. The food was good, the service was fair (they appeared dreadfully short-handed), but the trivia was crap. The guy started at 8:30pm, and droned on for more than two hours. This would have been bad enough, but given the fact that Raging is a brick cavity, the sound is awful and the room is loud. Never again. I repeat, never again, at least not for trivia. Oh yeah, we finished first, winning another $40 in house cash.

You Look Sooo Familiar...
One of my "talents" (or "curses") is to recognize faces and recall where I saw them. [authors note: the only time that this didn't happen is with last year's carjacking. It must have been something about those guns they had pointed at me]

Recently my mind has been taxed (and it's not even April 15th) by this on a few occasions.

The first was someone I recognized prior to a Taco Mac trivia night. After a few moments I realized that it was someone who used to hang with my old happy-hour crowd. Maybe if I would have spilled another margarita into her lap she would have recognized me.

The other occurrence forced me to endure a commercial about this product called Seasonale. Ladies, this one is for you -- not only can you get birth control, you can reduce the number of periods you have to four a year. It's a dessert topping and a floor wax! Oh, the woman in the commercial played "Ashleigh, The Bitch" on my favorite faux-reality series The Joe Schmo Show.

Websites Of The Week (my name is Paulie and I have endorsed this message)
It's been a slow week in Lake Wobegon, but here are the places I have visited in order to forget about the sixty-two inches of snow outside.
  • A Prairie Home Companion - I love the radio show, and feel lucky to have seen it performed live at The Fox Theater. I also love Keillor's books! See, I do read.... occasionally
  • CheapoVegas - Word on the street is that I'll turn forty on The Strip. I sure hope so! Viva Las Vegas!
  • National Confectioners Association - Just looking at their banner (gumdrops and chocolate) makes me happy! I could have done without the Valentine's reminder, but hey it is one of their Big days. Be careful, merely surfing this site may add five pounds.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - still unhappy because my knee hurts, rushed so much to do
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing William Shatner - "Common People"
Current Read - nothing currently (but tonight I plan to read my Cargo magazine, really I do)

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Thursday, February 17, 2005

This Will Hurt Only For A Little While

I used to be fat -- like obese. On a good day I stand 5'9" tall (stop laughing, that is the average height for an American male). A little more than ten years ago I weighed 245lbs (that was a size 42 waistline for those of you keeping score at home). As I have been documenting on Mondays, I currently weigh 195lbs and I am trying to get back to my "fightin'" weight of 178lbs, which is what I weighed about five years ago.

My biggest fear has always been an injury that would necessitate rest. Right now my right knee's IT band is bugging me, I am displeased. If you look down at the bottom of the sidebar you'll see my Tour de Force agenda for this spring under the heading "Stupid Paulie Tricks." I enjoy doing events, especially if they will help me lose weight. I must because the last thing I need is another t-shirt.

Kirsty Ally I Hate You, Kirsty Ally I Love You
Tuesday night I was content to take a night off from exercising, sit my ass on the couch, and just watch tv. Then she popped up onto my screen in a Jenny Craig commercial -- Kirsty, Jenny; Jenny, Kirsty. I have never liked Kirsty Ally (she's not my type) and was horrified when I saw pictures of how much she had "grown" over the last few years. I immediately headed down to the basement and did an hour on my bike. Thanks Kirsty, keep those commercials coming!

Goodbye Hockey, Hello Lance
At least one sports star has his head on straight. With the cancellation of this year's hockey season I am glad to hear that Lance Armstrong will be riding both the Tour de Georgia and the Tour de France this year. Cycling may be a niche sport in this country, but I'll be watching.

Hey, Is Someone At The Onion Goofing On Me?
My name is not David Buntrock, but this sounds eerily familiar...
New Girlfriend Bears Disturbing Resemblance To Old Girlfriend
ATLANTA—Friends of David Buntrock told reporters Monday that his new girlfriend Katie Wickstrom looks unsettlingly similar to his former girlfriend Tonya Gill. "When I first saw them together I thought, 'Wow, did David and Tonya work things out?'" friend Angie Lisota said, explaining that both Wickstrom and Gill are petite, with cropped brown hair, big eyes, and a penchant for dressing like ballet dancers. "Even her voice sounds a little nasally, like Tonya's." According to Buntrock, Wickstrom "actually looks more like Audrey Hepburn."
I wonder what Tonya Gill is doing these days...

