Friday, September 29, 2006

Friday! Last night I helped Don (I mostly maintained a supervisory and janitorial cleanup roll) in tearing up some of Mandy's floorboards which had started to mold following her air conditioner leak. After we were done Jajuan fed us pork chops, green beans, and cornbread salad. Then I passed out on the sofa for a little while while trying to watch some Dog reruns with Kellie. Then I woke up and played some guitar while sitting out back with Mandy, and then I rode to the airport to pick up Camille with Mandy and Kellie. It sounds like Camille had an uneventful trip. Sadly, she reported that she made no new friends on the plane.

This evening is Channing's farewell happy hour. She's leaving the County Attorney's Office to go work for Joe Turner. I'm going to miss having her around the office. Now I'll see her in court as a defense attorney, though, so that should be fun.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Howdy. Hope everyone's having a good day. Last night was Project Runway night, so Rami and Ellie stopped by for some dinner and some PR. It was good to see them. PR was also good. No one got kicked off and they're down to a final 4 people for the big finale. We ate chicken spaghetti, salad, bread, and cake for desert.
Mandy's air conditioner had some problems (while she was in Beaumont) which resulted in some water leaking onto her floor, so tonight I will go over to her house along with Captain Don (Jeff's dad) to rip up some damaged flooring and get ready for new floor to be installed. Mandy's worried about toxic mold growing under the floorboards, so we gotta get it fixed.
Connie is jetting into town tonight from Beantown, so we're very excited about that. I think Mandy should bring her to work tomorrow- kind of like a show and tell.
Well, I know it's short, but that's it for now. Hope you're having a good one.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Well, it's hump day. Hooray! Last night I ate some Chinese food with Team Steans and ran into Court 4 superintern Kenlyn Powers while at Suzi's. The food was good and the company was nothing short of fantabulous. Today is going to be a big day for Team Steans. Roundball has 2 interviews, and today Fort Roundball is supposed to get hot water and cable TV.
Also last night I tried to watch some episodes of Dog with Mandy and Kellie, but the episodes were reruns, so we ended up watching Showgirls- a truly terrrible movie. Terrible movies are normally right up my alley, but somehow I had never seen it before. In keeping with conventional wisdom about the flick, Showgirls was truly bad, which in turn made it pretty entertaining. We were watching it on basic cable, so they couldn't even show boobs (one of the few redeeming features of the film from a male viewpoint, I guess), but they had these little photoshopped bras painted onto the girls whenever they were topless in a scene. Fascinating. I'd like to make a movie where all of the actors perform the whole movie nude and then we digitally go back and add clothes on later. The clothes could keep changing to express little clues about the inner lives of the characters. It's the wave of the future, I tell ya.
Anyway, Mandy fell asleep, and I couldn't justify staying up through midnight to catch the end of Showgirls, so I stumbled back across the street where I goofed around on the 'puter for awhile until it was time for bed. And that was Tuesday.
Hope you kids are doing alright.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Hey there. What's up? To be honest, Steanso is having a somewhat less than adventurous day. Kellie is in town for a couple of weeks visiting Mandy and friends and working at Anne Kelso. Camille is coming in town on Thursday for a visit, so that will be good. Mandy had a good visit with Lucas and her family while she was in Beaumont over the weekend. Last night Mandy and I drove out to Buda to have dinner with Jajuan and to pick up the wiener dogs (who usually stay with Jeff's folks when Mandy is travelling). We ate at a little pizzeria in downtown Buda, and the food was pretty good.
Anyhoo, as I said, I don't have too much to blog about. Just for the record, I wholeheartedly back Bill Clinton in both his explanation of how he dealt with the Bin Laden issue during his tenure in office and in his assertion that conservative elements in this country are trying to rewrite history to shift blame to the Democrats for the events of September 11th and for America's failings in the overall war on terror. Were Clinton's fiery answers during Chris Wallace's Fox interview the spontaneous responses of a man who had become fed up with the Republican spin machine or were his comments the opening salvo on the battleground of the fall election season? Either way, it's about time the Democrats got angry and fought back...

