Archive for January, 2006

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2006 by stephenhuey

Coyotes spotted in the woods at Memorial Park!

   

This may be old news to some, but yesterday I was riding my bike
through the muddy trails along the bayou at Memorial Park, and this
other guy with a dog told me that a pack of coyotes approached them
recently.  I didn’t know there were coyotes running around in the
middle of Houston!  I mean, this is inside the loop.  I want to see some.  Maybe I can give one a pat on the back.  Just a love pat.  This guy discusses the problem, and The Daily Texan reports
that authorities will being culling the bolder animals (some are
frolicking through River Oaks).  I always loved those movies where
the boy befriends a wolf or whatever, so maybe I can save some by
taking them home.  Think my landlord would be able to tell the
difference?  I can’t remember if he’d charge us a pet
deposit. 

In other news, I saw Memoirs of a Geisha.  All you need to know is that Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh
are in it.  And no complaints–I could’ve chosen other photos to
link to.  And no, it’s not a martial arts movie, but the film is
beautiful.  It’s Michelle’s big step away from the kung fu movies
that made her famous in America.  The younger Ziyi went to the
Beijing Dance Academy and was in other movies before dabbling with her
kung fu ballet in Crouching Tiger, so her dances in this one have allowed for a return to her expertise.  And no, Elizabeth, I’m not quite what you’d call obsessed

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2006 by stephenhuey

Houston Marathon 2006

It was quite painful later on, but I made it to the end.  On
Sunday, 2 Brits
and I joined over 17,000 other people in getting up early to run in the
marathon and half marathon.  Things
got off to a great start, but shortly after, our only experienced
comrade had to stop for a bit to check on his knee, so Robert and I
kept on without him.  I guess I pushed too hard, because we were
making a great 4:10 pace after being slowed down by the crowds in the
first 4 miles, but by Memorial Park, Robert was flying on without me,
and I
was
cramping and stretching and walking and jogging in an endless
cycle.  Every step was painful, but I did finally limp into
downtown and finish the full 26.2 miles!  As of Thursday morning,
my legs were officially no longer
sore.  Oh, and the really amazing bit is that Jo ran on and
finished the marathon with an injury, but you’ll have to get the full
story from him. 

I have to mention that it was fun to unexpectedly see tons of people I
knew on the sidelines.  For a while, the half marathon runners
were merged with us, and I said hi to a girl I knew who was running
alongside me, and then I saw her cheering on the sidelines on
University Blvd, so she must have rushed home as soon as her run was
over!  Thanks to all of you who cheered for me and gave me
bananas–you know who you are. 

The Houston Marathon website
has a pretty cool feature.  There’s a link on the main page that
lets you enter someone’s name and watch video of them crossing the
finish line!  That’s where you can also find the link to look up
pictures of people you know. 

And I just HAVE to mention that a 31-year-old mother in the Houston
Vineyard ran the whole thing in less than 3 hours and placed 15th out
of all the women! 

Jo, Robert and I before dawn:

Robert and I after we lost Jo:

All done with Kathryn, who was visiting from San Francisco to run her 2nd marathon:

Lots to talk about that night, and enjoying getting to sit down:

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized on January 17, 2006 by stephenhuey

I have a post to make, but that’ll wait a day or two or three. 
Until then, don’t risk having an affair if there’s an African grey
parrot in the house:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/01/17/uk.parrot/index.html

We used to have one (my little bro built our aviary and caught some
doves to put in it as well), but it must not have lived with humans
from an early age, because it never learned to talk. 

Posted in Uncategorized on January 12, 2006 by stephenhuey

Can you guess who these people are?  I post this picture at risk of personal injury to myself. 

How about this guy?  The room was pitch black when I took it. 

Last night someone told
me about people camping out for the grand opening at the new
Chick-fil-a on the 59 feeder near Kirby, so I stopped by to check it
out on the
way home.  Apparently, the first hundred people in line when the
store opened this morning would receive 52 free combos. 

There was a DJ, people were tossing some footballs around, and a few folks were playing poker.

They were handing out free nuggets and ice cream to everyone in line.

Wish I could’ve stayed, but I need to get my beauty sleep.  Crazy
thing is, I went to see some people, but I also saw 3 other guys there
that I knew, and it’s not like I live in a small town or anything like
that. 

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2006 by stephenhuey

On Sunday afternoon I hung out at Baba Yega
with some old friends from out of town who feel as if they’re from a
wildly different era of my life.  So strangely detached from all I
live now…took a nap on the couch when I went home and woke up just
after the sun dipped low enough to leave a dark grey sky, so I suddenly
felt incredibly lonely as if the world had passed me by.  Emotions
can be so powerful!  Unexpectedly talked to a friend later that
evening about living in community, among other things–that
helped. 

But that wasn’t what I was really going to post about.  I also
wasn’t *really* going to post anything about the New Year’s skiing
picture you can see below.  What I really wanted to post about is
this:

Once upon a time I wanted to ride a horse, and after countless hours of
comparison shopping online, I decided to try out a particular stable on
the south end of Houston (because they were charging the least, AND
there was a $5 off coupon).  I can’t even remember the name of the
guy or the place right now (but I think the “place” bore his name, e.g.
Sam’s Place or something like that), but I do remember driving into the
area and wondering how there would be horses there.  Sure enough,
the guy had a big enough yard to have a few in there, and we both
saddled up and walked around the neighborhood for an hour or so (just
walking, as it was a beginner lesson).  Nothing too crazy, except
when I got kinda nervous because some dogs started chasing us, but the
old thing I was riding didn’t seem too concerned. 

Ok, so I’m prepared for the point of this whole post.  You
ready?  When we were done, he mentioned something about getting me
his card or whatever, and he handed me about 5 or 6 playing
cards!  I never have figured out the point of that.  Any
ideas?  I kept them in my glove compartment for the longest
time.  Interesting example of how some things that are so mundane
can be so weird in that context. 

Oh, and here’s that photo…