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30 April, 2007

Sunday Afternoon Delight

Sometimes, you've just got to stop and have some P.F. Changs...












And the Chinese food wins...again!


...walk home...nice ride...


27 April, 2007

Ole Bucket Butt...


(...that's a reference to a fave movie of ours, the Coen brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy...in fact...)

25 April, 2007

Coming Very Soon...

...to a high-rise near you us: good Mexican fast-food:



Yeah, they've been building it out for a while, but they are almost done now, and we are mere days away from an opening. How do I know this?

They finally put out the menu in the window...

23 April, 2007

Fort Worth Takes Its Best Shot...

...at convincing us to stay in this great town. It is a great place, and the Main Street Arts Festival only highlights that. We enjoyed all four days of it. It was easily the best Arts Festival in ages--the artists were great, but they also had much better music on the stage areas, better street shows, and several free (as in, not asking for tips) musicians just wandering around. It really made Main Street Fort Worth feel a bit like Main Street, USA.

I took off most of Friday, and on that very sunny afternoon, we stopped to see the YoYo People.

Later, we headed to Mi Cocina, got a table on the street's edge, and sat there for a few hours, soaking up the sounds and culture, and enjoying some of our favoritest mexican food.

Matty joined up with us after a little while, and made it more merrier!

Later, we were super-stoked to discover that, at our continued prompting, Earth Bones had finally gotten out the bubble machine.

He likes bubbles.

Bubby took some pictures, too. And he's getting better at holding the camera still:

18 April, 2007


...is just about the right word to describe it...Tomorrow, our 'neighborhood' is going to look like this:


They're almost ready now! Today's walk in to work reveal that all the booths are almost entirely set up, and dozens of the artists are already here, unloading their beautiful wares; the performing arts stages are all up, and a sound-check was going on about 8:30; 3rd Street is now offically closed all the way through; and I can almost taste the corny dogs.

16 April, 2007

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Yessiree, sir! It's all smiles at the Carroll house highrise:


Why? Cos the Main Street Arts Festival is mere days away!!! And we are giddy with anticipation! While it would be a stretch to say we moved downtown just for the Arts Festival, it wouldnt' be that much of a stretch. We just love the whole thrill of it all: Main Street totally closed to all traffic, filled with thousands of pedestrians, artisans, musicians, and yummy-smelling food. Bins and bins of beautiful artwork, from hand-tinted photography to functional ceramic pieces to quirky 'yard art'--we just can't get enough.

Main Street is already closed, which makes the 'It's-almost-Christmas!' feeling even better! This morning on my walk in, dozens and dozens of workers were already out, getting ready to build stages and booths and set up sound equipment and in many other ways transform downtown Fort Worth into a perfect stage to host an additional 200,000 visitors this weekend.

It runs from Thursday through Sunday, and at the moment, the weather looks like it should be perfect throughout.

...which was not the case this past weekend...


We didn't get much rain, no hail, and truly not much severe weather, but it was very windy, and it looked pretty bad our our windows.


At some point, the wind ripped the exterior lights off the Bank of America building and they flapped about wildly for a bit. I was worried they were about to come straight through our windows, but they didn't...


9 April, 2007

Keep Moving Forward


This weekend, we took Noah to see his first-ever, in-the-theater movie (yes, I know: we're horrible parents), Disney's digital 3D spectacular, Meet the Robinsons. He was fabulous, as to be expected, and we all had a great time. His 3D glasses even stayed on with no problems, which was really my biggest concern.

It was like the writers knew this would be Noah's first movie, because they put in all of his favorite things: Robots, trains, spaceships, dinosaurs, exploding stuff. He loved it. And then when he got a Meet the Robinsons coloring/activity book in his easter basket bucket, he shrieked with delight ('LOOK!!! It's that kid from the thing with the spaceship!!!')


MTR is one of the better Disney movies in a while, I think. Aside from excellent visuals and a great soundtrack, the story is excellent. In a nutshell, it's about belonging, and it's about family, not too dissimilar to the themes found in the movie version of A Series of Unfortunate Events, but on the happy ending side of things. A very similar current is also found in Finding Nemo.

In addition to a strong family theme, it also had the best summation of one of Walt Disney's favorite themes, the power of imagination. The late EPCOT ride Horizons summarized Walt's creative ideology with the phrase, 'If you can dream it, you can do it.' MTR breathed life into a different utterance, but built on the same foundations: 'Keep moving forward.' The idea being, whatever the odds, keep moving forward with your dream. If you face adversity, failure, defeat...keep moving forward. This idea not too distant from Thomas Edison's famed statement, 'I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.' This movie brought to mind the Disney days of old, when EPCOT was just a vision, and when the actual vision from the man behind the mouse was not for a theme park, but for an Experimental Prototype City Of Tomorrow, a futuristic utopia of science, wonder and imagination, that would be a standard-bearer for what the world could achieve. MTR inspires those same visions, and also brings to mind the oldest Disney ride in existence, Carousel of Progress, one of Walt's favorites, in which a revolving room rotates around an ever-changing stage which shows the advancements of the last 100 years and imagines those of tomorrow.


But this post is not intended to be a sentimental look back at the theme park of yesteryear. In fact, it is more thinking about life today, and life tomorrow. The biggest thing I came away with from MTR was how grateful I am for Jenni and for our precious son, Noah, and how excited I am about life, life right now and what's to come. MTR ends with the following quote, from which the 'Keep Moving Forward,' mantra was derived:

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
–Walt Disney

Life changes. There is birth, and there is death. There is joy and there is sadness. Jobs changes, people move away, seasons end. Sometimes change is good, sometimes it's bad, and sometimes, if we're honest with ourselves, it's just change. Sometimes we are the issue, the scared ones, the worried ones, the ones not living today today. Maybe we're looking in the rear-view too much, maybe we're blaming someone for something...perhaps we're holding on to a real hurt, something from long ago. Maybe we're just too scared to do what needs to happen next, for fear of failure.

...and the Father is right there, giving us a big hug, saying:

'...keep moving forward...just keep swimming...I know how this story ends--I wrote it--and you're going to love the end...I love you...'

And that is something we all need to hear.

1 April, 2007

This is Major Tom, to Ground Control

...yup, still here. You haven't heard from us in a while, but we've been plugging working oh-so-hard away. But what we we been up to exactly, other than that thing called life?

Having Matty over, for some fun, and to hear about what's going on in his life....mattynoah.jpg

churchorgan.jpgBeing busy at work, including a big Barnett Shale seminar that our firm sponsored, and also going to a memorial at a very groovy church.

6aprtjobs.jpgTrying to job stuff get things figured out for a move...

Jenni started a blog for her lonesome--and she already has new friends!