Las Vegas countdown
Megan's mom is turning 60. We are meeting her in Las Vegas for her birthday. I have not been to Vegas in a long time. The first time I went to Vegas was to see the Greatful Dead at the Silver Bowl. Dave Matthews Band opened for them. It was about 4 or 5 months before Jerry Garcia died. Glad I got to see him before he died. Or should it be, "glad I got to see him before I died". Either way, glad I saw the Dead in Vegas. We stayed on the strip for 2 nights, then we camped at Lake Mead for 2 nights. It was a fun trip.
I've been back twice since then. I went once on my cross-country adventure. Tiajuana to Keane, New Hampshire... with my sister Jodi. There were cartwheels on the strip, lost wallets and injuries. I barely remember it, but I know I had fun. The most recent trip to Vegas was with Megan's family. We drove from Tucson to Las Vegas in a mini-van. This was while Megan and I were still dating. Pre-engagement, pre-marriage. I drove for most of it. It was the year after 9/11, so crossing the Hoover dam took forever. Security check lines were huge.
Vegas makes me think of three things: gambling, boxing and movies.
The first movie that comes to mind when talking about Vegas is this one...
... so money.
But, more recently, I think of this movie...
... Zach Galifiankis is hilarious.
In Summary: Going to Vegas, been to Vegas, Dead in Vegas.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
In honor of one of my favorite SNL sketches, today's word is "mom jeans".
I did not realize it until today, but guys can wear mom jeans, too. Need proof? Check this out:
That is our president, throwing out the first pitch at the All-Star game, wearing mom jeans.
Besides the high waste and 9-inch zipper, what really makes mom-jeans stand-out: white shoes. Nothing says, "I have pushed a child out of my privates and, therefore, can wear whatever jeans I want" like a pair of high-cut jeans with white shoes. Hell yes, mom, you have earned it.
In summary: the president of America is a southpaw, mom jeans are deserved, guys can wear mom jeans.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
"Best of Austin"
It is the time of the year when the Austin Chronicle tries to herd cats. Out of the hotchpotch of opinions that makes up greater Austin, the good people at the Chronicle try to ascertain a "Best of Austin" list. Asking for the "Best of Austin" is kinda like saying, "what is your favorite ice cream". It's ice cream... I love it all.
Nonetheless, they try. Good on 'em.
If you are going to vote, you can do it here. Hurry. Voting ends on July 21st.
Also, if you are going to vote, please consider the following people\places as each of them are near & dear to my heart:
Comedian/Comedy Troupe = Master Pancake
(please vote for Master Pancake... I am hoping John takes me for Bar-B-Q again)
Neighborhood/Dive Bar = Cafe Caffeine
Local Author/Poet = Owen Egerton
Movie Theatre = Alamo Drafthouse
Weatherperson = Jim Spenser
Annual Event = Fantastic Fest
Place to Tube = Comal River
Swimming Hole = Barton Springs
State Legislator = Donna Howard
Emergent Local Filmmaker = Kat Candler
Composer = Brian Satterwhite and Mitchell Westmoreland
Radio Music Deejay = John Erler
Radio Talk/News Host = Mascot Wedding\Mac Blake & David Jara
Unsung Behind-the-Scenester = Scott Chester
Environmentalist = Joe Parsons - he traded his SUV for a hybrid
Wild Card at bottom
Best Iced Toddy Coffee = Cafe Caffeine
If you are reading this and I forgot you: my bad. Put it in the comments.
In Summary: Joe Parsons is an environmentalist, Jim Spenser is the man, vote for Master Pancake so that John takes me for Bar-B-Q again.