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January 4th, 2011
10:41 pm

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Goodbye, Impala!


I'm selling the Impala on Friday! Yes, after 11 years and 4 months, it's finally time to send it down the road to brighter shores. I'm actually quite happy about it: I've had it on the market for 9 months now, and I've turned down several buyers whose intentions toward it were rather dubious (i.e. "pimping it out" or "souping it up"), not to mention a bunch of dorks who tried to offer me peanuts for it. It's going to a collector/restorer who will give it the restoration it deserves, which I was unable to give it. Don't get me wrong: it's not that I wouldn't want to expend the time and money required in order restore it properly, but with 2 kids and 3 other cars in the driveway, I've got bigger fish to fry.

Yup, I've really enjoyed having this car, it's been a lot of work and a lot of fun. I've owned it for more than 30% of my living days, if you can believe that. And now, as must always happen at some point, this era has come to an end.

Goodbye, Impala! Thanks for the rides, you'll always hold a special place in my heart.

Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: Lyle Lovett: "Family Reserve"

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October 5th, 2009
09:42 pm

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Crunch . . .
Hey everyone. Well, I guess the news is that Catherine got in a car wreck last week. Don’t worry: nobody in the accident was hurt. Unfortunately, insurance says our Subaru isn't worth fixing: they'd rather pay us nearly the same amount as what we paid for it 9 months ago instead of deal with frame damage and such. Bummer.

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On a lighter note, Catherine and I went to see The B-52's this past Friday night! Yeah, that's right, the actual B-52's, not my cover band. They played at The Grand 1894 Opera House, and it was an amazing show! They played several tracks of the new album, "Funplex," as well as a whole bunch of oldies, including stuff I never expected them to play, like "Give Me Back My Man," "Party Out Of Bounds," "Planet Claire," and "Strobelight." Totally awesome. Really makes me want to rattle the cages of my bandmates and get another gig going. It's been like 9 months since we've played a show . . .

Rock on, y'all. And drive safely on those wet roads.

Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
Current Music: B-52's: "Juliet of the Spirits"

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September 13th, 2009
08:42 pm

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Biker
Ever since I was 6 and taught myself how to ride a bike over the course of about three days, I've considered myself a biker. I've always loved the freedom bike riding gives me, to be able to get from a to b without needing to rely on gasoline or other people or anything like that. On top of that, I really enjoy seeing the world at the quick but sane pace that biking allows. Much better for sightseeing than a car, truly.

Today, I rode in the Tour de Pink. I really think they could come up with a better name for the tour, something different from the tired cliche of "Tour de (fill in the blank)." However, it's a good tour and it's for a good cause, so I'll stop complaining.

The ride was excellent. It totally looked like it was going to rain, but it never did, and the sky was overcast for about 80% of the ride, which is a much nicer weather condition in which to ride than sunny skies are, if you can believe it. I rode 63 miles, averaging just over 16mph, and including stops I finished in about 4-1/2 hours. Not only that, I felt super strong and "on" today, so much so that during the last 7 miles or so, I still had enough energy that I could bear down and push myself, and it felt fantastic. I was a powerhouse.

For those of you that know me, you know that I'm not a workout/athletic type, so to hear me say something meatheaded like "I was a powerhouse" is really unusual. But today, it was true: I had power and endurance to spare, and it felt awesome. Growl.

Biking is cool . . .

Current Mood: primal
Current Music: B-52's: "Funplex"

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September 3rd, 2009
09:42 pm

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B-52's at The Grand 1894 Opera House
On Saturday evening, October 2, 2009, the B-52's will be playing a gig at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston. If you like the B-52's, I really recommend you go, because it might be the only chance you get to see them in such an intimate, cool setting. They tend to play venues like the Woodlands Pavilion and the like, which is fine, but to get the chance to see them in this kind of venue . . . Awesome

I've never seen them play, if you can believe that. I'm PUMPED.

Speaking of Pump, that's the opening track to their latest album, Funplex, which came out last year, and I have grown to like it a lot.

Here's a good review of the album by Pitchfork, written about the time the album came out in early 2008. I agree with this review on pretty much all points, especially the complimentary words about the two songs, "Juliet of the Sprits" and "Eyes Wide Open." Those songs are amazing in my opinion, especially "Eyes." It's not like any other B-52's song I know of, and it seriously rocks in an electronic beat-thumping, dark kind of way. I love it.

So go out and buy Funplex, listen to it at least 2 or 3 times in order to let the subtleties and weirdness of this iconic band seep in, then buy tickets to the show before they sell out. Or better yet, buy the tickets, then go buy the album.

And do yourself and everyone else a favor: buy the album (and all your CD's) from an independent record store like Cactus Records or Soundwaves. Best Buy doesn't need your support, but these places do. Thanks!

Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: B-52's: "Ultraviolet"

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August 10th, 2009
10:59 pm

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Cafe Brasil
I've been hanging out at Cafe Brasil for something like 13 years now, off-and-on, maybe longer. Chad Stanley and I made it our regular hangout place during the summer 1996, until halfway through when suddenly they didn't allow people under 21 in (Chad was 19, I was 22). It was a common place for me to go with friends to hang out and talk during the years I was living in Austin, when we all happened to be in town during holidays and such. Years later, thanks to a Ukrainian saxophone player named Eddie Akhmetchine who played there on Wednesday evenings, Catherine and I bumped into each other there by chance. Months later, we eventually professed our affections for each other at that cafe, and of course, now we're happily married with two beautiful daughters, so that worked out pretty well. :)

Over the years I've seen the place change from a lawn mower and bicycle repair shop in the 80's, to nothing at all for a few years, then in the early and mid 90's to a small hole-in-the-wall cafe that had limited seating, no parking lot, a long list of drinks, and a short list of food items. I have to say, back when Chad and I hung out there, I wondered if the place would make it: it seemed like the lack of parking would kill it, not to mention the pricey real estate. I'm glad to say that my concerns were unfounded.

