Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Yeah, I've got a lot goin on here with color and patterns but I think in all it looks good. Not sure about the crease on the vest though. What-a-ya-gonna-do?
Monday, February 22, 2010
After the Christmas of 2008 I took our tree to Zilker Park to be turned into mulch. In turn they gave me a little tree to plant. I was excited about this because I love planting trees and watching them grow, just awesome. I found a nice big pot, got some soil and planted that bad boy. It was doing so good for a few months. I knew the summer heat would beat it down so I kept it near the shadows of my fence to ease the heat. I kept up with the watering but the extreme drought of 2009 took another victim… along with the rest of the plants and flowers in our backyard. All except the few cacti I’ve obtained.
But, The City of Austin gave my Broseph, Joseph, a few trees and he said he’d give me one or two, all I have to do is pick them up. They were potted I just hope the winter freeze didn’t kill’em.
#42. Blog About My Success and/or Failure.
Here I am, proudly inching away at this list. Of all the people I know who started the list I am the only one who’s kept up with it. Although, many of them have actually become more apart of the blogging community than I have.
#43. Grow and Give Away a Plant.
My original intention was to grow a plant from a seed and give it away. So far the seeds I’ve started haven’t made it very far along. They start out promising but for some reason beyond me just stop growing. Actually, I had some seeds start sprouting just before winter which I thought was weird, they were doing surprisingly great. That is, until we got our first freeze.
Anyhow, what I ended up doing was growing an Ivy clipping and gave it to my cuzin (yeah cuzin) Brad. At my last job my desk was perfectly situated in front of a floor to ceiling window so I had a lot of plants in my area. I also drank a lot of green tea, so I decided to conduct an experiment to see which plants would grow better. I had three different clippings; one growing in a cup of water, one in equal parts water and green tea and another in green tea. Of course the one in water grew. The one in equal parts was slightly more vibrant in green with bigger leaves and the third, which was only in green tea grew moldy but with dark green leaves. Other than the mold in the water the ivy itself was, as far as I could tell perfectly fine.
#45. Play in at Least One Poker Tournament.
I played in the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas. Nah, no I didn’t, but it would be a lot cooler if I did. I do however, play in a monthly poker game with a few folks and I’m getting my game up to par. In the last two months I have stopped drinking during the games and have walked away with money in my pocket, that’s what I’m talking about.
#52. Go Six Straight Months without Credit Card Use.
I killed it. I started this list in November of 2007 and since then I haven’t used a credit card. Now if I can just pay those motha’s off. Damn my youthful ignorance in borrow-spending.
This (2009) football season I play Fantasy Football with MamaWanda & Clonda and their crew. This was my first time ever playing fantasy sports and I really got down on it. Everyone could tell I was a rookie because on draft day my style was way different than everyone else’s. While everyone was using there first picks on Running Back I started off mine with a QB-WR duo in Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald. Then followed those picks with Eli Manning. My Running Backs were sub-par but Ricky Williams kept me in the mix. And at the end of the first part of the season I finished in 2nd place. Making my pockets fat. J Adding to those winnings I started the next half of the season with a win. Can’t wait for next season.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Wanna Race?: Schlotzsky's Bun Run
As a kid, while other kids were talking about movies and TV shows they were into I was talking about playing football, basketball and riding my bike. I can remember summers, waking up slamming a bowl of cereal then hopping on my bike to round up the neighborhood kids for pick-up games, only coming in to eat. Of course my squad always won, that’s how we do. I actually remember after we lost a football game the other team accused us of letting them win, that’s respect. We didn’t let them win, they handed it to us, but even after attempts I couldn’t convince them that they beat us.
That was then, now you can catch me walking into the house after a day’s grind, asking The Wife “What comes on tonight?” That’s just something I can’t get used to, remembering what night each program shows. Not even the shows that are “mine” alone. Which are few, most shows I watch with her and because of her -Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Project Runway- just to name a few.
My current addition for my viewing pleasure is Project Runway, what can I say, it’s my guilty pleasure. I’ve always had a fondness of clothing design and the imagination it takes to create something out of nothing. And among many other things, as a kid maybe around middle school age I wanted to become a clothing designer. Like many other aspirations that didn’t pan out; due to the fact that I didn’t pursue it, but yeah. This show brings to life in a small dose what it’s like to be a designer, granted for ratings there’s more focus on drama and less on actual construction. But I still enjoy seeing some of the designers ideas come to fruition from a sketch to fabric colors and choices.
Just the other day I was asked what I’d like to do when I grow up… I hope I never grow up and I didn’t really have an answer for that question, but writing this post I think I have a vague idea. Somehow it would have to combine activities and qualities of life that I enjoy, blending imaginative creativity, the outdoors and the opportunity to be active and working with different kinds of people. That’s what all of my favorite shows have in common with my personality from college & pro football to Project Runway, The Amazing Race to Designed to Sell, Modern Family to House Hunters.
