February 24th, 2006

Ah, Venice, II

Last year around this time, Paulette wrote beautifully about her trip to Venice. I got back from Venice last night and I’m not even going to try to match Paulette’s eloquence. Plus, in an unusual state of affairs, I find myself at a loss for words. Instead, I’ll post a link to my Flickr photos. Oh, I will say this: I am a feet on the ground kind of person. I’m not dispassionate, but I’m so not a crier. But when we headed out on the Grand Canal and I laid eyes on Venice for the first time, I got weepy. I was overcome by how beautiful it is.

My tombstone will read, “It’s okay, I saw Venice.”


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February 23rd, 2006

signs

driving home from dallas yesterday, i saw a ginormous billboard just before or after pauls valley (i don’t remember).  it said, “ABORTION: one dead, one wounded”. i wrote down the website associated with it, but i guess i wrote it down wrong which and couldn’t find the site.  this prompted me to google it the “catch phrase”.  unbeknownst to me, this is a very popular phrase and is even a bumper sticker.  so now i’m starting a new company called True but Tasteless Political Slogans. Here are some of the upcoming releases:

  • ASSISTED SUCIDE: one dead, one rich
  • OIL COMPANIES: High Prices=High Profits
  • DEFICIT SPENDING: one dollar borrowed today, one thousand to repay tomorrow
  • WIRE TAPPING: what they’re really doing is listening to phone sex calls
  • MUHAMMAD: drawing him is like saying “Jesus Fucking Christ!”
  • ISLAM: they’ve started wars over less
  • FEMA: actively incompetent since March 1, 2003
  • LEGISLATIVE BRANCH: finding new ways to shuffle responsibility everyday

feel free to add your own.  please bash everyone, it makes it more fun.


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February 21st, 2006

Without a net

Now, recreational fishing isn’t a topic we cover much here on Nonfamous, but this video is too incredible to let pass by. It shows some Brazilian fishermen, out in a dinghy at night, where the fish are literally jumping into the boat. It gets to the stage where the fisherman has to protect his face from the flying fish. It almost seems like the fish have a strategy of having so many of them jump into the boat that it will be swamped! It’s unbelievable, but I checked with snopes and it seems legit.


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February 20th, 2006

Contributor Archives

There’s a new feature on the site: contributor archives. If you visit the “Contributors” page (see the link at the top of the sidebar to the right), there’s a list of all the nonfamousi in the sidebar, with links to all the posts by each author. You can also click on the author’s name at the end of each post to get the same archive.

Wordpress 2.0 is quite cool. :)

[Update by Jay: The contributors page is now updated.]


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February 19th, 2006

Attention Nonfamosi!

If you post here, it would behoove you to log in again and create a new posting bookmark– because the new posting interface is sooooo much better than the old one.

But everyone will enjoy a stroll down memory lane with out new Greatest Nonfamous Hits page. If we missed something, email us or pop it in the comments here.


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February 19th, 2006

Post Oak Houston

Houston gets a bad rap. People think it’s nasty and dirty and hot. They could be right… but not last week, not with the NBA All-Star game in town. Houston was on top of its game (pun intended), weather included.
When I stepped out of the airport on Monday afternoon instead of the 32 degree weather I was told I was going to have I had blue skies and 70 degrees of bliss. No smog, no scorching sun and high humidity, just the most perfect weather you can imagine. The grass was green and evidence of spring was everywhere.

Post Oak is just west of downtown Houston, south of I-10 north of 59 and right off of I-610. There are 3 golf courses (Houston Country Club, Memorial Park Municipal and River Oaks Country Club) within 5 miles but since I’m the worst golfer ever I can’t comment on them. The streets were clean and at the intersections of major streets, suspended in the air, were large faux metal rings with names of the streets illuminated from within. The shopping centers were full of all the usual retail and food suspects but here are some of the standouts of the trip (other than Chipotle).

Hilton Houston Post Oak – the service was just outstanding. The rooms had granite and cherry wood accents throughout. The styling of the hotel was modern and simple but not over the edge of plain. Even waiting for a elevator was nice on the eyes with the leather panel walls and the cherry wood accents on the brushed nickel doors. The staff was very attentive, especially the bartender in the bar downstairs (damn them for not having fat tire beer). With the exception of the tough and chewy Pecan crusted Halibut I had for dinner one night, all of the food was super.

