I hope all you mama's had a fabulous Mother's Day out there. I hope all you graduates are happy & relieved that school is over. I hope all you other people got out and enjoyed the GORGEOUS weather that was dropped in our laps this whole weekend (or at least everywhere I was at).
I didn't get into too much this weekend that is postable. Then, I was too hungover at my show and/or quite possibly still drunk to allow any photography (hahahaha aka I forgot). The whole weekend was a blurry whiz of disc golf, graduation parties, and a show at TopGolf in Katy. I have come out the other end alive, with a few years shaved off my liver and lungs, a few less frisbees in my collection, and a few new fans who came out to TopGolf on Sunday.
That's what life is all about though, right?! The blurry swirls of fun, friends, love, and sunshine mixed along with some laughter, whiskey, and maybe a few too many cigarettes. Don't be afraid to be a little impulsive, dance in the rain, run in the sunshine, whisper to a flower, and love one another.
This past weekend was a working vacation of sorts. KOUL FM out of Corpus Christi, TX is helping put on a series of shows at Mike Cotten's BBQ in Portland, TX. They invited me out to play, and I decided to take the entire weekend off (other than that show of course) to get in some quality fishing & beach time.
The wind was against us this weekend for fishing. But, I caught several small catfish & drum with some frozen shrimp & finger mullet cut up. I definitely need to do a full clean out & restock of my tackle box before I hit the coast again in a couple weeks for some more fishing. I'll make a "What's In My Tackle Box" post once I do that for sure.
Saturday, we briefly went through Port Aransas for a few hours before my show that night. Obviously, I wanted seafood cause we're at the beach. So, after some Yelp-ing on the ferry ride, I came across Iries Island Food. Tacos & seafood? Yes, please! Everyone in the reviews was raving about it, and honestly I've never seen a restaurant on Yelp before with this high of a number of 5 star reviews EVER. So, we get there, and the line is out the door....great sign right?! It moves quickly, and we get a Fish Po' Boy, & their 2 special tacos - Chicken Tandoori Taco & Moonfish Taco. I WILL DRIVE BACK 3 HOURS JUST TO EAT AT THIS PLACE AGAIN & DRIVE BACK!
The Po' Boy was good, but their wheelhouse is the tacos. I have never had tacos so good in my life. The Moonfish taco was hands down the best taco I've ever had, ever. They were good sized tacos, and very reasonably priced. Then, the homemade tortillas they put them on, and the sauces!! Drool...
One taco was plenty for me for a meal, and very filling. The flavors were out of this world, everything complementing everything else just perfectly, and nothing overpowering any other element. They have a huge array of sauces, one for anybody. I had the Red Dragon sauce, and it was great. None of them are overpowering like many sauces, just enough flavor to make it pop. We tried going back the next day, because they were THAT good. But, they were closed on Sundays :(
Saturday night, I played at Mike Cotten's BBQ in Portland, TX. It was a little slow because there were some big events going on locally and in nearby towns. However, I still had a blast and the people that were there were so nice.
Their BBQ was very good. I recommend the jalapeno sausage or the moist brisket. Some restaurants serve you up bread as a nibble item, and this place does crackers and some amazing spread that I can only guess is cheez wiz & butter. I don't care what it is, but it was damn good too! I can't wait to go back!
After we finished up at Fins, we drove down the beach until we found a nice open area (not too hard to find on a Sunday as all of the weekenders are packing up and heading out). We stopped and made some terrible attempts to fly a stunt kite I got on clearance at Walmart a couple years ago. Then, got to fishing. Something out there was taking massive chunks out of the finger mullet, but no matter how I hooked the bait, nothing would hook on! I summing it up to my old hooks & my desperate need to update my tackle box supplies. If you have any recommendations, let me know!
Anyway, after I'd about given up on fishing, I was just hanging out in the water. I see something large-ish & shadowy dart under a wave about 5 feet to my left. My instinct thought shark, so I froze waiting to see where it went after the wave cleared. The wave began to settle down and the thing was coming closer and closer. I was thinking..."Shark? Large fish? Weird log thing? TURTLE?! Why is there a turtle in the ocean?! Oh yeah! That's a thing!" This large dinner plate sized sea turtle just swam right up to me, within a foot, looking around. I'm sure he was too busy chomping on the jellyfish that were plentiful around there, and didn't realize I was there. We both had a moment of eye contact when we both realized each other were there & what we were, and I then...naturally & impulsively...shouted "OMG THERE'S A SEA TURTLE!!!!!!!!!". This, of course, naturally & impulsively, caused the sea turtle to flee and that made me sad. But, how many people can say they've had a sea turtle just swim up to them and hang out for a minute?
