January 12, 2004

Support your peeps

Since I can't really be in Austin and London at the same time, I'd like to support my Austin friends who have been up to some interesting projects by posting their successes:
1. The Sarah Dinan Band has been listed by one of the Austin Chronicle's music critics as his/her choice for the Best New Band. Check out www.sarahdinan.com for more news on that and the Austin Music Awards.
2. For those who want access to a boat but don't want the hassle of boat ownership, check out www.lonestarboatclub.com.
3. Tired of the same old club/bar scene and top-40 music? Spice up your Thursday nights at The Caucus Club for International Night. Mr. Ripley breaks out the beats from 9-10, then the lovely Middle Eastern dancers undulate and shimmy their hearts out from 10-12. Everyone gets to groove from 12-2. There is a small $4 cover, which goes to the dancers. If you go, please let me know how the show is.


Posted by oneray at 2:25 PM

January 11, 2004

Ciao bella!

Wednesday, 7 January 2004 began my several business trips to Italy. I fly into the Rome airport (Fiumicino, to be exact), but I stay in Pomezia and work in an industrial little town called Santa Palomba, just 40 minutes outside of Rome.

We did a quick drive into Rome on Thursday night and had dinner at Gigetto al Portico Ottavia. It is next to a famous old Roman structure, which I think is called Portico Ottavia.

I left Rome for London on Friday night and will be returning next week. Unfortunately, I will not get to see much, but that is expected... I am on a business trip. Hopefully, my Italian will improve.

Ci vediamo,

Posted by oneray at 4:23 PM

January 1, 2004

Happy New Year from London

We went to Simurgh Persian Restaurant on New Year's Eve because they were having a bellydancer at 8. We reserved for 7:30 and asked the waitress when the dancer was dancing. She said, 9:30. We were there until 10, but we didn't see any bellydancer arrive. That was rather disappointing and unprofessional on the dancer's part.

Afterwards, we went to Trafalgar Square. If you read any of the London websites regarding NYE celebration, you'll read that there is no organized NYE event at Trafalgar Square. However, for many years, thousands of people have gathered in the square similar to Times Square in New York City. There were even a jumbotron, fountains and statues blocked off, and loud speakers. We were able to catch the 1 million pound fireworks show at the London Eye on TV. I've seen my share of fireworks shows, and this one was definitely one of the top.

Here is the photoalbum for Nov and Dec 2003 in London:

Posted by oneray at 6:19 AM