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we said goodbye to terry’s attack mini-pigs in the backyard and had some bad chinese before getting on the road. the trip excitement for me was finding bottles of the mythical dublin dr. pepper made with pure cane sugar, rather than the typical corn syrup. the taste is smooth and clean.
we made it successfully to austin in time to wander down 6th street with my good friend brian. the last time i was in austin was for his wedding about three years ago. the show started late at emo’s; brian and i had gone to see mineral there in 1997. emo’s was packed for the second show on ester drang’s mini tour with pedro and seldom. it was a late show and we ended up going to bed at about 4:30am. we’re off to austin’s texas chili parlor with brian and carolyn, our good friend matt ralph, and writer pal jason dodd. if you’re in austin, you must go here for chili. you won’t regret it, until maybe a few hours later. we’ll be off to dallas for the rock tonight.
an extra special thanks to brian and carolyn for a place to stay and some krispy kremes. they’re definitely a big part in the reason i like austin so much.

We’re in Houston. Ester Drang played with Pedro the Lion and Seldom last night. It was good to see some old friends. The drang will do 2 more shows with both bands, so there is more yet to come. We got here a bit late to go to the Cy Twombly museum at the Menil Collection, it’s my favorite museum ever, but things worked out fine without a museum trip. We all did go to The House of Pies, possibly the best diner in America due to its large assortment of homemade pies. I had the French Blackbottom, an amaretto and fudge combination, since they were out of my favorite Bayou Good, which is pretty much an assortment of anything you can fit into a gooey cream pie. Brian and James both got Strawberry Rhubarb and my old pal Jack in Houston got a Lemon icebox. Kyle was mean and wouldn’t tell us what kind of pie he had, but this is what touring is all about: secrets, diners, and secrets at diners. Nice to have met a few people at the show last night at Mary Jane’s. Today we are off to Austin, one of my favorite cities.
p.s. a special thanks to terry for putting us up and to jack, sue, shawn, and jackson for all meeting up last night.

today is the first full day of the mini ester drang texas tour. we’re waking up in dallas after driving from tulsa last night. this was my first trip to oklahoma and they’ve been showing me all of the sites. former PA resident matt ralph showed up yesterday for a bit to hang out while we loaded the van. today, we drive to houston for the first show with seldom and pedro the lion. more details as the drama unfolds.