July 15th, 2010

The Procrastinator’s Plan 7.15.10

While I’ve spent the last week recovering from our run to the championship game in the Saint Arnold Softball Tournament, the rest of the world continued to function. It’s not that I’m out of shape, I’m just fat and lazy.  The physical exertion in the hot sun coupled with more than a few beers did quite a number on me Sunday.  Naturally, I did what anyone else would have done in the situation… I called in sick and hid under the covers all week.  At least I did until Paul called and yelled at me to get the Procrastinator’s Plan done.

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While it’s still impossible to move without muscle spasms torturing my body, I do have to be thankful for my good fortune, especially after the news that George Steinbrenner passed away this after suffering a heart attack. While I was never a fan of the Yankees or their owner, the New Yorkers in my family think of the man as a Saint and as I heard word of his passing, I couldn’t help but think of my only Steinbrenner story. My grandfather, who’s almost a decade older than The Boss, ran into him while vacationing in Florida with my mother and my uncles. While my uncles refused to acknowledge him under the pretense that he didn’t want to be disturbed, my stoic grandfather, who ends all of his stories with “And that’s it,” approached Steinbrenner’s table, held out his hand, and said “I just want to thank you for all that you’ve done. I’ve been a Yankee fan all my life and I appreciate everything that you have done for the city of New York and the Yankees.” It probably didn’t mean as much to the Boss as it would have if he truly knew my Grandfather, but for some reason, that story always made an impression on me. The greatest generation indeed.

Fro What? Froberg’s. In Alvin?
With so much talk these days of locavores and the presence of SLGT, it’s a curious thought as to why more people, even those of us Inner Loopers, are not familiar with Froberg’s Fruit and Vegetable Farm. I suppose it doesn’t much help that they have no Website and they’ve only recently gotten on to Facebook, which as Marc will tell you, is completely necessary. We’ve included their strawberry picking on more than a couple Regular Scoops, so it stands to reason that as addicted readers, you’ve at least got name recognition. Loopsters, while I’m encouraging you to go this weekend, don’t hesitate to tuck a trip to Froberg’s into your back pocket for any future excursions. It’s worth the 40 minute drive, when you’ve got fried pies, abundant fresh produce, candy, and if fruits and vegetables aren’t your thing, there’s Greak’s Smokehouse right next door. Clear out your trunk and make an afternoon of it.

The WEEEEEEE-zul
While he may need a lesson in spelling the name of our fair city, Pauly Shore will be pimping his standup this weekend at the Houston Improv. A perfect reminder of our youthful indiscretions, he’s touring in support of his new movie, Adopted. I’m still trying to figure out if the movie is actually worth watching or if it’s going to be more painful than Biodome. I’m hoping that the stand-up will be a good indication. He hits the stage tonight and will be performing through Sunday, with two shows on Friday and Saturday.  You can get your tickets here. Truth be told, we got an offer to do an interview with the Weaze, but none of us followed his career close enough to ask any intelligent questions. Instead, we’ll put out an open invitation to Pauly… if you want to see Houston as The Loop Scoop does, we’ll take you out on the town during your stay.

Whip it: Rollin’ on Dubs
We all know the Lastros are worthless this year. Luckily, I’m a Dodger fan. If the Astros play has got you burying your head in the sand and waiting for football season, why not check out another Houston sport scene, like roller derby? I’ve lived less than a mile from the home of Houston’s Roller Derby for over a year and have yet to spend a Saturday night there. That’s all going to change this weekend. The roller derby’s in town and I’m heading over to Kicks at 611 Shepherd to catch the action. While I doubt that I’ll run into Ellen Page or Drew Barrymore, I’m expecting to see at least one Stryper shirt. The doors open at 6PM, with the derbying set to start at 7PM. Tickets are $12 dollars in advance or $15 dollars the day of the event. For more information, check out their website and if you want to know what to expect, here’s their flickr page. The after party’s scheduled for the Brewery Tap, so lace up those skates and head on out, just leave these at home.

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Concerto In H-Town Major
There are going to be a lot of people on the street telling you to check out Andrew Karnavas at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck on Friday night. If you follow their advice, you’re in for a good show. You can’t go wrong catching one of Houston’s own as he refines his solo work on stage. Plus, the Mucky Duck is a great place for concerts. It feels like cult act after cult act finds their way to the small stage on Portsmouth. I’m a fan of Karnavas (he’s been mentioned here, here, here, and… well, you get the point). I’m also a fan of options. Friday night will also bring Delta Spirit into town. Warehouse Live will play host to the band from San Diego is fresh off of their second album release, History from Below with the doors opening at 8PM. I haven’t gotten my hands on the album yet, so I can’t tell you how great it is (but it’s probably pretty great), but I can tell you the first one was a brand of imploring, aggressive folk that could keep me singing along for hours. Just listen to “People C’mon” and you’ll know what I mean. The new sound drops all pretenses of sneaking up on you with catchy choruses and jumps straight into simple infectious rhythms made for head bopping and toe-tapping. As evidence I point to “Bushwick Blues” and “Golden State.” Delta Spirit doesn’t have to beg you for your ears anymore. You’ll willingly turn yours to them.

— The Loop Scoop

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