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Heading out to the polls today to vote for a mayor of Chicago who will not be King Richard II, shock, surprise. Also, pretty much the entire city council is up for votes. This could be interesting. Who will be our new Henry IV?

In other news, Austin was a lot of fun. I got everything done that needed to be done, both work and play. Texas barbecue really is different from Memphis; it's a little sharper, and it's not so heavily drowned in sauce. I like it. I also saw the Oscar-nominated shorts at the Alamo Drafthouse. There are five of them, two from the UK, one from Belgium, one from Ireland, and one from the US. Of the five, my favorite is Na Wewe, the Belgian entry. It manages to be scary, profound and funny all at once. The American film is well made, but it's a bit lightweight next to Na Wewe. The Irish film is too short for its premise, and the two British films are too heavy-handed, especially The Confession, which was supposed to be tragic horror, but devolved into unintentional comedy around the twenty-minute mark.

Also, I have learned a lesson about the Texas sense of scale. In any of the other forty-nine states in the Union, a Jewish Community Center is a building. If you want to meet someone there, you go to the street address, go into the building at that address, mosey into the lobby and wait. In Texas, you go to the street address, discover that the Austin JCC is in fact a forty-acre campus with five buildings, two sports fields, several parking lots, wooded areas, a future site for a sixth building, and probably a partridge in a pear tree somewhere in there. After discussing with the security guard at the campus entrance the fact that your directions to meet "at the JCC" are alarmingly less than specific, you set out to trek across the parking lots to the gym, which also houses the welcome desk. Fortunately, that was the right place!

Next up: planning for Israel . . .


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Feb. 22nd, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
Glad it all went well. Sounds like you were busy!
Feb. 23rd, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
I was busy! But busy is the only thing to be when you're taking a working vacation in a place you've never been before. And I did take a couple of nights just to veg out and watch SVU.
Feb. 22nd, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Glad you had fun!

Also glad you liked the bbq. I personally like lots of sauce, so that's what I don't like about texas bbq. But I like it spicy, so that's what I love about it.

Got a good laugh over the Texas scale story. :)

You're going to Israel?! When?
Feb. 23rd, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
The nice thing about the BBQ joint where I went the first night was that they didn't put any sauce at all on the plate. Instead, they had a bottle on the table, so you could sauce your meat as much as you liked. So you could try the spicy without the sauce and then add sauce as you felt like it.

Israel is still somewhat theoretical at this point, though rapidly becoming less so. I'm aiming for the end of April.
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