Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Update

So busy lately!
This weekend was good!

Feel Like Funkin' It Up!


On Friday I went to see Rebirth Brass Band at Emo's with Frank, Mandy, Candace, Vicki, and Sigmund.  It was a really good show.  Rebirth puts on the kind of performance that just makes you feel good.  Funky New Orleans second line style jazz.  Lots of dancing and bouncing around. 
It was a fun night.  It was my first show at the new Emo's location on Riverside, and I think I would give the venue a favorable rating.  The sound was pretty good, parking was easy, and it wasn't too crowded.  Drink prices were about average for an Austin club.
Thanks to Frank for driving me around!

On Saturday we ran some errands and did a few chores.  HEB, Costco, and I installed some smoke detectors.  The usual.  It rained pretty steadily on Saturday, and the temperatures were quite a bit cooler.  We kept calling it faux fall because we know that we start getting cold fronts in September, but they're usually just a tease.  The heat doesn't actually really break until sometime in October.  Still, the cool weather was nice.  We opened the windows, and I bought a cool ceramic pumpkin at HEB.
Saturday night Shelly and Kit came over.  We watched UT play against UCLA.  UT lost the game, and they took some heat in the media for blowing their lead late in the 4th quarter, but to be honest, I was just super happy that UT showed so much improvement after the BYU game the previous week.  We lost the game, but it was really tight and competitive.  Going into the UCLA game I had been afraid that it would just be a horrible rout and that UT would once again show themselves to be incredibly outclassed.  Instead, we looked like a team that barely lost while playing against the 12th ranked team in the country.
So, good news/bad news following that game, I guess.  The good news is that this is a rebuilding year, and Coach Strong's team definitely shows signs of improvement.  The good news is also that UT showed tremendous potential on Saturday night.  Swoopes played well, and the team looked more cohesive, calm, and motivated.  Execution was better on offense and defense (with a few notable lapses). 
The bad news is that UT fans are extremely demanding and they have a short memory.  They definitely have a "what have you done for me lately?" mentality, and I was shocked to see the journalists in the paper on Sunday morning complaining about the Longhorn loss.  UT is an extremely well-funded program, though, with lots of opinionated, affluent boosters.  It's already becoming obvious that Strong isn't going to get a pass for very long just because he inherited a mess created by Mack Brown.  On one hand, this makes sense.  Strong is getting paid a lot of money, and he knew what he was getting into when he took the job.  On the other hand, reality is reality, and money doesn't instantly change the capabilities of existing players.  This might be one of those situations where patience is rewarded as much or more than dollars.  Texas fans almost pride themselves on their impatience.  I hope Strong gets a fair shake.
Anyway, it was a fun game.  I had a blast watching it.
Also on Saturday night we played Mario Party on Kit's Gamecube.  It's not exactly up my alley in that I'm not a huge fan of more traditional arcade style games, but it was fun to play a game that four people could all play at the same time.  Also, as predicted by Kit, there was at least one group argument caused by the game.  We were forewarned that this was commonplace with Mario Party, that many a friendship had been wrecked upon the rocky shoals of this deceptively cheerful Nintendo landscape, but we thought we were above such pettiness and scoffed at the notion we would suffer discord as a result of a video game. 
Hubris.
After an unseemly incident where Shelly and Amy engaged in some godawful cheating and then giggled about it like giddy hyenas, fingers were pointed, and it became obvious that we would not be immune to the curse of Mario Party.  In the future we may need an additional person to serve as referee.
Oh well.  We'll get 'em next time. 
In all seriousness, it was fun hanging out!  Hope to do it again soon.

On Sunday we did chores and stuff.  Got some exercise.
Sunday night I had band practice at Reed's with Frank and Jim.  We had fun.  We played some originals and worked on Niteclub, by the Old 97's.  We had a good time.
On Sunday night Amy made pasta with Italian sausage and spinach for dinner.  It was delicious.

And that was it. 
Nice weekend.  Too short!

Hope everyone is doing well.
Enjoy the ride as we begin our initial descent into fall.
 
 

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