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Lawndale Art Center had an multi-artist opening on Friday night (3/12/2010). I knew none of the artists. But the event also had the Frosted Betty truck stopping by that specializes in cupcakes. That was actually my main drive to get out there. Silly I know, but hey, it’s CUPCAKES!

Got there a little early and no cupcake truck. So I went inside and mulled around on the main floor checking out the interesting video print and found film prints show. All of a sudden about 200+ people show up! What’s going on? Turns out, up on the second floor is another artist who’s art kinda referenced metallurgy. Well all these people were in town for a metallurgy conference!

I listened through the two downstairs artists talk. Kinda cool actually, for visually it reminded me of the sonic My Bloody Valentine concert I went to last year. [Extreme loud db makes your vision blurry not to mention your insides jiggle. Don’t worry I had ear plugs and ear muffs on – together] When they finished I wandered up stairs to the second gallery area.

Up to the smaller upstairs show, Caroline Gore from Kalamazoo, MI. Small petite woman wearing something that looked like 5 inch heels. Very elfin looking. Anyways she starts to talk about her exhibit, which encompasses all four walls of the room. Now it is important to note that the work is not all consistent on the time line. It actually is an evolution of work of almost 10 years. Themes, poignant dreams, repeating symbols patterns and exploration of evolved insight is what happens over that time. What struck me was this parallel of her art work to my inner personal development work. How? Her work starts off with this “idea” that comes to her in a dream, so she works on making the piece. It’s like a raw outpouring of emotion that was triggered by this significant dream that she had. Powerful with work that can be characterized as created with raw tools. You know how when you work or do something completely new for the first time? How is it…weird. Unwieldily. Awkward. You make big movements to express the unfamiliar idea. There is no subtlety just this raw output. As your eye continues to follow along the wall and through her work…you see the evolution. Of her ability to tap into the rawness of that emotion that she had. But it’s not so raw. It’s evolving. Still powerful, still emotional. But her ability to express is refining, getting better. More subtlety is coming out in the work…more and more as your eyes continue around. I just felt it. I GOT IT. I was like for a good couple of minutes CONNECTED to this artist. My life and it’s struggles of working on my “issues” post divorce. Filtering out the raw, getting in touch with the emotion, finding ways of expression, trusting myself to know what was right. I felt I was looking at a timeline of a physical manifestation of my inner mental journey.

She made an interesting comment about her current status of the work. She felt “complete about it”. Like she had come to an end of exploration of it, but that didn’t mean to me that she was leaving it behind. Maybe a projection, but my take was. I’ve learned from this. I have been absorbed in it for some time and I have taken it as far as I need to go with it. I got this sense from her that now, she ready for the next phase. Again so much alike my development. I have worked and learned these things about myself as well as skills to express and work out. I am done with this level. I am ready to move on to the next. The next deeper level of learning about myself utilizing the tools I’ve learned in this round.

When Caroline concluded her little speech, I was just standing there transfixed on her. I was feeling “floaty” as if my body and mind were on another plane. I felt connected to here. Not in a “boy likes girl” sort of way, but a connection with a HUMAN. Like that expression “you can only walk in your own shoes” DIDN’T apply. It was like a shared moment that I got without communicating. It was communication, just in a completely different way. When the crowd subsided around her, I walked up and introduced myself. I had to talk slow and metered cause I was still so shaken/touched/excited/floatin. I told her what I have told you. The look in her eyes. She got it. She understood. I think there was a few seconds of not saying anything. Just feeling it. I squeezed her arm and said thanks. She smiled and turned away.

So what is art? What does art do for us? Is it just these little one off experiences? Is it a medium for us to try to connect with people about transcendent expressions? Maybe it is a hope of expression to connect to someone else with something that the individual feel. And for that expression to be pure, real. All I know is that for that briefest of moment, I felt connection with another human and it was as near close as I could get There is something there about that feeling of awareness of that moment that was really unique and “awesome”. How can I continue to keep myself aware of these possibilities? How can I prepare myself for them? How can I bring them to fruition with more frequency? Are they a situation that should be experienced more? And I guess ultimately, are they helpful. How?

Heavy stuff. We’ll just have to see where this goes and evolves.

Lola’s 2nd & 3rd visit

Well in the last month I have revisited Lola’s on two different visits. Each time with different people and at different times. Once at dinner and one during the breakfast brunch (early). Both with success.

On my second visit, I went to meet up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. We spent a lot of time talking. That doesn’t mean I didn’t pay attention to my burger. The Lola Burger. 100% cerified angus, cheddar cheese, greens, tomato & pickle. Along with an order of salad. $10.

The Lola Burger

The Lola Burger with salad option.

My friend got the Aloha Chicken that is a teriyaki glazed chicken, swiss cheese, bacon and pinapple burgerwich. He got fries wid dat for $10 as well.

The Aloha Chicken with fries.

The Aloha Chicken with fries.

Both were excellent and delicious.

On my third visit, I was there on a sunday morning around 8am. This was just before the “Sunday Crush” there. Again I met up with a friend for a last minute brunch. We were not disappointed. I had heard about a comparison of waffle and chicken competition between The Breakfast Klub, Lola’s and another place, which I’ve forgotten. Lola’s came out on top. Take a look:

Fruit waffle and chicken with natural cased sausage.

