Monday, November 15, 2004

Things I Learned Last Week

  • When you see two guys in skull caps looking like a couple of teenaged skaters, one cowboy, a trucker type complete with mesh, billed cap, and a guy in dreds, you shouldn't automatically assume these are just a bunch of young 'uns who are "playing at" being a band. You could be watching the South Austin Jug Band prep for a few hours of pure poetry on instruments ranging from violins to mandolins to the best lead guitar I've heard in a loooong while. If so, you should count yourself very fortunate.
  • And on that note, I learned that "rhythm guitar" is what they do with it more than what it is . . . . For all you musicians out there, this is your notice that I'm not one, I just appreciate good music and want to know more!
  • Movies that delve into existential questions about the meaning of life, utilize hot air balloons as metaphors, and allow the good looking lead to only shed his shirt in order to brush his teeth and take a dive in a pool (another metaphor for something I'm sure) are NOT exactly Friday night fare.
  • Dana Owens, aka Queen Latifah, has a way with a torch song.
  • White people should really think twice (or maybe three or four times) about trying to dance like black people . . . especially if they are at a festival and maybe have had a few too many drinks and the music is zydeco and/or the blues and the aforementioned white people feel the need to use the entire dance floor for just two steps!
  • Corn and cheese enchiladas at Jalepenos are a great reason to get up in the morning and do your weight training before Sunday brunch.
  • Tomball is a long drive but worth it when good friends are at the end of the journey.
  • Third Ward has a personality all its own and, though we're only passing acquaintances I'm glad we've met.
  • I hope someday someone will write something like this about me: "Simplicity after complexity is widely informed and never insulting." (Andrew Jones said it about Leonard Sweet's new book.)

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