Monday, September 25, 2006

Mono E frontman and F.O.S. (that's Friend of Steanso) Eric Gottula has started a MySpace music page which features some of his solo stuff. For those of you who don't know him, Eric's an extremely creative, talented guy, and he's done some really excellent songwriting and performed on a number of solo efforts which exist separate and apart from the tunes that we do with The Mono Ensemble (although Mono E has been known to occasionally swipe one of Eric's songs and transmorgify it into a Mono E tune, which Eric rarely objects to since he writes most of Mono E's stuff, anyway). Eric performs some of his his solo material from time to time in a singer-songwriter format (he's kind of on again/off again about it, though), and he records his own stuff track by track, typically playing all of the instruments for each of the songs (see, I told you da boy got some talent!). Anyhoo, his site is worth checking out. I command you to go there.
Earth people.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Well, Ryan and Jamie are moved into their house. They have no hot water quite yet, but they're in the house. Mom and Dad came into town this weekend to help them get settled in. I've been seeing the fam intermittently between doing things with friends.
Last night I went and saw Kool Keith/Doctor Octagon with Sig and Andy F at Emo's. As luck would have it, the members of Kosmodrome, Crack's Russkie brothers in arms, were also in attendance, and we collectively got down with our bad selves. Kool Keith put on one hell of a funky, high energy show, and the crowd went nuts for it.
And it's the ten year anniversary of South Park. South Park isn't for everyone (Karebear, Admiral- this isn't one of those times when you should check out an episode of the show to "see what the kids are into"), but the show consistently remains one of the funniest, most insightful, but still downright nastiest shows on television, animated or not. The show has had some ups and downs (in terms of the writing, as well as the controversies which the show has stirred up and subsequently had to contend with), but on the whole, it's managed to remain remarkably funny while providing some astute social commentary over the years.
Anyway, cheers to Southpark for keeping it real for a decade! Hope you still have some good years left in ya!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Well, Friday is upon us. The Karebear and the Admiral are motoring into town this evening to help Roundball and McSteans unpack and settle into their new abode. Last night I watched a very special episode of Dog the Bounty Hunter. Dog's family told the story of Dog's recent arrest, and their fears regarding his possible extradition to Mexico. It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense that Dog is facing potential prison time in a Mexican prison for capturing Andrew Luster in Mexico. (Luster is a rapist who was convicted on over 80 counts of sexual assault and who is currently serving a prison sentence of somewhere around 124 years) On the other hand, I think the Mexican government is just annoyed that an American citizen came into their country and took custody of another person (albeit a wanted American felon) without any legal authority to do so. Granted, the Mexican government seems to be taking an especially hard line on this, but you can imagine what U.S. authorities would do if they found out that Mexican bounty hunters were coming into the U.S. and illegally taking custody of people on U.S. soil. Mostly I think Mexico just perceives the U.S. as being disrespectful toward them, and this is a good opportunity for the Mexican government to reinforce their own sovereignty and independence.

Anyhow, I know that the U.S. has gotten help from the Mexican government in retrieving some other suspects who fled from prosecution in our country (when Colton Pitonyak fled to Mexico after allegedly murdering an Austin woman last year, Mexican authorities were instrumental in returning him to the U.S. for prosecution). Maybe Mexican officials just got sick of watching Dog get rich and famous in the U.S., largely as the reult of a capture which was illegal on Mexican soil.
Whatever. I sympathize with Dog. Hopefully he can just pay a fine or something and be done with this. Dog's transgressions seem to stem from a violation of legal formalities (he didn't get the proper authorization or assistance from Mexican law enforcement before picking up Luster), but in the end, it seems like he did the right thing,

Wow. Did I really just spend that much time writing about Dog?
Mandy is supposed to have left for Beaumont today to visit her family and her new nephew, Lucas. She's picking up her sister, Kellie, at the airport in Houston and then they're driving down together. I hope she has a good trip and takes lots of pictures.

OK. That's it. Hope all's well out there.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

More ACL photos

"Without music, life would be a mistake."

[Gordon Downie and Johnny Fay of the Tragically Hip rock out] (photo by Weedo).

"A man on the move, and just sick enough to be totally confident."

-hunter s. thompson

"We are the people our parents warned us about."

-jimmy buffet

“We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on the one hand and of overwhelming force on the other..."

