Monday, September 30, 2013

Weekend Update (with Pictures!)

Hey!  Hope everyone has been doing okay!
Things are going well over here.

On Friday night Amy and I joined Ryan and Jamie for dinner at Hyde Park, which was nice.  Afterward Amy, Ryan, and I went to Strange Brew to see Shinyribs.  Jamie was tired, so she went home.


The Shinyribs show was really good.  Kevin Russell is a really good songwriter as well as an energetic, enthusiastic entertainer.  His music has got a lot of soul.  It's warm and funny and poignant and eminently listenable.  Russell takes a number of musical styles, from gospel to rock to hip hop to disco, and channels them through a musical prism that bends the tunes toward a sort of southern country folk flavor.  Good stuff.  I had fun at the show.  I think Ryan and Amy both really enjoyed it as well.






Saturday morning we got up and went on the annual NAMI Walk (National Alliance on Mental Illness).  My folks came out and walked with us this year.  The weather was a little warm and muggy on Saturday morning, but the walk was for a good cause, and it was a nice chance to hang out with my parents and Amy and some folks from work.  After the walk we went out for breakfast.








Saturday afternoon I went for a bike ride.  I started out planning on just a short ride since I had walked 5K that morning, but my legs didn't really start loosening up and feeling good until I was about 5 miles into it, so I just finished out a usual ride (which is usually a little over 12 miles). 
Saturday evening Amy made some really good chicken marsala.  It was very tasty.  I'm not a great food photographer, but I took a picture of our meal because it made me happy.



On Saturday night we went to a birthday party for Amy's friend, Nicole.  We had beer and cake and a little bit of ice cream.  We sang happy birthday and stood and gaped while Nicole displayed her dance moves.  It was really nice of her to invite us to her party!




It rained really hard on Saturday night/Sunday morning.  I haven't heard thunder like that in a while.  BOOM!!  You know who doesn't care about thunder?  Cassidy.  She could care less.  Amy were both wide awake  (I was up peeking out of the windows) while Cassidy snored and slept peacefully.  My dog does not need a thundershirt.  She has only three legs, but she is not afraid.

Sunday morning we got up and sort of took it easy.  We went to the grocery store and did some shopping.  It kept raining off and on.  When I thought the rain was done, I went for a bike ride.  The temperatures were a little cooler, and I had a nice time (even though I got sprinkled on just a little bit).  I took a picture of one of the many cars that were parked in South Austin bike lanes during my ride.  Since South Austinites are frequently loathe to put their cars in their actual garages (people in South Austin tend to see garages as storage facilities, rehearsal spaces, and workshops), there are usually quite a few cars on the street. 
Whatever.  It's not a big deal, but the prosecutor in me can't help but be amused by all of these people parking right in front of "No Parking" signs for bike lanes.


Early Sunday evening, after I had put out some Halloween decorations and played with the dog a bit, I got together and made some music with Reed.  In addition to Mono Ensemble, Reed and I have a little side project going that we work on when the guys from Mono Ensemble can't get together.  We've dubbed our sub-band Wastewood.  It's taken from a nickname given to our high school, Westwood, in the late eighties through the early 90's (before a bunch of undercover narcotics busts cleaned the place up).  Westwood had the distinction of being a great school in the academic sense (it's been well respected for its academics for decades) while still housing more than its fair share of troublemakers.

Anyway, we got together and worked on some Wastewood songs while Amy went to the gym and did some cooking.  By the time we got done practicing Amy had cooked up some chicken and dumplings and the whole house smelled like really good food.  And sure enough, dinner was great.  I hope she makes it again.  I should have taken a picture, but I was tired.

After dinner and dishes we watched RushmoreRushmore is one of those movies that gets better every time you watch it.  One of my favorite performances by Bill Murray.  One of my favorite Wes Anderson films.

So that was our weekend.
It was really nice.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Update

Well, I've been a little behind on the blogging.  I just recently finished up my post about our trip to D.C., so if you wanna see that, scroll down.






On Friday afternoon at lunch time I went to a very nice awards luncheon at Green Pastures.  It was hosted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and it was in honor of law enforcement personnel who had made outstanding contributions to the fight against drunk driving.  My friend and colleague, Bill, received an award for outstanding prosecutorial service.  It was a nice event, and a nice honor for him.