Amazing how what was supposed to be a simple post of new shows I’m digging turned into a therapeutic understanding (idea) of what I’d like to be when I “grow up”. I’m a visual person and like blogs with pictures and/or videos, this post didn’t quite go in the direction that I intended it to so I won’t be using the photos I expected, but here’s a very cool video “Lessons From a Tailor”. Enjoy.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Here is a teaser for the single Rocket Skates. This 29 second clip gives off the vibe that they are going to come harder than they did with their last album Saturday Night Wrist (2006).
Friday, February 12, 2010
Nothing great about this video but I still can't figure how to upload just music.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Fortunately for me, my current job affords me the opportunity to verify certain information from records that directly influences my tree. Unfortunately, I have found discrepancies that make this project’s maintenance a little more difficult. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy and I look forward to the many challenges and changes as our family continues to grow.
I don’t know much about where I come from and may not know where we are going, but I am thankful to be apart of it. I encourage you to take a look at the bigger picture of you and your family, you never know what you’ll learn.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Even though Cash hasn’t made his much anticipated debut I’m still looking ahead to things to come. Biking is definitely on the list of things to do. I remember good times riding bikes with my brother and friends at The Pit. This place was AWESOME -I wonder if it’s still there. We lived in the hood and the pit was actually some abandoned undeveloped piece of land where kids would rally and dirt bikes would growl & fly by. It was a sweet spot for boys who loved riding; we’d take our bikes on sweet jumps, ride along the walls of the pit and race through creeks and trails. Good times. Writing this brings it all back, I really miss riding. I might have to take a trip to the old hood to see if this place still exists, I don’t have a bike but I’ll take some pictures if I can. The No Trespassing sign never stopped me/us before.
Some of my friends had mountain bikes while others had BMX's but I had a Chrome Schwinn frame. Which in it’s day was probably a killer ride, but for me it was just a frame hand-me-down. Did that stop me, NO and it never will. I hooked that beast up with a regular size black tire in the back and a kids-size red tire on the front. Yeah, that’s how I roll, well how I rolled. You best believe I got down with the best of them.
While I really didn’t have a problem with that bike, I fully intend on getting my son a sweet bike that he can proudly roll around the neighborhood on. I’ve wanted a specific type of bike for a while and why not try to find cash one too. Check the pics below for some sweet bikes.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
There’s just something about a dapper gentleman that in the back of my mind I have always aspired to be. Not long ago I was reminiscing about a time when I was young and remember thinking that “some day I was going to be a boss and wear suits”. I remember watching old movies with my mom from different era’s in time and telling her that I was born in the wrong time. My youthful mind would run wild imagining myself if different decades, wondering who’d I be and what I’d do.
I’m no Marty McFly and I don’t know Doc Brown so I won’t traveling back in time and/or back to future anytime soon, as awesome as that would be. I can only create my style by taking note of better dressed men of now and then with my own personal spin. Last Fall Brooks Brothers announced that they would be selling a limited edition “Mad Men” suit endorsed by the hit AMC drama, with the assistance of the show’s costume designer, Janie Bryant. The suit was on sale from Oct. 19th through Nov 8th and retailed for $998. Where's Doc Brown when I need him?
Photo Credit: Brooks Brothers
Monday, February 08, 2010
What’s this honeymoon you speak of? Seriously, it’s been nearly three years and The Wifey and I have yet to take a honeymoon much less a holiday. Life happens and currently trips aren’t in the plans. Someday.
#8. Visit Mom.
This one is much harder to do than one would think. As cliché as it sounds The Wifey and I are usually pretty busy, we are habitual planners. And the way our work schedule is we try to make as much time for each other as possible, so our calendar tends to be booked at least a month in advance. Add to the fact that my mom champs it up with 2 gigs, her time is pretty much locked up too. That lady works far too hard… But I do get over there as much as possible, even if it is just sitting on the couch watching cop chases and catching up. Love you mom.
#9. Visit Grandma and Grandpa.
Unfortunately I missed too many opportunities to visit with Grandma, I love you and miss you everyday. And as much as I hate to think about it, just typing it out sucks that much more, that I don’t spend any time with Grandpa. I just need to make time for Grandpa.
#11. Vacuum at Least Once a Month.
Okay I’m sure you’re reading this and imagining my house as some dust-filled dungeon. NO. I am a rabid vacuumer -Yeah that’s a word- and I do vacuum at least once a week sometimes every two weeks. What I mean with my once-a-month vacuuming is a detailed cleaning. When I pull that dust sucking machine out I get down and dirty getting the house dust free. That includes dusting, cleaning glass, wiping, moving furniture, removing couch cushions & pillows sweeping and banging the dust out of rugs. I get so detailed with this that it nearly takes all day and I’m sore by the end of it all. And I usually hate myself for being so detailed when I’m finished.