-general george catlett marshall

Don Walser

Almost forgot. I heard first thing this morning that legendary Austin country singer and yodeller Don Walser had passed away at the age of 72. I always liked Walser's old school country sound, and I think it's only fair to pay him a little tribute here on The Adventures. I saw Don Walser play live at least twice. Once I saw him play at Jovita's on South 1st. It was a strange show with a bunch of younger punker and skater types mixed in with the country music fans, but Don just serenely played through his songs, seemingly oblivious to the hoots, hollars, and cheers of the eclectic crowd which had gathered to hear him yodel. The other clear memory that I have of seeing Don Walser came when I was down on 6th Street hanging out with my old undergraduate philosophy advisor, Dr. Alex Neill, when he was in town, visiting on a speaking tour from his native school of St. Andrew's in Scotland where he had ended up teaching after I graduated from Trinity. Anyway, Neill and I ended up in some bar/restaurant down on 6th Street on a Thursday or Friday night (I think it was BW3, but I'm not sure), and Don Walser happened to be playing (a feature which had attracted me to the bar as we walked down 6th). We ended up eating chicken fried steak and drinking beer while listening to Walser's tunes (along with the bar's small crowd), and by the end of the evening I think even Neill had begun to question whether he had made the right decision in leaving Texas to return to the U.K.. Don was just one of the good things about Austin, and we'll miss him.
Howdy. Well, last night I got my first peek at the new home of Team Steans. It's slightly south of William Cannon, off of Manchaca. It's a cool little two story number with a couple of living areas, a decently sized kitchen, and 4 bedrooms, I think (I'm pretty sure there's an office for Ryan, an office for Jamie, and a guest room). Anyhoo, it's a cool pad. I hope they're happy there.
In other news, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to announce this yet, but Jeff "Peabo" Peek and his wife, Adrianna, are pregnant! Peabo is not only excited about the prospect of fatherhood, but he's also quite proud that he's finally able to provide proof that his "boys can swim".

Last night I had dinner at Trudy's with Ryan and Jamie before heading over to their new house for a look see. Afterwards I dropped in at Mandy's and hung out with Rami, Andy, Hannah, and Mandy. It was Project Runway night, but there wasn't a new episode this week, so our gang just watched a rerun and hung out. The weather was beautiful last night, and it was nice to just sit outside and talk.
Well, I gotta run. Hope everyone is avoiding spinach and taking it easy.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

No time for bloggin' today. Roundball and McSteans have closed on their house and should be moving in today. Mandy and I had dinner last night with Kate, Judy, Jean, Laurie, Megan and Travis over at Kate and Judy's house. It was very nice. Makes me very happy to have such great neighbors.
Ok. Gotta run. Peace be with you Adventurers.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Hope everyone is having a good Tuesday. Steanso is still sort of tired following ACL Fest. I was s'posed to spend yesterday relaxing and recuperating (which I needed to do, given my general fatigue and allergy problems), but instead Feral Andy came over and I rocked out a bit with he and Roundball. Last night Mandy and I were going to watch Lucky Number Slevin, but after there were about six violent murders in the first 11 minutes of the movie, we both decided that we weren't up for it and put The Life Aquatic in instead. The problem with The Life Aquatic (which strangely also happens to be one of its happier qualities) is that it seems a little bit like a picture book for adults. This kind of tends to give it a warm, comfortable feeling, but it also makes The Life Aquatic an easy movie to fall asleep to (cause, like most Wes Anderson movies, it just sort of puts you in a good place). Long story short, I woke up on Mandy's sofa somewhere in the middle of the movie and found Mandy also asleep.
The Wilson sofa is a darn comfortable one (a big ol' oversized leather thing that fits even guys big guys awfully well), and I've been known to fall asleep on it even while viewing action-packed horror movies with Crackbass and JackBart. Come to think of it, the whole Wilson house is pretty comfy and cozy. I've dozed off once or twice on the floor of the sunken room between videogames with Jeff or while playing with the wiener dogs, and now Mandy has added a pillow covered futon to the sunken room, so the coziness is ever increasing. Anyway, it's a good house. I know Jeff loved it a lot and he put a lot of work into it, and I like that house, too.
Anyway, we gave up on the Life Aquatic, and I stumbled back across the street where, instead of just going to bed like any sensible person would have done, I got on the computer and screwed around until the early morning hours while a small pack of Steans dogs swirled happily around my feet.

Roundball and McSteans are supposed to be closing on their house today, so let's all wish them luck.
Okay. That's about it. Mostly I'm still tired. Hope you guys are doing alright. Hope everyone who went to ACL enjoyed it. Hope all of you Austinites are enjoying this first blast of amazing fall weather. Peace.

Monday, September 18, 2006

ACL Fest Photos ... finally

Blogger finally got their photo engine running. Here're a few....