There was a lot of rain on Friday (which we desperately needed), but I'm proud to say that Amy and I ventured out of the house, nonetheless.  We wandered over to Strange Brew for a happy hour show with Suburban Beat.  They've been playing at Strange Brew for a while now, and I've been wanting to check them out.  They were really fun.  They have some videos posted on the internet, but they sound on those clips doesn't really do the band justice.  Courtney Gray, the lead singer, has a compelling voice, and Jon Chaney plays some really cool, melodic guitar solos, often incorporating some skillful slide parts.  We had a nice time.
After the show we went home and celebrated Stir Friday.  Amy made stir fry with chicken meatballs and peppers and some sort of sauce (teriyaki?).  Very good stuff.  After dinner we watched SmokeSmoke is a movie from 1995 starring Harvey Keitel and William Hurt.  I had seen it long ago and had vague, but positive memories of it.  It's kind of a strange movie, but I like it.  It's a little stilted at times, and sometimes the direction and the acting make you feel like you're almost watching a play as opposed to a movie, but for some reason I like it.  It's sort of understated, and there's some good dialogue in there.
 
On Saturday I got up and went for a bike ride.  The weather turned beautiful, and I enjoyed riding around South Austin.  Riding helps clear my head.  In the afternoon I cleaned up and we went to a housewarming party for our friends Adam and Katie.
They have a nice house over on North Loop, and they hosted a nice event.  I enjoyed hanging out with them and the fellow partygoers.  For the first time in my life I played Polish horseshoes.  The rules are nuanced and complex, and you can check them out here. 
Actually it's a silly drinking game involving frisbees.  Drew and I formed a powerful alliance and were victorious over Katie and her friend.


(when you're the host of the party, people have to find
your stories fascinating.  Here Adam describes the size
of an invisible friend.)
So we had a good time at Adam and Katie's party!  They have a really nice home.
We left the party so we could stop by Mandy's house afterward.  She had invited us over when we ran into her earlier in the day.  Amy got kind of pooped after the first party, though, and she didn't make it.  She crawled into bed.
I wandered across the street and hung out for a while with Mandy, Vicki, Rami, and Ellie.  It was good to see them, and the weather was perfect for a nice back yard sit'nchat.  They all asked about Amy, but then nodded in solemn understanding when I described the party we'd already been to and how comfortable our new bed is.  I hung out for a little while and got caught up, and then wandered back home.  Amy was asleep, and I crawled into bed.

Sunday morning we got up and went to Magnolia Cafe for breakfast.  It was fun.  We like going out for breakfast.  Well, I really like it, and I think Amy does, too, as long as we don't go somewhere that's a pain in the butt.  Breakfast was good.  Being out sorta early on a Sunday morning was good.
Afterward we went home and then did some grocery shopping. 
After that Amy went for a run while I slowly rode along with her while we talked.  Awesome weather.  Following that I rode my bike downtown and back.  Then I came home and did a chore or two and then we rode our bikes over to Sunset Valley to look for picture frames and other stuff.  I bought a new bamboo jack-o'-lantern windchime to welcome fall, since Sunday was the first day of autumn.  At some point in there we just hung out in the yard for a while.  Amy read a magazine and played with Cassidy while I practiced my guitar.

We ran another errand or two.  In the evening we ate delicious stuffed peppers which Amy had been cooking in the crock pot.  They were really good.

And that was pretty much it.  Lots of outside time this weekend while enjoying beautiful weather.  Nice mix of spending time with friends and just chilling out.

I hope you guys are doing well!!!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Adventures in D.C.

Hey there!  Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying our stroll into autumn.

Well, Amy and I went to Washington, D.C., last weekend.  We left on Thursday and got back on Monday night.  We had a really nice trip.  It was sort of busy, but it was fun.  There's something about breaking up our normal routine and exploring a different place that makes me feel sort of rejuvenated.  The stress relief of a vacation, for me, doesn't necessarily have to come from laying around, but from just getting away from normal life and doing something different (although I'm not opposed to slow paced vacations, either). 

