It’s raining in central Texas, and we are happy. The chickens are not. That is my unqualified opinion, as I ponder the photo to the right, taken by my colleague Chris Bennett. These are two of his and Asha’s chickens, residents of their north Austin backyard. There are others, but I imagine these two were […]

Fitting that the word “Lounge” appear next to “Jazz” in my weekly Thursday billing in Austin, Texas, only because I’ve written a few thousand words of feelings and memories surrounding the lounge scene. But we won’t be loungifying our jazz on Thursdays, 6-8:30 pm at The Brass House, 115 San Jacinto in Austin, Texas. Our […]

My musical adventures include a brief stint with The Bobby Clark Show (named changed to protect the guilty) during the summer of 1981. The BCS was a little Vegas rip-off act that traveled the southwest during the early 1980s. I met Bobby after being called as an emergency sub for his gig at the Hilton Inn in Amarillo, Texas in […]

So much happens on a vacation that is worth writing about. Vacations are goldmines for writers. For example, watching our kids try to play the Battleship game while the RV was bumping along a washboarded gravel road, little pins falling out as fast as they can plug them in. I made a note of that […]

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Many years ago, long before the eccentric hair architectures of Lady Gaga or Boy George, there was a barber named Mutt in Hereford, Texas who was notorious for his lack of skill. At least, that’s the way it was explained to me by a WWII veteran and victim of Mutt’s handiwork. This testifier, who will […]

I know, when I buy my first flying bicycle, that I will plan a long cross country RideNFly. And while I’m on this RideNFly, I will get hungry, very hungry. I will want to be able to barbecue hamburgers, chicken, ribs, whatever, for myself and maybe 20-30 other people, just in case they show up, […]

A naked man attacked people and performed acrobatics at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in May. – News item today There are many things about that sentence to ponder, personally. Have I ever been to a Bay Area Rapid Transit station? Yes. Have I ever done acrobatics? Yes, as a youth, but poorly. Have […]

Why didn’t I think of that? Oh wait, I did! But what was a humorous idea to me six years ago has become a real business model for the Swiss company Blacksocks. I don’t know if they heard the podcast skit we created on developerWorks, but Blacksocks’ Smarter Socks system sounds wonderfully familiar. Smarter Socks […]

This chart was inspired during my Summer of 1980 southwest tour with the Bobby Claire band, a motel chain touring act that presented third-rate ripoffs of Elvis Presley and Mac Davis Vegas shows, complete with polyester jumpsuits, a smoke machine, and a huge American flag. The vertical scale on the chart measures from our best-case […]

His name is Luis Gasca. And this is my story. I was the drummer for a Luis Gasca big band gig at Austin’s 6th Street Live stage in the early 1980s. As I remember, Luis hired everyone in town that owned a horn or some congas. I think there were 24 people on stage — […]

Watching young Roy McIlroy destroy the golf course at Congressional today was impressive. It also took me back to many contrasting golf memories. Like Charlie Willet’s cigar-stub swallowling collapse on #6 of the back four at the Delta, Colorado Municipal Golf course in the early 1970s. I was around thirteen-years-old and caddying for my dad […]