VHS for LIFE; one more reason Austin is Awesome!

Austin has it all. We came across this video store downtown that is fan freaking tastic. I think the guy behind the counter said it was the second largest collection in the nation. And honestly, I believe it. Just look at the photos. This place has so much to choose from. Of course they have some new stuff and pop culture stuff. But, that isn’t what makes them great. What makes them great is the endless sea of cult classics and bizarro films like Hell Comes to Frog Town. You want to watch a “C” list movie, then this is the place!!! I am so excited we came across this store. So much for having Netflix… right?

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Dinosaurs in the bible and days out on the town

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A lot of my friends and family tend to ask the question of how we like Austin now that we have lived here for a while. Well, it’s fantastic. There seems to be a festival or shop expo every single weekend. This weekend we went to craft sale downtown because we knew that these sewing ladies were going to be there. They are called Fort Lonesome and they do this thing called chain stitching. It was pretty cool and is done with this vintage looking machine. We went to the event because we knew that they were going to be there. I got the bible verse Job 40:15-25 because… well… dinosaurs. That’s why.  Verse 24 makes me think of a triceratops of all the behemoths. Boom!!!

Job 40:15-24 King James Version (KJV)

Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about. Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.

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my first attempt at joining an #EDH playgroup in #AUSTINTX was a bust

Well, now that we have been in the Austin area for a few months I have finally gotten away from work and school to attempt joining a local Magic that Gathering: Commander Playgroup. The place that seemed the most legit from what I was reading online happened to be a place called Pat’s Games. Seemed like a suiting name since all people called Pat are totally awesome. Sadly, my experience was far from awesome. I was actually quite let down. But before I get into my seemingly negative experience, I want the reader to realize that my experience does not in any way depict the actual establishment. The place was super cool and everyone was super nice. I believe that the circumstances of my experience were merely happenstance and do not in any way reflect the overall value that the venue probably holds for all of its regular customers. With that said, here is my experience in a nut shell.

A bunch of butt cracks I tell you. A bunch of butt cracks.

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The venue representative told me that EDH players generally show up at 4:30pm and that there would be a few people that would opt out of the tournaments to continue casual play. Sounded good to me. I showed up at 4:30 and sat twiddling my thumbs until 6. It was at that time that things were looking up. I managed to play two games which were actually very fun and friendly despite losing both games. Also a good sign. I love good players. It makes the game more challenging. But then… all of a sudden at 6:30 everyone was signing up to play tournaments, leaving me twiddling my thumbs again.

Essentially, drove 30 minutes to sit for an hour and a half, play two games, and have everyone but me start getting ready to draft or play other tournament based formats. Needless to say, I was in my car and headed home before 6:45. Talk about frustrating.

I realize that these type of shops make their real money on tournaments, therefore I do not feel like Pat’s Games is a bad shop. They have to do what they have to do. But, in a way I felt misled. I am looking for a playgroup that plays casual-competitive commander.

Anyway, rant over. Enjoy the random photos I came across after googling “MTG Local Tournament”.

Again, I am in no way trying to bash this venue. They seemed supper cool. And if I was into draft, then this place would obviously be the place to play. Also, a friend told me that my issue was that I went on a Friday (FNM). As much as I want to agree with this, my last playgroup met on Friday’s and had their own table away from the events. The issue is that I was led to believe one thing and experienced another.

Austin is definitely for the dogs w/ @beardcakes

Well, not only did the dogs meet the vet and go to the dog park this week, but we decided yesterday that it was time to try taking the dogs out to the river after having visited it ourselves without them. So, yesterday we got two 30 foot leashes just in case they felt like wondering away.

And off we went.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect with these two dogs. One of them is a big baby that Sarah and I have determined thinks it is actually a house cat, climbing all over you and rubbing his head in your chest for attention. The other one however is an adventurer; hens the long leashes. But, surprisingly they did well. They didn’t do great, but well. For the most part they stayed anchored to the shore by a few feet and spent most of the time romping in the water.

Once Sarah and I felt comfortable about it we let them both off of the leashes a little here and there. They loved the water, like all lab mixes do. The picture of me and Walter in the water looking away is actually part of the time that they weren’t on leashes. In that photo he and I were actually watching a crowd of people jumping from the edge of a cliff face into the water. We had a great time.

My hope for the future is to continue bringing them out places and acclimating them to an Austin lifestyle. They have spent so much time just being home bodies that it is going to take a bit of adjustment and behavioral training to start taking them places with us. You can take your dogs practically everywhere in Austin.