(18 8th Street NE, D.C.)
We got into D.C. on Thursday night after delays that were caused by storms.  We stayed in an apartment in the Capitol Hill District.  We rented it through Airbnb.  It was a cool place.  It was close to
(out in front of our digs)
the Capitol and museums and Eastern Market and  Union Station.  It worked really well for us.
Thursday night we walked to a restaurant in the neighborhood called Cava Mezze.  It had Greek-inspired food with small plates.  Tasty, and a nice, cozy ambiance to unwind in after travel delays and a bit of weather.  Good dinner.  I think Amy enjoyed it as well.
Friday morning we got up and walked to a breakfast place called Ted's Bulletin.  The weather was beautiful on Friday and throughout most of our trip.  We had clear skies and temperatures in the 60's and 70's.
Ted's Bulletin had good food, but sorta slow service.  They pride themselves on their homemade pop tarts, which were really good, but pretty decadent.  We split one, and it was sorta like a really big cookie with a cherry fruit filling.



"We're allowed to ride these things into the Capitol, right?"
After breakfast we rented bikes from Capital Bikeshare and rode down through the our neighborhood, around the capitol, and over to the National Gallery on the mall.  Capital Bikeshare works pretty well.  You can sign up for a day pass, and then take rides for up to 30 minutes before leaving your bike at another bike station (which are scattered all over the city).  If you ride for more than 30 minutes there are additional charges, so it's meant for bike commuting as opposed to riding around all day.  It was pretty cool.  There's a company in Austin that's going to put in one of those systems, and I think that it could do really well if they operate it as efficiently as the one in D.C.
(National Gallery = cool)
(the National Gallery
apparently has a picture of
one of Amy's old dogs, Murphy)
We went to two different wings, modern and classic, of the National Gallery of Art.  Very cool.  I really like art museums, and the National Gallery is a very impressive one.  It's got paintings by everyone from Picasso to Monet to Matisse to Lichtenstein to Hopper.  We had a really nice time wandering around the museum.  Honestly, you could probably spend a number of days in just the two wings of the National Gallery if you really wanted to give the artwork its due.  We also wandered around the neighboring sculpture garden, sat outside and enjoyed some sunshine.  Very impressive set of museums.  It's sort of amazing and awesome that the admission is free.

We visited the National Museum of American History.  We saw the Star-Spangled Banner (the flag from Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 which inspired our national anthem) and visited a number of other exhibits, including an exhibit about the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the march on Washington for civil rights in 1963.

After that, we walked the mall to a bikeshare station and rode home (and I'm here to say that Capitol Hill is an actual hill- I had to shift down a gear on my bike!).  The beautiful weather made biking a really nice way to get around town.

(very impressive monument.  Heavy stuff)

(there's at least one honest man
depicted here)
(every once in a while they build a monument
to someone who was neither a politician nor
a war hero)
We ate some pizza as an early dinner while relaxing at the apartment, and then walked over to Union Station to catch a moonlight trolley tour of the monuments on Friday night.  The tour was really, really cool.  The monuments somehow just sort of stand out a little more at night.  I can't really articulate exactly why, but the lighted monuments just somehow seem sort of different and especially impressive in twilight and darkness.  We saw the Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), the MLK memorial, the JFK Eternal Flame, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the WWII Veterans Memorial, the White House, and a lot of different views of the city (including the tidal basin).
(the mall at night)
It was a really cool tour.  Amy found out about it somehow, so big kudos to her.  I'm not sure I would have ever realized what a fun and interesting experience it would turn out to be.






On Saturday morning we got up and went over to Eastern Market.  Eastern Market has a sort of warehouse market that sells meat and fish and produce and whatnot, and on the weekends they have an open air farmers market/artists market that takes over the surrounding streets.  It was really cool and only blocks from our apartment.  We ended up eating a brunch that included a shrimp po' boy and cheesey grits with shrimp from a place called Puddin'.  Outstanding food.  Made us both very happy.  Afterward we tried out a few mini donuts from a place called DC-Donuts.  They were also really good.  Small donuts that you put in a bag and sprinkle with powdered sugar, honey, cinnamon, or some of the other toppings they had on hand.  Good food out in the sunshine amongst some pretty friendly people (although a number of them seemed a little suspicious when we told them that we were from Texas- we quickly corrected our pattern and started introducing ourselves as "from Austin").
We wandered around Eastern Market for a little while.  We bought a small print from a local artist that depicts the row houses in the Capitol Hill District.  I think we'll hang it in out bedroom at home.  We took the metro down to the mall and hopped in line for a tour of the Capitol.