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - unhappy because my knee hurts
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Flaming Lips - "She Don't Use Jelly"
Current Read - nothing currently (but tonight I plan to read my Cargo magazine)

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Running Late, Running On Empty, At Least I'm Not Running From The Law

Whew, where has the time gone this morning; it's already 9:00am!

Jack-O's Got The Flu
Yeah, sure he does. Michael Jackson was taken to an emergency room... Why does the phrase "If the condom doesn't fit you must acquit" keep popping into my head? *shudder*

Optimist Or Pessimist, Which Are You?
Last night I found that I already owned an unopened pack of C-cell batteries which I can use for one of yesterday's toys (obviously the speakers). I was so happy! But, being the detail freak that I am, I noticed the following (which spurred this question)...
On the batteries it reads "Best Before 01-2007"
On the package it reads "Best If Used By Jan 2004"
Which would you believe?

It's A Dog's Life
I have once again missed watching the Westminster Kennel Club's annual dog show. I watch it mostly to learn about different breeds, because let's be honest, all the girls there are bitches. (oh, how do I keep coming up with this material!) Congratulations Carlee, the German shorthaired pointer who took "Best in Show" last night. I know Christopher Guest must have watched it once or twice as well otherwise the movie Best in Show wouldn't have been nearly as funny as it was.

What's Twenty Years Older And Doesn't Stretch Like It Used To?
  • Me? Well, maybe.
  • Stretch Armstrong? Sure, but not answer I am seeking.
  • The elastic on my Unitech speaker case? Correct! I made the mistake of showing someone the speakers today and streched the little elastic strap which was meant to secure the Walkman. The cracking noise it made was the first indication that I should not have done that...

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - grumpy, where the fuck is the sun! This is not Seattle!
Current Music - My iPod, playing Tesla - "Hang Tough" -- which is very different from the New Kids on the Block's "Hanging Tough" which would not be found on my iPod
Current Read - nothing currently (are you noticing a trend?)

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Connecting The Dots

How Do You Do It?
A lot of people (in the small community of those of you who read this) have asked me how I manage to post daily. It's very simple -- I have a lot of time alone, during which I talk to myself constantly. Don't worry, it's almost all done in my head; and I know that some of you out there do it as well. As you'd expect, most of the stuff I blog about is real, and are about things I have encountered in the last day or two. Even I'll admit that I am not clever enough to make most of this shit up!

Stereotypes Be Damned!
I feel badly portraying old people as bad drivers yesterday, so I decided to discuss another stereotype.

Question: What do you call a man in his late-30's, who has never been married, is neat and clean, folds his clothes after taking them out of the dryer, has a lot of shoes (thanks for reminding me YIW), is *cough* thin, likes art (perhaps he even has a large painting of the "Wizard of Oz" characters in his dining room) and theater?

Answer: Ga...infully Employed

Correct! Oh, I applaud your ability to see me as the 100% straight male that I am even though I possess some of the traits found in men who are not (Not that there is anything wrong with that).

Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
I hate change. I am sure that those of you who know me well are snickering at the double entendre in that last statement. This time I mean pocket change -- pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters. I try hard to spend whatever I have in my pockets as soon as I can so that I don't accumulate so much that sound like a building superintendent (think Schneider on "One Day at a Time") when I walk. Inevitably, I don't have the proper change and in the process I obtain even more change. In my "perfect world" all prices would be rounded up or down to the nearest dollar.

The Pre-Flush
This may be a male-restroom phenomenon, but what is up with the people who flush a toilet before they use it? Granted, if something from the previous occupant remained then I can understand, but I hear it happen far too often for it to be coincidental. Did I miss some Urban Legend about a rat or snake coming up through the pipes as you mount the throne? Would flushing once prior to use remove this threat? It just seems like a waste of water to me.

