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Me and Abi at SHS Senior Night, 1998

Me and Abi at SHS Senior Night, 1998

I’ve been spending some time tonight poking around on Facebook and Myspace, looking at the profiles and pictures of old friends from high school.  I just keep thinking about how the past decade has changed many of us, and how some parts of our personalities really seem to be the same.

I look at one couple who has been together since before even high school began, and I am amazed at how they knew so early on that they would be a family.  Now, two kids later, they are still together and still seem to be deeply in love.

I look at one friend who seems to have just grown into an older version of himself.  He is a little more restrained, but looking at pictures of him now, he seems to have the same little jewels of personality that drew me to be his friend back then.

I look at one friend who has gone in a completely different direction than I expected him to.  I am amazed, impressed, and surprised with where life has taken him, but I also look at pictures of him with his family and realize that he is definitely the same person that he was back in high school (and middle school, and elementary school).

I look at one friend who has really come out of her shell since high school, and when I look at her now, she seems to be very different than she was back then.  But when we talk, I realize that she has the same insecurities and hopes that she did then, too.

I look at one friend whose life has really changed since high school, and who has taken a winding path to where she is now.  But when we talk, I realize that the path has landed her both closer to where mine has taken me, and farther away as well.

I don’t keep in close contact with many friends from high school.  I don’t really regret that I won’t be going to my high school reunion in a couple of weeks (after all, I will be going to see the Punch Brothers with Ryan, and that will be a blast!).  But I do still wonder, sometimes, whether the people who used to make up my world when I was a decade younger could still fit into the world I inhabit now.  And I kind of wish they would.

Songs about Sara(h)

I was driving to work yesterday and heard “Sara” by Jefferson Starship. If you need a refresher:

A few things to note about this song/video:

  • The song is GOD-AWFUL.
  • The guy’s mullet is GOD-AWFUL.  No wonder Sara left him.
  • I don’t understand why there are two women in this video.  Was the dude left as a child, too?  By another Sara?
  • Is that Rebecca DeMornay under all those bangs?
  • The fake clouds at the end suck.

This is the worst song involving my name, ever.  It’s terrible!  It’s sloppy and totally beneath the people who brought you Jefferson Airplane.  The space program ruined them, I guess.

Now, I don’t consider myself to be a narcissist, but there’s something about hearing your name in a song that makes you want it to be a GOOD song.  I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of my favorite song involving my name… “Sara Smile,” by Hall & Oates.  I know, I know.  They did “Maneater,” and that is pretty bad news, but this is a fantastic song and just gives me warm fuzzies whenever I have the good fortune to hear it on the radio.

While I was looking for the song on Youtube, I found what may be the best VERSION of this best song about my name… Monte Montgomery’s brilliant cover.  Apparently he does this quite a bit live, and I’m a little surprised that I haven’t heard it before today.  Take the 7 minutes it will take you to listen to this version of the song… it’s worth it.

Honorable mention goes to Bob Dylan’s “Sara”, only because I haven’t heard it very much.  It’s quite bohemian and interesting and waltzy, though, and worth a listen as well.

Not bad for a Monday

I had a productive day at work today, and a relaxing evening at home.  Also, it’s nice and cool outside – in the 70s right now – and I’ve been hanging out in the living room with the sliding door open, letting the breeze come in (and saving some AC).

At this very moment I am listening to the South Austin Jug Band’s cover of Beck’s “Jack Ass” and getting ready to go to Flying Saucer.  I guess I should leave soon so I can meet Ryan there.

Tomorrow will be a busy day for sure, but today has been nice.

Jazz @ The Elephant Room

Ryan and I were chatting last night and decided that we should go out when I came to pick him up downtown.  So before I left, I dressed up a little and put on my black wrap dress – which is fitting better and better! – and a little makeup and headed downtown.

I parked the car and we walked down Congress to the Elephant Room, which is a jazz bar in a basement of sorts.  It’s a nice, dark, cave-like atmosphere… and nobody was smoking.  Ryan scored a table near the stage, where we got to see the Mark Devine Quartet with Kiki Balla.

We ordered a couple of drinks, and I got my favorite cocktail – a Manhattan:

I just think that’s a good-looking drink!  We had a great time listening to the music and stayed until the band finished playing close to 2am, then walked back up Congress to my car.

Ryan had a case of late-night munchies, so we went to Kerbey Lane Cafe on Guadalupe, close to UT.  I felt old with all the loud music and college kids, but it was good people-watching, and the food was tasty.

I’ll post a few more photos over at my tumblr blog!

New brews

Sara and I went to the new (512) Brewery in South Austin yesterday to try a sample of their three brews.  There were a ton of people there, but we got in line and into the actual brewery in about 15 minutes to claim our three 5-ounce pours.

They were sampling the three beers that they currently produce – a pale ale, an IPA, and a Belgian-style witbier.  We got our three little glasses and moved outside under a tree on a little grassy island in the parking lot.

I started with the IPA (seen in the back) because that’s generally my least favorite.  But maybe as I continue to try them, they will grow on me.  It was okay for an IPA… hoppy and astringent as expected.  But I could almost detect a flavor beyond that hoppy, Listerine-like taste.  The pale ale (front left) was also a little hoppy but had sort of a fruity flavor to it as well.

By the time I got around to the wit (front right) – usually my favorite – it was a little lukewarm and so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped.  It was also missing the orange flavor that I was expecting, but after watching the news later I found out that it’s because the brewer uses grapefruit peel instead of orange peel during the brewing process.  But I can’t say that I agree with his choice.

Sara’s friends Karen and Bruce came out to meet us, and we sat and drank and chatted for a while before they decided to go find beer to drink inside at another place.  I opted to head back north and spend some time with the dogs and watch the Olympics.  We did to go Flying Saucer later, and found out that they will be carrying (512)’s beer soon.  But I did have an Avery White Rascal and got my witbier fix, anyway.  🙂

Kara-oke

Last night we went to Austin Karaoke and had a great time belting out some tunes.  We met up with Todd, Rachel, Kara, and a few of Kara’s friends… it was kind of her going-away party, and we were glad we were invited to participate!  It was the first time I had ever been to the kind of place where your group gets its own room and does its best to operate the remote and select your favorites from the small selection of English songs in the book.  But it was a lot of fun, and the “BYOB” policy was cool, too!  It was nice to see Todd and Rachel in town, and we made plans to do brunch next weekend.

A visit from Sherman

Steven came down to Austin to do some work and met up with us a couple of times during his visit.  On Wednesday, we met him at Flying Saucer and introduced him to one of our favorite hangouts.  We sat and talked with him for quite a while, enjoying some tasty brews and shooting the breeze on the patio.

On Thursday, I got off work a little early and Ryan picked me up to meet Steven at Things Celtic, the local Utilikilts outlet.  Steven wanted to check out their selection and get a t-shirt, and Ryan actually tried on a couple of Utilikilts!  He looked pretty good in them, and who knows… maybe one day down the line we can get him one.  Until then, though, he said he’s happy in pants.  🙂

Steven got his t-shirt and we decided to go to Freebirds for dinner.  I haven’t had a Freebirds burrito in a long, long time… I got a veggie burrito with black beans and guacamole, and enjoyed every bite of it.  Well, I couldn’t enjoy it all at Freebirds, but I did enjoy the rest of it at home tonight.  It was a nice treat, and well within my plan for today.

It was nice to see Steven and visit with someone from back home… he’s headed back up to Sherman on Friday, no doubt to tell tales of Ryan’s goatee and how much we like Austin.  🙂