Pinetop Perkins jams with Jo Hell and the Red Roosters at Jeff's memorial party. I'm still not sure what Pinetop was doing at the party, but Jeff would have been pumped up to have a living legend of the Austin music scene showing up at a party thrown in his honor.

Mark McCrimmon and Charlie Roadman enjoy the mojitos. A lot.

Weedo, Eric, and Sig figure out how to smuggle a keg out of Joe Turner's parking lot without anyone spotting them.

Sigmund and Laurie share some sibling love at the fest.

Weedo and Stephanie wonder why Steanso is so slow....

Mandy lays down some strategy for the troops at Camp X-Ray.

In another quick note, Duane "Dog" Chapman, world famous bounty hunter and bail bondsman, was arrested and forced to post his own bond (a big ol' $300,000 bond) after being arrested in Mexico for illegal detention while pursuing Andrew Luster, the Max Factor rapist. Apparently it's illegal for private citizens to arrest and detain people in Mexico, and Mexican law makes no exceptions for bounty hunters. Luster had jumped bond on 5 rape charges and is now doing over 100 years of pen time. Dog was arrested in Mexico and left the country after posting bond, failing to show up for his his court date in July of 2003.
I've known about Dog for awhile, but I really only started watching his show in earnest while Connie was down here visiting this summer. Connie has a tremendous affection for Dog and his "crime fighting" ways, even though I tried to argue with her several times that Dog wasn't so much enforcing the law as was he was raiding people's homes in order to protect his investment (i.e., their bond money). Anyway, I had to agree with Connie that Dog seemed like a nice guy and that he generally seemed to want to help the people he was tracking down (and that Dog seemed like the type of guy who mostly wants to help his family).
So anyway, we here at The Adventures wish Dog and his family the best. Still, it's funny to know that the person who Dog posted that $300,000 bond with may be kicking in his door if he misses another court appearance. (it's also kind of funny that Dog thought he wouldn't have to go back to court in Mexico just because he had left that country when Dog had gone to Mexico in the first place in order to hunt someone down who had those very same thoughts regarding the U.S. court system)
Well, the ACL Fest weekend was very good. This being my fifth year at the festival, I had the foresight to take today off (it tends to make your festival experience a little better when you know you don't have to work Monday, and it's not a bad idea to have a chance to recuperate after the festival).
We started off with a fun party in Jeff's honor over at Joe Turner's Law Office on Thursday night. Things started out over there with a band called Jo Hell and the Red Roosters, who were sort of a Canadian blues band out of Montreal. I really don't know much about thesze guys, but they managed to get Pinetop Perkins to show up and play with them, and that ain't no small thing.

After Jo Hell played The Lemurs took over and rocked for awhile. They sounded really good, and I think Jeff would have enjoyed their performance. Quite a few friends from the courthouse and beyond showed up for the party, and there was food catered by Maudie's and Moonshine and beer and mojitos (with designated drivers available). Jeff's family was in attendance along with his sister, Diana, who was in from California.

The Friday festival was good, but it was probably the warmest of the 3 days. I saw the Benevento Russo Duo, Gnarls Barkely, Ted Leo, Thievery Corporation, Deadboy and the Elephantmen, and Van Morrison. The Duo, Gnarls Barkley,and Van Morrison were all good, but Thievery Corporation was an unexpected standout that I really knew nothing about going into the show. I dug them.

Saturday was a little cloudier and cooler, and a great day for music. We started out with Galactic and then went to the Shins (although passing by Secret Machines who I knew nothing about, but they sounded interesting). The Shins were really great. I ended up missing Aimee Mann/Calexico (though I heard a little Aimee Mann), but we hung out for the Raconteurs, and they rocked very hard. Then we hung out for Iron and Wine (who I also knew little about, but thoroughly enjoyed) before finishing the evening out with Willie Nelson, who's almost always good and just makes me happy.

Sunday we started out with The Stills, caught a little bit of the interesting but unimaginatively named Sam Roberts, and then went to see Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, who put on a really fun show that far exceeded my expectations (and I think it was Mandy's favorite all around show). Then we went to Ween (which was good) and to The New Pornographers before heading back to catch a seat for the Flaming Lips and listen to a few moments of Son Volt. The Flaming Lips put on a really good show. It's hard to have a bad time with all of those dancing Santa Clauses, balloons, and giant space men. Then we hung out for Tom Petty, who really put on an excellent show despite a brief rain delay.

