||Aug. 10, 2010
After compiling my picks of 1969, I thought I was through with nostalgia for awhile. However, a spate of media retrospectives on the 30th anniversary of this or that induced an ex-colleague and me into a recent reverie for 1980. Specifically, mid-1980, or roughly mid-May through late July. The period started about six or seven months into my paying attention to the world at large. If the high school graduation issue was about the beginning of the end of era, and my reaction to it, this is about the end of the beginning.
A quick check with YouTube and other Web repositories verified our recollections, but I'm still amazed at how vivid the memories are of various news events and cultural offerings, my moods and reactions to aforesaid events and offerings, and other people's moods and reaction to same. Next, I re-realize it's 30 years later, my life is better now, the world at large is worse, yet I can't even say that the time flew by.
Mostly, it seemed, then and in retrospect, to drag or actively resist my attempts to progress toward some better "transformation of self and circumstance." That’s besides other people’s static or active resistance.
Subjectively, the difference is that during progress, or at least the delusion thereof, the tempo accelerates. If circumstances are really good, time simultaneously quickens and stops. I haven’t come across any material that deals with this topic, so I don’t know if this is just my quirky perception or whether other people have experienced the same thing.
Now, as I drive about
On the Town
On July 10, a plethora of women from around
Despite this, I managed to dance frequently with numerous new acquaintances from outside Greater Austin. Later, every light cooperated so that my trip home was nonstop, a rarity.
Sex and Violins
To my dismay, “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky,” about the fictional doomed adultery between the two real-life members of the international smart set 90 years ago, did not feature a cameo of my namesake great-grandfather. It’s conceivable he met Stravinsky, based on their close ages and shared nationality and occupation, though I never heard about it. Still, since the movie’s made up anyway, it would’ve been fun to see great-grandpa interrupting the proceedings with unsolicited comments: “You can’t score violins like that. Igor, you should’ve stayed in law school.”
Katz’s Deli has filed for bankruptcy reorganization. The
papers think the irony of the story is that CNBC just featured the deli as an
The Daily Texan editorial board is incensed that Cap Metro is looking to gouge UT students for its shuttle service to make up for it's hemorrhaging revenues elsewhere. It's not just you kids. We're all getting screwed by Cap Metro's continued existence.
Also at UT, the university’s proposed UT brand water in a plastic water bottle incensed environmentalists so much they stopped squawking about the Gulf oil spill and started protesting about the water bottle on campus. UT, like most campuses, chiefly pumps out credentialed people with no real skills except at undermining Western civilization (“social engineering”). But occasionally, these enragés turn on their creators when the latter or trying to accomplish something – like funding the creation of more enragés.
Public comments at the July 30 City Council meeting
indicated a strong discontent with the
Speaking of meter maids with guns, the City is mulling extended the operating hours of parking meters, possibly to 8 p.m., to gouge more money out of us and kill downtown.
The Chronicle reports that the multiple plans for
According to a report cited by the Business Journal and
The City wants $14.4 million for a 1-mile boardwalk for bicyclists. Remember, this is the same City that can’t seem to scrounge up enough money to fill potholes.
Owners of the Echelon I office building are ready to rebuild. However, the makeover replaces the '80s exterior design. Damn you, Joe Stack.
The Statesman reports the
Community Impact News reports that more City residents have been getting chickens for pets. Far be it from Austin Dispatches to cluck about a story that’s already flown the coop. The residents must abide by chickenshit regulations, or else run afoul of City regulators, but that’s a bird of different feather.
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum of San Marcos is
Yeah, like a cancer.
After a scummy political career and foisting a corporatist warfare-welfare
LBJ’s successor, Barack Obama, visited
A client with whom I worked briefly a few years ago is even further along toward complete disaster, with “contractual violations” and “chronic failures.”
Dell paid $100 million to settle a fraud case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, the SEC has a history of its officials filing suit against successful businesses, businessmen and investors, for being successful, just to gain status among fellow bureaucrats. The SEC’s actions even contributed to the 1990-91 recession. In far too many instances, the defendants have concluded that it’s cheaper to settle than to fight these pests in court.
The Whole Foods grocery project at The Domain is back on, this time for an opening in 2013. Two dessert shops have opened in the neighborhood.
