On Saturday we went to Houston for my dad's retirement party (my dad is Rick Steans, for any readers who might not be in the know). It was a really nice event. Over three decades at Cameron! We had dinner at Morton's Steakhouse near the Galleria, and a number of my dad's friends and coworkers from over the years were in attendance, along with their significant others, to give Dad a final, friendly send off.
My dad has worked with a number of these people for many years, having travelled with them, attended social functions with them, and having gotten to know their families. My mom is good friends with most all of them as well, having also travelled with them, attended events with the group, and having invited many of them over to my parents' home for gatherings.
|(here Dad receives the ceremonial retirement|
from his friend, Kevin Fleming)
|(here Ryan surprises Dad with the news|
that he also plans to retire soon!)
We spent the night at a hotel right down near the restaurant before getting up and driving back to Austin in the morning. Amy made some really good tortilla soup. Come to think of it, she also made some really great stuffed peppers last week. I'm really winning out with the Amy food!
|(here's Amy, happy, but ready for the |
show to start!)
Anyway, Local Natives opened. I'd never really listened to them before, but they were pretty good. Nice harmonies, in particular. They had a couple of songs of their own that I really liked, and they did an interesting version of Warning Sign by The Talking Heads.
I didn't really mention it in my earlier post, but Nick Lowe opened for Wilco the other night, and that was really good, too. I really enjoyed him. He did a really cool version of What's So Funny About Peace, Love, & Understanding. The Mono Ensemble has covered that song for a long time, and it was cool to see the man himself performing it. I felt like Nick Lowe was definitely head and shoulders above your typical opening act.
Anyway, that's it. I'm a little tired today after this weekend, but it was all worth it. Congrats again to my Dad! Thanks to Amy for making the trip to Houston with me. :-)