Let's see, where were we when I last left off? Well, last week I was in Dallas for a work trip, but the week before that...
|(Unplugged at the Grove)|
|(Amy with Kevin Russell)|
On Saturday we went out to dinner with my family at Hudson's on the Bend. It's a nice restaurant, and the meal was very good. Hudson's has a lot of interesting and sort of unusual game on their menu (rabbit, pheasant, venison, etc.), but I ended up having some hot and crunchy trout. A little less adventurous, but very good. Anyway, we had a good time. It was nice to have dinner with the fam!
My parents left on a long driving trip to Upper Michigan the next day, and I left on Sunday for a legal education seminar in Dallas.
|(my Dallas hotel room at sunset)|
The conference was fine. I learned some new law and collected a lot of CLE (continuing legal education) hours. I went out with coworkers one night to see The Conjuring (which was scary and well executed, but derivative of about a dozen other movies). Another night I went out to The Flying Saucer with some friends to have a beer. By Thursday I was more than ready to get back to Amy and get away from hotels and shopping malls.
I got back to Austin, and on Friday we went to see Bill Carter at Strange Brew. I've seen Bill Carter once before at Strange Brew, and I've mentioned him before here on The Adventures. Anyway, neither of the shows where I saw Carter were super well attended, which is a shame because both performances were great. He's really good. Carter has good songs with great lyrics, and when you see him in person he gives you enough backstory about his music to make you understand how personal and meaningful it really is. He's also got a good voice. In short, he deserves a lot more attention than he's received lately (a fact which is reflected by the title of his most recent album- Unknown). If you haven't seen him, I strongly recommend that you go check the guy out. He's a great Austin songwriter, and he deserves a more dedicated fanbase! (or at least a larger one)
Most of the rest of our weekend was fairly low key. Amy has made chicken stir fry and some broiled salmon with spices on it. We ran some errands and relaxed, mostly. On Sunday afternoon we met up with some friends for lunch, and in the evening I went to band practice. It was a nice, relaxed weekend, especially after having been out of town.
|(Van Wilks joins The Apostles onstage)|
I feel extremely fortunate to live in a place where I can go experience things like that on a Tuesday, eating dinner at home and then seeing live music within a mile or two of my house and still having time to make it home and get in bed before it's really late. I'm glad that Amy really likes live music, and I love sharing so many of these these things with her. I will not take these things for granted.
Well, that's it for now! Hope everyone is doing well!