(two freedom lovin' ladies who
enjoy hanging out in capitol
buildings)
(Amy listens to Mono Ensemble while
visiting the Capitol rotunda)
The Capitol tour was pretty cool.  For some reason they don't show the senate or house chambers on the weekend, so we didn't see those, but being the humble introverts that they are, our nation's leaders have not been especially shy in packing every nook and cranny of our very impressive capitol building with ornate artwork, statues, and monuments that are meant to remind visitors of the power and and majesty of these United States.  The Capitol tour covered some of the history of the structure as well as an explanation of various pieces of art in the rotunda, the old House Chamber, and other places.  Very good tour.
Afterward we wandered back to our apartment after stopping off at Eastern Market to buy a little fruit.
We relaxed for a bit, and then walked over to the Library of Congress to meet Jaci and Josh.

Jaci and Josh are friends of ours who moved to D.C. from Austin about a year ago.  Josh still works remotely for a tech startup in Austin.  Jaci works as a government librarian in D.C.  They're good friends.  We were sad when they moved away from South Austin.



(if you study this picture closely you
may be able to spot two people
who were getting very little work done
in the LOC reading room) 
So at the Library of Congress we started out by filling out some applications and getting library cards to the LOC.  In addition to being a really cool souvenir, the library card grants you access to the LOC reading room.  The reading room, as it turns out, is not the simple, quiet facility that the name might suggest.  It's actually a sort of awe inducing, extremely ornate chamber with a soaring ceiling, elaborate artwork, and lots of books.  It's one of the coolest rooms that I went into while in D.C.  (and keeping in mind that we also went into the National Gallery and the Capitol, that's saying something).
The Library of Congress is very cool.  It's a cool building with great architecture that was built for a really cool purpose.  Aside from the reading room and the Gutenberg Bible that's on display in the building's entry hall, there's also a large collection of books that were sold to the library by Thomas Jefferson in order to help reestablish the Library of Congress collection after the original collection was burned during by the Brits the War of 1812.  It's a pretty weird feeling to stand and read the spines of books that Thomas Jefferson probably flipped through around the time that our country was founded.

(Jaci and Josh and me and Amy.
And baseball!!)
After the Library of Congress we went back to our apartment with Jaci and Josh.  We dropped stuff off, changed some clothes and headed to Nationals Park for a baseball game.  We went to see The Nationals play against The Phillies, and even though we didn't really have a dog in the fight, we joined Josh and Jaci in rooting for the home team as they continued an unlikely struggle to secure a wildcard spot for the playoffs.
Well, to make a long story short, The Nationals lost, but we still had a really good time.  The stadium, which is in D.C.'s Navy Yard neighborhood, is very cool.  We ate some chili, drank some beer, and got to hang out with Jaci and Josh.  It was a fun evening, and The Nationals kept it close enough to keep the game interesting.

Sunday morning we had breakfast at a little French cafe sort of place called Montmarte.  Eggs benedict and bloody marys.  Yum.  I don't really remember what we did after that.  I think we walked the neighborhood for a bit and relaxed.  In the afternoon we hopped the metro again and headed out to see Jaci and Josh's place in Alexandria.
(Amy and I in Alexandria)
They have a really cool place, and the area that they live in is very nice.  Right near the Potomac, with a scenic hike and bike trail very close by.  I watched some football with Josh while Amy and Jaci went into Old Town and did some window shopping.  Later, Josh and I hopped a bus and caught up with them for dinner.  We went to a place called Virtue Feed and Grain in Old Town.  Had good crab cakes and some tasty local beer.  We walked back across town to the car and took a ride over to Del Ray where we had some good ice cream at a place called Dairy Godmother.
(Celementine takes Josh for a walk)
It was a fun trip.  It was good to check out Jaci and Josh's place and to spend time with them.  We also got to see their dog, Clementine, who we've known since she was a puppy.  Clementine gets pretty excited about people in general, but I'm pretty sure she remembered me and that I'm one of her favorite people.