Slow and steady wins the race, and today was a great start.

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The good, the bad, the aggravating… apply online

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Today started out really great. We work up early, took the dogs to the vet to get checked up on so that we could meet the new vet staff and to get them their monthlies. When we were all done there we decided to go to the dog park. Surprisingly, even though it was early on a weekday the park was bustling with activity and the dogs had a great time. We hung out there for a while before coming home to have lunch. That stuff was awesome. The rest of the day however has been pretty aggravating.

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Having just relocated to the Austin area I have decided that I need to get a part time job while in school. So far I have been blessed in that I didn’t really have to work while dealing with my studies. But now that we are in cool kid city, price of living for us has gone up. That means a simple internship will not do. I need a part time job. I am still waiting to hear back on one interview I did last week, but while I wait I decided to start the hunt for anything under the sun just in case. Name a place, I have probably applied. Started off applying at places close to the house before venturing out further into town. Gone are the days of meeting the manager, having an impromptu interview, and getting hired. Now a days everything is done online. Just go to this site or that link. Fill out all the details of your personal life on the world wide web where data is safe, and then answer a brief 100 question survey that intentionally tries to slip you up. No offense, but even if they weren’t trying to catch me off guard, by question 75 “how do I feel about my attitude in life” I can’t help but feel dejected. I have officially filled out more than 25 online applications with no call backs. The few follow ups I have done have declared that I wasn’t a good fit for the job. Since when did this style of hiring overpower a face to face assessment? I am honestly over qualified for most of these jobs and my resume indicates commitment, so what is the problem?

Since I am actually just looking to help supplement a little income while in school, the type of job I have doesn’t really matter. With that in mind I have even applied and been turned down by Burger King of all places. If the American unemployment rate is up right now it isn’t Obama’s fault. The idiot who decided online survey applications was a brilliant idea. Because let’s be honest, if I used cocaine (which I don’t), I think the average person who does use it is just going to lie when your survey asked a cocaine style question. If I can count to 10, know that there are 7 days in a week, and that there is not 80 days in a month you might be able to get a job.

The New Vest is on the move

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Okay, so those of you who know me I have spent the last year and a half wearing the same shirt and pants (multiples of the same colors like Doug Funny). Anyway, before I got onto this little color kick I got a black hoodie and put a Bizarro Brigade back patch on it. I have literally worn that hoodie practically every day for the last 3 years. It annoys the crap out of Sarah that my wardrobe never really changes, but with this move to Austin it was time for a change. It was time for a change for a few reasons. One, because I have worn that hoodie for a long time and it is really faded. Secondly, it is so much hotter in Central Texas than it is in East Texas. If I am going to commit to an everyday jacket in this area of the world I need one that doesn’t have sleeves. I instantly fell in love with this vest because it fits my color pallet and has a hood. On top of that it has that scene kid look that I seem to be going for. If you are going to look like a 30-something year old high school doom metal drop out, then this vest is for you. Which is why I am getting it. Also, the last time Sarah and I came through Austin before the big move she got me a Phantasm shirt which is perfect for the back of the vest. And heck, for Sarah’s sake it even has a little color to change things up a bit.

It was actually hard work getting this vest. I ordered it online but got an email a week later regarding an order cancellation because of inventory issues. Well, I was dead set on this vest and called all of the stores in the Austin area that carried it. No one had it in a large. Well, after a few more calls I found one in East Texas and I have someone who believes in my emo mid life crisis high school angst style enough to go get it for me and mail it out.

Now that I will be wearing the mess out of a Phantasm vest I guess I should force Sarah to watch all 4 movies. For those of you who care to know… Phantasm is number 1 on the top 5 movies that inspired me to go to school to become an undertaker.

We came, we saw, we… attacked the yard

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Well, we are here. Home owners in Austin, Texas. Super exciting. Surprisingly, we are already done unpacking most of the boxes. The crazy thing is, while the buying process was underway the previous owner apparently decided to quit taking care of the yard. When we finally got moved in the grass in the back yard was literally about two foot tall. I had to mow it twice and Sarah went around the house tackling the weeds that lined the fence and house. We have been working toward moving out this way for a while now and it feels great to finally be here. Since the house has way more space than our last apartment, we have some room to grow. The neighborhood is nice and I even had one neighbor already mention joining his D&D group. So there’s that. Once we get the house together and all the pictures hung we will be sure to share some pictures. Also, I passed all my classes this last semester! Heck yea.

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