Fruit waffle and chicken with natural cased sausage.

My friend got theirs with the apple bacon which they liked. My sausage was nothing inspired. But my house seasoned chicken breast was outstanding. Flavorful and moist. I had a hard time not eating it all. This is a big plate with a lot of food. My waffle came out warm and perfectly done. Personally I had kinda wished for more fruit, but was just fine the way it was. Well worth the $12, especially since I had take home leftovers.

After having been to Lola’s now three times, I can say, great place to go. I’ll be back!

Lola’s

1102 Yale St. Houston, TX 77008
713.426.lola
www.eatlola.com
Monday – Saturday: 7am – 10pm
Sunday: 7am – 9 pm

Lola’s in the Heights

Was looking for dinner tonight so I decided to go and check out the new Lola’s on Yale and 14th Street. There are already plenty of reviews out on the web which are easily found with a simple googling, but most are for the breakfast that is served there. I went and got dinner. Kinda mixed.

Got the Steak Frite. 10oz boneless ribeye, chimichurri, with Hand tossed parmesan fries. $13 + tax.

Steak Frite

Steak Frite

I asked for my ribeye to be medium rare and it came that way. Very tasty all by it self. But it got even better with the chimichurri sauce. Zippy, zangy, tangy and tasty stuff. I had it on every bite except for four which I had A1 steak sauce for. And it wasn’t as good as the chimichurri. The fries were another matter. Frozen and then fried, which makes for a mushy fry, didn’t do well under copious amounts of dry parmesan cheese. Mushy dry frys. Not yum.

I did pick up a menu and will work my way though.

Crazy busy weekend

Just trying to get it all sorted makes my brain hurt. Is all this activity just nervous energy or some desperate attempt to keep from being lonely?

11/6 Friday:
Got off from work
Drove over to Fleet Feet for my Packet Pick up for Sundays running race.
Then off to the Coffee Groundz to check out the pre party for Colori Photo. Also to hang with some twitter peeps. Mandy, David, Meridith, Elaine. Also dropped off 3 polaroid cameras for Elaine (ENJOY!)
Then it was off to D’Amico’s for pasta loading dinner. Joined with Marcy. We consumed pasta and it was good. Stuffed fresh ravoli with wild mushrooms and walnuts and goat cheese.
We were then joined by Karen and Bob across the street at the Gingerman. I had a delicious Marasous 8.
Went home, made a martini and played Battlefield 2042 for couple of hours.

11/7 Sat:
Replaced my kitchen faucet.
Replaced my dishwasher’s plug.
Worked on replacing the outlet for the dishwasher under the sink.
Replaced the light switch in the bathroom. For some reason caused the outlet to fail. Vent fan still not working. Gonna have to go to the attic for that one.
Friend Jack came over and we Rye Seeded my lawn. Front and back.
M&D visited. Dad hasn’t seen the place since I finished painting.
Afterwards we went to Antidote coffee.
Drove out to Manvel, TX to pick up my RED 12 cup KitchenAid Food Processor, for $100, from the craigslist seller. (awesome!)
Went to Lowes to return somethings and get new stuff for house.
Dropped off keys at friends house who I had house sat several months ago.
Worked on dishwasher outlet some more. still not working.
Watched netflix movie of Mutant Chronicles. (meh)

11/8 Sunday:
Got up early to go and race in the Houston Classical 25K race. PR’d with a 2:20:45. A full 16 minutes better than last years time! Woop woop!
Came home and napped.
Went and did a load of washing at laundromat. Brought it home to the dryer.
Went to Lowes for more stuff for house.
Stopped at Kroger to get lunch stuff for work
Filled air in car tire, got gas. Realize I have a not so slow leak in my tire. Will need to change on Monday.
Worked on Dishwasher outlet some more. Still fail.
Came home, freshened up and got ready for Oyster Throw Down.
At Oyster Throw Down from 4-9:30pm. Consumed mass quantities of oysters and met lots of really nice people. The new Stella Luna location, the old Bedfords, is going to be awesome. Can’t wait for it to open so I can see it’s menu.
Came home, a bit drunk and full, watched the almost 3 hr movie, The Watchmen.

Highlights:

PR’ing my 25K and beating my record by 16 mins.
All the raw oysters I could eat, with no waiting line!
The “Smitten” at Stella Luna, created by Bobby Hugel of Anvil, was awesome.
Met  David Buehrer from Tuscany Coffee. Awesome dude. Amazing espresso.
Getting a $325 KitchenAid Food Processor for $100.
Amazing pasta at D’Amico’s.

5th training ride. playing support…

This time it was all about being support. With my Bayou City Outdoors friends.

Lots of fun.

Whle I didn’t get a chance to ride, I did ride in a truck between rest stop 1 and 2 looking for people that needed help. It would have been a good day to ride and everyone looked good out on the road. There had been forcast for rain, but it held off until the very last minute. Basically until we were putting everything away, then the rain clouds just opened up!

As a treat for helping out all day, Bayou City Outdoors took all the volunteers out for lunch to Fuzzy’s Pizza in Katy. It was yummy. You can see the place and all the volunteers in the last of the photos.