Whale Tale

Over Memorial Day weekend in Montana I had the chance to fish the Big Hole with my dad for a day. We spent most of the float discussing art history in preparation for our big family trip to Italia. Because he is more scholarly than I, he has done infinitely more homework. So I felt [...]

Because Moonpies Are The Best Kinda Country

These Moonpies pair infinitely better with Lone Star beer than RC Cola but they are no less traditional. Traditional country music, that is. This past Wednesday night my friend Shelley and I ventured out to Austin’s venerable honky-tonk, The Broken Spoke to checkout redhot local sensation, Mike and The Moonpies. Between the timeless setting at [...]

Fifty Shades of Grayling

The steamiest part of our chilly weekend on the water was a streamer that looked suspiciously like Kelly Galloup’s ‘Sex Dungeon’ fly. Hmmm… So we have just returned from a fantastic Memorial Day in Montana where summer kicked off with hail, lightening, and snow – as it always seems to do on our Memorial Day [...]

Spaghetti Western

Is it me or does this pasta look a lot like fly line? While I typically race in a million different directions, I am literally preparing to head in two very opposite directions (both geographically and culturally) as we are traveling west to Montana and then east to Italy…in all of its pastalicious carbohydrate glory. [...]

And Tomorrow Starts The Same Old Thing Again

When I was a kid my parents used to host their own Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic “Satellite” parties in our backyard in Dallas. They were fairly epic. To resurrect that tradition I thought it would be fun to have a celebration last night in honor of Willie’s 80th birthday. With the help of [...]

A Matter of Public Record

Yesterday we spent spent a beautiful spring day in Mobile Alabama trying to acquire/install a turntable so we could listen to our growing vintage vinyl collection. I will spare you the laborious details but we went to a local record store, no luck. Tried the flea market, no luck. Went to my sister-in-law’s to commandeer [...]

Not Pulling a New Coke On You

This blog has always been about storytelling…fishing stories, tales of family & friends, travel, food music, life in Austin, life in Alabama. Lately I have been stretched so thin I haven’t had a moment to spare to spin a yarn here on FFC. When you’ve been blogging for years and years like I have sometimes [...]

Tex Smith and The Haymakers

Last night I ventured out to do some hard hitting honky-tonk research for the book. I decided I needed to get out of my Old South Austin music scene (as fabulous as it is) and plug in to some different artists/venues. Through my friend Ashley I have come to know Tex Smith and last night [...]