#12. Paint (Interior of House).
I wasn’t much a part of this goal but it got done. The Wifey’s mom and aunt came over to the house some time after Christmas to help paint Cash’s room and his bathroom. I wasn’t much assistance because I was so shittily ill, I painted a bit then sat down on the couch. At some point I faded out, got up and woke in my bed, to a completely painted nursery. Nice job ladies.
#17. Learn a Full Song on Guitar.
Pfft. I don’t have the patience to learn or teach myself a full song. I can learn intro’s or bits but never seem to put a whole piece together. At least I can do that much; that beats the “Rock Band Hero” on expert any day in my book.
#19. Maintain my Yard (I want it to be the BEST).
The Wifey and I put many a day of work into our yard. But that somehow isn’t ever enough. Should’ve gotten a Condo! With the high Texas heat and drought scorching sun we’d have to make more money for the “vanity” of watering our yard and flower beds on a daily. We try, we really do try. Spring always look the best.
#20. Write Again (Journal, Blog).
Here I am. :)
Friday, February 05, 2010
I decided that my next challenge would be Jerry and knew I'd have a lot of fun with his get-up. Being a big baseball fan and also quite active I already had a few ideas for him. He's a Boston Red Sox fan so I already had it in mind that I'd create his gear around a classic cap. Another important factor is comfort and it had to stand up to his active lifestyle.
The clothing had to be loose but not baggy durable but not rough. While deciding on his pieces I found a couple of items I just couldn't commit to, I liked them both so I had to throw them into the mix. Below is the final product or products.
-Boston Red Sox 1946 Era
-Eckley Thermal Henley
-Volcom X Factor Plaid Shirt Gray
-Woolrich Wool Town Coat
-Patagonia Continental Pants
-Carhartt Vintage Leather Belt
-Navy Paisley Handkerchief
-Darn Tough Vermont Boot Sock
-Danner Slusher Thrasher
-Boston Red Sox 1934 Era
-Dickies Grey Thermal Top
-Volcom X Factor Plaid Shirt
-Woolrich Wool Town Coat Navy
-Darn Tough Vermont Wool Sock
-Danner Slusher Thrasher
"The Adidas S.W. Luke Skywalker is a tribute to both the Skywalker 80s shoe, as well as the Jedi Knight, Luke Skywalker. Built from a mix of leather and textile, this piece is modeled after Luke's orange X-wing flightsuit."
Clean, simple and most definitely Star Wars inspired.
"Inspired by the metal bikini Leia had to wear while Jaba's captive, the adidas Star Wars Princess Leia Game Mid is a spicy swirl of gold, silver, the signature maroon of the Lashaa silk used in that outfit."
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Victor Mancini, a medical-school dropout, is an antihero for our deranged times. Needing to pay elder care for his mother, Victor has devised an ingenious scam: he pretends to choke on pieces of food while dining in upscale restaurants.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Everyday on my way home, I drive past a Ferrari dealer & service shop and lose my nuts and bolts imagining myself rolling in one of those fine machines. It doesn't take long for me to snap back to reality, I mean who really slides around in one of those anyway?
Then I get to thinking about the many finely crafted vehicles I've dreamt about in my life and how if I were ridiculously loaded I'd have a different vehicle for just about every occasion. From road trips to camping trips or looking fly on my way to the grind to the suaveness of a date-night ride. And no matter how I spin it the vehicle that I find functional yet smoothly cool enough for each and every voyage has to be a Volkswagen Bus. Ever since I can remember I've dug VW's, from the Bug to the Bus. Just something about them caught my eye.
Those classic adds are awesome! And for the record, picture me rolling in any of the Bus's above, cause I totally would.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Q: "What holiday were you talking about..."
A: If I remember correctly the specific time I'm thinking of was before Christmas, a long while back.
Q: "...and can you dress me please?"
A: I can at least try.
First I'll lay them out so you can play them out and give specific reasons for these particular pieces. Let me also add -for those who may not know my sister- she is a loving SAHM (That's a Stay At Home Mom) with two awesome children. One of which enjoys all things about being a little boy and terrorizing his mommy. It is my hope that this ensemble addresses her style and is functional enough to keep up with the chi-ren.
~Coco Brown Pea Coat - Everyone does the black, why not change it up a bit. Plus it's been chilly out these days.
