Saturday, November 14, 2009


This is a great idea which I've never seen before. I wonder if it's handbuilt...

Posted by ShoZu

Saturday, November 07, 2009

No, thank you

These four words don't go together...

Posted by ShoZu

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Maybe they meant Quality?

Posted by ShoZu

Room for expansion?

Posted by ShoZu

Ubuntu 9.10 - Soon!

Sym Symba

I used to have a late 60's Honda 50s and always wanted a Honda Super Cub. Honda has sold 60 million, making it the best selling powered vehicle of all time. Honda hasn't sold them in the US since the 80's, but they are still sold all over the world. If you want one, you might try the Sym Symba, which has a 100cc engine, but is completely based on the Super Cub.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Zoom Plumbing Atlanta - Unprofessional

I had the afternoon off yesterday and today, and needed some plumbing done at the house. Yesterday afternoon, I called Zoom Plumbing in Atlanta (a friend recommended it) and talked to Tom (I assume Tom Connolly, who appears to be the owner) and scheduled an appointment today between 2-6pm. He asked if the address was in Little 5 Points and I said that it was 3-4 miles east of there.

Today, Tom called around 3:00 and asked if I still needed a plumber. I said that I did and he asked me if we lived 'near McLendon'. I said that I don't know where that is, but that our house is in the Oakhurst neighborhood in Decatur. He said that he was on his way.

At 5:30, he had still not arrived or called, so I called him and he said that he hadn't been able to find the house, that he had driven all over the place looking for it and it wasn't worth it. I asked why he didn't call to get directions or go to Google Maps, or use a GPS or at least call and say that he wasn't coming out. He said the he had a bad day and everything had gone wrong. I said "So you want to make sure that everyone else had a bad day"?

Please make sure not to call Zoom Plumbing Atlanta for anything. I didn't link to them from this blog, because I don't want to inadvertently send them any customers.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Beer Tasting

Beer Tasting, originally uploaded by eschulz.

Yesterday, some friends came over and we had a beer tasting. These are what we tried!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

New GMA Co-Hosts?

New GMA Co-Hosts?, originally uploaded by eschulz.


Saturday, some friends are coming over for a beer tasting. Today, I went to Green's and picked up a few things. Here's what we have. The numbers to the left are the beer's rating on RateBeer.Com, plus a link to the RateBeer.Com page for the beer.
  • 3.65 Sweetwater Dank Tank Big Ol' Belgian Blue Balls
  • 3.91 Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet
  • 3.70 Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale
  • 3.90 Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Extra! Ale
  • 3.80 La Fin Du Monde
  • 3.91 Unibroue La Terrible
  • 4.16 St. Bernardus Abt 12

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


"To me, there's nothing freer than a bird, you know, just flying wherever he wants to go. And, I don't know, that's what this country is all about, being free. I think everyone wants to be a free bird." - Ronnie Van Zant

Bacon of the Month Club

That's right. Bacon of the Month Club. So you can get bacon sent to you, Monthly. It appears to not be a joke.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Celebrity Sighting - Michael Showalter

We saw Michael Showalter in New York City. He was filming an episode of Law and Order. He has a show on Comedy Central with Michael Ian Black called "Michael and Michael Have Issues"

Squirrel with a french fry

Squirrel with a french fry, originally uploaded by eschulz.

This was taken at the Shake Shack at Madison Square Park in NYC. I didn't give him the fry, but I did give him a stern warning about a diet high in saturated fats.

Congrarulations, Chad and Amanda!

Our friends Chad and Amanda will be moving to Macon, Georgia. We welcome them to Georgia. Chad will be the Rector at St.Francis Episcopal Church. Here's his introduction from their website:

It is our privilege to announce that Father Steven Chadwick Vaughn (Father Chad) has been unanimously called by the Vestry to be the new rector at St Francis Episcopal Church, effective October 15, 2009.

He and his wife Amanda are native Georgians, who grew up in the greater Atlanta area. Father Chad attended Oglethorpe University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and Art History.

After graduation, he worked for several years at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta as the Curator and Educational Programs Coordinator before becoming the Director of Museum Operations. Eventually, he left the Museum of Art to serve as the Associate Director of Development at Oglethorpe University.

He left Oglethorpe University in December 2000 to become the Executive Assistant to the Dean at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. He served in that position until June 2003 when he left for the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. After completing his Seminarian Internship at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas, in May 2006 he graduated with a Masters of Divinity.

