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abstract brushstrokes

I’ve started picking up the paint brush once again lately.

Saci doesn’t seem to care.

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September 30, 2008 at 5:33 pm 4 comments

It’s the morning after and our ears are still ringing!

Last night Alex bought tickets for us to see Jamie Lidell at The Parish Room on Sixth Street. The show was at 10pm so being the super planner that I am I made sure we were out of the apartment by 8:30 to drive down there, find a parking spot, and make our way to the club.

We were the second people in line behind Jamie’s youngest fan in Austin and stood there for another hour and fifteen minutes. The doors opened around 10:30 and we discovered why people speak so highly of The Parish Room. It was a long rectangular room with a bar and seating area around the perimeter. We could tell while holding our spots in the very front that it was going to be a very intimate show…or at least for us since we were so close!

The opening band was Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears and we had no idea what we could expect from them. Austin 360 wrote about Joe Lewis being a very talented guitarist…but that’s about all we knew.

They were busy with their sound check when we entered and once we heard them doing some “test runs” we knew we were in for a treat. Their show was just short of an hour long and was so outstanding!

Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears are an eight-piece outfit of twenty-something devotees of hard blues-funk. Fronted by young guitarist and soul shouter Joe Lewis, these talented newcomers on the Austin, Texas, music scene have unleashed one of the toughest, rawest funk EP’s to come across this reviewers desk in many years.

One of the downsides of shows in my book is all the waiting around. Since it’s also the weekend of ACL there are thousands of people in-town (not including the locals) to see live music! We noticed quite a few in the crowd last night with wristbands and dust smeared on their faces. The girl next to me was so tired from the first day of the three day festival that she was NAPPING on the floor and leaning against my leg…I do what I can!

About 45 minutes after the opening band left the stage Jamie Lidell and his crazy teamsters entered the stage with a jolt of energy and a wave of aromatic weed. No wonder these guys took so damn long to get on stage!

Now I fear that I won’t do his performance justice with my amateur synopsis so I’ll just leave it be by saying that it was so many amazing things. I had no idea this guy was so versatile and full of energy! Some of his standout songs of the evening were “Little Bit of Feel Good,” “Another Day,” and “Multiply” where we pretty much sang the song to him!

His music was intoxicatingly innovative, or maybe that was just the dynamic duo who danced, popped X, and rolled joints in front of us (take note to their drug induced hand movements in the below video:-)! Despite not having drank a drop all night I’m recovering from a Live Music Hangover having stood for 4 hours straight, damaging my eardrums, and getting into bed close to 3:30am. Gah, we’re so OLD!!!

September 27, 2008 at 4:02 pm 2 comments

Who’s Excited?!?!?!

I am!

September 24, 2008 at 9:34 pm 4 comments

Book Club – “Tales of a Female Nomad”

A few weeks ago I finished a travel memoir by Rita Golden Gelman called Tales of a Female Nomad. The book covers nearly two decades or her travels across the globe beginning in the early 80s and ending after the millennium.

After realizing she was part of a marriage that just wasn’t working she sells most her possessions and moves to Mexico to find herself and live with native peoples. After her lengthy trip to Mexico she becomes addicted to the idea of hopping on a plane with a far away destination in mind and exploring humanity.

I always knew that Americans were a less trusting group of people…but it became very evident while reading this book. I found it amazing and bizarre how she would land in an exotic land, make a friend, and would have a place to stay by the end of the conversation.

Her writing style worked extremely well for me in that she knew she had a lot to write about and didn’t focus too much on any one subject. I would have to describe the book as fleeting, always interesting, and leaving the reader wanting more!

I found it endearing at the end of the book where she gave readers the opportunity to email her at her PERSONAL email address. Just goes to show how very trusting and genuine she is!

For all the travelers and wannabe travelers out there….it’s a good, QUICK read.

September 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm 4 comments

Napoletana Ugly Dog is Famous!

When Alex and I were in Naples this past May we would come across the same dog everyday, it must have belonged to the owner/employee of the newspaper stand that existed nearby. Now, in Naples you see “gangs” of homeless dogs everywhere, but we took notice to this dog because of how fugly it was (fat + ugly). It was always lounging about, proudly displaying its crazy snaggletooth!

Alex deemed it to be “Uncle Jeffrey.”

Just yesterday I discovered a new blogger here. She lives in the Spanish Quarter of Naples (same area we saw Uncle Jeffrey while we were there). Please go see this post and scroll down a bit!

:-) I love this kind of stuff….apparently it’s a “she,” from now on we will refer to her as Aunt Jeffrey!

p.s. I just did a google search and look what I found….again!

September 19, 2008 at 5:35 pm 12 comments

How did I get on THIS mailing list?

This afternoon, on my way home from the gym I picked up the mail. Inside our box was one catalog to this store. Apparently I’ve been confused with Angela from The Office.

I can’t wait to start shopping there!

September 16, 2008 at 2:13 am 6 comments

“Tell Yo Mama About Obama”

This past Thursday, Alex, our friend Kevin, and I went to an art exhibition inspired by Barack Obama! It was in one of my favorite areas of Austin in the warehouse district on 2nd and Colorado.

We had heard about the event when chatting with store owners of IF + D (one of our fav Austin furniture stores) and decided to make it a point to go.

The event was a lot of fun, as you can see by the picture of Alex and me with awesome hats (there was a treasure chest with costume accessories). Guests were able to snack on hor’dourves, sip wine and imported beers, and listen to the DJ’s creative mixes.

We bought one of the many posters that were being screen printed in front of the gallery and IF + D and can’t wait to frame it!

September 16, 2008 at 2:05 am 6 comments

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