Usually, the Napoletani aspettano fino a mezzanotte al capo d’anno. Io, no. For some reason, I could not wait until midnight on New Year’s, I had to start early: I dropped my air-conditioner out of my window from my third floor apartment. Not exactly intentionally, I was trying to bring it inside the [...]
Last year at this time I was cruising around the South Island of New Zealand, listening to A Tribe Called Quest with my punk rock friend. You might remember my New Year’s resolution from the time, which was basically to stock up on historic music and spend more time listening to the essentials.
Man don’t you hate those year end round ups? Me too but I’m also lazy so here you go. A year end round up of some good and bad things from 2007 from my little corner of H-town.Best Live Trend: Festivals/Showcases/Warehouse PartiesThe Free Press and Houston Press’ showcases are cool and all but they [...]
My first proper job was at a movie theater. Or, rather, a “theatre,” as they spell it. I was broke and needed money to keep going to school and they were hiring people like me, when nobody else would. Somehow I managed to show up looking for work just after one longtime employee had [...]
Part 5: Las Navidades en Puerto Rico
Christmas is the time when I most miss being in Puerto Rico. Earlier and earlier in the year I start missing it more, as radio stations in North Carolina begin to play Christmas music earlier and earlier in the year. This year, one local station in our [...]
I did some things this Christmas I’ve never done before. Some of those never befores relate directly to Christmas and some don’t.
I baked a chicken. I’ve done that before but not using Julie’s suggestions.
I played scrabble. I’ve done that before but not using the Hasbro Online Scrabble Dictionary – which, btw, I’ll [...]
No clever anecdotes, no self-important simpering pleas for your attention, no good-natured jabs in the general direction of wholesome American holiday cheer.
This year has me posting the Christmas day blog for the good ol’ NAP, and I gotta tell you, I am not even close to being up to the challenge.
In fact, [...]
I have been emotionally blackmailed into going to Miami. If I don’t see my mother during the Christmas holiday, she will inevitably have some sort of nervous breakdown mid-January which would force me to go back to Iowa, so I’m here, with her, someplace warm, as a sort of prophylactic measure.
OK, after 1 week of 3 visits of car repairs, 2 weeks of rat fixes, 2 weeks of child sickness and 1 week of business development timeline craziness and a flurry of visits from people I haven’t seen in awhile, and the middle of Christmas stuff, I have posted the napcast to the [...]
With the holidays almost here, no doubt many of you are last minute shopping for that special someone in your life, wondering just what you can get that says “I love you” like nothing else, that makes that moment under the mistletoe just that more magic. As I have always said: I am here [...]