First off, I want to send a mad shout out to Sigmund "Fathead" Bloom for another successful trip around the sun. Many happy returns, Sigmund!!!
Second, I want to bitch about how hot it is. Damn, it's hot. 102 degrees right now. Before Roundball pipes up with some comment about how much hotter it is in Phoenix, let me just go ahead and say it don't matter. Once you get up over the 100 degree mark, it's just freaking hot, and if you have to wear a coat and tie it's that much worse. Anyway, we all know that Phoenix constantly feels cool and breezy, since out there in the desert they only get that extremely comfortable "dry heat".
My sympathies go out to Londoners.
I know I bitch a lot about the way the Bush administration has manipulated the "War on Terror" by using it to serve their own political ends, but never let it be said that I'm making excuses for terrorists. Blowing up civilians in order to get strike back at an enemy government is just shitty (and this includes the times when we've done it). It's also ineffective and short sighted. Anyone who thinks that the English are going to change their policies because London has been attacked has both a poor understanding of the British mind set and a very poor knowledge of history (e.g., German firebombing of London during WWII or the decades of IRA terrorist attacks during "The Troubles"). These terrorists are idiots, and I hope they're hunted down and punished in whatever way the English people see fit. I bet Tony Blair doesn't turn around and invade some country that had nothing to do with the attacks, though.
P.S.- The Austin City Limits Festival has already put out a preliminary schedule for this year's festival.
There are some bands which have been announced as playing which haven't been worked into the schedule yet, and there are already some overlaps which are sort of bummers, but on the whole, it looks really fun and I'm already getting excited for it. If you haven't gotten tickets yet, you should. I think I'm going to try to have an after party one night for people to unwind at the Hop-a-Long Lounge, if anyone's interested. I just pray to god that the hot part of the year is over by then....