Taking Another Stab At Legacy
The Urban Dictionary accepted "blomage", so I have taken another crack at altering our vernacular. This time I have submitted "Splenda Daddy". Look for it's inclusion soon...

The Return Of Tuesday's Toy Of The Day
And as an added bonus, you'll get two! While searching for the ultimate add ons for my iPod (I've given up trying to become a musician to meet women) I wound up eschewing the new for the tried and true.

The iPod desktop speakers - Back around 1985 I purchased a set of "portable" speakers which were designed to be plugged into a Sony Walkman (nostalgic types should follow this link). Theses speakers were put out by a company called Unitech (who I am sure are long-since gone). Unitech was smart enough to put the speakers in a carrying case that had an adjustable handle/strap on top and a cavity in the middle to hold the Walkman and batteries for the speakers. (oh, I so wish I could show a picture here). BRILLIANT!

The iPod car cupholder - When looking at these yesterday in stores ($10 for one type, $30 for the deluxe model) I had the bright idea "I bet if I shoved my iPod in a beer cozie (sp?) I could do the same thing for a lot less money." I tried it this morning and it worked perfectly! And, not only do I get an iPod holder, I get a beer can holder in times of "emergency."

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - grumpy, weather related
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Thermals - "How We Know"
Current Read - nothing currently (are you noticing a trend?)

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Monday, February 14, 2005

My Bloody Valentine

Ok, it's a band name that I stole today...

It's The Sound Of One Hand Clapping
Today marks the eighth of ten Valentines, known so far as the Atlanta Valentines, that I have been alone. Sadly, it embarrasses me to admit this fact. Happily, I've gone from hating (don't be a hater) this day to taking it in stride. If you wish to deliver me a lovely Valentine I'll be celebrating by doing my Monday night routine of playing team trivia at Taco Mac in the Highlands.

What Has A Fedora Or A Poof Of Blue Hair, No Decernible Head, And Two Hands Gripping The Top Of A Steering Wheel?
Old people driving.

Now before you jump all over me, hear me out.

When I was a teenager (yes, I can remember that far back) learning to drive in Florida I learned to be weary of drivers whose heads you could not see. Generally, they were old people driving American cars, made of American steel, by American workers, or what we used to refer to as 'tanks'. These people were horrible drivers and were safety hazards (I was too but for completely different reasons -- let a sixteen year old boy buy a 1968 Mustang, you do the math).

What reminded me of this were two different old people sightings last week. To me Atlanta is a youthful town, with the exception of The Collonade which looks like a community meeting at Del Boca Vista (Seinfeld reference).

First there were the three eldery ladies happily driving somewhere (my guess would be bingo, or to The Collonade to get a jump on the early-bird special) that I saw while driving into work last week. My guess was that there combined age was somewhere in the neighborhood of 225.

Second was a man, or more appropriately a fedora that was in front of me Friday as some co-workers an I headed out for lunch. No sooner did my story of Floridian drivers leave my mouth when the old man pulled out making a (legal) right on red. The problem with this old man's maneuver was that he pulled out, and all but hit, a policeman riding down the road on a motorcycle! At the next red light I witnessed the two discussing the near-miss, but I don't think that the officer issued a citation.

Watch out for all of those Mildreds and Alfreds out there, because even if they are looking out for you they might not see you.

What's In A Name
Along the old-person lines, two people have referenced this fun website which graphically represents the popularity of baby names over the last 100+ years. Given the fact that I work with four other Pauls in an office of about 125 people, I was not surprised to see that my name (yes, my real name is Paul) was very popular in the 1960's (Fab Four anyone?), what I was surprised was to see how much it has tailed off since the 1970's. In case you were wondering I didn't see a single entry for 'Tread', but mark my words, that will be a popular name in the next generation.

But I Don't Feel Any Different
My super-duper new scale identified me as a thirty-five year old, 5'7" female today. Either someone fucked with my settings last week, or my super-duper scale ain't so bright. I was happy to see my body fat percentage drop 12% when I fixed the settings, however.

Monday Morning Weigh-In
Starting weight - (approx since I didn't have a scale) 198 lbs
Target weight - 178 lbs
Current weight - 195 lbs (time to get serious)

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - forgetful, I know I had more to say today...
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Dresden Dolls - "Coin Operated Boy"
Current Read - nothing currently (are you noticing a trend?)

