JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby toomanyhatz » 25 May 2009, 23:49

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Seconded! When we first started talking Austin, I knew we'd be in good hands. This was (and still has time to be yet more of) a great one!
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby Butch Manly » 25 May 2009, 23:56

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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby The Fish » 26 May 2009, 00:29

I purchased some rather groovy footwear and headwear today which quite frankly makes me look like one groovy motherfucker.

As I said to all today sporting the new hat - No motherfuckin' Belgian is going to outdo me in the hat department.
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby LeBaron » 26 May 2009, 00:57

The Fish wrote:I purchased some rather groovy footwear and headwear today which quite frankly makes me look like one groovy motherfucker.

As I said to all today sporting the new hat - No motherfuckin' Belgian is going to outdo me in the hat department.


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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby Sambient » 26 May 2009, 02:40

I am sitting here in my Cheapo Records t-shirt listening to a cd from my huge Waterloo Records haul.
I wound up having to check my bulging luggage after Sunday's spree.
But here I sit reminiscing and wishing I still had Austin as my playground (and my cafeteria).
There were no bad meals to be had. Even the pancakes in my hotel surpassed anything I recall experiencing. Well, airport breakfast was merely okay, but I don't count that. I never did really get enough Tex Mex fare, and pine for other things that went untasted.
Yeah, so I guess this trip for me had the theme of gorging. Gorging on food, gorging on music, gorging on being with my friends, gorging on experiences.
Excuse me, the Les Paul Trio cd has ended, time to put on one of the three Francois Hardy cds I picked up.
Where was I? Oh yes, reminiscing. I'll hit some highlights.
I dug the Cornell Hurd Band more than I expected to. I wish I could get a do-over on my attempt on that Texan dancefloor that got compared by some to a solar system, a cosmos, intricate orbits of pairs swinging around the wooden floor.
Cornell Hurd was very entertaining in his stage patter. It was carnival food, cheap and rich. Nothing scarce, but something you scarf down all the same.
I texted my husband during the show that now I want to take up playing the washboard.
In a testimony to how familiar we can be to each other, I spotted Yves from some distance when he found the venue, and while he was mostly back-lit. I've never laid eyes upon the man in person, but have enjoyed enough photos to recognize him by silhouette. Stood and waved him and Chantal to our side of the room. Did the same with the Fish, but it's not like I haven't seen this man in person before.
It's down to there being only four of us who have attended all five of the Jolly Up of the Americas. Sigh.
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The San Antonio side-trip was a blast. I had a personal highlight. There was a young woman and her family there with a crocheted Doctor Who doll (David Tennant incarnation) that is having its picture taken all over the world. It's being sent around person-to-person, each person having a week to capture as many pictures as possible. I wish I'd found out what bulletin board (I'm assuming it's such a thing) is doing that so I could find the picture she took of me with the doll. The one she took of me with my camera will have to suffice.
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The margaritas at Polvos were too good. I knew I'd already hit early inebriation and didn't continue on with the further Friday night festivities. I was festive enough.
Polvos is the last time I bothered with camera documentation, I forgot to bring it with my Saturday night. I apologize for failing to get a pic of Les, even though he and I were sitting together.
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I wonder how long it's going to take one of my BCB sisters to fawningly ask about the eye candy that is Baron's brother Max.
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby Sambient » 26 May 2009, 02:55

But what can ease a hangover better than some hearty meat, I ask you?
Hearty meat and some Big Red soda, that's what.
The barbecue tour had the rental van, which looked like it should have lettering that read "Jesus Saves" on it, nearly filled to capacity as Saturday brought Thesiger, Joe, to the lineup.
The picnic in the park at Luling brought on by the overly crowded market was a delight.
That whole deal was some experience. Fish wound up with a whole pound of brisket as his request for a half-pound was not correctly understood.
Yet he, like most of us, still got something to eat at the next location. I wandered into the not-yet-experienced spare-ribs there. I was glad to have done so.
A visit to an authentic dancehall was a bonus to the tour.
It was a given that after we were all dropped at our various hotels, that siestas were in order. The main event would be that night, and nothing demands downtime like digesting some serious chow.

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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 26 May 2009, 02:59

The Fish wrote:I purchased some rather groovy footwear and headwear today which quite frankly makes me look like one groovy motherfucker.

As I said to all today sporting the new hat - No motherfuckin' Belgian is going to outdo me in the hat department.



Just admit it, Paul, you were jealous of my bitchin´pimpin´muthafuquin´hat.
That is all.


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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 26 May 2009, 03:07

Bonsoir mes amis. We are now in Cajun land and already tasted some crawfish etouffee to prove it.
Just outside of Lafayette we decided to call it a day (night) and looked for a motel.
The appropriately named Cajun Restaurant was next door.

Another nice food experience to add to the Tex Mex, Mex, BBQ and other delights of Austin.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Baron, for being the perfect host and a top talented organizer.
I don´t think anything went wrong during the four days of Jolly Upping.


More later, bonne nuit and laisez les bons temps rouler.
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby LeBaron » 26 May 2009, 04:36

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I wonder how long it's going to take one of my BCB sisters to fawningly ask about the eye candy that is Baron's brother Max.


Bastard got the looks and the brains.
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EDIT: HA HA! Look at Leg of Lamb, he's all red from the pitchers of margaritas!
Or maybe he ate one of those hot pickled carrots.
Or maybe it was just hot in there.
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby Leg of lamb » 26 May 2009, 04:53

Speed Baron wrote:
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I wonder how long it's going to take one of my BCB sisters to fawningly ask about the eye candy that is Baron's brother Max.


