Anyway, blixco and laurea have an awesome home, the kind of home I would like to have, except that in Houston that kind of home only comes with trust fund kind of money OR a two hour commute to work. More and more I think I really ought to be living here...more on this later.
I especially loved the alphabet book art project. And the patio with the outdoor fireplace. And the LED votives. And the unique combination of NAD components and NHT speakers in the sound system that is the mark of a truly refined yet practical audiophile sensibility.
Good to see Atreides, Welsh Girl, Party Girl, and AudreyII again. Good to meet Druisan for the first time. Good to eat redonkulous amounts of well-smoked meat.
I got up here Thursday night and will be leaving sometime Monday afternoon. I was somewhat worried about taking two days off near the end of a month before a major release of my company's product, but it turns out that EVERYBODY in the office did the same thing. Something about spring break and kids and irrelevant shit like that. :-) Anyway, I really wanted to get to Austin sometime in the early spring before it got too hot, and this was a good lull-point in my singing schedule. I wanted to take a crack at tuning my parents' piano (more on this later). Wanted to get some fishing done (mission accomplished - made 12 fish late for something yesterday). Wanted to get my old PS2 to my Mom.
I should have written a story about last weekend, which was the best weekend I've had in a while. First off, I went to see Paul and Storm and Jonathan Coulton at House of Blues Houston (here's a YT video from the show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lF9kW3VI74), with teh Y's and my friend Andyr who I don't get to see often enough when I'm not doing G&S with him. We were later joined by Dan and his friend Julie who was visiting from Chicago. Dinner at Mai's first, shakes at 59 Diner afterwards. This would have been enough to make it the best weekend in a while, but it gets better. Saturday, Dan, Julie and I went to the St. Arnold's brewery "tour". It's less of a tour, and more of a stand around and drink, which is perfectly fine by me. Then I suggested that they come over to my place for my pizza (an important stop on the Houston grand tour...rodeo, original Ninfa's, St. Arnold's, Alex's pizza) and a movie and more beer. I believe I was sober just long enough to make the pizza without setting the kitchen ablaze.
Julie was awesome, and I was rocking a pretty good little crush on her in less than 24 hours, and now she's gone and I'm sad, but that's the way it goes. Probably something in there about two ships passing in the night...we're always different people when we're in a new town, or when somebody from out of town is visiting us. Tom Waits wrote a whole song about it.
Saw Bottle Shock on Friday and loved it.
I had written a whole thing up about how I was typing this on a borrowed laptop and why that was and what my plans were as far as laptops go but it'll have to wait. I was an idiot and hit back in my browser. I've got to get out and help my Dad with some landscaping. Another story later about the piano tuning and the Austin living thing.
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