Saturday, April 28, 2007


This is the first time I've bought gas in the last couple of weeks. Luckily, I don't have to drive so much in Atlanta.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Jesus Freak

Based on the other stickers and markings, this is our guess for this plate. (This was originally placed from the Q in the parking lot of Raging Burrito in Decatur. I then edited a typo on the PC).

Saturday, April 21, 2007

From Georgia to Georgetown

I am writing this blogpost in a friend's study in Georgetown, Kentucky. Amy and I drove up last night (about 6.5 hours from Atlanta). I am using Marybeth and John's computer while seated in a luxurious leather chair with two (of the five) cats sharing the study. They are both sprawled out in the sun.

This is the way a Saturday morning should be enjoyed. I'm not sure what we're doing for the rest of the day, but tomorrow we are going to Keeneland to enjoy some horse racing.

Motorola Q

Well, my faithful readers have been clamoring for information on what phone I purchased it (and then I went ahead and ruined the suspense by titling this post Motorola Q). I appreciate the interest from both of you.

The PN-820 did look cheap and old school, while the Q is sleek and innovative. There is nothing on this phone that doesn't need to be there.

I added a 2GB Mini-SD card that I bought a couple of months ago. I have loaded up some freeware and have been fairly pleased with it. Yesterday, I accidentally turned it off, which takes about 20 seconds. During the time it was powering off, I accidentally called my wife on speakerphone, so she answered and I was unable to respond and then the phone completed powering off and hung up on her. Twice yesterday, I somehow invoked the speakerphone.

It's a learning experience and it's fun.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Today, I get a new phone

I've had my Treo 600 for about two years. Today I can (finally) upgrade to a new device. The two phones in the running are the Motorola Q and the Verizon Wireless PN-820. I'll try to post something later in the day about the one I choose.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Big Man Package

Just so you know: Here 'liquor stores' are called 'package stores' so as not to upset any southern sensibilities. I guess 'Big Man Package' would, huh?

Friday, April 13, 2007

Mexican food in Atlanta

Uncle Julio's Casa Grande – Translation “Big House” – Named appropriately, tastes much like prison food. The d├ęcor is nice, the service is good and the horrible food is very, very overpriced.

Zocolo - This is a cool place with great outdoor seating. Even the indoor seating is outside, because the front and right side walls are temporary and roll up. The food is very good and the menu is not standard Tex-Mex.

El Azteca - This is a standard Tex-Mex restaurant, the decor is OK, the service is wonderful and the food is very good.

An oddity about Georgia restaurants: We're used to ordering 'Queso' or 'Chile Con Queso' as an appetizer. If you order that here (even in a Mexican restaurant) they look at you funny and say "Cheese dip ?".

I was scared that we wouldn't be able to replace Chuy's in Texas. We haven't been able to, but we have found a couple of places to satisfy our Mexican food cravings/

The Miracles of Modern Medicine

Two and half weeks ago, I fell in the backyard and injured my foot. That day, I ended up walking 2.5 miles after the injury. When I got home, my foot and ankle were clearly injured, but in my opinion (not to mention the opinion of a dentist and a medical social worker) that my ankle was not sprained. So, ever since then, my foot has been getting better each day (the ankle never hurt after the first day). However, due to my advanced age and fear of hurting something else because I’d been walking like Dr. Gregory House for the past couple of weeks, I decided to go to a doctor. The office visit was $30 and it cost $179 for three X-Rays of my foot. It was worth it, however, because now (well actually in 10 days after my second visit), I feel sure that I will be told that my foot was injured in the fall and will heal in time.

Monday, April 09, 2007

What do you mean by High Gravity?

Tonight, Amy and I went to Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta and I ordered 2 pints of Terrapin Rye Squared. It's brewed in Athens and after the first one, the waitress said "This is a high gravity beer'. Well, about two sips into the second one, my IQ dropped by 30 (and if you know me, you know that I don't have 30 points to spare. It was way too drinkable to have 8.5% alcohol). Be careful. I write this hoping that it will make sense tomorrow when my IQ goes back to a more reasonable number.
Rye Squared

Double the malt, double the hops, and double the flavor of the original Rye Pale Ale recipe. (Hence the name Rye Squared.) With its mammoth hop aroma, bitterness and flavor, this beer is not for the faint at heart. The Rye Squared clocks in at a hefty 8.5% ABV so double your pleasure and double your fun because Terrapin went a little crazy with this one!

Malt: 2-row pale, Munich, Malted Rye, Bisuit Malt, Honey Malt.

Hops: Amarillo, Cascade, East Kent Goldings, Fuggle, Magnum.

IBU's: 80
O.G.: 22.3
ABV: 8.5%

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Get smart

The smart fortwo is finally going to be available in the US next year and you can reserve one today. 40mpg - $12,000. Be the first on your block...

'Coping' with an HIV diagnosis

Coping with an HIV diagnosis: "Apparently overwhelmed by a business deal gone bad and recently learning they were HIV-positive, two men in Midtown Atlanta attempted to end their lives earlier this month by placing their arms underneath a circular miter saw and lowering the blade until it chopped their limbs off.

The men amputated three of their arms before Atlanta police officers and emergency medical personnel rushed to their apartment building near 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue just after 10 a.m. on March 9. "
I wonder how they decided which one would die with two arms and which would die with one (it takes one arm to work the saw). I wonder if this incident will make them re-evaluate their relationship (they both lived). I wonder how traumatized the emergency personnel who entered the room are.