November 2012 was an insanely full month. There are so many photos that I will try to be brief with captions. I’ve edited many of these photos and I even include some 4:3 photos. Enjoy.
Josh, Veejay, and I eat lunch at Onion Creek then head to Waldo’s to get some work done.
Veejay checks out Warby Parker‘s site while we are at Waldo’s.
Rae makes a bug android version of herself for Greg’s phone.
Brandon has some sushi. He, Veejay, and I recorded the first episode of our movie podcast, Film Foodies, at Sushi Wabi. We discussed the film, Looper .
Brandon surprises Veejay and I after a church service by asking, “Can I show you something?” He gets us to sing harmony with him on a song he had recently written. Justin pulled up coincidentally and joined us as well.
Justin writes a message for our newest partner at the ‘bucks.
Josh, Veejay and I see the chiptunes rock band Anamanaguchi at Fitzgerald’s. The four scrawny white kids from New York and their Nintendo that acts as the lead singer were bookended by two crazy Japanese bands we’d never heard of before. The opener was Electric Eel Shock and the headliner was Peelander Z.
Electric Eel Shock’s drummer only wore a sock for a majority of the show. I’ll spare you any photographs of him standing up without his shirt.
The lead singer was a pretty metal Japanese dude.
The bassist rocks out. The band was pretty technically varied and quite energetic.
The drummer and bassist both sang a second and third vocal part during many of the songs.
The lead singer’s English skills were limited, but he was able to build some rapport with the metal fans in the audience. Many of their songs featured a word in English sung or screamed repeatedly.
Veej and Josh watch Anamanaguchi set up.
They sound check and set up.
The lights cut off. Anamanaguchi left the stage and returned hurling hundreds of glow sticks into the crowd.
The lights started going and the band played an amazing set. It was a dance party for 40 minutes or so. Super fun.
Here is a video shot by someone at the show who was standing to my right.
Josh, Veej, and I chill a little after their set.
We leave as Peelander Z is performing because I was scheduled to work at 7a the next day.
We hit up a Tex-Mex place for dinner.
Colin cuts one of the adorable frosted snow man cookies into bits and devours it.
A new bow tie comes in the mail for me.
Matty brings over The Afterman: Ascension, by Coheed and Cambria for a listening party. Daniel, Veejay and I participated as well.
Matty shows us an artifact from the world of the album.
Veejay inspects the award.
We read through the book together and look at the artwork before listening to the record.
Veejay helps me capture a photograph for our church’s website. The idea was to take a photo that would work next to a bio on the staff page, but we got a few quick portraits out of it.
I was wearing shorts. I put on an illusion of fanciness for the camera lens. This is the photo I chose.
We tried a few next to the bushes in my front yard for an alternate texture.
Veejay and I have lunch at Taco Milagro.
We then spend a couple of hours being productive.
A few of us help put primer on the Duncans’ pergola.
Veejay, Brandon and I record the second episode of our film podcast at Red Robin, which you can find on filmfoodies.wordpress.com. We discussed Wreck-It Ralph.
Carli and Veejay share a hug. Veej and I were both involved in Kaitlyn and Wesley’s wedding.
Carli puts some final touches on the reception area.
I lay out some props for the silly photo area for the wedding guests.
Veejay practices a song to be sung during the ceremony.
Wesley goes over a few things on stage with the pastor.
Kaitlyn and Wesley take a gander at their guests.
They have their first kiss.
We make our way to the reception area.
Aleya and Vic.
Veejay takes a photograph.
Michelle tries on the clown nose.
My task was to photograph the guests in silly attire.
Shannon, Selah, Veejay, Claire, and Michelle.
Wesley and Kaitlyn have their first dance.
The floor soon gave way to dancing, even line dancing.
The cake is cut.
Aleya captures some candid photos of the bride and groom.
Justin adjusts Vic’s tie. We all got ready for the annual Harvest Moon Ball. This year it was held at the 1940’s Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport. I anticipated that the night would be like travelling back in time, or at least being inside a film like Casablanca, so I decided to take sepia-toned photographs in the 4:3 aspect ratio.
Rae texts someone.
Rae and Karen show off their shoes.
Justin shows Rae the waltz.
The 1940’s Air Terminal museum was inside an old air traffic control tower. It had some Art Deco styling to match.
