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Feeling Blue

Feeling Blue

It was Austin in mid-March. That can only mean one thing: South by Southwest.

After an unusually rainy week, the clouds finally parted. John and I put the developers to bed and slipped out into the balmy Texas night to track down some music. Hours later, we found ourselves perched in the smoky wings of one of the countless blues bars that dot Sixth Street. The sort of place with one bathroom, folding chairs and a drain in the center of the floor. After every song, we’d fist bump and remark at the unbelievable talent in our midst. Suddenly, a man appeared at my side.

Severe in a Miles Davis kind of way, he sat much too close and stared directly at us with huge, unblinking black eyes. Not sure about John, but I assumed this man was a musician and perhaps we’d been made a part of the act. As quickly as he had materialized, the stranger produced a pad of cheap paper and a ballpoint pen. He began scrawling furiously, pausing from time to time to do cartoonishly artistic things like holding up one thumb, closing an eye, and sticking out his tongue. We were being drawn by the Pablo Picasso of the honky-tonks. He finished, and gazed approvingly at his accomplishment. Only then did his intention become clear. With dramatic flourish, he spun around the spiral-bound canvas and offered to sell me this fresh masterwork. I’m sure John and I gave him a few seconds of our tough guy routine, but I caved quickly and went along with the sales pitch. Needless to say, I’d sampled a few of Austin’s buttery bourbons and gleefully handed him a wad of bills from my pocket. I’m a patron of the arts, after all. We ordered our enterprising friend a drink and had a few laughs and he was off to find his next target as the eastern sky grew red.

Now—not even nine months later—John’s body is in the ground, stolen away by cancer. He was my friend and colleague, and in many ways, my mentor. He was, without a doubt, one of the most gracious people I’ve ever known. It’s only been a couple of weeks and I’m still adjusting to a world without him. It’s a little colder and lonelier than I’m used to. Cleaning out a drawer earlier tonight, I discovered a rolled up sketch and fresh tears sprang to my eyes. I have no idea what I paid that bar-hopping bon vivant for this portrait, but it’s suddenly worth much more.

December 6, 2012
Green Triangle

Green Triangle

After a long winter of gazing wistfully at Cabin Porn and dreaming of the country life, the girls, pups and I have moved into a rustic A-Frame just in time for the first buds. Built in ’77 and nestled in a stand of cedars and shortleaf pine, we plan on spending as much time outdoors as in.

We’ve got the woodstove blazing so if you’re in the neighborhood, please come by and say hello.

 

March 14, 2012
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Been thinking about the bare necessities — those objects of comfort and utility that we lug around all day every day. The things you really can’t do without. I emptied my hands and trousers and came up with the following:

1. BILLFOLD — Quite empty I’m afraid.

2. ONES — I feel oddly naked without a wad of small bills.

3. KEYS — To the house, office, motorbike and truck. Plus an indispensable screwdriver.

4. USB DRIVE — Loaded with the compleat works of Artie Shaw at the moment.

5. SAFARI PEN — By Lamy. Very possibly the perfect implement for daily use.

6. POCKET KNIFE — The Stockman by Buck. Granddaddy always carried one similar.

7. OBLIGATORY SKETCHBOOK — For the drawing of drawings and the noting of notes.

8. CLAIM TICKET — One of my horns is in the shop.

9. QUARTERS — The only coin I carry. Perhaps an artifact from the days of pay phones.

10. THERMOS — Well, technically the Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle. Because let’s face it, a cup in hand is worth five in the pot.

What’s in your pocket(book)?

October 10, 2010
Equatorial Sun

Equatorial Sun

Spent some time after Thanksgiving on the white sandy beaches of Costa Rica with our dear friends, Adam and Ashley. The relaxed lifestyle and sheer beauty of the flora and fauna down there make for a really wonderful time.

There are a few more snapshots in this set on Flickr. Can’t wait to go back!

December 22, 2009
Can You Dig It?

Can You Dig It?


twestival_teeFor those of you in the Charlottesville area,
be sure to swing by La Taza around 7 o’clock tomorrow evening. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of beer, spiked ciders, t-shirts, and some limited edition prints by the ever-impressive Matthew D. Pamer will go straight to charity: water. Here’s what they’re about:

charity: water is a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We give 100% of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person in a developing nation clean water for 20 years.

We have an ambitious goal: $4,000 in one night — money that will dig a well in a place where clean water is literally a matter of life or death. This Twestival thing is happening in 175+ cities with all the cash going toward this one great cause. Come be a part of it and help spread the word! Get more details here.

February 11, 2009
One Way Ticket

One Way Ticket


craig_kyleOne of Einbahn’s own, Craig Williams, needs some help.
Just this week, he learned that his mom’s battle against breast cancer has come down to what’s likely to be the final months. It’s spread to her brain and the doctors are encouraging the family to gather to celebrate one last Thanksgiving together.

Trouble is, he’s in Los Angeles and his mom, Kyle, is here in Virginia. Craig and his wife are scrambling to sell what they can, pack what they can’t, and get back to the east coast as quickly as possible. I know times are tight and getting tighter, but I would ask you to consider helping them get back home. Overused, I know, but look at it this way: $2.50 buys you a cup of coffee. Alternatively, it could buy a gallon of gas for Craig.

Here’s the blog he’s set up for donations and more information. There’s also a group on Facebook if you want to show your support. Either way, please send up a prayer for Craig and his family.

November 9, 2008
The Latest Addition

The Latest Addition


This is Lola.
She’s the newest member of the Bryant clan and we adopted her through Ring Dog Rescue here in Richmond. If you’re considering getting a pup—I’d definitely recommend checking these guys out.

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August 21, 2008