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Friday, February 11, 2005

You've Got Something Hanging... No, On The Right Side

The overly-observant of you may have noticed a few additions to the Inside The Perimeter right sidebar. I have added "Voyeurville" where I will place links to other blogs I enjoy reading, and "Etc, Etc, Etc" where I will place my website Hall Of Fame (read "places I spend too much time"). Yes, they are both rather, um barren ;), but like some of the best things in life give them a little time and they will grow.

If You Had $50 At
How would you spend it? I have a $50 rebate (which expires on March 2nd) and can't seem to figure out how to spend it. Now before every comments about me buying them something tough titties, this one is for me. :) I am still curious to know, however.

My Child Is An Honor Student, And They Go To School In This Volvo
I have to start getting out of the house earlier again. I refuse to give up my new routine of stopping in for my morning coffee and worshipping Ellen at Joe's Coffee Shop, but Holy Hell (Batman) I cannot stand the traffic around whatever elementary school is near the intersection of Highland and North Decatur. Why must all these parents drive their children to school? What will they be telling their children in thirty years or so? "You know Tread¹, when I was a child we had to get into Grandma's Volvo and sit there while she drove us to school. We didn't have personal jet-packs like you kids today."

¹ : It is my belief that "Tread" will be an ultra-cool name for a future generation

Yes, As A Matter Of Fact I Was Staring At You
Ladies, I have been looking at you in your cars for as long as I remember. If you catch me with an "extended glance", ie staring, you don't have to look so damn indignant. Believe it or not, I am doing it because I think you look pretty, not because I see a booger hanging from your nose or anything. Relax, Uh-kay. (said in the voice of Mr. Mackey from South Park)

Fill 'Er Up!
10,000 songs my ass! Ok, I know that's the advertised max my iPod can hold when songs are encoded at 128 Kbps. But my ears need more quality, so the lion's share of my collection has been ripped to 160 Kbps (and would be 192 Kbps or higher if I was smarter). Last night I kicked off a download of as much of my music collection (in reverse chronological order) I could to my iPod. The result after four hours (damn USB 1.1 connection!) of downloading? I was able to download from ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead's "World Apart" to Led Zeppelin's "In Through The Out Door". That's 2005 through 1979 for those of you keeping score at home.

Websites Of The Week (my name is Paulie and I have endorsed this message)
Here are some websites that I have visited during the week. It's a short list this week, but believe it or not, shorter can be better...
  • Sarah Lane's Blog: The beautiful and nerdy host of G4's "The Screen Savers." The show has gone to hell in a handbasket but I still drop by her blog occassionally
  • The Twisted Ankle Half Marathon: Want to see one of the dumb things on my plate for this spring? Sure, I am a whimp -- I only plan to run the half marathon

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - Ret' to go.... Who's with me?
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Morrissey - "First Of The Gang To Die"
Current Read - nothing currently

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Was It Something I Said?

This has been the quietest week I have had in a while. One person has commented regularly (and I enjoy the repartee, Girl), and my email's inbox has been virtualy dead, what did I do? Was it the Super Bowl party? Huh? Last time I checked I hadn't hurt any cute puppies, or knocked the cane from a blind man's hand. Let me know, because the silence is unlike you all and it is killing me.

That Sucking Sound You Hear Is Netflix Trying To Get Me Back
I was once a Netflix customer and loved it. The problem I have is that I rarely sit down and watch a movie. It's nothing for me to kill time with sports, mainly because it doesn't require my complete attention and I can do something else while it is on. Movies, on the other hand, require attention, although I never remember them anyway so I don't know why I care.

Stranger yet is that my job provides me all of the television known to man, yet I have a hankering to watch movies that I missed in the theater, are out on dvd, but have not hit the pay-per-view scene.