It was a really good weekend. Thanks to Mandy, Team Bloom, Ellie, Big Johnson, Griego, the Gottulas, Weedo, and everyone else who ran around with me (and Mandy) for making this ACL Fest experience such a good one. It felt kind of strange to be there without Jeff (or at least not to have him physically there), but over and over again I heard songs and saw things that I knew he would enjoy. I know he would have had a blast, and being at the festival with so many of our good friends made the whole thing a really good experience.

Hmmmm...... I have some photos from Jeff's party and from ACL, but blogger won't let me publish them at the moment. Maybe I'll just post this for now, and hopefully photos later!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Jeff Wilson Memorial Party Today!
Starts about 5:30 p.m.
Law Office of Joe Turner
West Avenue
2nd house on the left north of 15th Street
Food, beverage, and music provided.
Please come!!!!!!!!!
We here at The Adventures would like to take a moment to memorialize one of our favorite Texas political leaders, Ann Richards, who passed away last night from cancer at the age of 73. To a large extent, Governor Richards symbolized much of what was best about southern politicians. She had a sharp mind and a quick wit, and she wasn't afraid of anyone or anything. To me, having grown up in an era when Texas hadn't yet been seized in a Republican chokehold, Richards was a leader who seemed truly willing to stand up and fight on behalf of the Texas people. She struggled to unite the parties in order to implement equity in school funding, and in a nod toward commonsense safety measures she stood up to gun rights activists by refusing to sign concealed handgun permit legisaltion into law (which George Bush later proceeded to do anyway). She was a role model for women seeking to do public service work, and she was a credit to our state and to our country. We'll miss her.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Hey. Little time for a post.
Don't forget:

Jeff Wilson Memorial Party
tomorrow, Thursday, at 5:30
at the Law Office of Joe Turner
on West Avenue
about two houses north of 15th Street
please come!!!!!

Last night I went and had dinner with Mandy and Jajuan at Cypress Grill. We had delicious shrimp and boudin balls. Then Mandy and I went home and watched some Dog the Bounty Hunter and wrapped a few presents for Lucas.
I watched a movie, Silent Hill, which was actually kind of scary and fairly original, which is saying a lot seeing as how it's based on a video game (albeit a fairly legendary videogame with a cult following of its own). Anyway, I found the movie entertaining and some of the scenes genuinely scary, and probably bordering on horrifying. Definitely the kind of stuff that could give you some weird dreams. If you didn't already have material of your own, that is...
OK. Gotta run. I hope you kids are revved up for ACL fest.
Take care.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

What's up? I know I post a lot of links on this blog, but you guys really need to read this. It's a MSNBC blog by Keith Olbermann about the changes that have occurred in this country since 9/11, and it couldn't be more dead on. We live in a country where people who employ critical thinking skills are branded as traitors and cowards and where Disney is beaming right wing, revisionist history, propaganda films into our homes under the guise of "entertainment". Kudos to Olbermann and to his producers there at MSNBC.

Last night I was still getting over feeling sick and didn't do much. Mandy and I ate dinner and hung out and watched Gene Simmons' Family Jewels. For those of you who haven't seen it, it's an Osbournes-style reality show starring the former lead singer of KISS and his family. Of course, we've seen this kind of thing before, but there just wasn't a lot to choose from on the tube last night. The show is kind of funny. Simmons' kids are about 20 times smarter, wittier, and more insightful than the Osbournes, and ol' Gene himself tends to come more like a loveable old Jewish curmudgeon these days than as the sexy, scary, rock and roll icon that he still wants to be for his audience. It's interesting to me to see that Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed seem to have managed to raise two pretty well-grounded, intelligent kids despite their rock and roll lifestyle while the Osbournes pretty much raised a couple of space cadet nutjobs. Is it the enviroment, or is it the.... Genes? (ha ha ha! ok, give me a break. I couldn't resist)

Mandy's nephew, Lucas, is scheduled to go home to Beaumont from his Houston hospital today (with Justin and Charissa, of course) after spending some time in the preemie neonatal unit. We wish them the best of luck and happiness as they return home and get Lucas settled into his new life!

OK, here's yet another reminder:
Jeff Wilson Memorial Party
Thursday starting at 5:30
Joe Turner's Law Office
Please come!!!!!

