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Wifey Brings Home the Bacon, er, Books

My spouse took a friend of hers on a road trip this past weekend. They headed over to my mom’s place so they could all play together with a massive pile of fabric. (At least that was their excuse.) I stayed home to babysit an ailing pup, and to generally goof off, drink beer […]

Phil's Ice House, an Austin-Weird Place for Great Burgers

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

Freshly back in town from the grueling convention and Symposium tour, I wanted a meal with my favorite wifeyperson. Lunch seemed like a natural, so I shot her a note by Google Talk and asked if she would be free about then. She said sure, and […]

It's Wurstfest Time!

Last night was the kickoff of the 2010 edition of the Wurstfest, in one of my all-time favorite towns, New Braunfels, Texas. Even more special, this year is the 50th anniversary of the Celebration of Sausage! Plenty to do, with dancing, drinking, eating, drinking, polkas, drinking, melodramas (Harry Potwurst and Order of the Opas; […]

Beauty and Taste: Comfort Cellar and Singing Water Vineyards in Comfort, Texas

After leaving the peace and quiet of the tiny village of Sisterdale, we struck out cross-country to the Big City. Comfort, Texas, that is. It’s the second-biggest metropolis in all of Kendall County, right after Boerne. Last census showed nearly 2,400 folks live there, and rumor has it that it’s grown a tad bit […]

In-Laws on Trip; Calves Nervous About New Caretakers

When the boss is away the cows will play. At least that’s the way I heard it. Who’s the boss, exactly? My mother-in-law. She’s on a train trip to Cleveland (I don’t know why they couldn’t pick a more exotic locale), and she made the mistake of leaving us put my wife in charge […]

Welcome to September! Too Bad It's Not Really Fall Yet...

September has snuck up on us, it seems. “Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug,” John Lithgow once stated. Seems he was right, at least this once…

Of course, the start of September (or any other month) is a man-made delineation, and the seasons usually ignore such artificial markers and go […]

The Long, Short Road to Lunch in Kerrville

Short cuts make for long delays, a stature-challenged (and hairy-toed) individual, Peregrin by name, once opined. After his adventures he was an authority on the subject. I had to take his word for it, of course, up to today at least. All my shortcuts have always worked perfectly. No, really.

Today, however, I finally learned […]

A Wintry Time Was Had By All: The Texas Renaissance Festival

We made opening day (October 10) at the Texas Renaissance Festival this year. We hadn’t done that in a decade or more! We went prepared fore wet weather, as a cold front passed by during the night. We didn’t have any rain all day, though. There was quite a bit of water in the […]