You Down With OCD? Yeah You Know Me
Last week I introduced a few of my quirks, and now I have some questions for you to ponder.
  • Can you walk by a microwave that has some amount of time flashing (remaining from the previous user) and not reset it?
  • When you pull up to a stop light do you look at the license plate of the car in front of you? Do you look to see if their tag has expired?
  • If a table in your breakroom has crumbs on it (let's say from a cake) which obviously have been there for some time, do you clean the table?
I am 'off', that I understand. But as long as I am the only victim of my quirks, or my quirks make this a better place to live, then I am ok with myself.

It's Birthday Time Again!
One of my longest-term friends, Robin, has a birthday today! Happy Birthday and I hope life in New Mexico is treating you well.

Have to run, work beckons; and I had so much more today. Tune in again tomorrow, same Bat channel, same Bat time.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - tickled
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Avalanches - "Frontier Psychiatrist"
Current Read - nothing currently

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Why Isn't This Hash Wednesday?

I'm Sorry, What Did You Say Your Name Was?
At last Saturday's hash I was sure that I had notched another hash name on my belt. For those of you who do not hash, hashing is a world-wide society of running-types that run trails which always lead to beer. Check out the web site for the Atlanta Hash House Harriers and Harriettes for more details. After five runs with a given hash group you are assigned a "hash name", the name you will (most-likely) be called for the remainder of your hashing life.

To date, and the best of my memory, I have come up with the following hash names and have given my explanation as to how I arrived at them (timid readers should skip to the next section now)
  • Some Assembly Required (he was brought to the hospital with his mandible separated from his skull after a motorcycle accident)
  • Au Whatta Pair (she has nice, um breasts, and worked as an au pair in Europe)
  • Ho, Ho, Ho (this unfortunate girl decided to where a Santa hat to her first hash)
  • Stool Pigeon (someone told a story about her showing off a poop as a child)
  • Sunken Semen (she was from Hawaii, ComeOnIWannaLaya had been taken, and something about Pearl Harbor was involved)
  • Cumsicle (rumor has it that she can only achieve climax when it is cold outside)
For completeness the name I nominated Saturday was Boweling For Dollars (the guy is doing irregular bowel research), and my name is Wee Little Bit (obviously jealousy was involved).

When Fat Tuesday Becomes Lethargic Tuesday
Last night I was sluggish (gee, I wonder if four days of non-stop partying and a wealth of food yesterday had anything to do with it?) After stumbling around Best Buy for awhile looking for new toys I went home and laid down on the couch around 8:30pm. I woke up this morning to the alarm clock at 5:30am. My mother called sometime between these two times and I never even heard the phone ring.

Yes, my carpeting still needs to be vacuumed. At least I did manage to get the majority of the trash to the curb.

Looking For Playlists
"In the day" we kids called them mixtapes, now playlists determine the musical ordering of mp3's. If anyone has suggestions of playlists for the music on my iPod, please leave them. I may not have all the songs you recommend, but I've got skillz for getting them.

Trying For Legacy Status
I have submitted "blomage" -- to pay homage to another's blog -- to the Urban Dictionary. I am hoping that it will take off that I will be seen as the "Father of the Blomage" -- which of course is very different from the "Father of the Blowjob" a title which I would never be an applicant, and "Father of the Bride" a title I wouldn't mind obtaining at some point in my life, but time is ticking away.

Happy Chinese New Year!
Welcome to the year of the rooster, or as some cultures call them cock. [insert your own filth here] I just might go for some Chinese at lunch, I hope my fortune reads "You will get lucky this year."

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - recovered and invigorated
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing isadore (another band with which I am unfamiliar)
Current Read - employee performance reviews

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Man, This Thing Sucks

Today I come to you red-faced with embarrassment. I did one of those things that while they are far from fatal, are so silly that I had to stop and wonder how I make it through each day.

Last night after getting home from a lackluster trivia outing (we finished third out of an abnormally small field) I decided that my basement needed to be cleaned up from Sunday's Super Bowl party. The biggest casualty from the party was my authentic 1960's/1970's shag carpeting. (As an amusing aside, once when I was looking for shag carpeting on Sears' website I typed 'shag' into their search engine and it kept returning screws and screwdrivers. Put it together -- think what 'shag' meant in Austin Powers -- there you go). Luckily the abuse was more along the lines of fumbling chips and peanuts rather than spilling red wine.

