Sunday, March 19, 2006

Good morning y'all!

I'm a little behind right now. It's Sunday morning... I'm not hung over which is a surprise. I am tired, and will probably take a little nap when I get done with this. Today is the day to relax.

So let's catch up a little, shall we?

Thursday started with the best burgers in the world at the Casino El Camino. I took April's advice and ordered a standard burger from the Soup Nazi-like cook in the back. I wanted my burger sometime that day, so I made sure not to piss 'em off. We met up with Ryan and his wife Kim, and hung out with them for a bit. Then shopping, and headed back to April's place to change and figure out transport.

We decided on the bus. April had never taken a bus besides the shuttle to campus, so it was bound to be an adventure. Luckily, everyone was nice and they helped us out. (We'd see one of the guys later on - he was a bouncer at one of the clubs. He encouraged us to come back, but we didn't make it.)

Watched Spoon, then Echo & the Bunnymen at Auditorium Shores. Both bands were awesome! I'll definitely be picking up Spoon's album. We had several dial-a-shots, with those people who could hear us. (BTW - StB, Al didn't put me up to that. I haven't gotten to read many blogs these last few weeks and I didn't realize. I just thought of you when it came to dial-a-shots. lol)

Then we caught another bus down to where the action was on 6th. It gets a little fuzzy here, but we ended up at Stubb's to watch Dresden Dolls. I'd never heard them before, but they rocked! Another band I need to get music from. I tried to leave Al a VM when they played War Pigs, but for some reason he didn't get the message. I was very disappointed at that one.

We headed out from there and got April some food after the Texas Teas tried to wipe her out. Then back to Bourbon Rocks for the Bottle Rockets. They still had the "badges only" sign up. I had enough booze in me where I wasn't accepting that answer. I communicated with the bouncer a little bit... ok, a whole lot of flirting... and when the band before the Rockets got finished, he let us in. Another good show. Maigrey had wanted to learn how to get boys to buy her drinks. She didn't need my tutoring that night. She had one wrapped right around her pinky and was having a blast with it. You go girl!

We finished up there and tried to catch a cab ride home. An hour to find a cab. Then y'all know what happened from my rant. :-)

Ok, so it's Friday now. BBQ at Ironworks. Place was the same as I remembered from 13 years ago. Still awesome food. Stuffed our faces and headed downtown. April drove - found a good spot, which rocked. We headed to Fado's for Irish boozing. Guiness is good. :-) We had a drink or two there with Adam but decided to head out shortly after.

BTW - my favorite St. Patrick's Day t-shirt: Just because I'm Irish doesn't mean you're getting lucky.

Next stop - Cuba Libre for chocolate and cosmo's. Mmmm. The cosmo's may or may not have had anything to do with what happened next.

We were heading down to see some bands, and ended up stopping in a tattoo parlor. It wasn't the first we'd stopped in - Maigrey had to have her earring fixed on Wednesday and I'd found one I liked. Decided against it then. Nope, not today. I found one I liked even better. Maigrey and I start talking. She's always wanted one. I really liked this one. Go for it? Sure. Nobody screamed, nobody chickened out and ended up with a dot like Phoebe from Friends. The strange part about it - I got tattooed by BG. Or at least his double. Looked the same (except for the tattoos and the bolt-things in his ears) and had the same anti-social attitute. I wanted to get a picture, but I missed the opportunity. Maybe we can catch him again later...

Off to see more bands. We weren't able to get in to see the ones we wanted at one place, so we met up with Gus at Mugshots, then headed to another bar to see Soft. We finished the night out there, then headed home. A surprisingly sober night for having just had a needle in my back.

Saturday was the tourney. I suck. Out about halfway through. I think I played well... I knocked one person out with pocket As on a K-high board. Other than that, very few good cards until I went out. I went out in style too - I'm short-stacked and look down to see pocket Ks. Of course I go all-in. One caller - Ryan. Ryan's pocket As held up to take me down. That just meant I got to take a little nap before the night's festivities.

After most of the tourney was done, we dropped Ryan off at his hotel. Maigrey wasn't up for another night of debauchery, so she took the car back to April's apartment after we'd hopped out. Had some good Mexican food and Cactus Juice at the Iron Cactus. Cactus Juice is good - tequila and everclear, how could a person go wrong with that?

We went to see Snowed In, then met Gus at Mugshots again. More beer. I ended up getting into a thumb war with one of the bartenders after he tried to take my beer before I was done with it. Silliness ensued, and it could only be settled with a thumb war. Unfortunately, I lost. :-) We did a dial-a-(nyquil)shot with Gracie, then headed out for the next band.

We ended up on the 18th floor of a hotel for (probably) the last band of SXSW. It was some Canadian band from Toronto. I don't remember the name, but April got the cd and I'll be borrowing that later. They were really good, but I would swear that the guitar player is manic-depressive and was having one of the manic "attacks" that night. Wow - he got into his music hardcore.

The rest of the night was pretty calm, except for the idiot who lit up a pack of firecrackers in the middle of the line to get pizza (the one WE were in). Luckily, it was behind us in line and the cops didn't come to shoot us with rubber bullets or tazers. That would have made a much different story...

Just to top things off, when April dropped me off last night, what song was playing? 3AM by Matchbox 20. So ironic.

Ok, enough babbling from me. The pillows are calling me back to them again. The rest of the trip should be more relaxing, but you never know.


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