That's about it.
I'm still getting geared up for ACL Fest. Hopefully this year will be cooler than the last. Also, the countdown has begun to the arrival of Roundball and McSteans. Let's hope that their cars hold up through the desert or we may find nothing left of them but Superman tee shirts and circling buzzards.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Just a quick post. I feel pretty crappy today. I've been having some allergies, and now I think I may have an actual cold or something (maybe a sinus infection) in addition. So I'm feeling run down. Please take a look at yesterday's post where I posted a reminder to make sure to remember Jeff's Memorial Party on Thursday at around 5:30 at Joe Turner's Office. Anyone who knew Jeff is invited to attend (or even if you're just a friend of a friend)!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The weekend has been pretty good, although my allergies are really screwing with me (I hope they settle down a little before ACL Fest). Friday night the Mono E got together for a practice with our international guest member, Frank Dresig. Frank is from Germany and works for AMD, the employer of our guitarist, Frank Skowronski, and our drummer, Reed "Weedo" Shaw. Anyway, Frank comes over here on something approximating an annual basis for work purposes, and when he comes to town, he typically stops by to rock with the band (he's a really good keyboard player, and I believe that he plays with two different bands in his hometown of Dresden, Germany). So it was good to see Frank, and we actually managed to pull together some songs and some improv jams that sounded good with Frank sitting in on keys. It was a good practice.

Here's a picture of the two Franks on a break during practice (reluctantly American Frank on left, German Frank on right).

Saturday I didn't do too much. I ran a few errands with Mandy and hung out with her watching bad TV until her new futon got delivered (which is pretty cool) . Saturday night I hung out and watched the Horns crash and burn.
Today I got up and had breakfast with the Thweatt clan. Lee, Sarah, and the kids came into town so I met them (along with Aleda, Charlie, Janette, Joe, and Kim) for breakfast. It was good to catch up with them. Those three young Thweatt boys are nothing but a whirlwind of heat, light, and destruction, I tell ya. This afternoon I mowed the grass, helped Mandy with some pond maintenance, and suffered from my allergies. This evening I watched Shop Girl with Mandy.
My dad, The Admiral, will be jetting off to Italy tomorrow (he claims it's for work, but I have my doubts). Let's all wish him well.
I'll try to blog about this more later, but here's your first reminder:



Friday, September 08, 2006

Friday. The Texas/Ohio State game is this weekend, and although I initially had very little interest in the game, the influx of Ohio State fans into the downtown area has begun to pique my curiosity (I keep seeing groups of them when I'm out on my lunch hour). Number one playing number 2- oh wow!!!! Of course, those rankings were determined by preseason poles, and neither team has actually had much of a chance to prove itself yet this year.

Also, what's up with this film that ABC is airing about 9/11? Rumor has it that the script was penned by some pretty conservative guys who use the film to try to shift the blame for 9/11 onto the Clinton administration. Apparently Clinton has even contacted ABC to ask them not to air the film because of its "false and defamatory" nature, and that former Clinton officials are annoyed by the fact that filmmakers seem to alternately hide behind claims that the show is, in the end, a work of fiction along with simultaneous claims that the film is based on the 9/11 Commission Report.
It's an opening volley in the battle for the fall elections, and it's being executed in true Republican style, with truth its first and foremost victim. Both high level Clinton officials and the bipartisan 9/11 Commission Report itself seem to conflict with events that as they are portrayed in the film- a film which Democrats have not yet been permitted to screen, despite the fact that conservative commentators have already apparently been given the opportunity to view it (Rush Limbaugh and other conservative commentators have already been quick to applaud the movie and its portrayal of an inept Clinton administration).
ABC, of course now owned by Disney, has been unwilling to shelve the film and continues to insist that significant edits and changes are still being made which may alleviate some of the concerns of the films critics.
The whole thing makes me a little queasy. Very few Americans probably ever read any of the 9/11 Commission Report, but millions will probably watch this movie, and from what I can tell, it just doesn't sound like it's based on anything approaching factual accuracy. This recent trend of completely obliterating history and even warping our understanding of our current worldview for political expediency is disturbing. I mean, the victors have always written the history books- yeah, I know that- but it seems like recently people have been trying to warp the public's worldview in order to meet their own political ends with a cynicism and callousness that I just can't believe the public is willing to tolerate. It just seems like nowadays partisan political activists aren't just interpretting the world in a particular way because of their political beliefs- now people are willing to knowingly, purposely lie about the state of the world in order to further their own political agenda. The scary thing about these politically motivated lies is that they undermine the functioning of a working democracy. A populace cannot effectively vote or make any kind of effective decisions if it doesn't even have an accurate worldview to operate from. How can we decide which leaders are the best if we don't really know what any of them have really been doing, and we don't really understand how any of their policies have actually worked out? How can we judge the effectiveness of the war on terrorism if the government won't tell us the full story on what they're doing? Scary stuff.
Man, I'm rambling. Maybe it's the Benadryl. Sorry if this is incoherent, but I just don't have the energy to do much rewriting today.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Hey. Well, they finally got rid of the consistently talentless Vincent last night on Project Runway. That guy was just a doofus with no skills and even less personality. Rami, Donna Rene, and Ellie came over for dinner and to watch Project Runway. It was a good time.