So we left Jaci and Josh and hopped on the metro with smiles on our faces and songs in our hearts.  We'd had a good trip and had a very nice visit with friends.  We didn't really have any solid plans for the following day, but we thought we'd maybe go see one more thing in the morning (maybe the Supreme Court?) and then head for home.
Somewhere before McPherson Square two guys on our subway car got into a heated yelling match.  One guy sounded drunk and was taunting the other guy, challenging him to start a fight.  The other guy initially sort of shrugged off the insults, but as they got louder and more insistent the second guy got madder until he finally got up and confronted the other guy in the back of the car. 
It wasn't much of a fight in any sort of conventional sense.  I never saw the loudmouth in the back throw a punch or even do much in terms of physically defending himself (which is kind of weird given the fact that he was basically egging the other guy on to start a confrontation).  The other guy hit him once or twice, knocking him down onto his seat, and then punched him in the face (well, pounded might be a better word) like 15 times or more.  He hit the guy hard and blood went flying.  People in the train car were running away from the fight to the front of the car, and some older woman was yelling that Loudmouth was dead.
I was watching the fight.  I stood up, but stayed with Amy.  The train rolled to a stop a McPherson Square and the insulted fellow, now covered with some of Loudmouth's blood, turned to all of the people now at the front of the car and said something along the lines of, "I'm sorry y'all had to see that" before stepping off the train.
The train took off again and someone yelled to hit the emergency stop button.  The train stopped again, this time at Metro Center.  Everyone exited the train and took off.  We got off, too, but I poked my head into the back of the train to see how the guy was doing who got knocked down.
He was a mess.  There was a lot of blood everywhere, and he just sort of looked at me.  He tried to get up, but I told him to stay down and wait for help.
Metro employees showed up.  The police showed up.  People who weren't on the train came over to see what was going on.
In the end, EMS came, and I ended up having to give witness statements to the police.  They're still calling me now that I'm back in Austin, trying to see if I could identify the guy if they came up with a picture of him.  I'm not sure.  I guess it depends on how similar all of the guys look in a lineup.

So that was how Sunday night ended up drawing to a close.
Monday morning we slept in a little bit.  It was overcast and a little drizzly and the perfect weather had turned a little bit more dreary.  I got up a little before Amy.  I noticed a lot of siren sounds passing by on the streets around the apartment.  I thought the number of sirens was a little weird, but it's a big city, so I didn't think too much of it.
We went to breakfast at a place called Le Pain Quotidien.  We were eating our food when I got a text from my dad asking if I had heard about the shootings at Navy Yard.  It felt weird.  We had been seeing the occasional emergency vehicle race by while we were walking to breakfast, and we had been at Navy Yard for the baseball game only two nights prior.
I checked CNN on my phone and saw that they had shut down flights out of Reagan, the airport that we were supposed to be flying out of.
Things were strange.  We finished eating and walked back to the apartment.  Initial reports on the internet and TV said that there were multiple gunmen who were armed with rifles.  The whole thing was taking place at a Navy facility, so people were speculating that it might be an act of terrorism.
It was sort of raining, and we didn't know if our flight would be delayed, so we scrapped any plan to wander around town.  We got ahold of Josh and decided to just head out to Alexandria, so we could be closer to the airport and hopefully away from any traffic congestion or metro problems that might be caused by the situation at Navy Yard.
Our afternoon ended up being nice.  We hung out with Josh a bit and joined him at a Chinese place for lunch and then walked a trail along the Potomac with Clementine while he got some work done (he works from home).
Later in the afternoon he took us to the airport and we hopped our plane.

It was a really good trip.  Everything was really pleasant, although Sunday night and Monday morning were definitely a little intense.  But we had a really fun trip, and we enjoyed D.C.  We just stumbled upon some weirdness there at the end...

Hope everyone has been doing well!  

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Labor Day

Hey!  How's everyone doing?  (No, don't just shout a response at your screen.  Use the comments section.)

Our weekend was pretty good.  Mostly it was relaxing.
On Friday night we hung out around the house.  We ate slow cooker barbecue chicken tacos.  I don't know what else we did.  If we did anything of note on Friday night, maybe Amy will post it in the comments section.  We both exercised, and I remember watching part of a movie with Amy called Sleepwalk With Me.  I didn't see the whole movie (walked in on it having missed at least the first third), so I'm not going to say too much about it, except that I'm not sure it was my cup of tea.

