Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Contemplating whether Houston is my final destination, and some upcoming events

I'm on somewhat of a vacation from my work in the consumer electronics industry. One of the things I've enjoyed about my recent dabbling in the consumer electronics industry is the number of vacations you get. Consumers seem to purchase home electronics in spurts, and we are apparently on the tail end of a spurt that occurred over the holidays.

I've decided not to head to California during this time off, but opted instead to start getting out more in Houston in the coming days. There are some exciting events coming up that I hope you all attend.

For starters, I'm looking forward to upcoming shows by Skinny Puppy, Ellie Goulding, and hopefully Selena Gomez at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (although the show is on a Sunday afternoon and I might not be able to work that into my schedule). A call to the Bayou Music Center revealed the upcoming Lorde show sold out in ten minutes, and I don't have a ticket as of right now. I'd like to see that show, so I'll see what I can do about somehow getting my hands on a ticket.

As to my future plans: At this point I'm not sure whether Houston is the permanent address (I often feel I'd enjoy a fresh start somewhere else), but I want to begin attending events in the near future that will at least prepare me to say "goodbye" to my hometown if that is truly what's coming. If I do stay, it's refreshing to know I already have a realtor lined up.

I realize that many people pretend to know where I'm going, or whether I'm staying in Texas or not, but what they seem to forget is that is a decision that will be made by me alone (or with my future spouse). No matter how convincing someone might be in telling you they know what the plans are, they are deceiving you. How do I know that? Because I don't know what the plans are yet, and I'm the decider. I think a lot of people would tell you a change of scenery at some point is exactly what I need.

However, there might be a good lesson in this for all of us. Let's be careful about the sources of information in which we choose to give credence. Always ask yourself these questions when processing information about John Tyler or anything else:

1) Does this person(s) have an agenda, or is there some sort of personal gain or larger purpose they are trying to accomplish for themselves or an organization they represent?

2) Does this person really know what the hell they are talking about?

Almost 100 percent of the time, the answer to the first question is going to be "yes" and the answer to the second question is going to be "no."

In other words, this blog or my Twitter page is currently the only reliable source of information regarding John Tyler and his future plans (unless I specifically mention a particular source here as credible). Right now I'm taking life day by day, and I'll make those decisions when the time arrives to do so.

Having said all that, maybe we should all go ahead trust the Mercedes Benz corporation:

Friday, January 3, 2014

Beaver time! Mariachis sing beautiful song on the Riverwalk, S.A. storage unit now empty

I really enjoy visits to San Antonio. For those of you new to this blog, I lived there for much of last year and have rented a storage unit since that time. I drove west on I-10 today so I could pick up those items. I took some pictures because all of you couldn't ride with me today. Maybe some other time.

The mariachis sang such a lovely song during lunch at The Original Mexican Restaurant, but I couldn't tell what the song was about. That doesn't matter. They sounded fantastic anyway. I looked out from my table to the river, and at a constant stream of visitors along the city's iconic Riverwalk, and enjoyed the unbeatable flavor of chicken enchiladas smothered in ranchero sauce. Enjoying the experience at a table right next to an American servicemember and his family added to my exceptional afternoon.

Before I went down the steps to eat lunch, I took a photograph of the river below. I wondered what it would be like to jump in and scream, "I can't swim," flailing my arms around fantically in the water. I'm kidding. The water was much too cold for that. Sitting at that table, soaking wet, in Oakland Raiders gear would have made me look silly. I stayed dry and ate on the banks of this lovely river.

In two trips to San Antonio, I was able to fit everything in that storage unit into my vehicle. That is $32 per month I no longer will need to pay to A-1 Self Storage on Bandera Road.

The funny thing is, I've been thinking the same thing recently. Very tempting. I wanted to stop in and get me some tasty beaver, but I decided to stay focused and continue on the journey. I do like that place, though! Especially the one between Houston and San Antonio. That's some good beaver! The coffee's impressive as well.

Please remember that I post more frequently now on this blog, so visiting often is a good decision.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year, y'all!

I went out to celebrate last night despite what I think is an upper-respiratory infection. I didn't feel well, but headed to Numbers anyway (my usual New Year's stop in Houston).

Here's a photo of the Numbers balloon drop at midnight.

Had a fantastic night. Wishing you all a wonderful 2014!