I'm not feeling very well today. I think it's just allergies, but I feel like I'm getting a cold, and I'm pretty exhausted. Jennifer is out sick today, so maybe she gave me some kind of a bug.

I was listening to KGSR this morning on the drive in to work and they were talking about ACL Fest and the lineup for this year, and I think it finally hit me about how weird it's going to be to go to ACL without Jeff. I've gone to every year of the ACL festival with him (as well as the 2005 Jazzfest), and in fact, I've never gone to a music festival without him. Jeff thrived at music festivals, and I think they kind of appealed to his hyperactivity and ADD (ok, maybe he didn't really have ADD, but it sometimes seemed like it) almost as much they appealed to his love of music. I would hang out with him for large parts of the festival and we would set up "campsites" where we could watch big shows and meet up with each other, but Jeff would always be buzzing around during the day, oftentimes watching only a portion of one show before bolting off across the festival campgrounds to catch one or two more bands who were playing at the same time. Like so many things, he just wanted to cram as much in as he could possibly experience. That was the way he experienced festivals, and the way that he taught me to experience them as well- with an open mind, a willingness to overlook (and definitely not whine about) minor discomforts, and an eagerness to learn about and enjoy new bands. I learned about several bands that I came to love through festival experiences, and I have many great memories of seeing bands for the first time at festivals with Jeff (among them, The Shins, Arcade Fire, Wilco, and even a really cool Mason Jennings set on one of the small stages where they closed with an amazing acoustic cover of Rage Against the Machine's "Bulls on Parade"). Anyway, it's gonna feel really weird going without him this year, but he'll be in our hearts and minds, and he would definitely want us to go and have a good time. As a matter of fact, he would probably bug the crap out of me if I tried to back out for any reason.
So I hope you Adventurers are preparing yourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually for the festival. (and shame on you who are trying to chicken out- I'm looking in your directions, Elf and Roundball) Listen to your Raconteurs, Ween, Shins, Gnarls Barkley, Tragically Hip, Wllie Nelson, and so on and so forth. It's an Austin holiday celebrating one of the things that we love about life- good music- so put your party hats on and get ready....

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Well, hopefully Mandy is cool with me posting this (please be cool with this, Mandy), but here is a picture of Mandy's new nephew (Justin and Charissa's new son), Lucas! Of course, the arrival of a baby is pretty much always a cause for celebration, but as I've said before, Charissa went through some pregnancy complications which made everyone a little nervous before Lucas's birth, so when he came into the world safe and sound it was a super extra special occasion! Mandy went to see Lucas and the family last week, and I think she may go next week as well. Things have turned out well, but I get the feeling that everyone is kinda worn out down there in Houston.
Last night Susan came over and I got together with she and Mandy and had some Chinese food from Suzi's. We got to hear about Susan's new job teaching preschool. Today was the first day that Allison and Robert, Susan's kiddos, will be attending school (at the same place she's teaching), so we wish them all the best of luck on their first day at school together.
Also, Roundball breezed into town last night at around 11:30. He stayed overnight and had a job interview today, as well as some time scheduled with his realtor to go and look at a house that he's thinking about buying (maybe planning on buying is closer to the mark at this point). Anyway, I talked to him on the phone a bit ago, and he said his interview went well and that he'll probably be coming back for another one in a couple of weeks. So that's good.

