Warning: This was a busy week. Too much time was spent in front of books while straining the back and eyes. A lot of fotos were taken. And if a foto is worth a 1000 words, then consider what follows to be long-winded. As always, read at your own risk.
Letters (to the OTS Penthouse Suite)
The first letter had nothing more than a link to this page link for an NPR blog, or something like that. It was good fun to be had at Clinton's expense.
I invite you to take a gander at my new book MAVERICKS posted at www.utexas.edu/utpress. I asked them to send the Current a review copy. I Enjoyed your piece on SA punk history. My son played several times at the Taco place.
Here is the link for his book. I hope to receive it soon and review it. Gene helped tremendously in the cover story a while back that touched upon the Mayan Order.
Another letter was written from the perspective of a non-Spurs fan.
"What does the Spurs nation think of this guy?
And when is someone gonna actually take his ass out with a similar "Bowen" style technique?
He seems to be respected and feared in the league. I can't figger it out"
This video seems to be clear and damning. It appears as if Bruce Bowen clearly kicks another player. The fans are outraged. The announcers are appalled. Bruce Bowen has often been an unknowing participant in other Zapruder-esque examinations of wrong-doing.
A fan at a Spurs chat group slowed down the footage and showed it from another angle. The evidence implies something else...
It seems as if the other player makes several grabs at Bruce Bowen's nutz. Evidently, the national media had a good day bashing Bruce Bowen over the incident but none over the groping.
And while sports fans look for outrage frame by frame, other obvious outrages in the political arena occur in front of our eyes. I appreciate sports for being a break from the obvious lies of the government, and I do appreciate the old saying that the sports page is the only section in a newspaper that is actually true (a point I can't disagree with given the exaggerations I write weekly), however the fascination with details of sports does seem out of place at times...
While At the Coffee Shop...
...studying anatomy and physiology I overheard a couple people across the way discussing politics (and delegates and precincts.) There seemed to be a job interview occurring. The main guy looked familiar but I could not remember where I had seen him before. And then it finally hit me - he was one of Congressman Al's political rivals during the 1996 congressional race in a district that spread from west San Antonio to east El Paso. And on that note, the weekly update from Congressman Al, from the road as he hits the streets in Mississippi.
Except that he didn't answer the phone...
Instead there is this -
Ask Mark (to Ask Ron)?
In what might possibly be a recurring column to On the Street I present this exchange with local food critic Ron Bechtol where I ask the question: what wine would go well with al pastor tacos?
In this conversation one can quickly realize the knowledge and passion Ron has for food and wine. I clearly caught him at work, and one can hear the phone ringing in the background at one moment, nonetheless, he was happy to take my unlikely question seriously.
(The process should work like this: people send in their questions for wine suggestions and then I ask Ron what he would do.)