The Washington Post's parent company has sold
Newsweek – Time without the panache – for $1.
I'd've outbid the auto magnate who bought it, but I had to launder my clothes.
Matt Zoller. "Surely It's 30 (Don't Call Me Shirley!)" NYT 27 Jun.
 Rossi, Frank. “Re: Has It Been 30 Years Already?” E-mail to Dan Eisler, 21 Jun. 2010.
 Eisler. Letter to Mary Ruth Kiser, 25 Jul. 2010.
 Eisler. “Re: Has It Been 30 Years Already?” E-mail to Rossi, 30 Jun. 2010.
 Eisler. Letter to Kiser, op. cit.
Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisble Man contains a passage
that touches on the topic, but the narrator-protagonist experiences
shifting tempos of time while he’s under the influence of marijuana.
Ellison, Ralph. Invisible
 Eisler. Letter to Kiser, op. cit.
 Colby, David. "Even Bankruptcy Can't Close Katz's." DT 26 Jul. 2010: 1-2; Copelin, Laylan. “Katz: Debt Won’t Close Deli.” AAS 23 Jul. 2010: B1+.
John. “El Patio’s Dirt
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 Koch, Tom, and Al Jaffe. “ ‘If Elected, I Solemnly Promise…’ ” Mad Dec. 1982: 17.
 Cleveland, Heath. "Easy Money." DT 23 Jul. 2010: 4.
 Nichols, Lee. “Cap Metro Survey Shows Drop in Satisfaction.” AC 6 Aug. 2010: 20; Idem. “MetroRail in Search of Riders.” 16 Jul. 2010: 22.
 AD No. 135n3 (July 21, 2010); West, Aaron. "Protestors Speak Out Against UT Water Bottle." DT 26 Jul. 2010: 1-2.
Paul. Modern Times: The World From the Twenties to the Nineties,
Simon. Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution.
 Dirr, Jacob. “Downtown Parking Scrutinized.” ABJ 30 Jul. 2010: A3+; Wise, Leah. “Paid Parking Hours May Be Extended.” DT 5 Aug. 2010: 1-2.
 Gregor, Katherine. “Best-Laid Plans.” AC 16 Jul. 2010: 26+.
 Ball, Andrea. “Report: City Sees Big Drop in Volunteerism.” AAS 17 Jul. 2010: B1.
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Christian. Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique
Taste of Millions.
 Wear, Ben. "Trail Add-on Part of Bond Vote." AAS 6 Aug. 2010, final ed.: A1+.
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 Taboada, Melissa B. "Austin Misses No Child Left Behind Goal." AAS 6 Aug. 2010, final ed.: A1+.
Wilkinson, Kelsey. “
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Patterson, James T. The Dread Disease: Cancer and Modern American
 AD No. 125n39 (June 20, 2009); Johnson, op. cit., 634-641.
 George, op. cit.
 AD No. 127n2 (Sep. 21, 2009).
John W., and Barry M. Goldwater Jr. Pure Goldwater.
 Haurwitz, Ralph K.M. “Obama Adds UT Talk to Austin Stop.” AAS 6 Aug. 2010: B1-2; Hicks, Nolan. “Obama to Visit UT, Talk About Higher Ed.” DT 6 Aug. 2010: 1-2.
 Alexander, Kate. “IBM Pact With State in Verge of Crumbling.” AAS 17 Jul. 2010, final ed.: A1.
 Ladendorf, Kirk. "Dell Paying $100 Million to Settle SEC Fraud Case." AAS 23 Jul. 2010: A1+.
Douglas. "Gordon Gekko, Michael Milken, and Me."
 Anderson, William L., and Candice E. Jackson. "It's the Economy, Stupid: Rudy Giuliani, the Wall Street Prosecutions, and the Recession of 1990-91." JLS Fall 2005: 22.
Justin. “This Food Is Offal: Where Can a Person Get a Decent Plate of
Pancreas in This Town.” The Onion 22 Jul. 2010,
 Gaar, Brian. "Whole Foods to Add Stores in Austin Area as Rivals Encroach." AAS 4 Aug. 2010, final ed.: A6.
 AD No.
126n1 (Aug. 10, 2009); Clark,