Well, that's about it. Court has been busy, but ok.
Hope ya'll are having a good one. For those of you in Austin, get out there and enjoy some of that weather! High of 89?! Wooo hoo!!!!!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Not a lot to post on since I posted last night. I woke up this morning to the bizarre, alien sound of raindrops falling on my roof. It's true, Adventurers- we had genuine water falling from the sky here in Austin this morning. Of course, it didn't rain hard and it didn't rain all that long, but at least we got a bit of honest to goodness rain.
Also, we here at The Adventures would like to take a moment to mourn the death of Crocodile Hunter Steve Erwin. I spent a lot of time watching the Crocodile Hunter, mostly with my brother, Roundball, and laughing at his antics as he wrestled alligators, chased snakes, and captured lizards with his bare hands. Steve Erwin was a true animal lover and wildlife conservation advocate, and his exuberance was contagious. He died doing what he loved, but he's gonna be missed by a lot of people (especially kids, who I think could probably relate to Erwin's enthusiasm on a visceral level).
Not a lot else going on. Just grabbing a quick lunch before having to head back to court for jail call this afternoon. Hope all's well with you guys.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Well, Labor Day weekend has been pretty good, if not overly eventful. Friday evening I went out and grabbed a beer with some friends from work and then hung out with Weedo a bit later on. Saturday I got up and went to Barton Springs and then went guitar hunting for part of the afternoon. Saturday night I just hung out and watched Kill Bill 1 and 2 (I've been on a mini Tarantino film fest after having watched Pulp Fiction over at Mandy's last week and about half of Jackie Brown over at my house). Sunday I got up and took Cassidy on a long overdue trip to the Barton Springs spillover. She was super excited and got in a lot of swimming and playing with other dogs. Sunday afternoon we had Mono E practice. We played a lot of stuff. Among the songs was Black Sabbath's "Iron Man", performed more or less in its entirey. After practice some friends stopped by to just hang out and have a few beers. Team Bloom, the Whiskeetos, and most of the members of The Mono E were among the celebrities in attendance. Today I went to guitar center (twice, actually) and bought a new guitar! It's an acoustic-electric Gretsch and it's neat. I also went to the store with Mandy and she bought a futon for the sunken room at Casa De Wilson. It's a cool futon made out of some sort of dark wood. Not getting delived 'til next weekend, though. Anyway, Tejas Trail engaged in some therapeutic shopping today. Then we went to Ellie's house where I met her new puppy, Zoe, and went out to Hyde Park Grill for dinner with Ellie and Mandy and Ellie's brother, sister-in-law and nephew. Afterward Mandy and I came back to Tejas Trail and watched a few more episodes of Weeds. Then it got kind of late, and I walked back across the street and sat down at my computer and started typing this and now I'm wondering if I can narrate my way into the future where a little later tonight I get a phone call from a lawyer telling me I've just inherited hundreds of millions following the death of a mysterious great uncle that I never knew I had....

Friday, September 01, 2006

Hope everyone's doing ok. I've been pretty busy, both at work and at home over the last two days. Wednesday night Donna Rene dropped by and we watched Project Runway and just hung out in the backyard over at Mandy's. It's kind of interesting to see a reality show full of people who are actually really very skilled at something (whether they have good taste is more of an issue, but they all understand clothes and how to make them, and so I guess I give them some credit for that since I know absolutely nothing about it and because producing clothes looks fairly difficult to do- even the worst designers on the show have a set of skills and are capable of accomplishing something that I am completely incapable of). Anyway, the show actually rewards people for having a true set of skills, and that's not something you really see on any other reality show, as far as I can tell (well, Hell's Kitchen is getting into it with cooking, but I think they're taking their cues from PR). Okay. I need to get over the compulsion that I feel to defend the fact that I watch that show.
Yesterday I was in trial with John, and last night I went out after work for a beer with some folks from the office. We went to The Brown Bar. The waitresses there squeeze themselves into incredibly tight fitting bustiers, apparently the bar's "uniform", which is incredibly distracting, especially when you're out with a bunch of ladies from the office and you have to pretend not to notice (a charade which didn't last long, because even the women at our table were driven to staring at and commenting on the outfits). Anyway, it was nice to get a chance to visit with some friends from work in a non-work enviroment.
Mandy's down in Houston visiting Justin, Charissa, and their new baby, Lucas. Lucas was born prematurely, so I guess he's kinda small, but Mandy says he's awfully cute, and that he makes hilarious little noises. I'm looking forward to meeting him.
It's a teensie bit weird having Mandy gone from Tejas Trail, but I'm getting by. Everyone should have good friends who live on their street. (or at least in their neighborhood- it really does make life better on a lot of levels, and I think it should be more of a common thing)
OK, that's it for now. I hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend, but even more importantly, I hope everyone has a safe Labor Day weekend. Try not to drive late at night when all the drunks are careening about, and for God's sake, take a cab or get a ride if you've had a few. You Adventurers are a precious lot.
Peace. Love. Happiness.
Rock and roll.