Tuesday, June 27, 2006

34 oz Beer from Pluckers

34 oz Beer from Pluckers
Originally uploaded by eschulz.
If you go to Pluckers in Round Rock and order a Michelob Ultra, they bring you the bottle on the left. If, however, you order a Shiner Bock, they ask if you want a large one. The large is 34 ounces and is on the right. It is a bargain at $5.50.

Corrected: I thought it was 36oz, it's only 34oz.

The Blues Brothers ? Gay ?

The Blues Brothers
Originally uploaded by eschulz.
Imagine my surprise when I saw this article on the relationship between having older brothers and being gay. I mean Jake ? Elwood ? The Blues Brothers ?

This changes everything.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Luis Abreux

We made a new friend last week, who's dating a friend. He's an artist from Cuba. Check out some of his work at his website and at The Gallery on Greene in Key West.

It's really amazing art.


Starting today, you can access this blog via http://eschulz.blogspot.com or http://funstart.org or even http://www.funstart.org/. It should be clear to you now that the fun will eventually start.

Items for sale...

These are all listed on Craig's List - Austin

Ice Cream Shoes....

Ice Cream Shoes
A friend at work always wears the latest hip tennis shoes and I've never seen him wearing something I could pull off. The other day, he was wearing these Ice Cream (brand of Reebok) shoes which are black with lime green dice on them. These I could wear...

Sorry for the lack of updates

We're moving in less than two weeks, and I'm trying to finish sorting/packing/discarding boxes of stuff that have somehow multiplied over the last 8 years. Our DSL was also down for a couple of days; I have it working now, and if it will just hold together for a little longer...

Monday, June 19, 2006

Odd Search

Someone found my blog by searching Google for the following keywords:
housewifes in atlanta looking for fun
I was the 22nd most popular match.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Thanks for everything, TXU

Thanks to TXU's blazing speed in responding to our power outage, we were without power for only 15 hours. Here's my timeline.

  • 5:45am I wake up and see that there is no power in the house. I assume it's a temporary issue and go back to bed
  • 6:55am I wake up again and see that there is still no power. I call TXU's automated emergency outage number and report problem and get confirmation number.
  • 9:00am I walked down to the convenience store to get a paper and they were closed due to the power outage. This was my first indication that it was a larger problem.
  • 9:15am I call to check on outage. I explain that I reported an issue 2 hours earlier. He asked if I had heard an explosion at the same time as I lost power and asked if I had checked my breakers. I explained again that I had a confirmation number from when I callled it in earlier. He said that I didn't and he will put in a trouble ticket and report the issue. He said he has no way to look up that number and that the ETA to resolution was 2:00pm.
  • 9:45am I called back to see if the problem had actually been reported this time. It had.
  • 2:05pm I called back to get an updated ETA. He said that the ETA was still 2pm. I asked for a better ETA. I explained that that the problem was with my whole block. He asked if I had checked my breakers. I explained that there aren't breakers for my entire block, but that I had tested my home's breakers.
  • 4:00pm I called back to get an updated ETA and was told that they couldn't give me an ETA for resolution, but that she 'guaranteed' it would be resolved today.
  • 4:30pm The temperature in the house has been rising steadily all day and it was 85 degrees in the house. We went to a friends house to wait.
  • We saw on the news that the problem had been resolved at 5:00pm.
Nobody I talked to at TXU Energy was interested in sharing any information. There job was simple (to tell me something I wanted to hear and get me off the phone). They should have put an announcement on their emergency outage number that explained that the following areas were impacted by a power outage caused by a failed transformer.

Storms knocked out Round Rock power

6/18/2006 6:33 PM

By: News 8 Austin Staff

Nearly a thousand people in south and southeast Round Rock spent most of the day without power.A transformer was hit by lightning around 2 a.m., TXU said.The outages also affected the Dove Creek, Green Slopes and Cushing areas.Power was restored just before 5 p.m. Sunday.

News 8 Austin | 24 Hour Local News | TOP STORIES | Storms knocked out Round Rock power

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Understanding lyrics...

Before you cover a song, be sure that you understand the words. I hate it when someone records a song and clearly don't 'get it'.

Example1: Turn the Page by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band from the album "Back in '72"

Original Lyric:

Most times you can't hear 'em talk
Other times you can
All the same old clichés
Is that a woman or a man ?
And you always seem outnumbered
You don't dare make a stand
Covered by Metallica on the GARAGE INC.
Most times you can't hear 'em talk
Other times you can
Oh, the same old clichés
Is it woman, is it man ?
And you always seem outnumbered
You don't dare make a stand

Notice it ? The change is subtle. "Is that a woman or a man ?" is a cliche. Every guy who had long hair in the seventies heard that sentence directed at them. "Is it woman ? Is it man ?" is just a stupid line that doesn't fit the lyric.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Our friend, Jeff

Originally uploaded by Rayisawake.
I couldn't really think of anything to say...

Thursday, June 08, 2006


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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Hillbilly Housewife

Hillbilly Housewife: "The focus here is on low-cost, home-cooking from scratch. The recipes are all tested in a real kitchen with hungry children, stalking cats, begging puppies and a playful husband underfoot. The ingredients are affordable and readily available in most areas."
Lots of good stuff here.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

06-06-06 06:06:06

For those of you that are frightened about what today may bring because of the religious connection: Keep in mind that 616 may be the Number of the Beast.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

"Centre" of the Universe

Originally uploaded by Rayisawake.
A friend of ours took this picture last night in Centre, Alabama. Please click on the picture to see his Flickr site. This picture is one of a series of ten taken of this wonderful sunset.

Republic of Texas Biker Rally

Republic Of Texas Biker Rally
The Republic of Texas Biker Rally is in full swing. This weekend, the streets, freeways and parking lots in Central Texas are full of cool bikes like these. This is the twelfth annual event and 200,000 bikers were expected.

North By Northwest

Originally uploaded by eschulz.
Last night, we went with a large group to one of our favorite restaurants in Austin, NXNW. It is definitely my favorite microbrewery. I had their seasonal brew, which was called the Cézanne 500. It was described as a hoppy hefeweizen. It was a hefeweizen, but it was not hoppy. It was the best beer I've had in years. Amy tried it and loved it (and she's not really a beer drinker). I'm guessing on the spelling of the name and the 500 indicates that it is from their 500th barrel.

NXNW is one of the places we'll miss most in Austin.

Thursday, June 01, 2006


Charles: ?????????????????????????????????????
Charles: you sent me a blank one first.
Eric: But that was before you let loose with the Obscenities
Charles: I love that you capitalize "obscenities" as if it's a proper noun, or major crime.
Eric: I think it would make a good band name. I think that will be the name of my next band.
Charles: the line about a proper name, or major crime would also be a good line about a band.
Eric: The new album "Proper Noun or Major Crime" from the hot new band. "Obscenities"