Print Story "You can go to hell -- I'm going to Texas."
By grendel (Sun May 07, 2006 at 12:58:34 PM EST) (all tags)
The quote from the coffee mug I almost bought at Waterloo Records in Austin. Or It's from a frontier hero. Who can tell?

Back from lovely central Tejas. I thought it was winter when I got back. It was about 70 degrees Fahrenheit with low humidity. Felt like a refrigerator after the dank heat of Austin. San Antonio was worse though. I don’t mean to sound like I’m complaining, it was actually a novel experience. See, I hadn’t been that way in over 4 years. I’m from the deserts of Southern New Mexico, and moved to the Front Range of Colorado nearly 7 years ago. Low humidity and mountains have been my environs my whole life. It was shockingly green, quite beautiful down in Austin, though the lack of mountains really screwed with my sense of direction. It’s just these small hills covered with trees and grass. When it was overcast there wasn’t even much direct sunlight to clue me in. It was frequently overcast.

I may have horrified dear blix and doc with my drinking. I horrified myself in that I couldn’t quite get drunk. Buzzed, sure, but the altitude, or decided lack of it, seemed to have essentially snapped my gills shut. Actually, they probably weren’t all that shocked. I do feel a little gypped though, I mean usually if I drink a whole 6 pack of Spaten Optimator and have a couple nips of whiskey, I should feel some real side effects.

Do you have any idea how intensely I miss those 2? I’m sure you miss someone or something similarly, or have at some point experienced it. See, they’re like not just some of my best friends, they’re family. We all ended up joined together in the weird desperation that struck so many people in our mutual hometown. Blix told you all about how we met. Weird and scary. That girl was older and I younger than he recollects, but not by much. Heh, a day or 2 later I was hanging out with the other chosen brother, Mike, and he said Jason had a big problem with my taste in women. I figured it was just my penchant for cute and insane. Maybe Jessica had dated him too?

Doctor Laurea, she was one of Mike’s girlfriend’s younger sisters. As they were exiting High School she was starting, I was half way through. It made perfect sense to adopt her as a sister, and it felt natural. All the girls I dated back then always got some sort of jealousy issue about her. They just didn’t get it. Family is family, blood or not. Which reminds me of when my brother Jason got romantically involved with my sister Laurea. Those were some strange and frightening days early on. Obviously it has all been for the better though.

Jason and Laurea’s dogs! What amazing animals they are! Kilo was my continual assistant on my smoking endeavors, Pico was spastic and wonderful and loving. I was a bit concerned about how well I’d get along with dogs. I like to think I am a dog person, but I haven’t had a dog in almost 10 years. I had a worry that one of them wouldn’t like me. I reek too much of my ex’s cats I suppose. The dogs were not only forgiving of that fact, but intrigued by the feline odor on my shoes, pants and well, everything I own, but I think the lack of algae scent tempted them as well, for a couple days.

OK. So, right then. I may try to do this more often. We’ll see.

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It was by blixco (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun May 07, 2006 at 02:14:00 PM EST
excellent having you here.  I'll have to write more about it when my head isn't fried from a day at work.

But I am very glad you got to come, and we weren't horrified of anything.  Except maybe the natural disasters that follow you.
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco

That was not a disaster. by grendel (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun May 07, 2006 at 02:57:02 PM EST
Except maybe to your car. And it still performed like something hellbent. Really, it must not be 4 years again. What with Ryan and Erin moving to Santa Fe, me moving, ummm, somewhere, and Mike being suggestible, I don't see why we can't all end up nearer to each other.

How about Wagon Wheel, NM?

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I think you mean by bruno (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon May 08, 2006 at 08:19:35 PM EST
Wagon Mound...either that or it was a typo and you meant Wagon Wheel, MN.  While Wagon Mound sounds like a bad idea, Minnesota sounds a tad bit more horrid.  Ha ha...

Is it me or is it the Optimator?

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Shit! by grendel (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue May 09, 2006 at 03:23:14 AM EST
I think you're right, it is Wagon Mound, not Wagon Wheel. I bet the Optimator is talking.

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So, I'm packing it up by bruno (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 07:39:20 PM EST
and moving to Wagon Mound.  Care to join me? 

Whatever happened to that froopyloot anyway?

And why haven't you written anything since 2006?

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Fucker! by atreides (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon May 08, 2006 at 04:41:35 AM EST
How come nobody told me? How can I keep my competetive edge if I'm not kept in the loop? I only have 2 more names since this list! I need more! More, I tell you!!!!!

Have you seen The Passion yet? Here's a spoiler for you: Jesus dies.
"...compassion is more than a 16 point word in scrabble." - MostlyHarmless

Well, hell. by grendel (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon May 08, 2006 at 04:51:03 PM EST
I should have planned my trip more generously. Next time then. I'll likely visit Austin again within a couple years.

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