My vacuum cleaner is a twelve-year old Dirt Devil purchased on the recommendation of Paul Harvey. It sees little use these days since the majority of my house has hardwood floors (ananonymousgirl if you read this, that one's for you). I have disliked this vacuum since I bought it, damn you Paul Harvey, and last night was no different. As I pushed and pulled I kept noticing that dust was coming out of it. My assumption was that the bag was nearly full and that I would replace it once I finished. This morning I took the cover plate off the vacuum only to discover that I apparently never put a new bag in the last time I finished using it. D'Oh Fucking D'Oh! To the vacuum's credit there was some accumulation in the vacated cavity, but as you can well imagine, last night's exercise was an exercise in futility. I effectively recycled the dust and dirt. Want to take a guess as to what task has reappeared on my To-Do list?

Happy Mardi Gras
Today is Fat Tuesday! To celebrate our company potluck I am stewing up a "jambalaya" in a crockpot. I make an awesome jambalaya (if I do say so myself), but today's recipe is different from the one I normally use. I'll have to see if I like this one.

Since today is Fat Tuesday, that must make tomorrow the start of the forty-day suffering called Lent. If I decide to give up anything this year it will be complaining about petty things. (note: I have never given up anything for Lent, so don't get your hopes up)

But Just In Case...
IT'S CALLED A 'ZERO' NOT AN 'O' -- THEY ARE VERY DIFFERENT! Don't ask me why, but I cringe every time I hear someone give a phone number and say 'o' instead of 'zero.' Maybe it is because I am old enough to remember the days when people used letters (my childhood phone number was given out as IN3-8945) and since 'o' is on the key labelled '6' I think we should be more careful. What if people took this literally and started dialing 464 instead of 404 for Atlanta's largest area code? Huh, what if? Maybe I should start doing it and pissing off the people in Chicago's suburbs.

THAT LITTLE LEVER ON THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR STEERING WHEEL COLUMN GOES UP AND DOWN! WHICH WAY YOU MOVE IT CORRELATES TO THE DIRECTION YOU WILL BE TURNING! THIS SIMPLE ACTION LETS OTHERS KNOW WHERE THE FUCK YOU ARE GOING! USE IT! -- I don't care if you call it a turn signal, blinkers, directional signals, whatever, just use the damn thing. Some poor fuck, or group of poor fucks, spent a lot of time designing this elegant solution which allows others to know that you no longer intend to travel in the direction you are currently headed. They even figured out how to make it turn off automatically (most of the time) for you!

There, I feel better...

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - exhausted, but recovering
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Clem Snide (no, I hadn't heard of him before either)
Current Read - resume land

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Monday, February 07, 2005

I Am Not Superman

Eventhough I once bore a resemblence to Christopher Reeve I confirmed yesterday that I am not Superman.

I really could have used Superman's ability to fly back in time by circuling the Earth. My poor social planning found me forty-five minutes late to my own Super Bowl party. Let me say that it is both embarrassing and heart-warming to pull into your driveway and find fifteen people waiting for you.

I ran around the house for a good hour trying to get things the way they should have been prior to my guests' arrival; most of which was food re-heating/preperation. Luckily, my friends are ususally kind enough to bring food, so theirs was eaten first.

By the way, I am told that the Patriots won. I saw no more that five minutes of the game. Ironic, as I am a huge football fan, but I can never get out of 'host' mode for my parties.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - exhausted
Current Music - none, silence is golden today
Current Read - resume land

Monday Morning Weigh-In
Starting weight - (approx since I didn't have a scale) 198 lbs
Target weight - 178 lbs
Current weight - not taken -- eh, it's the day after the Super Bowl...

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Friday, February 04, 2005

It's User Error Friday

Actually it must have been user error Thursday. It wasn't until 8:30 last night that I realized I never posted yesterday's entry. Damn, no wonder why no one commented on my brilliant prose! Oddly, and somewhat sadly, no one asked me where the entry was either.

Go look, it's worth the five minute read...

Welcome LiveJournal Readers!
I think I have stage one of syndication correct; friends of mine on LiveJournal can read my blog via syndication. Those of you over there 'hello', and I promise the formatting looks much better if you go either to, or I'll work on this...

