1. Getting my socks blown off by Yjastros, the Albuquerque-based, internationally acclaimed (and preemenent in America) Flamenco Repertory Company.
Seriousy, if you ever get the chance to see their artisitc director, Joaquin Encinias, dance, take it. He will mesmerize and enthrall you. And the rest of them won’t exactly fall down on the job, either.
2. Drinking coffee
3. Going to Austin, TX.
Highlights include The LBJ Presidential Library and Museum and Redbud Lake.
4. Doing a lot of Vintage Shopping in Austin, TX.
If you go, definetly check out New Bohemia (and adjacent New Brohemia) in the fashionable South Congress neighborhood (also known as SoCo if you’re an alcoholic [read: Texan]), as well as Cream Vintage on Guadalupe St. boarding the Campus of the University of Texas (I am told this stretch of Guadalupe St. is known as “The Drag” by fashionable “Longhorn” students and “Locals”. For what it’s worth, I think “The Drag” is a really poor choice of title for any part of a city that is supposed to have fun things to do on it).
Both establishments (as well as their many fellows) are surprisingly affordable with a smashing selection. Very cool stuff.
5. Being surprised by the existance of something cool in Texas outside of Austin (in Amarillo, of all places).
The 806 is, from what I can tell, the only coffee shop/vegetarian eatery in the city of Amarillo. They have really quite fantastic coffee as well as incredibly tolerable food, though my nachos did take about 19 hours to cook. The only knock against this place, really, is that you have to pay for water (sort of understandable, given what West Texas looks like). But overall, a definite gem in the rough. They even have art! On the walls! In West Texas!
6. Not being in Texas.
Overall, I think a positive choice given the alternative.
7. Watching a lot of Harvey Birdman
Best program on Adult Swim ever. Bar none.
(Except for Cowboy Bebop, of course. Also, Metalocalypse is a close second. A very, very close second.)
[Squidbillies is terrible.]
8. Reading a biography of the 32nd American President.
I continue to chug along of Conrad Black’s exceptional and truly epic Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Champion of Freedom. Weighing in at over 1100 pages, this tomb is one of the most incisive, wide-ranging, detailed and thought provoking Historical works I have ever read. Not only does it provide a vivid portrait of the man himself (both laudatory and critical, in turn), but also the unprecedented events he presided over and confronted, and descriptions of just about every human being ever involved in those events. Fantastic, fantastic stuff.
9. Seeing world renowned improv and sketch comedy in Albuquerque
The Pajama Men (Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez) have received plaudits from such diverse sources as The Chicago Tribune, The Albuquerque Alibi, The Scotsman (of Edinburgh), and The London Times and awards from just about every fringe festival worth mentioning in the UK, Canada and Australia. And they’re currently premiering a new show, in Albuquerque, at the Q-Staff Theater. Oh, and it’s freaking hilarious.
Check these guys out, they’re gonna be superstars.
10. Watching a lot of Baseball
Let’s go Red Sox, let’s go.
(I lead a successful life.)