Archive for June, 2008

Eddie Izzard at the Paramount this weekend

The wife and I caught Eddie Izzard’s first show at The Paramount last night and it was everything we hoped it would be and more. One of the best shows I’ve ever been to. I only wish I had went ahead and sprung for the more expensive seats because Eddie is worth it. He has two more shows tonight and tomorrow although it wouldn’t surprise me if they were sold out. Brilliant, genius and spleen-bursting funny. We’re both quite star struck. We totally want to hang out with Eddie Izzard. We want him to come over for a meal and play some Rock Band.

And to top it off, he had at least a 10 minute bit about one of my wife’s absolute favorite things in the world: giraffes. Come back again Eddie! If I had the money I’d go back for a second show!

The Waste of Haste

Austin is still booming. Although the boom has slowed a bit, the haste of many projects continues.

The house next to us is being thoroughly renovated and the other half of the lot is being prepared for a new home.  When I mentioned that it was bulk trash day for the neighborhood to the builder, he proceeded to put out on the curb all of the doors and wood trim that had been removed from the house – including some great solid wood doors with nice old doorknobs. Although the city says that a percentage of the bulk items it picks up are recycled, why couldn’t this guy have taken the time and expense to make sure that happened, by taking the items to Habitat for Humanity’s Re-store or putting an ad up on Craigslist? I rescued a couple of the doors myself, and then the city didn’t take the construction materials as part of policy.  Yet now those potentially reusable items are being rained upon.

This morning, I read on News 8 Austin’s site that some 200-year-old oak trees were “accidentally” cut down in Oak Hill over the weekend.  This is so tragic.  Apparently a subcontractor mistakenly cut down these trees to help in the preparation for a new apartment complex.  How could anyone possibly look at those trees and not think,  “Hey, maybe I should double-check to see if this is right” before cutting down some massive and probably incredibly beautiful trees???  Sheds some more light on what Oak Hill is getting itself into by advocating for more dense development out there (as discussed in my post from May 13th).

Yes, we all get caught up in the demands for fast and easy in our lives, but we all need to slow down and take the time to pay attention to what is going on … and stop the waste of haste.

From the scrap basket

What’s in the button jar will be saved for another day. >>> We were bombarded with mailings from outfits promising that we’d pay nothing if, after retaining their services, the appraised value of any real property didn’t go down. Should we trust anybody who can’t even get promotional material to us before the filing deadline has passed? May 31 was the last day to file, and one fat envelope full of promises arrived Monday, June 2, and two arrived yesterday. Oh, sure; blame the postal people! These services do promise to take over an appeal already filed, so in that sense everything arrived on time. By the way, we’ve never received a single mailing of this sort before. >>> The Sunday ad supplements in the local daily frequently use a quickie-up shade canopy as a loss-leader attraction. No matter what establishment is offering them, they’re always sold out before we get there, but the quest makes us venture to places we might not otherwise ever see. Last weekend’s failed attempt took us very close to the south Party Pig and so we walked in. Pirate parties must be very big this year. It’s also clear that, for some unknown reason, this business has taken a very large position in low-cost replicas of the old-fashioned London bobby’s helmet. What would that party theme be? >>> Under the Same Moon has been playing here in Austin for over two months, enjoying an even better success than Ladron que roba a ladron. Everybody I know who’s seen it, male or female, has “choked up” at one scene or another of this Spanish-language movie with English subtitles, filmed on location in Mexico and in L.A. in five weeks and starring actors very familiar to telenovela fans. There’s plenty to laugh at, too. Even though Under the Same Moon is now playing on only one screen, I find it remarkable that it has enjoyed such a long and successful run right here in Austin. It’s full of music and one of the few songs showcased for its entire length is Desvelado, by Texas’s own Bobby Pulido, who is among the few musical artists so popular on both sides of the border. >>> KNCT radio 91.3-fm is now offering one of the more extensive Austin evening traffic reports out there. This was a chance find. At least one of the reports airs just before Bill Hecke’s l-o-n-g weather report between 6:20 and 6:30 on weekday evenings. This traffic report must be intended to serve all those who commute to Austin from Temple-Belton-Killeen-Copperas Cove. >>> A big-city daily marvels at the rollout of the Baghead movie right here in Austin. Why should anyone be surprised? This is a great town of moviegoers. >>> And, speaking of scrap, nothing seems to be in greater demand by scavengers for selling to the scrap merchants than old-fashioned hot-water heaters. It’s bulky waste week in the neighborhood and all the eco-McMansionists are replacing their working water heaters with the tankless kind and setting the predecessors out at the curb. Many of those out to beat the solid-waste collectors to the curbside have rented flatbed trailers. There’s nothing quite like the sound of several heaters rolling around loose and crashing into one another before dawn. This is the first time that so many heaters have been seen curbside and certainly the first time that people have rented trailers to carry them away.

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