Big ‘Un and The Beast will be reunited today. Together again and headin’ west. This is a trip of unknown duration. The immediate plan: couple of weeks in Phoenix, 10 days in Temecula, CA and then head to the mountains. The hope is to find a wooded acre or two in the high country and build a home base. How long that might take or where that quest may take me, who knows? So stay tuned, as they say.
The thought of “wintering in Houston” had never occurred to me, but that’s what I did, from mid-November until now. It’s a good time of the year there, as likely to have nice sunny weather, more so perhaps, than to have wintry weather. But once rodeo arrives it’s time to get outta Dodge. I am not a rodeo guy.
While in Houston I was able to hit all my fave eateries: Just Dinner, Brennan’s, Tony’s, Sorrento, DaMarco. Saturday night was a farewell to Just Dinner (Houston’s most romantice BYOB). Such a warm and comfy place. Thanks to Lila and crew for all the great years hanging out there. Sunday night at Brennan’s was a special night too, as they celebrated opening in 1967. For those of us old enough to not be put off by the fact that a place in not new and hip, that means a 50 year anniversary. In Houston, that’s almost unheard of (although Tony’s is also in that august group). Brennan’s celebrated with a Throwback Dinner: 1967 menu items at 1967 prices, no less. Great fun, and the food was fantastic!
I am pumped for the upcoming Astros season. They have put together a very nice team, good mix of youth and experience. The offense should be much improved from recent years. As always, though, gotta have the pitching. The potential is there, but definitely not a given at this point.
About a month ago I went to see Yo Yo Ma play the Dvorak Cello Concerto. This was a celestial triple play in my book. First of all, the Houston Symphony is absolutely world class. Every time I go I leave shaking my head about the fantastic performance. The Dvorak Cello Concerto is a masterpiece in every sense. It’s the kind of thing that is inconceivable until you’ve heard it, but once you’ve heard it you realize it was obvious. And Yo Yo Ma: this man is a musician’s musician. The guy just exudes music and love of his craft. A blessed event indeed.
So, The Rig is rolling today. First stop: Fort Stockton, I think. We’ll see.