Fogo de Chão – vegetarians beware! If you don’t like the sight of meat then definitely avoid this Brazilian Steakhouse (they do have an all you can eat salad bar but I’ve never been anywhere where lettuce tasted better than any other place, so who cares). They have locations in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Washington DC, Beverly Hills, Chicago and 4 in Brazil.

I first experience the one in Dallas several years ago. I was immediately a smitten kitten. The warm cheese bread has just enough cheese in it to taste but not enough to make it too solid. I don’t know how they do it but they manage to keep the consistency of high quality bread with a crispy outside. Sort of like a cheesy bread cream puff. Seriously.

Their website explains their menu better than I so here’s a taste:

“Operating under the unique service concept of espeto corrido, which translates from Portuguese as “continuous service,” Fogo de Chão satisfies palates and the desire for something original. Instead of ordering from a traditional menu, Fogo de Chão offers a prix-fixe system where guests can sample the entire menu, or just focus on their favorite items.

The lunch and dinner menu features unlimited servings of 15 different delectable cuts of fire-roasted meats, a sumptuous buffet of gourmet salads and fresh-cut vegetables, and a variety of Brazilian side dishes.”

Everyone pays the same price which for now is around $45 per plate. Several years ago I remember it was $35 but either way it’s worth every penny to a food lover. And to the owners, I’m sorry I came in in a t-shirt, jeans, and my new balances.

Willie G’s Oyster Bar – this Landry’s joint has been around for over 20 years but only 3 locations. The ambiance was definately not screamin oyster bar (or any oyster bar I’ve ever been to)… unless it’s supposed to be an Oyster bar that the owner hit the PowerBall.

The menu wasn’t vast but it all looked and sounded great. It contained the usual seafood and steak items with Cajun twists.  After having my fat tire spilled in my friend’s lap and a thousand apologies from the waiter, I settled on the fried stuffed shrimp and fries (I have seafood hangups… anytime I have shrimp it has to have fries). The 4 fried stuffed shrimp on my plate were huge. Each were about the size of my palm and they looked like giant hush puppies with tails. I could comment on the how great it was but I was way drunk by the time it actually got there so for all I know it was crap. That’s what happens when you get together with some old drinking buddies.

Sam’s Boat – I didn’t eat but I did drink… a lot. It felt wierd being in a college bar many years out of school. My partner in crime agreed. The ambiance was very dock party. Live band, easy women and cheap beer was my idea of heaven 7 years ago but I’d like to think I’ve refined past that.  But I can’t lie, the cheap beer was a nice change ;0)


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February 19th, 2006

We’ve upgraded!

We’ve upgraded to WordPress 2.0. If you’re just reading the site you shouldn’t notice too many changes, but authors will have many new features when posting. We’re hoping this will stem the tide of the recent comment spam, too.  If you have any problems, please let us know.


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February 16th, 2006

Senate abdicates its responsibility

When the president starts spying on his citizens without having to demonstrate to anyone that it’s legitimate, what would you expect the legislature to do? I’ll give you a hint: remember, the whole idea of checks and balances built into the three branches of government?

No?

Well, that’s ok. Neither does the legislature.

When the president breaks the law and spies on Americans, apparently the legislature’s job is to do absolutely nothing.

  • Would someone please give W a blowjob so we can impeach the fucker. Since apparently serious crimes aren’t enough to do that.
  • Would someone please tell all those conservatives who railed against the Soviets’ spying on their own citizens during the Cold War and are now not worried about W doing it that they’re big fat stupid hypocrites.
  • Does anyone else feel a bit like the Seahawks at the Superbowl? We could be winning this thing, but the refs keep making dirty calls.
  • Why does the Senate hate America?
  • I’m going to cry now.

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February 16th, 2006

10 ways that Dick Cheney can kill you

I don’t know where this came from, but it sure is funny!

Cheney Kills


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February 15th, 2006

Chuck Norris is my homeboy

Everything you ever wanted to know about Chuck Norris. And more.

For example, did you know that:

  • Chuck Norris roundhouse kicks don’t really kill people. They wipe out their entire existence from the space-time continuum.
  • Chuck Norris is the only person in the world that can actually email a roundhouse kick.
  • Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears Chuck Norris pajamas.
  • In a fight between Batman and Darth Vader, the winner would be Chuck Norris.
  • Chuck Norris can blow bubbles with beef jerky.
  • Crop circles are Chuck Norris’ way of telling the world that sometimes corn needs to lie down.

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