July 8th, 2010

The Procrastinator’s Plan 7.8.10


I actually got a visit from the Man Police this week. Apparently, I had violated the terms of my probation by going to an outlet mall and buying pots and pans, so I was forced to give up my man card. For those ladies out there who don’t know, the man card is an official document that proves your manliness, because sometimes a penis just isn’t enough. And when I say official, I mean it. They even have a website. Basically, the man card allows you entrance into those really great places that men love to go, like dive bars, high end steak houses and low end strip clubs. It’s extremely important.

I tried to argue with the Man Police that the pans that I purchased were really cool, top of the line cookware and that I’d already used them to cook such manly dishes as braised short ribs and salt crusted beef tenderloin, but they weren’t having it. This means that this weekend I’ll be forced to go balls to the wall in hopes of being reinstated. I’m hoping that after a weekend of drinking beer, eating burgers, playing softball and grilling out, there will be no questioning my masculinity and I’ll once again be able to walk, with my knuckles dragging the ground, but my head held high. Wish me luck.

On the Road Again
If you’ve got your ear to the red dirt, by now you know that Cross Canadian Ragweed is planning on taking a hiatus after finishing out a few dates for this year. One of the hardest touring bands in the Texas Country scene, their infectious live show and rebellious attitude will be missed, but the idea behind the “all for one and one for all” decision is quite noble and easy to respect. While CCR won’t play any dates in Houston before the break (Anahuac is probably your best bet if you want to see them) Cody Canada will be performing at Dosey Doe’s tonight with Seth James. While tickets for dinner and a show at the Coffee House are expensive, they are also offering tickets just for the show, which might save you a little bit of green. I’m sure we’ll be seeing Cross Canadian Ragweed back on the road before too long, but you might want to catch Cody’s show just to tide you over.

Don’t try this at home, kids
Friday night marks the opening of The Girl Who Played with Fire at the Angelika downtown. I have to give all the credit to Pauline for turning me on to Stieg Larsson’s Millenium series. You gotta love those Europeans! I am seriously hooked, having finished all three books and catching the first movie. If you haven’t seen the first film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it’s still playing at the River Oaks Theater. Both films are in Swedish, so you’ll have to follow along with the subtitles, but it isn’t the end of the world. Some of the best movies I’ve ever seen have been subtitled. If you’re heading downtown to the Angelika, it’s great opportunity to head over to Hearsay for dinner and a few of their signature cocktails. If you haven’t caught the first movie yet, head down to the River Oaks area and stop in at Houston favorite, Ouisie’s Table, before the show. You’ll be able to get a great meal at either place before heading over to catch the movie.

Colin Hay is the Ghost from the Mario Bros.
The frontman responsible for some of these 80’s songs you may or may not be familiar with such as “Land Down Under,” “I Can See it in Your Eyes (Not Peter Gabriel) or “Who Could it Be Now?” is making his way to Houston’s Dosey Doe Coffee Shop on Saturday night at 8:30, in support of last year’s release American Sunshine. I’m not sure how different American sunshine is from Australian sunshine, but I’m willing to give it a shot. I like his music. I’ll most likely go experience the show and I, as the caring citizen that I am, will encourage you to do the same. Why? If not for the music, how about for the shear creep factor he displays in Scrubs. If you turn your back on him, he will come at you with spiked hair and introspective serenades. You’ve been warned.

Saint Softball Sunday
Sunday will be a day of firsts. First and foremost, it is the inaugural St. Arnold’s softball tournament, and unlike most competitive sporting events like the Super Bowl or the World Cup, The Loop Scoop actually has a pony in this race. This will be The Loop Scoop’s first foray into competitive sports as a group. Of course, we’ve recruited so many ringers that we’re more loaded than the Springfield Power Plant Softball team, but they got to use gloves. We’re playing Chicago rules, which means no sissy baseball mitts. Come Monday, if The Loop Scoop is on hiatus, you’ll know that we broke too many fingers. While we probably don’t have any athletic ringers, our strategy is to out drink our opponents. We’re hoping to ride our beer guzzling horses all the way to the pennant. The field is full, so if you haven’t signed up, you’ll have to make like those lovable Chicago Cubs and wait ’till next year, but don’t worry, we’ll dutifully report on our path to the World Series… er… St. Arnold’s Cup?, or at least what we remember of it. If we don’t win, that’s okay too. I can see it now… it will probably go like this.

— Marc


Pauline — Thursday, July 8, 2010 4:06 pm

Aww Marc, I think this is the first time I hear you say something nice about Europeans. Would it be too much to ask you to watch the soccer game on Sunday? We could then share our impressions on facebook…

Also, for all of you Loopsters, following the same concept as last week 4th of July Pig Roast, Branch Water Tavern is having a “Free Oyster Fest” this Sunday. To quote them, “Life hand you lemons, you make lemonade. Life hands you free oysters, well, you eat them”. Enjoy!

Marc — Thursday, July 8, 2010 5:21 pm

That’s not true, I love Europeans. Their choice of football… that’s another matter. I’d take you up on your offer to watch the soccer match on the pitch in Africa, but I plan on MVPing Team Loop Scoop to a win at the St. Arnold’s Tournament. Besides, we both know you don’t follow sports!

Jennifer Royo — Friday, July 9, 2010 9:47 am

I’m ready to play….put me in coach!!

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