Congratulations to bossman Joe Ables (there with the big scissors) on the official opening of The Saxon Pub at ABIA. There with him cuttin’ up is Paula Nelson, Jeff Plankenhorn, Warren Hood, Bruce Hughes, Malford Milligan, Landis Armstrong and WC Clark. That’s a bunch of musical talent behind that ribbon there. Stop in next time you’re out there and try one of Joe’s bloody marys. Exceptional mix he’s developed…spicy enough to blow your hat in the creek.
So on the way back from lunch at Casino el Camino yesterday, I saw this on the dirtiest, stinkiest, most disgusting sidewalk in North America (6th Street, Austin, Texas) and see this. If it were a Pepsi top, I think the same old thought would come to mind: “People are thoughtless pigs, littering on my street.” Maybe even if it were a Budweiser top. Maybe. Definitely if it were ANY light beer. But Coke has brand power with me like no other. I wonder why. Because I’ve never, in 44 years, had a bad experience with it? Or maybe I have, and it still didn’t prevent me from buying it again.
That photo there of South Congress look familiar? Does to me, too. At least they could’ve given me the decency of a reach-around (or a “link” as you developer-types like to call them.) In all fairness, I could’ve made some sort of verbal agreement for these guys to use this shot, but I don’t remember. I don’t remember anything. So if that’s the case, sorry for the bashing. But until proof of release surfaces, I stand firm with my accusation.
So in case you’re wondering why I’ve been so silent over the past few months, above is a big part of the reason. Infor sent me on a 10-city photo tour shooting their actual customers, and we’re on city seven. Great job, great people to work with and if this doesn’t wear out my shutter, nothing will. Tens of thousands of images into this thing, I still can’t call it work. Thanks to everyone who has provided support and assistance through this bigtime shoot. Onward.
Brad Dunn has completed his first album and it’s now up on iTunes. Have a listen, buy a song, and tell all your friends that CW is the macdaddy who turned you on to him. You may remember this photo I took of him down at Fosforus Studios. You may also remember when I posted the shot below of him hitting it stiff out of the fairway bunker on #15 at Grey Rock, en route to beating me for the first time. But since he’s been in the studios writing and recording around the clock for a few months, I’ll take him down next time.