Meep? What The Hell Does That Mean?
I took this Battle Cry quiz today, here is the result...

what's your battle cry? | | merchandise!

At least they got the easily amused part right.

Caffeine A Go-Go
Well, I managed to work every Friday in January, so to celebrate I have taken the first Friday in February off! Yippee! As I did in December, I have come up to hang at Joe's Coffee Shop and do some people watching. In reality today is meant to be spent doing household chores before tens of friends invade my house for the Super Bowl on Sunday.

If I hadn't planned a million activities which run abut to one another this weekend would be awesome. As it stands now I may need another day off on Monday in order to recover.

Websites Of The Week (my name is Paulie and I have endorsed this message)
Here are some websites that I have visited during the week
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - nervous: Super Bowl Party 'T Minus Two Days', but happy because the sun has returned
Current Music - random jazz in the coffee shop
Current Read - websites

Got to run, the laptop battery is about to puke and I don't have my power cord with me...

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Thursday, February 03, 2005

It's What Makes Me So Very Unique

We begin today's entry with a little verse that popped into my head this morning whilst driving t work.

What is this light which catches my eye
It most certainly can't be the sun
Oh, I get understand now
This land once had a tree, and now there is none

Some Strange Things About Me
  • I care, I notice, I listen -- traits which are not found in many men
  • I cannot tie just one shoe -- If one shoelace becomes loose I must, and repeat must, re-tie both laces. It's got something to do with symmetry.
  • While I don't dislike change, I'm not a fan of it either -- Change in color, furniture arrangement, etc catches my eye and forces me to stop and process what has changed. Many people assume this means that I am displeased, but really I am just trying to figure out what has changed.
  • I like to plan, I like routine -- I want to know where I am going, even if I don't eventually make it there.
  • I like to surround myself with things that make me smile -- My desk at work is cluttered with toys that amuse me, as well as a picture of myself taken when I weighed 235 pounds. The picture is what I turn to remind myself that things could always be worse.
Is It Irony?
I remember a few years ago when Alanis Morissette had her big hit "Isn't it Ironic". I thought it ironic that the State of the Union address for President Bush's second term of office occurred on Groundhog Day. Let's hope he can learn from Bill Murray in the classic movie of the same name and make things better. *dismounting soapbox*

It's Time For Another Birthday!
Today's birthday boy is my one and only sibling, Ronnie! Luckily, he doesn't know about, nor read my blog, so he won't know that I have mentioned this. My brother and I are sixteen (yes, sixteen) years apart; I am the younger of the two. While we have the same DNA origins, and look similar (I was lucky enough to keep my hair) we are different animals. It makes sense to me, we were both were raised as 'only children' (he was married and moved out of the house when I was two), and while the names of our parents were the same, the people who raised us were vastly different (think about this -- my mother was 19 when he was born and 35 when I was born -- were you the same when you were those ages?).

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - nervous: Super Bowl Party 'T Minus Three Days'
Current Music - The Faint. This is playing on my satellite tv and spinning in my car's cd player as well.
Current Read - resumes, again -- separating wheat from chaff

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Hello, I Will Be Out Of The Office Today...

I'm away from my keyboard today doing on-campus recruiting at Georgia Tech. So, please read this lovely entry that I prepared earlier...

Urban Redevelopment
The other night's pre-trivia walk was again through the Highlands. I went down the street on which my friend Bill used to own a house until about a year ago. From what I saw the Virginia-Highlands has entered Stage Three in my classification of urban redevelopment (note: I purposely didn't call this 'preservation')

Stage One - 'Let's make them better': During this phase a neighborhood is deemed 'viable' for gentrification and people with disposable income, called Urban Pioneers, start to move in and fix up the existing houses. The first houses to be snatched up are those which need minimal work, but soon thereafter the fixer-uppers are taken for a song and restored. Not all houses in the neighborhood are sold, some long-term residents manage to continue to live in the area.

