Anyway, I just thought that given the love fest that we've seen at so many McCain-Palin rallies, it's an interesting counterpoint to see that there are still a lot of people from Palin's home state who don't trust her and who don't think she's fit to be Vice President (let alone President). And it's funny that the mean ol' media didn't really pick up on this rally. Personally, despite Republican protestations to the contrary, I think the media looooves the whole Palin phenomenon and helps to drive it (they seem a lot more interested in hyping her image than in looking for any kind of substance behind that image).
Thanks to Jen Shaw for sharing some of these rally images with me.
In other news, the weekend was pretty good. On Friday night we had a particularly successful Crack practice. As I said to Sigmund, Crack has that crazy feeling of someone sort of gracefully, and just barely, keeping their balance as they stumble down a flight of stairs. It's sort of exhilarating to observe because you're aware that any moment the whole endeavor could collapse into disaster, but we keep catching ourselves as we're falling, and the motion forward continues, scarcely under control and constantly in danger of falling, until we land, recklessly but still standing, at the end. Anyway, Crack had some moments on Friday, silly and sublime, and once again we became more powerful by some miniscule amount.
Saturday I got up and got my oil changed and went to Barton Springs.
That place is a miracle.
In the Japanese religion of Shinto, beautiful places in nature are thought to be holy and are possessed by spirits called kami- spirits both of nature and spirits of departed ancestors and friends. Shinto encourages its practitioners to go to nature's beautiful places in order to meditate and to commune with these spirits. Barton Springs must possess powerful kami.
It was good to go there this weekend and sort of say goodbye to summer. The sun was warm, the breeze was cool, and the whole place just seemed less crowded and more relaxed than usual (just some quiet laughing and people talking). The water and sun felt great.
Saturday night I hung out with some friends and watched the UT game and talked about the schedule for the upcoming ACL Festival.
Sunday I went to see Burn After Reading. I liked it. It's not necessarily the Coen brothers' best work, but it was really entertaining, nonetheless. It's just one of those Coen brothers movies where a lot of the humor is just predicated upon the idea that you're going to find their quirky characters amusing and interesting. The movie either succeeds or fails for the viewer on that basis (well, there's a complicated spy plot in there somewhere, but as one of the CIA agents points out toward the end, it's pretty hard to find a morality tale or an ethics lesson in the events that unfold). Anyway, the acting in the movie was really good all around, and I especially liked the music (which has an ominous, sinister quality that periodically fools you into thinking you're watching a true spy movie rather than a comedy).
Anyway, the movie falls somewhere between Fargo and Intolerable Cruelty in the spectrum of Coen Brothers movies. Not for everyone, maybe, but I enjoyed it.
Sunday night was Mono Ensemble practice, and we sounded pretty good. We dusted off some old stuff and polished it up a bit, and we had a couple of cool jams. Just a reminder for those who care, but we're still planning on playing from 7:30 to 9:30 on October 2nd at Somnio's, a new restaurant that some friends of ours have opened. We'll also be playing at Somnio's on Saturday, I think sometime in the afternoon, for their grand opening and an art walk. Somnio's is on South 1st between Annie and Mary (map on their web site).
I guess that's about it. Congress is rushing to push through our $700 billion bailout of Wall Street. I feel kind of confused about the whole thing and a little angry that our tax money is going to fix a bunch of stuff that's supposed to be privately run (and to fix a situation which was created by wealthy, greedy, imprudent people in the first place), but to hear the analysts tell it, we really have no choice. So now we're in a position where we have to give more money to people who screwed things up so badly that the entire world economy might collapse if the American taxpayers don't bail these people out. Or apparently that's the situation. I don't know. Grrr......
Ooookay. That's it for now. As a final note, Jamie is in the hospital undergoing some heart tests today, so everyone keep her in your thoughts and prayers.