Bastard got the looks and the brains.
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EDIT: HA HA! Look at Leg of Lamb, he's all red from the pitchers of margaritas!
Or maybe he ate one of those hot pickled carrots.
Or maybe it was just hot in there.


The sundried chipotles, I think you'll find.

Good grief, I look either constipated or upset. Maybe both.
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby LeBaron » 26 May 2009, 04:57

Just back from an evening at the Driskill Bar spent with Fish, Livet, and later, the Toomanies. It was very lovely, but these gatherings get increasingly bittersweet. Fish and I were in heaven when the Bob Wills was playing, which didn't last long enough. In any case, things were just starting to swing when I had to bust a move out of there to get ready to face the stacks of files and emails that await me back at work tomorrow. Life is just a party and parties weren't meant to last.Alas.

So it goes. It ain't totally over yet. I'm set to "do lunch" with Fish tomorrow (ho ho ho) and some beers in the evening at the Gingerman or perhaps a hamburger at Casino El Camino (or both) aren't out of the question.
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby toomanyhatz » 26 May 2009, 05:01

The toomanies are back in the hotel. There aren't enough thanks in the world for the man we call the Baron. There was a lot of variety in this one- in many ways my favorite of the four I've attended. The only regret is those we missed this time around. But we're due to start tossing ideas around for the next one pretty soon. We need some fresh blood at that one.

We'll have photos and full stories once we get back.
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby Leg of lamb » 26 May 2009, 05:29

In addition to the food and company, one of the great pleasures of the JU for me was rediscovering music. I've had a dry spell of late, only really listening to radio and the handful of albums I've uploaded to my Mac.

So I'm gonna post a couple of musical mementos - bearing in mind that all of them are immeasurably the poorer for not being pumped from the Baron wagon.




The latter was cranked after we dropped Livet off post-BBQ, in an attempt to shake off the '5am bedtime and reckless consumption of brisket' torpor. A little sharpener, if you will. Much comment was passed on how it was possibly the nastiest jam ever committed to tape.

And there were of course a million other Gulf Coast gems that I wouldn't know where the hell to look for on youtube.

Lamb might just have got his groove back. I've been listening to some of the JU-comp hoard and enjoying the hell out of it.
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby Butch Manly » 26 May 2009, 08:10

I really wish I could have gone. :(
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby Corporate whore » 26 May 2009, 08:19

That Bloody Giraffe wrote:I really wish I could have gone. :(


Ditto.

Sounds like a great time was had.
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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

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Well, that's the most unflattering pic of me I've seen in a long time. I was pretty exhausted that night. And frustrated that due to the noise level I couldn't hear what anybody was saying. I'm sure it was harder for Chantal, though. Having everything translated to her by Yves.
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Postby Walk In My Shadow » 26 May 2009, 13:35

We missed you, Charlie O.



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Postby Walk In My Shadow » 26 May 2009, 13:38

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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby Six String » 26 May 2009, 16:58

Whaddayamean you haven't had spareribs before Sam? :shock: The brisket I can understand because there's no point in eating it outside of Texas unless a Texan cooks it for you. :)

It's interesting to see that almost no one is smiling in those pics at Polvo's. Was the food that bad? ;)
My Shrimp in Diablo Sauce which Leg of Lamb also got was fantastic. I had so many good meals that it would be hard to say that anyone of them was the best I had but the sauce with that dish was more complex than I expected and rivaled the sauce we had with the brisket on Saturday.

The brisket was almost as good as my cousin's so I was very pleased with Baron's choices. It was definitely worth going to two 'Ques in a day and I was able to stock up a little for later. I bought two dishes at Whole Foods (roasted sweet potatoes, poblano peppers, blackbeans, corn and pumpkin seeds) and (edamama with juliened carrots) which along with the extra meat I bought Saturday provided me with dinner Sunday night before the bats and lunch on Monday at the airport before going through security. I had one of the most revolting sandwiches at the airport in Phoenix on the way to Austin and I swore I would not go through that again. It still haunts me today and makes me shiver with disgust thinking about it.

The room party Saturday night was fantastic. As has become custom, Livet brought an amazing bottle of single malt with her from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. I will provide the tasting notes later. They are OOT as they usually are from this club. I thought wine geeks were the only ones up their arses when it comes to describing their favorite libation. :) I brought a bottle of Tequila I'd never had before made with wild agave (as opposed to the usual farmed stuff). I'm not sure if it was supposed to taste any different than the tamed variety but it sure unleashed the animal in a few of us. :D

Sunday I took it easy after my walk to Whole Foods Market and stayed in my suite watching O'Brother Where Art Thou? It seemed appropriate for the location and kept me in the Southern groove while I recharged my batteries while noshing on some French cheese (Langres, 45% fat, cow's milk) with a little rose' from Provence to wash it down.
The boat ride for the bats was a great idea and even the guide was impressed with what we witnessed so it must have been memorable for even the seasoned bat fans. It didn't really rain though. A few sprinkles here and there at the beginning. Earlier in the day there had been hail and 60mph winds south of Austin and not far from where we had been on Saturday on the 'Que Trail so it could have been a LOT worse.

Did anyone go see The Meat Puppets at Waterloo on Monday?

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Re: JUOTA 2009 - Austin, Texas - Weekend of May 23rd

Postby Wally Bingbang » 26 May 2009, 18:57

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