November 21, 2005

Thanksgiving...Thanks for staying home

So I made it to my office 15 minutes early this morning. Gotta love Thanksgiving. Not for the family get-togethers or food, but for the incredible lack of traffic for the week on the way to and from work. Thanks, Austin, for staying home this week.

Of course, Thanksgivign is this Thursday, but I've got a little bone to pick. Last Friday I got a call from a buddy of mine in Houston. He was complaining (more like astonished) that a soft-hits radio station up there had already switched to their "All Christmas - All the Time" format. November 18! That's a little too soon to be singing about a White Christmas...

I explained to him that the Christmas holiday finally caved in to all of the "life begins before you're born" folks and now we're celrbrating from Jesus' Third Trimester until his birth. Woo-Hoo! We wish you a Merry breathe-breathe-push, We wish you a Merry Braxton Hicks contraction, We wish you a Merry C-Section...and look for our Red Apple Sale Flyer soon!

I wonder what would have happened if Jesus was born early and his birthday was closer to the beginning of December... or of that first Thanksgiving was in mid-December. It was nice of him to be born a month after Thanksgiving... and for Pilgrims and Indians to eat together after Halloween and before Christmas. Perfect timing.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the holiday spirit and all that jazz... but I just think the marketing beast that is Christmas should wait until after Thanksgiving to start the celebration. The city of Kyle, Texas already has it's Christmas decorations out. That's a little premature if you ask me.

I've been working the last month to put together a Holiday Gift Guide of all Austin-made/manufactured/sold stuff...(look for it in the December issue of INsite ( so I understand the whole marketing aspect. I live the world... but I can't stand the fact that by December 16, I'm yelling at the TV and wishing my "ER" wasn't preempted by "A very Special Christmas" with a random B-list celebrity who nobody cared about in the first place...

So... everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving... and let's wait until November 25 to wish each other a Happy Kwanzaa-Hanukah-Christmas-Holiday Season.

November 11, 2005

11/12 2nd Annual "The Rice Festival" at Fischer Hall

Rice Harrington was (among many other wonderful things) the art teacher at San Marcos High School where he had taught for 21 years. As our good friend Cary Swinney reminds us - "Death is strange & life is too."

In the summer of 2003 Rice was contemplating retirement and all the free time he was going to have on hand, when he "up and died" at 50 years young, leaving a great big void in a lot of our lives. We miss our buddy immensely, but rather than dwell on the void, we have decided to continue to remember the good times and host an annual Rice Festival each year, a non profit event - with all proceeds going toward the "Rice Harrington Art Scholarship." This scholarship, set up by the San Marcos Education Foundation, will provide funding for San Marcos High School art students who plan to pursue fine art degrees in college.

The Rice Fest is held at Fischer Hall, the funky old dance hall just off Hwy. 32 (between San Marcos & Blanco, Texas) each year on the second weekend of November in honor of Rice's birthday on the 14th. Rain or shine, we will enjoy ourselves at the historic Hall, which is the perfect setting to comfortably embrace the Ricetivarians that gather each year in celebration of Rice and the spirit that he left us.

The grounds at Fischer Hall will open at 11:00 AM for the Second Annual's First Annual -Team Horseshoe Tournament.

There will be an art gallery, musicians merchandise store, and silent auction all day long.

List of performers:
Tim O'Brien w/Danny Barnes
Eliza Gilkyson
Ponty Bone & The Squeezetones
Steve James
Cary Swinney Trio
Enchanted Rock
Sarah Jarosz
Pat Green
John Webb
The Seldom Herd
The Andy and Jeff Show

The music starts at 1:00 PM and runs non-stop till ? AM (when Ponty get's tired)

Visit for more information

Admission is $75 per adult (21 yrs. and older), $15 per young adult (13 to 20 yrs. old),
children 12 yrs. and under are free.

Admission includes drinks all day (beer and wine available for adults) as well as a fine Texas style BBQ served between 4:00 PM and 7:00 P.M.

For a CD review of last year's Rice Festival, visit -
(Much of this is a repost from what is contained on Cabin 10's Website)

November 9, 2005

“The Austin Movie Show – Live at the Paggi” - Sunday, November 12

“The Austin Movie Show – Live at the Paggi” is up and running, and we’d would like to thank all our friends and fans for all of your endless support and encouragement as we kick off the latest and greatest phase of the Austin Movie Show.

“Live at the Paggi” is unlike anything that’s ever been done in Austin, and we’d love for you to come and be part of the show. It’s everything you loved about the Austin Movie Show (the movie reviews, the filmmaker interviews, the Film Tournament, etc.), but now we’re doing it in front of a live audience, every Sunday night at 6:00pm on the patio of the historic Paggi House restaurant and bar (located next to the Taco Cabana on the corner of South Lamar and Riverside Drive).

With drink specials, a live band, free movie memorabilia and movie passes, it’s really more like a party than a TV show. Come for part of the show or stay for the whole thing. Either way, be sure to dress warmly because we’re outside, and the weather’s been getting a lot cooler lately. There will be space heaters and blankets to keep you cozy while you watch.

If you can’t make it out to the Paggi House on Sunday nights, you can always watch the show by going to and clicking on “The Show.” If you have any questions about “The Austin Movie Show – Live at the Paggi,” feel free to email Jegar ( We’d love to hear your feedback.

