When you have a smartphone with all of that media firepower in it, the result can be a spontaneous desire to create entertainment out of the simplest and most senseless of things. But as long as it’s under 60 seconds, who cares?

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 […]