Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September Sky

September Sky
Easing into fall...and loving it.

Monday, September 19, 2011

ol' dusty boots

"It's not Texas hot, but it's still pretty f*^@ing hot."
We had a great weekend full of live music. First, our neighbors hosted a house party that featured very talented singer-songwriters. They have a fantastic spot for this type of thing and we hope they continue to host these musical events. Yesterday, we headed over to the American River Music Festival.  It was a warm, sunny day down by the river. If we go again, I'm taking a dip in the river and then throwing a sun dress over my swimsuit. That is the way to do this thing -- jeans and a black top (at least it was light weight and sleeveless) was a mistake.

I took this pic of James McMurtry right up at the stage. I liked his dusty boots and the crumpled bill near his foot. Later, seeing him interact with fans after the show, I was reminded of the film "Crazy Heart." McMurtry seemed pretty drunk and more than a little burned out with whole doing shows every night and dealing with fans bit. So, drunk & grumpy like your friend's bad luck first husband. But still, he put on a good show even if he screwed up the verses in Choctaw Bingo.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

adios Borders

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So, I joined the bone-pickers today. I went to Borders for the last time -- mostly out of curiosity to see what their inventory had dwindled down to now that it was in the last day or two of the sell down. Didn't expect to find anything I'd want to buy even at 90% off but I ended up with a bag full of an eclectic mix. The receipt said I saved $99.

I'm so glad to have been spared the ordeal of going through a sell down of my bookstore. I can understand why the remaining employees resorted to communicating with customers via notes posted behind the registers. It is very sad this bookstore is closing. I hope everyone will find new jobs soon.

Also learned today that an acquaintance is closing her beautiful clothing store on Main Street after 18 years.

Recovery, my ass.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

a couple of stinkers to avoid

It is the custom on this blog to highlight films that should not be missed (check out the topic/label titled "see this film"). And, usually, since I'm very picky about both films and books, I rarely watch films I dislike unless it's on a plane -- hence my unfortunate encounters with Lady in the Water and Bicentennial Man. Somehow though, the last two DVDs from netflix were duds. They weren't even bad enough to make entertaining picks for bad movie nights. They were mediocre bad. So, here's a heads up from our last two inadvertent bad movie experiences:

Margot at the Wedding - Nicole Kidman, I have only one question. Why?

Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself - I had some dark thoughts myself while watching this movie -- horrible.

Monday, September 5, 2011