Victor and Aleya pose in front of one of the planes outside the museum. We all took a photo op.
Carol and Shannon.
Raeann and Michelle stand together with their red dresses. I took a couple of color ones to point this out.
The boys put on a dash of dashing.
I stand with Justin next to a flying machine.
Greg is caught by surprise by my camera.
Aleya and Vic.
Michelle and Justin share a dance.
Vic plays the part of a super spy for a moment.
The excellent band plays a tune.
Greg holds Rae in a pose. There was a photo booth set up in one of the rooms where we could get our photo taken.
Greg and I recreate one of the museum’s photos.
Greg is proud of his aircraft.
We could softly hear the music as the dancers crossed the floor. It was quite movie-like.
Michelle poses with Justin and Greg.
There were a few dance demonstrations and some competitions throughout the night.
Justin poses his old-timey self.
Glass cases with memorabilia lined the side rooms.
Rae and Justin.
A spontaneous dance circle formed.
After practicing the Charleston outside, I returned to the dance floor while my camera was borrowed to take “model pictures.”
Raeann takes a call. We took some period photos with some of the memorabilia.
Michelle looks through the Rolodex.
Carol argues with the operator.
Carol peruses the exhibits.
Greg dips Raeann.
Brenton and Karen show their enthusiasm after a dance.
Rae talks with Carol. We went to Katz’s Deli after the dance.
Greg enjoys a Crown and Coke.
Rae asks for the camera and takes a shot or two of me.
I receive a 20 dollar tip at work. The lady said, “Because it’s Christmas time.”
The sunset was notably beautiful.
Veejay smiles from across the bar.
My boss, Jeremy, strums on the guitalele a little.
Carol and Veejay high-five each other. We were waiting to see Alison Sudol, aka, A Fine Frenzy, at the House of Blues. We were there early so we could be as close to the stage as possible.
I peek over the railing a few feet from where we stood in line.
Carol pulls out her camera.
Carol knew that Lincoln was my favorite president, so she showed me a bandage tin that was doubling as her wallet.
Carol thinks she spots Alison off stage.
Veejay and Carol see if it is her.
Madi Diaz opens the concert. She and her drummer/bassist Adam had a good sound going. Veej and I were inspired to incorporate a few things into our own two-person shows.
Stage hands turn on some string lights.
Alison Sudol, or A Fine Frenzy, takes the stage. Carol was right. It was her.
She enjoyed dancing during her set. It was adorable.
Joshua Radin was next. He shared the headline with A Fine Frenzy. He had a really good band and a smooth voice.
He sings and plays unplugged for a little bit.
This guy, Brandon, played a bit of everything. I only know his name because that’s what a couple of fans next to us were yelling.
Madi came out to join Joshua on a song or two.
Joshua talks about Madi as one of his favorite people.
They greet each other.
Joshua introduces the first song he ever wrote. He was sixteen riding on a train in France, sitting across from some elegant older woman who he couldn’t muster the courage to speak to. I am too embarrassed by my early songs to ever play them live or even try to remember them. I have to commend him for writing songs from the beginning that he still enjoys.
A bee walks on the Duncans’ pergola. I had come by to help put on the final coat of paint.
Veejay sits in Jones Hall. We were there to see Glen Hansard and Eddie Vedder.
Eddie gives everyone a moment to take a photograph so that people would stop taking flash photographs for the rest of the show.
The curtain came up and the stage was transformed for the final encore. The show kept going on for quite a bit more.
I have a short cranberry white mocha and a cranberry bliss bar for the first time this year. berryblissfulicious.
Veejay and Michelle walk down a chill breezy street in the museum district. We spent a day at the Museum of Fine Arts, hanging out with Michelle’s coworker Kate for a little bit and walking around the museum.
Veejay smiles. We had lunch at Cafe Express in the museum.
Veej gazes up at the skylights. We were headed to the upper floor of one of the buildings in the museum.
Michelle answers her phone.
Michelle and Veejay relax on a bench in the sculpture garden.
We stop at the Black Hole Coffee House.
We check out a little park nearby.
We look at a statue of Columbus. Veejay mentions a petition to change Columbus Day to Native American Day. A day to honor the original discoverers of this land.
