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I have been unspeakably busy at work lately, then lots of freelancing and other writing, and then -- AND THEN -- various other things. So you can see what a bunch of no-updating from me.

But! (t!)

My favorite friend, ex-roommate and all-around super gal thaitea came to visit me over the weekend. It is a testament to the power of our friendship, because she is the only person ever to visit me since I moved to San Antonio. In fact, she is the first person other than me ever to set foot in my apartment, which is so pathetic I'm going to go kill myself. But before I do, some things we did during her visit:

- Talked. Blah blah cats politics blah art culture blah job Texas blah snow blah. I'm a man who likes to talk to a gal who likes to talk!

- Ate. Out: at Picante Grill (where I had this goddamn unbelievable puerco verde); at Tong's Thai (SATX's only vendor of bubble tea that I know of); at Jim's Cafe (FLAP STACKERS!); at Thousand Oaks Diner (meat); and, during a side trip to Austin, at the world famous Salt Lick BBQ, way the fuck out in the middle of nowhere.

- Watched. There Will Be Blood and Persepolis, both fantastic films in their own right -- cementing for me the belief that for once, the hype is justified: 2007 really was an incredibly year for movies. Reruns of Heroes. YouTube. And Hank Sugarman's Around the House. YIPPITY YO!

- Bought. Books, clothes, beads. Shopped at Half Price Books, Eisenhauer Flea Market, H.E. Butt, and other fine purveyors of consumer whatnots.

- Saw. The Alamo, a couple of parks, the city of Austin and three of its finest denizens (oilyrags, scottvond, and thehighhat, whose wife and kiddies also significantly brightened our day out).

Other things were eaten, watched, seen, bought and/or talked about, but mostly it was just nice to see my friend again. I miss her, my cats, and my city of Chicago very much, and I'm very grateful she came down to say hi.

Next: pulp.


Feb. 20th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
When I visited my sister in Austin for Thanksgiving, I discovered that she lived in walking distance of Half Price books. I was immediately jealous, because not only do I love book stores, but living in Vegas, I'm not within walking distance of anything.
Feb. 20th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Technically, I could walk to my Half Price, but I usually buy so many books that it's a drag to carry them home.
Feb. 20th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
You can also get bubble tea at Pho Ha Long (410 and Ingram) and Bubblicious (Babcock and Callaghan).

I'm new around here, so you've prob already covered this, but: if you miss Chicago, why aren't you living there? And/or what brought you to SA?
Feb. 20th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
Hey! Neat. Thanks for the tip -- I know exactly where Pho Ha Long is, I'll check it out.

I was brought to SATX through a convoluted chain of events stemming from my nasty breakup with my ex-girlfriend. The reason I'm still here instead of back in Chicago is that I happened to get a really great job here, and my freelance career took off big-time, and I had a choice: keep my great job, live cheaply, and save money in San Antonio, or go back to Chic and scrape by. Seeing as I ain't getting any younger, I decided to make a go of it down here for the time being.
Feb. 20th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
Yay bubble tea!

Have you read the Persepolis comic? Is the movie as funny/sad as it was? And if you haven't read it, is it terribly depressing? I guess I missed it in theatres or something.
Feb. 21st, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
I was in San Antonio once very briefly. I walked around the watery area with all the restaurants. I am surrprised no one put that in a movie yet.


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Leonard Pierce is a freelance writer wandering around Texas with no sleep or sense of direction. If you give him money he will write something for you. If you are nice to him he may come to your house and get drunk.

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