Crap. I just erased my post. Oh well.
The weekend was good. "Dirty" Andy Sensat had the Wilsons, Rami, and Steanso out to Camp Sensat for a Saturday of Wimberly fun. We floated in the Blanco River, drank cold, watery beer, taught Cassidy how to navigate currents and find shallow rocks to sit on, and ate Mexican food after we got home. Kudos to the Sensats for putting up with our shennanigans yet again.
Sunday I did some recording with Eric for the Mono E, and then we listened to our newest recordings with Jim and Reed.
The Mono E's newest album is getting dangerously close to being completed, and I think it sounds pretty darn good (in my totally unbiased opinion). The songs vary quite a bit, not just because of our normally eclectic tastes, but also because the songs on the CD were written over a relatively long span of time, and I think the band's approach to songwriting has changed a bit over that period.
Hope everyone is planning on coming to the barbecue/party next weekend at the Wilsons. The party is at Casa de Wilson, but I'm co-hosting, so if you've managed to wander onto this site, it's probably safe to say that you're invited. My mom and dad will be in town next weekend, and may stop by the party, so try to keep your pants on this time, people. Also, bring some sort of a cut of meat to throw into the Wilsons coi pond to feed their fish. My understanding is that it's Japanese tradition, and just good manners.
And in political news, here's another fun story:
Pat Tillman, an NFL player for the Arizona Cardinals and U.S. Army Ranger, was killed in Afghanistan in April of 2004. The military and the White House described the incident at the time as being a heroic battle in which Tillman died while defending his men from enemy fire. Now, it turns out, that Tillman was shot by his own men, allegedly at medium to close range.
I bring this story up in no way to dispararage the career or the contribution of Pat Tillman in the U.S. military, but rather to show, yet again, the deception and the obfuscation with which the military and the White House have treated the American public in disseminating information related to the "war on terror". Instead of just admitting that this was a tragic accident, the military tried to paint Tillman's death as a heroic battle, creating a set of lies and exaggerations which has left Tillman's family (like many military families who have experienced a loss) angry and confused. If we're going to send our fellow countrymen into battle, the least we can expect from our leaders and our military is the truth about what has become of them. In fact, the military's use of deception in attempting to turn Tillman into a war hero seems to now be breeding only conspiracy theories and distrust, as Tillman's family questions how their very recognizable son was shot by his own men at a range that should have made him clearly visible.
Just more lies and more deception. I wouldn't trust this administration to take care of my dog.