Archive for March, 2012

Hey, good thing Luis Hector Lopez-Rodriguez didn’t have a gun!

March 20, 2012

Someone could have gotten hurt! Oh…wait

Luis Hector Lopez-Rodriguez, 27, is accused of losing control of the blue Ford Crown Victoria he was driving and plowing into the front porch of a southwest Houston apartment, where two children were playing during a Saturday night party….

Jesus Ordonez, 7, was killed when the vehicle rammed into the front porch. Christopher Cruz, 4, was in critical condition with burns over 40 percent of his body. He was burned by a hot grill upended when the car hit the porch, Assistant Harris County District Attorney Todd Keagle said during a brief hearing Monday.

A drunk, and a wife-beater to boot. I’d be interested to find out how many other times he hit his wife. I could be wrong, but I don’t think that sort of thing ever happens just once.

At any rate, this isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened before. If it does turn out that Mr. Lopez-Rodriguez is in the country illegally, we can just add his name to that list that includes people such as Jose Medellin and Humberto Leal. Unlike those two, he doesn’t face the needle, unfortunately; but he does face life in prison, so at least there’s that.

I am so full that I can barely move…

March 17, 2012

So Sabra and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary today. We had been bandying about the idea of going to one of the local Brazilian steakhouses. There are three of them here in town that I know of — Fogo de Chao and Texas de Brazil downtown on Commerce Street & Houston Street respectively, and Chama Gaucha on Sonterra Place just northwest of Loop 1604 and Stone Oak Parkway. We finally decided on Chama Gaucha due to the obvious issues with parking downtown…

…and oh my God, words can’t even come close to doing the whole thing justice. I remember reading about the churrascarria concept on Tamara’s blog a few years back and being utterly intrigued by the whole thing. Unfortunately they didn’t have any such thing in Beaumont-Port Arthur, so I just sort of, shall we say, bided my time — until today.

Mind? Blown to bits. Chicken? Sausage? Leg of lamb? Filet mignon? Picanha? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and YEEEES! I was telling Sabra that I think picanha is probably the best cut of meat I’ve ever eaten. Even better than the prime rib I always get at the Texas Roadhouse, and trust me, that’s saying a lot. There was a salad bar, but…hey, MEAT! All you can eat! I stumbled out of that place happy as a gimpy clam. It’s not cheap, but God, is it ever worth the money.  Tender, juicy, and oh-so-flavorful, every bite of every cut. I would have eaten more, but I had to save room for the free dessert.

So…yeah. You shouldn’t be allowed to die until you have eaten at a churrascarria, even — no, ESPECIALLY — if you’re a vegetarian. 🙂

And he’s one of the smartest guys in the room…

March 17, 2012

Barack Obama, that is:

“They can either place their bets on a fossil fuel from the last century or they can place their bets on America’s future.”

And then there was this, from a little more than a week ago:

President Barack Obama on Wednesday dismissed oil as “the fuel of the past” as he made an unapologetic election-year pitch for his alternative energy industry policies and sniped at Republicans over painfully high gasoline prices.

For a guy who’s allegedly so smart, he certainly says some stupid things. Fuel of the past? Fossil fuel from the last century? Fossil fuels may be from the last century, but it ought to be pretty obvious from the gas stations on every corner that it’s certainly a fuel of the present and at the very least short-term future. As Charles Krauthammer said in his latest column, you’d think the president would be a little bit more modest with his assertions after the fiascos with Solyndra and the Chevrolet Volt.

As for new alternative sources of energy? Well, sure. We should be all for that sort of thing. I imagine that most folks are. But can we at least work on coming up with an alternative fuel that doesn’t destroy the engines in the cars & trucks we have now?

And I don’t understand why taking away tax breaks for the oil companies is linked with producing alternative fuels. The oil companies are already doing research on alternative/renewable fuel development. This all is nothing more than nakedly partisan, class warfare, pie-in-the-sky, idealist bullshit at which the president has shown himself to be a master as he’s been in office. And considering the Democrats didn’t back the proposal to end those tax breaks when they were in the driver’s seat in both houses of Congress, they very well might think the same thing.

