Category Archives: friends

Death of a Salesman

I used to be a desk jockey in corporate America and had several dozen sales reps who came courting.

I became close friends with a handful of them and continue to keep in touch with three or four of them still, despite leaving that job about a year and a half ago.

I found out one of my sales reps died recently. He was relatively a young man… about 45. When I heard the news it sucked the breath out of me for a second. And it was like my eyes were no longer looking at the road but searching inside my brain to make sense of it as well as reliving memories.

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Happy Thanksgiving y’all

Thanks to everyone who has come by my litle spot here in Blogland.

Y’all are awesome. In the short five months I’ve been doing this I’ve learned quite a bit about myself, this subculture, what makes a community, of revealing yourself, of not. I’ve learned more about writing, html code and style sheets, humor, about sadness, about anger and boredom.

But mostly I’ve learned I’m not alone in some of things I think about and believe in.

let’s put on a show kids

An acquaintance of mine named Mark Zeus is a working musician. He does solo performances as well as shows with his band The Thunderboltz. He runs a small open mic night as well as teach mandolin and guitar lessons to make ends meet. He ain’t gettin rich but at least he’s doing what he loves.

He’s been out of commission though for a few weeks because he had to have double hip replacement surgery. Although he was able to jump through all the necessary hoops to get government assistance to offset most of the cost, he is not able to work right now as he recovers.

And so his friends in the Houston music scene answered a call to lend him a hand. Dozens upon dozens of Houston musicians rallied together to help one of their own taking the stage of a tiny brew pub from 4pm to 1am.

There was also a silent auction, raffles and donations.

It was amazing to see and be a part of.

Mark was actually on hand in a wheelchair. And what a class act. He was given the mic for just a few moments and of course said thank you but also said how honored he was to be in the company of such great musicians and to call many of them friends.

I would say not only are they great in talent but in heart, action and compassion.

an animal meme

Ok, so my blogging buddy Amuirin sent me this meme almost four weeks ago and I am such a total noob that I didn’t even see it until just now. What a dork. So this is my first time to get memed in the four months or so I’ve been blogging.
And as i’ve gone through this list, I’ve decided that I’m about as dull as unbuttered toast. For those of you who like unbuttered toast… put some butter on it and you’ll see there’s a whole other world out there.

An interesting animal I had:
The most interesting animal I’ve ever had has been a cat. Ridiculous right… i told you I was dull. But the reason I say a cat is because I’ve always had dogs. I’ve never had a cat until just recently… like seven months ago. They’re weird to me. I don’t understand why they do the things they do like “make biscuits”. Why do they insist on drinking from the sink with running water instead of the bowl I just put out. Why do they not like to be held but insist on weaving in between your legs. Cats are a mystery. (below picture taken by yours truly of said current resident)

An interesting animal I ate:
Again, not very unique but interesting nonetheless for someone who has a palate as refined as someone who puts ketchup on steak. Not saying I put ketchup on steak… it’s just my palate is as refined as… ok, whatever you get the point.

ok, so interesting animal I ate… a turduckin. ok, it’s not really an animal as much as it is a hybrid of animal. You get a turkey… stuff it with a duck that you stuff with a game hen. They’re boneless so it’s like a loaf. When reading that last sentence I imagine the “ewww factor” goes kinda high when thinking about it or seeing the picture below but it was actually quite tasty.

An interesting thing I did with or to an animal:
Ok, this is actually kinda odd. When I was a kid we would go down to the Rio Grande Valley to go see my cousins. During the summer the cicadas (in spanish we call them “chicharas” i think that’s how you spell it. ) I always thought my cousins called them that because of the weird sound they made. Anyway, so what we did with them is we would get one, tie a piece of thread around it’s head and let it fly away as we held on to the string. It would fly around in circles above our head. Stupid I know but kinda cool when your 10.

An interesting animal in its natural habitat:
There’s this cool little folk fest I like going to out in the Hill Country of Texas called the Kerrville Folk Festival. There’s a weird creature that migrates and infests the hills of that region of the state during June. They’re called Kerrverts… otherwise known as hippies. Nasty, smelly things that have a fondness for new age spirituality, beer and pachouli oil. They can be seen singing, dancing and making music with crude implements. They remind me much of UU’s only with rhythm. 🙂 Again, picture taken by moi.

An interesting animal at the Museum:
I’d be stretching if I said anything here Amuirin. I’ve got nothin’. No wait… I saw a stink bug at the museum once after leaving from the frog exhibit that came through town. The exhibit had all these weird poisonous frogs and ones that glow in the dark and stuff. Does a stinkbug count?

ok, so I guess I’m supposed to tag some other folks. How ’bout Moxie, Curtis and someone I’ve just recently started reading a little lately, Will.

missed comeback

My blogging buddy Bibliomom called me to the mat on the meaning behind a certain picture I posted a few weeks ago with one of my posts. I quickly pulled it down for fear of it being misinterpreted by others as well.

I’m afraid I am terminally afflicted with a case of trepverter, or L’esprit de l’escalier, clogging up my head.

But I over came that affliction today, at least for now, coincidentally when B-mom has posted some interesting info about playground conflict resolution. Soooo… about my picture and her reaction I have come up with (alert: foul language and finger gestures ahead). this revision of my picture.

Just wanted to let her know, no harm-no foul. My way of trying to kiss and make out…. um,… UP. I mean UP!

suhn-in smells good!

[splashcast RLKI6992JS]


I don’t think Dave was talkin about the aroma of cornbread smellin’ good when he and the band played at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion last month.

Ok, so this is the latest Dave Matthews Band song I’ve got stuck in my head.

Can’t help it… makes me want to move my bootie.

Dance with me y’all. B-mom? Amuirin? Grace?

Moxie and Curtis… grab the spouses and hit the dance floor with me!

SOMEBODY!!!…….. dance with me!

p.s. – yes, this is a shameless plug for all my peeps on the blogroll.
(By the way PLEEEEEZE hover over the word peeps. 🙂

[Deist asks the DJ to turn it up just a little more, then raises his hands and dances back to the dance floor]