Saturday, April 29, 2006

Sunshine Canyon Animal Tally #2

Rode my bike up Sunshine Canyon just now.

Horses: 1
Deer: 8
Dead Deer: 1
Crows Feasting on Dead Deer: 1
Bears: 0

Friday, April 21, 2006

The most delicious thing in the world ever invented by the hands of man

For at least a couple years I was thinking in the back of my mind that a cool, refreshing peppermint drink would be about the best thing ever, but I never did anything about it. I mean, sure, there's peppermint tea, but turning it into iced tea seemed a little strange, and wasn't exactly what I was looking for. Time passed, and I became addicted to the bottled Arizona brand green tea in various flavors, like green tea sweetened with honey or with plum. This is good, I thought to myself, but it would be so much better if it was sorta a green tea/peppermint blend. Thus a brilliant idea was born.

Thew's Most Delicious Thing Man Has Ever Known

In a 2 quart pitcher, brew four teabags of your favorite variety of green tea (I use the basic Celestial Seasonings green tea) and four teabags of peppermint tea. Sweeten to taste. I use about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of sugar for each 2 quart pitcher. Chill or pour over ice, and enjoy!

This is such a cool, refreshing drink that now that spring has sprung and I've begun to get out on my bike again I've been brewing this stuff like a madman. So good. You should make some, but everytime you drink it or serve it for others you must refer to it as The Most Delicious Thing Man Has Ever Known.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Sunshine Canyon Animal Tally

Deer: 1
Dead Grasshopper: 1
Live Grasshopper: 1

Explanation: Whenever I ride up sunshine canyon, like I just did, I ALWAYS see animals, usually deer. One time I even saw a bear.


Ozomatli - Coming Up

Ozomatli became one of my favorite bands back in the day, prolly circa 2000. They continue to be on heavy rotation in my car's cd player, and nary an mp3 mix gets made without a track from my beloved. Their music is best descibed as latino middle-eastern hip-hop party funk. I loved it from the first horn blast and I continue to love it to this day. I highly recommend checking out their self-titled debut album and the more recent "Street Signs". You can skip their sophomore slump "Embrace the Chaos."

But recently I've been seriously digging their Austalian Exclusive Tour EP "Coming UP". Best known as a hyper-energy live act, they somehow manage to distill that energy into its essence and fill an EP with their happiness. Released in 2003, I recently discovered it and have been listening to little else since.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006


I just received an email from my cousin saying that he was inspired to start a blog based in part on my blog and my sister's blog. Check out his burgeoning blog, sea_pea_tea. I also added a link to it at left. My cousin was at least partially responsible for me taking up drums way back when. He was the older, cooler cousin and he had a drum set in his basement!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Another Austin Pic

Largest Urban Bat Colony in the World?

Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in either North America or The World, depending on who you ask. Here's a picture of the bats leaving their roost, the Congress St. Bridge spanning the Colorado River just south of downtown proper in Austin, TX. The bats are Mexican Free-Tailed, and the ones that migrate to Austin for the summer are pregnant females. This photo is taken from on top of the bridge. Notice the head boats down in the river on bat-watching detail.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Thomas Jefferson

John F. Kennedy apparently said this at a White House dinner for Nobel Prize winners:

I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.

Friday, April 07, 2006


thew yo-yoing at E-rock
yo-yoing at Enchanted Rock

Just got back from Austin yesterday where I had a most amazing trip. I'll write more about it later, but for now I just wanted to share this one pic.