Yet more proof…

March 16, 2012

…that country music’s all about the image anymore:

Aldean’s voice tends to go flat at times, but he makes up for it with rock-star swagger and an arsenal of high-energy anthems. It didn’t hurt that he was sporting a George Strait T-shirt, a nod to the unofficial RodeoHouston king.

Translation: “Jason Aldean isn’t that good a singer, but he’s loud and he has the image that sells. And hey, he was wearing a George Strait t-shirt!”

I wonder, if I was a famous country singer, what people would write if I walked out on stage with an Iron Maiden t-shirt on and sang Merle Haggard and George Strait songs all night. I probably wouldn’t get away with being called a heavy metal icon, right? So how does Jason Aldean get away with being called a country singer as opposed to what he really is?

Please hold for further blogging…

March 15, 2012

Push the Play button for your hold music. Good stuff…

Wanna see what I scored in Gruene today?

March 13, 2012

This:

We went to the Gruene General Store today, and I got another mug for Sabra (with the Davy Crockett quote “you may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas” on it) to replace the one that was broken a few weeks ago. I saw the mug with the Gonzales flag and the cannon, and barely before it crossed my mind to look for the other one, there it was — with an actual flag folded up in the cup as a bonus! I had never seen those in the store before. It was a nifty little surprise, worth fighting the Spring Break crowds for. 😉

I was gonna write you a post…

March 13, 2012

…on the whole Alamo Heights vs. Edison brouhaha, but Sabra said it better than I could, so just go read hers.

What’s wrong with Nashville…

March 13, 2012

…summed up in this quote from one Ben Hayslip:

My publisher Rusty Gaston called me one day, and said, ‘Man, you and Dallas and Rhett need to write a song — either about or have it in the title — about get your hands up,’” recalls Hayslip. “He said all these pop songs and rap songs are doing that these days, and everyone who does it is going No. 1. It’s just a celebration of a good time.

Instead of true artists who come up with new, original ideas or fresh takes on old ideas, we get hacks who recycle trite phrases from pop and rap hits for another No. 1 notch on their belt. This is yet one more reason I have by and large retreated into music that’s old enough to drink. It’s bad enough that mainstream country music has lost its identity, but it seems to have degenerated wholesale, with some exceptions, into yet another subgenre of pop/dance music — with all of the crappy derivative traits that make so much of that music utterly disposable. If there was a Murder on Music Row, as the song goes, then one could categorize this sort of thing as taking a leak on its grave.

On the other hand, even if I hear “Closing Time” even one more time it’ll be too soon, I’d like to think Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson was on to something when he said the time might be right for a return of the Dixie Chicks. I don’t know if they’d be as successful the second time around as they were from 1998 to 2003, but I do think the freshness and originality they brought to the genre their first time around is sorely needed in this day and age. Lightning might well not strike twice, but it still couldn’t hurt to see what they would bring to the table if they did come back.

(h/t Country California)

Sad, but not surprising…

March 12, 2012

this, that is. California doesn’t give a damn about the Second Amendment — what makes anyone think they’d give a damn about the First?

It would make for a handy bludgeon with with to beat a Californicator the next time you hear one talk about how much better it is back there, though…

(h/t JayG)

Just a note, for San Antonio/South Texas folks.

March 11, 2012

You might remember me raving about the Longhorn Cafe here and there. Well, as you probably know, there are several of them around town — five, to be precise. So far we’ve been to the ones on Southeast Military Drive by Brooks City-Base, Blanco just south of Loop 1604, and Rittiman just west of IH-35. I am happy to report they’re all quite good. I would certainly recommend them all. There’s also one on IH-10 just southeast of Boerne Stage Road, and on Highway 46 & Loop 337 in New Braunfels — neither of which we’ve made it to yet.

The irony of that is, the New Braunfels location used to be on Pat Booker Road just outside Loop 1604. I remember driving by it after it closed and thinking, “Well, THAT sucks.” Better that it move than just close down, though, because I’d bet it’s just as good as the others.

Of course, when we go to New Braunfels we’re always going to Cooper’s, so at least we have a good excuse…