So, tacos & sea turtles. That makes up a great weekend to me! If you're in the Corpus Christi area, tune into KOUL FM for some great tunes, get some BBQ & moonfish tacos, and enjoy your time whether it is fishing or beachin' it!
This weekend will be a local weekend with a couple of graduation parties, and Sunday I will be playing a daytime show at TopGolf in Katy! It's going to be fun, so come out and do some golfy things & check out their new stage! Click here for the Facebook Event!
See y'all down the road!
After much research, we booked a spot at Sea Breeze RV Resort & Community in Portland, TX.
Reasons we booked this park:
When we booked, they told us they would probably be closed by the time we got in Friday, but not to worry! As with most places, we can check in Saturday morning! So, they gave us our site number and all that jazz over the phone. They also were kind enough to let us know that we could check out a couple of hours late on Sunday at no extra charge to fish a little more off their pier without having to wake up super early after a Saturday night show. We were blown away! We got there Friday, about 10 minutes after the office closed, and got set up in our spot, then hot tub, pooled, and fished the night away. I spent all night Friday raving about how awesome this place was.
Well, hit the brakes Jack cause Saturday is when things got hairy. We woke up and lazily started getting ready for our day. We were heading to Port Aransas for lunch, so we stopped through the office on the way out of the park to check in quickly just before lunchtime. The woman at the desk informed us that she wanted us to move for another RV that was coming in, and not move a little, but move across the park! No sirree, 1) we were there first & at 18 hours since arrival, were very well established, site decorated, etc. 2) the other spot was not easy in/easy out without waking up half the community with my loud truck 3) you would have to literally drive instead of walk to the fishing pier/pool/etc. Nope, nope, nope. We politely declined & explained, and the lady informed us then that our rate would be higher...not just higher...but higher than any of the prices on any of their website or literature! We told her, no we agreed & booked for this one price. She "oops"-ed it away, then a few moments later charged the card for the higher amount anyway! Then, we had to call her out on the second "accident" and get another manager involved. It was just frustrating! What a heck of a coincidence...
It gets better! I pull in after my show, and there is someone locking the pool (right across from our site), who gives me the dirtiest look in the world (I'm talking a solid 30+ second stare down) & then shakes her head. I'd assume for my loud truck pulling in to the first site off the driveway past 10pm. Sorry! We told y'all! (Imagine if we had been all the way across the park...yeesh!) Then, the next morning, we wake up late & slowly as we do most Sundays after a show. We start getting our stuff together to go fish off their pier before packing up and heading out. I mentioned as we were walking out the door to head down (around 11:30AM), that maybe we should double check with the office & make sure they didn't change anything else on us. Glad we did! Turns out, they had no idea what we were talking about and if we weren't out of our spot by 12PM, they were going to charge us extra. We kindly informed them they had a MAJOR communication issue going on in their office & asked if we could extend by any way. They said no & basically sorry-not-sorry. So, we had to madly throw everything from our campsite into the garage, sinks & shower....unhook....and get out of there before 12. We went down the ways to a Walmart, to actually pack & get things situated (while I typed up my disappointed reviews on this park on Yelp, Facebook, and a couple of RV park apps).
All-in-all, this RV park itself was awesome....but, the issues that arose with the office made it frustrating & not so fun. I would probably give it one more chance, because for all I know it may have been a new person in the office who booked us or something. But, if any of this were to happen again, I would not come back.
3 Sea Turtles out of 5 Sea Turtles for sure because of the experience with the office. I will do another review whenever I go back!
Recently, I've been taking advantage of the 7800 acre park within bike-riding distance from my house....George Bush Park! I have been to the dog park several times. Then, I got lost once in the forest (pretty bad) because I impulsively went off on my bike without checking the trails map first, and ended up following an animal trail for about 30 minutes instead of the bike trail (oops!). I recently heard about the local alligators starting to get active, and could be seen from the main, paved hike & bike trail.
Now, although I've lived in this relatively swampy alligator-y portion of the world most of my life, I've never seen an alligator in person! Well, other than the zoo, but not in the wild. I made it a goal last year to see a gator in the wild. Thus far, every trail that I had gone down that had held high hopes of "gator hunting" was a bust. So, last week, I went on a couple hikes through the park on the paved hike & bike trail WITH my camera, and no alligators. Of course.