Michelle and Veejay examine a handmade stuffed elephant. We stopped by the gift shop of the Menil Collection.
Michelle reads a book in a little chair.
We made our final stop at the tree swing near the Menil.
Veejay and I get a turn on the swing as well.
Bella chews on a plastic man’s hands.
The Filipino Crew poses for a picture. Justin, Beefy, Veejay and I commemorate the rare occurrence of the four of us working together.
Veejay points out a penguin snowglobe at Target.
Rachel, Michelle, and Veejay do some warm-up stretches. We were about to run the Color Fun Fest race in Houston.
Rachel, Michelle, Veejay, Daniel, Matty, and I represented team Happy Fun Friends. Veejay came up with the name.
Matty gives Daniel a few punches as we walk to the course.
Our team has its own unintentional cool walk.
We arrive at the starting line to see a couple thousand already waiting.
Daniel presents the masses.
Matty helps Daniel stretch.
The race begins. We can see the end of the first of 5 kilometers. At each K, racers were doused with a color powder. The first was red.
We begin with the second wave.
Daniel is reddened after the first K.
Michelle takes to the grass and dances while “Jai Ho” plays from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack. Pump up music played during the race.
We run in tandem, and some skipping was involved.
The second K was yellow.
Matty, who has somehow missed out on red, was yellowed.
He puts some excess color on Veejay.
Green was the third K.
The fourth K was blue.
Daniel got covered.
Rachel holds out her blue arms.
We were purpled at the final K.
Some of it had gotten in my teeth.
Rachel shows off her speckled self.
We were waiting for other racers to arrive so we could begin the color parts. Each of us picked up a color pouch to toss all over each other and into the air.
Michelle jumps around.
Veejay shakes some color out of her hair.
Matty sports blue facial hair.
We all get ready to start the color party.
Colors fly everywhere in a yell.
We were soon enveloped in a gray cloud. The yell had turned into coughing and a brief moment of finding each other.
We find each other outside of the cloud, more covered than before.
Rachel, Veejay, and Michelle jump.
We pose on the ground.
Daniel and Veej sit in the purple station.
Matty has a spring roll. The three of us made a few stops in Baytown, eliciting the wondering looks of quite a few people.
Veejay and I throw together a dinner with cheese ravioli, longanisa, tomatoes and marscapone cheese. It was delicious.
This dinner is Veejay-approved.
The fog rolls in on the way home from Houston.
I have a meal with Brenton at Pipeline Grill.
Veejay holds up a Hello Kitty Asian snack that involves dipping cracker sticks into chocolate.
Veejay and I pose for a picture in a mirror at Academy. We were helping our dad pick out some new work shoes.
Veejay pets Daisy. We dogsat for a couple of days.
Kelly and Daniel pull into the drive through in their invisible car.
Marc washes a pot. Veejay and I came over to help him and his folks make some preparations for Thanksgiving dinner.
Serena stirs the butternut squash soup.
Marc flavor injects the pig. In true Filipino fashion, we were to have a roast pig on Thanksgiving. Mike instructs us on proper flavoring technique.
Marc applies the salt rub on the pig.
Veejay watches Tita Nikki make some preparations.
Serena captures our handiwork decorating the candied yams.
Veejay marvels at her new iPod.
Thanksgiving arrives in all its roasty, delectable abundance.
Veejay communes with a plush armadillo.
I spend an afternoon and evening figuring out a DIY video recording set up in our music room.
I used the set up to record this video.
Veejay smiles. We record another episode of Film Foodies after watching Lincoln.
I show off my hoodie to reiterate how Abe is my favorite US president.
Matty and Veejay mirror each other at work.
Veejay wears a monkey face wearing a Santa hat. We had the chance to be festive at work during the holiday season.
Mark speaks. We had a get-together with childhood friends. We do some reflection over 18 years of friendship.
Emily and Matty show off their unintentionally matching, snazzy selves.
Carol and Veej chat after church.
Daniel and Vanessa harmonize on a few songs together. We had a Thanksgiving dinner at Brenton’s dad’s place.
Daniel sets up his Charlie Brown Christmas tree. His secret Santa gave him a gift for each of the twelve days of Christmas.
Victor tries on a reindeer hat. We stopped by Hobby Lobby to get some crafty, Christmas-y supplies for our trip to see Sufjan’s Christmas concert in Austin on the first of December.
