Sunday, February 19, 2006

What I've been up to.

Saturday before last we went to see the awesome South Austin Jug Band at the Saxon. Here's a pic of the fiddlers, the only decent pic we got. That link represents my first attempt at setting up a band profile on MySpace. It has become a force to be reckoned with in the last 6 months. If you are *anybody* you have to have a profile! Today I am mulling over ideas for their web design. Still at the "creative" stage where a lot of of is done in the head. Very excited!

All week I worked my danged fool head off, day and night, and even worked some freelance on Friday when I had taken a vacation day. I honestly cannot remember when I had a real whole day off. It's been months. That situation will be resolved or on its way to being better soon. If I don't fix it, it will fix itself and that's not the optimum choice.

On Friday we unfortunately lost another tree in the back! The roots were rotted from something and the tree was beginning to sway in the wind, and not in a pretty way. We took it down to prevent an ugly fall-down. Sad. Just a couple of months ago we had to remove another one from the backyard. Huge limbs had already fallen from it, and it was not a tree that we wanted to save as it was a non-native water sucker. Water conservation is too important! The backyard will be a whole lot sunnier for a long time, but what can we do?

Also on Friday we went to Antone's in the evening to see Eric Johnson and Double Trouble again. This show was far from being a rerun of the one 2 weeks ago. EJ was jamming with a new drummer named Kyle Thompson (and this 3-man combo is apparently called "Ant B" and means the flavor is freeform jazzy. If Eric has Bill Maddox on drums it's called "Alien Love Child" and has a bluesier flavor, and with Tommy Taylor the band is just called "Eric Johnson" and is maybe a tad less bluesy and more rock. All 3 combos have Chris Maresh on bass. There will be a quiz.) Most excellent show!!

Saturday I *almost* had a whole day off. Woohooo!! We went to a matinee at Alamo Drafthouse to see "Munich", which was very good. It was about a half hour too long though, I think he could have hit us with the punchline a little sooner and perhaps harder, but worth seeing. After that 3 hour movie we decided against spending the evening outdoors at Mother Egan's (since it is below freezing this weekend for that twice-a-year cold snap that Austin gets) listening to Browncoat (Serenity/Firefly) drinking songs performed by an Irish band called the Bedlam Bards and also the Brobdingnagian Bards. They (the Bedlams) have a whole CD of Firefly/Serenity themed songs. Dang!! I really wanted to go to that but the Alamo was freezing, and it was freezing outdoors so we made a fire and put in the extended Return of the King DVD. It just doesn't get any better!!

Today (Sunday) there was another fine sermon from Davidson, a visit to the freezing grocery store and then had to clean out the remaining birdhouses. A filthy job, but well-timed since last week a hawk or falcon either killed or put the fear of bejesus into our little bird community so they were all gone... leaving only a couple of nests of wasps that were too cold to show their feelings about getting ousted. It's now 3 in the afternoon and I have work to do. surprise, surprise... but all is pleasant and there's a cat on my lap, so life is pretty good.

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