For the last 3 years, he has served as the Associate Priest for Liturgy, Communications, and Outreach at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. In addition to sharing in presiding, preaching, teaching, and pastoral care with the clergy team at St. David’s, Father Chad serves as the “Parish Liturgical Officer,” planning and coordinating the many and varied worship services (including their 6 Sunday services) as well as managing their liturgical ministries (Altar Guild, EM’s, Acolytes, Ushers, etc.). He also oversees the communication ministries and is the Executive Editor for all parish publications. Additionally, he leads St. David’s outreach ministries in the greater Austin community and the world, including supervising the Grants Committee for Community Outreach.

Chad's interests lie in liturgy, art and religion, film, photography and travel. Father Chad and Amanda love visiting the northwest and the tall trees -- Victoria, BC is one of their favorite places in the world. Moving with them to Macon will be their precocious cat, Millie. Father Chad is very approachable, humorous, a lover of souls and is ready to lead St Francis as we take the next steps on our journey.

The Vestry is incredibly grateful to the Search Committee for the time and effort they were willing to put forth in order to find such a wonderful fit for St. Francis. We cannot imagine a better rector to lead us into the future.

The 2009 St. Francis Vestry

Sweetwater Brewing Co

A great article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about Sweetwater - Sweetwater Brewing Co. tastes success |

Google Reader

Over the weekend, I migrated from Bloglines to Google Reader as my RSS reader. I've been using Bloglines for about five years. I've looked at Google Reader several times over the past couple of years, but was too entrenched in Bloglines to move. Since I've made the change, I've been pretty happy about it. The one thing that I haven't replaced is my Bloglines blogroll which is all of the sites I subscribe to which appears in the right column of this blog.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Abita assortment

Last weekend, Amy and I went to Green's liquor store and picked up a twelve-pack of Louisiana's finest.

Posted by ShoZu

Monday, August 24, 2009

That's cool...

August 24th in Hotlanta. The weather here is awesome!

Posted by ShoZu

2009 U.S. Amateur Championship

Today, the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship begins. Will McCurdy will be competing with the best Amateur golfers in the country. The Championship begins with 36 holes of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday. The field is cut to the low 64 players for match play after Tuesday’s round. Match play begins on Wednesday and continues until the 36 hole final on Sunday. Unfortunately, Amy and I won't be there, so we will be tracking the progress at

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mentone Springs Hotel

Yesterday, we went to see the Mentone Springs Hotel in Mentone, Alabama. The had these chargers at every seat on the restaurant. I don't think I'd ever seen a charger for a salad plate.

Posted by ShoZu

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Lotsa Miatas

Lotsa Miatas, originally uploaded by eschulz.

Shot at Canyon Grill in Rising Fawn, Georgia. We commented about how many Miatas there were and someone said there were hundreds in the area. So, I looked it up and found the Miatas @ Mentone event, sponsored by the Rocket City Miata Club.

Friday, August 14, 2009


Shot at a convenience store in Cloudland, Georgia...

Posted by ShoZu

Friday, August 07, 2009


Here's a link to a silly web series from NBC, called Ctrl. Each episode is about 5 minutes long and funny.

McCurdy qualifies for 2009 U.S Amateur

A nice article about Will making the cut in the Times Journal and on the Ole Miss Rebels website.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

What? No more Passport club??

I just became a Passport member at TacoMac on Sunday and today, I got an email that the program is changing. I look forward to see what they are gonna do!
Heads Up Passport Club Members! Beginning September 1, 2009, The name of the Passport Club WILL BE CHANGING to Taco Mac Brewniversity. There are many changes that will be applied along with this name change. The name of the current levels will be changing, AND we will be implementing new levels for those of you that have over 325 beers on your card. You can also look for new developments on the Passport Club/Soon to be Brewniversity website! It will be more interactive, and will guide you in your selections before you visit Taco Mac. That's not all! We will also be testing a Customer Kiosk at 2 of our stores (Metropolis & Ellard Village), where you will be able to swipe your own card, and look at your list before you sit down! The website and Customer Kiosk will be an ongoing development, per YOUR requests....REMEMBER, You asked for Passport Club Updates, and we have responded! We look forward to rolling this program out. Look for more detailed descriptions on the changes from our Beverage Director Fred Crudder, and within the stores themselves in the upcoming weeks.

Here's to the the road to Graduation!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Number 125!