~Columbia Nubby Full Zip Sweater - I like the the fact that it's still in the brown family but contrasts and has a full neck that will show when the Pea Coat is buttoned. Plus when you're inside you might still want the warmth of a sweater and the option of zipping. Or maybe you forgot monsta-twuck in the car and need to run out to grab it. :)
~Lavender 3/4 Sleeve Thermal Henley - Just because the skies are gray and gloomy doesn't mean you shouldn't have a pop of color. And the 3/4 sleeves still leave you free to the many hand washes or dish washings without having to worry about rolling them up.
~Purple Plaid Scarf - Again gotta have a pop of color.
~Flower Print Belt - Wishing for Spring.
~Pure Dark Artist Jeans - Nothing beats a good pair of jeans and the dark color is good when a little someone wipes there hands on you. Is that Cheetos dust? :)
~Plum Plaid Cashmere Blend Socks - They just look comfy.
~Sketchers Gaucho Spring Form - Chasing kids isn't always easy but with these kicks at least it'll be comfortable.
Well that's that... My goal from the beginning was to use brown and Lavender as my palette but I didn't realize how hard it would be to find Lavender women's clothing that I actually liked and worked with this outfit. Hope you enjoy the get-up as much I do. Any thoughts, ideas? Anything you'd change, add or keep? The hardest piece to find was a shirt, I'm still not totally into the shirt I chose but like I said.. This was difficult.
And although this was more difficult than I had imagined I had a good time putting this together and choosing clothes that I see "fit" you and your life-style. I look forward to doing this for other people in my life.
... Who's next?
Monday, February 01, 2010
The trip was long, probably not as long as it seemed because we traveled along untouched Texas land. Living in a city where construction is endless with new buildings piercing the sky everyday and endless roads running every which way. It’s hard to believe that there are actually parts of Texas that are virtually untouched as far as the eye can see. A reminder of why I am grateful to have been born and live in this great state. The reminders were not far and between on our way… Just when the open land merged with a small town we came up on a Trail Ride, a scene that being from Texas you would have imagined I’d seen before but, nope, not once. It was very cool to see so many people riding horses and so many different kinds of horses pulling carriages. I tried to take pictures but the shit-ass camera on my HTC MyTouch is less than sub-par (But that’s a subject for another rant). The coolest sight I saw several times on our way were horses, Cows, Calves and Longhorns running wild on open land. Just witnessing that was amazing to me. I’m a big Nat-Geo, Discovery fan so for me watching those animals run free was like being apart of Planet Earth. Very cool!
We finally made our way into Yoakum and as we pulled up to the house there was a life size steel horse roped up in the front yard. My initial thought was, “I came all this way and I feel like I’m in South Austin”. We were greeted by Mr. Scott and walked into his home, it looked small and had that nostalgic old wooden smell I can only remember from my Great Grandmothers house. He escorted us back, from one room to another and I quickly realized that this house that looked small from the outside was as endless as Texas skies. The inside of his house had relic antique furniture, paintings on the wall and all sorts of antique figurines and phones. We were finally seated in his living room, oh and he had flat screen televisions everywhere. What does one man need with so many televisions? Anyhow we were finally seated in his living room I had no idea what seats were made for sitting and which were just decoration (There were about 13 pieces of furniture in his living room), but as I was about to sit down I was quickly told to jump into another seat. Haha. The seat that he pointed out for me was a big comfortable recliner, so big that I had to jump into it cause my feet couldn’t reach the ground.
Mr. Scott discussed with us the history and training of Skunky, the soon to be adopted Border Collie and you could tell how much he loved her. His choice of words made it hard for me knowing that he would soon be without her. He referred to her as darling and you could sense that he often spoke to her in baby-talk. He then stood up and asked us outside so we could all meet Skunky, I jumped off of the couch and landed safely on the wood floors and walked out back. There she was, this well trained excited Skunky. He called her and instructed her to sit, lay, then rollover and she listened. His next command “Get in the truck” and she leaped up and scaled the closed gate of his pick up and seated her self calmly in the bed of his truck. “Out the truck” he said and again she obliged. “In you chair” and she raced and jumped into what is obviously her designated lawn chair. I knew instantly that Wanda and Clonda had already made up their mind that she would be a new member of their household.
The decision was made and Mr. Scott gave his last goodbyes assuring Skunky that she was going to be happy in her new home and instructing her to listen to her new family. He walked us out and saw her into the vehicle and bid her farewell. From Yoakum to Austin this small town dog is moving to the “big city”, her new home.
*The photos are from Google Search... Remember my camera phone is a "piece".
Alright for anyone who follows or occasionally reads this blog, or maybe you accidentally stumbled upon it, know this... I am not it any way a good or half decent writer and by no stretch am I capable of writing a quality review.
I can only say this about Avatar: "Avatar has just set the standard for film making for any and all 3D productions." My brother and I were treated to and eye-sperience that kept on giving. If you are on the fence about this film, jump already, to be transported into another world for 2.5 hours.