Houston Heights

I miss living there.  It’s one of the few places in Houston that feels like it has character without feeling like it was unsafe.  Sure, my car got broken into the first week I moved to that area but still, there’s more pro’s then con’s whenever I think about it.  For a lot of people I know, the Washington Ave. strip is pretty far but for my, it was “down the street.”  Not to mention so was Memorial Park, Heights Blvd. (bike lanes, ftw), Montrose, Downtown, Galleria, Memorial Mall area and a hop onto 610 to go in any direction I wanted.More importantly, I never hesitated to take my bike out for a ride around the area.  It was a daily occurrence to take the bike out, if the weather permitted.  Friday night rides would have been on the regular now that I know some folks down to go.  Also, it  didn’t hurt that I had a lot of extra time while I was “in-between jobs.”  I made my time worthwhile and if I had a choice, I would move back around that area or around the Energy Corridor depending on what’s more convenient.  Being bike accessible is now a requirement.  Just cuz.

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Did you know…

…that the original book of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone was changed to Happy Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone in America by publishers simply because they thought that children would not read a book with the word “Philosopher” in the title?

Mind boggled. I’m learning a lot from people in the UK.  

Thanks Lily Allen (for making me look up why there are two different names to that story) and Ricky Gervais (for why “news” is called “news” and that ties weren’t made for fashion but because shirts originally didn’t have buttons) for my random trivia knowledge fix this week. Isn’t there a board game like this?

Edit: Thanks Sree for these:

Sree: Honey is the only food that does not spoil.  Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.
Sree: Swans are the only birds with penises.
me: whoaaaa, those are win
Sree: No this is the best-  The only country in the world that has a Bill of Rights for Cows is India. Cows are great.

Last Minutes with Oden

I saw this a while back.  It’s ridiculous how personal this short film is and it’s honest to every pet owner.  The use of the camera and the simplicity of the bike and the owner are eerily moving.  Props to this film because I wonder whether or not if this was me, if I could ever watch this film.

Now Playing…

#NowPlaying is my most used hash-tag on twitter.  If I put it up it’s because that song is now stamped in my good music almanac.  The song triggered something and that’s an awesome feeling when a song can do that. I remember when I first started this blog, I was creating weekly playlists but it became time consuming.  What’s funny was back in the days of making ACTUAL mixtapes on cassettes.  Nothing like taking the time out of create a playlist, order your CD’s/LP’s of what you wanted to record on the tape.  Now we have no time for that.  Crazy how technology freed up our time only to be too busy for things like this now.  Video tape shows?  DVR me.  

Anyway, getting off tangent. I’ve been tuning into music a lot more often then not lately.  It’s just making sense to me at the moment.  Not to mention that there’s a lot of stuff coming out and also rediscovering.  Heck, there’s a lot of music out there that I’ve yet to discover that’s been out there.  That’s the great thing about Austin.  This city feeds off of the energy created by the people. I’m becoming a hippie. Music is GOOD right now. “Live high, live mighty, live righteously…”


Stay inspired. Jason Mraz – Live High


Stay intrigued. Bon Iver – Tampa To Tulsa

 

Inspired

I am incredibly inspired right now by a lot of the positive energy that is surrounding me right now. It’s a great feeling but also it can be overwhelming because you want to do achieve everything in an instant. Now it’s a matter of prioritizing goals and setting deadlines to make things happen. You have to run with it when you get this type of energy. The drive, the motivation, the tools and the support. Don’t let that drive simply settle down, run with it because it puts you just that much more ahead of the game.Taking your passion and sharing it with others really has it’s place where things that would feel tasking to some people don’t feel like that at all because it’s what drives you. It’s what makes you relevant to other people, whether they know you personally or not. I’ll be popping out posts while I have this energy going. Beats spam tweeting. :-PDon’t stop learning. Keep teaching yourself. I hate that I get lazy sometimes (even though it’s good to just sit back sometimes). There’s a difference from being lazy and procrastinating. You can be lazy when you have nothing to do but when you have things to do, don’t put it off. That’s the hardest advice that I need to tell myself. Anyway, I got a lot of things to take of before the end of this month and hopefully I can put in the hard work to get the end result that I want. Whether it be career-driven, passion-driven or simply just wanting to accomplish a goal. Go at it full force otherwise just settling is what you get. Got my blinders on for now.

My Beats

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So I’m not one for getting excessive novelties but who says I can’t get them as gifts. I have to say this is one of the coolest gifts I’ve ever received. Happy Birthday to me! Basically because it’s an item I would have never bought myself but they definitely grab my attention when I see them. Every time I tried them on, I pretty much tried to talk myself out of them. Telling myself that they are “overrated”, “no different that any other headphones” and “gimmicky.”I found myself really paying attention to the music, the nuances and breaking down all the components in the song. The thing about the Beats by Dr. Dre is that they really are studio headphones. You can hear the distortions of tracks that were red-lining when they were ripped to mp3. It definitely makes me want to make sure I find the higher quality rips now.Needless to say, it may seem like a small gift but they are definitely a luxury item and I’m fortunate to have a pair. I’m gonna be “that guy” with those headphones on.

On the Road Again…

Nothing like looking at the back of your car and seeing your bike hitched on for the ride. Nothing like a new chapter in your life to give you something to look forward to and keep things exciting. Meet new people, bike new routes and try to adapt to another lifestyle. Even though it may not be that far, it’s going to be fun in Austin.Why am I moving? A new job. A new chance to expand some additional ideas I’ve had in my head for some time. Hoping I can leave a mark with the communities I create.It’s funny that you don’t realize what your passions are until you are really given that extra time to indulge yourself wholeheartedly into it. As for PedalHouston? I’ll leave that for another post.Happy trails and I’ll be back next weekend anyway. Ha!

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