- Jegar and Leila
Austin Movie Show
(This was originally published in the November 2005 issue of INsite Magazine.)

November 8, 2005

What would Jesus drive?

What would Jesus drive?

A few years ago a writer named Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote a story about Jesus’ preference of cars. Another writer, Roy Rivenburg, on a website called “Off Kilter” wrote a follow up in September of 2000 ( quoting the bible and taking a stab at the choice of vehicle…

Here is some out-takes from that story (paraphrased on

One theory is that Jesus would tool around in an old Plymouth because the Bible says, "God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden in a Fury."

But in Psalm 83, the Almighty clearly owns a Pontiac and a Geo. The passage urges the Lord to, "pursue your enemies with your Tempest and terrify them with your Storm."

Perhaps, God favors Dodge pickup trucks, because Moses' followers are warned not to go up a mountain "until the Ram's horn sounds a long blast."

Some scholars insist that Jesus drove a Honda, but didn't like to talk about it. As proof, they cite a verse in St. John's Gospel where Christ tells the crowd, "For I did not speak of my own Accord..."

Meanwhile, Moses rode an old British motorcycle, as evidenced by a Bible passage declaring that "the roar of Moses' Triumph is heard in the hills."

Joshua drove a Triumph sports car with a hole in its muffler: "Joshua's Triumph was heard throughout the land."

And, following the Master's lead, the Apostles car-pooled in a Honda "The Apostles were in one Accord."

In 2002 an ad series was introduced by a group called the Evangelical Environmental Network that claimed that Jesus would definitely NOT drive an SUV, minivan or pick-up. The ads appeared in four states claimed that the those vehicles are so environmentally unfriendly that any Christian would be morally wrong just to buy one.

I just bought a new SUV from Howdy Honda in Austin. Come on now. Now my vehicle is a tool of Satan? Oooh, look this one has automatic windows, Lucifer must have thought that up. Look Ma, this one gets 6 miles per gallon…6 in city, 6 on road and it’s a 6 cylinder….AHHHHH!

Let’s rule out some other vehicles that Jesus wouldn’t drive…for other reasons. I don’t’ think Jesus would drive a Harley. I think his garb would get caught and it could pose a real risk, of course in all of the drawings I see, he’s got the look of a biker.

I don’t think he’d drive a Mercedes Benz. Any vehicle that Janis Joplin asked his dad for is out, in my opinion.

I’m also of the opinion that Jesus wouldn’t drive around in a sports car. Just too flashy. It’d be hard to take him seriously if he drove up in a Camero, Trans-Am, Corvette, Porsche, or Lamborghini. Now if he came back as “Jezuz,” “J-izzle-esus-izzle” or had a kickin WWJD gold Run-DMC Chain….never mind, lets just rule out the sports car.

I’ve actually talked to a few people, and overheard a few conversations on the topic and I’ve heard two opinions I half-way agree with. One person said he’d walk…just like he did the first time. That makes sense. He’s Jesus…that’s his thing — Walking. The other person said he’d ride a donkey. I can go for that, makes sense. I think those are the two ways Jesus got around before, and he did some amazing things.

Of course, If you think about it, Jesus wouldn’t really have to do much traveling, I mean with the Internet and TV being able to broadcast him to the far corners of the earth and back…. Of course then we would have to ask the question from the age-old Ray Stevens song “Would Jesus Wear A Rolex on His Television Show?”

Here’s my opinion. I was actually discussing this with my wife a couple of months back. The scenario: We were driving back from visiting our friends in Houston and we came across an old Volkswagen van. On this van was, in those black sticker-letters, scriptures from the bible in English AND Spanish. It was the Jesus Van. That spurred this thought.

I think if Jesus drove, he would drive a full-size Van. I’m sorry you guys at the Evangelical Environmental Network, but Jesus was traveling big. He had 13 people with him a lot of the time. He’d need the room. Side note: do you think the term Posse came from shortening Apostles? Just a thought.

I used to go to Catholic school. It was run by nuns. They own 3 full-sized vans. Are they going to hell? I think not.

Besides, when you see people from various church groups (ANY denomination) traveling, they travel in a full-size van or a small school-bus. It seems better to take one vehicle than have the Apostles have to split up and convoy, doesn’t it? Carpooling is good on the economy, isn’t it? If it’s all about efficiency…makes sense.

So, what would Jesus drive? I don’t rightly know, but for a group to come out with advertising, claiming to be doing God’s work, saying that the vehicle we choose may send us to the pits of hell is just wrong.

Makes a hell of a good story though.

Maybe the question should be: Would Jesus talk on his cell phone while driving?

See you next time.
(NOTE: I wrote this in 2002... and updated it becuase I bought an SUV..and because it made me chuckle. My other Notes from the Cubicle archives are at:

November 1, 2005

Holiday Gifts from Austin???

I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions of locally-made things to buy people for gifts for the holidays? I'm trying to assemble a gift guide of Unique Austin items.

1. Made in Austin.
2. Available in local shops & online (please provide Web site)
3. Under $50 (budget)
4. Unique

Looking for clothing/food/pet gifts/kid stuff/adult stuff/college student stuff.

What's the coolest Austin-made thing you've ever gotten?
What can you give that screams AUSTIN?

Please feel free to post an answer via comment below...
Thanks for any help.