the four-day weekend

Day 2 of my marvelous four-day weekend is nearing its end, and two more days of chillaxing are lined up one after the other. Aside from my ritual weekend obligations, I will be unwinding to my heart’s content more than I have been able to this entire year.

Black Friday has come and gone, and I didn’t bother with it because I don’t see the point. Cyber Monday makes more sense, and the mayhem is in much better order since the idea of eager shoppers being killed by human stampedes is impossible. Nonetheless, I don’t have much holiday shopping to do at all, so I’m not too concerned about not being able to find the temporary happiness that money can buy.

Thanksgiving Day was the usual annual ritual: eat ’til I’m about to explode, sneak in a nap somewhere (this time during my third viewing of Scott Pilgrim Vs The World), and enjoy the day off with my family. We dusted off the Wii Fit, and I managed to break my hula hoop record even though I haven’t stepped on the Balance Board in about two years.

2010 has a little more than a month left in it, and some welcome changes will be arriving in next year. For now, I will cherish the chilly central Texas weather that makes ungrateful people miserable like when the summer heat makes me miserable. As long as I’m not uncontrollably shivering, I’m diggin’ the cold. Peace out.

the yorkshire pudding + parsnips

Click the Play button to hear my current favorite local radio ad:

19th Annual Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot
Recorded from 101.5 KROX FM on 2009-11-19 with a Mambo Clamp.


“Good morning, Austin! How’s everybody doing this morning?

At the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot, it doesn’t matter how you go.

I’m walking.

I’ll be running most of the way.

I’m running as hard as I can.

You’re gonna walk something off.




Yorkshire pudding.

Parsnips. (WTF?!?!)

It’s just a good thing to do.

Well, I like the community feel. I like the fact that it’s Caritas.

It just reminds me of Austin.

What else are you gonna do before you eat all weekend?

The 19th Annual Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot is an Austin tradition: a 5 mile run, a 1 mile walk plus the Stepping Stone School Kids K kicking off at Waterloo Park Thanksgiving morning. All proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin helping fight poverty right here in our community. Register online at or stop in at any Thundercloud including the new South Congress location just south of St. Ed’s. Get a Turkey Trot combo special for just $4.89.

We’re gonna make it kind of a tradition.

The 19th Annual Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot. An Austin tradition. Make it yours. Sponsored by KVUE.”

the double-double permanently alters your soul

This four-day weekend was much needed.

Yesterday went well. Thanksgiving dinner was a success. The turkey that Mary carefully basted throughout its cooking time turned out excellent. We had way more food than the stomachs could hold, but everyone enjoyed the meal.

On Friday, I was sort of lazy but did some productive things here and there throughout the day. It was wonderful not being at work. Work has been eating me alive lately, but I try my best not to think about it.

I am ever so grateful that this weekend has two more days left for me to unwind and not worry so much about how short it is and how the next work day is around the corner.

At the end of the year, I will be taking some extra days off along with the days off we get for the holiday season. I will be spending the Christmas holiday with Mary’s family in North Carolina. I’m glad that I will be away from Austin for a little bit, because as far as I can recall, I did not leave town at all this year. How pathetic is that. Last year, I visited Corpus Christi. I went to San Antonio to watch the Alkaline Trio play at the White Rabbit. I attended four weddings and a funeral: one wedding was in New York, one was in Oklahoma, and one was in California.

This year was full of how work took over my life. They moved me up the ladder, and I found myself being given so much responsibility that the thought of relieving my mind of any of it for more than a weekend was absurd. So that’s one of the main reasons why I didn’t have any real vacations this year.

They depend on me too much where I work. It’s annoying. I contemplate all the time about what it would take to free me from being chained to that company, and it will be more difficulty than any previous employment I’ve had. I want to move on, but they’ve strategically placed me in a situation where I’m stuck for the time being.

So with that said, I will enjoy the rest of this splendid weekend. I’ll have to virtually stop in at the office a couple more times for a few hours before Monday arrives, but that’s OK with me because it keeps the pile of work from growing out of control. Peace out.