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November 20, 2017

30 years ago, in Dallas...

around 30 years ago, I lived in Dallas. There was a big industrial music scene at that time. We attended a Revolting Cocks show that would be difficult to describe. Revco reunited and returned toDallas to play their Big Sexyland.

The guys are still alive and not fat. I'd call that a success. 

I was skeptical about the show. But I'll admit the band sounded great, the songs were still fun.

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Paul Barker and Chris Connelly 

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Richard 23 and Paul Barker 

I had planned to go back to the hotel after the show. But somehow we hooked up with Adrian, and didn't make it back till after 2. That wouldn't be a big deal as I was hoping to sleep in. But that didn't happen. The alarm clock in the Aloft Hotel (Love Field) went off at 5:15 AM. I fumbled around till it went off. I must've hit snooze because it went off again at 5:20. I removed the plug that time. Then Troy's phone alarm went off at 6:20, I managed to get that off. The maid started knocking on the door at 8 AM. I ignored it and tried to go back to sleep. She came back to knock again at 8:15. I ignored her again but this time she used her key to walk in, at 8:15 AM! I had a 11 AM checkout time! I was not happy, not at all. I got dressed, grabbed the alarm clock and went to the lobby to complain. They were not too interested, "they're not supposed to do that" was the response I got, Yeah... I sort of got that.

I found out our friends Jason and Holly were staying at the same hotel this weekend. I told them about my experience, warned them about the alarm clock. They thought it was funny... until their alarm clock went off at 4:45 AM. Dallas Aloft Love field, get a handle on your housekeeping staff! 

November 13, 2017

Waller Creek light show 2017

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waller creek light  

waller creek light show dwg landscape design architecture 

sail away swan 

#2 son sailed away in a swan. 


waller creek austin  

Theoretical Hazing: Pinthouse Pizza released another great beer this weekend. I believe this is some of the best beer being made in Texas.   

hazy beer from PHP

Double dose of Jazz with Mente Clara (Owen Summers and friends)

owen summers jazz musician mente clara

Owen has been our piano instructor for eight years. He's now back in NYC, but the kids still take lessons from him via skype. He was back in Austin for a show with his band, Mente Clara, at Still Austin Whiskey.

mente clara jazz  

The guy on sax was in town from Amsterdam. Kat and I also saw him this week playing with the Rich Harney Quartet at Juliet Italian Kitchen. KUTX sponsors jazz on the patio there every other Wednesday night. Food was good too.

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Pushing rocks up the hill

I have made my final trip to the landscape supply/nursery for this year.

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I also harvested some plants from other areas of the lot. I sourced three boulders from my rock pile at the bottom of the lot, and I hauled them up the hill.

secret path 


I've been working on making paths that lead through the woods at the back of the property, and pop out to another area.

back yard path west lake hills tx 

November 06, 2017

Stick and Twig, Chores are Rewards...

There has been some discussion requesting allowance from the kids (#1 son mostly). This has prompted a discussion on chores. We don't want to just hand over money. There should some effort/reward correlation.

As this is the time of year where we do a lot of outdoor work, landscaping and tree trimming, piles of sticks and twigs accumulate. I made a little rhyme I sing as we work, or mention work at the breakfast table.

stick and twig song 

#2 son has a talent for being over dramatic. When he hears my Stick and Twig song, he covers his ears and runs off in a panic as if it causes him physical pain. The piles are mostly gone and the stick and twig season is nearly behind us.


For years we had this house, on an acre of land. There was nothing more than the house. Now we have been making use of the land, terracing, landscaping, clearing the weed trees and scrubby invasive plants. We now have a series of clearings and paths that lead to more areas. The idea is to be able to go for a walk and have surprises around a few corners, into the woods.  


Then there is the old swim-spa.... We decommissioned it couple years back. Now is the time to remove it.  

swim spa deconstruction riverpool 

The removal of this pool is a larger job than I had anticipated. The River Pool was assembled first, then the concrete was installed around it. 2018 should be a big year for changes around here.