Side note: I have a really great new camera (Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm and EF 75-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black)) and it takes AMAZING pictures of wildlife & nature, as well as videos! I just used it to shoot some videos for my best friends beer website & I was blown away! It's super affordable for a DSLR & the quality and ease-of-use is outstanding. If you're in the market for a new camera, go with this one!
So, back to the story, I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather yesterday & go ride my bike out on the paved hike & bike trail. Since I hadn't had any luck with any gator pictures previously, I left my camera at home instead of packing it in my backpack. Naturally, as I ride over the bridge through the swampy part....something catches my eye.....a log? No, it has a blunt nose, lumpy body, tapering tail....ALLIGATOR! A big, giant alligator! I slammed on my bike's brakes, backed up to where I could see it better, and cursed at myself for leaving my camera. I pulled out my iPhone, zoomed in, and took a grainy picture of this living "log". I'll post the picture in the gallery at the bottom of this post.
As long as the weather cooperates, I'm going to go back this week with my Canon Rebel & zoom lens. I just got this case on Amazon Prime ---> AmazonBasics Holster Camera Case for DSLR Cameras - Black to hold my camera when I go adventuring & don't want to take the big case. It's sturdy & secure, with a hard rubber bottom so if my water leaks or anything, I know my camera will be fine! It's less than $10 too! I'm determined to get a good gator shot in my backyard park!
This weekend - I'll be heading down to Portland, TX for the weekend to do some fishing & play a show at Mike Cotten's BBQ on Saturday night! If you're in the area, come hang out & enjoy some great food while I serenade you! Stay tuned to the Facebook Page for the event details, and I'll post them on here later this week.
See y'all down the road!
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My schedule is a little slower right now, so I can have time to get caught up on some projects. But, I'm also taking time to plan some adventures for the summertime. It looks like I won't get back to Colorado until July....ugh so far away!
I finally decided to go through and throw together a quickie video of our drive through Garden of the Gods to Pikes Peak Rock Shop. Now, back to rewatch it a million times until I don't miss the mountains as bad...
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Those of you that know me, know that I am not big on Holidays. There are a couple that I celebrate for my own reasons in my own way, but for the most part big thumbs down on them. To me, they are all a bunch of hype, driven by clever marketing, directed at people's needs as human's, and further trying to fill those holes with stuff we don't need so that they can fill their pockets.
I KNOW!! I'm a grinch....I'm sorry. But, it's the truth. Also, millions of flowers (or billions even?) are murdered each year so they can rot in your vase. OK! Let's delve into the my mind a bit...
Things. We don't need more things. We need less things. I'm sure some of you are going, "but I like all of my things"! My cool shoes, nice car, fancy sunglasses, whatever...
But, just take a moment...think of what really means something to you? If you were in a fire, and could grab only a handful of things, what would really matter? There's a difference between the loads of junk we try to fill our empty spots with and the thinks that mean something to us. For me, those things that meant the most would be my pets, a little box of trinkets I essentially shoplifted from my great-grandparents house after they passed away and have kept adding to with little things here and there that are just little reminders of different people or things (which now talking about it makes me feel kinda like a creepy serial killer, but whatever), a camera (which is now stolen in New Mexico somewhere), my favorite jacket, and my favorite guitar. Ok, and maybe truck keys cause she & I have had some times together, plus I could live in her. But, other than that, everything really is just stuff.
Ever since I had all of this stuff stolen out of my truck, all people want to tell me is how sorry they are. To me, it was all things. They did steal one thing that was very meaningful to me, my camera, but it could have been worse. I had only a couple of pictures on the memory card, luckily, and I was working on a song so I had brought in my favorite guitar. The rest, is all just things that sure maybe suck to rebuy, but really aren't that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. I made a decision right then and there in that parking lot that it was not anything that I was going to let ruin my day, night, week, month, etc. I left New Mexico grateful for still having my favorite guitar. Now, I did break down once we were back on the road and I discovered they had found my camera. But, I pulled myself out of it fairly quickly because they clearly needed it more than me, for whatever reason, and it was only a thing. A replaceable thing. (Also, this was my moment where I realized all of my hippy buddhist principles I have been living by for the last year or so have paid off...yay!)
