Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Turn Off Your Mind Relax and...

Man, I am tapped out. I got nothing. So, here's a picture of Sara Tomassi. I found it on a poker blog about Hoyt Corkins getting robbed.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Disaster in a Medium Sized City

News of this derailment has spread quickly through our community. Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson have already pledged to organize a benefit concert next month for the victims of this tragedy.

My Reunion

Last night was a blur and I want it to remain that way. I had my first big blow out in several weeks and woke up on the patio this morning. I suspect it was induced by the ennui I have been subjected to at work.

I met Sean after work last night at the Veranda for a beer or two, but it wasn't very long until Mr. Whiskey visited our table. We were about to head home when we met some "ladies" and kept drinking with them. They were older ladies, but seemed like fun.

The next thing you know, they talked Sean and myself into going to Houston's for a drink or two. We ended up eating there and drinking until closing. I haven't mentioned this in this forum before, but I was banned from Houston's in February due to dishonest bartender and my friend Loren's drunkenness.

Danielle was our bartender last night and she was very happy to see me and filled me in on the details of what transpired after the ban. It seems that the dishonest bartender was despised as a result by the other bar tenders (or so I was told.) My memory of the Houston's experience fades after that conversation, no doubt reinforcing the owners decision to ban me.

We headed back to the Veranda for one more drink and I headed home to some hungry dogs.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Friday, August 15, 2008

Old Austin

I ran across a very cool site the other night that has historical pictures of Austin's roads from the 50's up through the present. Click Here.

This is 290 & 81 (now IH 35) sometime in the 50's. I am marveling at how much space there is on the roadways. Oh for a simpler time. Well maybe not. I do enjoy the tech boon we are in which nurtures my ADHD. Click photo to enlarge.

Here's a pic of 6th & 7th Streets at IH 35 looking south taken when I was 6 weeks old.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ernie, We Hardly Knew Ye...

Space Shuttle Takeoff

Very cool view of the space shuttle takeoff taken from an Air Canada jet.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Cho Show

Margaret Cho has a new show coming out on the 21st of this month, The Cho Show. Margaret was a stand-up comedian in the 90's with a left wing bent. Shrill doesn't begin to describe most political comedians. Their acts are marked by tedious moralization and oftentimes intellectually lazy observations.

I don't recall Margaret being too didactic, but I know her stand up act wasn't funny. She comes across like an Asian Rosie O'Donnell, which is kind of funny since Rosie landed in hot water for her racist comments towards Asians on "The View" (and no, I don't watch that show.)

Not to say her new show won't be funny, but who knows? That screen capture from her new show sure cracks me up. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this show becomes a hit as she has legions of fan-girls devoted to her .

Monday, August 11, 2008


RIP August 11, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Alter Ego

Warning: Video below isn't funny. It is creepy.

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Friday, August 8, 2008


It is better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick.
- Dave Barry

Whoa! I am feeling much better today. I didn't even get out of bed yesterday. It was touch an go and I could almost see the white light on the other side.

Lesson learned: no more powdered milk from a street vendor (or even from Carnation.)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Powdered Milk Salesman

I just returned from an interesting lunch. Our technology group has completed version 6.0 of our product and everyone is in celebratory mood. As such, some of us went to the newly opened M.T. Tettleman's restaurant in The Domain (north Austin.)

The restaurant was decent but the menu ran a little pricey and the concrete floors impeded the ambiance echoing the shouts and laughter of the patrons into a cacophony that was barely tolerable. My turkey club sandwich was delicious, but really not worth $15.

After lunch, Mike, Richard and I wandered over to the Mac store to see the latest and greatest gizmos and gewgaws. In front of the store, an old man had set up a hand cart and was in business to sell his wares. In this case, he was selling powdered milk and organic radishes.

He was trying to push free samples of the powdered milk to the shoppers as they walked by. None of us were willing to try the samples which he has scooped out of a homemade fettle dripping the mixture through a sluice that emptied all over the cement in front of the Mac store. He would then ladle the mixture into Styrofoam cups.

Finally some hipster doofus coming out of the mac store tried some and exclaimed to all within earshot is was DELICIOUS! Mike then wandered over and grabbed a cup but didn't drink any. He brought the cup over to Rick and me and I decided to try it.

It tasted like the tepid clown sauce that your mother would make for lunch (when you were a kid) while listening to Paul Harvey on the radio. I drank it but wished I hadn't as I have had to make 2 visits to the men's room already since returning to the office.

As we were leaving the Mac store, security was hustling him away. I really regret drinking that "milk".

Monday, August 4, 2008

Film News

I noticed in the news this morning that Morgan Freeman was involved in a car accident last night.

"They had to use the jaws of life to extract him from the vehicle," Clay McFerrin, editor of Sun Sentinel in Charleston, Mississippi, said. "He was lucid, conscious. He was talking, joking with some of the rescue workers at one point."

Lucid, huh? No doubt he is currently addlepated with sedation, if I know him like I think I do...

That brings me to a a fun little project. Morgan's onscreen ubiquity is disconcerting. I like him very much, but he seems to be everywhere. I have spent this summer watching a lot of movies (more than I usually do.) He has appeared in roughly 25% of the movies I watch. (Warning, poker analogy to follow...) I do believe he has overplayed his hand in the film arena. He isn't alone which brings me to my list.

Top 3 actors I like (reasonably so, anyway) that are featured in far too many movies.
  1. Will Ferell
  2. Morgan Freeman
  3. Jack Black
Not to rest on my laurels, I have a second list.

Top 3 actors I wish to never see or here about ever, ever again.
  1. Tom Cruise
  2. Angela Jolie
  3. Todd Bridges
Make your own lists and share with friends and family.