Posted by ShoZu

Taco Mac - Passport Member

When we moved to Atlanta in 2006, we discovered Taco Mac. It's a great restaurant with a wonderful beer selection. A couple of years ago, I joined their Passport Club. Today. I become an actual member. I have currently had 123 unique beers and today friends are meeting us at the Decatur location, where I plan to have 124 and 125.
Once you try your 125th unique beer in Taco Mac®, you receive the Passport Member T-Shirt. Congratulations, you are now officially in the club! Your name will be posted on a black nameplate on our Passport Club plaque and you will receive a 20 ounce engraved mug to take home with you. Better yet, you can enjoy draft beer out of a 20 ounce mug at the 16 ounce price from now on!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Shiner Family Reunion

I bought a twelve-pack the other day, which came with two of each of these. The Kosmos Reserve is the only one I haven't tried. It feels like a Texas evening. I'm grilling chicken marinated with Stubbs BBQ Marinade.

Posted by ShoZu

The punctuation could be better...


Taken between Mentone, AL and Menlo, GA...

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

20,000 Miles

20000 Miles, originally uploaded by eschulz.

Today, I had to take my Rabbit in for 20,000 mile service. Tomorrow, it will be a year old. It has used 761.072 gallons of gas at a total cost of $1901.33. This year, it's gotten 26.5 MPG. I really love this car...

I love my job...

Taken a few weeks ago in the break room at work...

Posted by ShoZu

The law doesn't apply... TV stations.

Posted by ShoZu

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Omnia Update !

CF03 Software Upgrade For Verizon Wireless SCH-I910 (Omnia) Phone

I downloaded this and installed it the other night. The good news is that GPS is enabled on the Omnia now. That was the reason for the update, so that was expected. The bad news is that it broke PIE (Pocket Internet Explorer) in my opinion. The main problem is that single column mode is no longer enabled. This is THE way that I use PIE and really hate that this function is gone. There are a few other enhancements, but none of them (that I've discovered so far) is earth shattering.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Yes, that should be enough...

Shot in the Men's bathroom at The Square Root in Brevard, North Carolina.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

Happy Anniversary Craig and Barbara

Tonight, we are going to Craig and Barbara Ryder's 50th Anniversary party! We're happy to celebrate such a wonderful achievement!

Vote for The Authors!

Please vote for the Authors for Band of the Month at The Deli Austin - All about the Austin Music Scene! Indie, Rock, Folk and more! Music Blog + Online Music Charts!. Our friend Angela is the drummer. We just picked up their EP at Waterloo Records in Austin!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Joke for the day - 07/08/09

Q: Why is Six afraid of Seven ?
A: Because Seven Ate Nine (Seven Eight Nine or 07/08/09)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Answer is: Tennis

The Question is: What sport do I care to watch less on TV than golf?

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Independence Day

Fireworks, originally uploaded by eschulz.

Have a great Fourth of July! We're in Austin visiting friends.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Our Italy pictures

Cool Building

Cool Building, originally uploaded by eschulz.

I shot this a couple of weeks ago and just liked it.

High Tech Coke Machine - Lenox Mall

Yesterday, we were at Lenox Mall and I snapped a picture of this cool Coke machine. The entire screen plays commercials and the touch sensitive screen is the interface. You can also use Debit/Credit cards to get your drink.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

82nd Academy Awards® to Feature 10 Best Picture Nominees

For the past 3 years, Amy and I have attended the AMC Best Picture Showcase. This is an event held at AMC theaters all around the country. In the past, they have shown all five Best Picture nominees. This has allowed Amy and I to see all of the nominees for Best Picture before the Oscars. I don’t guess we’ll be able to do this in 2010, because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has declared that next year there will be 10 Best Picture nominees. The precedent was set in the 30’s and 40’s, but for the past 65 years, there have only been 5. This change will certainly put an end to the AMC Best Picture Showcase as we know it. This is their press release:

Beverly Hills, CA (June 24, 2009) — The 82nd Academy Awards, which will be presented on March 7, 2010, will have 10 feature films vying in the Best Picture category, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis announced today (June 24) at a press conference in Beverly Hills.

“After more than six decades, the Academy is returning to some of its earlier roots, when a wider field competed for the top award of the year,” said Ganis. “The final outcome, of course, will be the same – one Best Picture winner – but the race to the finish line will feature 10, not just five, great movies from 2009.”

For more than a decade during the Academy’s earlier years, the Best Picture category welcomed more than five films; for nine years there were 10 nominees. The 16th Academy Awards (1943) was the last year to include a field of that size; “Casablanca” was named Best Picture. (In 1931/32, there were eight nominees and in 1934 and 1935 there were 12 nominees.)

Currently, the Academy is presenting a bicoastal screening series showcasing the 10 Best Picture nominees of 1939, arguably one of Hollywood’s greatest film years. Best Picture nominees of that year include such diverse classics as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Stagecoach,” “The Wizard of Oz” and Best Picture winner “Gone with the Wind.”

“Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going to allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories, but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize,” commented Ganis. “I can’t wait to see what that list of ten looks like when the nominees are announced in February.”