On Saturday morning we went for a bike ride.  Amy rode with me, and we went for on a South Austin loop that ran just a little over 12 miles.  It made me tired, but it was fun.  By the time we got home it was already getting pretty hot out.
Saturday afternoon we ran a couple of errands.  Saturday evening we went out to my parents' house to watch the UT-New Mexico game.  During the first half the Horns looked pretty sad.  Both the offense and defense were ineffective.  In the second half the team came alive.  In the second half UT scored a lot.  It was kind of funny to watch the faces of the UT fans go from anxious and worried in the first half to relaxed and happy in the second.
I was glad to see UT put up such a strong second half performance, but at the same time, the whole thing seemed a little too reminiscent of prior seasons- seasons in which the Texas program shone in some moments, floundered in others, and ultimately proved too fragile and unstable to be very successful.  You can't beat good teams by playing only half a game.
At any rate, I had a nice time hanging out with  Amy and the family and Juan, Jeanie, and Rick (Juan has been here for awhile, but Jeanie and Rick just moved here from Alaska).  Cassidy came along to root for the Horns as well.
Thanks to Mom and Dad for hosting and having good gameday food.  Thanks to Amy for representing our household in a number of conversations while I zoned out and watched the game!

On Sunday we went out to Kerbey Lane and had breakfast.  Then we went to church.  Church was pretty good, but sort of warm.  I think the air conditioning was on the fritz.  We heard a sermon from the new pastor, Kim Rogers.  She worked as a counsellor with at risk youth before going to seminary.  She seems like a good fit for the congregation at Central.
Sunday afternoon we went shopping and took care of some stuff.  Sunday night I had band practice, and Amy made a delicious tortilla soup. 
I drank a couple of beers and entertained Cassidy in the backyard with my guitar and mandolin while Amy did some needlepoint.
We watched a 2009 documentary by Chris Rock called Good Hair. It was about modern hair styles worn by black people (especially, but not exclusively, black women). It ended up being much more interesting and entertaining than I expected. The documentary points out that the black hair style industry is a hugely profitable business, with much of the money and effort being exerted in an effort to make curly, black hair look straighter and differently colored. The resulting hairstyles resemble hair that might be worn by Latinos, whites, or Asians, but they simply wouldn't occur in any sort of natural form on a black person. We've gotten so used to seeing straight hairstyles on black people, though, that these fundamentally unnatural hairstyles seem normal.
The documentary has a sense of humor, and although it definitely has points to make, I didn't find it particularly heavy handed. It was interesting. It just took one little facet of life- hairstyle- and used it to shine a light on questions of cultural identity, economic exploitation, and self image. Plus, the movie has some really funny moments and it discusses a lot of stuff that most white folks just don't know (it turns out that hair weaves are pretty darn expensive, and relaxer will actually burn your scalp if you leave it in too long!).
I know I'm late to the game, but I recommend Good Hair if you've never seen it.

On Monday we went hunting for a new mattress.  My mom came with us (long story involving a failed attempt to visit Costco, which ended up being closed on Labor Day).  We got a new mattress.  It took a while.  We hit another store or two and had lunch with Mom.  Nice day.
Oh, and also, sometime early on Monday morning, Amy made some blueberry muffins which were muy bueno.  We still have some.  Mmmmm....
(the Hot Nut Riveters, laboring away on Labor Day)
Monday evening I rode my bike to Strange Brew and saw the Hot Nut Riveters.  Amy stayed home because she wanted to get some stuff done.  The Hot Nut Riveters play old fashioned jazz, blues, swing, and folk style music, much of it dating as far back as the early 1900s or further.  They play without individual microphones or amplified instruments (although they had a few room mics up on the front of the stage that sort of amplified the way that they sounded in the room).  They play Dobro guitars and mandolins and banjos and an upright bass.  They have occasional piccolo trumpets and harmonicas and kazoos.  They sing loudly and forcefully, filling up the room with shouts and growls.  It's rowdy, fun music.  I enjoyed watching them play.
After the show I got on my bike and pedaled home.  It was warm out and dark and lightning bursts were going off like paparazzi flashbulbs just to the west of town.  I was hoping for rain, but it didn't come.
I got home and had some nice hang out time with Amy and Cassidy.  Labor Day came to a peaceful close.

Hope everyone had a good one.  Now that your Labor Day is over.... get back to work!!