Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last day of the year...

Another year gone by.

I really don't romanticize New Years too much.

Most often, the festivities pass me by becauseI'm usually onstage doing a show or (most likely) because I'd rather be at home celebrating by watching movies, eating pizza and hanging out with friends.

This year will be no different. I'll be here in Texas with Jeannie and her parents at their home. Quietly ringing in the new year with a gentle indifference.

Another reason a new year doesn't seem like too big of a deal is because each year always seems pretty good to me. They always seem good and fine and great.

I haven't had a bad year in years. (I hope I didn't just jinx myself)

The past few days we have piddled around Southern Texas, taking it easy.

We've played lots of tennis (I bought Jeannie and I super nice new rackets for Christmas.)

We also went to the movies several times. We went to the Palladium, which is an insanely large Movie Theater complex. They have Gelato there...

...and Dr. Pepper icees's.

Yesterday we went to Mathis to visit Jeannie's grandparents. For lunch we picked up food at a BBQ place named Smolik's.

In other parts of the country they decorate their restaurants intentionally to look like this.

Here, it's just been like this for years. You know, because it's Texas and this is what Texas really looks like.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Bears day…

Bears are playing the Vikings tonight.

I simulated the game playing Tecmo Bowl on Nintendo.


If tonight's game is anything like the video game it's going to be a tough game.

Vikings will score first, but they'll miss the extra point.

Kevin Butler will kick a field goal at the end of the first quarter.


Otis Wilson, Richard Dent and Mike Singletary will all have interceptions in the second quarter. Walter Payton will run in a TD.






Game will still be close at the half. 10-9, Bears ahead by one.


The halftime show will be pretty spectacular.


Very patriotic.


And Sexy!





With the help of Willie Gault and Cap Boso, the Bears will put some points on the board in the third quarter.








Payton will score another touchdown.





You can see by the gameplan, Ron Turner's play calling hasn't changed much.



It works though. After an Otis Wilson interception, the Bears will cruise to a victory.


Well, not cruise, but win nonetheless.



There will be no fumbles or audibles or onside kicks..

Rest up sportsfans.

Next week we have a big game with Bo Jackson and the LA Raiders.


-- Post From My iPhone

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Tennis anyone?...

I'm worried about going back to Chicago.

Every day I read updates from my friends telling me it's cold and snowy in Illinois.

I'm not ready for that.

Southern Texas is pretty comfortable right now. It's not the Tropical climate that I've been living in for the past 2 years, but it's a nice 60 to 70 degrees.

I bought Jeannie a brand new tennis racket for Christmas. It's a really nice one.

Today we went to Ronald Reagan High School and played a couple sets with Jeannie's brother Bud.


It was nice to whack the ole ball around.

As long as the weather holds out we're going to try to play several times a week until I go back to Chicago. By then, Brett will have joined an indoor tennis club and I'll play with him there.

Or maybe, once I get back in January, winter will have left Chicago early.

I'll keep my fingers crossed.

-- Post From My iPhone

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Jeannie's friends…

Jeannie's friends Anne and Sara are here in San Antonio visiting.


We took them to Mi Tierra for lunch.

We then took them to the Mexican Market.


Jeannie and Anne bought cowboy hats. Sara didn't.


Today we took them to the Riverwalk.


We ate lunch outside and enjoyed the sunny weather.


Jeannie's going to hate this picture, but a bee swooped in as I was getting ready to take the picture and her face looks funny.

After lunch we, of course, went to the Alamo.


Now Jeannie's entertaining us with her Karaeoke performance.





It's been a nice little treat for Jeannie to have a weekend of girl time. She's gone eight months without any close female companionship.

Anne and Sara are so nice and sweet. Jeannie's so happy to have them around.

She's absolutely giddy to have a whole weekend of girl time.

-- Post From My iPhone

Monday, December 14, 2009

Prank...

I wanted to pass this along to everyone I could.

Last week our good friend Louie was gone for the week and asked another good friend of ours, Adal, to stop in and check in on his apartment from time to time.

While Louie was gone Adal pulled off a MASSIVE prank.

He gift wrapped everything in Louie's apartment with Christmas wrapping paper. EVERYTHING.

Here's the video:

Great job Adal.

Austin...

On Saturday I did a workshop for the Dallas Comedy House. I had a great time working with them. They're a sharp, smart group.

Afterward, several of them bought copies of Guru and I signed them for everyone.

As I was carrying the rest of books back to the rented F-150, my stomach dropped.

My Texas truck got booted.

$105 dollars!

Yikes.

As annoying as it was, it didn't sully my day. The workshop had been a lot of fun and I was excited to do another show that night in Austin.

Brett, Jeannie and I drove down to Austin and checked into our hotel. It was a Radisson, so it wasn't as nice as our fancy Aloft hotel.

After checking in and freshening up we headed to The New Movement Theater.

The show turned out really well. It goes in our list as one of the top 5 we've ever done. It was a lot of fun.

Afterward we posed with the group that performed before us.

Later on we went out to eat at Kirby's Cafe with Jeannie's brother Bud.

On Sunday, Jeannie woke up and took the Greyhound back to San Antonio so she could get home in time to watch her parents choir concert. Brett stayed in Austin and watched the Bears game at 3rd Street sports bar.

The Bears, of course, were awful. Terrible.

Again, I didn't let it sully my day. I dropped Brett off on 6th street and then went to the New Movement to do another workshop. When that was over Brett and I drove back to San Antonio to Jeannie's parents house.

It was a long and successful 4 day trip. Good shows, good workshops, good fun on the road, great Aphasia roadtrip.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Dallas.…

Aphasia is doing a mini-tour through Texas.

It's only fitting that our rental actually be a Texas sized 4x4 pickup.


I feel like I've gone back in time and am driving a trolley again. This sucker is huge.

Our Friday night show is in Dallas for the Dallas Comedy House.

We got in early on Thusday and settled into our hotel room. Somehow, we got the ultra trendy loft suite.





If you look closely, you can see that there are two gigantic flat screens in our room. It's one of the coolest hotel rooms I've ever stayed in.

I've been to Dallas 4 to 6 times in the past 5 years, but have never been downtown. The primary thing I've always wanted to see here is Dealy Plaza and The Book Depository Building.

We went there on Friday afternoon.



There's a museum on the 6th floor that is facinating and informative.

Here's the place where Oswald fired his shots.


The window with the lights is the outside view.


We also walked over and looked at the famous grassy knoll.


Behind this fence is where a second gunman was/spotted/rumored to have been.


This would have been his view.


This X on the street marks where the fatal shot struck President Kennedy.



The whole place is shockingly compact.

I've seen footage of Kennedy's assasination thousands of times. On video, this whole area seems like it stretches for miles. In person, it's less than a block long.

It's shocking that one of the most horrific events in the history of our country took place in such a small area.


It was a very well done museum. It's strange to say that we enjoyed it because it's about such a terrible event. So instead, I'll say we apprecited it.

We were all very somber and reflective afterward.


Great museum.

Friday evening we ate dinner with Clay, Amanda and Kyle, the owners of Dallas Comedy House.

They are smack dab in the middle of constructing their theater so they gave us a tour. They had thought they would be finished in time for our show, but fell a week behind. They gave us a tour of their new space (which is a really great place) and then we went to the theater they had rented for our show.

We had a great time doing the show. It was a fun set. Brett got depantsed. That's not really a word, but I'm sure you understand what that means.

We had a very nice time in Dallas.





--Post From My iPhone