How this ties into V-Day? All this junk that we are buying to show our love to someone doesn't actually mean anything or show anything. Is it the words said when you get that teddy bear that meant something? Or is the teddy bear? Then, why not just say the words? That's my thought process. I just don't get it. Tell this person these words daily, weekly, randomly! Don't do it because you were prompted to. To me, it means more when someone thinks outside the box, be a little rebellious, have your own thoughts rather than those that are shoved down your throat by clever marketing and keeping up with the Jones'. Find what matters to you in your handful of things, and engulf yourself into it. Why wait for a holiday or to be prompted? Why wait for anything? Remember, there are some people who die waiting for that right moment, the right time, the right circumstances.
So, this Valentine's Day, you do it how you choose. Love how you will, or don't. But, spend a little less, love a little more. Do sweet things on more than just the holidays, say the nice words year round. Do whatever makes you happy, just don't forget what's truly important in life and to you.
Peace, love, & whiskey y'all.
I'm back after taking a few weeks off from computers & busy work. I took the time to focus inward and wrote some new music. I'm thinking about recording an acoustic EP in the next couple of months which would feature some of it. I've been dealing with a lot mentally and emotionally recently, and it really comes out in these songs. Hopefully, they will help someone else out there too.
Two weeks of my off time was spent cruising around Colorado, visiting with some venues, and attending MusicFest at Steamboat Springs. I played one show at Slopeside Grill while at the festival (many thanks to Rebecca Creek Whiskey for that opportunity). Other than that, as I mentioned, I've been in a down slump so I laid low, reflecting inward, writing, absorbing everything I could, and checking out some awesome songwriters.
On the way to a radio event in New Mexico, I stopped for the night in Santa Fe, NM to check out the town, try some food, and was planning on exploring some of the local cool sights/museums/etc. However, someone broke the window in my truck and stole a guitar, my gig bag, gopro, a couple of cameras (including one that was a very special present), among other items. After spending all day dealing with police & getting the window fixed, I had to cancel my appearance in Alamogordo, unfortunately. We will hopefully get that rescheduled for later this spring. I am currently fighting with the insurance on covering my items and that music is my hobby & therapy. I guarantee if someone had a couple of tools stolen out of their truck that they wouldn't have to go through 3 different layers of people to prove that they aren't a contractor, including proof of employment & financials. Thanks Farmers, this is ridiculous. Hopefully, I'll be back up and running 100% soon & I can give Farmers a big shout out. But, right now....total headache!!!
I would post pictures from Colorado & other places I visited on my time off but other than a couple of cell phone shots which have already been posted on my Facebook page & Instagram, most of them were on my big camera for my portfolio.
As many of you know, I suffer from PTSD, anxiety, and depression all rooted from or extenuated by my burn injury a few years ago. Because I'm all for being out in the open and as not-fake-as-possible for the pure motive of showing anyone else out there that they aren't alone....I'll disclose something right now. Just like many others with my "issues", once in a while, I go through a downward slump. When in one of these "slumps" what little sleep I normally get wavers down to almost nothing, I am unmotivated to do anything, I get quiet & recluse into hermit mode, being in crowds will cause panic attacks, my nightmares/terrors are at their worst, and previously this is when I would have turned to a whiskey bottle or pill bottle (or both) to help ease through the slump. Just like my burns, I just take it a day at a time, minute at a time, sometimes a second at a time....eventually it will pass, the sunshine will come back over me, and the silly, goofy, sunshiney me will be back. Sometimes it will last a day or two, occasionally it will take a couple months. I'm going on about a month now with this round.
Basically, if you feel this way, or deal with these things, you're not alone. Keep pushing on. It will always get better. If you see me out at a show, and I'm not as bouncy as usual, you know why. If I seem distant, you know why. I am so far away while being right here. However, I've written some great songs in this slump and while on the road. As mentioned previously, I'm thinking about doing an acoustic EP of sorts in the next few months. My favorite songs from the last few months are all so different from my full band in-your-face sound, that I think something more low-key would be the only way to do it justice. We'll see what comes of it, and where it takes us. If you would like to be a part of helping make this happen, please let me know.
I've got a bunch of Houston area shows coming up in the next few weeks, check out the Calendar tab above for details.
See y'all out there & thanks for sticking with me. Y'all are the best.
First and foremost...
I'm going to be hanging out in the Bandera area playing with motorcycles and riding white lines for the next couple of days. Then, Saturday, I will be heading back across Texas & all the way into cajun country!
Saturday I'll be at the Longhorn Casino Complex just off of i-10 in Vinton, LA! Click the banner below for the Facebook event, and invite all you Louisiana friends! Also, I'll be accepting your recommendations for delicious cajun food in the area!
See you there!