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2. The Oscar® ceremony honoring films for 2009 will again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.


If you want to make your USB flash drive very capable, install LiberKey on it. It has up to 264 applications. It is cooler than PortableApps for one big reason and that is that it can update all of the applications at one time. If you had a drive that you hadn’t used in a month or two, with LiberKey, you could update all of the applications by choosing check software updates. If you had a flash drive with PortableApps, you would have to use the current version, or reinstall each application that had been updated. I have a fast Lexar 2GB drive and have the Ultimate edition installed with a few options.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Quote of the Day - 06/25/09

The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.
Douglas Adams - English humorist & science fiction novelist (1952 - 2001)

Source: The Quotations Page:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Quote of the Day - 06/24/09

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.
Poul Anderson - US science fiction author (1926 - 2001)

Source: The Quotations Page

Auburn Tigers hire UCF's Clinard

Eight-year veteran Nick Clinard, who led Central Florida to a top-10 finish in the 2009 NCAA Championship, has been named head men’s golf coach at Auburn, Athletics Director Jay Jacobs announced Sunday.

Source: Opelika-Auburn News

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Just ordered a New TiVo

Our Series 2 Tivo will be three years old in September and I've been looking to upgrade since we got a HD TV nearly two years ago. This deal was just too good to pass up. Just over $500 (with tax) for a HD Tivo with LIFETIME Service. Fathers Day Offer - TiVo

Friday, June 05, 2009

Fiat 500 on Fast Track to America

While we were in Italy, Amy fell in love with the Fiat 500 and decided that she wanted one. Well, lucky for her, it's on its way to America!

The Fiat 500 is coming to America, and it appears to be on a fast track.

Richard Gadeselli, a Fiat spokesman at the automaker’s headquarters in Turin, Italy, sent an e-mail message to confirm plans to take the 500 — voted as Europe’s Car of the Year in 2008 — to Chrysler dealerships just in time for Christmas 2010. That’s barely 18 months away — just around the corner in auto development terms.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Ribbon Cutting at the Oakhurst Fire Station

It's also known (or more correctly known as) Decatur Fire Station No 2. This was taken by our friend, Julie Ryder at the ribbon cutting yesterday at 10:00am. It doesn't look like the equipment is moved in yet.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Happy Blog Birthday

Today, Does the fun ever start? is five years old. It contains nearly 1200 posts. This was an experiment and I have enjoyed it.

I have read several times this month that blogs are dead, having given way to Twitter or Facebook or something else. This one is not dead. While I value Facebook, it does not provide the same forum for my thoughts as a blog.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Happy National Train Day

This is Julian's Brow Line Trolley...

Friday, May 08, 2009

Congratulations Charles & Kim

My friend Charles from Austin just got married on Tuesday in Las Vegas. For the next few days, if you want, you can view their wedding online. Please let me know if you want information on how to do that.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Street Legal ATV

Street Legal ATV, originally uploaded by eschulz.

This guy lives four or five blocks away and has converted his Honda ATV to be street legal. He installed racks, a trunk, lights, etc. I've seen him riding it a couple of times. Great way to go grocery shopping.


MS SXY1, originally uploaded by eschulz.

Oxymoron of the day - A feminist who wants to be judged by her appearance.

Garfunkel and Oates!

Medley from Riki Lindhome on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Auburn Men's Golf Coach Mike Griffin Leaving Coaching

Coach recruited Will and I've been around him several times over the past year. Coach, you will be missed. Good luck on your new job!

Auburn Men's Golf Coach Mike Griffin Leaving Coaching - AUBURN OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE: "Mike Griffin, who has served as the Auburn men's golf coach for the previous 25 seasons is stepping down from his coaching responsibilities and will remain with the program as the director of golf. A four-time Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, Griffin led the program to an SEC title in 2002 and eight SEC runner-up finishes, 16 NCAA Championship appearances and 19 NCAA Regional appearances.

'I have been here a long time and after looking at things through experienced eyes, I decided this is what was best for me and my family and for Auburn golf and the young people here,' Griffin said. 'When I was brought here, my purpose was to get a golf course, practice facility and team home built, and those have been completed.

'We've been very competitive, winning several tournament and individual titles, including SEC and Regional team and individual titles, and an NCAA individual title. The only thing we've not accomplished was winning a team title, however, what makes it better was having the opportunity to host an NCAA Championship.'"

Movies and TV to Watch Instantly on Netflix

Here's a site that makes it easy to find great free content on Netflix (free if you're a member): - Movies and TV to Watch Instantly on Netflix.

Saturday, May 02, 2009