In the past few years, it's grown by leaps and bounds. They bought the building behind them, turned part of it into a new kitchen and another part of it into a new restroom area, which allowed them to open up the seating area and make the place literally about twice as big inside. They covered the small outdoor seating area in the front with a translucent cover that lets in light but shields the direct sun. They've opened up the back area to be a new, much larger outdoor seating area. It's super nice now, it still has the same funky feel, and it looks like business is great. All this makes me really happy, especially in our world of drive-thru Starbucks and Schlotsky's (not that I'm knocking either of those places; in fact, I chose them because I like them both) that an independent coffee shop with soul like Cafe Brasil can thrive.

Catherine and I and the girls met up with some friends there this past Sunday for lunch. Matt and Jessica Schunke (at the right in the photo below) are about to move to St. Louis, and this was sort of a farewell brunch to them. Trent and Kelly Williams were there with their 5-month-old boy, Rush. Dick and Eleanor Viebig were there too, but they elected to take the photo below, rather than be in it.



That translucent cover over the front patio made for some really nice, even light for this photo, I was impressed with how well it turned out.

Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Jethro Tull: "Cheap Day Return"

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August 2nd, 2009
09:37 pm

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Girls are growing up!
Hey everyone. Hope y'all are well, life is treating me mighty fine, as always. Not much new to report, but I wanted to share a couple of family photos with everyone.

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Current Music: Talking Heads: "Once In A Lifetime"

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July 8th, 2009
09:55 pm

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Family 'n stuff
Hey everyone! Well, I haven't posted in about six weeks, and you might be able to guess why: having a family can be a bit time-consuming. Yeah, I know, it's a lame excuse. I'll pad it out a bit by saying I'm also pretty lazy when it comes to doing LiveJournal stuff these days.

So life's been busy, but really good too. I'll catch y'all up on what's been happening lately, but it's a rather long post and includes some photos, so I'm going to put most of it behind a cut, so as not to monopolize your screen space, just because I'm cool that way.

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Like I always say, I'll try to post more often. Hope everyone is doing well.

Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Pop Kings: "Little Bit Closer"

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May 25th, 2009
02:09 pm

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Lucy at home
Hey everyone! We got to bring Lucy home on Saturday after she received some "blue light" treatment for her high bilirubin levels, which is very common for infants (Helen had the same thing). It's much nicer being at home, especially now that we get to play with Helen and have the two sisters get to know each other. Helen is not quite sure what to make of Lucy, but she acts very sweetly toward her between periods of ignoring her. It's gotta be weird for a 2-year-old to have one's parents suddenly bring home this new, tiny person who seems to command a lot of their attention.

Below is a picture of Lucy that I took yesterday while she was napping. Slow exposure, no flash, tripod mount. The yellow tinge in her skin is jaundice caused by the bilirubin, and it'll be gone probably in about a week.



She's really healthy: eating like crazy, sleeping a lot, crying when she's hungry/dirty/uncomfortable, you know, all the things little babies are supposed to do.

Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: TMBG: "Flying V"

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May 21st, 2009
09:56 am

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Meet Lucy!
Hey everyone, meet Lucy Vera Beebe! She was born yesterday (Wednesday) at 6:26pm at the Methodist Hospital here in Houston. She weighed in at 7 pounds 11 ounces, and measured 20.5" long. She's really healthy and already eating like a champ.

The labor went smoothly, albeit quickly: Catherine really didn't even have to push for that long, like only about half an hour or so. They say it's quicker with the second baby, and I can see it.

We're hanging out at the hospital for the next day or two, getting to know Lucy and spending time adoring her. :)

A couple of pictures:

Lucy and Mommy, meeting for the first time:



My first time holding her in my arms:



Thanks to you all for your warm thoughts and prayers!

Current Mood: happyhappy

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May 13th, 2009
08:10 pm

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Good stuff
Hey everyone. I gotta say: after spending 9 hours at work using a computer, I generally don't want to spend more time on one when I get home in the evenings. That's why you don't see me post all that often anymore.

Here's what's going on for those of you who are curious.

The new job is treating me quite well. I honestly think being laid off in February turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I still miss my old coworkers, but I think I fit in better at my new job, professionally. It's good.

Catherine is like 38 weeks along, and the doctor says Lucy could arrive any day now. We're ready. Catherine's definitely ready. The picture below is from right before Helen was born, but she pretty much looks the same right now:

The main difference is, this pregnancy has been much easier on Catherine, on the whole. Lately though, like over the last week or two, she's been pretty much constantly uncomfortable, which is understandable at 38 weeks.

Helen is just as sweet as ever, if not more so. The terrible twos are hardly terrible at all with her. Here are a couple of pics of her taken last week:

Here, we're playing the "Daddy's gonna eat you up!" game, which she finds hilarious and not at all creepy.


Here she is swimming, which is probably her favorite activity of all.


Other than that, just been keeping busy. Been riding my bike a lot, which is easy now that I work at an office that has a shower/changing room. I gave up desserts and sodas for Lent, and by Easter I had lost 10 pounds. Thanks to the biking and a generally more healthful attitude toward snacks, I've been able to keep the weight off, so that's good.

Tomorrow night, barring any necessary trips to the labor & delivery room, Catherine and I are going to see "To Kill a Mockingbird," which is being screened at MFAH. It's a classic, and I can't wait.

Hope everyone's doing well!

Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Mochila Moon: "Greasy Chicken"

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