Stage Two - 'Let's make them bigger': During this phase a neighborhood is deemed 'safe for families' and people needing larger houses move in and add on to the existing houses. Often time the addition is a second story, in many cases detracting from the original lines of the house. More houses now go up for sale because the cost of additions is great and long-term residents can turn their house for a profit.

Stage Three - 'Let's replace the old with bigger and newer': During this phase a neighborhood starts to lose the houses (and larger lots) which once defined it. The older houses, some of which underwent additions in Phase Two are levelled, along with many mature trees, so that mini-mansions can be erected in the space. Long-term residents, if they still exist, realize that the price offered for their house, in addition to the immenent raising of taxes, is too great to turn down, and move out.

Would You Like To Rent Some Space For Your Shit?
America loves the 'big house.' I admit that my house is too large for a single individual, but in my defense I was not looking for a house this size, I just happened upon it.

What baffles me is that Americans own so much shit that we have created an entire industry to rent us space in which to store it -- the Self Storage industry. Clusters of locked, sometimes climate-controlled, garages are present across our country housing the accumulated wealth of Americans who don't have enough space within their own dwelling to store it. Amazing!

Short of needing secondary storage I am as guilty as the next person in this country. It's one of my character flaws, definitely something I intend to work on.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - nervous: Super Bowl Party 'T Minus Four Days'
Current Music - none
Current Read - resumes

Paulie [eatl/ga]

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Paulie's Got A New Routine

Once upon a time I used to get up early and work out in the morning. Now I enjoy that extra hour of sleep too much. My new routine is to support my local coffee shop, Joe's, on my way into work. As of today I have recognized three morning employees, two girls and a guy, and I have learned but one name, the aforementioned Ellen.

I'm happy with this new routine, it complies with my credo "Think locally Support local businesses."

You Say Chipotle, I Say McDonald's
Did you know that the latest "cool burrito" joint in Atlanta, Chipotle, is owned by McDonald's? Yep, sure is. To their credit they have allowed the founder of the chain to continue with the standards which made the chain popular. I'd love to tell you to go to Frijoleros, or Tortilla's for a locally-owned burrito, but they have moved into the "Atlanta's Past" category. I say skip the burrito and do yourself a favor by getting some jerk chicken or pasta at Eats on Ponce de Leon.

Second Place Is First Loser
Since I changed the title of an elementary school workbook from "Learning to Compute" to "Learning to Compete" I have known that I have a fierce competitive streak. I hate to lose. I attempted to play competitive sports until I was eighteen eventhough my skills were far-less-than average. I failed miserably, by the way.

You would think that as I near the age of forty this would have subsided, and to some degree it has. I know that my physical skills will never be what they were five, ten, fifteen years ago, but Fuckin' A (love that 80's slang) my mind should not have dulled. I am turning forty, not eighty!

Last night's team trivia outing at Taco Mac found Meet The Hashers finishing in second place for the third week in a row. Marcus Allen! Marcus Allen? I should have known that Marcus Allen was the player to hold the NFL scoring title prior to Emmitt Smith. It's sports trivia -- it's what I do!

Before my teammates read this and ridicule me, let me say that I love hanging out with you all, but I also love the thrill of victory and the extra $20 that first place brings.

Do You Mind If I call It A Blomage?
As a blogging homage I am copying some material from ananonymousgirl's blog, with a slight twist.

(A) First, recommend to me:
1. a movie that I should avoid:
2. a book that I should avoid:
3. a musical artist, song, or album that I should avoid:

(B) I want everyone who reads this to ask me three questions, no more, no less. Ask me anything you want -- keep in mind you might not like the answers I post

(C) If you are a blogger, go to your blog, copy and paste this allowing your friends to ask you anything they want!

Going To Syndication
Look for this blog to syndicate to LiveJournal under the username InsideThePerime (stupid ass limited user names!). I will try to have the dots connected by Friday. Why syndicate? How else am I going to reach World Domination status? I am sure that if Hitler were around today he would be blogging on (which even if it does exist I'd refuse to link to it) [it's a joke people, keep calm]

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal...
Current Mood - nervous: Super Bowl Party 'T Minus Five Days'
Current Music - Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Interpol
Current Read - "iPod & iTunes Hacks"

Paulie [eatl/ga]