Veejay grabs a bunch of jingle bracelets.
Aleya hangs on to a snowflake stamp. We decided to make our own Christmas shirts with fabric paint.
Victor asks my opinion on an outfit at Target. We hunted for shirts in different places.
Aleya and Vic look at the menu at Pipeline Grill.
Karen and Aleya.
Jayce joins us for dinner.
We take a look at Goodwill for shirts.
Vic tries on some blazers.
Aleya finds some appropriately themed shoes that she’s tempted to buy.
Vic wants to get some shoes as well.
Aleya has trouble deciding whether to get the Christmas-y shoes or these zebra ones.
We begin decorating our shirts back at the house.
My ‘m’ frolicks in the falling snow. We were making shirts to spell out the word, “Christmas.”
Veejay is the ‘A.’
Jayce is the ‘I.’
Matty and Brandon come over. We planned to see Skyfall dressed in our best Bond suits and dress.
We watched the film at Sundance Cinemas. With its roomy, confortable assigned seats and immaculate projection and sound, it was an appropriately classy place for our outing.
Veejay and Matty stand in a cold, empty street after midnight.
Matty takes a look at the menu. We went to Katz’s Deli to have dinner and record an episode of Film Foodies.
Veejay has Challah French Toast.
Daniel puts on Veejay’s glasses and tries to muster a strong hipter-barista attitude.
He can’t keep up appearances for long.
Vanessa and Daniel come over to help Daniel decorate his shirt for our upcoming trip.
Daniel has the idea of having candy-cane arms.
Vanessa takes a photo accidentally before filming. We record a video of a Christmas song we wrote last year.
This is the video we shot of our song, “Seasonal Affective Disorder.”
Vanessa works on Matty’s shirt, a ‘T.’
Matty plays on Veejay’s Ovation.
Daniel’s ‘S’ shirt is finished.
Veejay and Vanessa wash fabric paint off the stamps.
The green paint glows in the blue light of our TV.
Veejay holds a friendly Bella.
Daniel sports some shades. We were getting ready to embark on an adventure into the picnic loop in Memorial Park and the Houston Arboretum.
We walk to our picnic site.
Daniel asks Michelle if she thinks he could jump up onto this tree.
Veejay passes around some hand sanitizer for us to use before we eat.
Rachel and Michelle have salad.
Gerald sits in Michelle’s lap.
We make our way to the arboretum after our picnic lunch.
Veejay points out the tiny hummingbird nest.
Daniel and Veejay peruse the gift shop.
Veejay greets a plush owl.
Rachel walks across a fallen tree.
Daniel hops on a piece of tree.
We make our way to the pond.
Daniel tests a fallen tree.
We arrive at the pond.
We watch the turtles swim up to us.
Two turtles peek from the water.
We read and work for a while.
I make some headway into re-reading The Hobbit before the film releases.
Rachel works on a Bible study.
We move to the other side of the pond where the sunlight helps offset the cold wind.
Daniel walks across a fallen tree jutting into the pond.
Daniel walks down another fallen tree that he found.
We walk back toward the car.
Daniel checks out a cross section of a grand old tree.
We explore the exhibits in the lobby of the arboretum.
A turtle swims by. There were a few creatures on display that showcased some native wildlife.
Veejay balances on the rope bridge. We played a little on the nearby playground.
Rachel crowns herself queen of the hill.
Michelle balances on a beam. We play a game of hot lava, moving around the playground without touching the ground.
Rachel peers at me from a tube.
I do the same from my side.
We feel a hug-able Eucalyptus tree before leaving.
Rachel isn’t into hugging trees.
Veejay smiles. We were about to see one of my musical heroes, David Bazan, play through his album Control, from when he went by the name, Pedro the Lion.
Salvador and Daniel examine the pedal board of the opening act.
Daniel shows me how his water cup looks like an eye.
A self-serious duo from the Midwest opened the show. They went by the name: Stagnant Pools.
I take a photograph so Daniel can better examine David Bazan’s simple set up.
Daniel and Veejay show their excitement.
David Bazan gets set up.
After the show, Veejay, Daniel and I have dinner with Salvador and Deborah down the road at Taco Milagro.
The month ends. We leave for Austin the next day.