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  1. Last night's Montgomery show was a blast, I was impressed by everything-- the promotion, the venue, the bands and the crowd. Like 40% of the people walked up and insisted on paying retail. Lots of modern-day Zelda Fitzgerald types there. @MaybeACoordinator would have lost his damn mind. This house was right next door:
  2. Didn't do fence posts but I did do a bunch on found fence planks cut into smaller sections. Every single one [eventually*] sold so I guess the idea doesn't suck. One great thing about paintings on wood is that you can spread a few of them around the table at an outside show and it'll keep your lighter stuff from blowing away. Probably need a cart to haul them if you had a lot. Saw one up and make a dozen! *at the time it seemed like I'd never sell them all, but after several years, they gone.
  3. True Story Brewing is where a couple of my friends organize music/art shows several times a month. Small shows, frequent. https://www.facebook.com/truestorybrewing/ Cahaba Brewing, a much larger venue, has Cahabazaar art shows several times a year, like 80 vendors. Their web site mysteriously requires an age confirmation even though they're kid-friendly. https://cahababrewing.com/ Give a DM holler here whenever you might be around.
  4. I was an adventurous ten-year-old but not that adventurous.
  5. Sorry for partying at the reunion. Hot cousins are still hot cousins.
  6. Be cooler if you spelled it "anaemia," and also if you started hanging out with people strung out on absinthe.
  7. So you take her out to eat at one of those steak chains with rounded-tip non-stabby knives. Sure she could slice you, but if you huddle up in the booth covering your neck, you'll most likely survive to go on a second date.
  8. Got a busy 4 days lined up. Tonight is my first art+music show in Montgomery, which is to Birmingham kinda like driving from Austin to a somewhat more varied Waco. Inside a decommissioned church that is now an arts space. Hopefully I will not be struck dead. Saturday is a show at my usual tavern in Birmingham. Same organizer and maybe same bands as Montgomery. I do a few of these bar/bands/artists gigs each month, they are good for picking up basic utilities money between big shows. Sunday: break a hip climbing up to count the pile of money from Friday and Saturday. Monday is Demo Day at my art club. No way I could show the 7 steps I go through with my painting style that resembles screen-printing steps, so I have prepared 7 versions of the same painting. My plan is to Jedi Mind Trick the group into remembering they saw me painting as I give them verbal descriptions interspersed with revealing the next canvas in the series.
  9. Looks like a younger version of an old girlfriend I lost track of about 22 years ago. Hmmm.
  10. Old Mexican movies are great for picking up on regional flavor in accents and music. I think most of them were government subsidized, with an educational and nation-building bent, even in the comedies. Pedro Infante playing 3 parts in this one, village hootenanny in Los Tres Huastecos. Wait for the La Bamba-esque hoedown: Then you've got Tin Tan (German Valdes) whose father was a customs agent, his son picked up accents from all over. In this movie he courts women from all over Mexico as well as fakes a Cuban accent at one point.
  11. Good job, @Sbbruin. Today I went in for my supersoldier infusion, and the nurse said "Good news! You get your money back!" No infusion today, or maybe, ever. Turns out we are at the two-year mark, and the Little Monster has been down to pencil eraser size for some time. Doc thinks it's stable, and/or that my own immune system has been trained to smack it around. They are gonna keep me on my pills (Inlyta) for a while yet, and keep monitoring my numbers and giving me regular scans. If my pet comes back to life again, we'll whack it again, maybe with the same stuff. Lot to take in and I'm wary of getting hit by a car. Kinda feels like letting go of the rail at the skating rink.
  12. The sounds of the strings remind me of West African harp music.
  13. Rigging seems to be a favorite theory of LSU fans. As if any place in the country could out-corrupt Louisiana.
  14. When I was 21 I got on the mailing list of the Tec de Monterrey. I could have gone there for peanuts. Had never been to Mexico, probably would have enjoyed it, but I felt compelled to hurry up and graduate and get a shitty job, so no year at the Tec for me. Finally visited the place 30 years later trying to set up a Study Abroad for an American school, dammit dammit dammit couldn't believe I'd turned it down.
  15. Y'all with future college kids need to know that the Tec de Monterrey is SACS accredited and accepts all kinds of US financial aid. Your kid will be surrounded by good-looking uppity Mexicans who will consider him or her a telenovela star. Tuition and room and board are relatively low so even with the occasional kidnapping fee you'll come out ahead.
  16. What's the fascination with speed? Is someone ordering you about? I avoid the self-checkout and saunter over to the most distracted-looking cashier. They'd rather look at their phone again, but here I am. I am nice, so nice that I force them to engage vestigial conversational skills. I don't have to do that, but I can. I don't even have to be nice. I have complete power. But I care for those forced to serve me, that is, unless I sense defiance. Sometimes they like to talk. So many of them have boyfriends in prison. They're lonely. Even if I pay with card I try to withdraw a little cash. Not because I need it, I don't. It's just that cash is dirty and I'm forcing them to handle it dirty dirty cash. Then I walk away.
  17. You're the guy I want in my armored car when we blaze across the Mad Max desert.
  18. Damn. Multiple sumbitches ran over the dude and kept going. Wouldn't be surprised if chunks of his body are dropping off in parking lots all over the tri-county area. https://www.al.com/news/mobile/2023/01/man-killed-after-wrecking-motorcycle-on-i-10-in-mobile.html
  19. "Nearby" Interstate being almost a mile away from that point. Think I'll start carrying an umbrella.
  20. I think the sunglasses, hat, truck, and stickers people pretty much monetized that already. Sales. Tough racket.
  21. This is why I protest using interpretive dance.
  22. I wonder if civilian life is mirroring the military. In peacetime, Officers need degrees.* When bodies start dropping, if you've proven you can lead, you "get the job" on the spot, degree or not. As for state governments dropping the degree requirement, I wonder how that will work out in real life. To again compare to the Army, I remember Sergeants telling us to get more education even if we wanted to stay enlisted, because the promotion process up through the Sergeant ranks is a vicious competition for limited slots, and a Sergeant with a degree beats one with 2 years college beats one with HS. So to get that Gov job, maybe it won't hurt to study up. *When I was in, 2nd Lieutenants could get commissioned with two years college, but were expected to get a Bachelors asap.
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